If there’s one thing curly hair has plenty of: it’s curls! But what happens when your natural curls disappear? If you’re trying to figure out why your previously curly hair has lost its texture, we’ve got good news. This article will examine a few reasons why your hair doesn’t curl anymore and give tips on what you can do to fix it.
Your Hair Is Damaged
Often, hair that doesn’t curl anymore is a sign of significant heat or chemical damage. When your hair is damaged, the chemical bonds that give your strands their curly shape are broken. So instead of defined, tight curls, you’re left with stringy, straightened hair. Want to nurse your hair back to health? Here are a few of the best ways to prevent and reverse hair damage.
Use bond repairers or protein treatments.
Get regular trims.
Avoid overwashing or under-washing your hair.
You’ve Gone Through Hormonal Changes
Sometimes, your body goes through hormonal changes that can cause your hair to undergo dramatic changes in appearance and texture. If you’ve recently gone through menopause or pregnancy, it might be behind your sudden change in curl pattern. Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do if this is the case. You’ll simply have to wait and see if your curls return once your hormone levels return to normal.
Your Hair Is Getting Longer
Although a lack of curls is usually a sign that something is wrong, this isn’t always the case.
It might just be a sign that your hair has grown super long! The longer your hair gets, the more the weight of your strands stretches out your curls and loosens them. If you want to get your curls back, get your hair cut by a stylist who has experience cutting curly locks.
Don’t want to get your hair cut drastically shorter? Consider getting layers added to your hair instead. That will remove some of the excess weight from your locks, so your curls tighten up and become bouncy again. And the benefits don’t end there! Layers can also improve the overall shape, volume, and movement of your curls.
You Have Product Buildup
Some hair products leave behind a stubborn residue that coats your strands and creates buildup. Product buildup can weigh down your hair and leave your curls looking limp and lifeless. If you suspect product buildup is behind your missing curls, try incorporating a clarifying shampoo into your hair care routine.
Clarifying shampoos have a super concentrated formula and can cut through the stubborn buildup that regular shampoos can leave behind. Clarifying shampoo is extremely drying, so make sure you restore your hair’s moisture by applying an intensive deep conditioning mask after your treatment.
Although losing your curls can be alarming, try not to panic. Instead, go over your hair care routine and try to look for ways you can improve it. Then, be patient and give your curls enough time to recover. We hope that the information we’ve gone over in this article is just what you need to get your curls back and turn every day into a fantastic hair day!
Author: Andrea Reyes
Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.