Treat Frizzy Curly Hair

Girl with healthy hair
Q: Help! I have a very frizzy curly hair and I have tried straightening twice and now my hair is so dry that I have to always put baby oil on it and tie it always into a ponytail. Otherwise I would look like having electric shock. My curly hair is not inborn. When I was little, I had straight hair but my step mom had it curled.
What I want now is to have my hair treated so that it will go back to its normal, manageable and healthy condition and I won't need anymore to apply baby oil and tie it always. Can you please advise me with this?

A: The first thing I advise is to begin giving yourself deep conditioning treatments at least twice a week as a part of your grooming routine. From the description, your hair is damaged and in need of some intensive care.
Select a conditioning crème that you like and apply it to your hair. Cover the conditioner-covered hair with a plastic cap and wrap the head in towels warmed in the clothes dryer (or sit under a bonnet dryer if you have one). Leave the conditioner on the head for 15-20 minutes, and then rinse your hair with lukewarm water.
As for every day, use a gentle shampoo and conditioner formula using a shampoo and conditioning formula designed to offer smooth and silky hair results. The hair should be conditioned every day whether or not you shampoo. In addition, you should apply a leave-in spray conditioner and an anti-frizz serum to the hair after it is towel-dried and before it is styled. If you plan to use a blow dryer to dry your hair, be sure to use a diffuser attachment to prevent over-drying and further damaging your hair.
It is very unlikely that the perm administered when you were young changed the way your hair grows, unless the perm damaged the hair follicles in some way. What most likely occurred was a coincidence in timing, and that your hair was already beginning to change via maturation and the perm you received simply masked what would have been a notably gradual change.
Regardless of the source, the key now is to treat your hair with care until you restore its condition. I do recommend that you not use baby oil on your hair any more. The anti-frizz serum is designed to perform the same way the baby oil would, but the baby oil requires using a much stronger shampoo to remove the oil without leaving the hair feeling and looking greasy, or leaving the oil to build-up on the hair.
Keep in mind that the condition your hair is in didn’t happen overnight, and it won’t be resolved overnight either. Give the suggested routine time to show its effects, and once your hair is in better condition, you might want to look into the Thermal Reconditioning service available in many salons these days.
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See also:
Hair with frizz
How to fix dry hair