Does hair lose its curl as you age?

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  • 1 Post By kathymack

I'm 31 and have always had curly hair. I never straighten it and always leave it to dry naturally.

About 6 months ago, my hair was about halfway down my back in one layer. It was such a pain to wash, literally, it hurt, I comb it in the shower and it killed. So anyway I got it cut into layers thinking it'd be easier to manage and probably curlier. However it wasn't curlier, and now even more so I'm noticing instead of having nice curls, it's just wavy and straggly looking. So I'm thinking whether the hairdresser took the curl out of it by 'thinning' it down, or maybe as I get older, the curl goes a bit.

Does anyone have any similar experience or thoughts/advice?
Hi nicolanicola,

I'm pretty new here and certainly not an expert, but I've experienced a loss of curls. My hair was not curly when I was a child, it became curly when I hit puberty and stayd that way. But over the years it has become more wavy and, as you said, kind of straggly looking. I know hair texture can change for many reasons throughout your life. I guess in my case it could be that hormones are to blame (bcp?).

I'm trying to come to terms with that way my hair is now, and just make the most of it.

Anyway, sorry I don't want to discourage you, just wanted to share my experience. I hope you regain your curls! :-)

ETA: I'm 40.
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my curls went down during my pregnancy, and have just started to bounce back. (My babies are 10.5 months now.) In fact it's actually a little curlier at the roots now, so i think it's actually growing back in curlier! There is sort of a band of less curlier hair that on a GHD I can get to blend, but on a BHD, is totally apparent. HA!
I agree with kathymack here - I'm 64 and my hair is CURLIER than ever before! I think in my case I did even get a bit curlier after menopause, which is a good thing, but I do think it's getting onto the right product combos for one's own hair type. NC has been awesome for that!
However, for some people hair texture changes can be quite dramatic and even change a few times one way or the other during their life. Some stresses can bring this on too - it's not uncommon, say, for people who are growing out their new hair after finishing chemotherapy to have a whole new crop of curls before, even if their hair was previously a lot straighter. Puberty, pregnancy, and menopause can bring changes, as well as texture changes with the greying of hair as well, one way or the other. Some people get curlier, others lose their curl. Still, a decent regimen surely helps and has even been useful to people who were just about to give up on ever having their nicest hair.
did your stylist actually thin your hair with thinning shears or do you mean that it was 'thinned' by reducing bulk with layers? If you got thinned with a razor or thinning shears this can really disrupt your curl pattern. I was unwillingly razored a month ago and my hair just has no idea what to do with itself at the moment. I'm getting it fixed Friday, and I just cant wait!
Layers normally are a good thing with curly/wavy hair, it helps to avoid 'pyramid head'. Its possible that you may need to change your styling technique with your new hair cut. I find that I need to change my styling technique as my haircut changes (growing it out or going shorter). What works when my hair is below shoulder length doesnt seem to work when myhair is mid-neck length.
Hope that made sense... I havent had my coffee yet
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did your stylist actually thin your hair with thinning shears or do you mean that it was 'thinned' by reducing bulk with layers? If you got thinned with a razor or thinning shears this can really disrupt your curl pattern. I was unwillingly razored a month ago and my hair just has no idea what to do with itself at the moment. I'm getting it fixed Friday, and I just cant wait!
Layers normally are a good thing with curly/wavy hair, it helps to avoid 'pyramid head'. Its possible that you may need to change your styling technique with your new hair cut. I find that I need to change my styling technique as my haircut changes (growing it out or going shorter). What works when my hair is below shoulder length doesnt seem to work when myhair is mid-neck length.
Hope that made sense... I havent had my coffee yet
Originally Posted by Lucky Charm
Hiya, thanks everyone for your comments. Sounds like maybe it's not inevitable that getting older means you lose your curls then!

She used a razor to thin it. I said to her that'd make it all wispy and the curls not form properly cos they'd have missing hair but she proclaimed not and that she was an expert with curly hair. So she layered it and razored it.

What did yours go like when you got it razored and how is it getting fixed?
did your stylist actually thin your hair with thinning shears or do you mean that it was 'thinned' by reducing bulk with layers? If you got thinned with a razor or thinning shears this can really disrupt your curl pattern. I was unwillingly razored a month ago and my hair just has no idea what to do with itself at the moment. I'm getting it fixed Friday, and I just cant wait!
Layers normally are a good thing with curly/wavy hair, it helps to avoid 'pyramid head'. Its possible that you may need to change your styling technique with your new hair cut. I find that I need to change my styling technique as my haircut changes (growing it out or going shorter). What works when my hair is below shoulder length doesnt seem to work when myhair is mid-neck length.
Hope that made sense... I havent had my coffee yet
Originally Posted by Lucky Charm
Hiya, thanks everyone for your comments. Sounds like maybe it's not inevitable that getting older means you lose your curls then!

She used a razor to thin it. I said to her that'd make it all wispy and the curls not form properly cos they'd have missing hair but she proclaimed not and that she was an expert with curly hair. So she layered it and razored it.

What did yours go like when you got it razored and how is it getting fixed?
Originally Posted by nicolanicola
Hah I was also told the same thing by my stylist but before I could protect, he took a large section of my hair, twirled it and literally dragged the razor down. I went cold and felt sick to my stomach when he did this. He proceeded to do this several times around my head (really, walking out after the first slice would have left me with one big wonky section so I bit the bullet and sat there trying not to loose my cool). I'm going back to my old stylist who does a beautiful wet cut (I cant always afford her though, which is why I strayed, shes quite pricey) and will probably have to get trims more often than I'd like. Quite frustrating since I wass trying to grow it out for a wedding I'm in this winter. poo
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Just to add in...I am in my 40s and my hair is as curly as ever also
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I'm 55. Mine wasn't curly as a child, went crazy at puberty and started getting less curly again about 7 years ago. Went from coarse, dense and very curly (3b/c) to medium/fine texture, much less dense and just wurly curly. Same happened with my grandmother. My mother's was never curly. Same is happening to my 50-year-old (today) sister.

It's not inevitable, but it can happen.
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I'm 42 and my hair keeps getting curlier. I never even started to get curls until I had my last child, at age 34. I'm also battling a lot of grey, and can't help but wonder if the grey is fueling my increased curls. The grey strands seem so much thicker and coarser. I do color my hair, and that may factor in as well maybe? At any rate, I am thrilled to be so curly, a definite upside to my aging process!!
I had thick slightly wavy hair until puberty when it turned into tight 3b curls (lots of it too). My curls are looser now (more 3a) and my texture and density have also changed after 2 pregnancies and development of gray (ugh). Same thing happened to my mom. Although the right products and techniques will make your hair look much better, there is something to be said about hormonal changes and aging.
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I don't think mine's as curly as it once was but it's difficult to say given I treat it totally differently now to what I used to. It's also thinner than it used to be so that may be why it looks less curly to me. I'm 48.
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Hormones/pregnancy has had a huge affect. I use to be a 3b before having kids. After my first child I was a 3a/3b, now after the second I'm a 3a/2c. At this rate if I have another kid I'll have almost straight hair LOL!. Kidding. BTW my original curls have not come back and it's been 6 years since having kids plus im on the CG method. The only benefit to losing my curls is that I think I lost a lot of frizz and my hair is easier to manage. That's about it!
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I wish! My hair is fine and has a weak curl pattern, so I almost wish it would go one way or the other (pretty curls or looser/easier to straighten), but no such luck. I have never noticed any difference over the years, even through three pregnancies. The only thing that seems to affect my curl is humidity.

Last edited by Verity; 09-16-2011 at 09:01 AM.
I've concluded its hormonal more than anything.

A lot of us experienced a change in texture at puberty, after pregnancies and later as we progress toward menopause.

I was curly as a kid-very curly-and went almost straight at puberty. After each pregnancy, I had a curl revival (strange looking on hair that was cut to be straight), and now (I'm 44), my hair has gone back to its original texture-3a with 3b underneath. I've crushed it recently with bleaching and coloring, but with the information at this awesome forum, its looking quite like its old 3a self. I wonder what it would have done if I found this place before I killed it...lol.
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