I want a new style asap and need help!

Hey everyone!!!

ok so I have extremely long, curly hair that is actually really thin too. Its kinda of ringlet like but has relaxed a little with the length ( not much and it kind of curls however it wants to that day). Short hair cuts look rediculous on me and i want to keep the length. I do like to straighten my hair when its not humid and theres no chance of rain for the next 5 days haha (thats another problem I have).

So I have a few questions.

1. I am looking for a hair cut/style that looks good straight but also curly. Everytime i get my hair cut they seem to cut it for when i wear it straight and of course it looks great but seriously straightening my hair is hard to do and it NEVER stays. And with that hair cut it looks rediculous when i where my hair curly. So i end up just leaving it up or something until a day comes when i can straighten it again. So does any one have any advice for a hair style that will be suitable for someone with long curly hair that is versatile for straight styling and curly?

2. I need some help with when i straighten my hair. I seriously have to check the weather and make sure its no more then 50% humidity and is not going to rain for a couple days. I have to blow it dry as straight as possible and then flat iron it. I hate it. In addition even when I do straighten it, it looks good for an hour tops and then starts to get a wave, frizzes, esp those pieces around my face that are Super curly. My hair is really thin and looks dirty when i put too heavy of a product in it so i can not use a lot or most products out there that i have found. Does anyone know of a product, shampoo, condition or anything, i can try that wont be too heavy, that keeps my hair from frizzing up on me after an hour, and keeps it decently straight?

I love having the option to straighten my hair or where it curly, but the way it is now i honestly just dont feel pretty. I have always hated my curly hair because i never use to have it. My hair didnt start to curl until after i chose to cut my hair really short in the 5th grade. Ever since then my hair has slowly been curling started in the front underneath and just worked its way back around my head. (sounds crazy i know) I only ever feel that pretty right after i style my hair straight but that is short lived because it never stays enough for many to see. I dont want to feel like this anymore. I want to have the option to straighten it when i want not just when mother nature says i can (i know i cant when its raining but a lil hummidity shouldnt ruin my nite ya know?!) I want to feel pretty with my curly hair and not feel like im 12 again.

PLEASE HELP!!!!
I wish I could help you more, but you might want to find a stylist who's a little more curl-friendly. It's hard to get what you need from a haircut when your stylist is bent on straight hair.

I would do some research on the internet, and forums like these, and even schedule some kind of consultation with a stylist and discuss your needs and concerns.

Cutting off several inches (maybe 3 or so) might help revive your hair a little, and depending on your length, might not reduce the length much.

Wish I could help more!
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While I am an african-american, my hair reacts in a very similar fashion to yours. I, too, have to check the weather before I make the decision of whether or not to straighten. If the air's humidity will be more than 50%, or if the temperature is high enough such that there is a strong likelihood that I will sweat (which is usually anything above 75 degrees), I won't do it. Humidity and sweat will make my hair revert back to its curly state in a heart beat...which pretty much means wearing straight hear to the club is out (lol). Also, when I straighten, I, too, have to blow dry, then flat iron.

Anyway, to answer your questions:

(1) I'm not sure what types of hair cuts you've gotten in the past, but I would highly recommend you get your hair cut in layers. That takes some of the bulk out of your hair, and it's a style that translates very well when your hair is curly. It's funny, someone else asked a very similar question in a different thread and I gave her the same advice. Before I cut my hair (and before I found the right products), I really couldn't stand my curly hair. The longest strands brushed my shoulders, and my hair was shorter in the back and longer in the front...To me, that just wasn't a good look. It didn't frame my face very well. Then, in February, I decided to get my hair cut into layers...primarily because I wanted a new look for my hair when it was straight. I wasn't even thinking about what my hair could possibly look like with such a cut in it's curly state. With a layered cut my hair looks great straight and curly! Particularly with the curly look, the layers give my hair a shape and shape is important for curly hair.

(2) I don't know of any products to use that will keep your hair from frizzing back up (that doesn't mean there aren't any out there, I just don't know of any). Personally, I don't use any products on my hair when I straighten because I find that it makes my hair look very heavy, and greasy (I prefer to have a light fluffly look when it's straight). However, you should find a good heat protectant (I'm going to try Aveda's Brilliant Damage Control).

I find that two things keep my hair from frizzing: a) the type of flat iron--I've found that the type of flat iron you use makes a world of difference. A regular metal plate flat iron does not straighten my hair the way a true ceramic flat iron does. I use either the Paul Mitchell Smoothing Iron or the Chi. b) Training your hair--as I'm sure you know, curls are stubborn. I think if they could talk, they'd be screaming for you not put heat on them (lol). But if you've been wearing your hair curly for a long time, once you straighten it, your hair still wants to revert to its' natural state. I've found that it takes a few repeated uses of the flat iron before your hair trains itself to stay straight for longer. Of course, with that, you run the risk of putting too much heat on your hair which is damaging, so be sure to find a good heat protectant.

Lastly, I would like to add that the most essential key to being happy with your hair is learning to accept your hair with all its limitations. While I do find it annoying that my ability to wear my hair straight is dictated by the weather or surrounding circumstances, I love the fact that my hair can do some pretty cool things and that it has versatility. Love your hair, listen to your hair, and accept your hair...don't punish it.

I hope this helps!

What do I love about my hair? It does such cool things!!
The advice I can suggest is trying the Sabino Moisture Block, I've read some really good reviews on it for frizz issues, and I haven't ordered a bottle yet, but I've used some samples that I had and it did work, this may help you out.

As far as styling, I agree with the other posts, maybe try a layering style, but also look at someone who can work with your curly hair, b/c I know my hair is completely different from my curly styling versus straight styling.
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BC - 25 July 2006
I second the Moisture Block. It's incredible. I used to have to plan my hairstyle by the weather as well- the slightest bit of humidity and I was a poof ball. With Moisture Block, I can actually wear my hair down and straight when it's pouring rain and my hair does nothing. As long as I use an umbrella when I'm outside, it does NOTHING. It's like I have naturally straight hair! It's liberating. I've also been able to venture into having bangs since I don't have to worry about my hair curling up with moisture anymore.

The price is steep, but you honestly just need a tiny drop per use. I've been using it consistently since June and I still have more than 1/2 a bottle.
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I second the Moisture Block. It's incredible. I used to have to plan my hairstyle by the weather as well- the slightest bit of humidity and I was a poof ball. With Moisture Block, I can actually wear my hair down and straight when it's pouring rain and my hair does nothing. As long as I use an umbrella when I'm outside, it does NOTHING. It's like I have naturally straight hair! It's liberating. I've also been able to venture into having bangs since I don't have to worry about my hair curling up with moisture anymore.

The price is steep, but you honestly just need a tiny drop per use. I've been using it consistently since June and I still have more than 1/2 a bottle.
Originally Posted by curlybrunette5
Just a side question, did you order from the website? Have you found any other websites that sell the product, that maybe aren't that steep?
3c/4a

BC - 25 July 2006
Just FYI, I ordered the Sabino on Amazon, got it for 13.95, plus shipping, but still was less than the price on the actual Sabino website.
3c/4a

BC - 25 July 2006
I also recommend the Sabino Moisture Block. I just finished the 2 sample vials they sent me and this product is heaven-sent! I absolutely love it! My hair has never felt this good when straight and I straightened it practically every day for 10+ years. It's so soft and feels so healthy and does anything I want it to.
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