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How does your hair compare to your parents

LjpizzoLjpizzo Posts: 22Registered Users Curl Neophyte
I don't know about any of you but I love looking at old pics of my parents and comparing them to me. I especially love looking at their hair because it sooooo makes sense why I have the hair I have.

I've attached two pics of my mother. One from when she was a teenager (she is on the left) and one from a few days ago. The next pic is of my father from the 70's (love the stache and the overalls dad!) and the last is of me a couple weeks ago.

My mom has super fine super low density blond stick straight hair.

My dad had (i say had because he is all grey now and his hair is very fine now) big coarse dark colored curls.

I got my mom's fine low density blond hair... but my dad's curl pattern.

Over the years I've learned to love it!
(except for the fact I'm pretty sure I have 6-10 strands of my mothers hair around my ears and at the nape of my head... the won't even hold a wave! lol)


  • claudine19claudine19 Posts: 4,486Registered Users
    Very interesting thread!

    I find that both my brother and I have the same wave pattern as our father, while I have the same texture as my mother.
    Dogs and nature abhor a vacuum.
  • kstankstan Posts: 423Registered Users
    my mother blow dries her hair strait everyday & doesn't like my curly hair. :( My sister has the same pattern as me, but it not as strong. I think it's due to the length of her hair (almost waist). However, i'm the only blonde in my family. My mother was when she was younger, but it went light brown in her late teens. My sister and dad both have dark brown hair.
    started CG on 6/25/12. :duckie:
    • 2c with a strait underneath
    • normal elasticity on top, none on the underneath
    • Fine side of Normal
    • Thick hair
    • Poriosity is a mystery. I think its all over the place.
  • claudine19claudine19 Posts: 4,486Registered Users
    Ljp, I love that pic of your Dad!
    Dogs and nature abhor a vacuum.
  • dannegerousdannegerous Posts: 70Registered Users
    Man, I really need to start taking pics of my hair! Most of the pictures I have are from before I stopped flatironing it.

    My mom's hair has a slight wave. Like one swoop on the side of her head. She mostly keeps it short. Her hair is fine and thick. She was a natural chestnut brunette before she went grey.

    My brother has gorgeous curls that he cut off when he was 15 and refuses to grow out. His hair is medium texture. He and I both have naturally dark hair.

    I have no info on my father's hair because I've never met the guy lol. But here's pics of the fam and me. Sorry for the pic of me and my brother. There's nothing he loves more than an Instagram filter ;)

    CG since May 2012
    Curl Pattern: 2c, Texture: coarse, Porosity: low, Density: thick, Elasticity: low
  • LjpizzoLjpizzo Posts: 22Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    claudine19 wrote: »
    Ljp, I love that pic of your Dad!

    Me too! He was such a cool hippie!

    Both of my parents love my hair. My mom bought me the first edition of the curly girl handbook almost 10 years ago. She also bought me a years supply of Quidad conditioner and gel (unfortunately I didn't love it and still have a couple bottles laying around)

    I used to wish I had my mom's silky hair but now I wish I had more body like my dad's hair. He looks sooo cool in this pic!!

    my biggest problem is that my hairs on my crown belong to my dad and the hair at the nape and around my ears belong to my mom... and the hair around my face is something in between.

    it's tough having 3 people's hair all on my head!
  • jsuzkelleyjsuzkelley Posts: 610Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I inherited my dad's hair almost to a T (color, curl pattern, texture, density, everything). What's funny though, is that I never knew my mom had naturally curly hair too until the last few years. She didn't know either! She used to always use hot rollers, so she never saw her hair natural. I don't know if her texture changed with age, but she now has lovely 2c whirls and curls, and she is letting it go natural (gray and all) for the first time.
    2c/3a, botticelli/wavy/'swavy (huh?)
    fine, dense, normal porosity/elasticity, dry climate
    My favorite brands are Kinky Curly, As I am, Curly Kinks, Curl Junkie, and Darcy's Botanicals. Also love sealing with oils (loving argan oil right now) and styling with jelly products (KCCC is my current favorite). Mostly trying to keep it simple!

    CG since 12/29/2011 :laughing6:
  • txwvy32txwvy32 Posts: 161Registered Users
    Your parents hairs are like my parents hairs, even my dad has pics of his hair in that same do lol! My dad has thick coarse curls and my mom has superfine but thick straight blonde hair. As a baby my hair was first super fine and blonde, so blonde you could barely see it. As a child I had thicker straight black hair and when I reached my late teens I developed really coarse wavy hair. I'm also the only one of my siblings with curls.

    Both my husband and I have dark brown/black hair and coarse thick curls/waves, his is curlier than mine but my daughters have thick hair but it's fine and straight lol. One has brown hair and one has a sandy blonde hair. My oldest daughter, who is 5, is beginning to develop and underlayer of wavy hair but the top layer is still straight.

    So funny what genetics can do!
    2(I have no idea what pattern), low porosity, mix of medium and coarse, dense

    *Have just discovered the amazingness that is the "Spritz and Condish" routine* :toothy10::toothy10::toothy10:

    Shampoo: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
    Co-wash: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying Conditioner
    RO: GVP CB, Garnier Triple Nutrition
    LI : Whatever conditioner I used + EVOO or Argon oil
    Stylers: Organix Moroccan Curling Perfection Defining Creme, EcoStyler Gel (krystal)
  • Robin-in-FLRobin-in-FL Posts: 1,731Registered Users
    My dad had curly hair (spanish looking hair), my mom had very straight native american type hair.

    Me & the siblings have wavy/curly hair, boys fine, girls coarse.

    But my kids? No they split back out - one nearly straight haired, one curlier than me, two are too young to tell. Their dad has straight hair but his brother is curly. It is very funny to me in a happy way because I am mixy but very white lady looking, none of the kids have my complexion, two are Very Much Lighter, two are much more tan colored, but none of them in the middle. I like having a variety pack like that.
    2c / C / iii (FIA)
    Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

    Shoulder-Length now.

    Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
    Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
    Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
    Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)

  • lcl0706lcl0706 Posts: 959Registered Users
    My dad's hair was never long enough for me to tell, but I believe it was curly. My mom's is curly. Mine was much curlier as a child until I fried it.

    Sent from my PG06100 using CurlTalk App
    :wave: fine, thin, normal/(low?) porosity. Mod-CG. Usually I can't co-wash more than 1x a week, & sometimes I have to use T-Gel in rotation due to scalp issues.

    Co-wash: VO5 Volumizing
    Poo: Giovanni 50:50
    RO:TN, Nexxus Youth Renewal, Alba Coconut
    LI: KCKT
    PT: gelatin PT, ION EC
    Stylers: Giovanni mousse, TIGI Curls Rock amplifier (a-cone), Curls Rock Strong Hold Mousse
    Gels: SCC spray gel

  • hermione94hermione94 Posts: 4Registered Users
    My dad's hair was thick, straight and black before he went gray and it started thinning. My mom's hair is naturally light brown, wavy and fine.
    My hair seems to be a mixture of the two, but a lot more like my mom's. My hair is fairly thick and coarse, like my dad's, but it's brown, wavy and prone to frizz like my mom's. My hair is curlier than my mom's and a lot darker, but I definitely inherited my hair from her.
    Somehow, my sister ended up with silky, shiny, blonde, slightly wavy hair. Lucky her :D
  • SnugentSnugent Posts: 25Registered Users
    I get my waves from my mom and grandpa who both have Curly hair. But I think my texture must have something to do with my Lebanese grandma. Does anyone else have any middle eastern descent? My dads hair is straight and black. But my favorite thing I inherited from my mom is my hair birthmark. Both my mom and I have natural white streaks in the same spot. The curly hair gene is dominant so I hope my children get it too! Haha
    2b Fine
    Course under layer
    straight roots, frizzy, very dry split ends,

    shampoo: Shea Moisture Moisture Retention
    Co-wash: Trader Joes Balanced Moisturizing Nourish Spa
    Conditioner: GVP conditioning Balm
    Leave in: traderJoes nourish spa
    Style: L'oreal eversleek anti frizz serum, AIF, Living Proof wave shaping gel, HETT mousse
  • beeduhbeeduh Posts: 684Registered Users
    Curly hair runs on both sides of my family. In older pics of my dad his hair is blonde and loose waves, my mom has a tighter curl pattern that she wore more often in a picked out fro. She was blonde when she was younger as well. Both parents now have dark brown hair and they wear it super short where you can't tell if it's curly or straight. My older brother and twin sister have the looser wave pattern like our Dad's and I think I got stuck in between my Mom's pattern and Dad's. All my families ancestors came from the European area. My Dad's family came to America in the 1700s from Germany.
    CG as of Feb. 2012
    combination hair.
    2c on top - low elasticity
    3a&b scattered underneath - normal elasticity.
    fine texture. thin density. A lot of it.
    porosity: normal to high.
    loves protein and moisture.
    BSACV as needed.

    products may vary. i'm a PJ.
    loving Curl Junkie, Curly Kinks, and AS I Am.
  • BlackAngelPlayahBlackAngelPlayah Posts: 1,419Registered Users
    My hair is in between both. My mom has finer, looser curls. My dad had tighter curls and really thick hair. Both their hair grew pretty fast. My hair has pretty tight curls and is very thick. Very dense. (Except in my special area. Sounds dirty, but sadly, no. I have a thin spot. :p)

    Wish I had pics.
  • CinnamonagoutiCinnamonagouti Posts: 32Registered Users
    My dad has thick, dark brown, wavy hair, but it's never long enough to tell HOW wavy it is... But I guess it's like mine, 2c. My grandpa and gran-grandpa also has/had wavy hair.

    My mum's hair is very dark blond/light brown, a bit thinner than mine and only a bit wavy, 2a I would guess.

    And my own hair: it's blonde, pretty thick and a 2c curl pattern with some 3a ringers :)
    CG with occasional schampoo-washes since April 2011
    Currently MBL, heading for WL or longer!
  • plunkybugplunkybug Posts: 2,526Registered Users
    My dad permed his for a while, but is/was pretty stick straight and fine. My parents split up when I was young and I was raised by my dad and stepmom. My stepmom and her sister and her mother have/had curly hair. My maternal mother always has it straightened, so I don't really know what she ha, though I suspect it's wavy. I seem to remember my grandmothers both having wavy/curly hair, but I've no idea if that was natural or set with rollers.

    Lady Caiside, Noble Lushetarian and Wavy Wayfarer of Mugglswick, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

    2b-3a Fii, porous and low elasticity

    Currently using a variety of products, and looking for that magic combo

    Hair bio: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showpost.php?p=1252125&postcount=59

  • bookgirlbookgirl Posts: 128Registered Users
    Mom's hair: fine, porous, dense, stick straight

    Dad's hair: medium-to-coarse, wavy (2c-ish), medium density

    My hair: fine, porous, dense, 2c-3a. Kind of the worst of both worlds, in terms of how hard my hair is to deal with. Getting my mom's texture + dad's curl pattern makes it frizzy and wild and hard to take care of.

    My brother is in the exact same boat, but he's never minded, because he's a heavy metal guitarist. No, I am not kidding. I have naturally fluffy heavy metal hair.
    2c, fine, extremely dense, color-treated, high porosity.

    CG since 10/12
  • DepressedCurlsDepressedCurls Posts: 836Registered Users
    My mom has fine, thin 3a ish hair. My dad, course possibly 4a/b/c hair. Very tight course thick hair. I have very dense, medium 3b hair.

    Sent from my SPH-D710 using CurlTalk App
  • seamelody14seamelody14 Posts: 282Registered Users
    My mom has fine, stick straight hair. Dad has wavy (2b-ish), thick, dense hair.

    I have fine hair like my mom, but dense like my dad. It's curlier than both of theirs, I'm a mix of 2b, 2c, and 3a. Mine is also kind of the worst of both worlds in terms of how hard it is to manage, it's definitely on the curlier side, but being fine yet dense just means it's usually wild.
    high porosity (from coloring)

    Shampoo: Mop Top Gentle Shampoo
    Co-wash: Chistophe Robin Lemon Cleansing Cream
    RO: CJ strengthening, Kenra moisturizing
    LI: Jessicurl Aloeba
    DT: CJ rehab, Christophe Robin Prickly Pear Mask
    PT: SS protein treatment, Ouidad 12 minute
    Stylers: Jessicurl RR, SS Firm Hold Gel
    Oils: caudalie, sweet almond
  • Iari78Iari78 Posts: 57Registered Users
    My mom has black, fine, super soft, 2a hair. My dad had brown, very curly (think 3b). My dad even had dreads before I was born, he called his hair "the white-boy Afro", now it is all shaved off. As a kid, he had blond straight hair. But around 12, in family pictures you can see one curl that stuck up. His hair also turned brown. Eventually, his hair became like mine but tighter. Like my dad, I had straight/wavy (2a), brown hair, and I got some curls around puberty. Now I have 2b at the back with 2c underneath, and 3b corkicelli and loose corkscrews in the front.
  • dresdendolldresdendoll Posts: 435Registered Users
    My mother has bone straight, baby fine, thin, porous, blonde hair.
    I have wavy/curly, super thick, dense, low porosity, brown hair. Hahaha, so as you can see, we have the exact opposite hair. However, both of ours gets pretty dry.

    My dad has 3a, thick, dense, black hair. At least, he used to. Now, his hair is thinning, graying, and just frizzy/undefined on the top because he keeps brushing it and using shampoo everyday. I keep telling him not to brush it, and I replaced his shampoo with sulfate free, but he still brushes it and doesn't want to use the sulfate-free until he uses his sulfate one up :/
    2c/2b with some 2a, coarse, dense, thick, low porosity
    Growing out a CL bob. Currently at APL.
    CG again as of 7/20/12 :laughing5:

    Cleanser: BRÖÖ Smoothing I.P.A. Shampoo
    RO: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
    LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
    Styler: Beautiful Curls Gel for Wavy to Curly Hair

    :love4: all-natural products, light moisture, humectants, argan oil
    :pukeright:silk protein, synthetic ingredients, heavy oils/products, cowashing
  • wavyrachelwavyrachel Posts: 28Registered Users
    My mom has 1c red, straight hair.
    My dad has a buzz cut, but when he had a mullet it was about 2aish and super coarse.
    I have wavy blonde medium/fine 2c hair.
    My sister has absolutly pin-straight hair that I used to envy soooo much . (poof days)
    My paternal grandmother and my aunt are the only ones with any wave at all. I suspect my aunt would be a 2c/3a if she stopped using tressemmé smoothing shampoo/conditioner.
    rocking 2c waves with 3a bangs (on a good day)

    Modified CG

    Low-poo: Yes to Carrots (contains Sodium Coco Sulfate A.K.A. SLS), Live Clean Volumizing
    Co-Wash: Suave Naturals
    Rinse-out Condish: Yes to Carrots
    DT and PT: IAgirl's PT, Enjoy Hair Mask (A-cone):sad1:
    Stylers: Joico Curl Defining Cream/Gel:love4:, Joico Joiwhip, He Body Envy Gel, He Tousle Me Softly Mousse, Boticelli Babes FSG, DIY sea salt spray

    I :love4: my difuser
  • CurlyUniqueCurlyUnique Posts: 94Registered Users
    Cool thread.

    Hmm my dad has/had thick, course jet black (now it's mostly all white) 3a hair but only reason I know this is because I've seen some teen pictures of him with longer curly hair. Now he keeps it so short that it just waves in the back.

    My mom has thick, fine light brown (naturally, now she dyes it red) 2b hair if she would let it grow out, which now she is trying to do.

    I have thick, fine dark brown (my natural color) 2b to 3a hair.
    2c/3a with some 2b-fine/coarse-iii-low porosity-normal elasticity
    [FONT=&quot]Started CG 10/16/12
    [FONT=&quot] Vo5 Kiwi Lime [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Conditioner:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] Tresemme Naturals
    [FONT=&quot]Styling Products:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] La Bella Lots of Curls gel [/FONT]
  • HambryHambry Posts: 1Registered Users
    My first post on CurlTalk. I've always be fascinated by genes!
    Both my parents have black straight hair. Dad had oily, coarse texture, and very dense hair. Mom had thin textured, limp, and sparse witch she often damaged.

    I'm an ashy black/dark brown hair with the rest described on my siggy. Never treated with dyes, perms, or relaxers.
    Hair is doing poorly at dew point 70+
    2B, coarse texture, medium/high dense, low(spotty high) porosity
    Using: Tresemme Natural Shampoo and Tresemme Split Remedy Conditioner
    Co-wash: Aveeno® Nourish+ Dandruff Control Conditioner
    LI: Tresemme Natural Condish
    Style: HESMU
  • okyouwinokyouwin Posts: 157Registered Users
    My mom has wavy hair though I think mine is wavier. We both had stick straight hair as children until our early twenties. My brothers have wavy hair and my sister is a straighty. My dad had shockingly white hair and I hope I inherit that some day!
    I'm going to go ahead and say 3a
    fine/medium texture and a bit porous-I color
    Spring routine: Renpure luxurious argan oil shampoo/Loreal Advanced Care Color conditioner , HETT gel
    Microfiber towel/diffuse
    Trying KKCC
  • jakrussel3jakrussel3 Posts: 423Registered Users
    Mom and me. Hers is much curlier than mine.
    Hair Properties: 2A/2B, Medium-fine, Normal porosity, Normal elasticity, Medium density
    Low Poo: DevaCare, Yes to Cuc's
    Rinse Out: DevaCare One Condition, Yes to Cuc's
    Cowash: Suave Naturals Lavender, Yes to Carrots Scalp Conditioner
    Curl Cream: AG ReCoil, Organix Moroccan Oil Curl Cream
    Gel/Mousse: Sweet Curls Elixirs FSG w/ Mag Sulfate added, Sweet Curls Elixirs hard hold gel, DevaCurl Frizz Free Foam, Aquage Uplifting Foam
    Protein: Spiral Solutions Protein Spray for daily use
  • kaykrekaykre Posts: 314Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    My dad has very fine straight hair. My mom has thick, coarse slightly wavy hair that's almost straight (less than 2a--maybe 1c?). My brother has SUPER coarse curly hair (maybe a 3a-ish pattern) and I have fine, dense, wavy hair. They all have naturally dark, almost black hair but mine is dark blonde.
    2A/B. Mix of fine, medium, and coarse (mostly medium). Dense. Mix of normal and high porosity.
    Dry climate.

  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    My mother has stick straight hair, my father is bald but had soft waves and curls when he was younger maybe 2b/c. I think they both have fine hair, don't think either mine or my siblings is tho.
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect
  • 3Rotini3Rotini Posts: 12Registered Users
    My mom's hair is extremely fine, light-colored, and barely wavy. My dad is bald, but after digging up some old high school photos of him, he used to have gorgeous hair. Thick, jet-black and wavy. O.o

    My hair is light dishwater brown, fine, dense and 2C.
    2C, Armpit length, Medium/Fine Texture, Low porosity

    Shampoo: None Currently
    Conditioiner: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration
    Gel: IC Fantasia Hair Gel w/ Sparkle Lites
    Hairspray: Aussie Sydney Smooth 12hr Anti-Humidity spray
  • jenfitzjenfitz Posts: 121Registered Users
    My parents and my siblings have straight hair but I ended up with wavy hair.
  • TheClawTheClaw Posts: 7Registered Users
    My Mom has course brunette dense 2a hair. My Dad had black, normal, dense 2b maybe 2c hair.

    My hair color is very dark brunette, but lightens a bunch in the sun. My hit started out straight but started to curl up when I hit puberty. I'm now 2c, normal, dense hair.

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