My name is Kayla and I live in Northeast Florida in a high heat and high humidity environment. I have ALWAYS fought my curls and that only got worse when I was introduced to a flat iron. I am a naturally curly girl caught in some crazy mixture of 2b, 2c, and 3a. I have high porosity and my hair has a tenancy to fell like a Brillo pad lately. I have high density hair and ALWAYS have. As a child my solution for combating this was to shave the back portion of my hair in the summer so that it would be livable as an adult I just deal with it....and tend to keep my hair pulled back in a pony tail. I have medium to coarse hair more on the coarse side. And it is currently medium length after having most of it chopped off a year ago from being about 5 inches past my shoulders (when dry and curly) to an inverted bob with the shorted being about 2 inches in the back and the longest being about 5-6 inches in the front.
I am new to this site but I have been natural going on 2 yrs now. Just dropping in to say hey. There is no much information that i don't even know where to start. Currently have protective style by way of kinky twist because I am a student and usually don't have much time for my hair. But if i'm not in school i do have a weekly routine.
My main concern is how to keep my 4c hair moisturized thoughout the week.
I'm new here...I really don't know if I'm doing this right, but I have a question for anyone that can answer! I have shoulder length 3A hair and it's pretty curly in the front and on the sides, but in the back it lays flat. It's really getting frustrating! Any tips?
Hey there! I've heard of this place for YEARS but never faced my curly hair. My flat iron was my bestest friend in the whole entire world and I never thought we'd ever become frenemies. I've been heat-free for two months so far. I chopped a good portion off my hair and rehabilitating some heat damage. Curls are finally popping out but I have a far far way to go. I figure this is a great place to keep it going.
I've had some very hard days and days where I just want to give up and flat iron! Curly hair requires so much money and maintenance. However, my hair has never felt healthier. Hoping to stay strong!!
Been checking in for a few weeks after finding the site via Pinterest.
Basically, I've been in a love/hate relationship with my my 3b/3c hair all my life. My daughter told me about CG method and no-poo a couple years ago. I thought it was typical college-girl weirdness. Wrong-o!
Didn't know it when I started, but I've been pineappling at night for a long time. It's the only way I can comfortably sleep with my cpap mask, what with all this hair! My hairdresser said "Oh no! Don't do that! It's not good for your hair." She has maybe 2a hair, so what does she know? It's dry when I go to bed, and have not had any problems with it.
Since I have college-aged kids, I guess that makes my hair "mature". I'm not, but my hair is. :-)
3b/3c, high porosity, fine strands but lots of em!
APL/BSL when dry (bangs are to chin), but WL when wet.
Pineapple and satin pillowcase at night.
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Hi I'm Nikki..I just did my big chop 2 days ago..ready for healthy hair because my hair was beyond damaged & hasn't been shoulder length since I was 16. One of the reasons why I did the big chop and wanted to go natural besides having healthy hair is because I started getting perms when I was 9 years old. I remember that my hair was thick & long but I really couldn't remember the real grade of my hair after having it relaxed for so many years. If you have any suggestions or tips please do tell lol I need all the help I can get on this hair journey..Thanks, Nikki
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Hi! My name is Kisha... I'm 34 and I've actually been natural for a over 5 years. Well, I actually stopped flat ironing my hair about 1 1/2 ago, I think that makes it official . I say that I don't know what took me so long because I've frequented this site quite a bit since the chop but haven't registered until now. The site has been so extremely helpful that I've recommeded it to people I know that are either considering going natural or that have already gone natural but they feel stuck... like I was:
When I first stopped relaxing my hair, I wasn't comfortable with my "wild and untamed tresses". I used a hair care line that left my hair looking great but it was such a chore... it took hours from start to finish. To make matters worse, I had no idea how to keep my curls without starting the process all over a gain the next day. Well, needless to say, I skipped getting another relaxer but I sure did flat iron my hair once a week; wrapping it at night of course to keep the style.
In 2011, I realized I was so sick of the world telling me that my hair needed to be straight in order to be beautiful and really not feeling beautiful unless my hair was straght! I didn't get why they and me (for that matter) had such a problem with my natural hair... exactly as it grew out of my scalp. So I packed up my flat irons and told myself I would give going natural another go... for real this time. Unfortunately, 1/2 year in, I realized that I had no idea how to take care of my natural hair. None whatsoever! And I was deathly afraid of my hair breaking off. So, I caved...
Nope! I didn't run back to the creamy crack, I got the big chop! Before the chop my curly hair was just past my shoulders and after the chop I had somewhat of a faux hawk... that is until my lack of patience placed me in the chair of an unfamiliar stylist who completely ruined my cut . So now I have a "not so TWA" that I've decided to grow out a bit more, now that I've got a pretty concrete hair care routine: (I am so sorry for the length of this post, lol) I detangle twice a week, wash and deep condition my hair about once a week, co-wash once between washes, moisturize & seal daily and cover my hair at night with a satin scarf.
I feel like I've come a long way... but with all the different products and techniques I'm not even half way to knowing all that my tresses can do .
hi curly ladies
I have curly and I don`t know what type I`am or at least i think I have 2c . My hair starts of straight at the top of my head and than goes curly Does anyone hair likes this to? lol what kind of hair products do you ladies use and what best for my curly type .
My first relaxer was when I was 12yrs old. The reason why I relaxed was because I didn't know how to do my own hair. I would sleepover a friends house and my hair would be a mess unless my mother styled it. She would always do braid outs on my hair and it was beautiful. Th relaxer I didn't need. I turned 30 and decided I didn't want to relax anymore. I wanted to love everything about myself including my hair. I don't have issues with relaxed hair it's just not for me.
I went thru battles in this transition and it's not easy but it feels liberating! It's great to have these forums, websites and videos. It's been a great help.
I have been transitioning for 2 years now. I want to keep my length but now I'm at the point where I feel like cutting it. I normally trim a few inches off every 4 months. I was looking into Miss Jessies salon and Deva cut. Which one do you think is better and what's the price range for medium length hair? I'm very nervous about the cut. I also wanted to try shea moisture hair color. Let me know what you Curlies think.
My favorite products:
Cantu repair leave in conditioner
Shea Moisture - all products *curl enhancing smoothie(fav)
Kinky Curly - knot today/spritz/come clean
Miss Jessies - pillow soft curls
Coconut, tea tree oil
Olive oil edge control
Aussie moist 3 minute conditioner
Here's a pic wash day pre-poo with coconut oil, l'oreal sulfate free shampoo, shea moisture black soap deep conditioner, knot today diluted with water, miss jessies pillow soft curls and then sealed with coconut oil. Two strand twist out in the from of hair. Braid out in the back.
Hello everyone, my name is Yasmeen from Philly and I'm a 4B/4C natural newbie
I transition for eight months from January to August then BC'd on August 19. After years of being told I didn't need to relax my hair, I finally decided to do it because I notice massive thinning and just damage overall. I basically wanted to nurse my hair back to good health and just learn to enjoy it again in it's natural state.
Like many, I was a little apprehensive when I first because I've worn straight hair for so long, I forgot how I looked with curly/kinky hair. To my surprise I'm totally loving the journey so far and cannot believe how much my hair has grown in just a month and a half. I guess it really needed a fresh start and some good ole TLC lol
Right now I rock wash n gos for the most part. I've tried twist outs with not too much success, so if anyone has any tips to share I'd love to hear them.
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Hi there curly peeps! I am sophomore college student who has struggled with curly hair since... forever. I will now reveal a horrible secret... Even though I have my hair down in my profile picture, I have worn my hair in a ponytail every single day for... almost 15 years... since 1st grade. It has really been the hardest struggle I have had. Having a mother who has straight hair and a father and brother who have curly but short hair, I have basically struggled by myself using hair products that are just not right for me. Sophomore year of high school, I went through this phase where I thought having layers and pin straight hair was the best decision for my hair, but once I got tired of spending 2-4 hours every day on my hair, I knew I completely ruined it. So wanting to repair my curls lead me here! Since I have been in college though, I have started using products for curly hair and having my hair down for a few hours on the weekends but I am still kind of lost. This website has definitely helped me and I finally decided to register since I visit it very often. Realizing what kind of curly hair I am (3b!) and seeing a website dedicated for curly hair has made me realize that I have not been doing my hair any justice. It is a long road to having beautiful, curly hair!