If Your Curl Pattern Is Changing, Here Are a Few Reasons Why

Are you noticing that your curls don’t have the same “pop” that they used to? One of these common hair issues just might be the culprit!
Curls are highly responsive to manipulation and environmental factors, which is why the best curly hair routines can be challenging to discover. The same product that worked like a dream in the spring might fall short in the heat of the summer or chill of the winter. A harmless blowout leaves curls slightly less defined after the next wash. What gives?

Curls are glorious, but they can be persnickety. Here are a few reasons why your hair might be rebelling.

YOUR SCALP IS DRY.
If your scalp isn’t healthy, your hair won’t be, either. Oils that are produced naturally help lubricate the hair, keeping it shiny and healthy. If your scalp isn’t producing its natural oils, your curls could be suffering as a result.

First and foremost, check with your doctor to make sure you aren’t suffering from any underlying medical conditions that could be affecting the health of your skin and hair. If everything is A-Okay, consider giving yourself a scalp massage followed by an exfoliation. This will help encourage blood flow to the scalp area and remove dead skin cells and other debris that might be clogging your follicles.

YOU’VE OVERUSED HEAT TOOLS.
If you flat iron your hair on occasion – every other month or so – it might be enough to weaken your hair and cause curl-damaging dryness over time. Because the damage is cumulative, you might not realize it’s happening until you slowly notice that your curls just aren’t as juicy and full as they used to be.

Heat damage isn’t something a product can correct. If you’ve noticed your curls start to wane due to overexposure to heat styling, get a good trim and give your blow dryer a break!

YOU’VE OVER-PROCESSED YOUR HAIR.
Getting a new color can be fun, but if you strip your natural color from your strands, it will lead to dryness and even a change in texture. Color processing breaks down your hair’s structure, alters the pH, and leaves it weaker. This can result in frizz and might compromise your curl pattern.

YOU’RE EXPERIENCING A HORMONAL SHIFT.
Hair texture can change with age, and sometimes dramatically. Straight hair can become coarse and wiry, and thick, curly hair can become thinner and finer. If you’re approaching middle age (or if you’re a woman experiencing menopause) it is quite normal to notice an alteration of hair texture and curl pattern. Often, this change is due, at least in part, to hair loss. If you think changes in your hair texture are due to hair thinning, there are highly effective treatments that can slow the process and even help to restore growth.

AK Hair and Healing is committed to giving clients the tools, information, and support they need to overcome their hair challenges and uncover their inner and outer beauty. For more details on our mission, please visit our information page.

 

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