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My hair is transitioning from years of thermal straightening -- I'm trying to re-discover what type it truly is. Seems wavy based on S-curve shapes and some more gently curving areas, but it's also really thick, moderately coarse, unpredictable, frizz-prone and just plain big. When I used to get my hair blow-dried straight once in a while before thermal straightening it took a fit stylist at least an hour, sometimes with an assistant.

So, what type is it? Can it be wavy and still so difficult?

And which products are the best for this type of hair (Deva? Jessicurl? Miss Jessie? Ouidad? Shea Moisture?)

Any care and control advice welcome!
Hi I'm transitioning as well, take the hair quiz on naturallycurly.com to see your closest hair type, sounds to me your a 4a or 4b. You should co wash regularly and cleanse wash limit to 1 a week using sulfate free shampoos and cinditioners, naturallycurly.com has products geared to your hair type as well. Trial and error on products but moisturize plenty keep that nrw growth soft and healthy. I use As I am co wash, detangle with Kinky Curly Not Today which can be also used as a leave in conditioner and style. I just did some bantu knots using Shea Moisture Curl Milk..... its going to be a journey but we got this!!!!! Seriously though try the website out, its very informative

My hair is transitioning from years of thermal straightening -- I'm trying to re-discover what type it truly is. Seems wavy based on S-curve shapes and some more gently curving areas, but it's also really thick, moderately coarse, unpredictable, frizz-prone and just plain big. When I used to get my hair blow-dried straight once in a while before thermal straightening it took a fit stylist at least an hour, sometimes with an assistant.

So, what type is it? Can it be wavy and still so difficult?

And which products are the best for this type of hair (Deva? Jessicurl? Miss Jessie? Ouidad? Shea Moisture?)

Any care and control advice welcome!
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Thanks! I've read all the type info on the site repeatedly -- I just don't think I have tight enough curls for 4... but my hair is big & thick.

Some of the product info for the popular brands is confusing, too, because it seems to be written for people with less dense, thick hair... for example, I'd go nuts if I tried to re-wet my hair and start over daily; it would never be dry! I did a 100-percent air dry experiment recently and there were still moist areas underneath after 9 hours!

Thanks for recommending Kinky Curly... I will check it out.
the hair type is not important, the texture and porosity are what determines specific ingredients.
go to livecurlylivefree.com and under curl basics you will find info on how to help determine what you are.
the time it takes for your hair to dry suggests it is low porosity. so you would avoid heavy products, oils. i would post on the low porosity forum for some help, and read up what is there.
also, you say your hair is coarse and it could be. however, very few curlies have coarse hair and many stylists mistake dry hair for coarse hair. again, it would be helpful to know the texture. if your hair is coarse you would stay away from protein. if it is fine, you would make it part of your routine.
read as much as you can on texture and porosity.
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine
Thanks, rbb.

My hair is quite thick -- maybe it's that combined with the dryness that makes it read as "coarse." As for porosity, it certainly seems to suck in product if that makes a difference.

I'm going to study the info on texture and porosity.

I'm having reasonably good luck with certain Deva products so far.

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