My hair is severely damaged (Half straight, half curly)

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Hello! My hair has been damaged for some time now, after doing a straightening keratin treatment. I did the treatment because my curly hair was an absolute mess, frizzy and uncontrollable. Around 2 months after the treatment my hair stopped being straight, and it became dry damaged and the roots became curly, while ends are completely straight.
It's frustrating because even a ponytail looks odd (2A curly from the top and then absolute straightness at the bottom). I can't cut off the straight bits either, because my bangs would be too short and look chopped. The entire top layer of my hair is also straight, while underneath it's curly.
How can I fix this? :/
Welcome! Unfortunately the chemical treatment is probably permanent, your curl is likely gone for good so you cannot fix it. Either cut off all the damage and rock a cute pixie, or cut off most of it and straighten your hair without heat until it's a little longer. See YouTube for videos on wet wrapping and 'transitioning', if your hair is only 2a wavy you should have no problem getting the roots to appear straight.

To get your new growth healthy, not frizzy but defined and manageable you might consider the Curly Girl Method. That means no sulphate shampoos (ideally conditioner only washing), no products containing silicones or mineral oil or polyquats that build up, no brush or comb (fingers only), no terry cotton towels (t-shirt, flour sack or microfibre), loads of intensive treatments (coconut oil and honey is wonderful for damage), gel for styling applied when very wet, air dry or diffuse.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
I have been considering the CG method, but problem is, I've searched all pharmacies and stores here in this country, and there's NO sign of any sulphate-silicone free shampoos/conditioners, except for perhaps Nunu or Johnson shampoo for children.. I can't cut off the damage either, because it would look ugly and hideously short. Nobody here knows how to cut curly hair, only straight hair. I'll check out the youtube videos and see if there's a temporary solution for now :/
Sulphate shampoos break down the creatine treatment and can restore some curl, as can adding salt or bicarbonate to your shampoo (this is why they often sell sulphate free shampoo with the treatment, to help prolong it). For some people though the curl never returns to normal.

I managed to restore enough curl that I can wear my hair curly, but there is an obvious difference between the length and the root, and I had to have much of the length cut off.

Try using a sulphate shampoo without silicones and going CG in the rest of yoke routing for a month or so before having a cut to see if you can recover some of your curl, then have the worst of the straight hair trimmed. If you continue with CG your hair will be healthier as you grow out the remaining treatment.



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2C, Medium thickness, Low posity
Recovering from a year of keratin and bleach with CG

Routine

Low Poo, Condition, Leave in, Curl cream, Supersoak, Gel, Diffuse on high heat, with minimal lift to encourage waves and reduce frizz, Dry on cool with nozzle down to smooth hair and finish drying,Shine Serum

Weekly gelatin protien treatments.
Generally super cheap supermarket or pharmacy own brand conditioners are silicone free since silicone is an expensive ingredient, you don't need to use shampoo at all with CG nor to purchase branded products. Otherwise you might order via Amazon or eBay, if you have a higher budget both the Naturally Curly Curl Mart and the British Curlies Curly Emporium deliver overseas.

If you don't cut some of the damage off you risk it snagging on the healthy new growth and damaging that too. Wearing ponytails regularly is damaging, I know from bitter experience. Given you are only a 2a wavy you should not need a specialist curly cut because your hair will not shrink much when dry.

I trim my own hair some of the time, it's not actually that difficult (knock off Crea Clip or ponytail method, there are also tips in the Curly Girl book). Otherwise you might go to a hairdressing college, I can't believe a good short cut would look any worse than half straight half curly fried hair.

At the end of the day it's up to you if you want to change your habits or not, when I started with CG I had badly damaged hair and it took a total change of attitude and several inches of length lost. Two years on it was completely worth the tough times because my hair is much healthier and is so much easier to manage.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
I've managed to get a haircut, and now there's no more straight ends, but the outer layer at the back is still straighter than the front or inner layers.. I want to try the CURLY GIRL method, but my dad doesn't let us order anything online for multiple reasons, one being that in Saudi Arabia you don't really have a postal address, you have to use the address of your workplace or company.
I really want to try the CG treatment, but there are no brands where I live that I know are sulphate/silicone free. I've stopped using shampoos for weeks now, and I only use conditioners.
I've used Tresemme, Pantene, Sunsilk, Loreal Elvive, Garnier Fructis, and at the moment I'm trying Herbal Essences.
The only brands that had an effect on my hair so far were Tresemme and Herbal Essences, and even though, all they did was make my hair softer and a bit more manageable.
Are there any well known brands that are silicone/sulphate free?

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