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Old 05-24-2013, 12:38 PM   #1
 
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Question How to avoid too much forehead!

I know this must be a problem with a lot of people, as curlies dont generally have fringes...but i really hate how my forehead is just completely exposed. my forehead isn't big or wide, but the fact my hair is pushed back off of it, and my roots are so flat, it just annoys me, and i feel it could look nicer!...at the moment my hair is fairly long, i cant even remember the last cut and it seems to be in just 2 layers, the bottom layer being about an inch and a half above my belly button, and the other layer being about an inch shorter than that, my fringe is loooooong grown out. so i know there probably isnt a solution, apart from a haircut (which i dont want because getting layers will mean shorter hair, and shorter hair will mean tighter curls which i dont want) but how do i almost create the illusion of a side fringe, that sort of sweeps across my forehead, or just falls to the side of my forehead?!
i REALLY NEED suggestions, PLEASE HELP!
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I'm a curly and I have some sort of a fringe. I think it really depends on your hair whether you can give it a try or not. What does your hair look like?

I do have root curl but for some reason, my fringe looks really nice. It's sort of wavy but it suits my face very well. Why not consult a stylist and see what they think?
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how do you style it, does it sort of sweep across the face? somehow, i think my hair will spring up too much for a proper fringe, thats like cut as a fringe if you understand...
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Here's an older picture I posted before so you can see what my fringe looks like when it isn't too long yet:



I don't do anything special, actually. I'm not really a neat styler. I just make sure everything is covered with gel (FSG atm), scrunch, though I don't scrunch my fringe, and then let nature do it's job. I can go for in-between haircut trims to keep my fringe neat and at the right length. Doesn't cost me extra money, it's a service my salon offers
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your curl pattern seems to be a lot looser than mine, your fringe works well!
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A lot of curlies have face framing layers instead of bangs/ fringe, and that can help with root lift and softness without losing a lot of length or density. You don't have to have all over layers, but a trim every few months is good for hair health.

Do you clip the roots when drying for lift? Or dry roughly parted to one side then flip to the other? Kirby grips are good for pinning hair into an interesting or prettier shape.
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i was thinking i need face framing layers, but the problem is that the shorter my hair goes the more it springs up and causes a tighter curl, and i am currently growing it to make my curls looser... i just cant seem to win unfortunately...
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and at the moment ive been drying in a middle parting,but this just leads to flat roots, really flat roots...
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A lot of curlies have face framing layers instead of bangs/ fringe, and that can help with root lift and softness without losing a lot of length or density. You don't have to have all over layers, but a trim every few months is good for hair health.

Do you clip the roots when drying for lift? Or dry roughly parted to one side then flip to the other? Kirby grips are good for pinning hair into an interesting or prettier shape.
Firefox, thank you for saying this because now I finally know what bangs are! I could have consulted a dictionary but I kept forgetting. People have complimented me on my bangs and I thought they meant a specific type of curl. I had no idea.
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i was thinking i need face framing layers, but the problem is that the shorter my hair goes the more it springs up and causes a tighter curl, and i am currently growing it to make my curls looser... i just cant seem to win unfortunately...

and at the moment ive been drying in a middle parting,but this just leads to flat roots, really flat roots...
No offence but you are being rather negative, coming up with obstacles in every post instead of appearing to truly seek or be open to solutions. You don't sound like you really like your curls which is sad.

So don't part in the centre, don't part at all just encourage to one side then gently flip back when dry or partly dry. Or clip the roots as per the Devacurl or Ouidad systems.

And find a way of weighing down any sections that bounce up, for example not scrunching but smoothing product down that section or weighing the end down with a clip whilst drying. TBH it's quite nice having some curlier and some slightly less curly spots, it's natural because real curly hair is not perfectly uniform. It's not a problem, it's prettier than fake curling iron curls IMO.

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Also check out Curlywavydiane on YouTube, she has two methods of clipping the front of her hair to control the tighter curl she has there.
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im not coming up with obstacles, im telling it how it is... im not going to lie and say oh yes that is going to work when i know full well it wont, considering ive been trying to embrace my curly hair for possibly 1 and a half, 2 years or so..i appreciate the help, i just know my hair. and besides, rather than being told im negative, i was rather looking for for suggestions on how to prevent these issues im having, considering this is a website where curlies give one another tips...but thanks for the suggestions
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Okay, so you just realized, came to the realization, that you notice something about your hairstyle that you'd like to work on today. Congratulations. Good for you.

Now don't rush it. And don't obsess about it. Just affirm to yourself that there is an addition to your routine that you would like to begin working on.

Before you run out and get it cut, just let the idea soak in. Whenever you would normally wash and style your hair next, do it then, not before, because you will have time then for yourself to think about the style helping you to achieve it.

Don't part in the middle, think about your style while washing and conditioning, and visualize it as you are cleaning it. and sort of preset it while the conditioner is in, helping you to form the muscle memory to do the styling once you rinse.

Applying heat, method of product application, product actual usage I cannot say anything about. But don't force the style, gently coax it into place. Don't be afraid to use your fingers to gently place your fringe, tilting your head, and letting it grow a curl memory in that position. Then throughout the day, you can always, reform and touch up your style just using a tilt of the head and a finger movement across the fringe. Be easy, be light, be stylish, because this is one of those looks that is easy light stylish.

Think spring breeze, happy bouncy spirit. This is the time of the year to introduce some changes into your hair. Invite newness into your life. This could be a big step for you.
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If you want fringe/bangs, I would start by having them cut chin length (when pulled straight), then see how far they spring up. Then cut a little more, and see how they spring up again. That way your curls will end above your eyes, like "traditional" straight bangs.

If that makes them too curled or your taste, you could try weighing them down with a clip, like suggested above, or pull the curl a little and hit it with the blow dryer.

You can leave them a little longer, like side swept bangs. You can play with where you want your bangs to part, too. Slightly off center, or more of a side part, etc.

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You might think of posting a pic of yourself, and of styles you like that show an example of what you might be looking for.
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i have attached 2 files of what i would like my hair to be like, also, my curl pattern is 3a, with a extremely loose wave underlayer, medium width, low porosity and high density! i would really love to knnow how to achieve a fringe like this, or an illusion of a fringe like this!
ps my hair is of a similar pattern to taylors
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How to avoid too much forehead!-tay.jpg   How to avoid too much forehead!-tayt-2.jpg  

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Old 05-24-2013, 05:07 PM   #15
 
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I do something similar to that, I move the curls at the front to a side part when my hair is dry and use a jaw clip to hold the hair in place while I do my make up which let's the hair settle into position. You could also do a deep side sweep and use a bobby pin to hold the front section behind your ear for a faux fringe.

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I saw on the Deva site another clipping technique used to pull curls out (used on side swept bangs or face framing layers). That might do the trick. You place the clips at the end of the clump so it acts like a weight.

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Hi, Justdoingme:

I thought I posted early in this thread but it seems to have disappeared into cyberspace. I am so glad you wrote this post! I have the same issue, and did not know exactly how to put it, but you said it, too much forehead.

When I used to diffuse, I would do so upside down, and I was not CG and was not clipping my hair then, so I never had the "too much forehead" issue, cause my hair fell forward when I was diffusing upside down. However, I would get this "ccoelick" at the back of my head, something that Nora Ephron, in her last book, called an "aruba". Now I clip, and do a side part, and I dont have the aruba - I have too much forehead.

I had an easier time getting less forehead also when I had shorter layers around my face but my hair was not being cut or treated properly for curly hair. So I do think there are some tradeoffs. When I arrange my hair, when it is wet, I try to direct one side forward as much as possible and I leave a few strands hanging without clipping them. Hope this makes sense.
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PS in the pics you posted, TS has really long layers, or so it looks, so the weight of the layers closest to her face fall forward from the weight of the rest of her hair. My hair is not that long and esp the layers close to my face. I am growing them. They are the result of years of bad cuts.
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i part my hair to the side and had a cut that hides my forehead
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To get mine to side sweep I do finger twists to get a nice curl going and then I clip the to the side with a big duck bill clip. I leave it like that while I do makeup and dry the rest of my hair. I take the clip out when mostly dry and then I diffuse my hair upside down for a couple minutes so it doesn't stay too flat/plastered to my head. Most days it works. Unfortunately I cut my bangs shorter last time thinking I wanted more of an actual bang And now I have to grow out again. The side sweep was working best when my bangs were almost chin length when pulled straight. I struggle with flat roots too but I figure one challenge at a time. Lol!

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