Help - Chopping It Off!

I currently have waist-length hair and, for the first time in my life, am going to get it chopped off to a short bob this Friday!! I am extremely excited to have it gone (my head will feel so much lighter), but am also nervous.

What styling products (gels, mousse, etc) should I use? I have to stick with the less expensive products, so might not be able to get the really good styling products. Plus I love quick routines.

My hair is mixture of 2b and 2c. My hair is thick, fine, and I believe it is low porosity?

Please help!
Don't be nervous, it will be quite a shock at first and a relieve too. One thing you must do is choose the right stylist. Research, consult, ask tons of questions, google them and their work. Then choose the shape of cut that will suit you best. Ask your stylist to explain to you how he or she will proceed to do that cut, ask them if it will work on your hair and face. If the stylist seems to not know what he is doing, or gets nervous just tell him to leave at medium length and do not ask for correction on the cut or shorter. I tell you this because I recently got a short bob and my first stylist said that cut is simple I can do it, in the middle she started to get nervous and didn't want to go shorter. She thought she could cut my hair but she couldn't I told her to leave it like that, and I had to choose another stylist. He explained me in full detail how he would cut and that he will make layers. So stylist is very important, don't be shy to express what you want and to tell them what not to do.

For styling since I got short hair I only use a curl cream. and that's it. I tried gel didn't work on this length. So I recommend you to start with a curl cream, alcohol and silicone free. If you find to need more product or hold then try a gel, just go baby steps to see what works best on you.
Don't be nervous, it will be quite a shock at first and a relieve too. One thing you must do is choose the right stylist. Research, consult, ask tons of questions, google them and their work. Then choose the shape of cut that will suit you best. Ask your stylist to explain to you how he or she will proceed to do that cut, ask them if it will work on your hair and face. If the stylist seems to not know what he is doing, or gets nervous just tell him to leave at medium length and do not ask for correction on the cut or shorter. I tell you this because I recently got a short bob and my first stylist said that cut is simple I can do it, in the middle she started to get nervous and didn't want to go shorter. She thought she could cut my hair but she couldn't I told her to leave it like that, and I had to choose another stylist. He explained me in full detail how he would cut and that he will make layers. So stylist is very important, don't be shy to express what you want and to tell them what not to do.

For styling since I got short hair I only use a curl cream. and that's it. I tried gel didn't work on this length. So I recommend you to start with a curl cream, alcohol and silicone free. If you find to need more product or hold then try a gel, just go baby steps to see what works best on you.
Thank you so much for your advice! I will definitely only proceed with the haircut if the stylist feels comfortable. I will give the curl cream a shot, thanks for the warning about gel not working on this length for you! What are some of your favorite curl creams?
I can't help you with the curl cream recommendation, I don't leave in the US so finding a product that works has been challenging. At the moment I use a brand called Kativa, not sure if the sell it over there. I'm sure there are wavies here that can be of more help on that respect
I have low porosity hair as well, 2a/b/c, depending on what part of my head. (Some of my hair is even straight.) Years ago, I used Marc Anthony Strictly Curls curl lotion. Great product for a wash and go.

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