Hi! I'm new here, but I have regularly visited the site since 2004. I'm currently trying to figure out what to do with my hair, and I can't find a good answer just by running a search and reading old threads
I have been mostly CG for the last nine years, but I am reaching the point where it just doesn't seem worth it anymore. I know how to take care of my 3b curls (they almost look like Keri Russell's, as an example), and my hair is very healthy. But, it doesn't matter how healthy it is, what conditioners I use, or what gels or styling products. If I wear my hair down while it is natural, the curls poof. It isn't like my whole head poofs, but each individual curl gets around twice as big. And if I happen to touch my hair or take a coat on and off... well, forget it :P As a result, I wear it up in a clip all the time, and while that was fine when I was a teenager, now that I am in my early twenties I want a more adult look - which usually means wearing my hair down. I only straighten maybe ten times a year, because I don't really like how my hair looks straight either. This summer, I discovered large hot rollers and my life has been changed. When I roll my hair, I feel like my hair is finally mine. I can wear it down and I can style it, and it just feels very me. For the first time in my entire life I actually love my hair.
I've been natural, I've tried that for nine years, and now I want to try something else. When I hate the results, it just doesn't seem worth the aggravation day after day. And while the rollers are great, I really don't like the amount of time that goes into them. It ends up being a four hour process by the time I wash my hair, let it mostly dry, and then roll it for 45 minutes. I am pretty low maintenance, so to spend that much time planning out my hair routine drives me batty
I am contemplating using velcro rollers and blow drying, but I am deathly afraid of frizz with that option. The other thing I am considering is getting a large roller perm in hopes it would look similar to my hot rollers (I'm leaning toward this option). I also looked into the Pravana beach wave, or even a permanent straightening treatment, but I really don't want straight hair. My hair is pretty resilient against damage, and the not running for cover every time it rains would be worth it, I think. I honestly have no idea if any of those options would be viable though, or if I should just stick with my hot rollers. Does anyone have any experience with any of this? =)