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My name's Liz

Ive been trying to go natural for close to two years now, after a long time of flat ironing my hair. I cut the hair that was damaged from relaxing it in my first year in college, and ive been letting it grow since, because its easier to handle that way. Right now its 3-4 inches under my shoulders, with some split ends, because of the occasional flat ironing.

I stopped using heat months ago, but was still using a heavy amount of products and shampoo. Now its been a week ive been doing the "curly girl" method, becasue for some reason the old way of styling my hair stooped working, and my hair was looking horrible no matter what i put on it.

I find that using only the conditioner it doesnt look bad but its really weak. If i brush my hair with my hand to the side, i break a couple of hairs. If my boyfriend pets my hair, im afraid he will break it. I am having frizz problems but i just either slick the frizz back with gel, or put my hair in a bun.

What im wondering is if after 3 weeks of following the curly girl method my hair will get any better. Right now it doesnt feel soft, and i hate how brittle it seems. Co-washing causes an enormous amount of hair fallout and it freaks me out.
Im going to stick to this for a month, i hope this is a reasonable thing to do or maybe i should buy a miracle leave in and miracle silicone product to make my hair soft and defined (...) Anyway, i hope this works for me
Yet ANOTHER newbie...

I found this site a few months ago when I decided to go with my nautral, bouncy, curly self instead of fighting it with heat/chemicals as I have been for the last 10 years.

I am learning my curls, I am trying very hard to be CG, I am learning products, terms, techniques... but most importantly, at every frustrating turn, remembering to LOVE my curls (having a boyfriend who totally digs my "pretty, fun, and bouncy" natural hair doesn't hurt either

Always open for suggestions, and a total product junkie, I welcome any help, ideas or just plain chatter.

Darned and determined to Naturally Curly. And so honored to follow those who already rock at it!
Hola ladiess! What's up..my name is Kishonda..and this is the second time I've gone natural BC 2/26/11. When I was natural before (about 12 yrs ago) I didnt know anything about my hair or how to take care of it. I stumbled onto the natural world again and I have learned so much this time around! Before i did the BC, I did tons of research about hair types, products etc and I kicked my journey off with a bang! Lovin how my hair looks..tight.shiny curls..POP POP POPPIN! good to be here

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Hi new naturalistas! I am three months post perm so I am still early the transition. I read as much as I can on hair care. My mind soaps up info like my hair soaks up water
I feel the PJ in me already...LOL. I have one question tho......what daily (dorcas needed) moisturizing products are good for transitioners? My hair type is 4 something...probably B. I may be using too much but the creams and butters are a bit too wet for the transition styles I wear....flat twists, rods. I kno water is the best moisturizer but surely there's something I can do to moisturize without too much wetness. Suggestions welcomed and appreciated.

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Hi all,

Just another newcomer here... have been curly all my life, thinking I am somewhere in the 2c or 3b range. I stumbled across this site while looking for a pic to give to my stylist before trying to explain once again how I would like my cut (and not ending up with what I envisioned).

I can't believe I have never found this site before! I have seen lots of sites about curly hair over the years, but most have seemed pretty useless, and often promoted by a certain product line, which means to me that they are very biased. So I never really looked for forums on curly hair.

I can't believe the wealth of shared knowledge here (I have pretty much wasted an entire work day here just reading!) I had no idea there was a community like this, and wish I had found it years ago. I thought I knew a lot about caring for and styling my hair, but the products and methods mentioned here are all new to me... makes me feel like I have been living in curly-haired naivety for my whole life.

Can't wait to re-educate myself. Thanks to everyone who contributes here and shares their tips and experiences!
We're not even entirely sure WHAT my hair is, because it hasn't been short in 20+ years.

I have 2b/2c hair right now, VERY thick auburn-ish (I'm 1/2 Irish), when wet it creates ringlets, but the sheer weight of it (I can sit on my hair) drags the curl out, so it's... wavy? Ish? lol like I said, we're not sure. My gf is blessed(?) with straight hair, and it's pretty fine/thin, especially compared to mine.

My gf and I are going to take the plunge and lop off hair, for me it'll be about 24", which'll be the shortest my hair has ever been, and I'm terrified of looking like a poodle (I might have 3a but who knows until it's free to curl?).

While I'm gonna grow it out again, I'm going to do it right this time: NO chemical dyes (I stopped a few years ago and turned to Henna, but the ends are still very sad), no sulphates, etc.

I've been perusing around here for help with how to deal with what will inevitably be a nightmare; transitioning from semi fried (at least the final 8" or so), crazily long hair to chemical free, frighteningly short (for me) locks. I'm going to end up with a graduated bob, with the back chin length and the front shoulder length. I suspect/fear my curls will say "Oh hello there!!!" and make a comeback, but I don't want to "straighten" it like I did in middle school (with a curling iron, since there were no flat irons then). Instead, I've decided to help my hair be the best it can, and embrace whatever nature throws at me.

Otherwise, I'm a mom of 2, and work for a major computer game company, making MMO's, and I'm lucky enough to work from home, so I have some leeway if things go awry

So, that's me, and I'll lurk a bit more, and post before/after pics after the big lop-off
AFTER I'm done crying over my 24" braid
hi everyone
I am a new here too i have had curly, 3b hair my whole life, but finally decieded to stop flat-ironing it back in january of this year, and have been trying out the whole no-poo thing for only a couple of weeks and am loving it so far when i was younger i never liked my hair at all but i have finally decided to embrace it because curly hair is so unique i am really looking forward to seeing whats to come on my curly hair journey
co-wash: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
rinse-out/leave-in: Garnier Triple Nutrition
gel: Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Gel
occasional shampoo with L'Oreal EverSleek Sulfate-Free System
3b college student, new to the whole no-poo/low-poo thing
BSL when wet, just below shoulders when dry

Hello,
I am a french curly girl (3a type), i've never relaxed it and have always embraced my true nature, yeah ! I love my hair even if :
- I lost quite an among of them the last years, they used to be quite many and voluminous now they are less like that, although more than average
- they used to be curlier before than now (maybe the length, I don't know ! I used to have 3b type, now I'm 3a
- When I put NO products on my hair, they are simply frizzy and quite wavy/straight without any definition so I can't simply walk out without products or I look like a caveman !

So I love my hair, even I've learned that they need so much care and special products. I've abandoned the idea of just washing my hair and letting them air-dryed and that they'll look perfect : this thing is impossible for me !
I've recently planned of trying the "plopping" drying way, if you have special instructions and advice, I'm here !
Hi everyone. I'm new here, but not new to natural hair. I've been natural for a little over 6 years now, and love it. I'm looking for more tips, ideas, and community.
Hello all, newbie here. I've been natural for a little while now but still have difficulty getting the hang of it. Just looking to gain valuable knowledge about my curly tresses and learn to love them even more .
Hey everyone,

Im new to the board. I joined because im a bit lost on what im doing with my hair. Even before i let the relaxer go, i never did my own hair.
I stopped relaxing my hair because it was damaging and it never really straightened my mane anyway (such a waste of money)

I have been relaxer free for a year and plan on cutting my ends off soon. I see the pictures of the hair types and i get even more confused on where i fall in the mix. Any help and support you all have for me would be welcomed with open arms.

Ive found some products i like as far as conditioning and detangling..but thats as far as ive gotten...

The first pic is my hair without any porduct. the other two photos are after i conditioned and used a leave in.
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Hello I'm Shay not really new to looking at this site just new to join. I am not technically a curl just yet. I am in the transitioning phase. But so far i can tell I am a 4b/4c I have been relax free for 4 months now. and I am so ready to do the BIG CHOP so I can see the true naturally curl me.
Waddup folks :>

I'm 5 months natural, and I'm new here! I'm looking forward to being apart of the natural hair community.
Hey everyone!

Im a newbie here..Im 22yrs old and i decided to go natural when i realized my hair was falling out at the top due to relaxers im currently 3months into transitioning and would love great tips on how to maintain it.
Hi everyone!
I from Mauritius! I've had my last relaxer End january this year and has decided to go natural since! Tis a bit difficult to get all those products of yours here!!! it is easier to get a relaxer kit!! lol every store got them!
It was not that bad to style up till last week though... I've cut it ear length!!!!
Since then I don't know what to do with it!! tis my second attempt i've been up to 6 months the last time...
any idea will be most welcome!
Cheers!
Hello everyone! Greetings from Minnesota!
I've been checking out this website for a while, and decided to become part of your wonderful community!
I'm a 2 who use to be 3b (My hair changed when I moved from the East Coast to MN. I don't know if that has anything to do with it. I cut my hair to see what happened but it was still just wavy. I miss my curls ).
I was a modified CG for 5-6 years until I decided to go full CG about 3 months ago. The only thing I'm not too happy about is that my hair is extremely frizzy. I don't know what to do, and I'm started to get frustrated, and starting to think that giving up cg my help me get rid of the annoying frizz. I'm on a budget so I have to keep my purchases limited to drug store/sally's/target/walmart.
I would love to hear what people have to say!
Thanks in advanced!
Hi guys! I'm from NYC.
I registered a long time ago, but was inactive/nonexistent prior to 3 days ago. I've been following hair blogs/vids/other forums for a while now, but NC has some REALLY good info that others lack (or, at least, it's emphasized more here). I think this makes for a more "guided" DIY experience.
I was natural (4a) my whole life and decided to elongate my coils/curls w/ a mild relaxer. I enjoy the versatility and ease of styling, but I miss my super-duper volume. I'm considering a long transition back to "4a-ville". If not, I'll at least transition to an even milder chemical treatment. Either way, I'm in this for the long haul b/c my hair is waist length and I'm not big chopping. So, you'll be seeing a lot of me in the next 3-4 years
My signature style: the "braid n' curl"
High porosity, normal elasticity, high density, thick strands, DRY (must moisturize/oil and DT a lot), tangles easily. Highly textured...curl softener+demi-perm color.
Straightened length: Waist (layers)
Textured length: (variable) full SL to BSL

Condish/Shampoo: VO5
Pre-poo: mild protein(VO5)+castor oil+tea tree
Steam treatments: 1-2x weekly
Daily routine and DT: Moisturize w/ Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose+Olive oil and seal w/ Avocado oil
Hey everyone! I just joined recently and I am very excited to see all the info that is available for me to learn!. My last relaxer was a year ago, but I BC'd a little less than two months ago. So I am still learning all of the techniques and cool tricks out there for my 3b/4a hair.
Hi im new here! I bc'ed in january and my natural hair journey is going great so far, im for sure I am never going back to relaxers!
Thanks so much for letting me join! I have 4a bi-racial hair, six months after big chop. This is my fourth big chop; I keep getting about a year into it and have then "relapsed" into the straightener. I REALLY want to break the cycle, but need help. How do you get past those first two years? I live in an area where curly hair is super rare and so can't count on a local salon for help. I look horrible and don't know what to do to avoid falling again. Thank you again so much. I am desperate for help and advice.

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