Different Textures: Help?!

I've been reading the forum for a while, and saw that someone else had a similar problem to me when it comes to this, and was wondering whether you guys had any input. I mostly have a 3B curl texture (see pictures), but the back is totally different -- something like 3c or 4a (probably closer to 4a). I don't really use any heat on my hair at all, but I used to straighten it two to three times a year. The last time I straightened my hair was probably back in September, and it has changed quite a bit ever since I swore off heat, but I still have this problem area right in the back of my head that makes it difficult for me to wear my hair down without getting weird questions/stares. My stylist has decided that since the back of my head is "basically a different head of hair", we should wait for it to grow out so that I can cut it off.

I have my styling routine down to a T, but because the back of my head dries out so differently, I don't feel like I can "own" my hair. I've tried to apply more product on that different textured area, I've tried to comb through product instead of raking through with fingers to make the hair flatter, but I haven't had any real result so far. Not only is the area a dryer and tighter texture, but it also dries out in such a way that makes the bottom "pop out" instead of dry straight down like the rest of my hair. I usually use KCKT and Ouidad Shine Serum, but once in a while will do a 3-step Ouidad routine, or LOC with KCKT, Coconut Oil, and Curls Brulee. I've been trying to find someway to get around this without cutting my hair since I started embracing my curls 6 years ago...and I'm kind of at a loss right now. Would anyone happen to know if there is any way that I can make my hair look more even, without chopping it all off?

In the pictures that I have attached, one is after a deep conditioning, and the one where I am outside is after regular styling. I appreciate any input that you guys can provide -- I've been lurking for YEARS, and you have all given me so much confidence (and product suggestions) throughout my curly haired journey!
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Last edited by missingsummers; 03-23-2014 at 06:56 PM. Reason: missing word
Having more than one curl type on your head is normal. Some people have more than two.

The way of getting round it is to finger coiling, twisting or use things like rods to set your hair. In other words you will need to spend time manipulating your hair as just applying a product won't work.

Alternatively you can just live with it and when people ask you questions or make comments just give them a short answer.

I do the latter when people "kindly" point out my curls are different sizes on sections of my head.

Last edited by Blueblood; 03-24-2014 at 01:11 AM.
My hair is the same.. much curlier in front (3a) and wavy in the back (some days it's 2a/b, like today). I've never gotten stares, maybe you're just paranoid? I don't find different curl patterns to be odd, it's very normal. Hair does what it's going to do. Do you have layers? Is it shorter in the back? That's mainly my problem. You could pin a small portion of the front back, and that might help break it up a bit. Try different styles. Also, you might want to try a different hair cut.
2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Cond./ YTCucs, Giovanni TTTT
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed DC / CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTBbs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC, SS CEJ
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
Having more than one curl type on your head is normal. Some people have more than two.

The way of getting round it is to finger coiling, twisting or use things like rods to set your hair. In other words you will need to spend time manipulating your hair as just applying a product won't work.

Alternatively you can just live with it and when people ask you questions or make comments just give them a short answer.

I do the latter when people "kindly" point out my curls are different sizes on sections of my head.
Originally Posted by Blueblood
Thank you! I've tried finger coiling but that area just won't hold a curl. I'm going to try perm rods or rollers and see how they work, though. I remember my mom roller setting my hair when I was little after applying product in it, and the results were always great. I don't know why I hadn't thought of that .

My hair is the same.. much curlier in front (3a) and wavy in the back (some days it's 2a/b, like today). I've never gotten stares, maybe you're just paranoid? I don't find different curl patterns to be odd, it's very normal. Hair does what it's going to do. Do you have layers? Is it shorter in the back? That's mainly my problem. You could pin a small portion of the front back, and that might help break it up a bit. Try different styles. Also, you might want to try a different hair cut.
Originally Posted by sixelamy
I wish I were just paranoid -- I have gotten pretty ignorant statements like, "you should really learn to take care of your hair" or "you need to learn to fix THIS" when people see that one particular area. I don't have a problem with having different curl patterns, but it makes styling more difficult for me. I used to have layers, but not really anymore. I've found a haircut that works for me after years of searching and trying many different ones -- while I do like the results, there is still somewhat of an issue when the hair dries. When my hair is wet, it is all one length, but when it dries, the middle part of my hair does look shorter and this is because it dries out and not down. It has a mind of its own, haha . In the summer, I do mostly pin up the back, and do alternate hairstyles quite a bit. I'm a huge fan of the messy side bun or the french braid, for example, but could use some suggestions re: what other styles I could try. I don't use a brush at all, if that matters. Thanks!!
Aw, sorry.. people are just rude.

Someone posted this on fb today, so maybe you can pick a style or two out of these that might work?

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2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Cond./ YTCucs, Giovanni TTTT
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed DC / CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTBbs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC, SS CEJ
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
I have this problem with my temples and my nape. All of my hair is 3c, the curls clump nicely and lay down and look "neat". But it seems all my edges, especially my temples and nape are 4c ish. When my hair dries i look like a mushroom. The back and sides of my hair dry straight out and then the rest of my hair just drapes over it.

It's especially noticeable with my bangs. My bangs are extremely heat damaged. parts of my bangs are almost completely straight, some parts la loose 3c, and then on the sides crazy 4a or maybe even b. I get crazy shrinkage and no matter what it looks like wet, it always dries with no curl at all. It's just fluff. But the ends are heat damaged but make the loveliest curls. So imagine an Afro that goes straight out at he roots then turns into lose 3c. It looks so weird.

For a while I was worried that my hair was only 3c because of heat damage, and my real hair was actually 4a or b. I was worried I'd have to big chop the whole thing. But after looking closer all of my roots are 3c except the temples and back.

I've tried finger coils and twist. They don't work, but I've found braiding the temples works very well. If I do a braid out it looks almost just like the rest of my hair, or I keep the sides braided and pull it to the back of my head and it looks lovely. The best part is I don't look like a mush room anymore!!!!
Here is the mushroom. You can see the curl in all of the hair on top and most of the puff is underneath, makes my hair look like a canopy.
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Here's more of a top view. You can see where my bangs go from being defined to just poof.
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Last pic I swear. Also sorry for the side ways pics.

This one is with the sides braided and pulled back. It's also 3rd day hair so it's really stretched

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