need advice from people who got curls at puberty

I have been looking around and most people have gotten curls from when they were very young, so I am kind of at loss with what to do with curls, I had them was I am really little and then went stick straight [but still thick] and then when I turned 13 it turned curly [I am almost 15 now.] I was hiding behind my straightener and ponytails then a friend told me about this site and here I am... some recent pics in my fotki
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My hair started waving around puberty too. Kinda wierd considering both of my parents have stick straight hair. Mine's always been thin and fine though rather than thick.

I vaguely recall having bangs cut in the 6th grade and being shocked at them forming spirals, after that I think I ended up wearing a wavy bob for part of junior high but I really didn't know what I was doing, the waves fell out too fast, and thus I usually wore it in a ponytail.

I'm still not entirely sure what to do with my hair, I don't have time to make it curly or straight so I just let it do it's thing and hope for the best
Fine Wavy (2a)
Weeklyish shampoo with CO's inbetween to keep down the grease.
my hair isnt fine at all it is very thick so its not possible to just leave it and let it be,.
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Why not? What does it do on it's own? (or do I not want to know )
Fine Wavy (2a)
Weeklyish shampoo with CO's inbetween to keep down the grease.
Count me in. Mine started curling at the nape of my neck then it started to take over!

I too didn't know what to do with it so I tried to straighten it...this was before good straightners came along. The results were awful, I didn't have a clue.

When I got to college at 16 I decided to let it do what it wants. I just had to start playing around with products that would help. At that time my curls were great, bouncy and thick so I could go 2 days with them no problem. I think I was using a Paul Mitchell conditioner and a Paul Mitchell Cream too, that I got from a local hairdresser.

My regret is not embracing them sooner! I would have looked so much better in those dodgy almost straight frizzed hair photos!!!
Don't know what my hair type is really!!

pw: hairdrama
Last time I used straightners: Friday 17th May (I'm really trying now!)
Yup, this happened to me too.
My hair was pretty much stick straight (aside from one regretable perm in elementary school) up until I was 11 or 12 when it started curling up around my face and getting wavy in the back. The front was fuzzy crazy curls and the back wave pattern was weak and looked more like a ridge of some sort for the longest time. At first I just used a curling iron to curl my bangs under but by 13 or so it was fluffin' up all over. (But of course *not* evenly all over. :P) At this point I my hair had also been described as "enough hair for three people." It's pretty fine but there was a ton of it.
By high school I had come up with a "solution"... blast it dry with a blowdryer and vent brush then go back through and straighten ir with a big curling iron (flat irons were NOT easy to come by around here at that point). I did my d@mndest to get it as straight as possible with a nice little turn-under at the ends. Of course living in a high-humidity climate, this lasted until I walked out the door before the and one side would flip out and the front would kink up. It also took forever. I got pretty obsessed with getting and keeping it straight and insisted that no one see it any other way. :P
Finally all the dyeing I was doing started catching up to me and my hair was just too hot (my hair is a LOT warmer when it's straight) so I cut it short. Kept it pretty short for a few years and just played with the color and such. Figured out how to blow it out with a little round brush so I didn't have to dry then straighten.
Eventually the bleaching and coloring caught up to me again and I said screw it and buzzed it off to 1/4" except for the front (which was turquoise-ish at the time, I think LOL). That grew out into the best haircut ever or I just bleached the front and grew out the rest without dyeing it. Planned to keep it short but I loved it as it grew out so I just kept going and started dyeing it all medium to dark blonde with highlights and laid off the serious bleachings and stuff. Took me another few years to decide to completely stop dyeing then stop drying.
Come to find out, my curls had turned into mostly waves over the years and had gotten a little more consistent overall (loosened up in the front, picked up a bit in the back).
Been all natural and on a modified-CG routine for a couple years now (no dye and only half a dozen blow outs). It's not perfect by any means but my hair is healthier, happier, and longer than ever and I'm not chained to my blowdryer anymore. And it feels so much better!

Long story aside, I think the most helpful things are figuring out a routine your hair likes and getting to know your ingredients! Concentrating on ingredients and figuring out what your hair responds well to or hates instead of just blindly going by what the bottle claims to do is so much more useful in the search for what works.
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My hair was wavy but not at all troublesome when I was young. Around age 13 it came in much thicker, curlier and frizzier. I fought with it, struggled with it, and straightened it until I was in my late 20s. Now I'm much happier with curls.

Some things to start with:

A good cut -- and this is not easy, because most stylists don't have a clue how to cut curly hair. There is a salon finder on this site. Another approach is to look around you and if you spot someone with great curly hair, ask where they get it cut -- people are nearly always pleased to help out another curly.

Curly hair tends to be dry, so minimizing shampooing and using good conditioners is important. Teenagers might have hair that's not so dry, but if you're straightening a lot, you may have some damage. Deep treatments are good for that.

Styling products are important -- gels are probably most used here. For most people, stylers should be put in very wet hair. A diffuser can help speed up drying time without blowing your curls around and causing frizz. Resist the urge to play with your hair while it's drying.

Hope that helps for a start! There are lots of good ideas here if you look around.
i got my curls at the same time you did. i didn't know what to do with them either. now i regret that i didn't let them do their thing earlier. i fought them for a long time. i always lost the fight. i decided one summer that i would just see what they would do if i actually went with them. after a month, i was amazed. plus it was summer and i didn't have to be at school every day with everyone witnessing my transformation. it took a good two weeks for them to let go and start curling. now that it's summertime, i encourage you to do the same thing. the first weeks are hard, but take the advice from the people here and go for it.
*taylor* 3a fine and thin/medium
I agree, it's a good idea to ease into your new hair routine when you have some time off to experiment without worrying as much.
2/f/i, waist length w/ long layers

http://public.fotki.com/thekittenavenger
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~a wave in a sea of curls
I had wavy-ish hair when I was little, then sprouted an afro at puberty! LOL I hated it for a long time, but once I embraced the curl and started figuring out what my hair needed, I started getting all kinds of compliments! I love my wild curls now!
I'm a 3b, with 3c underneath.

Used to be CG, now I'm not. Using Suave Aloe & Waterlily shampoo & condish, JoiWhip, BRHG, Suave Aloe gel, Aussie Tizz No Frizz, and anything else that looks good!
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Almost forgot to add that my daughter's hair has done the exact same thing. She hates hers too and is walking around today with straight hair. I let her straighten it after many tears and pleading sessions. I realize I can't make her lover her hair...she's going to have to love it on her own.
I'm a 3b, with 3c underneath.

Used to be CG, now I'm not. Using Suave Aloe & Waterlily shampoo & condish, JoiWhip, BRHG, Suave Aloe gel, Aussie Tizz No Frizz, and anything else that looks good!
My Myspace!
I'm a 3b, with 3c underneath.

Used to be CG, now I'm not. Using Suave Aloe & Waterlily shampoo & condish, JoiWhip, BRHG, Suave Aloe gel, Aussie Tizz No Frizz, and anything else that looks good!
My Myspace!
thanks sooo much for all of the tips. I will just let the next couple of months be a trial period and hope that things work better.
CG since 5/07 2C/3A currently using: jessicurl, Tigi Catwalk, re:coil and many more... proud to be a PJ!

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