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Hi I love your site!  I’m 15.  When I was younger, I had long straight hair and when I turned about 10 I cut it shoulder length since then I have grown it long about half way down my back and it has gone curly!  Which I love!  I condition and scrunch my hair and I have loose curls but from the roots to about my ears my hair is wavy/straight.  I would do ANYTHING to have curly hair all the way through!  So my question is do you have any tips to make the top curlier? Thanks

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The problem you describe might be due to your hair having a weight problem.  As your hair gets longer and heavier, it may be weakening the curls at the top of your hair especially if you have a loose curl pattern.   One possible solution would be to get a haircut with cascading layers.  Your hair would be less heavy but you won't lose the length.  I'd also recommend that when you are drying your hair, you flip your hair upside down and scrunch from end to roots and hold it for 15 seconds each section.  You should also try plopping.  These things may help strengthen the curls on the top of your head.  Hope you find this helpful.  Thanks for your question!


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Hi Carlos.  I recently straightened my naturally curly hair, and used plenty of heat serum.  The problem is when I washed it out.  My hair is still very curly, but now the curls are looser and some are almost waves.  Some of the curls look like old curly telephone cords that you accidentally twist wrong and it's all curly until that one strange spot that reverses the curl the opposite way.  I've cut a lot of these problem spots and I miss my regular beautiful curl pattern. Is there a way to fix this? Thank you!

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Serums are dangerous because they can act like relaxers.  It sounds like you damaged your hair. Start deep conditioning and leaving in conditioner and use scrunching to help retrain your curls. You may have to wait until your hair grows out for a sacrificial cut. You could try using protective styles like French braids or buns while it is growing.  Thanks for your question.

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Hi, I am 15 years old and I have naturally curly hair.  I barely use any hot tools on my hair and don't use gel very often.  I cut my hair last year due to catching lice from my cousin.  My hair went from being all the way down my back to the tip of my shoulders.  I loved my long hair very much and I found it very difficult for me when I cut my hair and I had no idea how to style it.  I couldn't even get it in a ponytail.  So, for my graduation, I decided to wear my hair as usual which is just leaving it out as it is.  Now to the point on how I lost my curls and so desperately need your help getting them back.  I borrowed some hair serum from a friend so I can style my hair for graduation.  She said that it will weigh my hair down so it won't scrunch up and look as short and she mixed with the serum coconut oil as well.  And after using the mixture two times on my hair, I lost my curls!  Now my hair is curly in some parts and wavy in others and people told me to just keep washing my hair and it will go back to normal but it's not. It's been almost four months and my hair still is not back to its normal form.  Please help me.

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It sounds like whatever you put in your hair damaged it.   Once it is damaged, it is hard to reverse.  I recommend you stop using regular shampoo with sulfates which strip your hair.  You should be deep conditioning often.   I recommend you try using two strand twists to even out your curl pattern until your curls heal. There are many YouTube tutorials on this. Thanks for your question.

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Hi there...I used to have very curly hair and then I started to straighten it and color it and now no curls just limp frizzy hair.  What can I do to get my curls back?  Please help.

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It is going to take some time and patience on your part. Stop straightening and using products with silicones and sulfates.  Also, you shouldn't be using foils to color your hair.  Start deep conditioning and leaving in conditioner, Use pin curls, plopping, and scrunching to help retrain your curl muscles. Hope things are going better for you.  Thanks for your question.

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Q:Cli 
          Hello, I have had my hair cut with Carlos in London, the best cut and style ever..it was the only time I have ever left a hairdresser and didn't go home and rewash my hair! I hope to see him again, just one question though, I am trying the no comb technique, but find it hard to not end up matted at the roots, the ends are easy to run my fingers through, but I struggle at the roots, particularly after getting out of the shower, what am I doing wrong? Thank you.

A:
          Glad to hear you loved the cut and style!   The majority (if not all) of your detangling should be happening when you are in the shower when you hair is loaded with conditioner.  This will help you avoid getting matted roots.  Be sure to also be leaving in some conditioner to help with any detangling if you have to do some of it out of the shower.

Hope this helps.  Thanks for your question.

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Q:Cli 
          I've been natural all my life aside from 2 different occasions in my life where my mom and grandmother decided to relax my hair, I was 10 and 12. since then I haven't had a relaxer because my hair drastically broke off after.   So I wore my hair flat ironed up until 3 months ago. I have serious heat damage.  In the back of my head, my curls are so defined and my hair seems to be softer and less frizzy but in the front my curls are all over the place, straight, wavy, loose curls tight curls.  It's a mess so I usually do twist outs but I hate having to do my twist over every night so I long for the ability to wash and go but not look wild.  If I wash my hair, my curls look so defined but as soon as they dry its frizz central except the very back of my head.  I just don't understand why the hair growing in my roots seem to not be that curly either, I was told that I lack elasticity. What do I need to do that get it back and is my hair actually growing in with less curls or is my damaged ends over powering the whole strand some how? Please help.  I need to know what to do, what not to do and what products would help.

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It sounds like you've done a lot of damage to your hair. The front sections usually gets the most damage as those are the pieces that are flat ironed the most.   It will take some time for your hair to heal.  Doing twist outs are your savior and a way to make amends to your hair.   You should be conditioning your hair like crazy (leaving in daily conditioner and doing deep conditioning treatments).  This will help the health of your curls.  If they don't bounce back, you may have to do a sacrificial cut.


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Q:Cli 
           Hello, I have very curly hair - lots of them. Also , my hair texture can change a little throughout my head. I am mixed - black/white. The curls close to my scalp are tight and dry. I do not have a loose curl. The curls on the outside or on the ends are great. I use the botanical products on my hair. Is there anything I can do to correct the tight dryness of my hair near the scalp? Thanks

A:
           There really isn't a way to get rid of the tightness of your curls without damaging them but you should be able to help with the dryness.  You should always be leaving in some conditioner and also be deep conditioning at least once a week. 

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Q:Cli 
           Hello my name is Diamond.  I'm thirteen.  I really love curly hair and the weird thing is that only half of my hair gets curly when its wet. Can u help me and tell me why and how I can make all of my hair curly?  I live and love curls

A:
            You should be scrunching your hair every day and also try clipping the flat parts of your hair in pin curls when it is wet and then letting it dry.  This will help train your curls.


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Q:Cli 
          I have thick straight hair. I'm not sure if this product is made for anyone or just some certain kind of hair. So could you please tell me if would work on Asian hair too?

A:
            Yes, it will work on straight hair.  However, we wouldn't recommend it to anyone who has a problem with oily hair because our products are very moisturizing.


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Q:Cli 
            Hi! I just stumbled across your Facebook page and am very interested in trying your product. I have two questions before I can decide if I'm going to give it a shot. I have very thin hair caused by a medical condition (PCOS) and need to keep my scalp very clean, I tend to have a super dry scalp and have been told to use Head and Shoulders by my dermatologist. Will your product help with the dry scalp? Second question, I work in the service industry and often times come home smelling of food, causing me to wash my hair more than once a day. I know this is bad for my hair but I feel gross if I don't wash it in the morning AND after work. Will this take less of a toll on my hair, and could using just the conditioner at night help?

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            Our cleanser doesn't have sulfates. It doesn't lather.  Regular shampoos clean your hair by using sulfates that basically strip out the natural oils in your hair.   I always say when you have dry skin, you put lotion on it...same idea for dry scalp so a sulfate free cleanser should help with dry scalp.  Our cleanser is gentle enough to be used twice a day.  If you prefer to switch out with conditioner in the evening then even better.


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Q:Cli 
            Hello! I have fine corkscrew curly hair that's very hard to color. I've recently gone to a salon to color my hair light chestnut. The color only colored my roots and the rest of my hair remained dark. I need to know what the problem is with my hair not taking the color. My hair is healthy, conditioned and I keep it moisturized. Also, I have colored my own hair black before switching to the light chestnut(which I informed the stylist) Thanks!

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            Being that your hair was dyed black (which is the toughest color to remove), it will take some time to go lighter without damaging your hair.  I suggest you try lightening your hair in stages.  Try gradually lightening your base while adding some highlights.  The highlights should be added through the painting method and not foils so they don’t damage your curls.  During this process, be sure to deep condition your curls often so they remain healthy.


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Q:Cli 
           Hi Carlos, I have had curly hair for the last 8 years or so. I had straight hair as a child, but I was blessed with beautiful curls at around age 12 when my hormones began to shift. Since then, I've regularly alternated between wearing my hair curly and straight. Over the last year or two, however, I have completely abandoned using a straightener. My hair is fine enough that I can achieve a silky smooth look with only a blow dryer and round brush, or I can let my curls go beautifully natural and free. I'm currently studying abroad in London at a dramatic conservatory - I'm an actor - and was asked to create ringlet curls for performances. I used a straighter for about 3 days to achieve this, and now my hair is drying pin straight when I get out of this shower. It's terrible! As I'm not at home or with my normal stylist, I am totally at a loss as to what to do to help my hair. I'm assuming there's heat damage? I found you online, and it seems like you're the man to go to! Do I need a cut? If so, are you coming to London any time soon? Or perhaps a conditioning treatment - can you recommend a product? Anything you can recommend or advise would be greatly appreciated. I had no desire to get rid of my curls, and I am completely amazed that they're gone! Nothing like this has ever happened to me before. Please help! I hope to hear from you soon.

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           Sadly, it sounds like you have damaged your curls.  You should stop all straightening and try to see if you can heal your curls. You should be doing deep conditioning treatments as often as possible, scrunching your hair like crazy, and allowing your hair to dry in pin curls to try to retrain them.  It will take some time.  If all else fails, then a sacrificial cut may be needed.


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Q:Cli 
             Hey, so here's the dilemma... I was originaly born with little ringlets,  I have dyed my hair so much, I straighten my hair almost every day, I know I shouldn't but I do it because when my hair dries it's not curly anymore ... I just have a bit of a wave and a few curls here and there. It looks like a lions mane!!!! My point is I'm desperate for my ringlets back!!! Also when my hair is semi-curly, the top half is pretty much straight. I don't know what to do.  I'm tired of killing my hair, how can I get my curls/ringlets back??? Please help me, I'm sick of seeing everyone else rock their curls! Thanks for taking the time to read my dilemma! :)

A:
            The good news is that curly hair is forgiving and will eventually come back.  However, it will take a commitment and some consistency on your part.  Check out our Ins and outs list on our website.  You have to stop doing the "outs".   Stop straightening your hair.  It is damaging your curls. The longer you keep straightening... the longer it is going to take to get your curls back.  You should be scrunching your hair like crazy and using pin curls on the flat parts to help retrain your curls.


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Q:Cli 
             My hair has a medium 'S' shape to it, but in order to keep it, I have to set it and add a lot of product to it, and it makes it all nasty and crunchy. How can I enhance and hopefully keep my curls this way??

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            I would recommend you try "plopping".  If you are unfamiliar with what this is, here is a link that gives a visual how to: www.wikihow.com/Plop-Your-Hair

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Q:Cli 
          Hi, First, let me thank you for all the information on your site. Very helpful. You state not to wear hair in a pony tail but if I can't do that how do I tuck it all away when I want to or while I sleep? Let me know. Thank you.

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            I want to thank you for asking me this question!  When I listed pony tails on the OUT list for curly hair, I can see that I wasn't really being clear. Pony tails are ok but NOT when your hair is wet. Your curls are the most malleable when wet.  Many curlies pull their hair into tight pony tails right out of the shower.  When curly hair dries, it wants to go back to its original form but when it can't it will cause curls to snap and break.  Pony tails on dry hair shouldn't cause this problem.

Thanks again for pointing this out.  I've made it more clear on the website.

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Q:Cli 
           I have a natural "S" wave while my hair is wet, but once I comb it and the wind blows it, there isn't a wave left. Can you advise me? Also, is your product available to purchase in Albuquerque, NM?

A:
           
Have you checked out the INs and Outs of Curly Hair on my kNow Your Curl page?  This is the reason that combs are in the "Out" column.  I recommend you throw out your comb and dry your hair by scrunching it from end to root with a T-shirt or a Micro Fiber towel.  When you are showering, you should gently work out any tangles with your fingers as you are cleansing or conditioning your hair.

In New Mexico, our products are only available online on Amazon, Curlmart, or NYCCurls.com. Thanks for your question. 

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Q:Cli 
           I have great curly hair! But it is only curly from my ears down. I want to increase the volume and curls on my head. At the moment, its just flat. I don't use any products in my hair. I just wash it using conditioner and thats it. I scrunch my hair with a towel when I've finished washing it to dry it slightly and then I just leave it to dry by itself. What should I do to get curls on my head and increase the volume? I love my hair and want to treat it the best I can.

A:
            I have a couple of ideas you can try.  When you are scrunching your hair dry, you should be doing this with your head upside down and when you are done flip it back.  This should help increase volume.  As for the flat part above your ears, you should be doing step 6 in The Curl Routine.   By keeping your curls clipped until they are dry, you will help strengthen their 'curl muscle'.  I hope this helps.  Thanks for your question.

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Q:Cli 
           Hi  Still getting hair compliments. Since finding you, this has been my best year ever for curls - thank you so much. My problem is that although my hair looks amazing the day its washed, with almost no frizz (following your method), the next day its scruffy on top with the curls looking a bit raggedy. I know I can't brush it. Is there anything I can do to stop this happening or do to fix it? Thank you!

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            Yes, there are a couple things you can try to help second day hair.

1)  Use a silk pillow case.  It will help cut down on frizz caused when sleeping.

2)  Mix a small spray bottle with 2 parts water, 1 part conditioner. Give your dry hair a spritz and tweak it until it looks good. If you have some particularly unruly curls on top, then you should try spritzing them individually and gingerly smooth out the frizz. If you have time, you can wrap them around your finger and pin them with clips until they are dry.  That should help give you back curl definition.

I'm so glad to hear that you are loving your curls.    Keep the curl power going!

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Q:Cli 
           I just so happen to bump into your website while doing some research online about a way to style or cut my hair. I've had the same hair cut for like almost my whole life and I'm sick of it, it's either shoulder length or a bit longer. Every time I ask for a type of style they say "no I don't think it suits your hair" or "I think it will make you look chubbier/fatter". I personally think my hair isn't that curly (more like wavy) and sure I'm chubby but that doesn't mean I can't get a nice hair style. The point is that I want to have a new hair style since I'm going to enter college and I want to look different, but I don't know much about hair styling/cutting and my budget isn't that big. I would appreciate it if you can help me out please, thank you.

A:
            Don't be afraid to go shorter.  Once you own that hairstyle, you can wear it with pride. Go online and search for wavy to curly bobs.  You should find many funky cool short styles to choose from.

If a hairdresser ever tells you a hairstyle will make you look fat, then you need to find someone else that will make that hairstyle work for you.

Best of luck

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Q:Cli 
            Do you give out samples?

A:
            I have heard this question so many times since we came out with our products.  I’m not a fan of samples for hair products.  Samples are good for trying chocolate, scotch, and cheese.  You taste them once and you know how good it is going to be.  This is not the case for curly hair products.  To really know if a hair product will work for you, you need to give it time.  Your hair needs time to adjust to the product and you need time to play with the amounts to use given the conditions of the day.  I recommend a 3 to 4 week cycle.  A sample that lasts a few times won’t give you the full picture.

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Q:Cli 
            I have always embraced my curls. I love them very much. I always tell my curly hair friends that always straighten their curls to embrace their poof. My question is I want to dye my hair. My hair is a dark brown now and I would like a caramel color with lighter highlights. I have done this before at a salon but it messed with my curls.  I since then have managed to get my curls back to normal.  I would like to try it again but don't want to risk my curls getting damaged.

Can you please help?

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            Dyeing your hair should not damage your curls.  It is the technique that can harm them.  You should find a stylist that is skilled at the painting method of coloring.

Many stylists tend to foil in the color and highlights which could act as a relaxer.  Painting is less abrasive.  If it is not for gray coverage, using color on color to lighten and highlight the hair would be best.  You should also make sure the stylist is using a sulfate and silicone free product to wash the color out of your hair.

I hope this is helpful.  Thanks for your question.

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Q:Cli 
            Hello! I'm a NY-er recently transplanted to Florida. I 'went natural" many years ago and loved it. Even in my late 30s/early 40s, all I needed was a good cut & a little conditioner to look great. Unfortunately, I'm many years older and while I never began straightening my hair again, I stopped using henna and began dyeing it.  However, I haven't done so for over 4 yrs now, but my hair *still* looks terrible. It has broken frizzy ends, even after a haircut (though it looks better at least); perhaps it's the Florida humidity,(or being older) but I have to use a lot of conditioners, gels, puddings etc, or my hair looks awful. And still doesn't appear to have grown, although it has..it's not longer, which means it is breaking. I now do *everything* to prevent breakage and drynesss (careful drying, no heat, careful gentle combing with fingers, if I comb). But I wish I could still "wash and wear"-with more length!  Any hope for me? :-)  PS..I'll be back in NYC in the summer.so hope to make an appointment with you!

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            It doesn’t sound like you are doing anything terribly wrong. Breakage is a common problem.  Since you moved, you might just have to tweak your routine.  Are you leaving in some conditioner?  I’d recommend you try to go more towards the “seaweed” side (see step 3 in The Curl Routine on our kNow Your Curl page)   Have you tried doing weekly deep conditioning (step 8 in The Curl Routine)? 

Also, do you use a silk pillowcase?  That will help prevent breakage while you sleep.  You should also check the ingredients in the products you use.  You should be using sulfate and silicone free products.

Hope this was helpful. Best of luck and will see you this Summer!

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Q:Cli 
             Hi, I have naturally curly hair and although I love my curls, I have major issues going on. I have never dyed my hair or done anything else to it other than getting it done weekly (rollers and blower). My hair is extremely dry and very thin. The top/front of my hair is the dryest and when curly, my hair tends to kind of stay straight. The back of my hair is less dry and the curls here look nice. The problem is, no matter what I do I end up looking like a have a small bush in the back of my head and the top of my hair is longer and flatter. Pretty much looks like a dying christmas tree. I can never really get that "upmh" factor which makes my hair look limp and lifeless. I've decided that for the summer I would like to stop getting my hair blow dried and concentrate on having awesome curls. Can you give me any advice on how to achieve this and is a "curly haircut" what I desperately need? HELP!

A:
            Curls are like muscles and you’ve been giving them the wrong work out!  If you are consistently straightening your curls, you are damaging them.  It sounds like you are seeing the results of that damage now.  Giving up that blow drier is the best first step you can make to having better curls.

My advice to you is to be consistent and patient.  Scrunch your curls and use pin curls to help retrain the muscles in your curls.   You should also be leaving in conditioner to keep them moisturized.  Try to follow The Curl Routine. as noted on my website.  Of course, some damage cannot be reversed.  So, depending on how bad it is, you may need a haircut to get rid of the straight ends.

I’m always glad to hear someone is going natural.  Thanks for your question and best of luck!

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Q:Cli 
             My daughter and I recently started using only your NYC Curls products (DevaCurl stuff all gone!).
My hair is feeling good, has much more body and curls and the bald spots seem to have vanished.
It looks great in the morning. However, by end of day I am losing the curls and my hair looks really                  
messy.What am I doing wrong?

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             I don't think you are doing anything wrong.  This is pretty common.  I suggest making a little refresher of 2        parts water, 1 part conditioner in a travel size spray bottle .  At the end of the day, give your hair a little spritz and tweak it until it looks good.  Also keep in mind, it is winter and we are wearing a lot of layers, hats, etc  so your hair can easily get a bit more disheveled than usual.

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             For a very long time I did not embrace my curls and did anything in my power to get rid of them; you know the disaster that can lead to.  About three years ago I put the keratin treatment in my hair and on top of that I also relaxed it. I liked the results of the whole thing until my natural curly hair began to show again. I missed my curls so I decided to just chop the straight off and to never relax my hair again. My hair was growing very slow but eventually the straight was gone, just very few traces of it left. Since I cut my hair three years ago, my hair has not grown much past my shoulders and it has been very frustrating.  So I went back to my hairstylist this past summer and asked her for the keratin once again so that my curls didn't look as awkward as they grew in. During my visit she asked where my curl was the strongest so I told her in the crown of my head and in the very front. In response, she said she would put something in my hair not to get rid of my curl, but to "soften" it. I agreed but when she put it in, I realized it had the same smell of the relaxer she had put in my hair before. When she washed it out of my hair, once again parts of my hair were straight. My hair is still a bit past my shoulders because I continue to get it trimmed regularly, but now when I leave it natural, parts of my hair are still straight. All of my roots have grown in but my hair natural looks awkward. I am so tempted to cut my hair drastically short because I hate how my hair looks. I've stopped straightening my hair all together and have been using conditioner to wash my hair. I need knowledge on how to care for my hair and advice on what to do. I'm open to any ideas and have planned to go to your salon soon! Thanks for your help!

A:
             I actually hear this problem often.  Unfortunately, there isn't much you can do.  Relaxers and keratin are damaging to curls and can not be reversed.  One trick you can try is pin curls.  Take the the straight parts of your hair, mist them, wrap them around your finger, and pin them with clips.  Let it dry and it should give those parts a temporary curl.  I wouldn't recommend using a curling iron as that may damage your hair even more.

Aside from that, all I can say is deep condition often and stay strong.  It will grow out eventually.

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             I recently decided to go naturally curly about 5 months ago. I stopped flat ironing and blowing out my hair. However my hair has some heat damage all over.  I also see myself struggling after i wash my hair because it feels really dry. I was reading the "Do you have bad hair or bad habits?" and it was very helpful.  What advice would you give me being that I just started my naturally curly lifestyle? I'm still getting the hang of my curly hair and I don't want to give up to give in to the flat iron.  I used to have really big pretty curls when i was younger.  But I know I can't go back to that from one day to another. I've even considered getting a curly hair cut but I'm hesitant because i've never had short hair.  I would really appreciate any advice you can give me.


A:
             I am always glad to hear that someone has allowed their hair to go natural! It's going to take a while to reverse the damage. Just be consistent with the deep conditioning treatment. At one point a good cut is going to be needed to get rid of those ends. From what I read, I suggest waiting another 3-4 months. Hope this is helpful. Be strong, your curls will come back!!

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             I went natural 2.5 years ago and recently let my hair stylist convince me to do a "360" treatment on my hair, which was supposed to revert back to my natural curl after approximately 2 months.  Prior to this, I had curly hair - now it is almost as though I am going natural all over again (just not as drastic).   I also straighten my hair (I generally straighten one week and keep natural the other week).  I would like to find ways to stop straightening my hair as frequently as I do, and to bring out my natural curl in a way that it is still manageable.  I tend to be pretty conservative with my hair and like simple and natural, so right now I simply pull my natural hair back into a wet bun - I am sure that this is probably damaging my hair as well, but I don't know a better way to avoid straightening my hair.  Any help/thoughts you can provide about how to get back to my curls would be great!

A:
             I'm not sure what a "360" treatment is, but it sounds like a keratin treatment . Anything that's says not permanent does not apply to curly. Curly is very porous and tends to hold on to it like permanent . As for the straightening, your curls need to heal. If you really feel the need to straighten I suggest roller setting. There is less stress on the curl. I would deep condition like crazy. I hope I was some what helpful.

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             Hi, my struggle is with frizz.  I have 3C curly hair and I can't figure out the right products and routine to keep my hair looking good.  Any advice?


A:        
             To me,  a curl is a curl.  All curl types have the same basic needs. I know there is a range of types but many women I see have multiple curl types in their hair.   If your struggling with frizz, this could be something in your routine that needs to be adjusted.  It also could mean that your hair is lacking moisture and is trying to pull it from the air.   You should definitely be leaving in a good amount of conditioner depending on the weather and making your own conditioner spritz for touch ups is a nice tip.  All of this is mentioned on my kNow Your Curl page.  You should also read my in's and out's list to make sure you aren't doing any other 'bad habits' that damage your curls.  Best of luck.

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             I'm Sharon and I'm from Puerto Rico. My dilemma is that I have really long curls but struggle with my scalp. I have a severe case of dandruff (really dermatitis) and I can't find anything to control the condition that wont damage my hair. Head & Shoulders is out of the question. My scalp is so tight and itchy. It's becoming really upsetting. I always try to use the product just on my scalp, not the hair itself. But if I wash for example in the morning, I already have scabs in the afternoon. My mom says that I have dry scalp, but I really don't think so because I can feel the oil the very next day I wash. Many conditioners worsen my condition. Help, I want to save my curls.

A:        
             You should take comfort in the fact that many people struggle with this issue.  I myself have battled with dry scalp from time to time.  The scalp and hair have two different needs and sometimes those needs compete against each other.

Your mother may be right.  You may simply have dry scalp.   Dandruff is basically dry skin.  Try using a natural oil (such as olive, coconut, or jojoba) and topically apply it to the dry spots.  Adding brown sugar to the oil (or your conditioner) will make it a nice conditioning scrub to help exfoliate the scalp.  My Grandmother used to use olive oil on our scalps all the time.

As for the oiliness that you feel on your scalp the next day, check that your products are silicone free and are water based to make sure what you are feeling isn't product build up as opposed to oil.  If the dandruff seems to persist, and you want to try a medicated cleanser (over the counter or one prescribed by a dermatologist) try to find a botanical or natural version with no sulfates (low lathering) .Before you apply the cleanser, wet your hair and then apply conditioner to your ends. Then, apply the cleanser directly to your scalp.  By first conditioning your ends, you will help protect your curls from the cleanser when you go to rinse it out.








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