Heat Damaged hair & want to go natural- what should I do??

Hi everyone,

I have been feeling very frustrated lately with my hair! I used to always have my hair permed because that was the only way my mum knew how to handle it. I stopped perming my hair for about 10 years because I chopped it all off! Recently I have grown my hair to shoulder length and not knowing how to handle it I booked an appointment to get my hair permed later this week - but after finding this forum and website I'm not getting it done!

I have hair that is around 2b and very thick but recently I have lost all of my wave/curl/volume! I think it might be because I have been using a flat iron too much (which was, ironically, to curl my hair!) - I would love to go natural and get my curl back - what should I do? I read about protein treatments, should I start with that? How often should I do it?
I was thinking of doing a protein egg treatment today, then an olive oil one during the week?

I tried going natural before but didn't have the support or information and so I found it too difficult to tame my hair.

Also, any advice on how to dry and style hair would really be appreciated as I have had short hair for ages and now with shoulder length hair I don't know how to style it! I generally end up looking like a mop and loosing any curl definition

I am living in a small village in France - and the range of hair care products is really bad! There are some without parabens and silicones (all of the conditioners have silicones in them!) but they all contain sulfates - any advice?? I previously used Redken's Fresh curl shampoo and conditioner, are they any good?

Thanks in advance for you help - I don't know what to do!

Last edited by scigrl; 12-30-2012 at 07:08 AM.
Hi there! First I would like to say welcome! Now on to the matter at hand...if your hair is severely heat damaged, the only way to get your curl back is to cut off the damage and then start from there. I don't have much information to share with respect to protein treatments as my hair does not respond well to them, but you should give it a try. You will have to experiment to see what works and what does not work for your hair. If you do it and it doesn't work...don't worry. Try something else. At least you will know what doesn't work for you . YouTube is a great place to start to get advice on tips and techniques. Again..everything may not work but you will have to try different things to find out what works for YOUR hair.

As far as products, that contain sulfates...I use them. There is nothing that says being natural means that you can't use shampoos with sulfates lol. You can dilute them if you are really worried, but I wouldn't stress about that. As long as they are moisturizing, I think you can do well. And you can always balance out your use of these products with natural products such as olive oil, jojoba oil and coconut oil.

As far as styling, I wear twist outs and braid outs ALL the time. You can do them wet or dry. I blow dry my hair beforehand, but when my hair was shorter, I would do them on wet hair. I hope this helps a little. Good luck!


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