Uneven Curls/Waves - Haircut Ideas

Hi curlies!

I'm really frustrated with my hair right now and as usual, I turn to you guys for help. I am currently BSL with face framing layers and I want to grow more, not as much as waist but to the midback area. But I hate how it looks!

My upmost layer is 3a, the middle is 2c/2b and the bottom is 1c. This straight layer always hangs down limply while the 3a's on top spring up. I am thinking of a long-layered cut, because I can non-heat style it better with braids, buns and what-not but I'm afraid that when I wear it naturally the bottom layer will stick out even more. As it is, the overnight styling methods do not work at all and I do not have time in the mornings to wash my hair. I love one length hair for braids but I like wearing it down more.

I will head to my stylist for henna on thursday and I need to make up my mind by then.

Please share your thoughts / ideas / experiences, I'm desperate
Priestess Brigit of the Moonlight Oracle in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

Type: Mix of 1c/2c/3a , fine-ish medium, ii/iii, normal porosity
Lenght: U-Shaped BSL
Goal: Wavy and clumpy waist length hair

Last edited by Domino; 04-23-2013 at 05:36 AM.
I think the straighter, longest layer needs to basically be hardly longer than the bit that lies on top of it. You can have a tiny bit hanging down, but so little that it won't show that it doesn't wave or curl like the rest. It may wave up a bit more as it is cut shorter though. Because it is less wavy it won't bulk out the bits overlying it too much. Probably, I'm no expert! Then your wavy layer over that, then the topmost/curly layer not taken too short as it will spring up more. Show the stylist the difference in spring factor on your hair, also you could take some pics that are typical to reinforce the point.
UK based wavy

Mostly waves, but curls and straight bits too!
Fine to medium, high porosity, medium density, very low elasticity
Highlights damage (growing it out), seems to like protein and need lots of moisture.

Cleanse - CJDF, trying out low poos ; Co wash- Uk chemist brands, Urtekram Rose or Aloe, Hairveda Amala Cream Rinse; RO - varies, Tigi Moisture Maniac, Desert Essence Coconut ; Leave in - Keracare natural textures; Sealant - argan oil
Trying out new things, still looking.
Thank you for your reply! Going in with my hair styled as usual and showing the stylist the different curl patterns is a nice idea, I usually throw it up in a bun since it will be hennaed when I go there. The thing is, I want some choppy, uneven and blunt layers for that messy, "just got out of bed looking this good" kind of hair. That may be simply impossible for my hair with the curliest layers though.

Any other advice or ideas are greatly appreciated.
Priestess Brigit of the Moonlight Oracle in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

Type: Mix of 1c/2c/3a , fine-ish medium, ii/iii, normal porosity
Lenght: U-Shaped BSL
Goal: Wavy and clumpy waist length hair

Last edited by Domino; 04-23-2013 at 05:35 AM.
One thing that isn't exactly to do with what you asked but worth mentioning, is to ask for no razoring and thinning shears. It is a personal choice but most people find razoring makes curly hair look frizzy and stops it clumping properly. You probably already knew that but just thought I'd mention. Also this thread might give you some ideas if you haven't seen it -

What Should I Tell My Stylist?
UK based wavy

Mostly waves, but curls and straight bits too!
Fine to medium, high porosity, medium density, very low elasticity
Highlights damage (growing it out), seems to like protein and need lots of moisture.

Cleanse - CJDF, trying out low poos ; Co wash- Uk chemist brands, Urtekram Rose or Aloe, Hairveda Amala Cream Rinse; RO - varies, Tigi Moisture Maniac, Desert Essence Coconut ; Leave in - Keracare natural textures; Sealant - argan oil
Trying out new things, still looking.
Absolutely no razors for me! I had it done once and hated my hair for 3 years. If anything, I want my layers to be cut randomly with scissors. But as I've said I'm not sure how that would look with the straight pieces at the nape. Maybe I'll just go for it! or maybe not.
Priestess Brigit of the Moonlight Oracle in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

Type: Mix of 1c/2c/3a , fine-ish medium, ii/iii, normal porosity
Lenght: U-Shaped BSL
Goal: Wavy and clumpy waist length hair
I have the exact same curl type as you, My top most layer is all super curly 3a and below that is the 2c and even below that is all the 2a's. I always self cut my hair. But the way I do it is, I do put a lot of layers in the 2c-2a,I would put in layers in the 3a , but not anything dramatic.

The reason I do it this way is because of the curl pattern, my almost level cut hair would even look like I have had some layers after I have styled it - because of the different curl pattern, If that makes any sense at all.

Hope this information helps
3a with some 2a-2c, Medium/Low Porosity
Co-wash:deva no-poo/Vo5 kiwi
Detangle:Suave
Leave-in:Shea Moisture/GVP conditioning Balm/AOHSR

Since long hair- I finger twist in big chunks, which helps till 5th day hair
Gel:LA sports
Plop: Old T-shirt for 15 minutes ,diffuse
I think you need to have a stylist who you can tell what you want and they will know how to achieve it. If you don't have confidence in your stylist or you think he/she is the reason your hair isn't the way you want it, you may want to look for a new stylist.

Have you tried looking on this website for hair stylists in your city?

I agree with what someone else said about the longest layer - shouldn't hang much longer than the ones above it. You want your layers to blend.
Sdkitty, I actually like my stylist but I don't really want a style that will just look natural. I want something I can make into a more glamourous curly look or a more messy bedhead look depending on my mood. I need versatility really...so I don't actually know what it is exactly that I want. Scary, I know

But the way I do it is, I do put a lot of layers in the 2c-2a,I would put in layers in the 3a , but not anything dramatic.
Originally Posted by CurlyIndianGirl
Wow that must require an amazing skill! I cut my own hair too but I never tried cutting in layers myself. Could you please explain it a bit more?
Priestess Brigit of the Moonlight Oracle in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

Type: Mix of 1c/2c/3a , fine-ish medium, ii/iii, normal porosity
Lenght: U-Shaped BSL
Goal: Wavy and clumpy waist length hair
Definitely no thinning shears! I live in Asia and wavy/curly hair isn't as common so at this one place they cut my hair as if it were straight w/ thinning shears. It was horrible! This was 7 months ago and it still looks bad. The short layers were WAY short bc of the spring (duh!) like up to my eyes and wouldn't clump and I had like this weird singular wave by my eyes that looked like a ram. It also somehow took the wave out of my underlayers as well, so maybe no heavy debulking for you?
Remember Evangeline Lilly's hair from Lost? That's what I'm aiming for, but I'm not sure if I can get it. Also, I don't really know how to explain this to my stylist, I feel like showing the picture would not be enough.

Here's a nice look:
http://czadowo.com/wp-content/galler...ne-Lilly-9.JPG
Priestess Brigit of the Moonlight Oracle in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

Type: Mix of 1c/2c/3a , fine-ish medium, ii/iii, normal porosity
Lenght: U-Shaped BSL
Goal: Wavy and clumpy waist length hair

Last edited by Domino; 04-24-2013 at 05:25 PM.
Going to the hairdresser's now, wish me luck!

ETA: It turned out lovely! Thanks everyone for guiding me, if I hadn't asked specifically the stylist would have used razors and I don't want to think about the consequences!
Priestess Brigit of the Moonlight Oracle in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

Type: Mix of 1c/2c/3a , fine-ish medium, ii/iii, normal porosity
Lenght: U-Shaped BSL
Goal: Wavy and clumpy waist length hair

Last edited by Domino; 04-25-2013 at 02:05 PM.

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