How To Change Your Curl Pattern - Styles & Treatments

An anonymous reader asked...

“Can I change the texture of my hair?" The answer is “Yes”.

Natural hair is extremely versatile and the texture can be manipulated lots of different ways.

The way in which the hair grows from your head cannot be changed however but and why would we want it to? Remember, the more knowledgeable you are about your own texture the easier it will be to change up and experiment with different styles.

Styling Techniques That Change Texture:

TWIST OUT!

ROD SET!

CHUNKY TWIST OUT!

STRETCHED BANTU KNOTS OUTS

PRO TIP #1:

Play around with the amount of hair you use. Try a small and chunky twist out. The results are extremely different. Try curling the ends of twist or braids for a smoother look.  Also, for a different spin stretch curls (wear up in a high bun or ponytail for a day or two) before doing twist or braid outs. The texture will surely be different on...

PRO TIP #2:

Rod Sets are a LIFE-SAVER! They add a lot of body and make hair appear to be thicker!

Treatments That Will Temporarily Change Your Curl Pattern: 

*Keep in mind that these treatments require touch ups just like a relaxer. Be sure to do the proper research before devoting yourself to any one of these treatments.

Henna Treatments

Henna- I recommend henna. It’s natural and safe and cheap! There are reports that over time henna can alter and loosen curl patterns. This however has not been proven and varies for different women.

After my henna treatment I did temporarily see a looser curl pattern (which made me nervous) but it was restored as I repeatedly rinsed and cowashed my hair.

Curly Nikki swears by Henna

Before pictures on the left. After pictures on the right.

The Brazilian Blow Out - Is It Worth It?

Brazilian Blow Out- This is a soothing protein treatment. Through the use of a Brazilian Super Nutrient Complex the hair is covered by a protective layer of protein that eliminates frizz and soothe the hair cuticle. Ishea, of Six Twenty Seven Blog posts: 

“The blowout is a smoothing (not straightening) treatment that coats your hair shaft with a protective protein layer. This helps to smooth and reduce frizz. I must stress to everyone your curls are not going anywhere. This isn’t a relaxer, texturizer or anything harsh and permanent. Since there is no chemical change to the composition of your hair there is no line of demarcation or permanent change to your curl pattern. This is a conditioning and smoothing treatment that gives you fabulous results lasting anywhere from 12 weeks to 4 months. Over time as you wash your hair the protective layer around the hair shaft fades away”.

- Ishea

 It is a 90-minute treatment and can be costly ranging anywhere from $125.00- $450.00 

*Warning!

Most of these treatment contain formaldehyde. There have been reports of burning of the lungs, eyes, skin and scalp. There have also been reports that these treatments have caused permanent respiratory damage. For more information on the risks see this article about Brazilian Blowouts on Black hair. 

The Results of Ishea’s Blowout

Sooo... Have You Tried Any of These? How Have They Worked? What’s Ways Do You Manipulate Your Curl?