Straight hair turning wavy postpartum

My whole life I've had stick straight hair. Thick, soft and silky. After having my first daughter my hair started turning wavy. Now I'm post partum (6 months) with my second daughter and my hair keeps getting more waves. It started in the back and has worked it's way to the front BUT the front is a mixture of straight and wave. The back is getting curly. It's only been since Feb 2012 when I cut my hair that the waves started really showing and I still don't know how to take care of my hair. My sis in law is a hair dresser and she gave me deva curl, the conditioner works great but the cleanser didn't seem to clean my hair very well at the roots. If I try to scrunch it after a shower with gel when it dries the front looks like a messy, needs to be brushed straight haired girl...and my hair all over starts to poof/ frizz. My hair is still thick, soft (and silky when brushed but poofs) so it doesn't seem dry but I'm at a loss of what to do. Any ideas??? Thanks!
Welcome! I can't imagine having straight hair that starts turning wavy- I've had curls my whole life and it still took me years to learn how to care for them.

If you haven't already, one of the first things you should do is determine your hair properties (texture, porosity, etc). These will be a huge help in finding the right products for your hair. Livecurlylivefree.com has a ton of info on this, plus lots of advice and other info. Finding a hair twin (someone who shares the same hair properties) can also be a big help because you can see what's working or not working for them. There's a thread on the 2s forum called Share Your Hair Biography- that's probably the easiest way to find a hair twin. Remember for this that curl pattern really doesn't matter as much as the other stuff (my hair twin and I have very different curl patterns but get almost identical results with products- if she likes something it's practically guaranteed that I will too).

As far as the Deva cleanser- I've found that the key with gentle cleansers is that they require a little more physical work. Focus on massaging your scalp really well while you're cleansing and also as you're rinsing the cleanser out. It can also be strange getting used to hair that doesn't squeak. We grow up believing in "squeaky clean" but squeaky clean is bad for hair because it means all of the moisture is stripped away. If you massage well as you cleanse and rinse, your hair will be clean, even though it doesn't squeak.

Good luck! I can't wait to hear more results!

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CLEANSE: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: DevaCare One Condition, SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Mop Top Daily Conditioner
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse, Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
Newwavy, I too have recently become a wavy-haired girl after having straight hair most of my life. Although I haven't had any children, I think it's probably related to changes in my hormones. It's pretty crazy to suddenly have these waves, but I like it most days.

Just like you, it started in the back and has gradually worked its way around to the front of my head and the pieces around my face are still mostly straight. I use a curling iron on those pieces to make them match the rest of my hair, but they won't stay curly all day.

I've been trying to wean myself off shampoo, but I still need to use it at least once a week because my hair is very oily and I have dandruff. I'm still trying to find what works best for me, but so far I'm having similar problems with cleansing my hair. I often use hair powder on my roots on the days I don't use shampoo to keep it from looking oily/dirty/gross. I'm really trying to stick with it and be patient, so I can sympathize with how you're feeling right now.

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