How to get your curls back when you move to a city with a different weather?

ineine Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 15 Curl Novice
Hello!

First of all, I'd like to say, I wish I found this blog a long time ago when I was a teenager and hated my natural hair. There is SO MUCH useful info in here! I spent years and years straightening it and wearing super unflattering styles (we all know how hard the early 00s were on our hair lol) and only a few years ago I learned to embrace it and wear my curls with pride. When I was a kid my mom, not used to this texture (she has thick straight hair) would just give me a bowl cut (the 90s...) and brush it constantly, so I never really learned how to deal with my specific hair till now. I only started using a diffusor a couple weeks ago, at 32 years of age! 

When I decided to embrace my curls it was easy, I was still living in my hometown in Spain, where the weather is very humid and the water soft. My curls would naturally come out after air-drying my hair and it needed little care, just some argan oil masks every once in a while. But 4 years ago I moved to Berlin, Germany. The weather here is a lot dryer and the water is really really hard. My hair is super dry and shapeless, and my skin got dry too, to the point that my hands sometimes bleed in the winter if I forget to apply moisturiser regularly. 

I attach a couple pictures from the before-after. My hair used to be 2c but now it has transformed into a weird hybrid between 2a and 2c, and I don't know what else to try. It's also very thin and I don't have a lot, although people always think I do. I dye it a couple times a year but I use a cream without ammonia so it just dries it a bit for a couple days. It's the kind that goes away after you wash it like 20 times. 

Has anyone any tips to improve my curls in a city with hard water and give them back their shape?

Thanks, everyone I'm so so glad I've found this page <3<3 

PS. I usually still straighten the hair next to my forehead which is why it seems like my roots are straight

BEFORE PICTURES:


I'm the one on the left

AFTER PICTURES:


Answers

  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 20,729 Curl Virtuoso
    I wish I had an easy answer, but the short version is that you basically have to start over. Experimenting with new products and routines is in your future. : )   Good luck! 
    --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 - 
    https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/color/how-i-went-completely-gray-and-loved-it
  • bomegabomega Registered Users Posts: 1,355 Curl Virtuoso
    In addition to what @jeepcurlygirl said, I would start by clarifying+dt. In your case you will have to start by clarifying the hard water.
    Low-poo: Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing Shampoo for Fine/Thin Hair (summer), Alaffia Coconut & Shea Hydrating Shampoo
    Clarify: Kinky Curly Come Clean
    Rinse-out: Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing Conditioner for Fine/Thin Hair (summer), Alaffia Everyday Coconut Ultra Hydrating Conditioner
    DT: Camille Rose Naturals Algae Renew Deep Conditioner
    Leave-in: As I Am Leave-in
    Styler: Lily of the Desert 99% Aloe Vera Gelly
    Treatment: Daily tea spray; Coconut oil overnight treatment; Citric acid rinse for hard water; 2-step Henndigo w/ amla to cover gray

    2C, fine, low porosity, low/medium density, protein sensitive

    Looking for styling products and tools

    iHerb Code KQS149 for 5% off your order
  • ineine Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 15 Curl Novice
    oh I just realised my original post (this one) got posted and now I have two! sorry for being repetitive lol I couldn't find this one at first so I assumed it hadn't worked. @bomega
    what do you mean by DT?
  • bomegabomega Registered Users Posts: 1,355 Curl Virtuoso
    edited January 2018
    DT stands for Deep Treatment, usually refers to a conditioning deep treatment. Sorry about the vague acronym!

    I said up thread that you need to clarify hard water. Usually when people refer to clarifying it is for product build-up or silicones, because hard water needs to be chelated, and upthread I did mean to use a chelating treatment for your hard water issue. It's a little pedantic, but just wanted to clarify clarifying, because although I thought it was implied, sometimes people prefer using exact terms.. ;)
    Low-poo: Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing Shampoo for Fine/Thin Hair (summer), Alaffia Coconut & Shea Hydrating Shampoo
    Clarify: Kinky Curly Come Clean
    Rinse-out: Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing Conditioner for Fine/Thin Hair (summer), Alaffia Everyday Coconut Ultra Hydrating Conditioner
    DT: Camille Rose Naturals Algae Renew Deep Conditioner
    Leave-in: As I Am Leave-in
    Styler: Lily of the Desert 99% Aloe Vera Gelly
    Treatment: Daily tea spray; Coconut oil overnight treatment; Citric acid rinse for hard water; 2-step Henndigo w/ amla to cover gray

    2C, fine, low porosity, low/medium density, protein sensitive

    Looking for styling products and tools

    iHerb Code KQS149 for 5% off your order
  • ineine Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 15 Curl Novice
    @bomega this is super helpful!! will definitely invest in a chelating shampoo and deep conditiner! thanks :)

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