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Old 05-17-2013, 10:27 AM   #1
 
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Default 3B hair, transitioning after yuko (Save me!!)

I'm about to be entering my senior year of college and finally made the HUGE decision to grow out my yuko-treated hair, which I've been getting done for at least 5 years running. I kept telling myself that I would wait until after college, because I'm going to be living in my sorority house with 32 other girls and DREADED the thought of having to deal with my half-straight-half-ringlet hair in the presence of other people. I finally made the decision a few weeks ago that the more I put it off, the longer I'll be torturing myself to wait for my curly hair to come back. I'm going to get this horrible transition over with and hopefully not too long after I graduate I can be rocking my curls once more!

Anyways, so far it's been about 4 months since my last treatment and I already have a fairly ridiculous amount of new growth--which I see as a good sign for the transitioning process (This is why I couldn't afford Yuko anymore--I needed to get it redone ALL THE TIME to keep it up! Plus my hair was finally starting to really suffer the damages of chemically treating it for so long.)

Anyways, I'm just looking for ANY tips, tricks, motivation--anything! I'm completely dreading this process and unfortunately my hair is so ridiculously curly at the roots and the processed hair is so straight that I'm going to have to blowdry/flat iron to some degree while my hair grows out. I'm also a wimp when it comes to having short hair, so my transition will ultimately end up being pretty long and painful I'm sure.

I was told by my stylist that I could consider a formaldehyde-free BKT for my roots while I'm growing out my hair. I might try this out and see if it helps and keep that up when I'm getting desperate--but I actually had that once before I started getting the yuko treatment and it barely had an effect on my ultra-curly hair.

Anyways, let me know any advice that you curlies have for me! I need support so I don't change my mind and keep up the yuko for senior year, haha!
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:47 AM   #2
 
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I am not super familiar with Yuko, though I have a general idea of what is involved. Is your hair now so straight that you cannot get it to hold a curl at all? Is it immune to scrunching, pincurls, everything- or can you get it to be curly if you want it to be?

Flat ironing totally destroyed my hair. Blow-drying was significantly less abusive, but it has still given me some breakage and trauma, especially at my crown and on my ends. My current hair-goal is to find some way to deal with my hair that will allow it to heal from all of my abuse. Low-maintenance is also a must for me. It sounds like you might be in about the same place- I am guessing that Yuko-treated hair is pretty easy to deal with. Does that sound about right?

I'm a total newbie, so take this for what it's worth, but it seems like it might be valuable to figure out if you can get your processed hair to look kinda like your undamaged roots rather than vice versa. Curly hair seems like a curse until you see someone who is Doing It Right and get those pangs of hair-envy that make you wonder why YOURS doesn't do that. From what I can tell, rocking a curl requires some investment in terms of time and product experimentation, but the payoff is pretty great once you figure out what you need.

Going Yuko again might be a quick fix that makes it easy to wash-n-go, but Take It From One Who Knows- it really sucks when you reach the point of damage that a BC has become a necessity. Are you open to "going curly" in the interim to minimize further damage to the hair you have now?
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Old 05-18-2013, 12:05 PM   #3
 
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Just wanted to show you a photo to explain what I mean- the attached is my "naked" hair. The damage you see was caused mostly by my flat-iron, but I had also gotten a few (maybe 3) keratin+straightening treatments. These treatments, like the one you mentioned, didn't do much to de-curly my hair. My hair was not salvageable, and I had to chop it off. Growing it out again takes f o r e v e r.

Think of this the next time you're thinking of fighting your hair's nature? Sometimes the best thing you can do is leave it alone to let it recover. Otherwise... you might just have to part with it forever.

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Old 05-18-2013, 01:46 PM   #4
 
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You can't go into the process thinking "oh I am going to hate this" because then the transition will feel 5x longer than it really is. Thinking of the transition as a way of reinventing yourself and enjoy the whole process.
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You can always pull your hair into a tight bun when wet so it will dry straighter and not require so much flat ironing.

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Old 05-21-2013, 12:48 PM   #6
 
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I am not super familiar with Yuko, though I have a general idea of what is involved. Is your hair now so straight that you cannot get it to hold a curl at all? Is it immune to scrunching, pincurls, everything- or can you get it to be curly if you want it to be?

Flat ironing totally destroyed my hair. Blow-drying was significantly less abusive, but it has still given me some breakage and trauma, especially at my crown and on my ends. My current hair-goal is to find some way to deal with my hair that will allow it to heal from all of my abuse. Low-maintenance is also a must for me. It sounds like you might be in about the same place- I am guessing that Yuko-treated hair is pretty easy to deal with. Does that sound about right?

I'm a total newbie, so take this for what it's worth, but it seems like it might be valuable to figure out if you can get your processed hair to look kinda like your undamaged roots rather than vice versa. Curly hair seems like a curse until you see someone who is Doing It Right and get those pangs of hair-envy that make you wonder why YOURS doesn't do that. From what I can tell, rocking a curl requires some investment in terms of time and product experimentation, but the payoff is pretty great once you figure out what you need.

Going Yuko again might be a quick fix that makes it easy to wash-n-go, but Take It From One Who Knows- it really sucks when you reach the point of damage that a BC has become a necessity. Are you open to "going curly" in the interim to minimize further damage to the hair you have now?
Well, for whatever reason my hair is able to hold a curl with Yuko even though it's not really supposed to (probably because my hair is just so curly that even Yuko can't hold it down!) but it would be near-impossible to get my hair to curl like the texture of my roots.

In theory I wanted my hair to be easy-to-manage but now it's harder than ever because I have to straighten it every day to cover up and maintain the horrible roots!

I'm probably going to invest in a good blowdryer and hope to avoid straightening the roots too much and maybe hope that helps with growing it out? We'll see! Thanks guys!
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