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by Kitana, the deliverer of punches to the face (kitanabychoice)
at August 21st, 2012 (11:50 am)
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Hey all!

I haven't posted here in a while but I've been sitting on some questions/thoughts and I think I'm overdue for some input, lol. In working with my hair the past couple of months, I've run into a couple of things:

- How do you tell if your hair is moisturized and soft? I seem to have a skewed expectation of my hair -- my boyfriend always squishes my afro and tells me it's soft and that he likes touching it, but when I touch it, it just feels dry to me. Endlessly dry, in fact. It only feels moderately soft after I've spritzed it with water or just finished styling it.

- Curlformers -- has anyone used them, and if so, how did it work out for you? I've been reading reviews but one thing I'm still wary about is that they use some kind of hook -- how is that not a recipe for disaster on tightly coiled hair? :\

- Third thing! Is it better to cut hair straight or normal? I've found that I have a section of hair that's several inches longer than another section (the last time I had kinky twists I think the stylist cut some of my hair when taking them out) and I'm thinking the only way to correct this is to trim everything down to the same size.

Thanks in advance for any answers/advice!

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Posted by: blackgirlgenius (olamina)
Posted at: August 22nd, 2012 07:16 am (UTC)
advice

1) If my hair feels pliable and still has curl/coil to it then I believe it is mositurized. If it is stretched and stiff it is dry. Also "hand in hair disease" can give you a false sense of what moisturised hair is and also remove moisture from your hair. I suffer from it too, though...Make sure you drink lots and lots of water and use water based moisturisers as part of your routine.

2) curlformers. i have used them but only on lightly blowdried hair. not wild about them. just OK.

3) different hairstylists have different opinions about this, but i've only ever gotten my hair cut blown out. i think the "deva" method calls for cutting hair in its natural state. deva cuts are expensive and there are varying opinions on them.



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Posted by: Kitana, the deliverer of punches to the face (kitanabychoice)
Posted at: August 22nd, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
yay!

Hmm, I think you may be right about the "hand in hair disease." Maybe I'll try fiddling with it less often and see if it feels better.

Thanks a lot. :)

Posted by: seraphcelene (seraphcelene)
Posted at: August 28th, 2012 02:59 am (UTC)
srsly?!

Keep in mind that for most people your hair doesn't grow all at one rate. I've noticed that certain parts of the head grow faster than others. For me, my hair grows faster on the crown then on any other part. My hair dressers have always had to give me blunt cuts at least once or twice a year to create the illusion that my hair is growing at the same rate and give it the appearance of more all-over evenness. As for cutting hair in its natural state, my most recent hair dresser said that it really depends on the hair. I haven't tried it yet, but according to her (and I really do trust her) it is do-able.

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