This is really common esp. for us 3A folks. A few things that help me get more curl at the root: getting a cut with layers, plopping or using claw clips at my roots while my hair's drying, using a curl-enhancer (I love re:coil) and a really strong gel.
Hair: 3A/B, Underlayer of 2B
Winter- Giovanni Tea Tree (co-wash) & 50/50 (condish); Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Leave-In; Curls Milkshake & Quenched Curls; Re:coil; BRHG
Summer: DevaCurl No Poo & OneC; CK; Re:coil; BRHG; Honey!!!
I feel ya my hair is straight the first 2-3 inches and then the rest is curly , i dont know what my curls catagory in yet , but i try to get some wave at least to my canopy , sometimes clips help and sometimes certain products help..even honey.. my hair is so weird that i was able to get my top really wavyish last week with loreal spiral curl mouse and CCSS over that , but when i went to duplicate it 3 days later i got a straight top so go fig! i just go with it . i do have layering too so that helps at times.
Modified CG-Use Low Poo
Use Suaves & VO5 Condish For CG-Honey+ Condish=My curls are loving it!
*Suave gels ( love crunchy gels )*My HGs-Re:coil, Jessicurls , Boots , Loreal Spiral Curl Mousse, Tigi Amp*
Mine's the same. I can't plop to save my life and whilst doing the claw clip thing did help a bit it just looked kind of weird on me, so I've given up the fight, if it wants to be straight and flat on top, so be it.
Mine's straight the first few inches as well, especially on the sides of my head. I can get the very front pieces to curl from the root and sometimes the hair at the back of my head (curl enhancers like re:coil, plopping, and diffusing flipped over for longer amounts of time), but the sides - I've given up and let them be.
embracing my inner curl since late Nov 2006
2b/3a (I think?)
color-treated red/brown, medium-textured hair
PJ, currently using Suave citrus smoothie, B2B pom cond, GF C&S leave-in, AG re:coil, LOOB, HE SMU, Jessicurl HCC, CC, AIS
I *think* this is typical of wavies .. I'm a 2b with 3/a tendencies and on it's own or with just conditioner in it, it'll be straight down to about my ears, then it begins waving/curling.
Products can help curl you up higher or to the roots. I have no luck with plopping since I have shorter layers on top. I sometimes will use a big jaw clip to hold all my hair up at the crown to help with that blasted part I have at the crown that wants to do nothing split to the right or left .
CG-modified since 4/05 2b/3a and 3b on occasion! Products: The hair aisle in my own cabinets.
Best definition winner: KCCC
Best volume winner: LOOB