Newbie here- Is it possible my hair was curly all along?!

I've always assumed I had "bone straight hair". My hair is flat, lifeless and yet still frizzy due to past color damage. But I realize that before I colored my hair (when I was a teenager, about 10 years ago) it was starting to get more in the "wavy" area, especially when long. In addition, my mom's hair has wound up wavy-curly and she said that she originally thought mine was like hers, before it went straight after all the chemicals.

I've noticed I seem to have the same needs as curly haired girls- my hair hates silicones (makes it flat, too straight and unmanageable), loves oils (when rinsed out, especially rosemary!) and reacts better to moisture than protein. I once saw a hairdresser who said my hair was only straight because it was damaged. In addition, since I've stopped dying it 8 weeks ago, I've noticed more waves, although most people would still call it straight.

Basically, I want to know if I should be using curly hair products. I never had CURLY hair, but I feel like 'cones and other things that straight haired girls tend to use just don't work on me. I was thinking of Devacare? Jessicurl? Any other ideas? My hair is fine, so I don't want anything to weigh it down TOO much, but it needs a lot of moisture.
Hi and welcome!

Here and especially I think over on the 2s forum (which is a pretty active one--for wavy haired girls) there are a lot of fine haired ladies who use a Curly Girl or modified Curly Girl method to care for their hair.

If your hair is both fine and damaged, I think you can definitely get some benefit from this site as far as methods of getting moisture and protein into your hair--you should definitely try a protein treatment, like this one: PT recipe - as promised

Board wisdom says always follow a protein treatment with a deep moisture treatment unless you really feel like you don't need it, of course, which may be why you've had trouble in the past.

Deva products aren't too popular around here, not because they're hated exactly, but because for the price a lot of people seem to have found that there are other products they like better ... I personally tried their low-poo and it was THE. WORST. for my hair, but then again that was the final confirmation for me that protein and my hair don't mix!

Jessicurl on the other hand seems to be really popular, though I have no personal experience to add to that.

Basically I think if you want to see how much wave you can get out of your hair, you should go for it! If you want to wear it straight, having healthy, well-moisturized hair is still a good goal, and to me it sounds a lot like you would do well trying out some of the methods people on this site use.

Hang out, read up, see what you think.
2a/b (really thick but sort of fine with pretty weak waves), medium-to-fine texture, normal porosity (I think). Doesn't seem to like protein.

Favorite products: Kinky-Curly Knot Today, Kinky-Curly Curling Custard, Curl Junkie Curls in a Bottle, Curl Junkie Curl Rehab, Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing Lotion, Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk, homemade flaxseed gel.

Still looking for a cleanser I like.
I'd actually love wavier hair- I should have pointed that out. I miss my wavy hair from when I was younger. So anything to enhance the wave would be ideal!
I'd actually love wavier hair- I should have pointed that out. I miss my wavy hair from when I was younger. So anything to enhance the wave would be ideal!
Originally Posted by lyooeuyl
Then you're in the right place! Here and the 2s board--we are experts at turning ostensibly almost-straight hair into definitely wavy hair!
2a/b (really thick but sort of fine with pretty weak waves), medium-to-fine texture, normal porosity (I think). Doesn't seem to like protein.

Favorite products: Kinky-Curly Knot Today, Kinky-Curly Curling Custard, Curl Junkie Curls in a Bottle, Curl Junkie Curl Rehab, Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing Lotion, Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk, homemade flaxseed gel.

Still looking for a cleanser I like.
I was going to tell you to determine your texture and porosity, but you've already said that it's fine and I suspect that it may be on the porous side because you talk about damage. That could change as your hair becomes healthier; however, it may not.

Because your hair is fine and probably porous, my advice to you is protein, protein and more protein! To balance it out, you'll need moisture. You may just be surprised what your hair might do.

Many of us try Deva first, think we might like them and then move on to other things. The second line I tried was Jessicurl. It made my hair limp and lifeless in a week. My hair prefers the more natural products from the online, boutique type companies. It's all trial and error. Over time, you will discover what your hair likes and how to take care of it.

Good luck on your curly journey.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
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