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Been loc'd for about 1.5 years. Back if my locs is in a state. I don't know...
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Loc build up. Don't know what to do.

Been loc'd for about 1.5 years. Back if my locs is in a state. I don't know where this shit has come from. I use minimal products. But I've been going awhile without washing( month or two gap) so maybe this is the culmination of my neglect. But I wonder why now. I've been doing these gaps in washes since I started and didn't have none of these problems. It's terrible. Is there a way to upload pics?
Original author: Marselek Brown
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Curls Depleting, Help Me Pls

Hi beautiful people,

I'd like to warn you that this will be a very thoroughly explained post so that i can get the very best help from this community. I made sure to do my homework and read through a lot of the forum topics + discussions to try to find any similarities to my hair issues. While i drew some comparisons to others' hair struggles, my ups and downs are in its own lane. But maybe what i share with you all today can shed light for some in the future :)

I am 27 years old and have naturally dark brown 3a and 3b shoulder length curls. I've always loved my curls and never the type to straighten my hair frequently, maybe 2 - 4 times a year max. With that being said, I always had a pretty good handle on how to manage my hair since i was a child. Disregard the fact that i used blue gel and mousse for most of my teenage years. I did, for the most part, ditched those products heavily filled with chemicals and sulfates at around 21, and decided to stop dying my hair to allow my natural hair color to flourish.

Fast forward to last year, when I first noticed my hair feeling very sticky in the beginning in Jan '19, after living 2 full years in NJ from South FL. My hair seemed fine in the winter, as tea tree oils and leave in conditioners like Cantu and Garnier were my holy grail. I was also using Suave Argan Oil &/or Moroccan Oil Shampoo 1/2 times a week & Conditioner at least 3 times a week. Every month I would do at least 1/2 deep hair treatments/masques, particularly Deva Curl and Shea Moisture and Briogeo.

When my hair started to feel sticky, it was usually while in the shower - as i would finger detangle my curls after letting the conditioner sit for 5-10 minutes. This would go on for a couple of months, and then a different type of issue would come about.
My hair started to become extremely hard to manage, and moisture would not stay. My hair would get soo dry and knotty when it dried after washing it a few hours before and then apply styling products while it was damp. It was not like my hair at all. My hair would look frizzy and thirsty no matter what i used. Before, my hair could go for 3 days easily, unwashed, and still maintain its volume and curl pattern if i simply applied water to it. So i decided to stop using all Suave, Cantu, and Garnier products and stick to solely Deva Curl & Shea Moisture.

My hair started coming out thick, as early as Spring last year. I remember thinking to myself that it did not look like the normal hair ball i would accumulate while in the shower, literally whole strands of curls would come out and i my eyes would water because my hair was going through major shit. The hair thinning really came in strong from spring to summer. And my hair pattern would start to change around this time too.

My curls began to look straightened from the roots to the mid shaft - by my nose - then curl the last 2 inches. It looked awful. And on top of that, the body of my hair decreased by half its density and my hair looked noticeably gone. At this point i started to eliminate all products from my regimen except Deva Curl Hair Masques and Shea Moisture Black Castor Oil Conditioner. Using Shea moisture as a leave-in when needed to style.

The hair thinning lessened around the fall time last year. My hair was so depleted at this point anyways. Frizzy, half straightened out/half curly, flat and less voluminous more than ever before. I maintained about 3-4 hair cuts throughout 2019 and am not sure if i witnessed my hair growing or if the straightening of my curls played a role in the length.

I also want to mention that i feel and can see that in the middle of my scalp, it is completely flat. My hair would usually voluminize itself at the center of my head, so i realized that this is where hair is mostly losing its curl pattern, from the roots to mid shaft. Also, at the sides of my head where my hair line started. Luckily hairline didn't thin out too badly.

Last November was the very FIRST time that i straightened my hair that year - against my own instincts only because my sister was getting married. So traditionally i of course, went to a Dominican hair stylist, but someone that i had never been to, who my mother highly recommended. Nevertheless, i straightened my hair and noticed how badly my hair thinned out when seeing how little of a pony tail i had. It was heart-breaking. Even the hair stylist told me it wasn't normal and i should be concerned.

When i washed my hair from the straightening, after 5 days, my hair was damaged like i had never seen before. My curls were straightened out except for about an inch at the ends. Total devastation ensued. I didnt know what to do except for.. nothing.
I eliminated everything from my hair care lineup at this point except for Mielle's Berry palmade edge control, because at this point i was wearing my hair in a bun or a hat almost everyday.

I went from being the girl with the hair that everyone envied (which i was always humble about, letting whoever in on whatever product or secret i had) to the girl who tried to hide her hair as much as possible. In Jan. of this year i went to a dermatologist who took some strands and examined my scalp. The results and examination came back with no irregularities.

A facebook with over 60,000 members, that i joined, believes that Deva Curl is the primary reason behind our hair struggles. I will say though, that i find the most similarities with those in that group than here and other curly hair forums, so there has to be some sort of connection i think. The administrator's main claim is that it is the plastic that DC uses is harming our hair follicles. Could be.

Another interesting find that i pieced together was my diet. At the end of 2018, i completely eliminated all pork, red meat, turkey and even eggs from my diet. Except for moms holiday pernil (it's a sin to Puerto Ricans not eat this during Xmas Eve).
Upon doing some extensive research, i found a study that explains how curly hair follicles are made up of proteins that contains many copies of the amino acid cysteine. Cysteine amino acids can bond with other cysteines further down the hair shaft contributing to curling of the hair between the bonds. Curly hair has more of these bonds, referred to as disulfide bonds, than straight hair because the follicle shape and angle allows different regions of the hair to come closer together making these bonds easier to form.

Foods that are highest in cysteine amino acids are poultry and eggs. So i of course added them back to my diet and am now solely using all natural + organic hair treatments with the exception of 2 products: Creme of Nature Leave-In-Condtioner Spritz and Shea Moisture Castor Oil Conditioner.
I now only conditioner the hair once a week, usually on sundays and shampoo every other week.

I use half apple cider vinegar + spring water with sprigs of rosemary to condition.
to shampoo Olive oil + ACV + lime + egg followed by Shea Moisture Conditioner.
In between washes i spray my hair with an aloe vera mixed with water solution i made that smells like musky armpits.
and that's all folks.

My hair is still lacking in its curl pattern, definition + volume, dryness, and a lot of frizziness. I will say the hair loss has gotten somewhat better but hard to say when you only wash once a week.. I'm overly optimistic and just hope that my hair can recover from all of this.

If you all can please drop your all time favorite natural remedies and DIY products below, it'd be greatly appreciated. As well as any natural treatments/brands/supplements to implement in my daily routine would be superb. Feel free to drop links to articles and your own experiences if they may be similar.

Many, many thanks in advance to all of you and may we forever cherish the crowns were blessed with

love & light to you all♡

#BLACKLIVESMATTER


Original author: fauxxever
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Uneven hair growth or hair stopped growing

I don’t want to write too much and have people lost in content so I’ll just jump straight to it, to make a long story short, I’ve been loc,d up since Christmas 2019. I’ve noticed that my front locs are either not growing or growing slower than my locs in the back of my hair. Locs in the back are around 4-5 inches when not stretching the loc itself. The front it’s only about 2-2.5 inches and some Locs even shorter. I’m not sure what’s going on here but I decided to wear them in braids until the front catches up to the back.........HOPEFULLY
Original author: Benniebob95
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head wraps and bonnets

Any head wrap/bonnet lovers out there? I recently came across this black business that provides head wraps and bonnets. I just thought I'd share with everyone! I love the silk bonnet that I got. www.chiwrapz.com It really helps my curls and protects my hair. they have a 15% off sale with the code "CHECKOUT"
Original author: champangemami
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Headwraps and bonnets

Any head wrap/bonnet lovers out there? I recently came across this black business that provides head wraps and bonnets. I just thought I'd share with everyone! I love the silk bonnet that I got. www.chiwrapz.com It really helps my curls and protects my hair. they have a 15% off sale with the code "CHECKOUT"
Original author: champangemami
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help with dry, thick, nappy hair!!

hello!! im 13 and have thick hair up to about my shoulders on the front of my hair and to my armpits in the back. my mom always had me go to the hairdresser when i was 9-12 and in january of this year i got a perm. right now my hair is thick, dry, the roots and back of my hair are very fizzy, thick, and nappy. and the roots all around my hair stand up as if its in a ponytail. but the front of my hair is straight. i never learned how to properly do and take care of my hair at all. the products my mom makes me use makes my hair the exact same as it was before the next day, even when i wash my hair it still looks bad. and also my hair hasnt grown for years and recently ive been very sad about my hair and i got bullied a bit cause my hair looked like a ‘birds nest’ also my hair is naturally straight, ive never seen it curly but after the perm i got the roots got curly?

thanks if you can help me!!


Original author: gabby3386
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Cold water rinse

Does any one else’s hair feel brittle from this? Mine does!
Original author: SugarCareBear
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Rice water

Who has experienced protein overload? What does it feel like?
Original author: SugarCareBear
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Tips on length retention

What has helped you guys retain length?
Original author: SugarCareBear
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Products

Can you guys recommend any curling custards?
Original author: SugarCareBear
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Newbie

Hey! I’m a newbie!
Original author: SugarCareBear
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Hello!

I’m new here!
Original author: SugarCareBear
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Hi I'm TWA63

Sporting a twa and working on growing my hair!
Original author: TWA63
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Rice water?

A woman I am subscribed to on YouTube recently posted a video on rice water and how it has helped grow her hair. I’m curious about it. Has anyone had any success with it? I’m currently in a TWA stage and looking to get out quick lol.
Original author: QueenArame
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From natural to relaxers to natural all over again :)

Hi. My name is Arame (pronounced air-uh-me) and I’m 18 years old. My natural hair journey has just began for me, I big chopped my hair back in March. My relaxed hair was looking a hot mess and I couldn’t hold on to it any longer so I grabbed them scissors and I cut it all off.

Admittedly I’m not as in love with my hair as I used to be as a child. Back then my hair was very long and flourished and we had a good relationship but then in middle school I ran into a problem with bullying and my insecurities got the best of me, so I asked my mom for a relaxer. Since then I’ve been getting relaxers in my hair and cutting it and experimenting. There would be times when I would revert back to natural, but never for long. This time I’m sticking with natural and staying far far away from chemicals.

I have lost all knowledge about my hair so now I’m getting to know it all over again. I hope to get back to the crown that was once mine, wishing and hoping
Original author: QueenArame
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Tips for growing hair and keeping hair moisturized?

I did the big chop back in March, I’m over relaxers for the last time. I’ve had them since middle school and I’m 18 now. I’m starting fresh and I’m honestly pretty awkward with my natural hair, especially with it being short and I’m not sure how to care for it and style it, all I know is to keep it moisturized but that gets difficult for me because my hair never seems to stay moisturized and it dries up very easily, especially my scalp which gets flaky.
I decided that I want to grow it out and skip past the TWA phase by adding extensions to my hair via box braids. Will box braids help my hair grow? Would it be okay to have them reinstalled continuously period after period?
And I have a very sensitive scalp, so I’m allergic to certain synthetic brands, I haven’t come across hair that hasn’t made me itch like crazy. I recently had some box braids installed with Xpression hair and my scalp was so irritated and I felt like I had lice or bugs in my head and I threw the hair away and had to baby my scalp afterwards, it was terrible. I even tried the ACV but that didn’t help at all.
I heard about this brand called Spetra or Spectra that claims to be itch free, has anyone tried that? If box braids won’t work for me then what alternative could I do to grow my hair?
Sorry if it’s a lot, I just have a lot of questions haha. Thanks.
Original author: QueenArame
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Texturizer damage

About a year ago my mom put a texturizer in my hair. When she put it in she mainly focused on my roots because my hair is super thick at the roots. However she ended pulling it through so my roots came out straight. Fast forward to now when my hair has grown out, now I have about 3 inches of bone straight hair in the middle of my hair and curly ends and roots on the top of my hair. My hair looks crazy and I can't wear it down anymore but I don't want to cut because it's only in some parts and my ends are fine. I tried protein treatments and but nothing seems to work. Does anyone know how to remedy this?
Original author: Vanitysam
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Need serums/lotions/pomades for 4C hair

I used bentonite clay on my hair as shampoo, and I like how it makes my hair looks weighty and it makes my curl pattern come out more. What pomades/lotions/serums do that for 4C hair as an every day use? :D:D


Extra info: I did big-chop 20 months ago. Ive been wearing protective styles to grow out my hair
Original author: Nn3ka
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Experienced African hair stylists?

My daughter has natural, African hair, but it pains me when her mother does her hair because she makes her cry. EVERY TIME.
My daughter cries every time she has her hair done because her mother brushes it loose.

To my understanding, it's not necessary to brush African hair. I think that she can brush it with her fingers, if she has to brush it. But other than that, the hair should be natural. So after a shower, just leave it be, and add styling product with the fingers, because brushing is too much of a pain for my daughter.

Is my understanding correct? Is her mother doing something wrong? I think that just having natural hair would be fine. I don't think she'd get tangles, if there is such a thing after adding styling product. I feel like if she left her hair natural, it would just curl up, and they'd be beautiful curls, but her mother is one of those black women that straightens her own hair. As if the history of conking hair means nothing.

So, any experienced people with this type of hair have an opinion?
Original author: Ajaw
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How can I get this hair? Male

I love this hairstyle and I was wondering what I need to use/steps to do to get it. How long should it grow for? Thanks

https://imgur.com/zzJTODQ
Original author: Mark122
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