Kinky tough wiry hairs growing out of my usually soft smooth 3b hair. What are they!?

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So im on the road to completely healthy damage free curls and its going pretty well but at the very top back of my head there is this patch of extremely rough kinky wiry hairs that grow there that are completely different from the rest of my 3b hair. At first I thought they were just extremely damaged hairs (from my prior 6 years of straightening) so i just cut them off but a year has gone by and their all growing back and are kinky from the root! So i know they are not just damage. I also see some of these hairs around the front of my hair in my bangs and then occasionally throughout my hair. They are so thick and jagged and wiry that they are easily picked out when i run my fingers over a curl and kind of make my hair as a whole seem slightly jagged and not as soft as Id like. Also I see normal hairs with sections of this jaggedness on them either at the very root or at the end or in the middle in some cases. What is this jaggedness??? And what can I do about it to make these hairs softer and less noticeable? They are driving my crazy!
As for the wiry hairs, I don't know. The jagged hairs sound like heat damage to me. Heat can break the structure of the hair, so maybe that's why it isn't able to curl up like the surrounding hair.
It's not grey hair, is it? Because I have at least 10 grey hairs on me and they are wiry and unruly. Not like my 3b/c hair AT ALL.

Besides that it can also be GENETICS. Perhaps you'd never noticed that you have mixed hair types (not unusual) because you have been straightening your hair for years, right?

My hair goes like this: the sides of my head and the back is 3a, almost 2bish. The front of my hair is 3b/3c and a little patch in the crown is 3c or kinky curly. Yep! It can be THAT diverse. But taking in my hair all-in-all I categorize it as 3b/3c. That's the overall look of it, I think. So it might be just genes.
Just use extra moisturizer on that patch.

Wow! you have diverse hair! are you biracial by chance? i dont have any gray hairs but Im half black and white and im thinking maybe it might be a mix of the hair types and its definitely not from straightening or damage because I haven't straightened in over a year and its the kinkiest at roots where new hair has grown. I cut about 90% of them off and they all grew back :/
Wow! you have diverse hair! are you biracial by chance? i dont have any gray hairs but Im half black and white and im thinking maybe it might be a mix of the hair types and its definitely not from straightening or damage because I haven't straightened in over a year and its the kinkiest at roots where new hair has grown. I cut about 90% of them off and they all grew back :/
Originally Posted by kashly
Well, I'm Dominican. Which is to say, I am multi-racial or mulatto, whatever it is called. Mixed race ancestry, mixed down the line. Don't know anyone who might be considered "pure" anything in my family.
You're biracial, so that might be it then. Genetics. In any case, your hair looks adorable. So don't sweat it, just moisturize more. :-)
... I have them too (im 19 with soft 3b hair) ... and get them on the top bit of my head and in my fringe, and they are exactly like you describe!!! I thought i was the only 1, im sorry but i dont know how to get rid of them either xx
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Im glad im not the only one lol! they drive me nuts ha i wonder if their just genetically like that or if its a problem with the hair follicles?
I have the wiry hairs too but way more than you describe. The whole section just above my neckline is almost nothing but these nasty strands of hair. Sometimes I just want to shave it all off. I really wish I knew how to fix them. I never use heat on my hair so it's not heat damage. Help?
Not a 3b, but I have these too. Hair towards the crown tends to be the coarsest hair on the head. Just moisturize those sections more than the others, and that should help with softness.
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CG, clarify with Aveda Brilliant Shampoo when needed
Dense, medium-fine strands, lowish porosity. Avoiding glycerin outside the shower.
Cowash:Suave Coconut Conditioner.
Leave in: YtCucumbers and EVOO
Styling Products: Flaxseed gel, Phillip B Soft Hold Gel, KMF Upper Management Gel
DC: Doctored GVP or Suave conditioner
Cleanser: Bentonite clay
I have these hairs as well! I thought it was heat damage too. I'm a 3b/c mix (I think- my hair is still very short) and my hair is silky all over my head except for that one patch in the crown. Lately I have noticed that it's on the left side of my head as well in little annoying individual hairs. Maybe it's due to the aging process? Hormones change a lot of things in our bodies as we age.

Btw, I am of mixed racial background as well- native american/white (mom) and black (dad).

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