How do I take care of my hair?
Well, girls... I'm in a desperate need of consultation. My mom started relaxing my hair since I was 7 years and I kept doing it (thinking it was the right thing) until I turned 24. Looking some baby pictures I saw I had long curly hair so I decided to stop relaxing 3 years ago and be proud of my black roots. By ignorance and thinking I was protecting my hair, I didn't relaxed but kept blow drying and sometimes ironing it. I also started using Chi Enviro to fight the frizz (which helped a lot) but it's kind of expensive and a long process. I have really frizzy hair. Anyways... the thing is that I noticed my hair is curly EXCEPT in the front (the bangs), which I know now it has heat damage and obviously it does not curl. So, after thinking straight of it, I decided to shave my had because it looks HIDEOUS. Besides, the right side of my hair it has lesser hair and it frustrates me. Trying to manage my curls I started using Hawaiian Silky Miracle Worker 14-in-1, ECO Styler Krystal (10 hold) and Revlon Realistic Curl Softly Activator (I used this one once mixed with the first two but it left my hair greasy; something weird because my hair is very dry-high porosity).I need counselling on what products should I use to manage a healthy growth and keep my curls. I did an intense research on CurlMart for two days, and here are the products that I think best suits me:Curly Hair Solutions Curl KeeperRemoveMixed Chicks Leave-in ConditionerRemoveCurl Junkie Curls in a BottleRemoveSheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative ConditionerRemoveCURLS Curls MilkshakeRemoveOyin Handmade Frank JuiceRemoveSunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil Extra Dark 8 ozRemoveDarcy's Botanicals Sweet Cocoa Bean Curl Smoothing CreamRemoveDarcy's Botanicals Coconut Lemongrass Transitioning CremeRemoveCurlisto Repair Styling CreamRemoveOuidad Curl Recovery Whipped Curls Daily Conditioner & Styling PrimerRemoveSimply Smooth Xtend Keratin Reparative Magic PotionRemoveTexture My Way Easy Comb Leave-In Detangling and Softening Cream TherapyRemoveHere are some pictures so you can help me.Thanks a lot!
To begin, your hair is beautiful, i looks like a blend of 3b/3c. And OH!! How I understand your pain of your front hairs being straight…mine tend to do the same! I do think that to help with frizz, I do think co-washing with whatever conditioner of your choice. I say this because I tend to have a bit of frizz myself as a transitionee natural and when I co-wash, I use a t-shirt instead of a towel when I get through which really helps with the frizzing, then moisturize with oils, a moisturizing creme and then a leave in conditioner. Also my best friend has hair a bit kinkier than yours, and she'll have frizz, go co-wash her and put in her SheaButter Leave-In Condition, then finger detangle. Then she'll either pull it into a pony/bun or leave it down and it looks fine :). I hope I've helped somewhat, beautiful.
Hi Nesmar86, Your hair is beautiful and it looks like it suffered from heat damage for a while. I wouldn't be surprised if it is actually much curlier than it looks in the photos after cutting the damage off. My hair actually used to curl like that. I thought I had 3b hair because my curl pattern was loose but that was just damage. I say if you are up for it cut the damage and start and new hair regime. Get rid of harsh sulfates and mineral oils. If you need to shampoo instead of co-washing, use a sulfate free shampoo. Deep condition twice a week, detangle, apply a light leave in and seal your ends with oil. You can style your hair however you want but try to cut out the heat. I say go with what works for you as far as products but you can check out my FAV products ever here: Nikki Chanel's Favorites.Give it time... you will figure it all out. That's the point of going natural. I was well after a few years of being natural that I figured it out.