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Mommycurl 10-04-2012 12:44 PM

New Here- Flat Iron Damage!
Hi Fellow Curly Friends!

I am a 32 year old Mommy to two and my daughter has GORGEOUS long curly hair. I have been strictly flat ironing my curls for the past two years, and recently decided to go au natural because I don't want to send the wrong message to my daughter.

So, I packed my CHI up and am doing the Curly Girl Method. I previously had really great curls, but never could get the products right, and my hair was always crunchy and I would get major product build-up. After reading CG I realize I had been doing everything wrong! So, I shampoo'd for the last time yesterday morning, and today cowashed and did the CG Method. So far my hair already looks so much better. I am using Suave Naturals Mositure CO wash, L'Oreal Deep Moisture for my heavier CO, and L'Oreal EverClear Styling Creme/Gel. My hair has quite a bit of flat iron damage. I did a quick trim of my ends to clean them up and am scheduled for a haircut next week (my schedule does not allow me to go any sooner.) Anyone have advice on flat iron damage? I never want to use the CHI ever again. My poor curls have lost their elasticity, bounce, and beauty. I now have wavy hair and am working back to the curls. Would love any advice.

I apologize in advance that I don't know any slang/abbreviations- very new to this place!

mhen76 10-04-2012 07:29 PM

Welcome, Mommycurl! I also started here with flat iron damage. Right now, moisture will be key for you. It seems like you're off to a good start. It will take a little time to reverse the damage but it will happen. If you're still feeling dry, you may want to do a deep treatment. As your hair gets healthier, your needs may change but cross one bridge at a time.

If what you are doing is working, then stick with it. If you feel build-up, go ahead and use a gentle shampoo. The co-wash alone doesn't work for all of us.

Read as much as you can and learn as much as you can. The biggest mistake I made when I started was to try too much at once. I wanted to try every product and technique I read! I had to restrain myself to one step at a time!

Gretchen 10-05-2012 08:45 AM

Welcome, Mommycurl!

Mommycurl 10-05-2012 12:04 PM

Thank you so much for all of the advice!! This is day three of the CG method and my hair is so silky, bouncy, soft, starting to get life back! I hope it does not take too long to reverse the flat iron damage. I am never plugging my CHI in again! The best part is that it takes all of 5 minutes for me to do my hair now- better than 20 minutes with the flat iron!

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