Straight on top, curly on bottom
Largely due to genetics, many women experience the straight strands on top of their head and the curly ones below. “The hair up top has more exposure to the sun and heating tools and is being pulled and touched more,” says Engelman. This breaks down the cortex of hair, which – like the core of your body – gives structure and shape. Those top pieces will then unfurl and lose curl. Unruly hormones (a result of pregnancy or stress) are also a key culprit in textural changes. Oestrogen and testosterone levels affect the diameter, texture and strength of any given strand.
To make peace... Layer on layers
Crazy but true? The right cut can be the perfect peacemaker. Ask your hairstylist for face-framing, graduated layers. They work a treat! “Shake up your one hair length by what I call ‘releasing the weight’,” says Nader. “It’s all about lightening up the heaviness so your hair can add that extra volume where needed and frame delicately around your face.”
Yes, you can align your two textures. To make your curly-straight combo straighter, apply a smoothing cream on curls and flat-iron them, working in small 2.5cm sections of hair so you don’t miss layers. Want your curlystraight combo more curly? Curl only the straight section, Nader advises.
Do the twist
Waves help curls and straight strands coexist. Prep in the shower with Pantene Pro-v Foam Conditioner Volume & Body, $9.99 . From roots to tips of damp hair, work through a golf ball–sized amount of a soft-hold mousse. “To get relaxed waves, start at the nape area by taking horizontal sections (approx 2.5cm-5cm wide) and comb smooth, then twist inwards with your fingers and let the twists hang. Do this up to the crown and from the ears up to the part line. Then, attach a diffuser to your hair dryer and use circular movements over the hair and dry to 80 per cent,” says Nader.