help! straight ends, frizzy, broken

Hi all! I've been desperately seeking help with my hair problems so I figured this would be a good place to post. I once had very thick but smooth curly hair. After a year of incessant hair dying, flat ironing for dance and going through xanax and various anti-depressants (plus the stress of being 16 years old and in the midst of my junior year), I now have this:
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^note my sad face

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My hair gets greasy very fast and I shampoo a lot (probably more than I should). If anyone has any advice, I would appreciate it!

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  • RimiRimi Registered Users Posts: 2,001 Curl Neophyte
    You have beautiful eyes! And I love your skin ^.^

    What products do you use?

    Typically with excessive heat use, the hair can become heat damaged. You might want to try a series of protein treatments to see if you can bring some life back to your hair!
    21 y/o lifelong natural {4a-O ; spongy ; coarse ; dense ; MBL stretched}

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  • CarmenOCarmenO Registered Users Posts: 6
    Hi all! I've been desperately seeking help with my hair problems so I figured this would be a good place to post. I once had very thick but smooth curly hair. After a year of incessant hair dying, flat ironing for dance and going through xanax and various anti-depressants (plus the stress of being 16 years old and in the midst of my junior year), I now have this:
    55d11d1b1efae94262edc3bfa6fc00b1.jpg
    ^note my sad face

    0c3b301684ae34e5b2a6231315713fb1.jpg

    cf70fc6015b380274339026162ffbaef.jpg

    My hair gets greasy very fast and I shampoo a lot (probably more than I should). If anyone has any advice, I would appreciate it!

    Hey there :)) Don't be sad- you can get your hair's life back! I suggest doing a deep conditioning first (1). Get your ends cut if they're split and totally dead. You might want to stop shampooing your entire head, too... Actually, yes.. stop. Especially if your shampoo is not paraben or silicone free. Most shampoos have the same ingredients that dish washing soap have in them... totally strips your hair of its natural oils. Just shampoo your roots every few days. Rinsing your roots will clean the rest of your hair as it rinses down. In other words, do not lather your entire head (2).

    Use a gentle conditioner (3) and leave in conditioner. Gentle b/c you don't want to shock your hair by giving it too much of something. One thing I found out about my hair is that water and lack of product dries it out more than anything else. After you condition, leave about 20% of the conditioner in your hair (4) and then use a light leave in conditioning spray (5), followed by a gel or styling product to lock in the moisture (6). Sparingly... A little will go a long way... Don't over do it...

    ~Are you using HOT water to wash your hair? Use luke-warm water to wash and then cold while rinsing (don't forget to leave 20% conditioner in).

    ~Make sure your diet is full of protein. Sea minerals also help my hair a ton.

    Don't give up! You are beautiful and you've got this!! :thumright:

    (these names are not accurate, but a quick amazon search will find them)
    Honeysuckle Moisturizing Shampoo
    GPB Protein Conditioner

    Hope that helps! As far as sealers to keep in your moisture, I am still trying to find a good one... but have heard GREAT things about Aveda's Humectant Pomade.
  • poemaXXpoemaXX Registered Users Posts: 456 Curl Neophyte
    These ladies have given you great advice so far, so I just want to echo them. Be gentle to your hair. Cut out the damaged ends. Since your hair is curly, you'll want to be extra mindful of having a balance of moisture and protein in your products. It'll be helpful to figure out your hair's properties (porosity, texture, etc) to find what products will work best for you: Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics Check out the signatures of other CurlTalk users with the same properties as you – it'll set you on the right track! HTH.
    || 3b; normal porosity; fine/normal texture || CG since Feb 2010 || SD/dandruff prone

    Current Routine BAQ henna 1/month Leave-in OH Hair Dew Cheapie Conditioner Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing
    Old Stand-bys extra-virgin coconut oil Protein AO GPB; Moisture AO HR Style AOMMJ – Kept for troubleshooting.
    Waiting to try extra-wide curlformers SD treatment H&S Clinical Strength

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