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Jacksgirl04 09-16-2012 10:19 PM

Curly and never going straight again! (Pic)
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Hello everyone! I have been following this website for some time now trying to figure out what my hair diagnosis is and how a plan of action for care and maintenance. After several attempts at deep conditioners I think it's time for some serious business.

Thinking about doing a protein treatment but am a little hesitant because of the possible reverse action it can do (over drying). Right now, I wash my hair about 1-2 times a week with drugstore products. I have a lot of hair breakage(small hairs) and loss (actual long strands with white bulb attached). I sleep with my hair in a bun or ponytail but am thinking that's probably contributing to my hair breakage/loss. Anyt thoughts about the SatinSakk?? Should I invest in that? I would love more than anything some advice from all of you gorgeous curlies! Everything from protein treatment, deep conditioner, no-poo , conditioner, gel is welcomed, whatever it takes!

After lots of reading I have figured my hair is:
(Picture is my hair right now)
Type:2B-2C but with potential of being 3B
Texture: Medium/Coarse
Porous: High

Oh yeah! Here's a little history of my hair... Growing up I was surrounded by straight hairs. My grandma got really fed up with trying to deal with my curly hair that we got it chemically straightened and ultimately cut it all off (think of Felicity when she cut off all her hair, it was actually at the same time and everyone in school compared me to her). I eventually grew it out but still kept up the chemical straightening. It was stick straight after chemical treatments, blow drying, and flat ironing. Kept it up for 5-6 years. After stopping it, I noticed some hair breakage, some hairs were 2 inches long while the rest of my head was 10 inches. It's been almost 10 years since I touched a chemical treatment. I am now embracing my curly side and never looking back! Please help me curlies!

Johari 09-16-2012 11:05 PM

Ya I think the ponytail and buns are breaking it,try sleeping with it in a french braid.

Gretchen 09-17-2012 10:40 AM

Welcome, Jacksgirl! Glad you're here with us!

bookgirl 10-04-2012 04:16 AM

Have you tried the pineapple technique for sleeping with your hair in a ponytail yet? It consists of putting your hair up in a ponytail (usually with a loose scrunchie or other gentle, non-damaging holder) at the very top of your head. It keeps your curls from rubbing against your pillowcase and flattening out overnight - you can just do a quick spritz/gel/revitalizer thing in the AM if you're going for second or third day hair. There are some great YouTube videos on the channel as well as waterlily716 channel (she seriously has the BEST CG demo and advice videos - both on the NC channel and her own channel).

I can relate to chopping off my hair in frustration out of not knowing what to do with them - I once got sick and tired of the dryness, breakage, and frizziness and chopped off most of my hair in frustration. And then, people would come up to me and tell me I looked just like "Felicity." I took it as a compliment - Keri Russell is gorgeous - even though the consensus during the second season of that show seemed to be that she'd made a mistake by hacking her hair off.

Interestingly, I read that it was Russell's decision to cut her hair off and keep it curly, and she didn't notify the producers that she was going to do it. The writers had to incorporate it into the plot after the fact.

I kind of hate how she always seems to have her hair straightened for roles now (and possibly in real life, too). I thought her curls were awesome! It's kind of sad that few of the stylists in Hollywood know how to care for curly hair.

raindear 10-04-2012 12:25 PM

A. For the hairs with the bulbs attached-remember in the life cycle of hair, approximately 100 follicles a day go into inactivity and the attached hair will fall out, perhaps more if you have really dense hair, less if you have thinner density hair. These hairs often fall unnoticed from straight hair, but come out in the shower or when detangling with curly hair and so are more noticed when transitioning from wearing our hair straight to wearing it curly.

B. For the shorter hairs: This might be caused by dryness or breaking off split ends. Using the info in this link:

The Art of Dusting- Trimming Natural Hair | Curly Nikki | Natural Hair Styles and Natural Hair Care

may help you to figure out if you have a lot of split ends that could be breaking off. If it doesn't seem to be split ends, and even if it does-try a deep conditioning treatment to see if it helps.

edit:If you do seem to have a lot of split ends, a trim might be in order.

PRINCETON 10-04-2012 01:46 PM

It also looks like you bleach and color your hair??. Perhaps I overlooked that in your description.

That's some major thick and long hair. Looks luscious :)

You should really work on getting rid of the damaged hair which means do not look into protein treatments just yet.

If I were you I would consider cutting about 1/8 of an inch from each strand and then only do moisturizing treatments for at least 45 days.

Also, cut out the use of products that have cones during this time so that you are not applying the temporary fix that cones offer. This period will allow you to clarify and work directly with your raw hair so that you can begin to see just how much damage you might have done.

45 days of moisturizing treatments that does not contain cones. Also, I would skip on adding oils until you reach that 45 day mark.

PRINCETON 10-04-2012 01:52 PM

Honestly protein treatments are also temporary fixes. The added protein does not permanently attach to the hair. I believe hair is about 90% protein so you really have to focus on adding moisture.

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