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Old 08-24-2012, 08:13 AM   #1
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Default Hi I'm very new!!!!!

Hi I have naturally curly hair and in the late 70's i used to wear it curly, but when my children were small i had my hair cut v short. For the past 5/6 years i have been growing it and straightening it, but the last few weeks i have decided to let it curl and i am surprised that it still goes curly i think its a 3A but not too sure. I love this forum and have found lots of tips which i share with my daughter who also has curly hair like me (her other 3 sisters have straight hair) My hair is just past my shoulders now - the longest i have ever had it in my life. My mum used to get my hair cut 'shaped to the head' when i was a child as it was so thick and unruly. So i have never had long hair and so i am not used to it!

Anyway my question is do you think i am too old to suddenly start doing this? I am 52. Also any tips on how to do the front of my hair/fringe as that just looks so weird i have tried not having any and pinning it off my face but that makes me look soooo old

Plus i live in the UK (liverpool) so would appreciate it if anyone knows any good hairdressers in this part of the world.

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sue xx
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:16 AM   #2
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You're never too old to do something that makes you feel pretty!

One of our most helpful and friendly members, raindear, joined us when she was 62! You can read about her here.

We're glad you're here, too!
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:22 AM   #3
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We do have a few other more mature members with lovely, long gray hair, too.
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:57 PM   #4
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Hi, suey! I started here two years ago at the ripe age of 52. You really can teach an old dog new tricks! I've learned tons here and continue to learn each time I visit the boards. We span all ages, races and textures but share a common bond in wanting to bring out the best in our curls.

I struggled with my bangs/fringe/hairline myself. I looked through hundreds of pictures of curly hairstyles and tried different styling methods. Sometimes I'm happy with it, sometimes I'm not. We're our own worst critics!
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Old 08-25-2012, 05:55 AM   #5
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I've worn my hair wavy/curly since my late 20's--I'll be 61 in November. Never used product until I started lurking on nc.com a little over 5 years ago. Now, I'm a product strumpet. I've learned so much here. I started out as a winter wavy/summer 3a. Now my hair looks like my signature picture all year around.

It's never too late.
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Old 08-25-2012, 08:49 AM   #6
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Cool Welcome

I've always worn my hair curly and I'm 52 about to be 53. I had a stroke 2 1/2 years ago and the nurses had to shave my head. (imagine waking up bald). I've been growing my hair out and I want it long again.
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:15 AM   #7
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Hi Suey,
I just wanted to mention a curly hair dresser for you. A lot of ladies on the Britishcurlies site like him. His name is Matthew James and he is based in Birmingham (just a train ride away). He has been trained by Lorraine Massey and as far as my research shows, he is the only person based in the UK who is trained to do the devacut. I went to him but he doesn't do my hair type (3c/4a). He definitely works with looser curls. Have a look at his website (just google him) and type his name into the Britishcurlies site. You will find loads of reviews and you can even send him a pic of your hair and ask his advice xx
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:51 AM   #8
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Hi thanks to everyone for your answers, you have helped me realise age is just a number ha ha! I'll just have to carry on - I am fed up blow drying then straightening my hair - i get so hot whilst doing that then my hair goes wrong cos i'm too hot

I use a hairdye on my hair ususally just on my roots - nice n easy, medium brown. I would love to go grey but thats for another time!

I'm afraid Birmingham is really too far for me to go for a haircut, much too expensive! I have to do everything on a budget as money is very tight.

Thanks again for all your answers, i'll carry on reading for tips - you all do a great job xx
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:53 AM   #9
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kathymac your hair looks lovely i really like it!
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:56 AM   #10
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mhen76 - my hair is similar to yours i think its the same lenghth and colour! i think if i can sort out my fringe/bangs then i think i will feel better. As it is now i wear it up in a clamp and last night i succumbed and straightened my fringe a bit, but i feel guilty for doing it if you know what i mean x
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:57 AM   #11
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curlylocks232 - thank you for your answer, i'm going over to britishcurlies thanks for the tip x
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:57 PM   #12
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Suey, I didn't wear my hair curly for some 60 + years! I joined this site when I was 63 (4 years ago). Then I was back and forth for a while, and now I am wearing my hair curly every day.

I think curly hair makes me look younger - and I've been told that too! Torturing our hair makes it dry and dull; allowing it to curl naturally makes it healthier, bouncier and livelier. I'm very happy to have found this site.

Best of luck to you!
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:20 PM   #13
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Hi suey,
just read that you dye your hair only at the roots. What do you do with the rest of you hair, when it gets a different color with time, water, sun and so on? I am asking, because I would like to have only the roots done. But after 5 or 6 weeks my hair always gets a little bit red, light, sometimes I feel like a carrot. I am totally grey already and donīt like to be like that too! This year I have my 50 birthday and donīt like to be the grandma of my children (6 and 8 years). Right now I only get strands of different colors in my hair, because this way I donīt need to go too often to the hairsalon (only every 8-10 weeks). But I donīt know how long this will work until the grey is too much.
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