I can't find a good stylist in NJ! Help? And maybe suggest a good haircut

I have 3a curls and am 20 years old living in NJ. I have yet to find someone who is good at cutting curly hair. I left a salon mad once before I even got in the chair because the stylist was so reluctant to cut my hair after commenting on how curly and long it was.

I am very frustrated with my cut because I have no volume at the top and although it is in long layers that frame my face, its not working! I just have too much volume at the bottom and not enough at the top.

Where can I go to fix this problem? I am about to buy the ebook on this page to hopefully find out more but idk! http://www.livecurlylivefree.com/e_book.htm

The first attached picture is of me on a very good hair day. I always have to have bobby pins holding the front of my hair back because it looks horrible otherwise without any proper shape.

The attached pictures of me in green are just taken today... they show a more realistic picture of what my hair looks like in general and without pins.

I am also open to hair-cut recommendations!
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Last edited by chibichibi7554; 05-06-2010 at 08:32 AM.
I guess I don't see what you see, cause I think your hair looks pretty.

In general, whether hair is straight or curly, the longer it is (and the least layered it is) the flatter it will be on top. It's just how it is. Gravity and weight of hair. You want a lot of volume on top, then you'd have to cut a lot of layers and get rid of a considerable amount of length and use stiffeners on your root for lift.

Since you have a high forehead, a close canopy doesn't look bad at all. I think it looks fine. Maybe you need to post a pic of what you want your hair to look like (using a model with similar curl pattern and facial shape, etc). Cause, really, your hair is looking good to me and just seems to need shaping at the ends.

As far as stylists, what have you done to find a stylist? You already searched for reviews here and in the Salon Reviews section of NC, right? Did you google for curly stylists?

Did you post a new topic asking for stylist recommendations in your particular area? NJ is a state. You need to narrow it down to a county or city or metro area, etc.
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I have 3a curls and am 20 years old living in NJ. I have yet to find someone who is good at cutting curly hair. I left a salon mad once before I even got in the chair because the stylist was so reluctant to cut my hair after commenting on how curly and long it was.

I am very frustrated with my cut because I have no volume at the top and although it is in long layers that frame my face, its not working! I just have too much volume at the bottom and not enough at the top.
Originally Posted by chibichibi7554
I too have yet to be satisfied with my haircuts in the past several years. This past year I found a Deva-trained stylist. I've had her cut my hair twice now, and though I really didn't like how much she cut from my hair the 2nd time, it did help my curl formation. I did my last hair cut myself--with help from my mom. We both know the dry-cutting technique for curls, so, together, we literally trimmed about 20 curls max, and I'm happy with it. The thing I dislike about many stylists is their need to cut off 20lbs of hair when I ask for 'just a trim.' I'm paying you. A lot. Please respect my requests, ya know?

Suggestions:
Try getting slightly thicker, blended layers to help with your volume. If you're not up for the cut, try styling your hair with no part. You mentioned you use bobby pins--they don't really provide a strong enough to give you volume. Try clipping up your hair when its wet with duck bill clips. Sometimes I even use those huge clampy clips for the hair on the top of my head. And since I shower at night, I sometimes keep it in my hair overnight. My hair looks a little odd after it's dry and I take the huge clip out, but I just wet it and rearranged it a little and I get some really nice volume out of it. Lastly do an ACV rinse from time to time. ACV rinses give me volume and bouncier curls.
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I think your hair looks great! Celebrities pay people to make their hair look just like that, with the waves starting a couple of inches down from the root. It's about the most "in" look there is at the moment. I kind of don't blame the stylist for being reluctant to mess with it.
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