Please help I'm losing my Natural Curl!
Hi loves. This may be lengthy so I want to thank anyone in advance who reads it and responds, any advice will be appreciated. I had ringlet curls around the ages 2-5 but my mom started keeping my hair cut short so it wasn't really curly again until 4th grade. My hair is 2C and on good days with any luck 3B. I have a love hate relationship with my hair. I always had frizzy poofy curls throughout middle school, in high school I started to figure out how to tame it. I actually started to love it my Junior year and get complimented on it. I became slightly obsessed with looking online for ways to make my hair better. At the end of the summer right before senior year my hair had gotten pretty long and I loved the curl. For some reason I got my hair cut to above my shoulders with bangs. I regret this because It went mainly wavy so I started trying to grow it out. In my case the longer layers my hair has the curlier. During that process I found this website and started trying to get my curl pattern back. I was a fan of the super soaker method and the Ice Queen method this helped a lot. I tried to go no poo but I've found my hair likes the sulfates. I have always just used whatever shampoo or conditioner I could get cheap at nearby drugstores. I had never had problems with it before. I tried a shampoo with coconut sulfate for curls which was gentler but my hair didn't change. I believe somewhere over this process I over conditioned. Currently it is almost back to its original length but the curl isn't what it was. Now its a frizzy, stringy, limp and lifeless mess. It is soft to the touch but it looks really coarse.Today I tried Pantene reconstructing shampoo, it was a little curly but it did not last and now its falling out in clumps. I have heard some bad things about Pantene, does anybody know anything about that? I feel like I am losing my identity. Can someone please give my advice or product recommendations? Not trying to be dramatic but right now my hair is practically straight but frizzy. I have reached the point of either straightening it everyday, or getting a perm. I do not want to believe I am losing my curls. Here is a picture form before the bad haircut and then during the process of growing it out with stringy curls. I can't bring myself to post a picture of how it looks now.