Making peace with my curls :)

jbartsyjbartsy Registered Users Posts: 31
Hi all!

I just got my first haircut by a certified deva curl specialist a few days ago and have finally decided to make a whole-hearted attempt at taking care of my curls (I used to straighten my hair almost every day!). I'm excited, but overwhelmed at the same time - it seems like there's so much trial and error!

My stylist clarified my hair and did a protein treatment on it (I'm guessing that my hair is very porous) and I have Loreal Evercreme Cleansing Conditioner, Suave Naturals Coconut, and V05 Kiwi Lime in the shower ready to rotate. Haven't fully decided on a product yet, so I'm using Herbal Essences Totally Twisted gel in the meantime.

For anyone else that used to straighten all the time (which I'm guessing is a lot of you), how long did it take for your hair to start behaving on a consistent basis? My stylist got it looking really good, but today it was still kind of finicky.

Comments

  • mhen76mhen76 Registered Users Posts: 813 Curl Neophyte
    Welcome, jbartsy! I straightened for years. My hair was very dry and somewhat damaged from daily use of a flat iron when I decided to hang it up. It took me a while to find the products and routines that work best for me. I wanted to try everything I read about on these boards!

    My needs changed as my hair got healthier so my routine needed to be adjusted. Then the weather changed and my routine needed to be adjusted. *sigh* Sometimes it can seem like a never ending journey.

    Hang in there! Keep reading and experiment with products and routines. You'll still have finicky days but fewer and fewer of them as you learn the ropes.
    3B, fine, normal to low porosity
    Modified CG since June 2010
    HGs: FSG, anything with glycerin, Tresemme Naturals conditioner, Curls Like Us cloths, satin pillowcases.
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Registered Users Posts: 3,750 Curl Neophyte
    Welcome! How long hair takes to recover depends how badly fried the hair is, some damage much be cut or grown out but it doesn't sound like yours is that severe. Beneficial ingredients for damaged or porous hair include hydrolysed protein, coconut oil, ceramides and panthenol.
    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
  • KorkscrewKorkscrew Registered Users Posts: 1,834 Curl Neophyte
    I'm excited for you as you begin your natural journey :D

    I agree with everyone. Hair behaves a certain way based on how much it's been processed, as well as on what products you use. You'll also need to learn what your natural hair needs in humid and dry conditions. Like someone said, it really is a journey that usually becomes a lot easier as you go along.

    To answer your specific question about straightening and consistent hair behavior, it took me a few inches of growth. It helps IMO to ditch any damaged hair, whether that means trimming some off each month, or getting rid of all of it at once.

    Sounds like your Deva cut was a success. Deva cuts seem to work really well for a lot of us! They work well for me because it's a dry cut and my stylist gives me strategic layers that give my hair volume and a sense of movement. If you can't get your hair to look exactly like your stylist got it the day of your cut, it's understandable: freshly cut hair IMO tends to spring up and "behave" like nobody's business. But after the next wash it typically "settles" into a less uniform wave or curl pattern ... That's been my experience, anyway ;)
  • jbartsyjbartsy Registered Users Posts: 31
    Thanks for the welcome and words of wisdom all! :) This forum is full of nice people which is unusual these days. I've since had some really good hair days and some extremely bad ones... Still trying to figure out what it likes. This is like trying to take care of a baby who can't talk to you!
  • bobbybobby Registered Users Posts: 785 Curl Connoisseur
    jbartsy wrote: »
    Thanks for the welcome and words of wisdom all! :) This forum is full of nice people which is unusual these days. I've since had some really good hair days and some extremely bad ones... Still trying to figure out what it likes. This is like trying to take care of a baby who can't talk to you!

    Welcome aboard. I think most everyone in this forum had a struggle of some kind with making peace with their curls. As a guy, it was much harder. However, once you are there, it is empowering. You'll enjoy the people of this forum. Think of it this way, we can all identify with a common cause.

    "Curls aren't just for girls."
    2B always with potential of white man's fro

    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/members/bobby-albums-my-album.html

    "Curls aren't just for girls"
  • AlessandrraaaaAlessandrraaaa Registered Users Posts: 23
    How do you put up a profile picture

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