convince me to go short or grow long.. :)

I'm in the process of growing out and annoyed with it right now, having the same problem that I spend tons of time and it never looks awesome. However, I'm in the layer it or let it get longer camp. I LOVE your hair. I think the color and curl in the pics and your avatar are awesome. In frustration of spending too much time on my hair and being late to work, I've been trying the less is more routine. Wet, CO wash if I'm feeling itchy and scrunch in some leave in. Plop to keep it out of the way while I'm getting ready and go. I lose some curl but I'm frizz free and doing great.
That said, a short cut would look very cute, but I'm definately in the let it grow camp as I'm eternally jealous of your curls.
Hair type: 2a/b, medium to fine texture, medium to high porosity (I think!)
Routine: Occasionally wash with Lavender baby shampoo. CO wash with Garnier triple nutrition conditioner, use a nickel sized blob as a leave in, scrunch out a little water, scrunch in some aloe gel (FOTE), then scrunch in some Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee (BRHG). Plop with a backwards turbie twist for 10 min - to overnight.
CG since 23 May 2009! (with some minor slips)
What do you guys think is going on in that picture? Is it a lot of layers going right up to "bang length"? I like it but I have no clue what exactly it is xD
Originally Posted by lody
It looks to me like layers throughout, and an angled bang that starts a little further back towards the crown? Maybe you could find a good recommendation on this site for curly stylists in your area.

I think some added layers (and maybe bangs like the pic) would help shave some time off your routine--it would still look long, but there would be less actual hair to deal with.
That cut looks like a lot of layering throughout to me, much like I usually wear mine, except for the front. I might try styling the front that way next time.

SF Bay Area, CA * "The Angel-Goddess-Guru of Haircoloring"
3b/c/a mix. medium texture, low porosity
* pw: just4curlies
* My Motto: Strand Test!
some hair pics
-- gone, but never forgotten.
Hey lody

I'm wanting another 6 to 8 inches all the way around, so I would tell you to keep it nice and long. let it grow more. here is mine.

DON'T CUT YOURS



My long curls
Hi Lody, I think your hair "done" looks good, and does look like a hairstyle, not just long hair.

I've had superlong, bald, everything in between, all the colors too, except yellow, never did yellow.

I think that one thing to remember about medium-bob-ish hair is that it's common? So you have all this length now, and you want a style, it seems better to at least try leveraging what you have that is spectacular (length and curls) in your new hairstyle.

So I am very firmly in the Try Layering First camp. And less firmly in the Professional Haircut camp.

When I got a lot of layers cut into my hair, the drying time dropped very dramatically. Takes half as long or even less time now. A good stylist can take out a lot of hair and still make it look like you have a lot of hair. And you would get some shape and different style that way, and also from a practical standpoint you know you don't have to cut long hair nearly as often as short hair, the haircuts last a lot better.

Strong features, though? They look fine with short hair, to me.

And remember, hair grows, so it's kinda hard to make a mistake, you can always just let it grow back out.

Well those are my thoughts.
2c / C / iii (FIA)
Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

Shoulder-Length now.

Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)

Henna!
I guess I really need to get over my fear of salons! I've debated layers for a while but I cannot cut them myself and there are so many rules for them... "not too short, NO RAZORING/feathering/etc, very blocky, blaahblabla" that I fear trying to tell a hair stylist that.
Actually now that I think about it, unless I by luck pick a very good stylist, they'll most likely "trim" the bottom by at least an inch or so if I don't ask specifically not to, right? So I might well end up with shorter hair anyway xD
3a in Paris
I use:
Garnier Ultra Doux conditioners
High in glycerin conditioners
As much gel as possible
Testing out flax seed gel
Plopping, for around 30 minutes
Pixiecurl drying
Pineappling

When you do go to the salon to find a new stylist, ask for a consultation first (it's usually free). Ask the questions you mentioned, and any others, and see if you feel comfortable and if the stylist really listens to you. I found a few wonderful stylists over the years this way (unfortunately had to move and lost them)--- and I've gone running from several after consultations with some of them!

Good luck and keep us posted.

SF Bay Area, CA * "The Angel-Goddess-Guru of Haircoloring"
3b/c/a mix. medium texture, low porosity
* pw: just4curlies
* My Motto: Strand Test!
some hair pics
-- gone, but never forgotten.
The mom in me says "you can always cut more, but you can never add back what you cut." When did I become so boring?!

I do think you can easily wear a much shorter cut and I think it would open up your face. Maybe do it gradually so you don't have super hair shock? Then again, nothing is as fun as a drastic change (so says the girl who has been known to go from mid-back length to Keri Russell short style in a matter of minutes )

Also - +1 on the stylist consult. Remember they work for YOU! I can't wait to see what you decide to do - you have lovely hair.
Sulfate & Silcone Free since July 2009
2C-3A normal to high (ends) porosity, medium texture, lower end of med density
Currently experimenting with Water Only Washing and dropping stylers

Negative on: AOHR, mineral oil
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Have you thought more about it? Have you had any promising consultations? Let us know what you decide to do!

SF Bay Area, CA * "The Angel-Goddess-Guru of Haircoloring"
3b/c/a mix. medium texture, low porosity
* pw: just4curlies
* My Motto: Strand Test!
some hair pics
-- gone, but never forgotten.
Have you thought more about it? Have you had any promising consultations? Let us know what you decide to do!
Originally Posted by CurliLocks
I have thought about it but done nothing yet, since I have spent a ton of money lately (well, not THAT bad, but I'll feel better if I hold off for a month or so before spending more "looks" money ). In the meantime, I'll try to find a salon that will cut my hair nicely. I'm thinking of asking for slightly shorter (just a bit) with layers, and then depending on what I feel with the layers, going to "long bob" length a few months later, or not.
3a in Paris
I use:
Garnier Ultra Doux conditioners
High in glycerin conditioners
As much gel as possible
Testing out flax seed gel
Plopping, for around 30 minutes
Pixiecurl drying
Pineappling

That sounds like a good plan. Good luck!

SF Bay Area, CA * "The Angel-Goddess-Guru of Haircoloring"
3b/c/a mix. medium texture, low porosity
* pw: just4curlies
* My Motto: Strand Test!
some hair pics
-- gone, but never forgotten.

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