How do I get even curl on both sides of my head?

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I am hoping some of you experienced CGs can help me with this problem. The left side of my head has wonderful curl. I absolutely LOVE it. The left sid is straggly and wavy at best. I part n the right to middle, so there is more hair on the left of my head. It doesn't feel dry, so don't think its a moisture issue, but who knows. Can anyone help me figure out how to get it to curl? (Sorry for the sideways pics, can't seem to straighten them out!) The first is the left, second is the right.
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cg since 10/22/12
2c/3A (I think), medium w/coarse silvers, high density, shoulder length for now!
I was having this same problem. Well not a problem really because it wasn't that noticeable once I learned how to manage it. I'd apply extra product to the left, scrunch extra on that side, and then break the curls on the right by tugging and raking a little once it was dry to even out my hair. But then I went to my hairdresser today and asked her what was up and she did some strategic layering. I'm so happy. I came home and rewet my hair and styled it my way and it's drying even. I don't have to mess with it at all. If you have someone you trust with your hair I'd suggest a haircut/reshaping. if you don't, try extra product and more scunching on the less curly side, and the other techniques I described on the other. I hope that works for you.
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Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
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I'm not sure I understand your post completely. The way you part your hair, is there more hair on the left side of your head or right? And is the curlier side the side with more hair or less?

I have this exact problem. Since my straightening days, I have parted by hair a little to the right of center, meaning I have way more hair on the left side. When curly, the left side has tons of volume and much better curl (2C bordering on 3A ringlets). The clumps on my left side are HUGE if I part that way, like it looks like someone took a fat curling iron to sections. It makes it look kind of undefined and just "big," though. My right side, on the other hand, ends up 2B and flat.

Anyway, this morning I decided to part my hair almost smack dab in the middle of my head. I was afraid it would look dumb, but it doesn't (I hope not anyway haha). Today, the huge clumps on my left side are broken up into smaller, more pronounced S waves. And, the right side of my hair matches! It's like I borrowed some of the curl from the left side and gave it to the right, and now they are both 2C. I would try switching up your part one day, just to see if that will even out the curl pattern.

You say your hair is medium texture, so dusalocks' suggestion is a good one. My hair is fine, especially on the under layers, so I have found that less product on the 2B side is better because it gets weighed down so easily. That side is also a lot curlier on the days I low-poo, so I have started low-pooing twice a week. It also seems to respond really, really well to protein, so I've been experimenting with using a protein-heavy LI on that side only.

Your hair might be different, I just thought I'd share my own experience in case it gave you some ideas!!
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Oh my goodness flippalicious you're absolutely right. I forgot to mention that. If I were to part my hair more to the left to compensate it would curl more because it would clump into ringlets. That was another technique I used to even things out and also one that I found could exacerbate the problem because if I parted more to the right then the right side that was already mega curly would get even curlier and make the left side look flat. I like parting my hair to the side and not sticking to the same thing everyday. Now with my new haircut I think I may be able to but I'll keep you posted if I learn anything new. Oh and do experiment with parting with your hair! Left, right, middle and in between. One of them is bound to work for you.
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CG since Nov. 2012

Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

* = HG

I think most of us have a "lazy" side--especally when we start. Mine's gotten better as I've gotten better. Good haircut is the foundation for everything and then it's getting the product/technique right.
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Thank you all for replying. To clarify,my part is slightly to the right, so there is more hair to the left and the left side doesn't curl as well. I will play with the part, but I've been wondering if more layering on that side will help. I love my hairdresser, been seeing her for YEARS! but she'd not always crazy about thinking outside the box... Well see what she says. I just discovered LOC process and with air drying, that is helping a bit. NH winters can be brutal (low humidity and bitter cold wind)!! Plus I'm a hair twirller, which never helps!!
cg since 10/22/12
2c/3A (I think), medium w/coarse silvers, high density, shoulder length for now!
I highly recommend it. Layers took off the weight and encouraged the curl on my left (lazy) side. I got the layers even all around though, it's just that my hairdresser knew to how angle them so that the left side perked up. The right side clearly didn't need it. Now that my hair is cut I can part my hair in the middle and have the matching tendrils on either side that I wanted but couldn't get before when I always had to part or to clip to one side.
3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

CG since Nov. 2012

Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

* = HG

I found that some strategic finger twirling on my left/lazy side before scrunching and product was a big help, but I think I have more texture on my lazy side, it just needed some direction.

2c/3a, fine, low porosity.

Poo: Garnier Fructis Pure Clean (yes, it has a mild sulfate, but I have Teflon hair)
Co-wash: VO5 Kiwi Lime Clarifying Conditioner
LI: GVPCB or
Keratin Complex Vanilla Bean Deep Conditioner (nothing to do with keratin straightening, just a nice conditioner)
Style: KCCC + Pantene Curl Shaping Gel (winter) or LALSG (summer)
Dry: Diffuse or air dry, depends on my mood

I feel like it looks more natural to have some unevenness, as long as it isn't "almost straight on one side; very wavy on the other."

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Good point Claudine. I'm sure this is very common. Just like every woman has one breast slightly smaller than the other. Nobody's hair is perfectly even. A lot of us have also got different curl patterns and textures on different parts of our head.
3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

CG since Nov. 2012

Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

* = HG

I have one small section in the front underneath on both sides that is almost bone straight. My family makes fun of me sometimes for it lol.
3a, low porosity, medium density, fine hair
I think most of us have a "lazy" side--especally when we start. Mine's gotten better as I've gotten better. Good haircut is the foundation for everything and then it's getting the product/technique right.
Originally Posted by kathymack
Ditto for me.

My left side used to be a lot less curly. With a good haircut and staying dedicated to caring for my hair, has changed that. I no longer have a lazy side. My hair has gotten curlier and more even over the years.

I don't use sulphates or silicones in my hair. I try to stick to natural products because they tend to work best on my hair. What has revolved with my hair routine is that I buy 99% of my hair products online. They tend to be the ones that work best for me.


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