Losing my curls after growing out?

I used to have chin-length hair that was around 2b/2c, and I decided last year to grow out :)

At first, it was great! As it started getting towards the bottom of my neck, about 5/6 months into growing it out, I was getting awesome 2c/3a curls with root curl! I loved it.

Now, though, my roots are straight, and my curls are back to maybe 2b/2c that it's past my shoulders. I have to wear a headband just so it looks like it has some volume, and it helps some curl show up. If I don't wear one, it looks flat and triangular. I was thinking of getting a haircut, but I really want long hair because this is the longest I've gotten it, and I love the length.

Here are some pictures. The first one is what it was a few months ago. The second set is now. Oh, the loss of curl can't be dye because though my hair looks redder in the recent photo, (which was taken a few days ago) that's just henna :)

Does anyone have any advice? It's hard to pick between curls and length...wish I could just keep both, haha. Thank you so much!
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


  • mhen76mhen76 Posts: 813Registered Users
    Long layers works for many of us to keep that triangle look at bay. It's a great way to keep length and volume. I also use jaw clips at the roots while it's drying to give lift.
    3B, fine, normal to low porosity
    Modified CG since June 2010
    HGs: FSG, anything with glycerin, Tresemme Naturals conditioner, Curls Like Us cloths, satin pillowcases.
  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users
    Two things are probably involved depending on where you live--weight of hair pulling out the curl and lower dewpoints because it's that time of the year (heat on in the house also works against the curls.)

    A good haircut might help. You can have longer layers to "lighten" things up. The other thing is to add more moisture to counteract the dryer air.
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
    SE PA

    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
  • KorkscrewKorkscrew Posts: 1,834Registered Users
    Had your problem. A few years ago my hair was uniformly long and I was disappointed that my hair went from very curly/spirally 3b/c hair to 3a/3b waves and curls. So I had it cut with a bunch of short layers starting from around the crown and kept some of the length in back. Much better!

    Just fyi: henna has been known to relax curl patterns for quite a few people, especially repeated henna treatments.
  • CurlyCarmenCurlyCurlyCarmenCurly Posts: 118Registered Users
    Wavy hair tends to lose its curl as it grows due to the weight of the hair. However, you may find that if you let it grow to BSL+, you get some spirals and such. Wavy hair does interesting things at long lengths.

    Henna can also loosen your curls.


    BSL stretched (longest it's ever been and growing rapidly!), past shoulder curly. Hair goal is hip length.

    3a-b/f-m/ii. Soft and silky texture and prone to tangles. Can't get second day hair, even if I kissed the feet of fairy's :neutral:

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