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Old 08-11-2007, 08:23 PM   #1
 
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Okay, curlies, I'm having issues again. Long ones, apparently.

My hair is a bit longer than bsl right now, about to the tip of my breast (sorry, that's the best description I can figure out). It's around 2c/3a, with definite spirals around my face, waves w/ curly ends, kinda-spirally-if-u-look-down-them-and-become-curls-when-interlocked waves, and a straight underlayer (yup, that's my random head).

My idea of short right now is just above shoulder length - I view that as short because it would mean being unable to put my hair in a high ponytail or french twist type style. I really like those because they are so cute and easy for me to do, which I can't say about a lot of hairstyles.

Anyway, I know that people with my hairtype tends to lose curl when shorter, which makes me very sad with the additional springy spiraling I've seen just with a few days' attempt of the CG routine. (Still getting the hang of that one, the condish doesn't want to leave my scalp after but my hair is happy.)

However, going off to college in the fall may warrant a big hair change and I keep trying to tell myself, "It's just hair. It grows. You can join the growing-out club if you don't like it." But I just keep thinking, "The curls, the curls! What about the curls?!" My hair is likely to be just wavy at that length, and I absolutely adore the gorgeous hair of the wavies on here and around me IRL, but...losing curl!

ETA: Another issue I have is I love plopping and cannot stand having hair on my face or on the back of my neck. I know above shoulder length hair often can't plop. Eek!


What do you think, curlies? (I'm practically begging for you all to tell me I'm being silly and to just cut it. )

Thanks for sticking with me through this big ol' thread! Whew!
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Old 08-11-2007, 08:45 PM   #2
 
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Just a thought...what if you get it cut a little below shoulder length? You can always go shorter if you don't like it.
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Old 08-11-2007, 08:57 PM   #3
 
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Just a thought...what if you get it cut a little below shoulder length? You can always go shorter if you don't like it.
Heehee, the last time I wanted shorter hair I tried that, but it wound up being at my collarbone because "just below shoulder length" grew everytime I said it. Thanks for the suggestion, it's very happy-medium sounding but I think if I cut it short I want a definite change. Of course I pick the more extreme option.
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I have an inverted bob - shortest is nape of neck in back, longest is just below chin in front, and I happily plop every day

Don't know about curl difference though, I've not had my hair longer than this since going CG.
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Old 08-11-2007, 10:10 PM   #5
 
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I'm not really following why you want to cut your hair...
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I'm not really following why you want to cut your hair...
Because I've never had shoulder length hair before, it'd be less hair to deal with, it may be a nice change for going off to college, it'd be change, period, and I think short hair can look quite carefree and cute.
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My daughter went off to college last year and she says most kids roll out of bed right before class. I would think having hair long enough to pull back in a ponytail or short enough to not have to fuss with would be the easiest....

Sounds to me like you want a change -- so go for it! A nice bob, inverted or not, would look adorable no matter what the curl pattern. Just go to a decent hairdresser and make sure the length suits your face. Also discuss whether all one length or a few longer layers would be best for your curl pattern and face shape.

Good luck with your hair and college life!
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I'm not really following why you want to cut your hair...
Because I've never had shoulder length hair before, it'd be less hair to deal with, it may be a nice change for going off to college, it'd be change, period, and I think short hair can look quite carefree and cute.
I would think it ease of throwing it up in a ponytail would be better than cutting it shorter where you might need to fuss with it more before class.
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Old 08-12-2007, 10:03 AM   #9
 
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Yeah I've always found longer hair easier to deal with. There are tons of variations of ponytails, braids, twists and buns that can be done in just a few minutes and some a few seconds. With hair too short to put up then you'll be forced to fix it everyday.

I get some of my best compliments on days I was to lazy to fix it and just put up in a lazy updo.
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Old 08-12-2007, 11:40 PM   #10
 
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Thanks everyone for the ideas and the encouragement! I've been testing out updos and things paying attention to how much hair is really needed, and i think having the hair resting on my shoulders or just a liiiittle bit higher (I'll have to be very very clear about that) is the point when I can do the kinds of updos I want to (maybe with a few barettes at the bottom if I have issues, but I can even do that on the way to class) and there will be much less hair for me to deal with.

So, I'm going to book the appointment and find some pics of what I want so there is no confusion when I get there. Thank you again, curlies!!
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