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cyano 04-23-2013 10:58 PM

Help me find a product
I have impossible hair. My hair is very fine and very thick. The bangs are type 1a. Dead straight and won't hold a curl short of gluing one in. The middle is type 2a with nice waves. The back is type 3a with curls about the diameter of my thumb that stick out and go every which direction. I'm recovering from chemo and have short hair, but my hair has always been this way. I had long hair before chemo and simply flat ironed everything straight like the front. I've vowed to be nicer to my hair.
What products should I use to either bring curls out on the middle and front or make the back less curly?

Sayoon 04-24-2013 01:22 AM

I hv no idea about products am a product free person or I try at least , but I think knowing ur hair properties is more important to understand ur hair n achieve ur goals.

laura1982 04-24-2013 02:31 AM

Have you thought about using different products for your front and back? Maybe a curl cream (no hold) at the back and a strong gel at the front?...(and a mix of both for the middle! Lol)

I have very fine hair but quite a lot of it and get straight bits, waves bits and curly bits (frustrating!). I also finger twist my hair so it is a bit more uniform...

cyano 04-24-2013 09:27 AM

Laura - your hair looks great! That's a good idea to use several products/a mix. I hadn't thought of finger twisting. I admit that I'm a nerdy scientist and somewhat hair challenged.

Sayoon - what do you mean by "knowing your hair properties"?

Also, for washing your hair, what do you do? The curly part likes "no poo" and just using conditioner, but that makes the straight part very limp. I guess using two products here too?

Neleke 04-24-2013 10:05 AM

Cyano: knowing your hair properties means knowing if your hair is fine or coarse, high porosity or low porosity, dense or not, and if it has high or low elasticity.
You can try to sort that out by using this site:
Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics
And if after you tried to sort that out you still don't know your hair properties (like myself) then there is the posibility (but of course you don't have to) of ordering a hair analysis with the same website where they will analyse your hair for you.

rbb 04-24-2013 11:27 AM

i agree that knowing your hair properties is the first step. and i also agree with using different products in different spots on your head, or more where it seems to need more moisture/hold. i use the same on mine, but need to use more leave in around the front.

also, if you have 2b/3a hair, it is usually straight until it reaches a certain length, enough for the curl/wave to start. that is the sign of 3a hair. so, you can let your bangs grow a little more, maybe part them to side, or just keep treating them well. sometimes 3a hair can get some root curl once it has all the moisture it needs. not always, but worth a try.
also, are you making sure to scrunch your bangs before air drying?

cyano 04-25-2013 12:14 AM

I have grown my bangs out to about 18 inches and they were still dead straight. Scrunching my bangs doesn't give them any curl. Even with a curling iron, the curl falls out of the bangs in under an hour unless I use a very strong hold hairspray.

The back of my hair starts to curl as soon as it gets to be about an inch long.

My hair is fine (about 45 microns in diameter on average both in the bangs and the back), very dense, very porous and very elastic.

rbb 04-25-2013 11:49 AM

do you feel that your stylist totally 'gets' your hair? a good stylist who understands curly hair will know how to cut all the different hair patterns so they will blend in.
i'd start there, then look at products. i'd try to give those bangs extra moisture, sealing. see if that helps any.

cyano 04-26-2013 10:54 PM

I haven't got a stylist so that should be the first thing on my list. That's one good thing about chemo. I haven't had a haircut in 1 1/2 years. My hair is now long enough to start thinking about a cut. I'm in a small town so it's hard to find a decent hairdresser, but I do travel to Los Angeles about every 3 months so I could find someone there.

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