How do you deal with different textures?

I am mostly a 4b, however around my nape area is obviously a diffent texture. Before I started treating my hair in a "type 4" manner my hair around my nape and the back of my head had a loose curl, soft shiny, little manipulation gave it definition.

Now, it is still soft but it's not curly anymore. It is a big shiny frizzed up area. when I try to define it, it straightens out and I have to shake my hair to give it a little curl. However, it is not the same curl that I had before.

I often wonder if I heat damaged that part of my hair; but, that was back in December when I flat ironed it and it doesn't seem to be getting better as it grows. But if my hair was heat damaged it would be straight all the time right? And that isn't the case. So maybe it's two textures...

So I was wondering am I just treating that section of my hair the wrong way?? If so, do I need two different styling gels, shampoos, conditioners, etc.? I'm so tired of trying to pin that area up or hiding it with a head band when it doesn't react like the rest of my hair.

Thanks in advance!
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My nape is significantly more loosley coiled and finer than the rest of my hair.

When I do braid-outs, I do 2 braids for the entire nape section and 4 braids per each of the remaining coiler/denser sections. This blends the textures well for a uniform braid-out. When I do a flat twist out, I have to make sure to twist the nape section more tightly (so the pattern "sets" better) and add a perm rod on the ends to account for the different shrinkage rates throughout my head. When I do small-ish twists (to rock as a style), I make fewer in the sections at the nape. I also wet the twists to make them plump up more and redo them when they unravel.

I don't use heat or do wash-n-goes so I can't help in that respect.
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Thank you... I'll be sure to pay more attention to these things next time I try those hairstyles..


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The crown (& most of the front) of my hair is wavy. Afro textured, but loose waves, I usually use the same products but alot less of it.
That's a great idea too... My 4b hair loves the products I use but my nape hair despises it... It was happier when i just left it alone..


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Most of my head is what you consider 4ab. My nape is loose, like 3cish. My edges are like 4a. Uhhh, I really don't have issues with it. I pretty much treat the different textures as if they were all the same.

Yup, different textures everywhere.

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I'm 98% 4a and 2%4b, two identical strips of hair right above each ear.

Its more fragile than the rest of my hair . It doesn't curl, just waves up into a fro. If I'm wearing a WnG, I use less product there. It also shrinks the most. When I twist, I twist and handle those two spots gently.


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Last edited by shawnyblazes; 07-20-2011 at 07:52 AM.
I use different products. The crown of my hair is like 4b/c it has this crazy z pattern and it is stubborn never wants to do anything and it breaks the fastest. So that part of my hair gets very heavy products and stays braided, twist outs will not work there. Also before I condition I always add olive/castor oil. So far it is happy and growing.

Oh and the rest of my hair is really 3c with a little 4a.
Hair Type: 3c/4a/4b, fine, normal porosity

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I am mostly a 4b, however around my nape area is obviously a diffent texture. Before I started treating my hair in a "type 4" manner my hair around my nape and the back of my head had a loose curl, soft shiny, little manipulation gave it definition.

Now, it is still soft but it's not curly anymore. It is a big shiny frizzed up area. when I try to define it, it straightens out and I have to shake my hair to give it a little curl. However, it is not the same curl that I had before.

I often wonder if I heat damaged that part of my hair; but, that was back in December when I flat ironed it and it doesn't seem to be getting better as it grows. But if my hair was heat damaged it would be straight all the time right? And that isn't the case. So maybe it's two textures...

So I was wondering am I just treating that section of my hair the wrong way?? If so, do I need two different styling gels, shampoos, conditioners, etc.? I'm so tired of trying to pin that area up or hiding it with a head band when it doesn't react like the rest of my hair.

Thanks in advance!
Originally Posted by MzKye
I feel like you just described my hair, except my different texture is at the crown of my head.
I use different products. The crown of my hair is like 4b/c it has this crazy z pattern and it is stubborn never wants to do anything and it breaks the fastest. So that part of my hair gets very heavy products and stays braided, twist outs will not work there. Also before I condition I always add olive/castor oil. So far it is happy and growing.

Oh and the rest of my hair is really 3c with a little 4a.
Originally Posted by ajna
That's also another one of my hair problems... Exact same predicament around the crown area..breakage and all... Part of why I eagerly stopped perming my hair... Twice... I might try some olive or castor oil myself...


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Most of my hair I guess is what would be called 4a, though my edges and temples are 4b, exactly like what Shawny described. The nape is loose and silky like the description of yours. Apart from the nape, ALL my hair gets dry easily and soaks up moisture, so I don't use different products, but tend to use much more on the 4b areas, which are dry, brittle and a bit fragile. I also always start applying my conditioner from the front and work back as I feel this give it a chance to sink in more at the front. Also when moisturising between washes, I pay more attention to these areas so they don't dry out. I also use different techniques for twisting, doing fewer at the back and more at the front, and right on my 4b edges, I always start with a flat twist so that I have uniform definition all the way through for the twistout.
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