Opinion on what my hair type is? (I can't figure it out myself - Photos included). Any advice on how to make it wavier but reduce frizz would also be welcomed!by KBramPosted 11 months, 3 weeks ago
Hi, I'm Katrina, nice to meet you all! Apologies in advance for the (probably unnecessary) detail, but I wanted to have all bases covered!
So, as a kid, I had quite ringlet-y curly hair (maybe 3a?), as it got longer it became heavier and wavier, and now it seems like the top of my hair is a completely different texture to the bottom (which is apparently not uncommon) - which is irritating, since the bottom of my hair is quite a tight wave, and the top is very loose - it looks almost 1C. I'd like to get the top of my hair to a similar texture as the bottom, but I'm not sure how to do that. My roots are annoyingly straight, too.
My hair is dry (I wash it once a week, it doesn't get oily easily, and it often feels like straw). I don't think it's damaged, since I rarely dye my hair (once every few years, maximum, never with bleach), I don't often use minimal heated products (I straightened my hair almost every day for about 2-3 years in high school, but I'd like to think it's recovered).
The only parts of my hair I touch with heat is my fringe/bangs (blow dry it into shape) and on occasion I use a curling wand if I slept funny on one side of my head and one side is wavier than the other, for example.
My hair is fairly thick/dense - moreso towards the bottom of my hair, and my hair is quite heavy. My current routine: Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Weightless Shampoo, followed by Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner. I occasionally use the Shea Moisture leave in conditioner, usually on occasions where I will be straightening my hair, since it weighs my hair down even more, and drags my waves out.
When I brush my hair the day after washing it (I have to, otherwise it WILL look like rats tails, even if I detangle it with a wide-tooth comb), it frizzes up and goes basically straight/very loosely wavy (although the underside of my hair is still much wavier).
I've tried the curly girl method (I don't bother with no-poo, I would if I washed my hair more than once a week, but I don't), and my hair just stayed wet for hours. When I finally let it out of the towel/tshirt, it was frizzy, heavy, and looked like it needed brushing. Any advice would be appreciated, both on my hair TYPE and how I should style/deal with it!
Photos: my hair today, about 4 hours after washing (letting it dry naturally) - showing my hair type. Hair is still a tiny bit damp. Me with my hair brushed through (What it looks like on day 2-6/7 usually), and my hair as a 2 year old and a 5/6 year old.
by BridgetSPosted 11 months, 3 weeks ago
your hair looks beautiful! I like the borrow pictures; what would you like it to look like? I'm sure hairdressers love doing blowdrys on you, they can probably do what they want : curls smooth, straight, messy. but we women are never happy with how beautiful they are; ask a panel of ordinary looking men: most of them will be happy about their body, do the same with a panel of beautiful women, and you will go sore...
by vivienne StaffPosted 11 months, 3 weeks ago
I seems like it's mostly a weight issue, and I think I might try switching to a more lightweight conditioner. I know the one you're using doesn't have much in the way of silicones, but I have always found shea butter to weigh my hair down.
I'd try using a curling lotion/creme and try to help the frizz by using a wet brush and gently try to align the curl pattern. Do you currently comb your conditioner through you hair? That might also help. Overall, though, with that much hair, you might just not be able to get to a really curly state without cutting your hair significantly shorter.
by KBramPosted 11 months, 3 weeks ago
@vivienne Thanks for your advice! I brush my conditioner through (with a wide tooth comb) and I've used lightweight conditioners in the past - never seems to be much difference, sadly. I cut my hair into a bob last year and it went straighter if anything, so maybe my hair texture's just changed over the years? Unsure. I also don't know why I never thought of using a curling lotion/creme, actually, that might be a really helpful option! I'll definitely look into some, thank you!