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K_Angel
December 4th, 2009, 02:33 AM
Is it just me or have you ever felt "traumatized" by one of the hair products you were trying for the first time??

In my search for a hair conditioner that will work well for my hair type (2a/F) I just finished experimenting with a new conditioner and it made my hair a huge rat's nest! Even now, I'm feeling sort of traumatized and a little unsure about trying another new product! :scared:

Anyone else experience that feeling???? How did you get over it?????

spidermom
December 4th, 2009, 06:59 AM
I tried mixing a little baking soda with my shampoo to clarify years ago, and it made my hair matt together like felt - so horrible! I couldn't get my fingers or a comb through my hair without conditioner in it. It took about 2 weeks of daily conditioner soaks before my hair returned to normal.

Solution - leave baking soda in the kitchen.

Redheaded Raven
December 4th, 2009, 07:16 AM
I have had this happen before only it wasn't my hair that was traumatized but my scalp. I had blisters show up all over my scalp after washing my hair. I suffered with them for almost a month. I am now a faithful reader of labels. The product that I used had wheat germ in it and I am allergic to wheat. Not good. Before that reaction I had been told that skin and hair products shouldn't be a problem. But I found out differently. :(

I hope that your hair recovers quickly. :agree:

Carolyn
December 4th, 2009, 07:25 AM
I had the same experience with bs as Spidermom. I giggled when I read her solution :D So right. Soap based products such as CV bars and AO products made my hair a total mess. My solution was to clarify and revisit products I had on hand. I gave the CV bars to AutumnLeaves. I hung on to the AO products for several years and finally tossed it all in my latest fit of cleaning. The way I get over something horrible is to clarify and then do something like a nice rich SMT treatment. The hair traumas are something that's almost bound to happen as you try new things. Your hair isn't going to be agreeable with every thing you try. You just move on and either go back to what worked before or you try something else.

Heavenly Locks
December 4th, 2009, 07:29 AM
Luckily, I haven't encountered anything that has had a horrid outcome. So far, I just stick to what works and don't bother branching out too often... :)

I suggest clarifying, going back to what you were doing before as well as a few intense treatments of something your hair likes. Like an SMT perhaps?

MsBubbles
December 4th, 2009, 08:35 AM
Oh boy, yes do I understand where you're coming from! I've been in hair-trauma mode now for about a month. I ended up doing what HeavenlyLocks said: clarified and went back to what worked (with a slight variation).

I want so badly to try all these things that other people swear by, here. My hair hates coconut oil for some reason. After this past month of disasters, I'm also too afraid to branch out.

JamieLeigh
December 4th, 2009, 08:47 AM
Yes - apple cider vinegar (ACV in LHC-ese). I think it was just too acidic for my hair, which loves protein and some of the heavier nutrients. :( I ended up clarifying and going CO right afterwards, because I felt I needed more moisture at that time than anything else. I haven't looked back. 8)

AJoifulNoise
December 4th, 2009, 10:00 AM
I've been lucky as far as my hair is concerned. The most that's happen is it became huge and poofy.

But, my scalp... that's a different story entirely. When I tried the brown sugar scrub on my scalp the pain lasted for days. That was at least a year ago. I'm still not really over it.

Keildra
December 4th, 2009, 10:10 AM
I haven't had any traumatizing experienced but I did go through a whole bottle of conditioner in two days, no matter how much I used it felt like there was no conditioner in my hair and my hair was so tangled and stiff in the end. I will never use said conditioner again.

hennared
December 4th, 2009, 11:17 AM
Is it only me that has mini hair traumas sometimes from products that work great other times??? makes me crazy ...

Darkhorse1
December 4th, 2009, 01:04 PM
EVERY time I use a new product, I get nervous. some have caused major sheds to dry ends/greasy scalp. I get very, very leary, but like to try new products since they are out there and I love buying hair stuff :)

You're not alone. (((hugs))

What I tend to do is water the product down so that if it has a negative reaction/doesn't feel it's working, it's a milder application.

Bene
December 4th, 2009, 01:21 PM
Once by Ojon, and the other time by fenugreek. The smell!!! Ojon has a sickly sweet burnt odor to it, and fenugreek is like a bad mixture of maple syrup and curry. I'm a smoker, so I acknowledge that my sense of smell isn't the sharpest, so I dread to think what those things would smell like if I didn't smoke.


The fenugreek was worst though, because at the time, I happened to be coming down with food poisoning. I rinsed it out because I thought the smell was making me feel sick. Now I associate that smell with feeling like garbage, and with projectile vomiting and diarrhea. I kept the fenugreek because my b/f likes to cook, but the fenugreek has a strong scent, and every time I open the cabinet it's stored in, that smell wafts out and I feel like puking.

heidi w.
December 4th, 2009, 02:08 PM
Is it just me or have you ever felt "traumatized" by one of the hair products you were trying for the first time??

In my search for a hair conditioner that will work well for my hair type (2a/F) I just finished experimenting with a new conditioner and it made my hair a huge rat's nest! Even now, I'm feeling sort of traumatized and a little unsure about trying another new product! :scared:

Anyone else experience that feeling???? How did you get over it?????

Clarify and move on.

I AM very picky about my products.

I check ingredients a lot. But I have my routine down now and it works, so I don't mess with what I know is working.

No need to fix what ain't broke.

heidi w.

Thinthondiel
December 4th, 2009, 02:09 PM
I felt traumatised when I tried using coconut milk in my hair - it stank! I had to wash my hair thoroughly several times in order to get rid of the smell.

So I should have known better then to try doing a deep oiling with coconut oil. But my coconut oil hardly smells at all when I smell the bottle, so I thought it'd be fine... wrong. My hair smelled rancid afterwards. >.<

K_Angel
December 4th, 2009, 10:42 PM
I'm glad others know what I'm talking about... :grouphug:

I'm going to clarify and do a nice DT and hopefully my hair will go back to "nice-nice" again. :laugh:

Thanks everybody for your input! It helps to know I'm not alone in the
hair trauma department. :flower:

Dreams_in_Pink
December 5th, 2009, 03:15 AM
I had a scalp trauma when i hennaed my hair. My scalp flaked off for a few months after henna; even the olive oil didn't work.

ravenreed
December 5th, 2009, 03:24 AM
I have also had scalp trauma from various shampoos and conditioners. I get huge cysts that eventually burst and take all the fun out of trying new products. I am fairly conservative these days. I never did find out what was triggering it either. It started years in my teens and has happened from all sorts of stuff. The worst so far was pantene.