Hair Suddenly Turned Frizzy and Crinkled

I recently moved to London from southern California. A few days after arriving, I noticed that a small patch of hair near the side of my face (temple area) was extremely frizzy and tangled. All of the hair in this one area is completely bent out of shape. It looks like it has been electrocuted!

The rest of my hair is long and straight, just slightly wavy. I have never had a problem with frizzy hair.

The problem only occurs in one spot, always the same area.

It doesn't matter whether I blow dry my hair or not, the hair still gets like that. I usually do NOT blow dry hair.

Has anyone experienced this before? I am totally baffled by what is going on. It has been doing this every day for nearly 4 weeks! So strange...

I have used various products, but nothing helps because the strands of each hair are totally BENT out of shape, into crazy, crinkled strands. So, using products does not help.

Thank you!!!

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Oct 20, 2017
Patch of mess
by: Anonymous

I know these comments are old, but I too am having this issue. I have always had very nice hair, and about a year ago, shortly after a traumatic event, I went to have my hair highlighted. Immediately after a patch of my hair right behind one of my ears was what appeared to be fried. Most of it broke off leaving a huge chunk of shorter hair. I assumed it would grow in normal, but it appears to be growing in very kinky like a zig zag and it feels so dry and fried. The only things different were the extreme stress from the traumatic event and I started taking xanax usually once a day. I am wondering if it's the stress or possibly the medication. I use lots of hydrating products and have been taking hair vitamins, but it doesn't appear to be helping. I really hope this isn't permanent. I hate the way it looks and feels.

Oct 11, 2017
WHY ME
by: jm

My hair is naturally very curly, but its more like ringlets than kinky curls. I have been straightening my hair almost daily for 9 years, but my hair is NOT damaged at all. I've gone through phases where my curls are so damaged that they are no longer curly, but my hair always comes back to life, even after bleaching it from my naturally black hair to pure white.

Recently, I've been dying my hair funky colors (for the past 4ish months or so), but I've been having this frizzing issue longer than that, it just seems more frequent now. I use vegan, conditioning dyes so as not to damage my hair, I use mostly organic shampoo and conditioner which I switch up every few weeks or so, always use heat protectant, and generally try to take care of my hair as much as possible.

Anyways, to get to the point. Random bits of hair right in the corner by my ears, at the base of my neck, or right next to my scalp in my bangs get RIDICULOUSLY rough, frizzy and unmanageable out of the blue. I'll leave for work in the morning, perfectly fine, but when I'm driving to work, I can feel the pieces of hair that have become frizzy. Usually I can just dampen it and it goes back to normal for a while, but it frizzes right back up.

I've tried conditioning treatments, hot oil treatments, sitting with plain ol' conditioner in my hair overnight, nothing helps.

Anyone found a cause for this? I wonder if its something genetic or if its a symptom of something? Do I need to be going to a doctor or a hair stylist to try to find answers?

Sep 08, 2017
Suddenly the worst hair ever
by: Anonymous

I am in my 50s and have had health problems and have taken medication the last few years. My whole life, I have had thick straight smooth beautiful hair. But it has changed little by little to a crazy, tightly curled, kinky, dry, unmanageable mess. I can't even get a comb through it. I have absolutely no idea how to care for this crazy hair.

I have tried many new shampoos and conditioners with absolutely no luck. My stylist is baffled. Hair is shoulder-length and I just put it up every day now. I am afraid to cut it for fear of looking like a clown. What the heck!!!

Jul 31, 2017
Random
by: Anonymous

It has started happening to me out of the blue a month ago. I have an area at the top of my head near the root and then a couple of areas at the back and towards the bottom of the strands of hair. I have a very straight thin hair usually and have to wash it every day because its so thin and gets greasy so easily and this is just wild! It's driving me so mad, to the point I have been putting in up in the tiniest of ponytail most days of the week and only washed it twice a week. Ive washed it less, used products but nothing is working.

Jul 28, 2017
Frizzies
by: Nana

I wonder if we are all taking a similar medication. I'm on heart meds. and thyroid. I have finally had to start straightening the blob as I call it. And use a tiny bit of oil on my hair. Wash it 1 or 2 a week. Stopped coloring it. Have never found a stylist who had a clue.

Jul 28, 2017
The frizzy
by: Nana

I am 64 live in Calif. short straight hair with a Blob of curly friz. In the back right side of my head. Drives me crazy and looks terrible. I have thought about shaving it all of or a wig.

Jul 11, 2017
Random sections all over head!
by: Boogie

I know this is old, but I've also had this happen off and on. I kept getting Random, small sections of hair that seemed like it literally just became African American hair overnight. I'm 100% white, with long, very thin hair, with slight waves. It was never kinky from scalp to the end, it was normally just right at the scalp, and the rest was straight and normal. It literally looked and felt like it was zig zagged, like sharply. It wouldn't straighten, nothing, it was like this weird little puff. It was mostly near the back of my head. It hasn't come back for a while now, but I've always wondered what the hell it was!

Jun 08, 2017
Cause and Cure
by: Just Another Stylist

You may never find a common cause or a common cure for everyone - Weather elements such as humidity, temperature in combination with hair condition such as "hair porosity" will makes this experience unique to individual - Yet, a simple cure could be as simple as changing product type! Try to keep-up with your hair as it goes through time and space. Change conditioner, shampoo and other products you use.

In general:
If hair is under-moisturized then hair seems dry, damaged, brittle and unmanageable.

If hair over-moisturized then hair seems flat, limp, dull and lacking in natural vibrancy.

Our challenge is Moisturization Balance. Finding the right type of moisturizer under ever-changing environmental & personal condition is not easy.

Natural botanical and weightless moisturizers are the best starting point for a cure.

Jun 07, 2017
No answers?
by: Carole

Over and over I read the same problem, yet no cause or cure. ha I too have one spot that is unbelievably dry! I am talkin' it is sooooooooo dry that I (and my hairdresser) can feel the dryness even while washing it. Since I am 78 , I thought that was the problem, but guess not. Odd too, many have moved to England. I have been right here in the states, have live in Arizona over 20 years. My hair dresser is stunned too.My normal hair is straight with a wing kinda thing on each side. Never curly, thats for sure.
HELP!!!!!

Jun 02, 2017
Kinky!!!!
by: Anonymous

Hello, are these hair thicker black and very kinky too?

Jun 01, 2017
Pot-luck hair
by: Anonymous

I too have this problem at my temples and sometimes my hair will suddenly become frizzy all over or oily and super straight. However, the frizzy hair at my temples will break and come out. I would like some solution or the cause for this. Can anyone help?

May 28, 2017
Damaged hair
by: Anonymous

Seems as though everyone is having the same problem but no one knows the solution yet. The same has happened to me, it is just one section of hair on the left side of my head. I bluntly snipped it off hoping the new hair would grow back normal but it didn't!!

Apr 07, 2017
Same here!
by: Anonymous

The hair by my temple is also very frizzy all the way down the strands. I live in America (I have my whole life) and I have wavy (but not frizzy) hair.

I have dealt with the weird patch for years, and not even half a year ago, the other side of my temple grew frizzy! It doesn't matter what products I use or even if I don't brush it. I have to constantly pin these pieces back behind my head because they are very annoying.
If any one has any advice, please share!

Mar 30, 2017
Also back from America and have sudden electro frizz/new curls
by: julia

Well I'm here because I've had this a few times now. However the funny thing is it's my whole head (right) now.

I got my hair done a couple of weeks ago and suspiciously I've just returned from California (to London!).

I think that stress makes it worse.

If anyone has any idea what this is or any comments then please let me know!!!

Jan 15, 2017
Aged grey straight white hair!
by: Anonymous

I am in my late sixties and in the past few years have a large frizzy spot of hair in the back of my head, it looks fried!

I have tried conditioners of all kinds, my stylist says maybe medication, any suggestions?

Nov 24, 2016
kinking hair!!!
by: Anonymous

Hello, I discovered these awful black hair at the crown of my head and also in the back but just above! I have them for a year now.
They appeared suddenly and never ceased to grow!
I use the co wash method and use a lot of fixing product, I felt my hair drier and I ironed the traditional shampoo and it was at this precise moment that I discovered this weird strange twisted hair.
I also have a lot of stress !!!

Nov 11, 2016
Me too!!
by: Alison

I came across your question because this JUST happened to me and I'm looking for answers. Weirdly, I, too, moved from America to England, but that was over a year and a half ago. The patch is also right by my temple.

I think mine may have to do with straightening. I recently started straightening my hair with a Wet2Dry InStyler, and this occurred after my fifth time using it. I also bleached my hair and have been using temporary coloured hair dye, any of which could be a contributing factor to this (ok, probably mostly the bleaching....) It's disheartening to hear that this seems to be permanent.

Oct 11, 2016
Wacky hair
by: Anonymous

I have short curly hair. The curls have always been very well-behaved until about a month ago. Just like everyone else here one section on the crown of my head has become all crinkly and uncontrollable. I'm seeing in the thread that lots of people have the same problem but I'm not seeing anyone come up with any Causes or solutions. Has anyone found anything that
works?

Sep 12, 2016
Same!
by: Stscy

I have a patch of hair near temple that suddenly looks crinkled. At first, I thought maybe I burned it with a new straightener I just purchased. So I cut the patch and never straightened that area again and it's STILL growing out the same way.
I have poker straight hair. How can this happen? Everyone asks if I burnt my hair. I have tried all products too and nothing works.

Aug 24, 2016
Same here
by: Anonymous

Hello, Jennifer, I read your description and it looks to me we have the exact issue in the exact spot of the head. A chunk of my hair at the top of my head down my part is really really crispy, course and freezy. This chunk of short hair completely goes out from the rest of my hair and it's simply so unmanageble I gave up with it. I've been having this issue since months now and I really did think I was the only one. I tried ALL and nothing changed.
But I'm glad I'm not the only one and I wish all having same issue to find a solution and share it!

Jul 28, 2016
Same problem
by: Jennifer

HI, I've had this happen to me too, and it happened at the top of my head down my part which is really annoying and hard to hide.

I noticed it happened when I moved from Sydney (warm and sunny) to Melbourne (colder and windier). It's been 6 years and my hair has improved but it's never gone away. I love in California now and I think my hair is better cos the weather is similar to Sydney.

My hair has improved because I try to moisturize it a lot, and balance it with protein conditioner. So play around with moisture and protein. A blow dry at the hairdressers will ruin the texture and make it crinkly all over again so I do suspect it is a moisture and dryness issue.

Sep 29, 2015
smooth, silky hair turns frizzy suddenly
by: Anonymous

I don't know what has happened to my beautiful hair. It has always been somewhat straight, shiny, with a little wave around my face.All of a sudden my entire head of hair has become frizzy and doesn't even look like my hair. I can't stand looking in the mirror my hair looks so awful and not me. I thought it might be the humidity but I've lived in the same place all of my life and never had this problem. I've tried to think of anything that has changed in my life, but have come up with nothing.
HELP I can't stand this and just want my hair back!

Aug 10, 2015
Quick Update
by: KraAsian

It's been 5 months, and my hair is still frizzy in places (not as bad, but definitely still frizzy). I'm beginning to wonder if it's related to a thyroid problem, and maybe the frizziness coincided with my trip abroad. Guess I should consult a physician, but based on somebody else's post here, it doesn't seem like treating a thyroid issue will help alleviate the frizziness, so that sucks. Ugh!

Aug 07, 2015
Frizz patches
by: NJC

I have the same issue and I discovered it about the same time I discovered I had a thyroid condition. I know dry frizzy hair is a symptom of thyroid condition so I'm wondering if my inconsistent patches are related to the under-active thyroid. However since I now take thyroid medicine I would think that the patches would disappear, which they have not.

Jul 29, 2015
omg, me too
by: Mary

The same thing has happened to me. It happened a few weeks ago and it doesn't change no matter what. It's so crinkled I wonder if I got electrocuted to. I hope someone can figure it out soon :(

Apr 11, 2015
It will turn normal
by: Anonymous

I wouldn't worry. It will turn normal. Its not only humid, but also heat, sun and other elements local to UAE. Lack of moisture normally cause that! Use deep cleansing shampoo to cleanse the scalp and keep conditioning the hair for your hair type to restore moisture back to hair and it will be ok.

Apr 11, 2015
It's happening to me too!
by: KraAsian

I visited the UAE a couple weeks ago, and midway through the trip my hair suddenly became frizzy in 3 places -- right in the middle of my forehead, my left temple, and at the nape (more on the left side). It was really humid there, so I thought things would return to normal when I got back to the States, but it's still the exact same. Has anybody figured out why this is happening and how to fix it? My hair is otherwise very straight.

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