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All this Damn Hair!! Being Natural is challenging! Technique advice for me.

Posted by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 12:28 PM
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I hate washing my natural hair because its just too coily! Seriously, the tangled are overwhelming along with the shedding.

My hair has a lot of shrinkage and when it's wet it just coils up. I've tried going to a salon but they don't know just how fragile natural hair is and they want to rake through it too hard! Even when it comes to blow drying they take larger sections then they should.

I'm sick of doing my hair by myself but my options are limited because I've got too much of this type of hair lol and the stylists aren't used to it.

What can make this easier?

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Some people recognize the light but they can't handle the glare.

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Stormywaters03
by Gold Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 1:24 PM
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I know when I go to the salon there are specific people who are "specialists" in natural hair, they help people grow their hair, suggest products, straighten it when that's what they want, etc.  Maybe you just need to search for someone who knows what they're doing?

luvthagirl
by Gold Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM
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Shaybay218
by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Yea I go to a natural hair care salon and they recommended me Asiam products...I was about ready to perm this stuff all over agin at one point!

Babujai
by Silver Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 2:35 PM
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1. Consider co-washing only or at least most of the time.
2. Wash and/or condition your hair in sections.
3. Detangle each section while it has conditioner in it.
4. After rinsing all the sections apply leave-in conditioner, a sealing oil or butter, and your styling product (cream/gel/mousse) and style.
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darnette
by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 4:07 PM
I totally understand...have you tried the kinky-curly line of products? To combat some of my shrinkage I co-wash at night, use kinky-curlys knot today detangled/leave in, Shea butter and coconut oil. Then I section it into fours and braid or use no heat curlers, so it can dry over night. In the morning my fro is fierce once I unbraid/ unroll it and fluff. What kind of protective styles do you use?
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KristaElizabeth
by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 4:40 PM
I coerced my mom to at least blow mine dry lol
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Dana267
by Platinum Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 5:45 PM

I'm not done. I'm not finishing it today! I combed it out. I used an old school comb blow dryer.


I am not sure why I still have natural hair when I just French braid it and get a sew in because straighter hair is easier.

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Some people recognize the light but they can't handle the glare.

.Peaches.
by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 5:59 PM
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 Find a salon that specializes in natural hair, and go in and talk to whomever your stylist is going to be BEFORE anything happens. A good natural stylist will want to set up a consultation-like appointment, so see what problems you're experiencing (if any), what your hair type and texture is, and what YOU want done to it (realistically speaking). All this before anything touches your hair and scalp except her fingers.

You say you're experiencing a lot of shedding- what's your hair care routine?

As far as dealing with shrinkage, my only advice, besides chemicals (which some 'natural' salons WILL try to push on you...be very aware of what products they're recommending or trying to use!) is banding after you wash it.

YouTube is your friend.

joschmidt
by Too Legit Schmidt on Jan. 1, 2013 at 6:02 PM
I wish you lived here or I lived close to you. You're so awesometastic! Good advice.


Quoting .Peaches.:

 Find a salon that specializes in natural hair, and go in and talk to whomever your stylist is going to be BEFORE anything happens. A good natural stylist will want to set up a consultation-like appointment, so see what problems you're experiencing (if any), what your hair type and texture is, and what YOU want done to it (realistically speaking). All this before anything touches your hair and scalp except her fingers.


You say you're experiencing a lot of shedding- what's your hair care routine?


As far as dealing with shrinkage, my only advice, besides chemicals (which some 'natural' salons WILL try to push on you...be very aware of what products they're recommending or trying to use!) is banding after you wash it.


YouTube is your friend.


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ginene
by Gold Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 8:03 PM
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Section your hair into 6 or more plaits and wash it like that. Then loosen each section and rinse out with water bottle to make sure you rinsed out good. Replait and put in leave in conditioner over plaits. Once your hair dry its already stretched and easier to detangle.
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