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Old 08-25-2013, 07:38 PM   #1
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Default I have heat damage and need help!!!

Hi There's a story I have to tell lol, so here goes:

When I was in the 10th grade, my mom made me cut my hair off to my shoulder (it was down to my waist before). After all the frustration of my curls, I decided to straighten it. I did this for about a year, and after I decided to stop straightening, it was too late. My hair was very damaged. My ends and roots are still curly, but the hair in between is horrible, its barely a wave and is practically straight.

Now, I have been heat free for a year, and my hair is growing in this weird wavy straight pattern. Only the ends and roots are okay. Also, my hair is extremely dry.

So, after that long story, my question is how to get my curls back? I have naturally 3A type hair.

I've been doing research and watching youtube videos lately to learn.

I figured I could do a protein treatment one week and a moisturizing treatment another week, just to try and get my curls back. Do you guys think this will work?

*By the way what are good homemade protein treatments and some good homemade moisturizing treatments?*

Also, if this helps, I only wash my hair once a week, and I comb my hair out before I wash it, and then condition and shampoo it.

Thanks again

Last edited by wonderland24; 08-25-2013 at 07:41 PM. Reason: forgot to write hair type ._.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:08 AM   #2
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It sounds like that section of your hair is permanently damaged in the same way a relaxer would damage it. If so unfortunately there is no way to get the curl back the hair will have to be grown or cut out. You can certainly try the Curly Girl method that many of us here follow (see the stickies on the newbies/ general haircare boards).

Ingredients proven beneficial for damaged hair include coconut oil, hydrolysed protein, ceramides, 18-MEA and panthenol. Aim for products that are pH 4.5 to 5.5 to help the cuticle lay flat. You can do coconut oil treatments on dry hair and protein treatments on damp hair with oil and gelatin from the grocery store (see the recipes board).

You will find it useful to know your hair properties (see Live Curly Live Free), and dew points/ humidity (see free 'Curls on the Go' app if you have a smartphone). There is some good science based information on YouTube fromKimmaytube and the Science of Black Hair channels, Roots4U45 is great for DIY skin and haircare, Blakisbeautyful is very popular.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG, growing out mechanical and chemical damage = breakage and very high porosity. Past armpit length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut
Treatments: Komaza Matani, coconut oil, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss ultimate volume, Inecto argan
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Experimenting with: going back to basics
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