Many of us long term naturals have noticed it. The hair closest to our forehead or nape is easier to detangle, softer and the curl pattern appears little looser than the rest of our hair.
We are quick to assume that we have multiple textures but somehow we don’t consider that manipulation may play a big role in why our textures vary so much throughout our head.
Even though to all intents and purposes it may look like your texture is just naturally looser at the crown, there are actually some reasons other than nature that cause this phenomenon. Let’s look at a couple.
The first reason is that the hair at the crown gets more tension applied to it in comparison to any other area of your head during styling.
Take a simple low buns for instance which are very popular among natural ladies, you will notice that even if your hair is not tied tightly, the hair at the crown will usually be under more stretch/tension than the hair elsewhere. If you wear your hair like this often enough, then over time the hair at your crown will be looser.
Its a similar situation if you often wear medium high buns only this time you will find that both the crown and the nape area are kept under more tension than the rest of the hair. Again over time the textures in both areas will start to look slightly elongated.
What is definitely true for very many of us is that the texture at the nape is finer and looser than the texture elsewhere by nature’s design. Now if you were to couple this natural trait with constant tight updo’s that keep the nape hair under tension, it’s no wonder that many ladies often have trouble with nape hair breakage even while the rest of the hair remains healthy and long.
This idea holds true even for ponytails, cornrows and to a certain extent afro puffs. Bottom line is that when hair is kept under tension because of your styling choices then similar to a rubber band that is stretched over and over the hair will lose some elasticity and change permanently.
Please note that I am not saying that this is a bad thing at all! Our hair is very kinky*, curly or coily so it is to be expected that whatever styling choices we make, except perhaps for shrunken styles, they will definitely have an effect on our hair anyway.
Originally posted 2013-10-09 15:00:31.