Nearly 10 years natural 4B, considering a process

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If you do not want the color of henna, try cassia or neutral henna. You get the same benefits without the color. Do your research before the plunge. I have never looked back.
Originally Posted by JoJoFree
Hey! I've not tried henna... I really don't know anything about it. Is it protein? Is it a process? Yes, I'm totally ignorant! I hardly ever use products, which is why I've not done anything with henna. I keep thinking that it's some sort of... thick stuff that you pile on your hair and leave on for a few days...? Okay, I'll research it tomorrow!
Originally Posted by bharjala
Hours, not days. LOL

There is a "sticky" thread about henna in the 4a forum that's pretty helpful.

The CurlyNikki blog (at the top right tab) has a lot of info on henna too.
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You've got such perrty hair! Such defined waves, I'm quite envious!

I'll check out the tab, I've seen it, but not actually known what it was about!
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Thank you!

The henna has help strengthen my hair, but it doesn't change my curl pattern though its a common "side effect" for some curly girls.
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Well, everyone has already said it (and I know this thread has been up for several months) but, I think you have beautiful hair! So full and thick!! I am jealous. I got to this thread somehow because I was looking for some help in putting my hair in twists. I'm white and my black friends have told me that my hair won't stick together at the ends to be able to do the twists properly. I know there MUST be some way to do it. I think the twists are so cool but rubber bands would probably kill the look.

It made me feel so bad for you that you have been made to feel bad about your hair. The "pro's" you have gone to should be ashamed at how they have treated you. Such unkind people.

I totally empathize with your instant tangling issues. My hair is fine, about a 2c-3a and waist length and as soon as I detangle it starts to re-tangle itself. I brush it with a wet hair brush before I get into the shower. After I wet it but before I apply the co-wash it is already tangled. Makes me want to SCREAM!! My hair though, is not at all dense as I have lost a good 2/3 of it due to some medication side-effects. I can just imagine how it is for you with your hair as thick as it is.

I know you said that your feelings about your hair have been a life-long thing but I truly hope you are able to stop letting others opinions make you feel ugly. Those people don't know what they are talking about and if they don't like your hair then they have a skewed sense of beauty.

I wish I could help you with some product recommendations but I am new to the CG experience and haven't tried out, or have knowledge of, many of the products. At the moment I am using As I Am co-wash and I really like it. I also use Curls Unleashed Shine and Define Mousse and it seems to give nice curl definition while cutting out much of the frizz. I know that some of the companies will send you free samples of their products so that might be a way of you finding what works for you without having to spend a small fortune. I think also that getting some of the bulk thinned out might be a help in controlling your hair without ( heaven forbid) losing any of the length.

Please post and let us know how your hair journey is moving along, I'd be really interested in finding out if you have found a solution to some of the hair issues you have talked about here. Take care!
Have begun the CG process as of May, 2012 and have already gotten my hair from a frizzy 2b-sometimes 2c to a 3a. YAY!!!!:
Tried Wen----made my hair frizzy, but SOFT! Am now using As I Am as a co-wash and Leave-in, and Curls Unleashed Shine and Define Mousse, as well as Plopping. I can't believe my curls are coming back!!!!

I hope doing your hair getting better. Dont let people get the best of you.

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How's it going? Have you found anything that's worked? I was having issues with my hair tangling after shampooing. I found that diluting it with water in a applicator bottle really helps. My hair stays moisturized and tangle free. I saw someone mentioned washing in twists. I detangle my hair with conditioner and twist it into a few sections. Then I shampoo. I use less water with both of these steps. One youtuber that I really like is 1ballerina. It looks like you guys might have the same length hair. She has some nice videos of styles she does with accessories. She also religiously sets her hair in twists, often braiding the twists for even more lasting definition.
First of all i just to commend you for coming on here and putting it all out . You are so brave and should be proud of yourself.

Your hair is Gorgeous; so long, lush and thick the color is on point. I love your hair wet it shrinks up alot but your texture is very pretty.

I think your surrounding has alot to do with how you feel if you were in DC or ATL you would see more people wearing their hair as is and it would encourage you. For you to wear your hair like you do with no support says alot about your strong will.

You are beautiful and so is your hair. Although our hair defines us in a way, we are not our hair. You have made it so far keep up the good work

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