My hair texture is changing from ultra straight to not-so straight...

@mimpi1911 (25454)
India
June 28, 2011 9:08am CST
I used to have very straight, shiny, tangle free hair. That's been since forever. My hair texture has been ultra straight and silky. Of late, I have been noticing that my hair is getting slight curves if I am not brushing it after wash. Previously, it used to straight no matter what. The lustre is there still though. Does this happen as we grow old? Is this normal? Has this happened to you?
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@akangirl (2437)
• India
28 Jun 11
Maybe not brushing after wash can be the reason but hair behave as per our mood as i have read , have you been going under any stress or have you changed your diet.Protein is said to be the best thing for hair so take things high in protein and don't stress not even on how is your hair looking now. I have a very stubborn hair actually , they are not very curly but neither they are straight but they suit me , the most stubborn thng about them is that its very hard to color them , when i tried to do red streaks two years ago then my beautician first bleached my hair then colored them as all the previous attempt to color my hair had been total failures but even after bleaching them then coloring them the color didn't stayed no longer than 3 washes.Even when i try to color whole hair then also they stay like 2-3 washes and that's also it doesn't give desired color just a sheen of color which can be seen only when i step out in afternoon and sun rays reflect the color. I tried almost every brand and have spent lots of money in parlors.
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
18 Jul 11
Thanks akan for sharing your story. I think, too much of doing things harm us. I have colored my hair before but now, I do not anymore. Coloring had harmed my hair and now I am better off without the color.
• Pakistan
28 Jun 11
when you comb your hair after taking shower while they are wet it will keep your hair straight, if you have straight and silky hair, if your dnt comb after having shower then its natural that your hair turn wavy.. and if you add wet gel or spray them it ll give a wave hair look to you for 6-7 hours.........
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
19 Jul 11
Thanks Sadaf. Will keep in mind.
@mentalward (14697)
• United States
28 Jun 11
Life can change our hair. What we eat, drink, smoke (or not smoke), etc. Permanent hair waves, which most people say are never permanent as they need to be done again in a few months, can become at least partially permanent. I was told this by my hairdresser back when I was in my 30's. My hair, also, used to be pin straight, whether I brushed it dry after washing or if it just air-dried. It had absolutely no curl, curve, wave, nothing like that. One day, I noticed the hair, mostly on the back of my head, had curves in it that I know I didn't put there. When I dry my hair with a hair dryer and round brush, my hair is straight but if I let it air-dry, I have very noticeable curves in the hair on the back of my head. Naturally, I had to complain; why couldn't my hair begin to curl all over my head??? I'd LOVE to have some natural body in my hair all over my head and not just in the back. At least your hair isn't getting like some "older" hair, thicker, drier and more brittle, what I call "old people's hair" since both of my grandmothers had hair like that. Mine is still very fine and straight as a pin on the top and sides but curvy in the back. Very strange. (I have my father's hair, he had his father's hair... very fine and smooth.)
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
18 Jul 11
You know what that's exactly what has happened to my hair as well. The back portion of my hair is getting curvy while the front portion is still straight. I now use straightener. previously it was occasional but now I use it regularly.
@alokn99 (5717)
• India
28 Jun 11
The reasons could be to do with the weather, water, pollution and also how well and often we take care of our hair. Of course I can’t really give you much advice on this subject and especially the last part, as one look in the mirror at the slowly receding hairline and the mess I see will say it all. I guess there are a lot of options that you could try ranging from coconut milk, milk and water and so on as home remedies or the use of hair straightners. At the same time you could always get a professional to work on it at a saloon.
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
29 Jun 11
It's not that I am much bothered. My hair is not falling, it still has the lustre and growth and the thickness. But it does seem weird to get used to the not so straight hair line. I do use hair iron most of the times. It's time consuming, so sometimes just skip it. I think, pollution is one of the reasons. It's hard to avoid it when it's all over the places.
@annavi23 (6302)
• Philippines
28 Jun 11
I believe we all do change physically as we grow older. And it also depends on what we are eating and doing with our bodies as well. Hair is one of those things that changes no matter what we do in our lives. I think brushing can cause damage as well. It depends on what shampoo or treatment you are doing in your hair.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
29 Jun 11
You are right. Brushing while the hair is still wet and different brands of shampoo might harm our hair. Not to forget the age factor also.
@annavi23 (6302)
• Philippines
29 Jun 11
Yes. when you keep on brushing it whole it's still wet, damage starts to happen without you knowing it.As we age, (well,we can't change the fat that we do get older each day,we don't have the ability to change it though!)) we change physically as well. And I know most of us don't like to be ugly as we grow older, but then reality bites. We will all grow old and feel weak at times as well as our bodies change.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
18 Jul 11
I agree annavi. As we grow old our physiology changes and so does the physicality.
@SViswan (12072)
• India
2 Jul 11
My hair texture has changed. But I don't know anyone whose ultra straight hair has changed that way. Everyone who had straight hair still has straight hair. My hair is wavy but the texture has changed in the last few years and so has the waviness.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
18 Jul 11
As long as you are liking it, it's OK.
@SViswan (12072)
• India
18 Jul 11
I have no choice but to like it :-P Jokes apart, it's okay. No time to bother too much with this:-)
@drannhh (15227)
• United States
4 Jul 11
My hair texture has not changed, but I did have one friend who had what you are describing. Her hair go really curly, but not uniformly. I never brush my hair. I don't comb it much either -- it usually just falls in place, but that is because I keep it short.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
18 Jul 11
My hair now is shoulder length and more long it's growing, more wavy it's getting - something i do not like much. I loved the pin straight hair. May be I should wear it short now.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
1 Jul 11
It actually is fairly common for our hair to change as we get older. A lot of times we don't really tend to notice it, but there are some times that we do notice it. For example, when a cancer patient loses all of their hair, it might grow back in a different color or with a different texture. With hair that is just growing it is harder to notice changes in texture because the existing hair tends to weight the new hair down.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
18 Jul 11
Yes, you are right Dora. We get to notice only when the change is more.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
1 Jul 11
It hasn't happened to me yet..but there are a lot of ladies that I have talked to at work that say their hair has changed. I have one friend that told me her hair has gotten thicker and one that told me her hair has gained wave. I wish my hair would change...it is very fine..lol..soft but fine. I would like for it to thicken up and gain some wave.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
18 Jul 11
I want it to thicken as well, who wouldn't!
@balasri (26554)
• India
29 Jun 11
There is a theory that the hair texture changes as we age due to the change of hair follicle muscles too as all the other muscles too change in texture as we age. Jonathan Torch, creator of Curly Hair Solutions and founder of Toronto’s Curly Hair Institute, has come up with his own theory. He believes changes in the muscles at the base of every follicle are the key to the changes in hair texture that take place over time. Sometimes these changes can be extreme, says Torch, who has witnessed many a client go from curly to straight and straight to curly.”I can’t prove anything medically,” he says. “But I have a philosophy that genetically, the muscles are changing. And this changes the shape of the follicle.” Maybe our hair too is mellowing with age.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
18 Jul 11
Great! I think, as we grow our physiology changes. The changes in the hair structure and growth is but obvious. Curly to wavy to straight and viceversa.
@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
29 Jun 11
I see from your profile you are only 36, yet you talk of growing old. When you consider people can live to be 100 and more 50 is middle age. You have not even reached that yet. Anyway.......Back to the subject. Im 55 and my hair has always been straight too. Except when it was a high humidy day then it would curl a bit. Not a lot. My hair has been in dread locks for the last 12 years. I noticed that new growths and loose ends are slightly curly like when the humidity is up.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
18 Jul 11
Hi jd! I have also noticed this. Humidity tends to curl up my hair as well. May be the hair follicles secret more oil in those times.
@SIMPLYD (79762)
• Philippines
29 Jun 11
Yes, that happens. It happened to me and even my sisters. When we were just kids, our hair are straight. But as we reached our last year in our elementary school, it started getting curly. In high school, it did get curly already. we just let it be, until hair straightening was discovered. Hence, from then on, we had a straight hair - from the straightener at the salon. Thank God for that discovery.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
18 Jul 11
Thank God indeed! I do depend on straightener as well. Nothing like it!
@mayka123 (10598)
• India
29 Jun 11
I believe that this is because of the unhealthy food that we nowadays eat with a lot of chemicals in it. The pollution all around us. And the different chemical filled shampoos that we use to wash our hair. As kids our mothers would always stick to just one soap or shampoo and just one quality oil. The brand would never change. Now we look for the latest brands in the market and try to use them. Just think of the number of brands of shampoos and soaps that you have changed over the last ten years. That may be one of the reasons for the change in texture. Mama's coconut oil massage the night before a hair wash is forgotten now!
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
18 Jul 11
You are right! Gone are those days. We have become lazy and lot of environmental changes have been there.
@toniganzon (50006)
• Philippines
29 Jun 11
The food we eat, the environment as well as hormonal changes can affect our hair texture. Age might be a factor but check the environment that you're living now. Compare it to what it was before and also check your diet and the products that you're using.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
18 Jul 11
You are right! environmental changes have been there and so are the livelihood changes.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
29 Jun 11
I have long straight hair and, as I’ve aged I still have long straight hair! My hair is fine but I have a lot of it and the only thing I’ve noticed is that more of it falls out as I’ve aged. Fortunately I am not losing enough to have bald patches or anything but I have noticed a slight change. By the way thanks for the birthday wishes mimpi!
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
18 Jul 11
You are welcome dear. And BTW, you look great in your long hair.
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@jillhill (37384)
• United States
29 Jun 11
As you grow older I see lots of changes in myself including my hair...I also have a friend who used to have red hair, whose color is getting darker and darker with age! Of course you have to continue to eat well and make sure you have lots of water to keep yourself hydrated so you have good skin etc....but the hair thing....well it changes all the time. Have you had a baby? If you haven't you'll notice even more changes then!
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
18 Jul 11
Thanks Jill. I think, it's just in the course of life, as we grow, change.
@Hatley (164652)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Jun 11
hi mimipi I used tousle me lightly from Herbal essence and it makes my straight hair a bit curly.maybe you are using a shampoo that adds curl to your hair. lol be glad the lustre is still there. My hair w as curly as a child but now is straight with a slight wave. I am 84 so dont know if that has anything at all to do with it.I am still looking to turn really beautifully white not a mix of grey and white. lol lol
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
18 Jul 11
I just love you. I should consider changing the shampoo for a while. That might be the cause.
@owlwings (39258)
• Cambridge, England
28 Jun 11
I have lost most of my hair now, so I can't really speak from experience, however, it is true that, as we grow older, our hair follicles change and may go from producing straight hair (with a perfectly round section) to wavy hair (with a slightly oval section). The more oval the cross-section of the hair becomes, the more likely it is to wave or curl. Such changes are often associated with hormonal changes but can also sometimes be temporary changes associated with an illness (just as white spots and irregularities can appear on a person's nails after a severe illness).
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
18 Jul 11
Thanks owl. You are right. I am growing old.
• Indonesia
28 Jun 11
It is normal. My hair is used to straight too, but now it have some curves because i don't brush it. It also happened to my brother, too! I don't expected it but just hoping that it will be back straight again just as before. The problem, yes we all knows it, is because of not 'brushing'. Just solve the problem by rebounding (or reborn?) to a salon.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
29 Jun 11
Thanks ryan. Not brushing could be one of the reasons. I will make sure that i keep my hair clean and brushed.
@babyEj (1525)
• Philippines
28 Jun 11
As what I've learned as we grow old we should secure that we are living a healthy life style. It is because our hair will show how unstable our immune system is. When we eat healthy foods your hair ans skin will surely glow.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
29 Jun 11
Thanks baby. I know what you mean. May be, as we grow old our organs and vestigial organs also grow old.