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 31, 2018
RE: What happened?!
by: Anonymous

Manda, side effects from medications could appear months after and disappear long after - our bodies reacts or even adapt differently to environment or changes within. It may take months or even years to become normal again - Continue with healthy "hair" diet and you will see improvement.

Oct 28, 2018
What happened?!
by: Manda

Hi, My hair had been straight & full and I had always been given compliments on my shiny, sleek ‘bob’. I’m in my fifties and had experienced hair loss over a couple of years, but it still looked good. Then suddenly within a 3 month period my hair became curly, brittle and seemed to develop ‘crowns, that sent it growing in all different directions. I thought it might have been down to a cocktail of medications while I went through a major operation. But I’m fully recovered - but my hair remains like a haystack! Why?

Oct 06, 2018
Same Boat!
by: Little Cow

Hello Ladies,
I have had the same issues with the top left crown part of my head. I noticed it in high school (now i’m 21), and it has not gone away. I thought it was over processed hair but I drastically lessened the amount of heat damange on my hair and it is still there.

I have naturally thick, long Latino hair but it is so much different. It’s usually a thicker strand of hair with a wavy pattern and VERY crinkly. It drives me nuts to feel it because the rest of my hair is smooth and straight. It bothers me so much that I usually just pluck out those random strands. That particular patch of hair is all the same texture and i have no idea why it’s only that area.
My hair also grows EXTREMELY fast so it’s very puzzling to see that it’s all still there.
Any solution would be appreciated. Thank you.

Aug 25, 2018
I'm at my wits end
by: Anonymous

I had a Brazilian Blowout over two years ago and from that day on my hair texture changed and lost over 50% of my hair. I'm on Finesteride and Rogaine. I thought time would make it all better but it looks worse. I have the bent hairs all over and I'm embarrassed to go out. It's extremely dry and just plain frizzy.

Short bent frizzy hair is all over. Scalp is reddish, flaky and itchy. I had such beautiful thick hair and it is very hard to cope with this day by day. I hope someone finds a solution to this problem so I can be happy once again. I cry almost everyday.

Jul 31, 2018
ME TOO!!
by: Anonymous

Omg I have the SAME thing. I am 42 and am Caucasian. About a month ago I developed a kinky curly, zig zag patch on my left temple. I have had shingles and it affected that side by my eye. But I have never had this. My hair has always been extremely thick and I can always dye it and it feels great. However now, the spot just stays. I thought maybe I dried it out with shampoo or burnt it with the hair dryer or flat iron. I don’t think so. It’s still there. I’ve even cut some of it off and comes back the same. I do get thick ringlets by my ears and underneath the back of my hair. Otherwise my hair is relatively straight with very very limited waves. This is crazy!

Jun 25, 2018
SAME FRIZZY HAIR
by: Mallory

I had beautiful brown hair growing up. Silky, long, fine, and lots of it. I loved it. Several years ago I noticed a frizzy and out of control section of hair behind one of my ears. Tried cutting that section off and the frizz still came back. Tried getting more haircuts....didn’t work. Tried changing thyroid medicine....didn’t work. Tried no blow drying and no flat iron....didn’t work. Tried different (and high quality) hair products....didn’t work. Got bangs for a change...they turned CRAZY FRIZZY. I am Caucasian and don’t have any African American heritage. These sections of hair are INSANE....even when I straighten them they feel crispy and unlike my regular hair. I have several patches of this texture of hair now. It’s been a rough several years of dealing with this. I first noticed it in 2013 or 2014.

What can I do to fix this?! My sister is a cosmetologist and I’ve asked other hair stylists as well and they don’t have any idea why it does this. It’s so hard looking in the mirror and seeing a ball of uncontrollable fuzz. Please help!

Jun 03, 2018
Me too!
by: Anonymous

The right side temple area. I've read the comments of others and have similarities with medications and stress. I'm American with a strong Italian heritage. I have the hair to prove it. Not happy about it (my hair, not my heritage).

Anyway, it's ridiculously thick and unmanageable frizzy curls. Then I discovered a hair straightener. I've never been happy with my hair! Then this dry patch happen. I've tried many hair products too, still trying. During this time I found a line of hair products that have made my hair healthier than it's ever been in my life, except that patch. I only notice a slight improvement in that area on days that are less humid. And I've changed the way I have my hair cut.

I now have short choppy layers. I wash my hair before bed, letting it dry some naturally. Then pull my hair back in a scrunchy. In the morning, I have a natural wavy look to my hair, weather depending, the patch closely complies. Still you can definitely see the difference that my left side has healthy wavy hair and my right side , not so much. It looks like I styled my hair differently for each side. Ugh!

May 25, 2018
Me too!!!
by: Anonymous

I have the same issue with a few of the other ladies. I have straight hair. 8 months ago a small area of hair became frizzy/ kinky. It’s located near my left temple. I’ve been using the same hair dye for 10 years, live in the same city my entire life, same job, no recent vacations abroad. I wash my hair maybe once a week and typically let it air dry. I am menopausal (about 2 years). The only "new" medication I started on was prozac, about 1 year ago. My weight, diet and lifestyle is the same. No other new meds or major life changes. I am 5’5", Caucasian, 108 lbs.

Apr 21, 2018
RE: crinkly hair
by: Anonymous

Thanks for sharing. I can certainly relate to anxiety. I was in some period and it did change the texture of my hair on sides... more rough and frizzy. But now its changed back to almost what it was.

Apr 18, 2018
crinkly hair
by: Anonymous

So I came here 2 years ago, looking for a solution because I had the exact same problem. I have thick, long hair which had been healthy until a patch of it turned freakishly crinkly. Well today, I noticed that my hair was soft and smooth like it had been before. Now I'm not sure if it's related, but I can't think of anything since nothing else has changed.

I started taking SAM-e a month ago due to my severe anxiety and my "brain fog". Amazingly, it cleared up those two things AND the chronic pain/fatigue I had been having. I read up on SAM-e and realized that it is also good for Fibromyalgia. For some reason, I never stopped to consider that my symptoms were abnormal because I blamed them on my years of working a night shift. Now, I'm amazed how much more functional I feel.
I actually would not be surprised if my hair problems were related because I now can see how ill my body/mind was.

Now before you start taking something based on some comment on the internet, don't be like me and ask your doctor since there are potential side effects. I can't stress that enough.

Anyways, my guess is that it's related to some kind of deficiency that goes beyond taking a multivitamin. Again, be careful. I put out some extra info since anxiety seems to be a common issue, just in case someone else can relate.

Apr 10, 2018
crinkly patch
by: Anonymous

Ive had it for 10 years, I had twins and I also had a ton of stress and I had that Brazilian blowout, after ALL that I have one spot top left back of my head where ALL the hair grows crinkly , dry, breaks off easily...I hate it...I drink a TON of water to combat it....the rest of my hair feels better but my patch is always bad.

Apr 07, 2018
frizzy patches
by: Anonymous

I have the same as all these other poor souls...no change in anything...doesn't matter if long or short...its been kinky/frizzy for about 9 months...I wonder if it is hormonal changes? Anyone?

Mar 10, 2018
You are not alone
by: Anonymous

it seems there's no answer to this problem.
I feel this frizzy dried random sections of hair may be caused by dehydration so I am trying to drink a lot of water but then why only few sections of my hair rather than whole? It's cutting itself whenever I brush it during shower because it's so dried and weak. when dried it looks fried and appears zig-zag like. Driving me nuts. please somebody give me answer to this problem ugh

Feb 25, 2018
same issue years ago
by: Mel

I have wavy/curly hair and I had this issue when I was 10-11. I know people say it’s because of stress but I don’t think I was stressed at that age. Also back at that time I wasn’t even using straighteners/blow driers. That small part of my scalp was pink and my hair was like burnt. After 3-4 years, it became normal but still I don’t know what caused my hair to be like that. It’s so strange.

Jan 18, 2018
Patches of stress
by: Anonymous

There is no doubt that stress play an important role in how your hair behave. During stress, depending on individuals or body strength and genetics, hairloss, frizzy patches and even bold spots can appear. You can keep feeding your body with all sorts of protein, biotin and Vitamin B - But stress is not without impact. Exercise, do meditation and calm yourself down and you will create balance.

Dealing with Sudden Hair Loss Through Stress Busting

Jan 16, 2018
Hair fuzz
by: LeeseeLoo

I have had the same fuzzy course patch of hair to the side of my crown. I have tried a million natural things to try and help it without any success. I've searched what it could be caused from and haven't found any answers yet.

I feel the common theme here is stress. I am 38 with too much stress, hashimotos, PCOS and suffer with anxiety. I'd love to know if there is more things in common with those who have this annoying patch of hair.

Jan 09, 2018
I have the same problem
by: Anonymous

I have fine, thin, wavy hair and tangles have never been a big problem. But a couple of years ago I started noticing that a patch of hair in the back right part of my scalp was growing very matted and frizzy. The scalp area from which it grows covers about 3 in. diameter. I get a big ball of matted hair that I have to pry apart, which leaves pure frizz. In my case, the hair grows normally for a couple of inches, but at the ends it goes wacko. When I examine one of these hairs, it looks smooth around the root but then it starts kinking and bending and curling with no pattern.

I have no idea why or when this started before I discovered it. Several years ago I did use an over-the-counter straightener that really messed up my hair (which has since been pulled by the company because a lot of people complained). I've wondered if this caused damage at the follicle. Or if something else has caused the shape of the follicle to be altered or damaged (but then why are the first couple of inches of hair okay)?

Glad to see that I'm not the only one with this odd problem. Hope that someone comes up with a solution for us, or even a medical explanation would be nice.

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'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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