Conflicting hair textures

I'm not sure if there's already thread on this topic, but I'm having trouble dealing with my different hair textures. I've noticed that patches of my hair are around 3c, while the rest of my hair falls under 4a. I'm specifically having trouble tending to the the needs of my 4a hair, like finding products that provide enough moisture, but doesn't also weigh down my 3c curls.

I was wondering if there is anyone out there that's dealing with the same issue or if anyone has any suggestions on how to handle both hair types at the same time.
Yep I have more that one texture on my head. I would say I'm 4a/b just about everywhere but my nape lol. As of right now I just apply less product on that section.


Can you explain the problems that you are having?? I am 3c/4a, but I have learned how to work with both textures. Like, what kind of products are you using, what is your regimen like, etc.
You're referring to two different hair types, not textures. I have different hair types and textures on my head, and I have problems dealing with frizz on the top of my head b/c the hair is finer as opposed to the hair on the sides/back, which don't frizz nearly as much. I'd suggest looking for products that are more water based (so they don't weigh hair down) but are still moisturizing. Aloe is a great moisturizer, and Qhemet Biologics also makes a cream (Burdock Root Butter Cream) that has more water than a heavy styler but provides AWESOME moisture. Hope that helps!
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I have 3c and 4a on my head and over the years, I learned to deal with it. My detangling process is different on one part of my hair than another, the amount of product I use is different. I dont even know if the 4a is really 4a as opposed to just being a different texture though the curl size is a little smaller. Its more course and frizzy than the rest of my hair too.
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I'm not sure if there's already thread on this topic, but I'm having trouble dealing with my different hair textures. I've noticed that patches of my hair are around 3c, while the rest of my hair falls under 4a. I'm specifically having trouble tending to the the needs of my 4a hair, like finding products that provide enough moisture, but doesn't also weigh down my 3c curls.

I was wondering if there is anyone out there that's dealing with the same issue or if anyone has any suggestions on how to handle both hair types at the same time.
Originally Posted by TheCynicalModel
I'm having this same problem, I'm not sure as someone mentioned if my problem is texture or type at this point im so confused and annoyed, I almost don't care!! But I know that is a self defeatist attitude that won't get me anywhere.

I just have this one patch on the top back(??) of my head that looks dull and IS weight down by product. But the rest of my hair needs it to coil/define properly. Its like the edges from front to back are almost like a 3c and the middle is 4a/b it is also dry, fine textured and prone to frizz.

Maybe you should take pics? That way someone could tell you exactly what it looks like, what you might be doing wrong, or defining issues improperly, etc..
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Elle, she could have different textures. But obviously we'd need to know how she's determining the "type".

I know for myself, the nape IS a different texture. It has a different feel (smooth and mostly fine in strand size) and a different curl pattern(looser). It straightens w/o effort and is smoother than all other sections. And that's not even including the other 3 hair personality types. :P

We have to remember that the follicle shape can influence how our hair grows out of the scalp, and the different curl patterns/textures are the result of variances in the curvature of the follicle, which is normally oval in shape(for curly hair)

I'm distracting myself now.....LOL!

Most people have different curl patterns on one head. Or sections that respond differently to products. The best thing you can do is to section those different sections off and experiment on how much and how little product you use, and what types of products work best for you. I've found I have to use more on some sections and much less on others.

Can you tell use your current routine and the products you're using? And maybe add a picture, like someone suggested?
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Elle, she could have different textures. But obviously we'd need to know how she's determining the "type".

I know for myself, the nape IS a different texture. It has a different feel (smooth and mostly fine in strand size) and a different curl pattern(looser). It straightens w/o effort and is smoother than all other sections. And that's not even including the other 3 hair personality types. :P

We have to remember that the follicle shape can influence how our hair grows out of the scalp, and the different curl patterns/textures are the result of variances in the curvature of the follicle, which is normally oval in shape(for curly hair)

I'm distracting myself now.....LOL!

Most people have different curl patterns on one head. Or sections that respond differently to products. The best thing you can do is to section those different sections off and experiment on how much and how little product you use, and what types of products work best for you. I've found I have to use more on some sections and much less on others.

Can you tell use your current routine and the products you're using? And maybe add a picture, like someone suggested?
Originally Posted by eccentric_kurlz
You're totally right! I was just referring to that fact that 4a and 3c aren't textures - but from her description it seemed like she is referring to a finer vs. coarser texture - my hair is the same way, which is why I suggested more water based prods with good moisture. Sorry if that didn't come across in my initial post!
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Thanks to those who responded. I'll definitely consider your suggestions!

@ellepixie

I guess I'm dealing with both different textures and hair types. I've noticed that my 4a hair (which makes up most of the hair at the back of my head) is very fine and extremely frizzy, while the 3c hair is medium and lays down smooth. I recently bought some aloe vera gel, so I'll experiment with that and see what happens.

As far as my routine goes, I wash every two weeks with Giovanni's Tea Tree Triple Treat (if I'm doing a wash and go, I'll clarify with a baking soda rinse once a week); I'll also do some light detangling to work out the bigger knots and comb out shed hair. I used to deep condition once a week with Pantene's deep conditioning mask but it isn't carried any more by the stores near me, so I've replaced with with my own mixture of yogurt, honey, egg yolk and olive oil. Next, I use Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Conditioner as a leave in and seal my hair with a castor oil/olive oil blend. After washing, conditioning and detangling I'll put my hair up in some type of protective style, mostly kinky twists and bantu knots.


And for those people asking for photos, I'll be sure to take pictures after washing and post them to give you guys a better idea of what I'm talking about.
To deal with this, I just apply my products in sections. My tighter curls can take heavier handed application of products.
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