I straighten my hair way to much...

So i have been straightening my hair for about 2 years becase I hate what my hair looks like curly. And my hair is really damaged becuase of that. I never used any products to protect my hair until like 2 weeks ago. I want to keep straightening my hair but I dont think my hair can take the damage anymore. Any advice on products or what I can do to help with the damage?
stop straightening.

or AT LEAST limit it to once a week or once every 2 weeks. i know how you feel tho... i started straightening almost 4 years ago w/ no protective product at all. and at first... my hair looked great (for about the first 6 months actually) then i realized it was getting SHORTER without me cutting it! and when i would try to wear it curly, it would look AWFUL. the curls were not defined like they used to be, my hair felt ragged and damaged... and SHORT! ugh. so i kept straightening it even tho it was damaged, and eventually it didn't look good CURLY OR STRAIGHT. that's when i knew something had to change....

i reduced the straightening to once a week. then eventually went to once a month and got on the CG method. my hair looks so much shinier and healthier now. i highly suggest you stop straightening all together... or at least do it a lot less.
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stop straightening.

or AT LEAST limit it to once a week or once every 2 weeks. i know how you feel tho... i started straightening almost 4 years ago w/ no protective product at all. and at first... my hair looked great (for about the first 6 months actually) then i realized it was getting SHORTER without me cutting it! and when i would try to wear it curly, it would look AWFUL. the curls were not defined like they used to be, my hair felt ragged and damaged... and SHORT! ugh. so i kept straightening it even tho it was damaged, and eventually it didn't look good CURLY OR STRAIGHT. that's when i knew something had to change....

i reduced the straightening to once a week. then eventually went to once a month and got on the CG method. my hair looks so much shinier and healthier now. i highly suggest you stop straightening all together... or at least do it a lot less.
Originally Posted by aburdette

My story is almost exactly the same! I started straightening last October and my hair looked great until about March. Then I realized it was so much shorter and brittle. So this summer I've completely stopped straightening. My hair is pretty short for me (just below should length curly,) and doesn't look as nice as it used to. I'm taking hair vitamins and avoiding heat like the plague. Once school starts again, hopefully it will be healthy enough to start straightening it periodically. Really, there's no magic cure. You just have to deal with the grow out process and remember that people are most likely so worried about their own hair that their not thinking about yours!

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throw your flat iron away, cut your hair short and start over again. try the cg method. deep condition your hair once a week. co wash your hair only every couple of days if needed, use a lo-poo or no-poo shampoo (can be any brand, if your not too particular) on your hair once a week. moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. after a few weeks you will notice your hair coming back to life. hair grows a 1/2'' - 1'' every month. the damage wont be there forever. good luck.

Last edited by godgavemecurls82; 07-04-2009 at 06:35 PM.
Like the others have said, avoiding heat really is the best thing, but if you are determined to keep straightening, you should get a cut to get rid of the damaged ends, go out and buy a good quality deep conditioning treatment and thermal protecting spray and only straighten every second or third day depending on how often you have to wash your hair. Good luck!
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