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Old 03-17-2011, 07:59 AM   #1
 
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Exclamation Im natural but i want to be...... natural???

HEEEELPP My computer is a tad touched so i posted this before i think it was in the wrong thread or didnt post at all regardless i need some guidance and assistance so i am asking for all the help i can get. my hair has never been relaxed but it has been trained since i was young with the pressing comb and flat irons. i want to be completely natural but of course now when i wet my hair it tends to be straight and curly. should i go through the big chop? and if so what comes next? what do i do since im already natural? i have so many questions i feel like i am growing out a relaxer but im not lol. im going to cut it all and start from scratch. is that the best way? what do i use so my hair will grow but most importantly will be curly whatever my curl pattern may be?!!! help me plz! im chopping in 3 days... HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-17-2011, 12:31 PM   #2
 
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I don't think you should chop your hair unless it is damaged. do you feel like you have lost your curl pattern? it should not be necessary to chop your hair if you have never had a relaxer.
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:31 PM   #3
 
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Sadly, you probably are going to have to cut if you want to go back to your natural texture the same thing happened to me almost 2 years ago, and I have been growing it out and plan to cut it within the next 6 months.

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Old 03-17-2011, 02:48 PM   #4
 
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Yeah, it sounds as though you've damaged your curl pattern very badly over time if even when you wet your hair it's just straight without any sort of chemical.

I've dealt with heat damage and I still am.

Unfortunately it sounds like you may have to BC and start all over again, avoiding heat this time.
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Old 03-17-2011, 04:56 PM   #5
 
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HEEEELPP My computer is a tad touched so i posted this before i think it was in the wrong thread or didnt post at all regardless i need some guidance and assistance so i am asking for all the help i can get. my hair has never been relaxed but it has been trained since i was young with the pressing comb and flat irons. i want to be completely natural but of course now when i wet my hair it tends to be straight and curly. should i go through the big chop? and if so what comes next? what do i do since im already natural? i have so many questions i feel like i am growing out a relaxer but im not lol. im going to cut it all and start from scratch. is that the best way? what do i use so my hair will grow but most importantly will be curly whatever my curl pattern may be?!!! help me plz! im chopping in 3 days... HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Enough heat can actually melt the protein bonds in the hair, which is what relaxers do. If your hair won't revert back to it's natural state, it has been heat damaged. It is completely up to you if you want to big chop or not.
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The decision to big chop or transition is very personal. I don't think one is "better" or "easier" than the other. That said heat damage isn't reversible and it seems like you're not expecting a miraculous transformation, which is realistic. It's a matter of choosing whether you'll cut off the damaged hair now or later when there's sufficient new hair growth.

How long has it been since you stopped heat styling? If you adopt a healthy hair regimen, over time your curl pattern will improve as much as it's capable given the heat damage...which might be little.

Whatever you decide to do, send the flat irons etc on vacation and follow a good hair care routine. Look for hair cleansers without sulfates and harsh surfactants. Educate yourself on hair ingredients and healthy hair care so you can adapt things to suit your hair and be a smart consumer.

For me, the Live Curly Live Free site has been helpful with information on how to care for my hair. The curly articles here are also very helpful and so are the members.

Above all, be patient. The good hair days will come.
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:42 AM   #7
 
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Exclamation Thank uuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank u so much ladies for all of your advice and help. i assumed i would have to cut my hair in the end because in theory the fact that my hair is trained the heat kind of acts as my version of a relaxer. i recently flat ironed my hair this past weekend on my trip home when i actually wanted to cut it all. In going home and speaking with my mom however we came to the realization that my original curl pattern is more of a 4a or b!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!lol their definitely was a curl before the wave lol! the heat has definitely damaged my curl pattern and its now a deep wave instead of a curl in some parts and just plain straight in others ::sigh:: . i left my flat iron at home on accident so im taking that as the kick in the tush i need in the direction i want to go in. if anyone could recommend any leave ins or sites where i could find info about helping this hair of mine it would be greatly appreciated! much love!!!
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Thank u so much ladies for all of your advice and help. i assumed i would have to cut my hair in the end because in theory the fact that my hair is trained the heat kind of acts as my version of a relaxer. i recently flat ironed my hair this past weekend on my trip home when i actually wanted to cut it all. In going home and speaking with my mom however we came to the realization that my original curl pattern is more of a 4a or b!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!lol their definitely was a curl before the wave lol! the heat has definitely damaged my curl pattern and its now a deep wave instead of a curl in some parts and just plain straight in others ::sigh:: . i left my flat iron at home on accident so im taking that as the kick in the tush i need in the direction i want to go in. if anyone could recommend any leave ins or sites where i could find info about helping this hair of mine it would be greatly appreciated! much love!!!

Well you can try posting in the 4a section as well as in the Transitioning section on here, I'm sure those lovely ladies will help you with whatever questions you have.
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