Hi, I thought I would introduce myself as I lurked for about 5 or 6 weeks out of necessity.
Why you ask? Well, 5 or 6 weeks ago, I was unfortunate and got bit by a dog (my right pinky finger, thankfully nothing more than that) and meant I would not be able to use my right hand for a while and that is my dominant hand. What an adjustment that was for my lifestyle.
That also meant that I could no longer style my hair as usual which meant that I cannot hold a blow dryer in one hand and a brush in another. At this point, gripping on a weighted object still makes the healing wound tender and uncomfortable.
So since then I've gone curly (ie - air drying after I get out of the shower). In fact, I packed up and stored away my hair dryer, flat iron (rarely use it), and curling iron (rarely use it either). It has been weeks since I touched these. Out of sight, out of mind, right?
During that time, I looked a lot into how to care for curly hair (I still have a lot to learn and still processing all the information I reaped). It was not until couple weeks ago I put in a request to borrow the Curly Girl book so I can read up a bit more about it. I believe it was not until couple weeks after the accident that I stopped using sulfate shampoo. I am happy to be out of the frizzy and greasy phase that I went through after that. My first few weeks since the accident was crazy too, flyaway hair galore. I kept trying to smooth them all back down but to no avail. They are somewhat calm now. Phew...
It would SEEM that I am 2C (at least I think so, still trying to determine the other profile feature). I also did pick up a sample kit from DevaCurl (ouch on the price tag for full size products) so I am hoping to find affordable alternative with some more research and probably will have to do some trial and error in the process. I also life in the southwest and right now, it is getting cold yet still dry. I mean, I live in the desert.
The odd thing about this whole thing? In no way I planned on taking this path consciously, otherwise I would probably have taken a "Before" picture. I only have bits here and there of what it was going through. You know, days where it feels crackly to the touch and frizzy, or dull looking with frizz, and stuff like that. Now I just need to stop bookmarking all the products and start trying 'em.
So... that ended up to be a novel, thank you if you read this far. I appreciate it.