#1: Help! At what point to get a trim when growing hair longer?
I've been trim-less since the end of January(the longest I've gone without a haircut for many years), except for trimming my own bangs. I've got some loss of shape going on, plus some raggedness on the ends and easy tangling of same, but I'm afraid to sacrifice any length right now. I realized the raggedy-ness and loss of shape when I combed out my hair and didn't apply any product on it after shampooing(this was prior to my recent coloring job at home). The back is now just below the shoulders, and the front pieces are nearing shoulder length in some places. Using gel(which I usually do anyway to enhance curl with my mixed-texture hair) hides the loss of shape somewhat, but I just don't know for how much longer! My hair is not really long enough to do anything other than use a headband/or rolled and tied bandanna thing to tie it back from my face. I tried doing a pony tail, but it looks awful, like an uneven brush, plus there are ends that aren't long enough to go into this! What to do - get a trim and sacrifice an inch or so, or look funky for another few months?
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