#1: Weird random strands of hair...need a diagnosis
I have 2A hair that's been BKTd and I've noticed that if I just gently feel my scalp area, some strands sort of feel really coarse and thick compared to others. I've always had a few of these but it seems like there are more now.
The strand has a strong curl pattern, sticks out, and has a VERY grainy, bumpy feel if run my fingers along it (root to tip). It's not short like a flyaway. When I look at it I can clearly see that some parts are thinner than others, but the entire strand itself is very dark and thick in comparison to normal feeling strands.
Is this heat damage? Maybe product build up? It's really strange...TIA!
Hair type: 2C-3A, very dry, extremely low porosity, med elasticity, insanely thick kinky-wavy.
I have that same problem with the curls that are at the crown of my head. I also have the hugest problem with that area with frizz and that part getting more tangled than the rest of my hair and grows the slowest.
I'm thinking that it could just be that your dealing with two different textures. I read somewhere that curly hair never really has one texture and some people might be dealing with multiple textures.
I have a lot of these... I've always wondered if they could just be damaged, or if they are of varying porosity. My LCLF curl analysis said i have normal porosity but some parts of my hair behave differently from others... like, when I do the strand test, a lot of my hairs definitely squeak. I hope someone has some insight.
Your odd hairs kinda sound like my random assortment white crown hairs - course (thick), bumpy, snap easily, tend to stick straight up when short, different curl pattern (sections of tight S), mind of their own. Having a subset of hair with different properties is normal. I wonder if course hair is more prone to bubbling. I know white hair (and other odd hair that gets made differently as a result of aging) can have cuticle issues and structure inconsistencies. Wonderful.
I've had some luck spot treating the course strays with olive oil (smoothing along single strands or small groups) and avoiding diffusing my crown. Protein treatments seem to make them stick up more (while making the rest of my hair more shiny and cooperative) - probably because they are course and the rest is med. Have not had luck keeping them smoothed after dry with gel, curl cream, pomade, water, or conditioner, but still trying this. Recently (tried once 2 days ago, so tifwiw) had luck skipping leave in. Maybe the coursies are more prone to product build up, or maybe the meds needed to be less weighed down to be able to stay with the coursies?
Some of my coarser hairs grow bumpy like that, I think it's normal, and probably also just easier to feel in coarse wiry hairs (thinner more flexible hairs may also be bumpy but you just can't feel it because they are thinner and more flexible).
But yes, since you are chemical-and-heat treated, the bumps may be cuticle damage, especially if this is a change from how it used to be.
2c / C / iii (FIA)
Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)
Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)
I don't know if it's harmful but they may not grow back. I'm 29 years old and I had super thick hair as a child and when I was in my earlier 20's. My hair is far from thin but I notice that my pony tail is a lot thinner than that what is before. If you're not afraid of your hair thinning....
I get these strands a lot in the area you described. Mine are just frizz. All my "frizz strands" feel like this -- coarse, wiry, super duper bumpy, and abnormal! I think that's normal, though. I have coarse hair all around (not like the bumpy frizz hairs -- they are just really thick ), though, so I'm not too worried about it. Our frizz is either damaged hair, hair that's snapped off, or hair growing back, so it doesn't have the same weight to it and WILL stick out all over. It's also most exposed to the elements. The only part of my hair that blows around consistently is my frizz.
Type 2c/3a with lots of hair and a super sensitive scalp! Med/slightly coarse texture, low porosity and elasticity.
Low poo: Organix TTM, Essential Wholesale Free & Clean
RO/LI: TN, GFTN, YTC
Stylers: EcoStylers, GF Curl Shaping Gel, Aussie Aussome Volume Mousse & Instant Freeze Gel, GFPC, LALNC, La Bella Lots of Curls, Apricot Oil, KMFUM, AO B5DG
Extras: sugar scrubs, AVG washes, pre-poos with EVCO, oiling scalp before washes, plopping, gelatin PT.
Mod-CG since 12/1/10!
So I've come into the same problem over the last year. I started out with very fine hair, and coarse hair has been gradually growing in over this past year. Some are not all curly, some are long and just feel kinky and bumpy. It is genetics and hormones for me. My mother has coarse hair, and now that I'm older and full of estrogen, my hair is growing coarse like hers. But I still have my fine hair strands too.
There is not a whole lot I can do with them other than accept them. Mine aren't going anywhere and I believe I'm growing more of them.
I don't think that plucking them out is a bad thing, but I don't think it'll help that much. They may just grow right back if that is what the strand is.
CG since December '09
loo-poo: Kiss My Face Everywhere Shampoo
cowash: Suave Naturals, CJ DF
rinse out: TN
leave-in: CJHBLI, CJSL, SMRC
stylers: (rotating) CJAF, CCCC, SMCS, Ecostyler, KMFUM