Hello guys, how is everybody doing? I know i've been gone for a while and i haven't posted in a whilebut here i am, trying to slowly write articles again and bring you the best. Today's topic is going to be about hair and my journey to get my beautiful 2B-2C curls back. So if you want to know more about my experience and some tips and tricks, please continue to read. (Please remember that my hair type is 2B-2C and this is what worked for me only)

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First let me give you a little background stoy ( if you're interested): My hair has always been curly (2C, even 3A) and i liked my curls. But things started to change when i was around 12 years old, back in 2011 when everybody wanted that beautiful straight. So my mom bought me my first straightener and the long torture of my hair began, and unfortunatelly lasted for 7 years.

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Until...one day...I decided that i no longer want to have straight hair and that i actually love my beautiful curls. A great way to start for me was the curly girl method. Basically it involves a set of do's and don'ts and ingredient that you want to avoid and embrace. This way you will help your hair enhance the curls and slowly get your natural shape back to life. I did some research, read articles, watched videos etc. and i build a routine for myself. BUT i don't quite follow the method completley because of some reasons:
1. It's a little bit too strict on ingredients and my hair sometimes reacts good to silicones.
2. I like to have highlights in my hair ( in the method it says that you should not colour your hair because it can cause more damage)
3. You're not supposed to use HEAT and try to air dry your hair as much as possible, but unfortunatelly my chronic sinusitis can't let me air dry my hair, so i will always use a diffuser.
And gusess what? My hair still lookes good and is not damaged and i STILL getting my curls back. So i'm going to tell you more about my routine and what products i use.

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FIRST OF ALL you will need a 2 shampoos. One to clarify your hair once a week or a month ( it depends on your hair) and one to use every other wash day.
A clarifying shampoo is going to wash away all the dirt and the build up that is going to be on your scalp. Think of it like a refresh button. My choices are : As I am Claryfing Shampoo or the Shea Moisture SACHA INCHI OIL Clarifying Shampoo.
The other shampoo shoud be used as i said earlier every other wash day. Mostly it should be as clean and simple as posible and by clean i mean it shouldn't have sulphates, drying alcohols, non-water solubles silicones, waxes and mineral oils. My favoruites are: Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Hydrating Shampoo and Dermedic Capilarte Dandruff shampoo.

Next step is conditioner!!!
Now this step is very important, YOUR CURLS NEED MOISTURE in order to keep their elasticity. You could use a very moisturising conditioner if your hair feels more dry or one with protein if you feel like your beautiful curls lost their shape and are too soft. For example my hair loves protein and couldn't get enough of it. But what works for me is one wash day to put a conditioner with protein and other one a conditioner with emollients, in order to keep that moisture-protein balance. My favourites are: Garnier fructis Hair Food With Aole Vera or Banana (HYDRATION) or SYOSS Curls and Waves conditioner (PROTEIN)

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Sometimes i like to use a protein treatment because as i said my hair LOVES protein so my choice is the Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Yogurt Protein powder treatment. I put it immediately after i shampoo my hair, on very wet hair, and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes and then i rinse it off as usually.

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For styling my hair i don't use typicall method, i just listen to my hair and either apply a leave in with a gel or a curl cream with gel. Again this is what works for me only.
For leave in i like to use my Garnier Fructis Hair food mask again mostly the Aloe Vera one ( Tip you cand use this product either as a leave in, conditioner or a mask).

The curl cream that i use is the Biofficina Toscana lotion because it contains protein or the Cantu Curl Activator Cream.

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The gels that worked for me are the ones from ECO I like the Olive Oil,the Aloe Vera and Panthenol and the Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil. I usually put a little bit in my hand, break it down with a bit of water and use the praying hands method.

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Now some helpfull tips:
1. If you really like to dye your hair but still want to keep your curls make sure before bleaching or dyeing your hair YOU WASH YOUR HAIR!!! Even clarify it, because you want the paint to have the best results and not to be applied on dirty hair.
2. Another tip if you want to keep your curls is to ask your hairspecialist to use an olaplex treatment when you dye your hair to restore your hair in the process. This way you make sure you still keep your curl pattern. If your hairspecialist doesn't have one, you cand buy the Olaplex no.3 and use it at home as a treatment.

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3. Please diffuze your hair form the roots to the ends!!! This way you give your products some time to action and do not touch your hair in the drying process. DON'T YOU DARE TOUCH IT.
4. When washing your hair with shampoo you cand use a scalp brush. Not only it will leave your hair more clean but in time it cand help with your hair growth.
5.If you want to make your styling process much easyier use a styling brush. The Denman Brushes worked for me, mine is the D5 one.

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6. For sleeping use a satin bonnet AND Before putting it on, tie your hair in a pineapple with a satin headscarf or just a regular scrunchie.

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-That's the end guys, i really hope that my little tips and tricks will help you and hoped that you really enjoyed it. And remember every hair type is different and has it's beauty. Please love it and embrance it.

(P.S. Sorry for my mistakes, i'm from Romania and english is not my first language).

XOXO, Blackcat.