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    Question Does hair have memory?

    I'm not sure if everyone's hair does this, so I thought I'd ask.

    If you twirl your hair into a coil/spiral, does it stay that way?

    My hair can't hold a curl (from a curling iron or rollers) to save it's life...but if I twirl my hair into a spiral, it will stay that way until I brush it out (and it argues with me when I do). I'm not sure if it's because my hair is coarse or because it has a strong wave thing going on or what. My hair separated into several coils after I took it out of a normal cinnabun recently and I thought it looked cool, so I rope braided my hair that night. Today I have 8 spirals of hair that everyone at work has remarked "looks cool." (I'll see if I can get a photo later.) I've also had my hair stay in one large spiral after I took down a bun. Am I damaging my hair?
    May as well have fun with the hair!

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    Default Re: Does hair have memory?

    Hmm, tuff question, I want to know the answer too

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    Default Re: Does hair have memory?

    Damage? I don't think so. No heat, no gels, no blowfry... what's to do damage?

    My hair just collapses, slips right down if I let go of it. Only braid waves I get is if I braid it damp and let it dry a few days. They will straighten themselves out fairly rapidly unless the day is exceptionally dry. It does, however, makes "strings" quite easily.

    My mom would have loved working with your hair, mine defeated her.

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    Default Re: Does hair have memory?

    Mine will do the same thing, kind of. I can encourage curl by twirling strands around my fingers while it dries, or I can make it straighter by combing. On the other hand, it kind of has a "mind of its own". I can't count on it doing anything I want. It likes to fluff out all over the place mostly.

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    Default Re: Does hair have memory?

    If I just twist it it won't do anything, but my hair will hold rope braid curls for days. =)
    I think part of that's your natural waviness, though I could be wrong.
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    Default Re: Does hair have memory?

    Yeah, it's waviness/curliness.

    I can get my hair to stay in a sausage curl for hours when it's wet, or bunned--and I get these odd tendrils from cinnamon buns instead of true waves. xD
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    my hair has amnesia!

    If a do a simple knot, it WILL fall out. twist it, even braids are difficult to hold. I have slept with rollers, and the curls will fade after 3 hours top
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    Default Re: Does hair have memory?

    Mine is the opposite of the OP's....it holds a curl very well (heat-free curlers, of course!), but braid waves and finger twists slip out within the hour. The braid wave photo in my album was taken immediately after I took the braids out - otherwise it would have looked as it normally does.
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    Default Re: Does hair have memory?

    Quote Originally Posted by embee View Post
    My mom would have loved working with your hair, mine defeated her.
    *laughs* My mom hated my hair and kept it boy-short until I was a teenager.
    May as well have fun with the hair!

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    Default Re: Does hair have memory?

    Mine will too. It seems to work best when it's properly oiled and moist, actually, so I can't imagine it's hurting it.

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