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I went natural about a year ago, and while I wasn’t searching for very defined curls, but rather appreciating my hair for what it was, my hair suddenly became really curly/wavy, after I had it pressed out and then washed it about a week later. I was astounded because whenever I do wet my hair it’s only kinky and coily. I just wonder why it only curled like this after I straighten it.

Dear Reader,

Thank you for your question. I want to also give you kudos for accepting your hair the way it was without trying to alter the pattern. Many of us have gone natural but weren’t comfortable with the way our texture was, so we often go on a journey to try and change it without giving it a chance. Patience is hard to come by with natural hair because quite often, it takes a while to clean & condition it, detangle it, moisturize and style it.

Sometimes our hair reacts to something that it has not experienced before, and in your case it seems that the heat made a stark difference in your hair.

Quite often, hair whose cur pattern loosens after having been styled by a heating source, could possibly be over heated. However, this is not for certain. Depending on what was used on your hair prior to heating, that may be the thing that caused your hair to loosen up.

If you welcome the loose pattern and it doesn’t seem to be lifeless or straight in some areas that won’t curl up at all, you can probably leave it as such.

You will want to keep your hair hydrated and your ends trimmed to prevent splitting and possible breakage.

If your hair continues growing out and the pattern is all the same, wavy- then your change could have also come with hormonal changes like menopause, blood pressure, stress levels, the amount of sleep  you get and changes in medication. So you will know your hair is not heat or product altered if you notice let’s say, in October/November, that your hair is still the same texture from the scalp.

I hope this information helps you. If you have more questions, feel free to ask! Have a great weekend!

Yes it was straight in other places. So it’s easy to assume that this isn’t my natural hair pattern? Correct? And I was considering using the whole line of Carol’s Daughter products…what’s your opinion on their products, if you used it before?

If the hair closest to the scalp is fluffy and thicker, but the rest is straight in areas, that means that your hair was scorched. You can use deep conditioning treatments to help keep the hair strong, but there isn’t anything you can really do to make all the hair return to its natural curls.I have not used any of the Carol’s Daughter products, however, many have used them. It seems that I have heard more than one issue with the hair milk, some people’s allergies really went haywire with it, but the other products for curls and conditioning and style, people seem to like pretty it well. Many, many people also love the Shea Moisture products. I do know that those products are rich and likewise a bit more affordable.

 
I’m sorry to keep asking so many questions but this really helps me out a lot. So would you recommend getting my hair pressed?
This is why I am here, to help however I can  :)! If you are looking to restore your curls, I would not recommend pressing or flat ironing your hair. However, if you do decide to straighten your hair, I would use a flat iron and not a pressing comb. The teeth of the pressing comb are made to pull and stretch the hair, and quite often also rips hair right out of the scalp, causing split ends, unnecessary breakage and is the most harsh tool to use that may burn the hair beyond its ability to revert to its natural curls.You can wear braid outs and twist outs, curls and pin up styles also, to help blend the textures of hair. Over time, the difference should not be as noticeable. If your curls do not return, the easiest way to remedy this is by growing out the straight hair, trimming the ends off gradually until you have a full head of curls again.
 
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A neat Shrunken Fro

A  Shrunken Fro