Straight on top/Curly (3b) on bottom

Hey everyone! I'm new to the board. I have a 3 year old with beautifully curly hair on the bottom and all around her face. The problem is the top of her head. . .she has straight hair on top. I don't know what to do with her hair. No matter what I do it looks like a mess. Most days I just end up putting a head band on her so that she can see (With her crazy hair it is always in her face). I just don't know what to do with her two different hair types. And I'm not really sure what to do with curly hair because I myself have straight hair that won't even keep a curl. My sister with curly hair says NEVER brush it, just comb; that does keep the curls from frizzing, but doesn't help with the top layer. Any advice is VERY appreciated!
My 3-yr-old daughter's hair sounds like it might be similar- I just posted pics of her here on my post from today (complaining re co-washing ). I'd love to hear other's advice, too.

To curl as much as I can, I spray her hair with water in am, then scrunch a lot. It helps get lift into the straighter part and curls it as much as it can. However, I am totally new to all this.
Her hair'll curl up. My hair was exactly the same when I was little, and as soon as I hit the age of about 9, POOF.
Yes, you'll want to only comb her hair when it's wet, never when it's dry. You'll break her curls. Keep trying with the scrunching, but I do think the curls will travel up her head more as she ages. I wouldn't stress over it too much. Just don't do anything to damage her curls (like heat straightening, etc).
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when i was little i had smooth wavy hair that had small ringlets just on the ends. Then It got curlier on the sides but still flat on top... now if my hair is heat/product damaged i get the same problem. i have a few ringlets at the bottom and horrid weird waves on top!

You could try layering that top bit, maybe if a bit of weight comes off the natural curl can bounce... but be sure to do MINIMAL layering. too many layers are so horrible on curly hair it makes ur hair stick out and go frizzy. two layers should be enough.

otherwise, wet, gel, scrunch, diffuse.

hope that helps
My daughter's hair is like that a bit, too! But I think the truth is that most people's hair is not one uniform "type". Most of us, even straight haired people, often have one section that behaves different from the rest. Or maybe two or 3 different kinds!

What I've found that helps is 1. acknowledge to myself that she's little and there's only so much I can do to her hair. and 2. the BEST thing I can do for her hair and her self esteem is to love it. All of it. Even the straight parts! When I take good care of all of her hair (and leave more conditioner on the bottom and rinse the top out more because it is a different type and needs different care than the bottom!) then all of her hair looks better. and if I love her hair and all it's types, hopefully she will too!

I also often do styles that bring the front out of her eyes and pull half back, etc, which makes the 2 distinct styles less noticeable.

Good luck! It'll be fun to see how our daughter's hair changes as they get older
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That sounds like my daughter! This is the clearest picture of how her hair wants to be:

We don't shampoo her hair because she hates it, and it's just too much of a struggle because she doesn't get oily hair. We usually just run a bath and let her play in it, rinse her hair, sometimes use conditioner. I'm new to CG, and was previously using silicone products, so I can't recommend anything good for that. I can say, though, that my daughter likes having her hair French braided. I like it, too, because that means that I don't have to deal with her hair for several days. It just stays in!
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Straight on top/Curly (3b) on bottom-snapshot_20110215_5.jpg

Hope I put these pics on right, sounds like my four year olds hair. Front and underneath are nice corkscrew curls and back is basically straight with a slight wave. The curly parts stay nice and smooth and not frizzy but that straight area is always pure frizz. I put it up most of the time just so it looks better. i have yet to figure out what to do with it.
Sounds very much like my hair. As an adult I mostly just let it do it's thing, comb is and let dry naturally is my default "style". My hair was very different as a child though (very straight) so I'm not sure what to tell you. Headbands certainly make sense. You may also want to try a half ponytail (my mom always called it a pollyanna for some reason), that was my default through most of high school.
Sounds very much like my hair. As an adult I mostly just let it do it's thing, comb is and let dry naturally is my default "style". My hair was very different as a child though (very straight) so I'm not sure what to tell you. Headbands certainly make sense. You may also want to try a half ponytail (my mom always called it a pollyanna for some reason), that was my default through most of high school.
Originally Posted by lindaleriel

Beautiful hair!

I just recently saw the movie "Pollyanna" and the little girl that played Pollyanna wore her hair in a half ponytail. That's probably where your mom got the name from

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