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Old 03-14-2011, 06:34 PM   #1
 
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Default I can't figure out my type

My hair is naturally thick and curly but due to relaxers and flat ironing, it's not the way it used to be. My hair gets curly every time it gets wet, but in some spots (usually the middle/crown area) its just frizz. The hair at the back of my head always gets extra curly in tight corkscrew curls, while the bulk of my hair is basically loose ringlets. I don't like to use blow dryers because it gives me the Diana Ross look so I just comb my hair out and flat iron it (I use an Instyler and Heat Protection Serum by Olive Oil). However, when I go to the salon to get a wash & set, they use a blow dryer on me with the comb attached and it works really well but hurts a lot. All of this to me sounds like the description of styling issues of Type 2b, but my actual curls sound like the description of Type 3b and 3c. I really want to start wearing my hair curly all the time, but I don't want to damage it anymore by not taking care of it properly. What should I do???
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Old 03-14-2011, 08:17 PM   #2
 
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Do you still have chemically processed hair? (Since you didn't mention ever growing the perm out)
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Old 03-15-2011, 02:17 PM   #3
 
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Do you still have chemically processed hair? (Since you didn't mention ever growing the perm out)
No it's all natural now
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Old 03-17-2011, 12:14 PM   #4
 
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Well the best way for us to help you to be able to determine your hair type would be for you to post a picture(s) of your hair.
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Old 03-18-2011, 12:54 AM   #5
 
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It doesn't really matter. Learn your porosity, texture and density.
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Texture, Porosity, and other Hair Type Madness

It drives me absolutely bonkers to see so many lovely curly girls stressing out over whether they are 2a or 3c or 4b, or if they have "Botticelli" or "Corkscrew" curls, thinking they need to self-identify their "type" in order to take care of their curls to the best of their ability.

VISUAL IDENTIFICATION METHODS DO NOT MATTER WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING TO ESTABLISH A GOOD CURL MAINTENANCE ROUTINE FOR YOURSELF.

Those curl classification systems help you to describe how your curls look from a visual perspective; however, in order to establish an effective routine, you MUST know your hair's texture and porosity (elasticity and density are not as critical, but they contribute important information as well).
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