Contemplating a cut...need opinions please! *UPDATED WITH PICS!*

Ok, you've got to know that all us girls with hair we can't get to grow past our shoulders are banging our heads on our keyboards screaming "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" You're hair is absolutely gorgeous.

That said, I totally understand the need for a change once in awhile, and I'm sure it will be beautiful if you decide to go for the cut!
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Type: 3a and 3B mix, fine, high-med porosity, low density on top (uhg), medium in back...
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I vote no. I think your hair is freakin phenomenal. Mine is almost halfway down my back, & my goal is another 6 inches or so.

If your hair is to your waist, maybe go to just below your shoulder blades, but I wouldn't go any shorter than that. I did it once before & went home in tears, will never do it again.

Just my too sense.
Laura
3b
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Do it incrementally. I had waist length hair (tush length actually) from 13 to 31.... I went up by inches til I found a length I liked.

The poster who suggested a trim was on target, IMO. Sometimes that freshening up springs my hair to life!
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I vote for BSL. That's how long my hair is (when wet), and it still looks like long hair without overwhelming me. Ideally, hair should frame and draw attention to your face, rather than stealing attention away from it (which can easily happen if hair is too long).
hair type: 2B/3A
low poo: Elucence moisture; Elucence clarifying (after swimming)
condish: CJ smoothing; CJ argan; CJ repair me; CJ curl rehab; CJ strengthening (summer only)
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summer styling: CJ CCCC lite + CJ Curl Queen
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Easy does it BB - go for incremental and that way you'll have no regrets. I've just had my annual trim and know that removing a little weight will make all the difference. I've gone for bra strap length this time.
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Do it in increments. I went from BSL... longer when straight to a bob and I HATE it. If it isn't cut every other month I get that weird looking stage where it really isn't a bob anymore. I miss my long hair and now it will take about 3-4 years to grow out. Oh well... now I know better when the itch hits me next time.

Post pics if you do... your hair is absolutely beautiful!!!
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Wow. Hey there stranger! I guess your business is ROCKIN! and your too busy to visit!

I say cut just shorter than bsl. You have such great hair, but I understand your worry about losing curl. I think that you may be pleasantly surprised.

Mix of 3s, thick, coarse, medium porosity

Current hair styling technique: rake with a scrunch at the end. (works with my coarse hair)

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Mrs. S...back from vaca and reporting for duty!

What I'm thinking is this...

Will removing some of those old ends help with the overall condition and health of your hair, as well as your tangling issues? Yes.

Will taking some of the weight off help with your styling routine and the end result? Most likely.

Do I think you should do anything drastic? Not on your life.

I spend a good deal of my time talking clients down off the ledge, especially in the summertime I think if you are having the issues you talked about, you should definitely consider getting some of it cut off, but as so many have already advised here...slow and steady will win this race.

Your hair is so long, I think initially taking 4"-6" off the length will be quite enough to gain some improvement in your hair's condition, while still making you feel like you "did something" without going too far.

After that, if you regret removing any of your length, you won't have removed so much of it that it will take to two years for you to regrow it back...and what will grow back will be much healthier. If you really like it, however, then you can re-evaluate at that time if you want to continue removing more of it.

Just my $.02
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Welcome back, Tiffany! I hope your vacation was WUNNERFUL!!

And thank you SO much for your input. I think I'll be starting with taking off 4" or so...that should pull it up around or just above BSL for me. My ultimate goal is to remove dead ends that were colored WAY back when, because I think they are my main culprit when it comes to tangling. Plus I would really love to be able to wash, plop, and wear on the same day instead of having to wash the night before and plop for 12+ hours to get optimum curl formation. I think it's just time to lighten everything up a bit - I could use a little update on the "timeless" long hair 'do. Looks like I'll be giving my stylist a call tomorrow!

And thanks to everyone who added to the pot - it's all food for thought!!
BB


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Botticelli Botanicals Lime in the Coconut Butter
Just remember. If there are no pictures up, we will be a very unhappy group of ladies. ; )
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Oh, don't worry - I will put up before and afters! It may take a few days before I get get good at styling the new 'do, but I will get some up!

Appointment is for tomorrow at 10!
BB


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BSL/Mid Back, thick 3a/b

Botticelli Botanicals Meringue
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Botticelli Botanicals Styling Mudd w/ double avocado oil and double agave
Botticelli Botanicals Lime in the Coconut Butter

Last edited by BotticelliBabe; 07-17-2009 at 12:41 PM. Reason: Didn't have my appointment time right!
Wow yay, even I am excited lol idk why!
Be SUUUUURE to post pics!
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I would go 4" tops. As we all know 4"= 6-7" in the curly girl world!!
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NEW PICS
Initial reaction while getting the haircut: She always cuts my hair dry, but she does brush it out. Oh well - it's always come out good in the past, so I don't complain. We took off about four inches, and it really didn't look like much was taken off at all. It now comes just below BSL when wet.

Reaction while in the shower: I'm using half as much conditioner, and WOW do the tangles just slide right out! I did a baking soda brown sugar scrub on my scalp, and a vinegar rinse just because I hadn't in months - thought it might be time.

Reaction while styling:
I use a little less Gelee than I used to, but what a difference! It seems to be at just the right length for optimal plopping and curl for me, and the ends don't come apart and reclump oddly like they used to. This should really help with tangles once it's dry! Oh - and I'm sure it's still plenty long to pineapple at night.

I'm plopping right now, and as much as I want to take it down tonight and see, I'll be a good, patient curly and wait until tomorrow so as not to disturb anything else in my routine. Thus, there will be new haircut pics posted tomorrow, I do believe!
BB


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BSL/Mid Back, thick 3a/b

Botticelli Botanicals Meringue
Botticelli Botanicals Smoothie
Botticelli Botanicals Styling Mudd w/ double avocado oil and double agave
Botticelli Botanicals Lime in the Coconut Butter
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Ok, here are the pics from the unveiling this morning!

The first one is a bit dark, but you can see how soft my hair is (the flash tends to make it look more coarse than it really is), and you can really see the definition and excellent curl formation, too.

The cut really took a lot of dead weight off of my hair, and now I have fairly uniform curl all the way to the roots! Obviously, it's still long - she only took off 3-4 inches from the overall length - but it feel like it's out of my way more, and looks so much thicker and healthier. I didn't want to admit that my ends were getting a little thinned, and I was clinging to unhealthy hair that really just needed to go.

So, that said, here are a couple of pics (sorry they are a little big - the rest are in my fotki!)



BB


http://www.BotticelliBotanicals.etsy.com
BSL/Mid Back, thick 3a/b

Botticelli Botanicals Meringue
Botticelli Botanicals Smoothie
Botticelli Botanicals Styling Mudd w/ double avocado oil and double agave
Botticelli Botanicals Lime in the Coconut Butter
It looks great! Healthy and still very long!
3b | low-normal porosity (still confused, definitely not high porosity) | med to coarse texture

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Thanks!! I know these pics aren't the greatest, so next time I wash and style again, I'll try and get some better pics in more natural light. It looks (and feels!) even better than the pics show!
BB


http://www.BotticelliBotanicals.etsy.com
BSL/Mid Back, thick 3a/b

Botticelli Botanicals Meringue
Botticelli Botanicals Smoothie
Botticelli Botanicals Styling Mudd w/ double avocado oil and double agave
Botticelli Botanicals Lime in the Coconut Butter
It looks great, and it's really hard to see that it is all that much shorter!
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
It looks great, and it's really hard to see that it is all that much shorter!
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
Ditto!
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CG from 21-05-09 2nd try!
Conditioners: Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose, Aubrey Organics GPB Protein
Stylers: CJ CCCC, CJ AFG, KCCC
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