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Deelight
January 6th, 2010, 09:14 PM
Hi everyone. I've been reading the forum for a couple of months now and just made my first post earlier today (on the subject of long hair & intimacy). My biggest decision from perusing everyone's comments was to completely lay off the heat styling tools starting in September '09. I was already a light shampooer (2xs a week) and didn't use cones.

As a result, I've been wearing my hair with it's natural wave/curl for the first time in my whole life. It's been a huge adjustment - I didn't like it at first because I was used to having super slick straight hair and I thought my natural hair looked "messy". But it was so thinned out from damage at the bottom I couldn't wear it long anymore and had to make a decision: go natural or go short. So I'm experimenting with natural and I've come to like it. I think it will look really pretty if I can grow it out to BSL.

I will post pictures in a sec.

SpinDance
January 6th, 2010, 09:47 PM
Welcome! It is quite an adventure learning how to deal with our hair more naturally. I hope you enjoy your natural curl. I sure wish I had more, but I'm learning to love my hair as it is, not as I might wish it was. Good thing, I'm finding I have more wave than I had originally thought, after using techniques learned here on LHC. May you have joy with your hair as it is.

I look forward to seeing your pictures when you get them posted!

embee
January 6th, 2010, 10:00 PM
Welcome!

Just wait a few more years: waves and curls will be back "in" and you'll find you're right in style. ;)

camirra555
January 6th, 2010, 10:15 PM
Welcome to LHC! It's a great place with lots of useful tips. :)

cleanbug
January 6th, 2010, 10:18 PM
welcome here. this is a fantastic group of great, helpful people. thanks to the advice from those here, my hair is in better shape than it's ever been! can't wait for it to grow longer.

Stephichan
January 6th, 2010, 10:25 PM
Welcome! It took me a while to embrace my waves, but eventually I realized that they made me different and that they were actually very pretty. Now I'm babying them to try to get some more curl. Good luck and happy learning, you'll do plenty on here!

hmmm
January 7th, 2010, 05:45 AM
Welcome to LHC! I hope you find a routine that you like.

TiaKitty
January 7th, 2010, 05:15 PM
Hi! I thank you for starting the other thread. Lots of good input there. :)

Deelight
January 7th, 2010, 07:28 PM
Thanks for the friendly welcome everyone! Here are some pictures:

The first pic is my hair in October, a couple of weeks after going naturally curly for the first time in my life. Notice the extreme thinning towards the bottom of the hairline. This is after a lifetime of blow-frying and a full year of flat ironing maybe 3-4 times a week.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/8680190@N07/4254824751/

Same hair from the side:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/8680190@N07/4254825011/in/photostream/

I cut a couple of inches off - as much as I could bear - to get rid of the stringiness at the bottom. This was the same day, about 5 mins later:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/8680190@N07/4255588578/in/photostream/

Then I cut another inch off after taking that picture. I've only blow-dryed my hair once (on low heat) since then and am taking biotin and hoping that I can at least get it back to its original length, only looking full and healthy this time.

Deelight
January 7th, 2010, 07:30 PM
I don't know why the first picture didn't display. Here it is again - my original damaged hair:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/8680190@N07/4254824751/in/photostream/

Peter
January 7th, 2010, 07:32 PM
I like the waves, it'll look really nice long! :)

feralnature
January 7th, 2010, 09:50 PM
I like the waves too. Your hair will be long and thick and curly before you know it! :)

hmmm
January 8th, 2010, 06:14 AM
I agree, it will look great when it grows long! You have a very pretty hair colour.