Did your hair go curly at puberty?

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I was born with a head full of hair that produced spirals when it gained a little length. Around 3 it went straight and the wave/curl started coming back somewhere between 12 and 15. It was the 80's and I was getting perms at that point so it is hard to say exactly when. The last one I got was a body wave and I remember telling the fabulous man who was doing my hair that the perms had been hanging around for months and months. Normally they only lasted 3. He laughed and said, "Baby, this is natural not boxed". It slowly came back in from there.

I read an interesting article on this not too long ago. It claimed it is actually very rare for a persona hair to go from curly, to straight, and back to curly. Even though they have the curly genes isolated, they can't figure out why this happens though it is more common around puberty. Chemical changes in the body and all that. They interviewed one woman who goes through a hair change cycle every 5-10 years. Her hair will be straight, wave will come in, she gets curl, it goes back to wave and then ends up stick straight. Rinse and repeat. That would have to be pain. You would never know exactly what to do with your hair. She said she starts to see the changes and thinks, "Oh God, here we go again".
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Last edited by Fifi.G; 08-04-2014 at 09:48 AM.
As a baby, I had NO hair... my mom dressed me exclusively in pink until I was about three. I had a bit of wave to my hair as a kid... possibly not even 2a, but chunks of flip with a mind of their own. Mom strong-armed me into a spiral perm when I was about ten, and we used to joke that it just never grew out.
2c. present color& past heat damage, fine, low-density, high porosity, happy with some protein. re-CG as of 5/2014. Wash:V05 PFS or KLS, RO: (trying to use up my stash; so it's always different!), LI: Cure Care, DT: SM Smooth & Repair Hair Masque, Style: Ecostyler Olive Oil / La Bella Lots of Curls gel
I read an interesting article on this not too long ago. It claimed it is actually very rare for a persona hair to go from curly, to straight, and back to curly. Even though they have the curly genes isolated, they can't figure out why this happens though it is more common around puberty. Chemical changes in the body and all that. They interviewed one woman who goes through a hair change cycle every 5-10 years. Her hair will be straight, wave will come in, she gets curl, it goes back to wave and then ends up stick straight. Rinse and repeat. That would have to be pain. You would never know exactly what to do with your hair. She said she starts to see the changes and thinks, "Oh God, here we go again".
Originally Posted by Fifi.G
The going in cycles sounds exactly like my mom. She was born straight, went wavy as a young child, then 3a in highschool, then wavy around when I was born, then straight, then wavy, and now it's progressively getting curlier. It's at a weird stage where it looks like she braided her hair wet and let it dry that way, even though she didn't.

Current Products:

  • Pacifica Island Vanilla Body Wash (as shampoo)
  • Nature's Gate Biotin Conditioner
  • AG Recoil Curl Activator
  • AG Plastique or Flaxseed & Gelatin hair gel
  • Gelatin as protein treatment

Techniques: Super Soaker + Plopping Overnight


Oops, I just realized how old this thread was...

Current Products:

  • Pacifica Island Vanilla Body Wash (as shampoo)
  • Nature's Gate Biotin Conditioner
  • AG Recoil Curl Activator
  • AG Plastique or Flaxseed & Gelatin hair gel
  • Gelatin as protein treatment

Techniques: Super Soaker + Plopping Overnight


Heh, while we're at reviving old threads, thought I'd update my story now that I know more. Baby curl pattern was 3B, blond shirley temple ringlets. My mother brushed my hair so with length the pattern grew to waves. Brushing straightened my hair until around puberty, when it became "poofy." So like many of you I think it was curly-straight-curly. Now post-Deva my hair frequently has more "whurls" than what you'd expect from a 2B. I have so much henna and hydrogen peroxide damage that my pattern is somewhat looser…. I had virgin baby 3a roots. As of a few days ago I am not doing any more henna or h.p. and waiting for a few inches of growth to see what my natural pattern really is. I'm hoping that my story will follow lots of yours, that it went curly at around 11-12 ish, and stayed that way (and has just been hidden this whole time).

2B/2C/f/i
Baby fine brown hair, fluctuating porosity (currently low)
No poo: AVG mixed with glycerin, KMF volumizing conditioner
Leave in: SS PT
Stylers: AO Mandarin magic, SS CEJ, SS protein, homemade gelatin hair gel, SCE crazy curly FSG (sans PVP), AO Natural Missst super hold hairspray (used as gel)
Treatments: amla, fenugreek, irish moss, aloe vera powder, rosemary and chamomile tea rinse (with marshmallow root and irish moss water), henna, hydrogen peroxide, catnip tea
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I don't know if my hair really changed or if I just finally realized I had curly hair. It wasn't until 6th grade that I got a hair cut that put multiple short layers in my hair and all behold CURL was there. The day I want to school after the cut people asked if I got a perm. My hair has stayed pretty constant with the curl pattern since then, but now I feel like it's at an awkward length that just gets tangle as it rubs on top of my shoulders (if that makes sense.)

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CO:As I Am
RO: Suave Naturals Strawberry
LI: Suave Naturals Strawberry and Curls Moisturizer
Stylers: SMCurling Enhancing Smoothie, HE Tousle me Softly, HE Totally Twisted Gel *cone is water soluble*
Trying to get my hair to be the best it can be(:
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Well this is a interesting question to answer. My family is a melting pot of biracial individuals. My grandmother had natural straight hair and tan skin, and my father has loose 3a 3b or even 2c hair as he is half native American. So when I was born I had very silky 2b hair that by the age of 1 became silky 3b hair. At the age of 7 my hair went through its own sort of puberty, (which was hereditary) it turned into a 3c 4a and was always tangled! During that time I straightened it all the time. My once WL hair broke off to APL. During puberty, at age 12/13 my hair loosened again (not heat damage) and became a 3b 3c. Now I'm just a 3b and my hair vergin hair is 3a/3b.

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As a baby and child, my hair had loose waves and straight bangs. As I got closer to puberty it just got curlier and curlier. Has been a fairly consistent 3 (a,b,a etc) since then. It wasn't overnight but basically after 13 my hair was pretty curly, and I encouraged it since then. Used to use dippity do gel and air dried. It was always great lol.
3a, Normal-high porosity, Medium texture, High density
Always looking for second, third, etc hair!
Yes. My hair was super straight and baby fine, it could not hold a curl as much as everyone tried. That is until puberty and then Bam! It started to curl up quickly. What was funny is at the time I was using a a shampoo called Wash'n Curl for some odd reason and everyone around me (including my 12 year old self) believed that was why my hair was getting curlier and curlier.
2c/3a with maybe a bit of 3b around my temples
Cowash-As I Am
PT-GVP Reconstructing Conditioner
DT-As I Am Hydration Elation
RO-? GVP Conditioning Balm
LI- As I Am or KCKT
Styling products-KCCC or As I am Curling Jelly
Sealers- SM Smoothie or Mizani Supreme oil
Amazing how many of us got our curls after puberty! I had fine, straight hair as a child as well, and then puberty hit and my hair got coarser and wavier. My mom, who is also curly, did not know what to do with my hair. Thus, i learned how to do all sorts of fancy braids on myself and I made good friends with my hair straightener. I ended up hating my hair for a good part of my adult life until this year, when I decided to embrace it. I love my wavy hair now! I think waves and curls are unique and super cool!
As a baby, I had 2c hair with some ringlets (my pigtails would be ringlets), but then when I got older, my hair was more 2a. It might have been brushed though, I can't remember. My hair then got curly when I was 11, and became curlier later on to how it is now.

Current Products:

  • Pacifica Island Vanilla Body Wash (as shampoo)
  • Nature's Gate Biotin Conditioner
  • AG Recoil Curl Activator
  • AG Plastique or Flaxseed & Gelatin hair gel
  • Gelatin as protein treatment

Techniques: Super Soaker + Plopping Overnight


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