Why is my hair half straight/half curly

cashleyg123cashleyg123 Posts: 1Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Neophyte
I started my curl journey about a month ago and I haven't used heat since. Most of my products are sulfate, silicone, and paraben free. My problem is that only the bottom half of my hair curls and the top stays mostly straight. And there is this one stupid section of hair by my face that doesn't curl at all. Does anyone have any tips or ideas as to why it does this? Cuz i might as well straighten my hair again so I won't look so stupid.  Thanks. 

Answers

  • HenvillaHenvilla Posts: 7Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Neophyte
    Don't give up so soon! It's only been a month! 

    I mean, I don't know how often or how much you straightened your hair in the past, but it sounds like you have a lot of heat damage. I know when I used to straighten my bangs more than my whole head, the bang area was way less curly.
    It could also be the certain products your using, you always have to experiment to see which ones work best for your hair. I don't know your hair type or the products your using, so it's hard to say.

    I suggest that you try to deep condition weekly, since this can improve your curls as well. I know it's hard when your hair looks stupid all the time, but you can always temporarily leave it in protective styles (such as braids or buns) until your curls improve. I also heard that twist outs are really good for defining curls better, but I have never tried it.
    Shampoo: The Mane Choice Hydrating Shampoo
    Conditioner: DevaCurl One Condition Original
    Leave-in: Curls Blueberry Bliss Leave-In
    Styler (Gel/Mousse): DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel, DevaCurl Frizz-Free Volumizing Foam, Dippity‑Do Girls with Curls Curl Shaping Gelee
    Styler (Cream): SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie
    Treatment (I deep condition every Sunday): SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque, SheaMoisture Bamboo Extract & Maca Root Resilient Growth Protein Masque 

    3B, medium-width hair, medium/high porosity, medium/high density, likes protein and moisture
  • curlyamarylliscurlyamaryllis Posts: 335Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I started my curl journey about a month ago and I haven't used heat since. Most of my products are sulfate, silicone, and paraben free. My problem is that only the bottom half of my hair curls and the top stays mostly straight. And there is this one stupid section of hair by my face that doesn't curl at all. Does anyone have any tips or ideas as to why it does this? Cuz i might as well straighten my hair again so I won't look so stupid.  Thanks. 
    Patience. Heat damage takes time to fix. I wish I could show you what my hair looked like for the first 3 months. It was truly awful, stringy, fluffy, mostly straight with these weird bends in it. Then one side was like, "Hey, I heard you like curls! Let's try that!" but the other side didn't join in for a week. Oh, and the sections of hair on the sides right up against my face had been thinned with thinning shears, so they just stayed fluffy until they grew out 8 months later. 

    If you're only doing sulfate and silicone free, you've got room to improve. Do you do protein treatments? Deep conditioning? What stylers do you use? How do you use them? Your haircut probably isn't helping anything, either, you may want to consider seeing a curly hair specialist.

    That top being straight may just be your curl pattern. Looser curl patterns are like that.  
    CG since May 1, 2016
    3a, fine, thin, normal porosity, no dye, greying naturally
    Devacurl Weightless Waves Low Poo & Conditioner, B'Leave-in and Ultra Defining Gel
    Curl Junkie Spiral Lotion in low humidity
    Ouidad Advanced Heat & Humidity Gel mixed with UDG for high humidity
    at home gelatin PT
    Hask Argan Oil Deep Conditioner
  • curlyamarylliscurlyamaryllis Posts: 335Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I started my curl journey about a month ago and I haven't used heat since. Most of my products are sulfate, silicone, and paraben free. My problem is that only the bottom half of my hair curls and the top stays mostly straight. And there is this one stupid section of hair by my face that doesn't curl at all. Does anyone have any tips or ideas as to why it does this? Cuz i might as well straighten my hair again so I won't look so stupid.  Thanks. 
    Patience. Heat damage takes time to fix. I wish I could show you what my hair looked like for the first 3 months. It was truly awful, stringy, fluffy, mostly straight with these weird bends in it. Then one side was like, "Hey, I heard you like curls! Let's try that!" but the other side didn't join in for a week. Oh, and the sections of hair on the sides right up against my face had been thinned with thinning shears, so they just stayed fluffy until they grew out 8 months later. 

    If you're only doing sulfate and silicone free, you've got room to improve. Do you do protein treatments? Deep conditioning? What stylers do you use? How do you use them? Your haircut probably isn't helping anything, either, you may want to consider seeing a curly hair specialist.

    That top being straight may just be your curl pattern. Looser curl patterns are like that.  
    CG since May 1, 2016
    3a, fine, thin, normal porosity, no dye, greying naturally
    Devacurl Weightless Waves Low Poo & Conditioner, B'Leave-in and Ultra Defining Gel
    Curl Junkie Spiral Lotion in low humidity
    Ouidad Advanced Heat & Humidity Gel mixed with UDG for high humidity
    at home gelatin PT
    Hask Argan Oil Deep Conditioner
  • bomegabomega Posts: 1,352Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    The first thing that stands out is that you said "most" of your products are sulfate, silicone, and paraben free. Does that mean not all of your products are? I would start by taking a look your products.

    The next thing to look at is are your products compatible with your hair properties. Even if they are CG-friendly, the might have something that is not suited to your hair type, especially hair width, porosity, and density. To determine your hair type, take a look at the nc.com Texture Quiz: https://www.naturallycurly.com/quiz. This other article might help also, especially for porosity: http://science-yhairblog.blogspot.com/2013/07/diy-hair-analysis.html

    The other thing I would suggest is to try clarifying with a sulfate-free (and cone free) shampoo that contains Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate. This is a degreaser that removes other types of build-up frequently found in curl-friendly products, in particular cationic conditioners (BTMS, BTC, etc). While these conditioners are really great for curly hair, they do have a tendance to build up and then make a nuisance of themselves, so need to be regularly cleansed. This degreaser, even if it isn't a sulfate, is still pretty serious business so ideally you should follow up with a moisturizing deep treatment that is CG-friendly. 
    Low-poo: Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing Shampoo for Fine/Thin Hair (summer), Alaffia Coconut & Shea Hydrating Shampoo
    Clarify: Kinky Curly Come Clean
    Rinse-out: Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing Conditioner for Fine/Thin Hair (summer), Alaffia Everyday Coconut Ultra Hydrating Conditioner
    DT: Camille Rose Naturals Algae Renew Deep Conditioner
    Leave-in: As I Am Leave-in
    Styler: Lily of the Desert 99% Aloe Vera Gelly
    Treatment: Daily tea spray; Coconut oil overnight treatment; Citric acid rinse for hard water; 2-step Henndigo w/ amla to cover gray

    2C, fine, low porosity, low/medium density, protein sensitive

    Looking for styling products and tools

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  • Therese1Therese1 Posts: 2,149Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    Learning what works for your hair takes a lot of trial and error. It's not uncommon to hear people say that it takes them a couple of years to feel like they really have a handle on their hair.

    The main things to look for as you test things out have been touched on above:

    1. Does your hair have build-up? Many of us on the board clarify with a sulfate or a poo with C14-16 olefin sulfonate every so often. Even Curly Girl-approved products build up on the hair.

    2. Does your hair like protein? Protein makes some people's curls stronger, while for others, it makes the hair dry, brittle, and straight. Different types of protein can have different effects on the hair. If your hair does not like one protein, try another. Protein is also generally very helpful for high-porosity hair and fine hair; low-porosity hair and coarse hair are often sensitive to protein.

    3. Does your hair need deep conditioning? If your hair always feels dry, then a deep conditioning might be in order. Deep conditioning is also beneficial for low-porosity hair, since it is difficult for moisture to penetrate the cuticle.

    4. What oils does your hair like? Some people find that shea butter makes their hair dry and that coconut oil makes their hair brittle, so they choose to avoid products that have those ingredients near the top of the ingredients list.

    It takes a long time to navigate all the possibilities, but after a while, you will start to see patterns. The hair will change as you go along, and you might find that your hair properties change (maybe your porosity lowers, or maybe your hair becomes protein sensitive). 

    As to why some hair near your face is straight, I have that too. My hairdresser told me that I have a weaker curl pattern there (many people do not have the same curl pattern all over their head), and I also have less hair density there. When I am diffusing my hair after washing, I often take clumps in that section and twist them around my finger and hold them there (wrapped around my finger) while I direct the heat there, and then they get a bit of a curl. I also touch up with a curling wand if necessary (my hair does not damage easily).
    Low poo: Intelligent Nutrients (IN) Harmonic; Oribe Cleansing Creme
    RO: IN Harmonic
    LI: CJ Beauticurls; Jessicurl (JC) Gelebration Spray
    DC: JC Deep Conditioning Treatment; Weleda Rosemary Conditioning Oil
    Stylers: JC Confident Coils; IN Volumizing Spray; IN Perfect Hold Hairspray; John Masters Sea Mist; Bumble Bb. Gel; Kenra Firm-Hold Gel; Sevi Blue Yarrow Sea Salt Spray
    Low-porosity 2a/b baby-fine hair
  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Posts: 10,333Administrators, Moderators Administrator
    How is your hair looking now, @cashleyg123 ?


    Gretchen
    NaturallyCurly.com co-founder
    3A

    You are beautiful!

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