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What is the CRAZIEST thing you have done out of frustration with your hair?

JulesonlineJulesonline Posts: 444Registered Users
I recently was talking with a friend who has curly hair and we had this discussion.

When I was 11 years old I hated my hair. My mom was always making me brush it out (can you say fuzzball?) and I hated my smaller diameter curls and wanted the larger looser curls that I felt we're pretty. So, I got it into my head that if I could get a perm with larger rollers, my hair would curl differently. Needless to say, my mom and hair stylist looked at each other and tried their best to convince me not to do it, but stubborn as I was I could not be convinced. I got the perm and no kidding....Rosanne Rosannadana


was my nickname that year!!

3A/B? A corkicelli mix of ringlets, spirals, helixes & s-shaped curls
Medium-fine texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity

Summer: pink; Winter: Blue; Year Round: green
Lo-Poo:Giovanni SAS sulfate free poo, L'Oreal Evercream CC
Co-wash: TNRV, VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea, TNNM
YTC, Nexxus Hydra-light w/ CNPF GVPCB, Biolage CB, TNNM, Giovanni SAS



  • KorkscrewKorkscrew Posts: 1,834Registered Users
    I almost tried that too back in the day. The stylist did look at me like I'd asked her to stab me in the liver. I - almost word for word - asked for the same thing you wanted: a looser curl pattern. But I also wanted a "frizz free" look. I thought a perm might do that. She wouldn't do it. Told me it'd ruin my hair.

    But I did something just as foolish (an alternative form of the traditional curly perm), and I've talked about it here in the forums: allowed a woman to give me a Jheri curl, but I didn't know that's what she was doing. My hair had been down to my shoulders before the treatment and my curls were up to my ears afterward. Also, it looked like an oil slick. And the activator smell? - oy gevalt - was horrible ... Ah the irony of using an activator spray to activate naturally curly hair that has been artificially curled.

    What a disaster :geek:
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 11,983Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I cut it myself. Now, I know that many curlies cut their own hair successfully. I should have known better! I looked like a cross between a hedgehog and a porcupine. The ends split. It was horrible. I kept cutting more hoping to fix it. In the end I went to a stylist.

    Some people are not cut out (sorry - horrible pun) to cut their own hair!
    2/c Coarse hair med. density.
    Highly porous. Color over grey.
    I love all the Curl Junkie products. Still experimenting with gels and curl creams. Still hoping for 2nd day hair....
    Every day is a gift :flower:
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,801Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    Pretty much everything I did over the years was crazy, ridiculous, damaging, and a terrible waste of time, money, and tears.
    Ironing it with a clothes iron.
    Rolling it up in soup cans.
    All manner of perms and straighteners.
    Flat irons and crimpers.
    Salon hair cuts.

    Life is sure better now that I just let it do it's thing. And finding cheap products that keep it healthy and help it look great (most of the time) is a bonus.
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, joined the forums in May 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, currently at mid back length when dry,  texture-medium/fine, porosity-top is low, middle is medium, ends are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, coconut oil, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
    --My article at NaturallyCurly about going grey. Yes, it's in the senior section. : / -- https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/seniors/how-i-went-completely-gray-and-loved-it
  • lexiinamorlexiinamor Posts: 13Registered Users
    I got dreadlocks :P They didn't suit me (although they look great on some people), they damaged my hair, and I missed out on the beauty of curly hair :( They were fun but my curl that I have naturally is way prettier and looks way better on me :D So happy it's healthy again and getting long!! (won't do that again...)
    High type: 2c/3a curl, a bit fine, medium density, VERY low porosity
    Length: BSL (going for waist)
    Ombre hair with warm brown/golden copper (grown out bleached ends and red henna overtop)
    Hair loves touch.
    Products: Live Clean but...
    new here and currently researching better products to achieve better definition and VOLUME for my hair type! Haven't decided yet what to try....
  • KilajoKilajo Posts: 786Registered Users
    Used clippers to shave my head down to about a half inch of hair about 15 years ago. I was so frustrated because every time I straightened my hair it would frizz in humidity (like curly hair does) so I just said the heck with it. I shaved it and no more frizz. Wore it like this for about a year and then grew it back out.
  • mcherycemcheryce Posts: 363Registered Users
    Got a relaxer. I couldn't get my pick through my hair so I said screw it. At the time I had been natural for a couple years. At the time I also didn't know I was supposed to detangle with conditioner. Curlies where were you when I needed you?? Lol!
  • kibskibs Posts: 41Registered Users
    The two worst things I ever did out of frustration were 1. hacked it ALL off to a very short bob. Which in reality was just a way to force me to straighten it every single day because when its that short and I try to skip a day it goes all q-tip fluffy on me. and 2. I tried to get highlights to hide my gray hair growing in. I've had gray hair since I was a teenager, now i'm 27 and i'm probably 70% gray. I was so SICK of dying it all the time to hide it, so I thought highlights might help hide it easier than dying the roots every month. The lady did these big chunky pieces and I have dark brown hair, and I ended up with ORANGE skunk streaks. It was awful lol
    CG since 1/3/13
    Fine, Dense, Med/high porosity
    prone to fluff
    years of straightening and coloring damage currently being repaired!

    Wash:Deva No-poo
    Co-wash:V05 Free me Freesia
    LI/RO/DC: Deva one conditioner
    Stylers: LA Looks sport, Deva light hold, CSCK, AG recoil

    experimenting with protein and moisture
  • EricachristinaEricachristina Posts: 496Registered Users
    When I didn't know anything about taking care of curly hair I use to flat iron it almost daily on the highest heat setting. I didn't know anything about how to wake up with second day hair either so I would wake up and flat iron my already flat ironed( but slightly wavy from sleeping on it ) hair. I didn't even really use a heat protectant and I was using sulfates to wash it. When you are clueless and you don't stop and think about the consequences its terrible. Other people thought my hair looked good, it was long and shiny because of the products I was using but it wasn't healthy and it didn't grow any longer than a few inches below my bra for a long time. I finally smartened up learned how to care for my hair and love my curls and my hair is healthy waist length and looks a lot better.
  • lj_princesslj_princess Posts: 46Registered Users
    Worst thing I ever did
    I got quite bored with my hair over winter holidays. So i found this spray-on, flat-iron highlighting stuff at the drugstore and rushed home to try it.
    I flat-ironed the sections i misted with that highlighting stuff and i heard a big sizzling noise, but no color appeared (my hair is a quite dark brown) I tried again and again, up to 8 times D: The hair just mostly snapped off and now I am stuck with one-inch short pieces on my top layer. Never trying at-home color again

    BTW the product is Mark Anthony Easy-Lites just a heads up so you guys stay away from it...friendly advice!!
    finally starting to love my hair ^.^
    cleanse: Dr.Bronner mild castile soap
    condition: tresemme naturals (sometimes used as styler)
    LI/style: curl cream mixed with coconut oil (current cream by andalou naturals)

    product minimalist :sunny:
  • claudine19claudine19 Posts: 4,486Registered Users
    There used to be some kind of thinning thing for men's short hair that I found around the house when I was young. It looked like a cross between those old "Daisy" razors and a regular men's hair shaver. I ran it through the back of my all one length hair and it basically shredded the cuticle and left it thinner in some spots and untouched in others.

    I don't know what to compare it to: perhaps a badly cut lawn?
    Dogs and nature abhor a vacuum.
  • DedachanDedachan Posts: 1,644Registered Users
    Cutting it short...I have never been able to grow my hair past shoulder lenght since. :angry1:
  • MLmayaMLmaya Posts: 9Registered Users
    I've hacked off my hair fairly short (which looks HORRIBLE) several times because the heaviness and the tangles were driving me absolutely insane.
    2B/2C hair....I think.
    Fairly thick and dense.
    Currently using Suave Naturals Hypoallergenic Shampoo & Conditioner.
  • verlisverlis Posts: 16Registered Users
    When I was 13/14 I had relaxed hair but I had micro braids for that summer. I love braids but I have no patience for taking them out so out the scissors came. It wasnt really that bad but my hair was shorter. My mom was hysterical. I learned the lesson of its just hair it grows back before I did my real big chop 10 years later.
  • LotusthreadsLotusthreads Posts: 27Registered Users
    Shaved my head to around 1/4 inch around 10 years ago. Kept it that way for a year, then took a long time to grow it out. But that year felt so freeing, not having to worry about my hair at all.
    Hair type: 2c/3a, fine, med density, med-high porosity
    Co-wash: tresemme naturals
    RO: garnier fructis nutri-repair nourishing, matrix cb, ytc
    LI: sukin, matrix cb, kckt
    Sealer: argan oil, coconut oil
    Gel: garnier fructis endurance 24 hr, kccc
    Dt: matrix cb, alchemy masque
    Pt: gelatin, joico Kpak
  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users

    Yeah, I had that hair too, in 7th grade. If I can find my school pic, I will post it. With me it had nothing to do with wanting a different curl pattern. I had curly hair until age 3, it went straight, and my natural curl started coming back around 14. During the 80's, when body waves were all the rage, I wanted one. My mom dropped me off at the salon, and the woman ruined me. I was 12, my hair was down to my butt, she cut it to the middle of my back, and by the time she was done it was above my chin and I had a 3 inch chemical burn on my neck. She used the smallest rollers, or blue hair specials as I like to call them.

    Other than that I have had my hair buzzed, had it dyed any and every color you can think of, went from beautiful tighter curls that were down to the middle of my back to a crazy short cut that looked like a bush. All thanks to Drew B's hair in Boys On The Side. The last traumatic injury brought me here. I asked for a dark blonde/light brown hair color with some highlights around my face. The man who had been doing my hair for 7 years decided jet black with white skunk stripes would be better. My hair was horribly damaged and reduced to a slight wave. I had to go through several color corrects, but it's bouncing back.
    When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

  • NeirelleNeirelle Posts: 126Registered Users
    Damaged the bottom of my hair by bleaching two pieces 3 times in one day and not seperating them with all my other hair.. Those two piecies of hair fell off in a week..ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1371354967.390229.jpg
  • Litanna23Litanna23 Posts: 7Registered Users
    I cut mine crazy short. I had long hair all my life and hated it growing up. and since so many kids and grown-ups said it was a distraction, in my frustration, I chopped it off. OMG my hair sprung up and curled, I looked like a Q-tip. Needless to say though, those people who told me to cut it never looked more green. X)
  • chloe92uschloe92us Posts: 1,203Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    This is kind of gross, but last summer I volunteered at my son's summer camp. At that time, my hair was below bra strap length and this was before CG, so it was dry and frizzy. Well, I picked up head lice there! I attempted to use the nit comb to pick out the eggs, but my hair was so damaged I couldn't get that comb through. So, I put it in a ponytail and chopped off about 8" right in the bathroom. Threw the ponytail in the garbage and went to work. Two days later, the ordeal was over and I got everything out. But I went 6 MONTHS before I bothered to fix the chop! I wore my hair in a ponytail so no one noticed, but when it was wet it was completely zig-zagged. Finally, I got it fixed (and had to tell the stylist WHY my hair was like that....) and then I found NC.com and my hair has been transformed forever. The end.
    2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
    Cleanse: AIA cowash, TJ Tea Tree Condish
    Condish: JC Too Shea, Tresemme Botanique
    Stylers: flax/okra gel or KCCC + CJ PP or JC Spiralicious
    Experimenting with Got2B Ultra gel and loving it so far!
  • CurlyGrey3CurlyGrey3 Posts: 508Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Lol! Great story! I lived in fear of lice while my kids were in grade school. We were SO lucky.

    I once tried to cut my hair myself. It was typical summer humidity and I couldn't take the frizz one more minute. I went to see my friend at work and she sent me directly to the hair cutting place.
    Salt & pepper wavy mix 2B/2C
    Low to normal porosity, coarse, kinky, normal elasticity
    Current favorites:
    Low poo: Yes To Cukes Color Protection (the no sulfate one)
    Conditioners: Renpure MPHIP, CJ Smoothing Lotion, AB LI, CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan/Olive, Darcy's Pumpkin
    Style: FSG, BRHG
    Pre-poo/DT: Conditioner with honey & coconut oil

    iHerb discount code: PNQ285
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    Not that crazy but ... stripped my burgundy dye out and went a lighter and brighter shade of pink-red, finishing a week before I was in my sibling's formal white wedding in a huge stately home. I had a fuchsia pink halo until I washed it several times!
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect
  • CurlyGrey3CurlyGrey3 Posts: 508Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Not that crazy but ... stripped my burgundy dye out and went a lighter and brighter shade of pink-red, finishing a week before I was in my sibling's formal white wedding in a huge stately home. I had a fuchsia pink halo until I washed it several times!

    Pics? :)
    Salt & pepper wavy mix 2B/2C
    Low to normal porosity, coarse, kinky, normal elasticity
    Current favorites:
    Low poo: Yes To Cukes Color Protection (the no sulfate one)
    Conditioners: Renpure MPHIP, CJ Smoothing Lotion, AB LI, CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan/Olive, Darcy's Pumpkin
    Style: FSG, BRHG
    Pre-poo/DT: Conditioner with honey & coconut oil

    iHerb discount code: PNQ285
  • KellyKKellyK Posts: 5Registered Users
    Bought a box of Curl Free. Actually, many many boxes. Sigh...
  • naturalNeeenaturalNeee Posts: 11Registered Users
    EVERY time I get frustrated with my hair, ie; it won't style right, or it doesn't grow fast enough, I cut it. Yea, that's a horrible thing to do every time because it won't help the growth, but I can't help it. Then a month later I regret cutting it...

    Big Chop #3 5.20.13 - Nees
  • wavydazewavydaze Posts: 2,061Registered Users
    Thank you everyone for sharing! I've found your stories touching and many made me giggle as well.

    I was always very conservative about my hair so I never did anything dramatic to it. I would just look in the mirror at my frizzy triangle and think well..... that's just how my hair was. It was terrible for whatever reason, but looks were never my forte so terrible hair was just another checkmark in "falling off the ugly tree and hitting every branch on the way down." My frizzball hair was just another branch LOL!!!! Lucky me! :glasses1:
    2bc/ f / ii. low porosity roots + normal-high porosity shaft where bleached. normal elasticity.

    Currently using:
    Poo: Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe
    RO: V05 Kiwi Lime
    LI: CJ Smoothing Lotion
    Styler: UFD CM, CJ PP
    PT: CJ Repair Me

    :thumright: hydrolized protein, jelly stylers
    :angry8: guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sulfates, jojoba oil
    Neutral on cones.

    iherb discount code: CFN646
  • GalaxyGalaxy Posts: 22Registered Users
    When I was 14, I cut down my waist long hair to chin length by myself. I haven't managed to get this length back since. :banghead:
    One year later I relaxed it. It took two years to grow out the relaxer.
  • MidwesterncurlMidwesterncurl Posts: 133Registered Users
    LOL...I used to iron my hair with an actual iron in high school. I wanted that stick straight, flat hair that was so popular in the early 2000's. Remember Jennifer Aniston? I know, I practically killed it. My brother said he could smell it burning.
  • penguinfluffpenguinfluff Posts: 5Registered Users
    I actually shaved my head bald several times as a teenager. sometimes I'd go bald to school, sometimes I'd wear my straight black wig.
    yah I was an oddball. lol
  • redhead17redhead17 Posts: 11Registered Users
    I decided to cut my 3c curls into layers. 'Nuff said.
  • rastaloverastalove Posts: 4Registered Users
    I used to brush oh my hair every morning and one say I got so frustrated that I pulled a chunk of hair put with the brush and my head started bleeding.

    That same year I got so mad I decided to cut off 10 inches of hair, which made me look like a little boy. It took more than three years to grow back.

    Later I had my hair in a big ponytail and was tired of it being so uneven, so I took a pair of scissors and tried to make my hair better, but after that it just looked like a got a haircut from a blind person.
  • FrostiiLoveFrostiiLove Posts: 105Registered Users
    When I was 13 I had mid back length 4a/b hair and that was without stretching. It was thick and hard to manage. My mother had 3b hair and she was clueless about my hair and how to handle so it was a mess 99% of the time. One day i tried to comb it myself - WORST IDEA EVER! The comb got tangled in my hair and the more I tried to free it the more tangled it got. I got so frustrated, I cut it out. It was about a 4x4 inch patch of hair. Had to cut to shoulder length to try and make it unnoticeable. Then a week later i relaxed it.

    Guess that's two of the craziest things I've done lol

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