Why am I so indecisive about my hair?

OK, so I'm going through some stuff with my mom's health right now, too, but I just can't make up my mind what to do with my hair. I have been going to a local stylist who does a great job straightening my hair (I know), but I think has thinned it out too much. She does well with the color, and I'm having a really good curly day today.

BUT I'm wanting to wear it curly more lately, and my mom's in Atlanta, and I made an appointment with an Atlanta stylist this week. This stylist cut my hair pretty well before (about 3 years ago), but she's 5 hours away and more expensive. The color is going to be MUCH more than I'm used to paying, and with hightlights, it will require more maintenance. I canceled my appointment with my local person for this week, and I MUST get color this week.

Pros of Atlanta: good curly stylist, good color, thickens my hair up
Cons of Atlanta: far away, expensive, won't cut bangs (which I need in winter when my hair is straighter), won't let my hair grow as long

Pros of home: close, good color, less expensive, lets my hair get really long, cuts bangs well
Cons of home: Thins hair too much, which can effect curl pattern, better at straight styles that I can't maintain in summer.

What should I do? Should I try to get in with my local person?
I'm not clear on what your goals for your hair are (other than the immediate color, good cut, etc)...how often do you go for color/cut? Every 6 weeks?

I say go with the Atlanta stylist if it would be twice a year, otherwise the distance and cost sounds like too much hassle. So if it's more than twice a year, then I say go with the local person, and see if you can get them to ease off on the thinning.

A nice solution would also be to go to the Atlanta person for a good summer cut, then tell your summer person to just maintain the cut (trim only) until you're ready for the straight styles again.

All that with a grain of salt, because I don't go to hair salons or stylists, too chicken!
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I know I was vague yesterday. (In crisis mode!) I want my hair to be longer. Right now it is 3 inches above bsl when dried curly. The problem is that my local stylist has thinned it so much that it looks like I have 3 spirals hanging down a good 4-6 inches past this big pile of curls. When straight, it looks fine. This is her salon's method of cutting, and what they are known for, so I don't think I'm going to talk her out of it.

To maintain highlights (considering that I also have to cover gray), I will have to go in every 6 weeks. That's a lot of driving. Unfortunately, my mind was made up for me, because I can't get in to see my local person until well after a vital trip that I have to make this week, and one I need to have my hair color done for (work-related---and I haven't had color in 8 weeks so my roots are scary). So Atlanta it is. I just hope everything will turn out OK.
Just to give you more options in Atlanta, did you know there are a few Deva trained stylists in Atlanta?? I can get the details if you want...I made an appt with one but then had to cancel because of work...
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