I’ve been trying to write this post ever since Monday but I haven’t been able to focus. My sweet cat of just 6 short years died on Monday suddenly. I still can’t stop crying. However, keeping my mind occupied with writing helps so here’s a post I’ve been trying to get out for a days.
After over 1 year of wearing my hair in its naturally curly state I decided to straighten it. I wasn’t thrilled with it being straight again after all this time so you can imagine how eager I was to wash it so that it would return to its former curly self.
A Texture Change?
Prior to straightening my hair, if you were to use Andre Walker’s Hair Typing system, you could classify my hair as 3c with a crown that’s closer to a 4a.
After this last wash I notice my hair texture has changed. At first I thought, “This must be heat damage.” Now I’m wondering if its something else because my ends are not straight and they were also trimmed. As a matter of fact my hair is a more defined type of curly but with less density.
It’s as if my 4a crown has relaxed to a 3c texture and the rest of my hair is leaning toward a 3b curly. My hair is also super manageable which it was not before. I let it air dry and the crown did not frizz up into a puff like it did the last time I tried a wash and go. What’s up with that?
The only products I used on my hair before getting it blown out were:
- Shea Moisture Hair Thickening Shampoo
- As I Am Naturally Hydration Elation
- Salerm 21 Leave In Conditioner
- Jojoba Oil
- Beyond The Zone Turn Up The Heat Protection Spray
I didn’t have any breakage and my hair felt very soft afterward. Also, when I exercised 2 days after straightening, my roots began to revert. Now, that I’ve done a full wash I notice that there’s definitely a texture change. After a few more wash days I’ll be able to confirm it for sure.
Check out the comparison pics:
The photo on the left was after a wash a few months ago. This photo on the right is after my wash this past weekend. Does that look like the same head of hair to you? The texture is different. The curls are more visible but the hair looks less dense. It’s not thin curly hair but it’s definitely not the same head of curly hair I had before straightening.
What do you think?