Why is my hair like this?

If I take one of my curls and wrap it around my finger, there are strands sticking out every which way, all different lengths, all curling in their own odd way, kind of like my curl being a tree with branches. I mean a ton of them. I think it's my haircut, but can't be sure. It happens even when it's soaking wet, which lets me know it's not how I'm styling it. As far as being dehydrated, my hair is very well moisturized and I think I've actually over conditioned it by trying to get rid of this issue. So is this due to damage and only growing it out will help, or is it due to my haircut, or what? Does anybody have any ideas or suggestions for fixing my problem? Does anybody else share my issue? I find that protein and frequent conditioning helps, but my hair is starting to feel mushy which is supposedly a sign of over conditioning, and I would much prefer a permanent fix. :/
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it sounds like a bad haircut to me- did your stylist use a razor? that can be one cause of the fray that you are describing, if i'm understanding your problem correctly. i'm curious to hear others' thoughts on this!
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it sounds like a bad haircut to me- did your stylist use a razor? that can be one cause of the fray that you are describing, if i'm understanding your problem correctly. i'm curious to hear others' thoughts on this!
Originally Posted by samirak1001
Honestly, I really think that's what it is. I've never had a cut for curly hair, I've always had my hair cut to accommodate my straightening. I got a ton of layers put in and judging by the way that my hair looks, I think it's the fact that I have layers that weren't meant for curly hair. And on top of that I wasn't even happy after leaving the salon, so go figure that it's even worse months later. Although I definitely want to hear other possibilities, I really want to get to the bottom of this, whatever it is. It's really frustrating when I'm working so hard on my hair. :[
2A.B // Medium // High Porosity // iii
From what I can tell, my hair loves protein, humectants, AND emollients. It hates humidity and being touched or flipped.

I often come off as very serious and rude in writing and on forums. Please do not be offended by anything that I have said, as I don't do well with conveying written emotions and my true intent is never malicious.

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Yyyyyyep! That sounds like a bad haircut to me! Razors and having your hair thinned out will do that to your curls. Try investing in a good curl-friendly cut! I've been growing out a bad haircut for literally a year and a half...
+1 for the haircut. Doesn't sound like it was a cut for any type of hair. A great haircut is the foundation for everything. You won't truly know what your hair will do until all the damage is gone. My suggestion would be to get a good haircut that's meant for how you are wearing your hair now. curlpro and Struttswife are both curly stylists who have given descriptions of haircuts and what to ask for when you go to the salon. Look up their posts to get an idea of what you need to tell the stylist when you go.
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Thank goodness it's a bad haircut and not some extreme damage! I've been looking around the area for someone who specializes in waves/curls and I found one salon who does a Ouidad cut, but they charge $120 and it's a long drive. I'm not willing to pay THAT much for a haircut, so I guess I'll keep looking. If anybody knows any good stylists in North Carolina around the Apex/Cary/Raleigh area, please let me know. I'm very interested in trying a Deva cut...unless it's going to be $120, too.
2A.B // Medium // High Porosity // iii
From what I can tell, my hair loves protein, humectants, AND emollients. It hates humidity and being touched or flipped.

I often come off as very serious and rude in writing and on forums. Please do not be offended by anything that I have said, as I don't do well with conveying written emotions and my true intent is never malicious.

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Most likely it is due to a bad haircut, but to be absolutely sure I would look closely at those hairs that are branching out. Yesterday I read a 7 page article on split ends and splitting ends. They don't lay flat in the curl. Frequent moisturization and even over conditioning will never rid you of this problem. You can make sure whether this is occurring with your hair by answering the following questions. Are the ends thin and transparent? Do they have a reddish undertone? If not, you've nothing to worry about, except who you choose to cut your hair. If they are, then they branching out is due to damaged ends. I hope the latter is not the case with your hair, but if it were my hair, I'd want to be absolutely sure to rule out damage.
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Thank you so much for the information, belasuna! I never knew about that, I'm definitely going to check that out once my hair dries. I really hope this isn't the case, though! Also, you know how when you wear a ponytail (my job requires it) sometimes hairs snap? Are those now split ends or just broken hair? Thanks in advance!
2A.B // Medium // High Porosity // iii
From what I can tell, my hair loves protein, humectants, AND emollients. It hates humidity and being touched or flipped.

I often come off as very serious and rude in writing and on forums. Please do not be offended by anything that I have said, as I don't do well with conveying written emotions and my true intent is never malicious.

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Ponytails can definitely cause that type of problem. Stressed is caused at areas where hair is bound and can cause breakage. The article stated that broken or snapped ends would have a white color that you could see. Here is the quote and I'll link the article.

Other types of "split" ends are small breaks in the hair shaft known as TRICHORREXIS NODOSA these are areas where the actual hair cortex has swollen and exploded within the shaft. You can tell these types splits by the white dot or node, commonly at the very end of the hair shaft. They can also occur mid-shaft where they will appear as a hairs that bend in hard, unnatural 90 degree angles-- ready to break fully away.


Even if it turns out that you don't have broken ends, its a great article from which to learn lots of info.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...ur.html?cat=69

The article also suggests silk hair bands/ties rather than rubber or cotton to further avoid drying out the hair, split ends and breakage.
~belasuna
3a/b, very dry, fine/med-coarse, high porosity
CG since 7/27/09
Bella Curl Products
CW: protein free-cleansing creme
CO: protein free MRcondish
Styler: FSG + protein free LI Elixir, Gellie, Shine & Seal Serum
Lady of Elixir, Keeper of the Secret Blend, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders
Thanks for the link! My ends don't appear transparent or reddish, but I am noticing some white ends. I'm definitely going to look for a silk scrunchie and wear that from now on. I'm getting my hair cut next week so I'll keep everyone updated in case they're curious.
2A.B // Medium // High Porosity // iii
From what I can tell, my hair loves protein, humectants, AND emollients. It hates humidity and being touched or flipped.

I often come off as very serious and rude in writing and on forums. Please do not be offended by anything that I have said, as I don't do well with conveying written emotions and my true intent is never malicious.

My Blog // My Twitter // My Wishlist
I have exactly the same problem with my hair. Here is a link Curlpro sent me regarding a cut.


http://www.hairdressing-training.com/cut/square.pdf
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