How would this hairstyle look on me? (Layers/side swept bangs)

I have naturally curly hair that I wear straight. My old hair stylist cut it into layers and I didnít like it. It wasnít that good of a job and it would curl up at the end (only very slightly) and that would bother me. Now Iíve started growing it out one length and I donít like that. It has no style to it, itís just boring. So I want layers again and side swept bangs. When she cut the side swept bangs, it was too long and went right into my eye and blocked it off. Talk about awful I found a new hair stylist and he seems really good. Heís booked till August right now. I found what I want but I just want to know if it would work on me. If it would look good. I know it will probably curl up but Iíll just touch it up every morning when the flat iron, itís not that big of a deal. Iím mainly concerned about being able to wear ponytails and braids. I would leave the bangs down but I donít know if the layers would fit into the ponytails and braids and I wouldnít want to consistently wear it down. What are your thoughts? Would it look good on me? Is this a good hairstyle for me?

Hereís what I want:
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Hereís my curly hair:
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Hereís how it looks when my old hair stylist straightened it. My flat iron (even though itís the same brand as her) doesnít work the same. Her flat iron (GHD) was really hot and made it perfectly straight with one pass. Mine isnít that hot and just makes it frizzy. Itís the GHD original that I have. She had a hot pink GHD. Not sure what the problem is.
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Very hot flat irons cause way more damage anyway, your hairdresser may not care because it's a one off but you'd more likely notice if you intend to iron daily.

Is your hair bone dry when you start - preferably dried the day before - and are you using a good heat protection? Those will affect the results and the level of damage.
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Sorry but I prefer you with curly hair, your face suits the body and volume, it brings out your pretty eyes.
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I have to agree. I'd kill for that kind of curl!! I think straightening it all the time will be a chore. I also think if you get those long layers it will make your curl better.
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Very hot flat irons cause way more damage anyway, your hairdresser may not care because it's a one off but you'd more likely notice if you intend to iron daily.

Is your hair bone dry when you start - preferably dried the day before - and are you using a good heat protection? Those will affect the results and the level of damage.
THE NATURAL HAVEN: Straightening Facts :How hot is too hot?
http://www.hairfree.bz/Article.pdf

Sorry but I prefer you with curly hair, your face suits the body and volume, it brings out your pretty eyes.
Originally Posted by Firefox7275

I don't flat iron daily. It lasts for about 3 days. I would just be touching it up a little daily if it curls up. Yes, it is completely dry before I flat iron. My hair stylist didn't use heat protection. She used Moroccan Oil Treatment which is full of cones and a little bit of oil. My hair stylist straightened it over and over and I didn't notice any damage except from the round brush (where she pulled all the hair out) and my curls didn't curl the same. But it wasn't really dry or anything like that. Even though she didn't, I will be using heat protectant when I straighten. What's a good heat protectant to use? Preferably one that is fragrance free or has a light fragrance, I'm sensitive to smells.

And thank you, that's nice of you to say. However, I like straight hair and it gives me more confidence and makes me happy. I was just trying to figure out if this hairstyle will work for me or if I should get longer layers with the side fringe instead of the shorter ones in the picture.
I have to agree. I'd kill for that kind of curl!! I think straightening it all the time will be a chore. I also think if you get those long layers it will make your curl better.
Originally Posted by chupie
Well thank you! But we all have different tastes and I prefer straight hair. Even my mom, who loves curly hair, agrees that straight hair looks better on me and more feminine and brings out my features. And that I look more happy and confident with it. I've never been confident with curly hair. I can't talk to people, I stare at the ground. With straight hair, I hold my head high and my walk is totally different. I think it's important to go with what makes a person more confident. Someone can have the most gorgeous curls in the world but at the end of the day, they are the one who is going to be wearing it and they have to be happy and confident with it.
I'm just saying layers might actually make your hair more curly. It doesn't sound like you want that.
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I actually like your hair straight.

The thing is though, if you're going to wear your hair straight, I don't see the point of being on this forum. You can get better advice on heat protectants and straight cuts elsewhere.
I think you look good with your hair both ways. Although confidence breeds attractiveness, so it should come as no surprise that both you and your mother find you more attractive when you wear your hair straight. I don't know if this is the worst place to learn tricks to wear your hair straight, seeing as how many of us used to fight our curls before we put down the heat tools and started cultivating the curlage. So I got layers put in last February. They're awesome, but yes, with those kinds of layers it would be trickier to braid or ponytail. My best advice to you would be bobby pins. If you get the blond ones to camoflauge with your hair you could pull back chunks of fame framing pieces that don't make it into the braid or tail and secure them against the scalp. As for the flat iron, I recommend the babybliss pro or the Chi irons. (Not sure about the GHD.) Try to stay out of the 400* zone if you can. Your curls are loose enough you might be able to avoid it anyways and still have perfectly straight hair. And use a really good heat protectant with silicones in it.
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I actually like your hair straight.

The thing is though, if you're going to wear your hair straight, I don't see the point of being on this forum. You can get better advice on heat protectants and straight cuts elsewhere.
Originally Posted by Jessiebanana
Well thank you, glad you agree. Actually this site is for people with naturally curly hair which I have, hence the title. There's even a straightening section and keratin treatment section.
I think you look good with your hair both ways. Although confidence breeds attractiveness, so it should come as no surprise that both you and your mother find you more attractive when you wear your hair straight. I don't know if this is the worst place to learn tricks to wear your hair straight, seeing as how many of us used to fight our curls before we put down the heat tools and started cultivating the curlage. So I got layers put in last February. They're awesome, but yes, with those kinds of layers it would be trickier to braid or ponytail. My best advice to you would be bobby pins. If you get the blond ones to camoflauge with your hair you could pull back chunks of fame framing pieces that don't make it into the braid or tail and secure them against the scalp. As for the flat iron, I recommend the babybliss pro or the Chi irons. (Not sure about the GHD.) Try to stay out of the 400* zone if you can. Your curls are loose enough you might be able to avoid it anyways and still have perfectly straight hair. And use a really good heat protectant with silicones in it.
Originally Posted by dusalocks
That's very helpful, thank you! I've tried a Chi before and I didn't care for it. How does the babybliss pro work? Does it get hair perfectly straight? Do you have a recommendation for a good heat protectant? I can't seem to find one that works. Preferably one that is fragrance free or has a light fragrance.
Babybliss pro works the same as any other iron, only a lot more efficiently. It's the nano one. It's blue. You don't need as many passes with it and your hair comes out very shiny. It is really hard to find a fragrance free heat protectant, I think. There's the Moroccan Argan oil one that contains little to no Moroccan only but it's pricey and totally not worth it now that I know what I know. I think I liked biosilk and the Organix silicone serums the best for straightening. Do you deep treat, by the way? You might want to do that every week or every other week if you're gonna be flat ironing. It'll help prevent hair breakage. The babybliss will help too because you won't have to iron the same section so many times to get it straight.
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Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
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