OMG! Why is My Hair Texture Changing?

Natural Black Hair Texture Change

Why has my natural hair texture changed?

I’ve heard it several times by many naturals “my hair texture has changed!” Surprisingly, quite a few discover right after going natural that regardless of just how much they enable their tresses to grow out, the natural black hair texture just isn’t quite what they had anticipated.

Since I kept hearing this concern, I decided to do some research to find out why some individuals naturally curly hair has changed textures. Here’s what I was able to come up with!

Oxygen Influence on Hair

Some alterations in hair texture can be an effect of air exposure.  You might not be aware but several individuals who get braids or cornrows over a prolonged time period may find their locks are finer or thinner than if they had not worn them. If the same men and women stay away from these styles, as time passes, their hair may begin to become thicker.

As soon as the hair sprouts out from your scalp, it’s dead, however it may still be influenced by environment elements.  Environmental sun damage, humidness, hair styling harm, high temperature injury, calcium in the water, and so on…all could affect our hairs’ situation, texture and wellness…these elements consist of oxygen direct exposure.

For these reason women that maintain short natural hair (2 or less inches) may seem to have a single texture, however when they enable their hair to grow to longer lengths they notice a change in the texture.  Now the level of difference will vary from person to person, however, invariably their will be a difference in most cases.

Destroyed Hair

Seriously destroyed hair will significantly affect the texture of your hair. Women of all ages, and guys, as well, may have their hair relaxed, highlighted, dyed, or heat straightened on a consistent basis. Then they’ll turn around and use a shampoo or conditioner loaded with sulfates, and then they’ll use a high heat blow dryer to dry their hair. After this they’ll style their hair using a straightening iron, curling iron or heat rollers. Unfortunately, doing any of these items on a regular basis may rob the hair of it’s natural oils, fry the hair shafts and may even harm the hair follicles. Hair that may be significantly destroyed by products, treatments as well as heat will seem to be stringy, dry, frizzy and brittle.


There are a few medication drugs that can bring on a significant alteration in the hair texture and the natural oils generated by the hair follicles. Some birth controls, anti-epileptic drugs, osteoporosis medications, anti-depressants along with other medications can transform the natural black hair texture. In the event you encounter very dry hair and textural variations soon after you started taking a new medication – It may take several months before you notice any changes – consult with your physician regarding these changes.

Scab Hair

Whatever we see growing from the skin signifies a long part of our hair but there’s additionally a part of hair that is present just beneath the scalp.  Basically, it’s new-growth which has yet to come out.  Whenever we use chemicals such as relaxers on the hair, the processed hair influences the hair just beneath the scalp as well. The hair that is just below the scalp that is slightly relaxed is known as “scab hair”.

Many individuals think whenever they go through the Big Chop the new growth is their genuine texture. We might be made to believe this smoother, straighter hair is a genuine portrayal of our own hair in the all-natural condition. Nonetheless, in the long run, hair that may be just beneath the crown that hasn’t been influenced by chemical substances will come out as being the new, new-growth and its particular texture is going to be significantly distinctive from the prior set of chemically transformed hair.

Therefore, the hair texture may appear to be changing for the women who decided to transition to natural hair by means of the BC. A lot of women have found the need to cut their hair a second time after a few weeks of undergoing the Big Chop.

Unhealthy Natural Black Hair


Shifting hormones in both women and men, in addition to girls and boys, may cause hair texture to switch significantly. Fragile and dry hair could possibly be the consequence of a thyroid deficiency. If the thyroid gland does not generate the appropriate levels of triiodothyronine and thyroxine the hair can become fragile and thin. Insufficient or an excessive amount of insulin development may also result in a fully textural alteration of hair, in addition to hair thinning.

A change in hormones in the course of puberty can transform very straight, smooth and oily hair right into thicker and coarse curls in lots of teenagers. It’s also common for ladies to experience changes in their texture, volume and growth while pregnant as a result of increased levels of the estrogen hormones.

Have you experienced any changes in your hair texture? Leave a comment below, we want to hear!

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Donna March 23, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I did the big chop a year ago in February. Over the last 3 months, the texture of my hair seems to have changed. To me it looks wirey and frizzy. I’m not on any medication other than a multi vitamin. I thought about getting some skin, hair and nail vitamins. Why are you thoughts?



Naturalbella April 4, 2012 at 12:13 am

I’m not sure if vitamins will change your hair texture. Nonetheless, they are great to help strengthen and possibly grow your hair longer. I use Biotin and Shen-Min. :)


Terry April 3, 2012 at 11:32 am

I had natural thick, long black hair that most women envied. People would litterally stop me in the street to ask if it was my “own hair” and I was proud to say ‘yes”. A year ago I visited a hair salon and wanted my hair coloured but they did not have the certain colour brand I was looking for and they gave me an option to highlight my hair at the tips instead. Not knowing the risk I was taking, I agreed to let them highlight my hair at the tips and the hair-dresser did more damage than good. She was inexperienced and her colleagues even scolded her for putting too much highlights in my hair. I remember one hairdresser saying that my hair would start breaking-off in a few weeks because the highlight colour was applied wrongly and that is exactly what happen after a few weeks. My hair started breaking-off none-stop, litterally shedding everytime I brushed them. Two years later and still my hair has not recoverd. They have become very thin and brittle and the texture has changed drastically. I litterally want to break down and cry everytime I look in the mirror and notice how short and thin they have become from the thick, bouncy long hair I they once were. My hair was my pride, now I cannot even stand to look at them. Everyone who knows me keeps asking me “what happen to your hair? they were never like this!!”. I did everything in my power to try to recover them but to no avail, they just keep breaking. I guess the damage is already done. Everytime I pass by that same hair-salon, it brings back bad memories and I just feel so annoyed and angry at the damage they did to my hair. Sometimes I want to cut all of them and grow back my natural hair but I’m always afraid of what the outcome will be…


Naturalbella April 4, 2012 at 12:29 am

Oh my, I’m so sorry you had to experience this. I’ve had a pretty bad experience before using color, but not quite like yours. If the damage is as bad as it sounds, you may want to really consider getting your hair cut into a cute short style and allow your hair to grow back healthy. What type of outcome are you afraid of?


Rachel April 4, 2012 at 7:38 pm

I had my second child last July (2011) – a beautiful baby girl. I was wearing a weave (natural underneath and perm-free for 7 years) and when I took it out two months after she was born, my hair was longer and thicker than it had ever been in its existence. My wash-n-go 4a/4b curls were soft and almost bouncy. Now – 6 months later, my hair is still extremely thick, but it seemed to all have changed into 4b/4c hair overnight. My curls are now much tighter and none of the product combinations I used to “tame” my natural hair are working now. I love the new thickness (and it’s coming up on a year post partum so I hope the thickness remains), I just don’t know how to style it now that my curl is tighter. It’s still beautiful, but I want to know what to do with my new texture now…


Paola Bouchereau April 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Hi ive been getting my hair done for years at Chantals beauty parlor
and so have the women in my family. I went natural two years ago and
and cut off all my texturized ends and refrained from dying my hair .
Chantal my hairdresser has been using this treatment under a steamer
called treatment miracle. This treatment has made my curls soft and
managable. In addition it add’s the shine and body thats is hard to up
keep when rocking a fro. This salon caters to alot of mixed women and
is very affordable. Check it out ;-)

Chantal’s Beauty Parlor
9290 Hammocks blvd #403


mangohoney April 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm

I am so perplexed about my hair. It has been about 6 years and counting that my hair is naturally changing it’s color, mine you it is so drastic that I am scared, that I might wake up and it will be all gone, or all gray. Naturally, my color is deep dark brown, almost black, my texture is curly and I wear it natural. I have texturized my hair at the scalp only with Creme of Nature, Mild relaxer (no lye), and keep it mositure with Wave by Design, finishing lotion; Wave Nouveau finishing lotion and mix chicks leave in conditioner. I have hypertension and take medication. I can count the gray hairs all 17 of them. So, now my hair is dark, medium brown, with cinnamon throughout, my roots are still deep dark brown. When looking at my hair, people say “you changed your hair color”. Plus if I wanted to color my hair black, it only stays colored for a few days, and within 3 weeks the color is totally gone. What do you think, I need help.


surVIVEr28 July 1, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Okay. I thought it was just me… Very relieve. Yep after a year and a half, it changed on me. It refused to keep twists. it did what it wanted until I did mini-braids ( would hold the twist). I noticed it was the hormone change and the fact that i stopped working out


Tara Kamiya July 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I believe that my hair texture changed with length or age. My hair was like cotton when I was in my 20s. Now in my 30s I can put gel in my wet hair and go out with defined squiggles! Strange. According to the chart I guess I would be 4b.


nice vitamin d February 3, 2013 at 7:25 am

An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a friend who was conducting a little homework on this. And he in fact ordered me lunch because I discovered it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending the time to discuss this subject here on your web page.|


keke May 30, 2013 at 4:26 pm

I can honestly say that my hair texture is mixed 3a/4a/4b and I love it . okay so a while back , I got a dye mahogany only on the top( i had a mohawk , I loved it but my hair became bone straight. I dont know why ? Can you explain ? well my hair has been cut 8 times since so its back to its “original texture”. I mean its a curlier/drier version but moist it loots curly /\//\/\/\/\ yasssss!!!!!!! lmao but I dont know thy but my front hair is more coarse then the font : ????


Naturalbella May 31, 2013 at 6:59 am

Whenever you change the hair’s protein bonding arrangement you may cause a relaxer effect which results in a straighter texture. The curl pattern chnages are more likely to occur in those with fine to medium hair textures which it sounds like you have.


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