Hair Texture - How can you know what it will be like?

Think of it like a surprise at the end ahahaha
Like a Cracker Jack box (us 70's kids will understand what I'm talking about)
Originally Posted by mariag002
Ha! Very good advice!!
I understand your frustration, but right now just concentrate on giving your hair some luvin LOL and don't worry about the texture. It is what it is for now and worrying about it won't change it. Whatever it is I'm sure its beautiful
Originally Posted by mariag002
Thanks mariag002! I'm not so much worried as just curious. I'm been looking at different fotki's and I thought that if I had some idea of what my hair is like I could start to stalk ...I mean follow those ladies with the same texture. But, I suppose I'll just have to wait and see.
Originally Posted by OnyxCabelo
Stalking fotkis of ladies who have the same texture as mine has helped me tons! I have quite a few hair twins out there!

I had a pretty good idea of what my texture would look like from childhood pictures. It came as no surprise to me. I don't think that I was prepared for the changes in curl pattern your hair undergoes when trying to retain length. I knew my hair up to 5 mos. of hair growth, but beyond that it was unrecognizable.
Originally Posted by teshon
Like what kind of changes???
Teshon you ain't kidding

I was talking to my SIL yesterday who did the BC back in 2003 and now has waist length hair (took her about 3 yrs). She said the same thing you just said, the longer her hair got the more it changed. I thought that with the BC I was all set, but its come with its own set of challenges. I get a routine down pat, grow another inch of hair, and its back to the drawing board LOL
Originally Posted by mariag002
What kind of changes and why do you think that happens? Just curious.
I didn't really get to see my true texture until the straighter ends were off. Until that happened it was always a comparison and the new growth always looked tighter and didn't clump as well as it does now.
Originally Posted by Suburbanbushbabe
Very interesting - so your hair was actually looser in texture after you BC'd. My new growth seems really loose in the very back and tighter in the crown. But then I've only got about an inch and a half of new growth so I suppose it's too soon to really tell.
Originally Posted by OnyxCabelo
I wouldn't say the natural hair is looserm just....different than it looked with that texlaxed hair at the end of it. It definitely clumps better though, because it's not fighting with the different stuff at the ends. I think that's what I meant by it seemed tighter, because I was always comparing it to the chemically straighter hair.
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Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
I'm not sure if this really works, but I cut all the relaxed hair off of one of my locks and checked on it a few days later. And that 'might' be the texture. But I'm not sure... Lol, sorry.
Woo!! I did the Big Chop!



I didn't like it at first, but now I pretty much love it. :] I'm currently protective styling to get to shoulder length ASAP, so I don't get to enjoy it that much



I'm not sure if this really works, but I cut all the relaxed hair off of one of my locks and checked on it a few days later. And that 'might' be the texture. But I'm not sure... Lol, sorry.
Originally Posted by GeminiSign
Haha! I did this too! Now I can see how my hair would react to a BC, without actually doing one.
Fotki!
Last relaxer: Feb. 2008
Big Chop:
Jan. 2009
I'm not sure if this really works, but I cut all the relaxed hair off of one of my locks and checked on it a few days later. And that 'might' be the texture. But I'm not sure... Lol, sorry.
Originally Posted by GeminiSign
Haha! I did this too! Now I can see how my hair would react to a BC, without actually doing one.
Originally Posted by mixeded
Lol. We're such cheaters xD. I really want to BC, but... kids at school would react badly. And I'm not that confident =P
Woo!! I did the Big Chop!



I didn't like it at first, but now I pretty much love it. :] I'm currently protective styling to get to shoulder length ASAP, so I don't get to enjoy it that much



I cut off a very small section of my hair to see what it looked like. About a week later I just hacked off the rest of my hair LOL So sounds like you're almost ready!
- Maria

Big Chop: 9/23/07
Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

I'm not sure if this really works, but I cut all the relaxed hair off of one of my locks and checked on it a few days later. And that 'might' be the texture. But I'm not sure... Lol, sorry.
Originally Posted by GeminiSign
I think I just might give this a try - only I will have to wait until I have someone there to stop me before I go hog wild, LOL. I get sort of scissor happy once I start.
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Last Texturizer: March 12, 2008
BC: July 21, 2008
Hair: Coarse, low porosity, iii.

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"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different outcome". ~ Albert Einstein
Yesterday I cowashed my hair, detangled, applied jojoba oil, and put it up in a ponytail to dry. After it was dry I could feel my new growth underneath, so I decided to take a picture. Here it is. I know I can't rely on this since I have to BC to know what my texture will really be like, but I suppose this is kind of a clue.

mariag002, I think we may be hair twins, though I won't know for sure until I cut it:biggrin:. Anyway, off to stalk...I mean, follow your fotki.

P.S. Please excuse my messed up finger nails -I need a manicure, like yesterday, LOL.
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Last Texturizer: March 12, 2008
BC: July 21, 2008
Hair: Coarse, low porosity, iii.

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Last edited by OnyxCabelo; 06-17-2008 at 07:53 AM. Reason: typo
I've cut some of my hair in different sections, although I was pretty sure of the type of curls I would have. I know my relaxed hair weighs down the roots from looking at the curls w/o the relaxed ends. I think I'll be happy w/ it once it grows some more.
Originally Posted by Auburn Sunset
i plan on cutting off a small but reasonable part of my hair in the middle just to get an idea of what my hair type will be like before i BC
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i dont think you really can tell. I'm geting the relaxed part of my hair cut off as soon as i find a good curly stylist in my area. *goes to search for said stylist*
See I just got my bc/lc last saturday. I transitioned for a year and a half so my newgrowth fell just about 4 inches below my chin when I got my relaxed ends cut off. So therefore I knew what my texture was pretty much going to be like....3c. But before my newgrowth got pretty long I couldnt tell because I would have so much relaxed hair that weighed it down...alot. You are definitly going to have to grow it out more to be really sure of your texture. I know for one my new growth was alot more dry and coarse with my relaxed ends and once I got my relaxed ends off. I hope this helps some!
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mariag002, I think we may be hair twins, though I won't know for sure until I cut it:biggrin:. Anyway, off to stalk...I mean, follow your fotki.
Originally Posted by OnyxCabelo
LOL That's what its there for! Plus I stalk err umm look at other Fotki's all day myself.

Lovely growth! I love the waves! And yes it looks like you're my hair twin
- Maria

Big Chop: 9/23/07
Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

I'm not sure if this really works, but I cut all the relaxed hair off of one of my locks and checked on it a few days later. And that 'might' be the texture. But I'm not sure... Lol, sorry.
Originally Posted by GeminiSign

I just tried this a few days ago. It's tough though, since it appears that I have different textures all over my head. I'd have to cut hair in multiple places to see all my different textures, LOL. I think I'll just wait for the surprise.
Currently:Alaffia Shea & Coconut Enriching Shampoo, Alaffia Virgin Coconut & Shea Enriching Hair Lotion, Qhemet Amla Olive Heavy Cream, Qhemet Honeybush Tea Gel.

Last Texturizer: March 12, 2008
BC: July 21, 2008
Hair: Coarse, low porosity, iii.

Certified Denirophile

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different outcome". ~ Albert Einstein
See I just got my bc/lc last saturday. I transitioned for a year and a half so my newgrowth fell just about 4 inches below my chin when I got my relaxed ends cut off. So therefore I knew what my texture was pretty much going to be like....3c. But before my newgrowth got pretty long I couldnt tell because I would have so much relaxed hair that weighed it down...alot. You are definitly going to have to grow it out more to be really sure of your texture. I know for one my new growth was alot more dry and coarse with my relaxed ends and once I got my relaxed ends off. I hope this helps some!
Originally Posted by multiracialcurls89
I hope this is the same for me. I hope that once I finally lose the tex'd hair, my natural hair will be better for it - that is, more moisturized and softer to touch* keeps fingers crossed*.
Currently:Alaffia Shea & Coconut Enriching Shampoo, Alaffia Virgin Coconut & Shea Enriching Hair Lotion, Qhemet Amla Olive Heavy Cream, Qhemet Honeybush Tea Gel.

Last Texturizer: March 12, 2008
BC: July 21, 2008
Hair: Coarse, low porosity, iii.

Certified Denirophile

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different outcome". ~ Albert Einstein
mariag002, I think we may be hair twins, though I won't know for sure until I cut it:biggrin:. Anyway, off to stalk...I mean, follow your fotki.
Originally Posted by OnyxCabelo
LOL That's what its there for! Plus I stalk err umm look at other Fotki's all day myself.

Lovely growth! I love the waves! And yes it looks like you're my hair twin
Originally Posted by mariag002
Thank you!! Yay!! I finally found a hair twin - at least it looks like it at this point. I may be pm'ing you if I get too frustrated - hopefully, you can talk me down from any ledge I decide to get on - looks like this transition thing is gonna to be some kinda ride, LOL.
Currently:Alaffia Shea & Coconut Enriching Shampoo, Alaffia Virgin Coconut & Shea Enriching Hair Lotion, Qhemet Amla Olive Heavy Cream, Qhemet Honeybush Tea Gel.

Last Texturizer: March 12, 2008
BC: July 21, 2008
Hair: Coarse, low porosity, iii.

Certified Denirophile

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different outcome". ~ Albert Einstein
See I just got my bc/lc last saturday. I transitioned for a year and a half so my newgrowth fell just about 4 inches below my chin when I got my relaxed ends cut off. So therefore I knew what my texture was pretty much going to be like....3c. But before my newgrowth got pretty long I couldnt tell because I would have so much relaxed hair that weighed it down...alot. You are definitly going to have to grow it out more to be really sure of your texture. I know for one my new growth was alot more dry and coarse with my relaxed ends and once I got my relaxed ends off. I hope this helps some!
Originally Posted by multiracialcurls89
I hope this is the same for me. I hope that once I finally lose the tex'd hair, my natural hair will be better for it - that is, more moisturized and softer to touch* keeps fingers crossed*.
Originally Posted by OnyxCabelo


I'm pretty sure it will be...because you see with the relaxed dry damaged hair on your ends your curly hair is what I would always say confused. Before when I had my relaxed ends my hair would not form corkscrews...now I had a whole headfull! I cant wait to see your hair when you bc!
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3c/3b
Hair Loves: EcoStyler Olive Oil Gel, Protein Conditioners
Hair Hates: Sulfates, Daily Hair Drenchings with Water, Gels with alot heavy PVP's
Wow I never thought about this... Ive had the thermal straightening and needed very much to be redone in dec. didnt do it and it was still pretty straight until the last haircut... at this point its pretty curly and I think its got to be all out... To me it looks pretty much curly.... As curly I think but I will have to think on this...
See I just got my bc/lc last saturday. I transitioned for a year and a half so my newgrowth fell just about 4 inches below my chin when I got my relaxed ends cut off. So therefore I knew what my texture was pretty much going to be like....3c. But before my newgrowth got pretty long I couldnt tell because I would have so much relaxed hair that weighed it down...alot. You are definitly going to have to grow it out more to be really sure of your texture. I know for one my new growth was alot more dry and coarse with my relaxed ends and once I got my relaxed ends off. I hope this helps some!
Originally Posted by multiracialcurls89
I hope this is the same for me. I hope that once I finally lose the tex'd hair, my natural hair will be better for it - that is, more moisturized and softer to touch* keeps fingers crossed*.
Originally Posted by OnyxCabelo


I'm pretty sure it will be...because you see with the relaxed dry damaged hair on your ends your curly hair is what I would always say confused. Before when I had my relaxed ends my hair would not form corkscrews...now I had a whole headfull! I cant wait to see your hair when you bc!
Originally Posted by multiracialcurls89
Really exciting!! I'd love to have a headful of corkscrews!! Thanks for the vote of encouragement about the bc - I've been thinking about the bc A LOT...hmmm, how long will I hold out?? *pondering* I keep seeing all these cute heads of curls, and I'm sooo getting the BC - itch, LOL.
Currently:Alaffia Shea & Coconut Enriching Shampoo, Alaffia Virgin Coconut & Shea Enriching Hair Lotion, Qhemet Amla Olive Heavy Cream, Qhemet Honeybush Tea Gel.

Last Texturizer: March 12, 2008
BC: July 21, 2008
Hair: Coarse, low porosity, iii.

Certified Denirophile

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different outcome". ~ Albert Einstein

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