11-12-2013, 08:46 PM
Join Date: Jul 2012
Help me "shape" my hair.
It's been 6 months since my last haircut, and it's growing out into a shapeless, frumpy, scraggly mess. I do plan on pursuing my first Deva cut sometime; however, unexpected car bills have made me put it off. In the meantime, I need a trim to shape-up the mess I've got.
For reference, the first photo shows one of my shorter cuts. I liked this cut because it seemed to give my usual flat top more volume and bounce. I'm currently trying to grow out my hair (maybe to bra-strap length if I can get it looking nice again). The next photos show my current hair. It's lost all shape and bounce as it's grown. It might not be apparent in the photos, but my hair is somewhat diamond shaped: flat on top, bigger around my chin, and scraggly at the ends. The back layers have a shelf-effect that I loath. I also feel like it looks dry, even thought it's not -- I try to do regular dt's and pt's. I know that the length is probably pulling out some of my waves, but I'm hoping if I can get a better cut, some of this will be alleviated.
So my question is...what kind of shape would be most flattering? My layers have grown out unevenly: should I ask for my layers to be more blended? I want to avoid the shelf-effect. Where should my shortest layers start? And what about face-framing layers? I had side-swept bangs for awhile before my stylist talked me into growing them out, but I don't know how flattering the current grown-out style is.
It's might also be important to note that I'm currently growing out a "texturized" cut. My hair was not texturized in the "before" picture, but this last cut, I forgot to remind my stylist not to texture, and she got the thinning shears going before I could stop her. She didn't texture a lot, but I'm sure it's still making an impact.
Any shaping advice that anyone can give would be great. I'm no longer loving my hair, and I'd sure love to love it again.
2a/b/c ~ high to normal porosity ~ medium density & texture
Lo-poo: SheaMoisture Moisture Retention, Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
Co-wash: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
Rinse-out/Leave-in: Yes to Cucumbers
Stylers: Kinky-Curly Curling Custard, Aussie Instant Freeze, Aussie Mousse
Sealer: Argan oil
DT: Olive oil, coconut oil, and honey with conditioner