Annoying nape hair! What to do?

Hi,

Think this is a 'problem area' for many...? My hair right at the back at the nape does not behave itself. It's the shortest part of my hair (about 4 to 5 inches.) It's more prone to breakage and is finer than the rest of my hair. What do you do about it? Are there any miracle products I should know about that improve the condition?

I've got various things in mind to do with my hair. There are two short cuts I want to try but first I need to grow some serious balls, especially for the shorter one. The first thing I want to do is get a short inverted bob. I'm wondering whether the best thing to do is have the nape cut very short. I mean buzzed to blend in with rest of the hair. Would this improve the condition and encourage it to grow back stronger and longer? Has anyone done this with success? Advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.
Anyone...? It can't just be me! Can it? : D
I'm not sure how helpful this will be for you. My hair is too short for this problem, but I did have 2 thoughts when I read your post.

1. The breakage and fragility of your nape hair could be caused by rubbing on your clothing. I don't know of any way to prevent it, but lighter summer clothing might help, so you might see an improvement over the next few weeks.

2. If you get an inverted bob, your nape hair might be cut short enough to not have this problem, so you might try the cut, live with it for a few weeks, then decide if you need to take further action.

Maybe someone with better experience will give you more info.
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Experimenting with too many products to name here. All this great info keeps my head spinning.
My nape hair is my absolute worst. It's really, really fine so it's full of split ends. To make matters worse my uniform consists of collared polos, so it's always rubbing. It wasn't a problem until I started college (with the polos)

What I've been trying to do: saturating it with a conditioner, adding extra gel, doing PTs in that area, and oiling it. It's still gnarly, but not quite as bad as it used to be (hellooooo horrible knots). I've just taken it and braided it before to keep protected somewhat, but I think as long as you're wearing high-necked clothing it'll be a problem.
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Thanks, raindeer and SarahNoH,

You both have a point about clothing. Don't think this is such an issue for me as I don't have clothing that rubs my neck or comes up that high, apart from scarves. I don't like things on my neck too much! Raindeer, for this reason I will most likely have the inv bob cut close to the nape anyway and coming down to chin ish length. Long hair or short hair for me... medium sits on the neck! Maybe if the nape hair was just cut short that would work. But it's so fine and frizzy, I just think clippering would work better and give a cleaner look too.

SarahNoH, sorry to hear of your polo causing more problems! Thanks for the advice. I will try giving the area some extra tlc for a bit. If it doesn't improve though I'm gonna have to get serious. Drives me mad... I actually feel self concious about it! At least if it was clipped short to fit with inv bob it would be supposed to be like that. Not too high, just an inch or so up. I think I mean a bit tapered.

Last edited by CurlyQueen88; 04-19-2012 at 06:50 PM.
alright, here's something I've tried twice now with pretty good results:

Basically make a rag curl:
Take your nape hair and section it (left, right etc) depending on how much of it is a problem. For example, I have 1 small section on the left and 1 small section on the right. Completely wet it, apply some condish, maybe some oil, get out all tangles, and twist. Take the twist, and wrap the end around a cloth strip. Roll up as high as you can, tie the ends of the strip together, and allow to dry.
This causes the hair to dry in a supported curl pattern (my nape hair doesn't curl at all it seems...) that is pretty tight, which means it's shorter, which helps it a) not stick out, and b) not rub so much.

If that makes any sense at all xD
CG Birthday: 7/25/11
Type 3a/2c
Dense, Fine in front Coarse in back, Low porosity
Low-Poo: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
Rinse Out: Tresemme Naturals
Leave In: ^^^^
Stylers: AIF, Natural Silks Curly Gel
*Desert Curly*
Thanks, SarahNoH. Yep, that makes sense. I will give that a go! Thank you.
I had a very small section on either side of my neck that was always frizzy and wouldn't hold a curl no matter what. I pointed it out to my hair dresser a few months ago and she suggested she just shave it off with a flat razor. I've been doing that every time I go in for a cut and its been working great. I know its probably not the solution for everyone, but it works for me.
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Hi EponaBlackhorse,

Glad to hear the razoring method works for you. I'm almost convinced I should take a similar approach. I wore my hair up higher than normal today and this hair was just sticking out and looking all fuzzy!
My nape hair is my absolute worst. It's really, really fine so it's full of split ends. To make matters worse my uniform consists of collared polos, so it's always rubbing. It wasn't a problem until I started college (with the polos)

What I've been trying to do: saturating it with a conditioner, adding extra gel, doing PTs in that area, and oiling it. It's still gnarly, but not quite as bad as it used to be (hellooooo horrible knots). I've just taken it and braided it before to keep protected somewhat, but I think as long as you're wearing high-necked clothing it'll be a problem.
Originally Posted by SaraNoH


All this is great advice!!! I also try to wear a silk scarf in the winter, that way all GE rubbing on my coat collar doesn't cause the major issue it typically does. I have a coat that actually has a satin lining that continues to the inside of the collar. If I could do that with all my coats, I would!!! It's lovely!!!

You can still wear some light weight silk scarves in the spring and summer, but I don't think you could get away with that and your uniform!

I use coconut oil or SM elixir on it during the day (sometimes a little LI, too) an just try to keep it tamed throughout the day.
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