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

Is there any way to know what your natural hair texture will look like while you are still transitioning or does your hair have to be cut before you know for sure? I've asked a couple different people and the answer seems to vary - any thoughts?
I'm transitioning too! I notice that every few months my texture changes. The longer the new growth gets, the change in the curl pattern. I don't think I'll really know what I'm working with until I bc. I'm sure whatever I end up with, I'll be happy with and so will you!
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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.
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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
I only went by the vague memory of my hair as a child. I also looked at my hair and tried to figure out the hair typing chart (its not a one type fits all).

In the end, it wasn't until I cut my hair that I saw my true hair type. But just to let you know, my hair changes every month and it has a mind of its own. As it gets longer it changes. Like now I'm noticing more waves than curls in the back. Its just very strange, but fun to watch it change.
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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.
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
I only went by the vague memory of my hair as a child. I also looked at my hair and tried to figure out the hair typing chart (its not a one type fits all).

In the end, it wasn't until I cut my hair that I saw my true hair type. But just to let you know, my hair changes every month and it has a mind of its own. As it gets longer it changes. Like now I'm noticing more waves than curls in the back. Its just very strange, but fun to watch it change.
Originally Posted by mariag002
Did you notice the same thing as Suburbanbushbabe? Did your texture seem tighter or looser before you cut it?
It was a looser texture because my relaxed hair was weighing it down.
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Big Chop: 9/23/07
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It was a looser texture because my relaxed hair was weighing it down.
Originally Posted by mariag002
I was thinking that too, I was thinking that my looser texture is probably because of the weight of the other "nonnatural" textured hair. Good to know!
Hey all.. I wondered about this myself when I was transitioning. I just BC'd about a week ago and I've noticed different patterns since then. My hair was a lot tighter during the first couple of days after my BC but I guess after so many conditioning treatments my hair seems looser- almost hangs in some parts. I think its best to feel and learn about your hair during transitioning and right after the BC to determine your true texture... I'm still learning
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Hey all.. I wondered about this myself when I was transitioning. I just BC'd about a week ago and I've noticed different patterns since then. My hair was a lot tighter during the first couple of days after my BC but I guess after so many conditioning treatments my hair seems looser- almost hangs in some parts. I think its best to feel and learn about your hair during transitioning and right after the BC to determine your true texture... I'm still learning
Originally Posted by TeeCee
This is good to know - what kind of conditioning treatments are you using?
i looked at a baby picture so i had an idea. but even with damaged or still relaxed hair at the ends and healthy hair at the roots, you really don't know what it's like until all of that damaged/relaxed hair is gone. i still have some heat damage that is growing out but on one part i completely cut it off and i love it!!!

it's much easier to deal with, much smoother and perfect in my eyes!
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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.
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i looked at a baby picture so i had an idea. but even with damaged or still relaxed hair at the ends and healthy hair at the roots, you really don't know what it's like until all of that damaged/relaxed hair is gone. i still have some heat damage that is growing out but on one part i completely cut it off and i love it!!!

it's much easier to deal with, much smoother and perfect in my eyes!
Originally Posted by empressri
This is a good idea - I actually tried to find one in my older years, like around 5 to 10 years old, and I couldn't find one where my hair was out of braids, LOL. After 10 my hair was relaxed:0\.
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 love your pikistrip pics, your hair looks really pretty. I might try cutting a few pieces here and there once I get some more growth, just to see what it will look like.
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
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Big Chop: 9/23/07
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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.
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Big Chop: 9/23/07
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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.
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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
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