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Old 09-09-2013, 01:42 PM   #1
 
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Well I've done it.....I'm done fighting my naturally curly hair. I've always had curly hair but after some meds I had to take it's super curly now! I love it but have no idea how to really take care of it.
One of the many questions I have is: Is there a difference in white curly hair and black curly hair? (I'm a white curly girl.) Just by looking it seems there would be but didn't know if it made a difference when it came to hair product.I looked and looked for affordable curly hair product at CVS (was in a hurry because we where leaving for vacation the next day) in the regular section, Finding none I decided to look in the African American section and found some Curl's Unleashed leave-in and I love it!
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Old 09-09-2013, 02:15 PM   #2
 
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Is there a difference in white curly hair and black curly hair?
No. Curl types, and hair properties (texture, density, elasticity, and porosity) can vary across the spectrum of skin tone.
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Old 09-09-2013, 03:50 PM   #3
 
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It's all about marketing. I'm a white curly girl and I always shop in the ethnic hair care section. Products everywhere else are always marketed towards straight haired people; the majority of whom are white. People assume that black women or hispanic women are the ones with curls, so you'll find packaging for curly hair products adorned with a gorgeous black woman, instead of a white curly girl. Each hair on everyone's head is unique, and the color of your skin does not limit you to what products to use. The properties of your own hair is what determines that. Whatever works!
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Trust me, the other day at a station in Brussels, I saw this girl standing with her back towards me with super corky spiral curls and I would have sworn she had some african/moroccan in her and she turned around and was super pale white! :-) There's no such thing as black/white curly hair. (She was a natural red head by the way. It's true mixed kids can be very white too but you just saw she was of the white race. Maybe some far ancestor had black roots I don't know but I thought it was amazing :-)
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Well I've done it.....I'm done fighting my naturally curly hair. I've always had curly hair but after some meds I had to take it's super curly now! I love it but have no idea how to really take care of it.
One of the many questions I have is: Is there a difference in white curly hair and black curly hair? (I'm a white curly girl.) Just by looking it seems there would be but didn't know if it made a difference when it came to hair product.I looked and looked for affordable curly hair product at CVS (was in a hurry because we where leaving for vacation the next day) in the regular section, Finding none I decided to look in the African American section and found some Curl's Unleashed leave-in and I love it!
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There are slight differences between the average hair of different ethnic groups, but by far the most important differences between one head of hair and another are the properties - porosity, elasticity, coarseness - and dew points/ humidity. Choose ingredients and products based on that not marketing.

Many here successfully use products sold in the 'ethnic' aisle. Most ranges have 'lighter' products and 'heavier'/ richer products - those with fine, thin, weakly wavy hair will often appreciate a different product to someone with thick tightly curly dry hair, whether they have the same ethnicity or not.
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Thanks everyone! This all so overwhelming!
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I've been told my 3b/3c hair is almost like "black" hair because of the porosity and coarseness. Whatever, it's pretty regardless of skin tone. I call it my white girl fro when it's short.
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I've been told my 3b/3c hair is almost like "black" hair because of the porosity and coarseness. Whatever, it's pretty regardless of skin tone. I call it my white girl fro when it's short.
Well touching my white SIL with 3b/3c curls and my black SIL with 3b/3c curls their hair doesn't feel the same probably because my black SIL has finer hair. The person I use to know with hair in that category with coarse hair was a Moroccan lady.

Porosity and coarseness is due to individual strands.
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Old 09-16-2013, 03:38 PM   #9
 
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I think it's just society makes us think its diffrent usally black woman are portrayed to have type 4, white/mixed/ hispanic woman type 3, and white/hispanic type 2, some blacks have 2c hair sine whites have 3c, I think there's kind of a line Were you think that a group has a specific hair type, like for me if I thought a Caucasian with type 4 I would be surprised or if I saw a black with 2a hair I'd be surprised too

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I think the only difference between Caucasian people's hair and Black people's hair is the hair properties: elasticity, density, porosity, and texture. A Black person can definitely have hair like a Caucasian person or a Hispanic person. But I have never seen a Caucasian person with hair similar to a Black person (more so coarse hair).
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