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I don't know what to do with my hair

I believe my hair is a 2c... It's wavey and kind of curly at the same time if that makes sense. My hair used to a lot curlier than it is now. Or at least, the curls looked a lot healthier and people always thought I used a curling iron when I didn't.. so I guess it looked spirally? Now my hair just looks like a dried up mop. I'm not sure what to do about it.. I haven't straightened my hair in a few weeks, I only use a moisturizing conditioner (once in a while I'll shampoo it), and I let it air dry. I've also dyed my hair last june. About 4-5 years ago I've had my hair thinned out a couple of times.. Does that play a part in why my hair is messed up now?

Sorry for my rambling, I'm just not sure what to say or do /:

Here are some pictures of me so you can see my hair :

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That was while it was drying two days ago /:

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This was taken a week after my hair was dyed

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This is how messed up it is now -,-

Comments

  • Pina_Coladax3Pina_Coladax3 Posts: 4Registered Users
    .... anyone ?
  • Ml001Ml001 Posts: 354Registered Users
    Hi! :) yes it is likely that all has caused the damage you are experiencing now :(

    Check out the hair type link at the top of the main page for naturallycurly.com (I'm on my phone and can't pull a link for you.) Once you determine your hair's attributes you will be on your way to beautiful curls again.

    Also, please consider the Curly Girl technique. There is a book by that name (by Lorraine Massey) but googling that term will also bring up some good sites for you, too.
    remember, with all advice or suggestions for your hair, YMMV!! :read2:
    My hair:
    2b wavy, medium texture, low porosity, med-high density. Protein finicky.
    My routine:
    Cleansing: DCNP, every 4-5 days (occasionally use CJ cleansers).
    RO: CJSC, occasionally use JCDC
    LI: KCKT or CJSL
    Gel: KCCC, CJCIAB for 2nd day hair (sometimes third)

    Heat is my friend: warm water rinses, steam caps, and diffuse dry. I love CLU cloths and my Denman.
  • jsuzkelleyjsuzkelley Posts: 610Registered Users
    Thinning is usually a big no-no for curly hair - it can cause hair to be more fly-away/frizzy looking. I'd say with the hair coloring, you may have some damage. Also, do you use any kind of leave in and styling product? If not, your hair may be losing a lot of moisture. If you know your hair properties (texture, density, porosity, etc.) that can help us make some product/routine suggestions for you. Have you considered the CG (Curly girl) method? It basically involves eliminating sulfates and silicones from your hair care routine, and could really help restore your hair's health.
    2c/3a, botticelli/wavy/'swavy (huh?)
    fine, dense, normal porosity/elasticity, dry climate
    My favorite brands are Kinky Curly, As I am, Curly Kinks, Curl Junkie, and Darcy's Botanicals. Also love sealing with oils (loving argan oil right now) and styling with jelly products (KCCC is my current favorite). Mostly trying to keep it simple!
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    CG since 12/29/2011 :laughing6:
  • elizardelizard Posts: 284Registered Users
    It looks to me like you need a trim at least. A lot of times getting rid of unruly ends will help calm your hair down. Try going to a stylist who specializes in curly hair. They can probably give you some insight into how you can manage your hair. HTH.
    2b/c wavy modified CG since July 2012
    medium texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity
    hair likes protein, doesn't like oils, easily OC'd

    low poo: JCHCC, CJGCS
    RO/co-wash/LI: YTCarrots, DB Pumpkin Seed
    stylers: a bunch of stylers that are all pretty much the same (KCCC, UFDCM, CRCM, CKCJ) or ArcAngel if I need more hold
    DT/PT: CJRM, CNPF
  • Pina_Coladax3Pina_Coladax3 Posts: 4Registered Users
    MI001 - Oh ok thanks for suggestion. I'm gonna go check it out now. ☺

    Jsuzkelley - Does it really? I guess that might explain why I have so many fly aways. As of now I don't use anything but conditioner. I'm not sure what will work for me and I've never really had anyone to teach me beauty related things. I used to straighten my hair a lot but it's been a couple of weeks. I also used to use gel or mousse but it's been 6 months or so since I've used those. Thanks for your help =]

    Elizard - ok. How much hair would you think is a good amount to cut off? I'm a little scared that if I cut my hair too much it will take forever to grow back! I guess I'm being a little dramatic though lol
  • poemaXXpoemaXX Posts: 456Registered Users
    WOW, love the red color. That's an awesome look! :cyclopsani:

    You'll definitely want to look into your hair properties (porosity, texture, etc) in order to determine what your hair needs. Since your hair is color treated, you'll likely need a protein treatment (followed by a moisture treatmnet) to help its porosity.
    || 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

  • jsuzkelleyjsuzkelley Posts: 610Registered Users
    +1 to poema's suggestions and the trim. Since you're just using conditioner right now, I would suggest leaving some of it in your hair instead of rinsing it all out to help with moisture/frizz control. If you're open to using some styling products, you might consider using a gel to help define your curls and control frizz. Just check the ingredients to make sure it doesn't contain any silicones (if you plan to try the CG method) or alchohol (this is drying to the hair).
    2c/3a, botticelli/wavy/'swavy (huh?)
    fine, dense, normal porosity/elasticity, dry climate
    My favorite brands are Kinky Curly, As I am, Curly Kinks, Curl Junkie, and Darcy's Botanicals. Also love sealing with oils (loving argan oil right now) and styling with jelly products (KCCC is my current favorite). Mostly trying to keep it simple!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

    CG since 12/29/2011 :laughing6:
  • elizardelizard Posts: 284Registered Users
    I'd say you could get like an inch cut off. Hopefully that wouldn't be too tragic for you. Believe me, I can relate to haircut anxiety. If you find someone who specializes in curls, they can better assess the state of your ends. Trimming will help get rid of the thinned part as well. To be honest, even when I am growing my hair out, I usually get a trim at least every 3 months or so. It depends on how healthy your hair is, but if it's scraggly at the bottom, it won't help you gain length. The ends will just break off.

    +1 on the CG method. It will help get your hair in better shape. I think if you add moisture, protein, and maybe a curl cream/gel, you will have great looking curls!
    2b/c wavy modified CG since July 2012
    medium texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity
    hair likes protein, doesn't like oils, easily OC'd

    low poo: JCHCC, CJGCS
    RO/co-wash/LI: YTCarrots, DB Pumpkin Seed
    stylers: a bunch of stylers that are all pretty much the same (KCCC, UFDCM, CRCM, CKCJ) or ArcAngel if I need more hold
    DT/PT: CJRM, CNPF
  • InaEvaInaEva Posts: 61Registered Users
    To add, I think your hair is more like type 3B.
    Mulatto, Long 3B Hair
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