Have you been told you have more hair follicles than the average person?

I was told by a stylist that instead of 700 follicles per sq cm (?) I had 2,000! My hair is so thick, that every time I see a new stylist they gasp in surprise. (To my annoyance).

Of course I have a hard time with my hair. My hair won't curl, it grows out completely frizzy and wavy. and THICK. I am Puerto Rican, so it is mixed hair. I don't match any of the curly hair types. Right now it is completely thinned out with thinning shears and relaxed with straightener containing formaldehyde. Desperately want to go natural, but as soon as an inch of hair grows out it is frizzy and unruly, and looks damaged even though no heat has touched it. Any advice? Does anyone else have hair like mine and want to share your routine?

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Believe me, better way more than average than less. Have you read about the Curly Girl method? If not, that is THE place to start. You have marvelous hair.
I'm going to take a leap and say you have 3b hair that looks like it's semi-straightened so has the crimped look. I think you have gorgeous hair as well.... and I also LOVE thick hair. It's always better to have too much than too little... I went through a thinning episode lately and boy oh boy did I miss my hair even in its frizziest stage. Anyway the reason you think your hair pattern doesn't match anyone's is because the curl is pulled out.

Most curlies battle frizz... it's just part of being a curly. However having hair that has the right protein-moisture balance and the right styling product is going to reduce frizz by a lot, give curl definition and reduce bulk. Stay away from thinning shears in salons.. .that's the wrong way to go and will mess up your curl pattern.

Most of us on the forum are on the Curly Girl method (strict or modified) - no harsh cleansing agents (sulfates, olefin-sulfonates) and no silicones. You can either go no-poo (using light or cleansing conditioners to cowash) or low-poo (gentle, sulfate-free shampoos) or a mixture of both.

If you want to read more I can point you to the Stickies on the Newbies Forum, the No-poo forum, the Live Curly Live Free website and e-book, and the Curly Girl book.
2BC/f/II. fine - low/normal porosity - medium density - normal elasticity.

Currently using:
Cowash: Cure Care diluted with water 1:1
RO: Cure Care, V05 Kiwi Lime
Styler: UFD CM (old formula), FSG + CNPF
PT: IAgirl's gelatine

Experimenting with: CeraVe Foaming as low-poo, gelatin gel

light moisture, hydrolized protein, jelly stylers
guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sulfates
Neutral on cones.

iherb discount code: CFN646
Haha. I know what you mean. If you split my hair in two, the other half will still be considered thick. It's so frustrating. I try to thin my hair out, but to no avail, as it turns back thick in a few weeks. I guess I'll just have to deal with it, somehow.

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