use to have straight hair, now it's curly

When I was young I use to have straight hair but as I got older my hair got curlier. No one in my family has curly hair... they all have straight hair. Does anyone know why I have curly hair?
When I was younger, my hair was definitely not curly, but it was always really thick and had a strong wave to it. It definitely got curlier when I was in middle school, but I didn't start wearing it curly until my sophomore year in high school. I really don't know. Was your hair really completely straight, or did it just look straighter because you brushed it, etc.? No one else in my family has curly hair either.
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I know a lot of people who had that happen to them. Anyone I know who had straight hair through elementary school now has some degree of texture and wave to it, and almost everyone I know has to straighten theres to keep how it was when they were young. Mine was always curly but it got thicker and curlier as I grew up. I have a cousin who use to have very thin, pin straight hair who now has ringlets when it gets wet!

I used to hate it but now it's kind of nice to be able to wear my hair two different ways whenever I want, and the more I keep it natural and curly, the better it looks when I actually do straighten again.
I had straight hair until I hit puberty and then it went curly. Same thing happened to my older brothers. I think it's just one of those things.
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My hair was completely straight and thin and i never brushed it. I think it started to get thicker and curly at the begining of middle school. It's really weird though because no one on my mom or dad's side of the family has curly hair at all!
I had the same experience as space girl - pin straight hair until the 7th grade then it started to get curly until I finally ended up with spirals in the 9th grade - it is amazing what an effect hormones/puberty can have on your hair!
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My hair was completely straight and thin and i never brushed it. I think it started to get thicker and curly at the begining of middle school. It's really weird though because no one on my mom or dad's side of the family has curly hair at all!
Originally Posted by troy54
It could be because of you hitting puberty or just hereditary. Someone down the line could have had curly hair. So even though no one in you immediate family has curly hair, some one from generations past could have. The genes just skipped a few generations. An example of this is my little cousin. He was born with gray/blue eyes, but neither parents(or grandparents) have the same eyecolor.
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The funny thing is that I actually got a perm around the time I hit puberty (it was the '80s, what can I say?) and after I got the perm cut out, my hair grew in curly. It was the weirdest thing. It's been curly ever since.
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It's quite common for hair to get thicker and curlier when a person goes through puberty.

Both my parents have curly hair, but strangely, all four of my grandparents had straight hair. Genetics can be mysterious sometimes.
Another one here who turned curly at puberty. Hormones can do odd things It's quite normal. It was a challenge at first because I pretty much had to change my entire routine. I couldn't just brush and go anymore! But after finding naturallycurly.com and learning how to take care of my curls, I learned to love them. I consider it a blessing to get curls. I had always wished for them as a child. This is a wonderful site and we hope you will stick around and make some new friends.
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Me too, I didn't have curls until I hit puberty. It's not uncommon. Hormonal changes from pregnancy or medication (usually the pill) can also change your hairtype.
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The funny thing is that I actually got a perm around the time I hit puberty (it was the '80s, what can I say?) and after I got the perm cut out, my hair grew in curly. It was the weirdest thing. It's been curly ever since.
Originally Posted by spacegirl
What most people don't realize it's that hair is supposed to change at each stage of life, and it's usually straighter in childhood but that's NOT your real hair, not what your genes have determined for the rest of your life anyway. t was just a coincidence that you had the permanent when you were maturing and entering a new stage of (hair) life.

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It was not an "odd" thing your hormones did as you saw above, although I suppose in a way they are responsible since they bring about all the programmed genetic changes we're supposed to go through at each stage.[/quote]
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My hair was very curly and blonde when I was a baby/toddler, but it got straighter and darker as I grew older. It was never really thin, but thick and with lots of volume. Then puberty hit- I'm pretty sure my hair exploded with the amount of frizz (I didn't really know how to take care of my hair, so brushing was the only solution I saw, and that made it worse). I put it in a pony-tail every day until 8th grade. Let me tell you, that does NOT make for good picture days... *shudder*

My mom has stick straight hair, and although my dad has a buzz cut so you can't really tell what his hair texture is like, no one on his side of the family has curly hair.

Let's hear it for genetics!
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Puberty seems to be the cause for many. And then when I had my son, it got looser curl. Hormones!
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HalfWavyHalfCurly, I wasn't saying that the perm made my hair permanently curly, it was just weird that I longed for curly hair, got a perm, and then my hair became naturally curly after that.

I also don't think it's that hard to see how a 13 year old might think it's odd for her hair to get curly all of sudden after having straight hair all her life. Not everyone's hair changes so drastically at puberty. I have a lot of cousins who had straight hair like me as a child and they have straight hair today. They just didn't have the sneaky, curly gene in their DNA. But who thinks of DNA when you're also worrying about getting your period, battling zits, buying bras and also having to figure out what to do with the crazy things your hair is suddenly doing!
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I also don't think it's that hard to see how a 13 year old might think it's odd for her hair to get curly all of sudden after having straight hair all her life. Not everyone's hair changes so drastically at puberty. I have a lot of cousins who had straight hair like me as a child and they have straight hair today. They just didn't have the sneaky, curly gene in their DNA. But who thinks of DNA when you're also worrying about getting your period, battling zits, buying bras and also having to figure out what to do with the crazy things your hair is suddenly doing!
Originally Posted by spacegirl
Well yeah, that's true... most people's hair doesn't change quite so drastically! It wasn't till college that I met someone who told me it was a puberty thing and it had happened to him too...
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