| MsB616 wrote:|
I am a newbie, but have been following all the threads for a week now and have been really inspired by everyone's story. My hair has been natural for 5 years, but i have been in braids and weaves on and off..so much so that I'm pretty sure i've damaged my hair 4eva! It's a 4a/b type, fine, thin, with tight curls that get really spongy after i wash and condition. The middle of my head has the most damage and is my reason for wanting to stop braiding. My length in the back used to be just below my ear lobes...but read on and you'll see what happend. My length in the front used to cover my eyes and i had the best bangs ever! lol..now? well read on lol
I've gathered a lot of info from the posts and decided to see if i can take this hair care journy a bit more seriously. I just took my braids out and i went to the salon and got a wash, emergency treatment, trim, and single twists...after i spent $95 i realized i can do this myself!! lol
SO this is what i have done in the last week: I retwisted my hair earlier in the week first with Infusium 23 maxium body formula..then since my ends were highly damaged, i coated it with Organic Root Stimulator's Carrot Oil..then i retwisted. In the morning i spraid this anti breakage spray..that was bad because my ends got all spongy again! And just an idea for those of you with thin hair..i added curly extensions to give some fullness and you couldn't even tell! I got great compliments too!
THEN...yesturday i washed my hair with Pro.ProV relaxed & Natural..i think it's alittle early for me to tell if this shampoo helps anything..then i Aphogee for 10 minutes, deep conditioned with LeKair Cholesterol for about 45 minutes with a cap (the next thing on my list to be is a hood dyer!).
Some problems I ran into were:
1. After conditioning, my hair sponged up badly
Solution:I str8t'd my hair w/ flat iron w/o putting anything in it
Results: BAD IDEA! My hope is that once i find a good regiment i won't have this sponge issue anymore!
2. My hair from the root to about 3/4 of the way str8t'd fine..the ends however were tangled, brittle, and had those little knots on the end.
SOLUTION: I proceeded to cut w/ a regular pair of scissors..i know i know...i can hear ya'll screaming at me now. I wish i had read the section on trimming BEFORE i decided to trim my own hair!
RESULT: I now have uneven length! lol But I figured.."ok, it's all trial and error and its just hair..it'll grow sometime!"lol
So I'm back at square 1. This morning I unwrapped my hair and started over..In used infusium to soften my hair and carrot oil to treat my ends..im still having the knotting issue though and i'm thinking about trying this "baggying stuff"...I just have 1 question about baggying: Do you baggy while your hair is 2-strand twisted?
I'll probably post pics later this week. I just wanted to let you all know that this forum has really changed my way of thinking about my hair...my mother believes our hair is doomed and there's nothing i can do to help it..but im determined to at least give this all a try and perhaps prove her wrong. Please let me know if you have any advice to share about my regiment. thanks! you all are inspiring ppl!