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Old 07-10-2008, 11:02 PM   #1
 
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Smile Not sure of my hair type... New in ATL!

Okay... So, based on kiddie pictures, I had "regular hair", a little slick baby hair in the front, and the ends of my braids and beady-beads in the back curled in tight curls.

Of course, I haven't seen that hair since 1988... and I'm unsure of my hair type. I figured I wait until some more of my perm grows out to see... It's been about 3-4 week since my last perm (I KNOW, I have a long way to go...)

Any suggestions on how to figure that 4a,2b,3abcdefg stuff out?

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Old 07-11-2008, 12:32 PM   #2
 
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Default Can you tell what my hair texture is? I cant!

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Sorry sweetie, but I dont think there is anyway to tell. And from experience, your hair type really does not show until you BC. Having the relaxed hair on the ends caused your hair to act differently.

Dont wont about hair type yet. Just concentrate on making sure your hair is moisturized and taking care of your new growth.
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Old 07-11-2008, 03:03 PM   #4
 
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Oh okay... see I guess thats my next venture, is finding a product (shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer) for my hair... I heard Ms. Jessies was good, any other suggestions?
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welcome to ATL!

I discovered Giovanni leave in conditioner. Some people do not use shampoo, instead they cowash using a condioner, like Vo5 or suave. I shampoo once a week myself but cowash just about daily with Suave. There are so many brands to try and experiment with! Kinky Curly and Miss jessie are next on my list!
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I've been transitioning for 5 months now and I still can't really tell much about my type. Initially I thought 3c (ha, a distant memory when I try to get my comb throught those roots) but now I'm thinking more 4a, 4b.

If you still have some curl and your hair isn't completely straight, Kinky-Curly Curling Custard is nice (they also have a transitioners tonic, but I haven't gotten around to ordering that). Also, you don't have to spend a lot of money on hair products (I'm one to talk). Lately whats been helping me is to add things to the products I already have. For example, regular conditioner just does not cut it on my roots anymore so I add coconut milk and oil (olive oil or pumpkin seed oil) and it really makes my hair soft and bouncy. I've also recently ordered a couple of products from blended beauty, My Honey Child (makes an awesome reconstructive conditoner) and E'TAE (they make a caramel treatment that is supposed to soften new growth). I'll let you know how they work out when I get them. Good luck!
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Old 07-11-2008, 09:49 PM   #7
 
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Thumbs up Thanks NickFish!

Keep in touch with me... your post reminds me of what my roots are starting to look like... and I'd like to try some of the products you listed. How long have you been growing the perm out?


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I had my last perm 5 months ago. Since then the only heat I've applied to my hair is to roller set it. But yeah, my roots were a hot mess! I had so breakage! But now I understand that even if my hair isn't dirty, I still have to wash, deep condition, roller set (about twice a week) just to keep my hair hydrated and keep the breakage down. My hair didn't start breaking until a couple of weeks ago so be careful of that. I will definitely let you know how those products turn out!
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Do you have any photos of your hair transitioning out over the last 5 months?
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Do you have any photos of your hair transitioning out over the last 5 months?
I have pics of what my hair looks like now. It's hard to see my texture because I roller set my hair (no flat iron) and that keeps my roots pretty tamed now. Also my camera sucks, lol.
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Sorry, those pics are too tiny! I'll try again
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Oh I see! I see the difference in the hair on the second photo. Thats kind of what my hair looks like now.... but I havent been perm free that long. Its just that my last perm didn't do right (I did it myself) THAT was when I decided that perming just wasn't the way to go any more...
Have you been able to tell your hair type yet?
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Oh I see! I see the difference in the hair on the second photo. Thats kind of what my hair looks like now.... but I havent been perm free that long. Its just that my last perm didn't do right (I did it myself) THAT was when I decided that perming just wasn't the way to go any more...
Have you been able to tell your hair type yet?
I definitely haven't been able to tell my hair type yet. I haven't even seen half a curl (supposedly hair type goes by the measurment of your curl / curl pattern). I don't think I would mind doing a big chop if I had any idea what my hair really looked like!!??!! Even in photos of me when I was younger I always had my hair in braids or my mother would give me little afro puffs, lol. I've just decided to do protective styles (buns, bantu knots) and forget about it because nothing is happening fast over here, lol!
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I definitely haven't been able to tell my hair type yet. I haven't even seen half a curl (supposedly hair type goes by the measurment of your curl / curl pattern). I don't think I would mind doing a big chop if I had any idea what my hair really looked like!!??!! Even in photos of me when I was younger I always had my hair in braids or my mother would give me little afro puffs, lol. I've just decided to do protective styles (buns, bantu knots) and forget about it because nothing is happening fast over here, lol!
I can see some curlsI guess the relaxed ends make it look like that.I don't think you're a 4b (i saw you wrote it in a thread that you think your hair is 4a/4b).I'm sure that if you cut just a little patch you'll see some curls.


Ps.cute baby photo.
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I definitely haven't been able to tell my hair type yet. I haven't even seen half a curl (supposedly hair type goes by the measurment of your curl / curl pattern). I don't think I would mind doing a big chop if I had any idea what my hair really looked like!!??!! Even in photos of me when I was younger I always had my hair in braids or my mother would give me little afro puffs, lol. I've just decided to do protective styles (buns, bantu knots) and forget about it because nothing is happening fast over here, lol!
I can see some curlsI guess the relaxed ends make it look like that.I don't think you're a 4b (i saw you wrote it in a thread that you think your hair is 4a/4b).I'm sure that if you cut just a little patch you'll see some curls.


Ps.cute baby photo.
Thanks Flower Princess! That's one of my favorite baby photos.

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I decided to do some protective styling on with my hair because I got tired of seeing it on the floor, on my shirts, everywhere but on my head! I did some two strand twists and then made french braids out of the two strand twists (one one each side of my head) so that I have pig tails like Pippi Longstockings, lol. I don't care about what I look like though, nobody here to impress!
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I definitely haven't been able to tell my hair type yet. I haven't even seen half a curl (supposedly hair type goes by the measurment of your curl / curl pattern). I don't think I would mind doing a big chop if I had any idea what my hair really looked like!!??!! Even in photos of me when I was younger I always had my hair in braids or my mother would give me little afro puffs, lol. I've just decided to do protective styles (buns, bantu knots) and forget about it because nothing is happening fast over here, lol!
I can see some curlsI guess the relaxed ends make it look like that.I don't think you're a 4b (i saw you wrote it in a thread that you think your hair is 4a/4b).I'm sure that if you cut just a little patch you'll see some curls.


Ps.cute baby photo.
Thanks Flower Princess! That's one of my favorite baby photos.

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I decided to do some protective styling on with my hair because I got tired of seeing it on the floor, on my shirts, everywhere but on my head! I did some two strand twists and then made french braids out of the two strand twists (one one each side of my head) so that I have pig tails like Pippi Longstockings, lol. I don't care about what I look like though, nobody here to impress!
Oh cool! I think I want to do something like this and let it fly free in the morning... What are you using on your hair to set the braids? Are you going to let it lose in the AM?
I have to step my product game up... or learn how to make some stuff at home.... some leave in conditioners, oils, that type stuff.
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I can see some curlsI guess the relaxed ends make it look like that.I don't think you're a 4b (i saw you wrote it in a thread that you think your hair is 4a/4b).I'm sure that if you cut just a little patch you'll see some curls.


Ps.cute baby photo.
Thanks Flower Princess! That's one of my favorite baby photos.

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I decided to do some protective styling on with my hair because I got tired of seeing it on the floor, on my shirts, everywhere but on my head! I did some two strand twists and then made french braids out of the two strand twists (one one each side of my head) so that I have pig tails like Pippi Longstockings, lol. I don't care about what I look like though, nobody here to impress!
Oh cool! I think I want to do something like this and let it fly free in the morning... What are you using on your hair to set the braids? Are you going to let it lose in the AM?
I have to step my product game up... or learn how to make some stuff at home.... some leave in conditioners, oils, that type stuff.
I'm not letting anything fly free! LOL! I'm getting tired of my hair and it's becoming an obsession! I have to leave it alone for a while. I set the twists a mixture of KCC (Kinky-Curly Curling Custard) a little conditioner and some melted shea butter. They came out a little stiff, next time I'll use less KCC, but overall I like them. Initially I set the ends with straws, since it's still relaxed not all the ends curl up. But once I dried (under a bonnet dryer for about 40 mins) I didn't really like the way they looked hanging lose, so I french braided the twists back.

By the way DSTurbingly Soulful, have you noticed that you have two different textures on either side of your head? The right side of my head is curl and the left side is straight. It's so weird and I can remember it being like that pretty much always! What about you?
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Thanks Flower Princess! That's one of my favorite baby photos.

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I decided to do some protective styling on with my hair because I got tired of seeing it on the floor, on my shirts, everywhere but on my head! I did some two strand twists and then made french braids out of the two strand twists (one one each side of my head) so that I have pig tails like Pippi Longstockings, lol. I don't care about what I look like though, nobody here to impress!
Oh cool! I think I want to do something like this and let it fly free in the morning... What are you using on your hair to set the braids? Are you going to let it lose in the AM?
I have to step my product game up... or learn how to make some stuff at home.... some leave in conditioners, oils, that type stuff.
I'm not letting anything fly free! LOL! I'm getting tired of my hair and it's becoming an obsession! I have to leave it alone for a while. I set the twists a mixture of KCC (Kinky-Curly Curling Custard) a little conditioner and some melted shea butter. They came out a little stiff, next time I'll use less KCC, but overall I like them. Initially I set the ends with straws, since it's still relaxed not all the ends curl up. But once I dried (under a bonnet dryer for about 40 mins) I didn't really like the way they looked hanging lose, so I french braided the twists back.

By the way DSTurbingly Soulful, have you noticed that you have two different textures on either side of your head? The right side of my head is curl and the left side is straight. It's so weird and I can remember it being like that pretty much always! What about you?
LOL "letting nothing fly free..." I feel you! I did two french braids last night and let them loose this morning, it was kinda cute, but next time I'll have to put some kind of product on them to get a better "crimp"... these were too loose.... and by 10am were just limp.

The last time I had a perm (May 30) I did it myself (bad idea).... so the front part of my hair is still straight from the perm, the middle and back has about an inch of new growth (my Soror told me I probably didn't leave it in long enough...)
I put an olive oil deep conditiioner in my hair by some company...and I saw a bit of a curl pattern in the middle of my head which was pretty cool...
This hair thing is becoming an obsession for me as well; I think I need to get it braided up so I can stop checking every day for new growth!!! lol Str8t retarded.

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Quick question: Does anyone in this thread use Suave Naturals conditioner? I've seen a few folks say they use it, and I went to go pick some up and it was like super cheap! Like 1.50 for a huge bottle. The lady at the store told me that their shampoo strips hair, but I'm only co-washing, so I was wondering if any knows whether or not Suave Conditioners work well...

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I use them for co washing, I like the coconut, and the daily clarifying for the shampoo that i do every now and then.
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