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Hi, Welcome to Kinky Curly Combinations!

 

I’m glad you’re here. In this post I want to tell you a little about myself and why I started this blog.

 

I went natural more than 10 years ago completely by accident.  I hated getting relaxers because I didn’t like the wait time. I also didn’t like trying to find a great stylist, having my scalp burn and most of all having weak limp hair that never thrived or that would melt off with improper perm application and styling techniques by trained stylist!  Oh, I’m sorry, did that come off as complete and utter disgust for the creamy crack… errr..  I mean relaxers.   Whew!  Slow…deep…. breaths…  Okay, sorry, had to get that off my chest. Where was I? Oh yeah, so… I went natural by accident.  Because of the aforementioned reasons I would wait longer and longer between my touch-ups.

 

I wasn’t one of those people who had a standing appointment every six weeks.  I would usually remember sometimes after 7 or 8 weeks and then call to get an appointment.  Once, after 12 weeks with no touch-up, I just kept putting off making an appointment.  It slowly dawned on me that I actually used to like my hair when it had more body.  It seemed healthier then too. I decided to never go back for that touch up. I figured I could just grow out my perm and flat iron as needed.

 

As you may have guessed growing out my perm and flat ironing as needed did not go as planned. First of all, I transitioned for over a year battling with the 2 different textures of straight and kinky.  I wore my hair in protective styles. Okay, well maybe protective style is not what you’d call it considering my hair was dry, straw-like and I had never even heard of the term ‘protective style’.  But I did wear it in two flat twists, old school style…. everyday.

 

Finally, when the summer came, I was able to focus on my hair so I cut off my relaxed ends.  A few days later I flat ironed my hair for an event that I had. In the humid, 95 degree heat of the summer I remembered why natural hair does not fair well in the humidity.  I wrote more in detail about that experience in my about page.

 

After I found the natural hair community online there were many different products and techniques that I tried out to manage my natural hair.  Back then there weren’t nearly as many natural hair vloggers and there wasn’t nearly as much information as there is now.  It was easy to assume that what helped one person with kinky hair would help me too.  Thus began much trial and error and over time a true discovery of how very different my hair was than anyone else’s I saw online.

 

My hair’s differences include 4a, 4b, 4c, 3c, protein sensitivity (in the crown only) and different densities and different thicknesses. My hair in the front is mostly all 4b with a few 4a’s that sprout out (down really) making themselves very known.  Underneath on each side of the 4b’s (above my ears) is 4c. It’s actually pretty symmetrical that way. The 4c sections have less follicle density. For instance, when I make a part on those sections a lot more of my scalp is visible than when I part the 4b or 3c section.  The crown is 4b, but also protein sensitive so it does not respond well to most of the products that I use everywhere else. And then there’s the back section underneath the crown which is mostly 3C with a few 4a and 4b’s thrown in for good measure. Excuse the mugshots below (I’m joking, of course). Below are pics of my hair with no product right out of the shower to show the different textures.

 

 

 

 

 

I know that my hair is not the only hair like this, but I didn’t see anyone else online that had these very distinct differences. I also didn’t see anyone discussing their issues with these differences or offering solutions.    I have a feeling there are many naturals out there with different curl patterns all running amok throughout their head.  Let me tell you trying to deal with these different textures was- is quite a feat- but it’s also the reason that relaxers and heat don’t work for me. The 3C section would always be damaged or just all fall out.   And the finer 4C sections would be thin, while the 4a and 4b sections would have more length and volume.  With hair this inconsistent I get why it’s just easier to get sew-ins, braids or weaves.

But as I’ve said, most of my hair is 4b and because of that I was able to cover a multitude of sins (breakage, hair fall, matting, mullet) with the longer 4b sections.  With this blog I hope to encourage others who are not sure what’s going on with their natural hair to look a little closer and take a little more care.  You might just find that you have curly combination hair as well.

 

 

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