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Old 04-07-2010, 04:19 PM   #1
 
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hello everyone!
well i have decided to go from straightening my hair to getting a haircut! (my hair is fairly long, it goes to the middle of my neck)

i want to go to a salon, but I'm kind of confused about all of it. I'm terrible at maintaining my curly hair, and that's why i straighten it.

i was wondering if the stylist would help me with the daily styling and maintenance of the hair? do they do this or do they just cut your hair and send you on your way?

i have never gone anywhere else to get my hair cut besides supercuts. (the worst place ever)

i want to get the style in the pic. tell me what you think!
I'm an 18 year old guy with a fairly long face (which is why i want the haircut )
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:55 PM   #2
 
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Oooo... Yummy hair cut. I like it. As you know, curly hair needs to be treated very different from straight hair. This is a great place to start learning!

Check out the newbie threads in the hair forums and also check out the salon reviews (tab at the top of the window - two down from CurlTalk).

If you have the patience, it might be worth waiting for the cut until you get a bit more used to caring for your own curl. That way you'll get to know it and understand what it wants before you do a big cut. There's nothing worse than going from straightening to a major cut and not having a clue what to do with it. Besides, your hair probably needs a good bit of TLC after all the straightening. Once it's in good condition it will be a lot easier to get a nice cut since you'll know its habits.

Good luck!
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Old 04-07-2010, 06:29 PM   #3
 
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sadly i can't wait. i need to get a haircut for my job, as they require short hair (i hate businesses like this)
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In that case, I'd go for a good deep treatment to start. You can search the boards and internet on homemade treatments or just use a good thick conditioner. Depending upon how damaged your hair is from straightening you may need to do it a couple times. Basically, try to get it in to decent shape so it will be happier when it's cut. You'll be able to figure out more about what it needs and what works for it as you learn about your hairs characteristics. It may not look like you want it to when you get it cut but it will get there. Many people find that their curl seems to change as it continues to get what it needs and is able to go back to its natural state.

Then, get yourself a decent cheap gel to start with if you don't have anything at home. Check out these links for a start:

Top Favorite Gels - Can You List Them?

Curlies on a Budget...

No-fail flax seed gel - I finally did it...TWICE!

Then you'll have to go get a cut. Search the salon board for places in your area and the salon review tab for places. Feel free to post asking for recommendations in your area as well. If there's just nothing that comes up in time check out this link:

What Should I Tell My Stylist?

On second thought... Read the link regardless.

After you get it cut for work you can take more time learning about your own hair, what it likes and needs, product ingredients, and how to make it look its best!
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Old 04-08-2010, 02:39 PM   #5
 
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Oh, and a quick styling tip just to start with -

Keep your gel in the shower. Once you're ready to get out, scrunch the gel in while your hair is soaking wet. I usually lean to the side and upside-down so it's not all matted against my head. After that, take an old t-shirt and gently scrunch the excess water out. Again, you can lean to the side, upside-down, etc. if it helps the curls. Squeeze out as much as you can without frizzing it up. Then let it dry!

That will give you a good place to start getting the curls to form.
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Old 04-08-2010, 03:26 PM   #6
 
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hello everyone!
well i have decided to go from straightening my hair to getting a haircut! (my hair is fairly long, it goes to the middle of my neck)

i want to go to a salon, but I'm kind of confused about all of it. I'm terrible at maintaining my curly hair, and that's why i straighten it.

i was wondering if the stylist would help me with the daily styling and maintenance of the hair? do they do this or do they just cut your hair and send you on your way?

i have never gone anywhere else to get my hair cut besides supercuts. (the worst place ever)

i want to get the style in the pic. tell me what you think!
I'm an 18 year old guy with a fairly long face (which is why i want the haircut )
If a hairstylist has experience with textured hair , yes, they can carefully show you how to wash/dry and what products to add, and how to style and can suggest how often to come in for trims.

However, the trick is FINDING someone who can do curly hair.

My advice, find someone with hair like that. Really, start researching your hair salons in your area (see if anyone is recommended here online) and try to find a stylist with wavy/curly hair in a similar style. (I had a hairdresser for two decades with hair almost exactly like mine, so it made things so easy. She knew what would work or not when I was either half-curly or straigtening or whatever).


If the above recommendation seems unfeasible, then just do google searches for salons in your area. Someone will have done reviews to say if SOMEONE is great on wavy or curly hair.

I have been doing this since my stylist retired last month. Researching, looking for someone. I have a few recommendations I got from researching this site and google and other curl forums, and I will decide soon. Stressful, but also kind of an adventure, right?

Think of it as a quest..an adventure...and you can have fun.


If your hair texture is similar to that model's (thickness, wave pattern, etc), that should be an easy style to do/maintain as long as you use product and dry optimally for that sort of "loose" and casual sexy look. And as long as you like hair on your face.

Depending on your hair type, you might get away with just adding some good product to define and hold and let air dry--jouge and go!

Good luck.
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Old 04-08-2010, 03:31 PM   #7
 
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Oh, and a quick styling tip just to start with -

Keep your gel in the shower. Once you're ready to get out, scrunch the gel in while your hair is soaking wet. I usually lean to the side and upside-down so it's not all matted against my head. After that, take an old t-shirt and gently scrunch the excess water out. Again, you can lean to the side, upside-down, etc. if it helps the curls. Squeeze out as much as you can without frizzing it up. Then let it dry!

That will give you a good place to start getting the curls to form.
Big ditto on keeping gel near/in shower. I keep it just outside the shower door on a small round marble table (that used to hold plants, now holds hair products within reach).
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well, i got the haircut....its not exactly what i wanted but i like it. i might post pics if i find my camera D:
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well, i got the haircut....its not exactly what i wanted but i like it. i might post pics if i find my camera D:
Please do post pics! My son is a curly 13 and is looking for new styles too. I'm glad you like your cut.
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