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DCWavyLady 02-18-2013 03:38 PM

Random straight hair
The underside of my hair is straight and has a mind of its own! I've figured out how to get defined curls, but the underside ends up ruining the whole look because it's straight and lifeless. It sticks out like a sore thumb compared to the rest of my hair. Any ideas?

anonymous_133347 02-18-2013 10:50 PM

I'm bumping this because my mother has the same problem. (I think she's 2b/2c.) I styled her hair for her when we went to a family event just yesterday. I used a super hard hold gel and got it to look curly on top, wavy in the middle but then there was this straight underlayer. It didn't look bad but it just didn't match the other parts of her hair. Mousse doesn't seem to help with that underlayer either so I wonder what I'm doing wrong or how I can get that area to curl for her.

anonymous_133347 02-18-2013 10:51 PM

DCwavylady do you have a picture? I'm going to try and get one from mom post "styled". I want to see if you two match so we can get two birds with one stone!

naaomiij 02-19-2013 02:06 AM

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I have this problem too. It's usually okay as I almost always wear my hair to one side, but I feel like I have a curly mullet.

This picture is on one of my not so good hair days.

Sent from my SGH-T999

Houseofcurls 02-19-2013 09:49 AM

It really doesnt look bad.
My best advice woul dbe to trim that bottom layer shorter because if it doesnt shrink up like eveyrthing else, your going to see those straight ends.

anonymous_133347 02-19-2013 01:10 PM


Originally Posted by naaomiij (Post 2122523)
I have this problem too. It's usually okay as I almost always wear my hair to one side, but I feel like I have a curly mullet.

This picture is on one of my not so good hair days.

Sent from my SGH-T999

Huh. . . I don't even see the straight underlayer on yours, don't worry. At least not in that photograph. Wow I've got to get a picture of my mother to show you guys because it's really visible.

rainboe 02-19-2013 10:23 PM

The underside of my hair toward the back is straight most of the time too. Sometimes it'll do a little flip at the very bottom, but pretty much not even that. I think it helps that it's only in the back, because my hair usually ends up coming over my shoulder anyway. Also, I keep that section cut a bit shorter so it doesn't stick out under the rest of my hair. Whenever I've mentioned it to people, they usually say they hadn't noticed.

DCWavyLady 02-20-2013 07:52 PM

Yup, I had my stylist cut the straight hair shorter so it doesn't stick out and she did a great job! It's just frustrating that it doesn't clump with the rest of my curls.:(

anonymous_133347 02-20-2013 10:05 PM

Maybe that's what it is, my mother's underlayer is very long compared to the ones on top. I actually think her stylist didn't do a good job of blending the last time she cut her hair. Either that or she didn't realize mom has multiple textures on her head.

Houseofcurls 02-20-2013 10:11 PM

Yah, my top layer is 2c/3a, then the middle ish is 2c, then the bottom is 3a/b. so, when my hair is pinned half up, it looks like the bottom layer of my hair is about 4 inches shorter...beautiful curls, amazingly beautiful...but just weird. Lol!

anonymous_133347 02-20-2013 10:23 PM

Same here! I have 2C wavier pieces on top (and in these dry spots at the corners), 3A mostly in the middle and ends, and 3B at the nape. I also like to wear my hair pinned half up if I'm going out because those curls underneath are just gorgeous. Too bad they shrink up and don't want to reveal themselves. Last time I got my hair to look more 3Bish than 3Aish was New Years. But I think it was the weather. Very misty.

hambo02 02-21-2013 05:03 PM

the back very end of my hair is straight too

DCWavyLady 05-13-2013 07:33 PM

Has anyone come up with a solution? I've been thinking about having it permed. The other night I used a tiny twist to tie up the straight hair underneath the rest of my hair and, although weird, it looked so much better! You could see the defined curls without the straight underside making it look bleh. I'm not sure I would do this outside of the house, but for a split second I wanted to just chop off that section of straight hair!

ansh 05-14-2013 04:40 AM

Random straight hair
Random straight hair until it is dry ?

Firefox7275 05-14-2013 05:21 AM

Mine is also much straighter. Part of the problem is genetics, part I believe is that the area is drying out faster than much of the rest of my head, also plopping on top of my head pulls it straight so I never do that. Roller jaw clamps help somewhat, both before and after diffusing to partially dry, also I cut an inch off my underlayer!

wavycurly40+ 05-14-2013 05:25 AM

Do the straight bits ever curl? Like, say, when it's really humid? Some people just have a really irregular curl pattern. I know I do. I just live with it -- I've gotten used to how my hair looks, and I don't expect symmetry. I have some much straighter pieces right on the sides, very visible. But it is more uniform when the humidity is high.

The only other thing I could think to try would be clipping the outer layers while drying, somehow, just in case their weight lying on top of the underlayers is making them straighter. But this might not be the issue.

DCWavyLady 05-15-2013 05:40 PM

Nope! Humidity doesn't get to it. It's stick straight! My latest solution is using a curling iron and a hard hold gel but the curls look weird bc my natural curls are not ringlets. Grrr!

chupie 05-15-2013 08:39 PM

I know there is a before and after
Somewhere on this site of the back hair with a longer straight layer underneath. They had that cut up shorter than the curl layer. I'll keep looking.

Morgan_Adcock 05-15-2013 10:11 PM

A dry cut can make all the difference in the world. My understory is 3a, and my canopy is 3c. Because it's cut dry, with a light touch on the canopy, the canopy can blend in with the understory, and it just looks like it's all a mixture of tighter and looser curls.

I've also found that as my hair gets longer, the 3a areas are curling better, as 3a hair does when it gets enough length. (According to Jonathan Torch, it takes a minimum of three and a half revolutions for curl to be visually apparent.)

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