Fine AND coarse hair, is this possible?

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My hair strands feel rough from root to tip but some strands are COMPLETELY smooth. My hair is fine for the most part but there's a patch of hair on the back of my head, about 3 inches wide/long, that is VERY coarse and much thicker than the rest of the hair on my head. Why is my hair so strange?

I have dyed 3 times and chemically straightened my hair 2 times in the past. I recently cut my hair, it used to be a few inches above my waist and was a terrible mess. Frizzy and fried. It's a lot better now, drastic change, but the strands still feel like they're damaged. Is my hair really coarse, permanently damaged or does it just lack moisture? I'm also not too sure about my hair type. When it's short, it appears to be 2a but as it gets longer the waves become more 'S-like' and defined.. so I don't really know.
2b, loose waves (wish my hair were curlier!)
Medium-coarse
Low porosity

Previously dyed and chemically straightened
Currently trying out no-poo (Started on 28/11/2011)
Coconut oil as conditioner
A lot of us have multiple textures on one head. The majority of my canopy is coarse, the individual strands are HUGE and bumpy. I tell my DH that I'm surprised I cant feel these monster strands actually growing out of my head! However, the under-layers, particularly around my hairline (starting just above each ear) are fine and much straighter than the rest.
I dont have much advice, but you are not alone
- 2C - Coarse Canopy & med/fine underlayers
- MOP C Hydrating 'poo
- LOreal Natures Therapy Moisturizing condish, ION Effective Care, Garnier S&S (old formula)
- treatments: CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Repair Me!
- plopping, diffusing, and clipping the roots
A lot of us have multiple textures on one head. The majority of my canopy is coarse, the individual strands are HUGE and bumpy. I tell my DH that I'm surprised I cant feel these monster strands actually growing out of my head! However, the under-layers, particularly around my hairline (starting just above each ear) are fine and much straighter than the rest.
I dont have much advice, but you are not alone
Originally Posted by Lucky Charm
+1. You can have coarse hairs and fine hairs all growing out of the same head. Mine is exactly like Lucky Charm's; the top is coarse, I could use those hairs in crafts. But the underneath hair is much smaller in diameter, and at the nape it's so different it's like someone else's hair.
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)

Henna!
A lot of us have multiple textures on one head. The majority of my canopy is coarse, the individual strands are HUGE and bumpy. I tell my DH that I'm surprised I cant feel these monster strands actually growing out of my head! However, the under-layers, particularly around my hairline (starting just above each ear) are fine and much straighter than the rest.
I dont have much advice, but you are not alone
Originally Posted by Lucky Charm
+1. You can have coarse hairs and fine hairs all growing out of the same head. Mine is exactly like Lucky Charm's; the top is coarse, I could use those hairs in crafts. But the underneath hair is much smaller in diameter, and at the nape it's so different it's like someone else's hair.
Originally Posted by Robin-in-FL
haha I joke that I could hem a pant with those hairs!!
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- 2C - Coarse Canopy & med/fine underlayers
- MOP C Hydrating 'poo
- LOreal Natures Therapy Moisturizing condish, ION Effective Care, Garnier S&S (old formula)
- treatments: CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Repair Me!
- plopping, diffusing, and clipping the roots
My hair is medium to coarsely textured on the top, and super fine at the nape and at the front—and boy do the fine hairs tangle!

It seems to be very common to have a mix of texture, and even hair types. I originally thought I was a 2c/3a, which is completely possible, but now I'm thinking I'm a 2b.

It could also be that the portion of your hair that feels rough is more damaged than the rest. If the cuticle is ruffled like a pine cone it's going to feel very rough. When I was shampooing my hair, it always felt rough and was never shiny. Now that I'm CG, my hair (even the more coarsely-textured strands) feel smooth and are so much more shiny! I think rough-feeling hair is always a sign of damage—even the thickest strands shouldn't feel rough.

It sounds like your hair has been through a lot. Just treat it gently and use lots of moisturizing products and I'm sure you'll notice a difference.
Hair type: 2b (botticelli), normal porosity, and fine to medium hair
Co-wash: Suave Naturals conditioner
Weekly rinse: Apple cider vinegar
Leave-in: Suave Naturals conditioner
Styler: L.A. Looks Sport gel
Trying: Organix Revitalizing Pomegranate Green Tee shampoo, and rag curls!
Hi all,

Yes, it is possible, and no, I'm not talking about a mix of types.

After looking at my hair through a microscope, from several strands, each few strands from a different area of my head.... I have finally figured it out.

My hair thickness, (ie of each strand), is fine to medium. Medium at the crown, and finer towards the nape...BUT, I have smooth cuticles AND a coarse texture. It just kinks a little randomly, almost what you would call 'grizzly', or 'scrubby' and is somewhat dry.

It kinks a bit about every five cm or so, sometimes closer together, sometimes further apart, but doesn't kink enough to curl or even wave with any kind of regularity. It is wavy, but very random and uneven. This is just how it comes out of my head, right from the roots! (Yes, I yanked some out). I was so curious about why my hair defied definition, I just had to look. It's dirt colour and weird. Not nice mud pie rich brown colour, just dirt.

This is possibly due to my ancestry being of so many different races, that my hair genetics are totally confused :-) LOL I have Indian, Celt, Negro, Meditteranean, Arab, and Asian bloodlines. = total hair devastation. Hey, it could have gone either way, I just lucked out. My dad had dark red/brown Botticelli curls, and my mum has blue black, smooth,strong, wavy Indian type hair. His mum had a lovely negro 'fro - I'm so jealous - I WISH !!!! - I WANT !!!

This is why I can't have layered or blended length hair, the ends always kick out a bit too randomly... some at the 1 or 2 mm mark and some at the 3 or 4 mm mark... almost at a 35 degree angle, but doesn't continue into a curl. If I cut it all one length, at least it's only the ends feeling rough.

I have totally given up on styling, and wear it long and up. Silicones give me shiny frizz, and heat styling damages it so much that I haven't done that for years. I have to use henna to dye it, because any chemical damages it beyond repair, even after 1 use. It's really fragile, but I have lots of it. I use 100% argan oil to tame it a bit, and that's ok.

One hairdresser called it 'furly', and I've stuck with that as the best description! hahahaha

Now that I leave it alone it's pretty healthy, but still coarse.

Thanks Ladies! Enjoy your hair

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