My natural hair won’t curl anymore, I’ve tried everything…HELP!?

I’m African American with naturally curly hair; however, I have consistently straightened my hair for almost a year and my hair does not curl anymore. So, now I have these ugly waves and straight ends.

I feel like I’ve tried everything to restore my natural curls. Here’s a list of things I’ve tried:

Cut my hair 3 inches
Tried every curl defining shampoo/conditioner/serum in the world
Went 3 1/2 weeks without straightening it
Scrunched my ends after getting out of the shower
Used styling gel and mousse

Now, I roller set my hair every night to attempt to get the pattern back. It’s Day 3 and I haven’t seen much improvement. What should I do?

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This entry was posted on Friday, January 14th, 2011 at 12:54 pm and is filed under natural. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

8 Responses to “My natural hair won’t curl anymore, I’ve tried everything…HELP!?”

  1. phattybiggums Says:

    It sounds like your hair is damage. You should have a consultation with someone that does hair professionally to see what they can do to help you. Instead of trying to restore the curl look for something for extremely damaged hair. The curl might come back once the damage is somewhat repaired.

    Hope this helped.

  2. Echion Says:

    No hairdresser is going to solve your problem. Since you damaged your hair by frying it for a year, the best you can do now is control the damage and let it grow naturally. I recommend hot oil therapy, continue to trim your hair (it will remain damaged and no glue in the world will fix it to the way it used to be) so it’s the scissors for it.
    Be careful with applying gels and mousse, don’t let it get to your scalp.
    Continue NOT using the straightening iron.
    Continue doing this until you can eliminate all the old broke and fried hair.
    Damage with curling irons, bad haircuts and straightening/relaxing (chemical or with heat) takes YEARS to fix.
    Good Luck.

  3. 1nonly Says:

    just give in and go to the hair salon or just buy a curley perm i dont understand why you were stra8ening your hair so much in the first place

  4. Natakid. Says:

    Use hair products that help with curly hair
    Not mousse or stuff that makes your hair hard
    But like greasy products that are meant to help

    On the other hand your hair might have just changed over time
    I used to have straight hair and then curly at the front and straight at the back and then mega mega curly stuff
    So your hair may never curl ever again

  5. BrooklynnBabyy Says:

    Go to the hairdressers and get some advice i think. They’ll know what to do. They will prob have a treatment that is stronger than what you have been using that will restore the curl and body back into your hair. Hope that helped :)

  6. glorius angel Says:

    You have heat damage.
    I would consider taking a break from straightening for about 2-3 months to help reduce the stress but on your hair. Instead, I would opt for letting it dry naturally or having your hair twisted or braided. If you can try conditioning once a week under heat for 30 minutes with a light protein like Aphogee Intensive Reconstructor to help strengthen the hair.

    If you hair is severely damaged, to the point where it is breaking when you touch it, I would recommend cutting it off. The reason is that the damaged breaking hair will start breaking up into your healthier new growth. But here is what I would do if I were you:

    1) Start getting deep trims every 6-8 weeks to help slowly get rid of damaged ends without a shock
    2) Wear hair up and tucked away as much as possible. Avoid combing or brushing the hair which will encourage breakage and shedding.
    3) Consider getting braids or weaving for no more that 6-8 weeks to prevent you from manipulating the hair. This will help reduce the urge to straighten or press.

    I think if you can incorporate some of these things into your routine, you will see a difference!

    Good luck!

  7. tahn Says:

    Well, for school photo’s or any other events I had going on at school I would plait my hair directly after getting out of the shower. Maybe, before you plait it, you could put in some hair products? That might help to keep it in place once its dry. Leave your plaits in until the morning. But don’t just have one or two plaits. 5-6 plaits are best… It depends on how curly you want your hair. Naturally more plaits would make your hair curlier in the morning, :] Hope this works for you like it has for me!!!

  8. Nova Says:

    give it some time – honey, nothing works within less then 4 weeks / 3 days!

    your hair has been straightened for a year, it is completely stressed, and probably damaged. I’m afraid, you’ll have to cut more than just 3 inches…
    use some repairing shampoo & conditioner in change with your curling shampoo, and a hair mask once or twice a week. let your hair dry naturally whenever possible.

    and Good Luck!


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