Hello all! I've been following your wonderful site for around four years gaining wonderful insight and growing as a product junkie every day. I joined about two years ago in order to get the full benefit of the site, but I've always been able to find the answers to my questions without posting until now. Today I desperately needed to login and post to get some answers to my questions, but while I remembered what my username was I could not remember my password and the site kept giving me a funny error when I tried to change it. So, then I tried logging in using Facebook, and it worked but I think it created a new profile.
I don't know what to do about that...
As I mentioned, I have been following for around four years. During that time, I've tried many of the methods described on the site. I tried going CG, I tried all natural products several times, and I have tried countless different types and kinds of hair products! The problem with all that is that there was nothing wrong with what I was doing with my hair-except that what I was reading was telling me it was bad. My hair was happy and beautiful! I used sulfates and silicones, and discovered after much trial and error that my hair looks best when I wash it every day with a mild creamy shampoo, condition with a light conditioner, and style with tressemme flawless curls mousse. I have used that mousse for years, and it still makes my hair the happiest!
I have a lot of 3a hair, but I think it's fine, and the CG method always made it ridiculously oily and gross, and if I go more than a day without washing my hair my scalp is unbearably itchy! I understand there's supposed to be an adjustment period, but why change my method when my hair is healthy and happy?
Now on to my current problems. Around a year ago, I started struggling with horrible breakouts or infected hairs on my scalp. At the same time, my hair also started being so oily that I didn't need to use conditioner. I use 2in1 shampoo and conditioner instead and this seems to work well. However, nothing I have tried has helped the breakouts. I have been to the doctor who prescribed rounds of antibiotics and said I would probably have to struggle with it the rest of my life
. The antibiotics do clear it up, but as soon as the round is over it comes right back. I began experimenting with my hair products to see if it was something I was using on my scalp causing the problem. That didn't do anything but cause my hair to look awful! Remember how much my hair loves tresemme mousse?
About a week ago, I decided maybe I just couldn't use any products on my hair. As you know, I can't leave my hair curly and put no products on it. So, I've been straightening. My hair looks really pretty straight. Strangely, it's not as hard to straighten as it used to be either
. Also, in the week I've been straightening it, my scalp has cleared up. Yesterday, I innocently sprayed a tiny amount of heat protection spray stuff on my ends to protect my hair, and today- a head full of painful bumps!
I don't mind straightening my hair sometimes. It is cute, but it makes me very sad to think of never being able to wear my hair natural again. I've always embraced my natural texture. I ordered some curlformers to see if they would work without product, and that way I could at least have some curls albeit not truly natural.
Sorry for the very long first post, but I'd like to be able to wear my natural curls still. Can anyone suggest a remedy to the problem? Could you suggest any products that might not break out my scalp? (I've tried natural gels like KCCC, and it was too heavy...) I don't need lots of moisture in my hair, but I do need hold. The only thing I've tried that treats the bumps besides antibiotics is rinsing my hair with ACV. Again, sorry for the long post, but I've exhausted all my personal resources, and I really need some help. I appreciate any advice anyone can give me. Thanks so much in advance!