Straight hair--NO heat???

I don't use any heat at all on my hair. Wash, air-dry, and go. And that's fine. Most of my hair is very coily, but the front is naturally looser, like letter S, and minimal shrinkage.

When I pull my hair back/up (wet) I don't see waves along my hairline and scalp. Haven't you seen the natural ladies on fotki, or youtube? When they make a puff or a ponytail, they have all these beautiful shiny waves? My hair in the front completely straightens out!!! WTH?

Now, all the other sections of my hair wave up, but the front just won't do it.

The most that I can do to encourage waves is to start with sopping wet hair, and tie a scarf around the hairline for a few hours, and then make my ponytail, very l o o s e l y.

I just need to know WHY.

Does anyone else have this problem? What else can I try?
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Are you putting gel on your hair? I know even when my hair was freshly relaxed, if I put gel on it, it would wave up! (It honestly used to frustrate me.) Maybe it would encourage your hair to wave up for you along the hairline.
I don't use any heat at all on my hair. Wash, air-dry, and go. And that's fine. Most of my hair is very coily, but the front is naturally looser, like letter S, and minimal shrinkage.

When I pull my hair back/up (wet) I don't see waves along my hairline and scalp. Haven't you seen the natural ladies on fotki, or youtube? When they make a puff or a ponytail, they have all these beautiful shiny waves? My hair in the front completely straightens out!!! WTH?

Now, all the other sections of my hair wave up, but the front just won't do it.

The most that I can do to encourage waves is to start with sopping wet hair, and tie a scarf around the hairline for a few hours, and then make my ponytail, very l o o s e l y.

I just need to know WHY.

Does anyone else have this problem? What else can I try?
Originally Posted by CoilyHairedBeauty
Well you mentioned that your hair is straighter in the front anyways, so that's probably why it doesn't wave up. My hair is also looser at the front and around the sides and it pulls out straight with just water if I leave it in a pony tail. I don't get the waves there either. It's just the way your hair is, so maybe it's not a "problem"?
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I have the same thing. The front of my hair, particularly around the temples is very wavy. It has little definition, even after cutting the heat damage. I haven't used heat on my hair in 9 months come March. My hair still is just wavy like 3a. The further you go back you will see 3b/3c/4a the curls get tighter as you go back.
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Pretty much all of my hair is like this and I don't view it as a problem. It has nothing to do with heat or length. I haven't straightened in five years and I recall that when I was little I never had the waves either. Some people do, some don't. I think it's people with a strong spiral coil pattern and/or maybe those with predominately coarse strands that can still get some wave (as you can see from siggy my hair is the opposite of both of those). I think it's pretty, but it's not bothering me that my hair doesn't do that on its own. My hair is just the kind that gets the curl pulled out with a good tug, even though the curls can be quite tight.
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I don't use any heat at all on my hair. Wash, air-dry, and go. And that's fine. Most of my hair is very coily, but the front is naturally looser, like letter S, and minimal shrinkage.

When I pull my hair back/up (wet) I don't see waves along my hairline and scalp. Haven't you seen the natural ladies on fotki, or youtube? When they make a puff or a ponytail, they have all these beautiful shiny waves? My hair in the front completely straightens out!!! WTH?

Now, all the other sections of my hair wave up, but the front just won't do it.

The most that I can do to encourage waves is to start with sopping wet hair, and tie a scarf around the hairline for a few hours, and then make my ponytail, very l o o s e l y.

I just need to know WHY.

Does anyone else have this problem? What else can I try?
Originally Posted by CoilyHairedBeauty
I must admit, I STILL have a problem that my hair doesn't wave when put in a bun. For the most part, I love my hair, but the lack of wave definition and the "scalpy" issue (less hair strands on scalp) sometimes make me frustrated. I know though that I am closer to accepting my hair in its totality, ie. now I LOVE my crown hair. However my LUST for thicker hair still exist.
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