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I have impossible hair. My hair is very fine and very thick. The bangs are type 1a. Dead straight and won't hold a curl short of gluing one in. The middle is type 2a with nice waves. The back is type 3a with curls about the diameter of my thumb that stick out and go every which direction. I'm recovering from chemo and have short hair, but my hair has always been this way. I had long hair before chemo and simply flat ironed everything straight like the front. I've vowed to be nicer to my hair.
What products should I use to either bring curls out on the middle and front or make the back less curly?

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  • SayoonSayoon Posts: 432Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I hv no idea about products am a product free person or I try at least , but I think knowing ur hair properties is more important to understand ur hair n achieve ur goals.
  • laura1982laura1982 Posts: 69Registered Users
    Have you thought about using different products for your front and back? Maybe a curl cream (no hold) at the back and a strong gel at the front?...(and a mix of both for the middle! Lol)

    I have very fine hair but quite a lot of it and get straight bits, waves bits and curly bits (frustrating!). I also finger twist my hair so it is a bit more uniform...
  • cyanocyano Posts: 4Registered Users
    Laura - your hair looks great! That's a good idea to use several products/a mix. I hadn't thought of finger twisting. I admit that I'm a nerdy scientist and somewhat hair challenged.

    Sayoon - what do you mean by "knowing your hair properties"?

    Also, for washing your hair, what do you do? The curly part likes "no poo" and just using conditioner, but that makes the straight part very limp. I guess using two products here too?
  • NelekeNeleke Posts: 456Registered Users
    Cyano: knowing your hair properties means knowing if your hair is fine or coarse, high porosity or low porosity, dense or not, and if it has high or low elasticity.
    You can try to sort that out by using this site:
    Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics
    And if after you tried to sort that out you still don't know your hair properties (like myself) then there is the posibility (but of course you don't have to) of ordering a hair analysis with the same website where they will analyse your hair for you.
    2c: fine texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity, normal-high density
    CG since March 8th 2013
    Low Poo: Rainforest Radiance shampoo
    Conditioner: Yes to Cucumbers
    Styler: BRHG, Garnier Fructis Gel
    PT: Gliss Kur Repair & Volume

    iherb.com: get a 5$ discount on orders under 40$ or a 10$ discount on orders over 40$ when you order for your first order by using the following discount code: CFH441
  • rbbrbb Posts: 4,209Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    i agree that knowing your hair properties is the first step. and i also agree with using different products in different spots on your head, or more where it seems to need more moisture/hold. i use the same on mine, but need to use more leave in around the front.

    also, if you have 2b/3a hair, it is usually straight until it reaches a certain length, enough for the curl/wave to start. that is the sign of 3a hair. so, you can let your bangs grow a little more, maybe part them to side, or just keep treating them well. sometimes 3a hair can get some root curl once it has all the moisture it needs. not always, but worth a try.
    also, are you making sure to scrunch your bangs before air drying?

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
    washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
    leave in:curl junkie conditioners and treatments as leave in
    styling: curl junkie 
    sealants - jane carter nourish & shine
  • cyanocyano Posts: 4Registered Users
    I have grown my bangs out to about 18 inches and they were still dead straight. Scrunching my bangs doesn't give them any curl. Even with a curling iron, the curl falls out of the bangs in under an hour unless I use a very strong hold hairspray.

    The back of my hair starts to curl as soon as it gets to be about an inch long.

    My hair is fine (about 45 microns in diameter on average both in the bangs and the back), very dense, very porous and very elastic.
  • rbbrbb Posts: 4,209Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    do you feel that your stylist totally 'gets' your hair? a good stylist who understands curly hair will know how to cut all the different hair patterns so they will blend in.
    i'd start there, then look at products. i'd try to give those bangs extra moisture, sealing. see if that helps any.

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
    washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
    leave in:curl junkie conditioners and treatments as leave in
    styling: curl junkie 
    sealants - jane carter nourish & shine
  • cyanocyano Posts: 4Registered Users
    I haven't got a stylist so that should be the first thing on my list. That's one good thing about chemo. I haven't had a haircut in 1 1/2 years. My hair is now long enough to start thinking about a cut. I'm in a small town so it's hard to find a decent hairdresser, but I do travel to Los Angeles about every 3 months so I could find someone there.

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