Please help I'm losing my Natural Curl!

Hi loves. This may be lengthy so I want to thank anyone in advance who reads it and responds, any advice will be appreciated. I had ringlet curls around the ages 2-5 but my mom started keeping my hair cut short so it wasn't really curly again until 4th grade. My hair is 2C and on good days with any luck 3B. I have a love hate relationship with my hair. I always had frizzy poofy curls throughout middle school, in high school I started to figure out how to tame it. I actually started to love it my Junior year and get complimented on it. I became slightly obsessed with looking online for ways to make my hair better. At the end of the summer right before senior year my hair had gotten pretty long and I loved the curl. For some reason I got my hair cut to above my shoulders with bangs. I regret this because It went mainly wavy so I started trying to grow it out. In my case the longer layers my hair has the curlier. During that process I found this website and started trying to get my curl pattern back. I was a fan of the super soaker method and the Ice Queen method this helped a lot. I tried to go no poo but I've found my hair likes the sulfates. I have always just used whatever shampoo or conditioner I could get cheap at nearby drugstores. I had never had problems with it before. I tried a shampoo with coconut sulfate for curls which was gentler but my hair didn't change. I believe somewhere over this process I over conditioned. Currently it is almost back to its original length but the curl isn't what it was. Now its a frizzy, stringy, limp and lifeless mess. It is soft to the touch but it looks really coarse.Today I tried Pantene reconstructing shampoo, it was a little curly but it did not last and now its falling out in clumps. I have heard some bad things about Pantene, does anybody know anything about that? I feel like I am losing my identity. Can someone please give my advice or product recommendations? Not trying to be dramatic but right now my hair is practically straight but frizzy. I have reached the point of either straightening it everyday, or getting a perm. I do not want to believe I am losing my curls. Here is a picture form before the bad haircut and then during the process of growing it out with stringy curls. I can't bring myself to post a picture of how it looks now.
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Sorry that you are going through that. The only advice I can think of is to make sure your products are all Ph balanced and being used in the correct sequence, that you are not accidentally using more than one product with protein and if you have used protein you have followed up with a moisturizing product only. Also perhaps you are protein sensitive and your hair doesn't like or absorb the protein you used. Some more info about the products and your overall routine would be helpful.

Last edited by lisar12; 10-14-2013 at 11:49 PM.
It sounds like maybe you might have some buildup issues? If it's frizzy, I highly doubt you are over-conditioned. Do your products contain a lot of protein? What products are you using to cause this, and what are the ingredients? What porosity do you have, high?
2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Cond./ YTCucs, Giovanni TTTT
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed DC / CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTBbs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC, SS CEJ
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
Before my hair got this way I was using foxy curls by bed head shampoo and suave conditioner. But my shampoo and conditioner are never consistent. I used Vo5 after the haircut but when my hair got worse I bought two new kinds and tried both of them. (Gud, and granier fructis) Now I'm using pantene aqua light. As far as products go I was using g2b (mousse), aussie sprunch (hairspray), curls up (curl booster), and herbal essence (for frizz) but I haven't been using them much because it didn't help. I stopped conditioning for the last month because my hair stylist said my hair was over conditioned, I actually have just been trying to give it a break from all the products while I try to find something new that works better. Here is my old routine After I wash my hair I put some mousse in and then super soak, afterwards I plop it with a t-shirt. I take it down while its still wet and put my curl booster in, then scrunch with t-shirt spray it and put my frizz poduct in then I don't touch it until its dry. I'm not using anything for protein right now I have been trying to find a good product. As far as if my current products have protein I'm not really sure sorry I am still learning what to look for on the ingredients. Im gussing My hair is high is high porosity, but I not entirely sure.

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It sounds like maybe you might have some buildup issues? If it's frizzy, I highly doubt you are over-conditioned. Do your products contain a lot of protein? What products are you using to cause this, and what are the ingredients? What porosity do you have, high?
Originally Posted by sixelamy
Thank you for the tip. Do you have any products suggestions?


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I would definitely never stop using conditioner. If I feel like I am getting overconditioned I will use a protein treatment. Either Curl Junkie Repair Me or a gelatin treatment.. but I still use my conditioner.

Pantene Aqua Light contains sulfate which is pretty harsh. It's comparable to the ingredients in your dish liquid. If you use this and then don't use a conditioner, your hair is going to dry out really fast, and therefore become frizzy. Are you planning to do the Curly Girl Method at all? This uses no sulfates or silicones. Product recommendations are tricky, unless you know your hair properties. What's right for one may not be right for another.

But I highly recommend Curl Junkie Repair Me for a protein. A lot of people here conditioner wash with V05 (a suggestion, since you've used this - works great), and follow it up with any silicone free conditioner containing fatty alcohols like cetyl and stearyl alcohol. I also look for panthenol in the ingredients as well. You can also low poo, which means there's sulfate-free cleansers in the shampoo.
2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Cond./ YTCucs, Giovanni TTTT
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed DC / CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTBbs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC, SS CEJ
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo

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