If you were blessed with luscious curly hair, you probably love the fact that you can work your hair whether you’re flaunting your natural curls, or use products and styling tools to straighten it.
Whichever way you do it, your hair can play different roles.
But what about if your curls start losing their bounce? Is it possible that you’ve got curly hair going straight? Maybe you had curly hair as a kid, and now your locks feel limp and lifeless? Or maybe you’ve been straightening it too much?
If any of the above scenarios resonate, then there are a few reasons why this may be the case.
So, if you’re looking to get your hair’s original bounce back, read on!
Curly Hair Going Straight
Curly hair needs more hydration than straight hair because of its texture. So to combat frizz or fluffiness, your hair needs proper moisturizing with protein-based hair care products. This procedure will keep your hair better able to stay in clumps of curls.
You’ll also need to make sure that the styling products that you use don’t weigh down your hair from the roots. Using a styling mousse or a curl activator cream before using a diffuser to dry your curls will help to preserve your natural curl pattern instead of stretching it out when drying.
If your hair is dry and brittle, or has been chemically processed with perms, hair dyes or bleaching, know that all of these processes can damage your hair’s natural curl structure.
If your hair is dry and brittle, or has been chemically processed with perms, hair dyes, or bleaching, know that all of these processes can damage your hair’s natural curl structure.
Returning your hair back to optimum health with enough moisture, and making sure that you keep your new growth happy with scalp massage to stimulate the hair follicles, will also support you in bringing your curls back to life.
So, if you’re ready to bring the bounce back with more defined and beautiful curls, then you need to follow some simple rules.
Let’s have a quick look at what they are.
Condition Without Silicone
So, if you’re a fan of co-washing, for instance, then you’re not shampooing and these silicones may be building up and weighing down your hair.
This will cause the natural waves and curls in your hair to droop. Therefore, making the switch to using a conditioner that doesn’t contain silicones would be an easy way to restore your curl definition.
If your condition contains ingredients that end with -xane -conol or -cone, then these are silicones that you’ll want to avoid using on your hair.
Bedtime Cover Therapy
The surface area of curly hair is much more exposed than straight hair. This means it takes more effort to look after to keep it hydrated, especially if you live in a climate with lots of sun exposure, air pollution, wind, or dry heat.
Therefore, when it comes to bedtime, you want to make sure that you minimize any friction that may happen between your head and your pillow while you sleep.
You could try using a silk or satin pillowcase, or even wear a bonnet at night to keep your curls hydrated and safe from frizz.
Bemoan Your Hormones?
Chemical changes in your body can be the cause of your hair appearing to grow straighter.
For instance, for some women when they get older and their hormones fluctuate as they approach menopause, their once curly hair can loosen and appear to grow straight from the roots.
Hormones are able to alter the growth of the hair follicles, so curls lost in this way may be a permanent thing.
However, this chemical change to a natural curl pattern is very rare, especially if you still have your period regularly.
Is Your Straight Hair Really Curly?
Of course, it’s completely possible that you think your hair texture has changed over the years. This would especially be true if you remember pictures of yourself as a child or even a teenager with a headful of bouncy, loose, or wavy curls.
So, how is it possible that your now straight hair was previously really curly? Well, if you brush your hair daily, especially if you do it while it’s still wet just out of a hot shower, then this stretching of the hair shaft can cause your hair to appear more straight.
How is it possible that your now straight hair was previously really curly? Well, if you brush your hair daily, especially if you do it while it’s still wet just out of a hot shower, then this stretching of the hair shaft can cause your hair to appear more straight.
Also if you add heated styling products like hair dryers and straighteners into your hair styling regime, then this can cause it to stretch the natural waves and curls out.
And if your hair ever looks poofy, then this means you’ve just been brushing out natural waves that would otherwise have provided bounce to your hair’s appearance.
Here are a few other ways you can tell that you may have naturally curly or wavy hair:
- If your hair looks wavy or has bends and twists in it when it’s wet, then there’s a chance that your hair is naturally curly.
- If your hair looks fluffy, poofy and/or gets frizzy when it’s humid, there’s a chance your hair is naturally curly
- If your hair flips at the ends or isn’t completely bone straight when it’s washed, then there is a big chance that you have a natural curl to your hair.
Curly hair going straight isn’t the end of the world if you want a more defined look to your locks.
By following the steps above to keep your hair properly hydrated, you can bring the natural wave back, and enjoy happier and healthier hair.