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What made you guys go natural?

I've always been interested in what make other people go natural. I literally stay on BGLH reading stories about people. So I was wondering what made you guys go natural. I have a boring reason why. I had stopped getting perms since I was 13( I'm 17 and will be 18 on the 18th) because I hated how flat it made my hair so I began flat ironing and one summer a year ago I was playing in my hair and then I two strand twisted it but it wouldn't stay lol so i washed it and them put in twists and it stayed and I decided that I liked that much better.
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  • Curly SaraCurly Sara Posts: 183Registered Users
    For me it was an over-all health consern both inside and out.
    My hair is a part of that as well as my body, skin and spirit :)
    Embrassing what god gave me and not follow the "crowd" and let people and media telling you whats beautiful and whats not.
    It all starts with yourself. I figured out that i have to love and embrace what god gave me before anyone else can do that.
    Hair type/properties:
    3c hair, high porosity, mediumdensity, low elasticity, fine hair.

    Curly hair routine/regime:
    Combine the modified cg-method (low poo) and a modified tightly curly method.
    -Condition and leave in: Aubrey Organics, Giovanni Barzilian keratin and argan oil
    -Sealer: shea butter, Argan, olive and coconutoil
    -Gel: homemade flaxseed gel, Kinky curly custard, Queen Helene Curl royal shaping creme.
  • Cristy_amkCristy_amk Posts: 171Registered Users
    My earliest memory is my mother "raking" through my "rats nest" because she didn't know how to handle my curls. She used a bristle brush and spent hours brushing through it to detangle it. Then she'd braid it up into the tighest braid she could manage and send me off to play. LOL let me tell you there were a lot of tears involved here!

    All my school years were spent trying to smooth down my hair because I thought my hair should be straight. I'd brush it (again that damn bristle brush!) and then I'd smooth it with my hands hoping and praying it would stay in place.

    Fast forward to the present (yes it's taken me to my 30's!) and honestly with the internet it suddenly opened a door for me that my curls weren't something to battle they were something to embrace!

    I loved going CG because I no longer had to fight with my hair. It was all so simple! LOL all those years ago I recalled how nice my hair would look fresh out of the shower and wondered WHY in the heck I thought it was a good idea to brush it out! I still struggle with products, cuts, and routines but my goodness my hair is 1000x's better than it ever was before!
  • mustangbunnymustangbunny Posts: 1,033Registered Users
    I got tired of straightening every day and still hating my hair. I didn't know my hair was wavy, even. I got lazy one day and let it air dry and it was kinda wavy(but mostly frizzy) so I thought I'd try to enhance that and found this site. I fell in love with the before/after thread and decided to start CG. At this point I never knew my hair could be so wavy! Some parts are even 3a territory at this point.

    What a good thread, I'm very curious about others. :cyclopsani:


    Low-poo: Looking for a new one.
    Condish: V05 Tea Therapy, Body Shop Banana
    Leave in: Giovanni Direct Leave In
    PT: My hair needs very little. I use Suave Naturals Coconut when I need a little bit and follow up with a moisturizing conditioner.
    Styler: Giovanni LA

    Go Red Wings!
    :hockey:

  • CurlyCitaCurlyCita Posts: 152Registered Users
    Before i actually went natural, I was transitioning. At the time I didn't know what transitioning was. i had stopped getting perms for like a year but i was still flat ironing. i eventually got tired of flat ironing and thats when i heard about the no heat challenge that went on. So i decided to try. I stopped flat ironing my hair and i started to notice the curly/wavy texture in my roots. I loved how soft my roots were feeling but my ends were still stringy and just plain ugly. i got tired of trying to handle the 2 diff textures so one morning, literally, i woke up and decided i wanted to cut all of my hair off besides my roots. Later that day, i went to great clips and the stylist cut my straight ends off. I had about 3 inches of hair left. i felt excited, new, yet scared because i did'nt know what to do from there. Before cutting my hair, I didn't look up anything on how to care for natural curls so for the first few weeks or so, my hair was dry and frustrating. As time went by, i learned more about moisture and cute little styles. I wanted a new look originally but I didn't expect to receive a new look, healthier hair, a better attitude (more confidence), and just pure knowledge on my hair. One of the best decisions EVER. Now my hair is growing like crazy. First pic is the day of my big chop. Second one is 2 months after. More moisturized and defined by then.
    Hair type: 3c/4a, high shrinkage :/, high density,medium porosity. ~1inch to APL stretched. Big Chopped: Oct. 2012
    Routine & Products: Sundays- DC on dry hair w/Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream & Olive Oil. Wash w/As I am Coconut Cowash. Condtion&detangle w/any VO5 conditoner. Braid in 5-8 braids w/Shea Moisture Smoothie.
    Wear braidout rest of week. Rebraid every night.

    MAYcowash w/VO5 conditioner mid-week and rebraid again. I always unbraid w/Coconut oil on hands.
  • JessiiLeighhJessiiLeighh Posts: 195Registered Users
    I got keratin treatments about twice a year for 3 years and flat ironed it every day. Until one day I had a random epiphany. I was in a hair salon with my sister and her stylist had the most gorgeous curls. They looked like mine and I was in love. From that day forward I styled my hair curly, big chopped a few months later.
    :wav:
    3a, fine/med strand thickness, high density, low porosity
    CG since April 2012
    BC October 2012
    Cleanser: SheaMoisture Manuka Honey or CJ Daily Fix
    RO Conditioner: Mop Top Daily Conditioner
    Leave In: KCKT
    Stylers: Either Raw Curls Spray Gel, Raw Curls Medium Hold Gel, or MopTop Curly Custard, and always topped with Curlisto Control II Gel
    Sealer: Pure Argan Oil
  • lori.mattoxlori.mattox Posts: 210Registered Users
    I went natural because of laziness I guess you could say? As far back as high school (13 years ago) I would rock a "wash and go" on my relaxed hair during summer months. I continued this until Feb. 2012 when we were having an unseasonably warm winter so I rocked wash and gos more often than my straight hair. I put in a relaxer after I had gone maybe 6 months without one only to wear my hair straight for 2 days. I decided then to stop spending money on them and transitioned until December with mostly my wash and gos. (I tried and failed multiple times during that time with bantu knots, braid outs, and perm rod sets, lols.) That Christmas Eve I tried finger coils. My relaxed ends made them look bad so I chopped the straight parts off to end my transition. My best decision even on my worst hair days.

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    3C/4A Fine texture, low porosity, low/medium density? Trying CG since Dec. 2013
    Shampoo: Curl's Creamy Curl Cleanser or clarifying shampoo when needed.
    Co-wash: Curl's coconut curlada
    Deep Condition: Experimenting in the kitchen
    oil: flaxseed and coconut for treatments
    Styler: Tresemme conditioner, alone or mixed together with aloe vera gel
    Sealer: aloe vera juice
  • hambo02hambo02 Posts: 480Registered Users
    i got a Japanese straightener and my hair ended up breaking off so i had to cut it off then cut the relaxer out which ended up being shorter. I just decided to give the cg a try and I loved it after a year
  • BotticelliBritBotticelliBrit Posts: 2,075Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I just got so sick and tired with my hair never growing and always breaking. Plus, you know, having to straighten it everyday and it always going frizzy and poofy with a little bit of rain. It was just ... blah, annoying.

    Also lots of my friends curl their hair for nights out, so I'd started doing that too (I had chemical straightening in my hair at the time). And then I thought, 'hang on, why am I curling my hair when I have naturally curly hair?' So I thought it might be cool to grow my curls out and see what they looked like. Et voilà!
    3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

    LP: Shea Moisture (currently JBCO)
    Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

    LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
    Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
    Gel: DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
    DC:
    Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
    Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

    UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
    Growing my hair to WL when dry :thumright:
  • DaniGirl88DaniGirl88 Posts: 1,583Registered Users
    I've always been natural, but would often pull my hair back into ponytails. Right before starting college, I decided I needed an easier routine and cut my hair short. Too short to put up in fact! From there, it has been a process to bring out the best in my curls.

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    3B, fine, normal porosity, high density, medium width and length
    Conditioner: Tresemme Naturals, Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
    Co-Wash: As I Am Coconut Co-Wash
    Leave in Products: As I Am Leave-In, SM Smoothie/Milk, KCKT, Giovanni Direct Leave-In
    Air Dry

    Looking for new products and methods to try!



  • BluebloodBlueblood Posts: 1,748Registered Users
    I have fine hair with low density and being relaxed meant my hair looked flat.

    When I went to work abroad I got fed up of my hair. I got a friend who was a hairdresser to cut it off the straight ends.

    I then dyed my hair burgundy and realised that I could dye my hair any colour I wanted without having to worry about how long it was between relaxers before I dyed my hair and didn't have to worry so much about my hair breaking.

    I also found I didn't have to worry about my hair so much when I did exercise and it needed a wash due to sweat or debris.
  • lori.mattoxlori.mattox Posts: 210Registered Users
    Blueblood wrote: »
    I have fine hair with low density and being relaxed meant my hair looked flat.

    I also found I didn't have to worry about my hair so much when I did exercise and it needed a wash due to sweat or debris.

    YES, YES, YES to both of these statements!!!! I will also add that I go run and no longer worry about my wet hair with styling or how my hair will fall bc it doesn't.

    Sent from my SCH-I200 using CurlTalk App
    3C/4A Fine texture, low porosity, low/medium density? Trying CG since Dec. 2013
    Shampoo: Curl's Creamy Curl Cleanser or clarifying shampoo when needed.
    Co-wash: Curl's coconut curlada
    Deep Condition: Experimenting in the kitchen
    oil: flaxseed and coconut for treatments
    Styler: Tresemme conditioner, alone or mixed together with aloe vera gel
    Sealer: aloe vera juice
  • fefe912fefe912 Posts: 570Registered Users
    I had been getting relaxers since I was young and my hair finally started to suffer from them getting super thin and breaking off really bad which caused me to lose a lot of length and not be able to retain any. I had though about going natural for a few years, but would always chicken out and get another relaxer then I started talking to people about what I was thinking about and most were like cool you should do it. There were a few who were like why would you cut all of your hair off and go natural? lol anyways I talked with my fiance and he encouraged me to go ahead and do it and said I would still look beautiful with or without hair so I started to transition. I planned to transition for a year then cut, but after maybe 2 or 3 months I was over it and the two textures were driving me crazy so I cut out of frustration, panicked, cried, then I was happy with my choice after a few days when the shock had worn off lol.
  • mysterycurlsmysterycurls Posts: 58Registered Users
    For me it was sort of serendipity. As a kid I had pretty straight, healthy, glossy hair that got a little wavier over time. Some of it was masked by a series of bad perms and worse haircuts. I finally had enough after a really horrible perm in college that I was warned against but had to have my way. :smile: Anyway, let's just say I pretty much gave up. I washed it, conditioned it, dried it. I tried different products and nothing really helped it. Keep in mind, I really thought my hair was sort of straight. Anything I put in it tended to just make it bigger and fluffier (gel, mousse, whatever). I did notice it was a little wavy wet, and seemed to get more so after the births of my sons.

    Fast-forward several years. I had just lost a bunch of weight and was in the dressing room trying on new clothes. My hair was still damp from my wash that morning and I looked in the mirror at the back of my head and saw how wavy it was. I was a 6 or 7 inch strip down the back of my head that was inexplicably really wavy. What!!!??

    A couple of days after that I had a haircut, with a new stylist, and she said, 'is this natural curl back here?' I said, 'yeah, isn't that wierd?' Anyway she gave me a few recommendation (she's a curly too.) and sent me home. I stumbled across NC googling 'how to style wavy hair' or some such non-sense. Anyway, found the CG method and that's more or less what I've been doing for the last couple of years.

    The first couple of weeks I had so many compliments asking me what I did. I pretty sure I freaked out a few people when I told them I stopped shampooing and brushing my hair and I had to ask a couple of them 'does it look dirty to you?'
    2b/c, medium-coarse, high-density, medium-porosity, CG since 2011.
    Co-wash: Suave/ VO5
    RO: Yes to Cucumbers, GVPCB, Tresemme Naturals
    LI: GVP CB, Yes to Cucumbers
    Sealant: Argan, Grapeseed, Apricot Kernal (still working on it)
    Styler: GF Pure Clean, HETT, Volumax
    DT: Ion Effective Care, GVPCB, Yes to Cucumbers

    Experimenting with Curly Kinks ReNew, Coil Jam and Satin Roots. Also FSG.
  • jakrussel3jakrussel3 Posts: 423Registered Users
    Mine is kind of silly. I had been using Hair One fromt Sally's for a couple of years because I was fascinated by the WEN commercials and I heard sulfate free was better for our hair. I was a 2b wavy who thought she was straight with some weird bumps here and there. Anyway... I began developing a rash on my forehead when I'd get out of the shower. It didn't hurt or anything and it would go away after about 15 minutes so I just ignored it. Well, one day my scalped burned like crazy. It hurt for hours afterwards. I took a look at the ingredients and saw that it contained wheat protein. I had been diagnosed with some problems with wheat and apparently that includes in shampoo. So I began researching other sulfate free cleansing conditioners, hoping to find something similar but without wheat. My search led me to several NC.com threads, curly hair websites, curly hair product sites, etc. So I began wondering about my bumpy hair. I decided to give it a whirl. Bought DevaCare low poo, One C, some gel and a diffuser. Surprise! Look at me now... Who knew? Frizzy bumpy hair became nice wavy hair.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    Hair Properties: 2A/2B, Medium-fine, Normal porosity, Normal elasticity, Medium density
    Low Poo: DevaCare, Yes to Cuc's
    Rinse Out: DevaCare One Condition, Yes to Cuc's
    Cowash: Suave Naturals Lavender, Yes to Carrots Scalp Conditioner
    Curl Cream: AG ReCoil, Organix Moroccan Oil Curl Cream
    Gel/Mousse: Sweet Curls Elixirs FSG w/ Mag Sulfate added, Sweet Curls Elixirs hard hold gel, DevaCurl Frizz Free Foam, Aquage Uplifting Foam
    Protein: Spiral Solutions Protein Spray for daily use
  • MizHowdyMizHowdy Posts: 50Registered Users
    Great question!
    I gave up blow drying at least 25 years ago. It regularly took 45 minutes to blow dry my Dorothy Hamel cut and that was just too big of a waste of life.


    For the last few years I maintained a short cut with almost daily sulfate free shampoo and conditioning. I went sulfate free because I believe SLS to be toxic and didn't want to douse my hair and body with it. I have since found out that the shampoo I was using was still pretty harsh. I did regularly lighten my hair.


    I was tired of the short and shorter cut. I thought it looked too severe and I am not a severe person. I also thought it no longer looked good with my aging face. As luck would have it in April, I got a bad virus and had to miss my regular every-5-week haircut. Later I was liking the little bit of length.


    I decided to let it grow. The back grew in nice and wavy. The top and sides would not "behave". My routine was to wash, condition (being very careful to rinse every bit out), vigorously towel dry, rub in some chi or gel or mousse, comb and go. When I got to work I would brush and/or pick it out. The back looked great but the front and sides looked funky. I had my regular stylist (30+ years) trim my bangs and he wacked the top and sides with the thinning shears to help it lay right. It didn't help. I was about ready to have it all cut off again when I searched the web for "how to cut curly hair so it doesn't stick out". I found this whole curly girl world.


    I really just wanted a way to let my hair grow out some and keep the pretty wavy curly back and get the front and sides to be acceptable. Shockingly, with a great curly cut and cg techniques I've got curly hair.


    About 2 months into cg, I am still working on technique and products, but every day my hair looks better than it did before. Even the days I think it looks or feels odd, I like it.


    A few times I thought about brushing it to make it look "neater". I did pick it out one night... wow it got big and bushy and it really looked "old lady" so I am NOT going near it with a brush.


    So far the only negative is that my DH thinks my silk sleeping bonnet makes me look like a scary cafeteria lady. He does ,however, love my curly hair... he comments on it every day.


    Have fun.
  • CurlsNCrassCurlsNCrass Posts: 49Registered Users
    I have been regular perms since my teens and in my early twenties saw what the chemicals were doing to my hair and I didn't like it. Then I decided to stop perming. But I still had no idea what to do with my hair and neither did salons. But since I would not perm, they did a blow out and straightened it. So I did that for another five years.

    During this time whenever my hair was not just freshly done (and sometimes even when it was) I would always hide my hair in a ponytail. I was always hiding my hair since it made me anxious. What if it gets frizzy or messes up? If I would curl my hair, wind would be the enemy because it would flatten my iron-made curls and make my hair frizzy. What if my hair stuck to my lip gloss? So I just put it in a bun and called it a day.

    One day I was brushing my hair in the shower (with lots of conditioner: major discovery) and I noticed how curly my hair was and I was like "why don't I wear my hair like this?". Then began the trial and error. I would buy any product that had the word "curly" in it not thinking about ingredients and such. I would have a anti-humidity cream, and a split-end repair cream, and a gel, and a leave- in. Then I would make a product cocktail of all of these things in my hand and apply to hair. Then finish off with a mousse because "I am curly now and curly people use mousses."

    Then a friend who also was going natural turned me to Curly Nikki and MahoganyCurls and when I saw these I learned about the way to take care of my hair and November 2012 officially I decided that I would be natural. After lots of reading and stuff I now like my curly hair. I learned tons. Products do better applied in layers and when my hair is sectioned. I should style my hair soaking wet. I also wear my hair out most of the time and put it up some of the time. Being curly is awesome!

    That's my story.

    3A/B/C-MD-MT-APL (straight)-NL(curly)-N/HP

    :thumbup:Total PJ #NoShame:help:
    COW: TN, As I Am Coconut CoWash
    SF Poos: CD Chocolat, SM Yucca and Baobab
    RO: OH Honey Hemp Conditioner, AG Re:Coil, AO HSR, AO GPB, CJ BSC, Aussie Moist
    LI: OH Honey Dew, SM CES, CJ BA&OO, AG Fast Food
    Stylers: EcoStyler Gel (Olive Oil or Super Protein), KMF Upper Management Gel, UFD CM, CJ CQ
    DT: NHIH&TM, CD Manoi Mask
    LPT: AO GPB, CJ BSC
    PRT: CJ Repair Me!
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    Like many wavies I literally did not know my hair is 2a-2c, I thought it was a 'straight' poufy unmanageable nightmare until my late thirties. I even had curly perms in my teens!

    Lightbulb moment came with the CG before and after thread here on NC, I think it was linked to on the Long Hair Community. There were ladies with poufy hair like mine in the befores ... and nothing like mine in the afters.
    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
  • CuteKinksCuteKinks Posts: 76Registered Users
    Because my relaxed hair was looking a hot mess lol. Plain and simple.

    C U T E K I N K S
  • GermanaijaGermanaija Posts: 44Registered Users
    I did it by accident lol. I'd been relaxed since I was FOUR!! One year I let my sister give me like 4 weaves back to back and when I stopped the weaves, my hair had grown so much and the relaxed ends just broke off.
    All my life, I thought my hair couldn't grow longer than my ears. My hair was so short it was unreal. When I saw those weaves grow my hair, and I washed my hair I loved how it looked wet, i started using a wet look gel, and my hair just randomly started growing. I was amazed.
    Going natural wasn't really a conscious thing, it just sort of happened for me, but it was honestly one of the best things I've ever done in my life. Unfortunately, I'm now obsessed with all natural hair :-/
    My hair was so damaged, it's hard to even describe how my hair was. I think the relaxers also permanently damaged my hair to, because I've got a few dodgy patches on my head lol.
    Going natural has given me so much confidence though.

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  • Lesha3721Lesha3721 Posts: 14Registered Users
    Had a relaxer since I was 10 years old
    My thick long hair became thin and due to breakage it became very shirt and brittle. I flat ironed every other day.

    I dont really know what made me do it. I just stopped getting a relaxer and decided to see where it went. I realized I didn't remember what my hair texture was like or if my hair was in fact as unmanageable as my mother insisted.

    After I transitioned for 6 months, that's when it got harder to blend my hair textures. I started researching natural hair and learned so much on how to care for my changing hair. I decided to wait until I transitioned for 1 year then I did the BC. It has now been almost 7 months since the chop and I can honestly say I will NEVER go back to the creamy crack.

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  • rbbrbb Posts: 4,095Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    my hair was always wavy, loose curls as a kid. teen yrs of course i wished it were straight, would blow dry it.
    after i had my kids i went into city to vidal sassoon for a haircut, this was yrs ago, i think pretty much before cg was in existence. yet, the stylist cut my hair into layers, did a protein treatment, told me never to brush my hair and not to comb it dry, and to air dry my hair and not touch it tip it was dry. pretty forward thinking for then. so that was good, then it got lost along the way of raising a family.

    fast forward to 7 yrs ago -- i'm browsing in borders and come upon lorraine massey's first cg book. it was the first hair book that ever made sense to me. i bought it, followed it, and within a week of not shampooing, kept getting compliments on my hair. then several months later i went to devachan for a haircut. the rest is history!

    a long journey, wish cg was around when i was a teen. have to say, my mom who had pin-straight hair instinctively did right things with my hair as a kid. it was the teen years that did damage.

    good news is that my daughter has followed me on the cg route for herself and now for her daughters. both my daughter (3a hair) and my 3 yr old granddaughters (3c curls) have the most amazing hair.

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
    washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
    leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
    styling: cj aloe fix gel, cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab.
    sealants - jane carter nourish & shine
  • bobbybobby Posts: 669Registered Users
    When I was 14, I went three months without cutting my hair and wound up with white man's 'fro with lots of curls. I got some compliments but mostly needling. There were a few male friends that said, "I looked like a girl." For the next 19 years, I went away from that look and went short and cropped, sometimes even buzzcut.

    When I was 33, I started seeing male friends lose a lot of their hair so I got to thinking, "Well, maybe I should grow it out. I may not have it 20 years from now." I have thinned out some but then again I had a lot to lose. For the next seven years, I started going about 6-8 weeks between haircuts with curls really coming in after 3 1/2 weeks.

    About a year and a half ago, I ended up going three months to really let the head of curls show. I even started using curl shapping spray from Garnier Fructis. Now I go every three months between haircuts and have my stylist leave it longer after cutting it.

    I'm no product expert and every head of hair is different which is why I feel uncomfortable giving advice. Ladies, just remember, "getting your man to accept/embrace his curls is probably a bigger battle than finding the right products."

    I'm just glad I finally came around to loving my curls in my early-to-mid-30s.
    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"
  • okyouwinokyouwin Posts: 157Registered Users
    I had stick straight hair until I was about 23. Gradually it got wavier and wavier. Sometimes I liked it sometimes I hated it. I spent 2 yrs growing it out and flat ironing it. Gradually I would do a curly day here and there. I found a new hairstylist that showed me my curly pattern-never saw it before. One day I let it go curly the day of a haircut and she saw it. She showed me how to take care of it and it haven't looked back! That was 7 months ago! Also-my diffuser started to break so my husband attached it to my blow dryer with electrical tape-it cannot be removed so now I really can't go back to straightening!
    I'm going to go ahead and say 3a
    fine/medium texture and a bit porous-I color
    Spring routine: Renpure luxurious argan oil shampoo/Loreal Advanced Care Color conditioner , HETT gel
    Microfiber towel/diffuse
    Trying KKCC
  • Lady_CreoleLady_Creole Posts: 400Registered Users
    What is "BGLH"?

    I would have to say "time"...

    I had a "perm" for years and although my stylist would always say I didn't need one, I would go get a retouch every 3 months.

    I began to be very irritated with the amount of time I wasted waiting for the stylist to finish my hair, [while she attempted to do 3 and 4 people at a time]. Sometimes I was there 4 hours, after the perm which only took 15 minutes. She would:

    - shampoo me-start on someone else.

    - put me under dryer with conditioner-work on someone else.

    - remove from dryer,rinsed,towel wrap-start someone else.

    -flat iron, trim ends,put aside-work on someone else.

    All the while she was rotating all of us through this process, we couldn't leave.

    Finally, I began to resent losing so much time that I could not get back. Then I decided to give myself retouches, which was very messy...I hated it, and hated having to go through all that for my hair to look like others said was the standard of beauty.

    Then I had a epiphany...they said I didn't need a perm so I would see, [I already flat ironed between re-touches anyway]. I wore my hair flat ironed for a while and when I would wash it I loved the way my roots felt and looked.

    I decided to get a cute short cut and was going to continue with the flat ironing until I washed it and saw how curly the areas were where all the perm had been cut out. I thought of how I could do things I love if my hair was natural...walk in the rain...swim everyday if I like...exercise...make love when "a love" comes into my life without worrying about my hair, etc...LOL!

    On 12/23/2012 I cut out all the rest of the perm and love my hair more than I ever did before, (didn't know I would love it this much). Now, I am a standard of beauty!:toothy1:

    In fact, think I will go by my ole' stylist's shop this week and let her see why I haven't been back.

    Blessings!
    My hair is "exotic, beautiful and free",,,yeah, that be ME!!!
    3B/C - Easy to straighten, [no heat ever/no protect. styling].

    Low Porosity/Medium Density
    Mid Width/BSL-stretched/
    BC - 12/2012

    I am a "Co-Wash/Finger Comb Lady!
    Scalp Cleanser - SM ABS Purification Hair Masque
    Co-wash - Tresemme Naturals
    Hydration - SM CH
    Curl & Style Milk
    LOC - Organic Coconut Oil
    Styler - SM CH Curl Smoothie
    Deep Cond. - SM Yucca & Plantain Masque
  • crazycurlychickcrazycurlychick Posts: 344Registered Users
    To start i didn't have curly hair until I was around 10 or 11. In 2011-2012 I straightened my hair at least twice a week and never wore it down and curly until my best friend at the time told me about her mom having curly hair and introduced me to the curly girl handbook! I now love my curls. I'm growing out an asymmetrical bob and hope to get back to my favorite length, bsl which is where I was in summer 2012 after I went CG. Below I have a pic of my bsl length layer hair and my bob.
    :angel9:rockin the curls God gave me.

    Routine!
    Shampoo n/a
    Conditioner Vo5 Moisture Milks
    Leave in Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
    Shower, comb, apply leave in and mousse in wet hair then scrunch out the water and sometimes.
    Second day, Wake up mist with water and smooth Shea Moisture Curl enhancing smoothie over hair :wav:
  • EntangledEntangled Posts: 74Registered Users
    I think mostly it is because I really want my hair to grow and I feel that the better I treat it, the more it will grow. My husband helped me figure out that it is best to embrace my hair instead of combating it.
    3b, corkicelli curls, low porosity, normal/high density, medium-coarse strands

    SL - APL - BSL - MBL
  • the1withthehairthe1withthehair Posts: 83Registered Users
    @okyouwin that diffuser story is pretty funny.

    BGLH is a website called black girl long hair and they give tips and stuff on there. You should check it out Lady Creole.

    And wow you guys' curls and stories are pretty awesome.
  • Blfields1999Blfields1999 Posts: 2Registered Users
    Im biracial, I have always had a relaxer since very young.My black grandma told my mom to get my hair relaxed my grandma did it my hair burned off I had very little hair for a while. It grew out natural and my other grandmother took care of it always in pig tails til I was 6. I began getting relaxers and my hair was brutal my black grandmother sit for hours putting grease and brushing my hair with a thin tooth comb I'd cry for hours it hurt so much. I began putting in in a pony tail and braids til 5th grade my hair never grow. I'd always wanted curly hair I thought relaxers were to make my hair "healthy" I was determined to have my hair back around 6th grade talked my mom out of relaxers and began transitioning best decision ever I watched YouTube videos with girls had hair textures no where near mine all were different. I learned so much from them. I did minor big chop and wore my hair up in buns a lot. Now I'm 15 my hair is healthy I get so many complements my grandma likes it a lot!ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1389114529.239084.jpg
  • rbbrbb Posts: 4,095Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Im biracial, I have always had a relaxer since very young.My black grandma told my mom to get my hair relaxed my grandma did it my hair burned off I had very little hair for a while. It grew out natural and my other grandmother took care of it always in pig tails til I was 6. I began getting relaxers and my hair was brutal my black grandmother sit for hours putting grease and brushing my hair with a thin tooth comb I'd cry for hours it hurt so much. I began putting in in a pony tail and braids til 5th grade my hair never grow. I'd always wanted curly hair I thought relaxers were to make my hair "healthy" I was determined to have my hair back around 6th grade talked my mom out of relaxers and began transitioning best decision ever I watched YouTube videos with girls had hair textures no where near mine all were different. I learned so much from them. I did minor big chop and wore my hair up in buns a lot. Now I'm 15 my hair is healthy I get so many complements my grandma likes it a lot!ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1389114529.239084.jpg

    great story and beautiful curls!

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
    washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
    leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
    styling: cj aloe fix gel, cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab.
    sealants - jane carter nourish & shine
  • MerdibirdyMerdibirdy Posts: 5Registered Users
    Im going to start by saying that my mom started perming my hair around 5 or 6 because even as a kid i had a lot of hair and was very tender headed. Perms were just the thing to do and i never grew a love for them. I actually didn't like them because the new growth added volume and when it was freshly permed it made my forehead look more prominent. In middle school i desperately wanted curly hair, but my mom then explained to me that wasn't happening(this was before "going natural" was a cool thing). After years of persuading i got my mom to agree to stop getting perms last April through an essay. I brought up that i have alopecia and some black power topics (lol). She agreed to let me cut the relaxed ends on new years 10 1/2 months post relaxer (i would've waited longer but i didn't want her to change her mind)
    Before i started cutting my hair during the transitioning phase my hair was between BSL and midback length. Ive had long hair all my life so it is likely i will not allow it to get to that length again. I like this short hair :)
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