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Amneris 02-10-2006 12:26 PM

Poll - layers
Poll #2 is about layers. When I go for my cut, I am having my hair straightened and then cut dry, for a change.

I had carve and slice layers a year ago with my last texturizer and they've been growing out. Until then, I loved them, but with this last cut, I dislike the ends of my hair (thinned too much so they look stringy) and the shorter pieces/bangs made it hard to wear my hair up or back as I tend to. Now everything is getting more to a length I can be at peace with.

As a result, my hair is feeling very heavy (which is great because it hangs/falls well and barely frizzes) but it does give me headaches sometimes and there is less styling versatility when I wear it down.

Should I let it grow some more to my goal length (another 6-7 inches or so to the bottom of my ribs) and then layer it, or should I never layer again and go for an all one length look, or should I layer now for some life to my hair?

The thing I like about layers is that in the short term (for a few weeks) they do give the hair more bounce, shape and movement. The thing I dislike is that my hair grows quickly and so they get irritating as they grow out, and also that to maintain them they have to keep cutting more and more of your hair short. Stylists always think your hair isn't really short if the back part is long. To me it isn't really long unless it's ALL long. Plus, I want to see how my hair really acts and feels long. But at the same time, I'm bored with it and tempted to texturize or cut sometimes, and layers can be a quick but not too drastic fix.

Again, I have pictures in my album of different lengths with and without layers, so please tell me what you think!

cosmicfly 02-10-2006 01:44 PM

I'm hedging a bit and saying gradual long layers, just because it might give you what you like about layers without the shortness or the risk of stringy ends.
Every once in a while I want to grow out my layers, but when I have had hair that is one length, it has been so thick that it hasn't hung well. Our hair is different, but I think it's the thickness that makes my hair want layers rather than the type of curl. HTH.

SuZen 02-10-2006 03:31 PM

I am in favor of long layers too. I think it gives the hair a nice shape and grows out better than multiple short layers.

Amneris 02-12-2006 11:21 PM

Carve and slice layers are like a Ouidad cut. Wha do you ask for when you want the long layers? Isn't it annoying to have a bunch of ends a couple of inches shorter than the bottom of your hair?

SuZen 02-13-2006 07:04 AM

If the cut is done properly, you don't get a bunch of ends sticking out, just a curved shape at the bottom and the curls clumping together nicely. I try to get layers that are graduated or blended, rather than a series of shelf-like cuts.

JoyForever 02-13-2006 08:08 AM


Originally Posted by SuZen
I try to get layers that are graduated or blended, rather than a series of shelf-like cuts.

Exaaaaactly. This is the key. I've had both types of layers-- the former is wonderful, the latter is awful.

Sisa 02-14-2006 05:52 PM

You could always "taper", instead of layering.

This produces a fairly blunt cut in the back, with graduated length on the sides. You get length, with shorter pieces on the sides.

I have this cut, and my longest hair is booty length, with the shortest being around breast length at the front and somewhere in-between on the sides.

When all the hair is pulled to the back, it's kind of "U" shaped.

Cynaminbear 02-15-2006 12:07 AM

I'm with the subtle layering. It won't ruin the growing out phase, and if done right won't thin out the ends.

Alely Marina 02-15-2006 03:17 AM

I am a weirdo. I do the "blunt" cut that seems to be everyone's least favorite. I just notice that when I have had them, along with other curlies (at least 3a,b's) that if it's layered I can see the layer. it just doesn't blend, one side is a bit shorter than the the other, etc. I guess I weigh my hair down enough that I don't get the pyramid effect and people with layers dont mind what I call the "stair" effect. I hated it in my hair. And it was from a really good hair stylist who successfully did layers on curlies. I just seem to notice it on curlier curlies including myself (when I had layers). :p

SuZen 02-15-2006 06:56 AM

This is one of the reasons why a dry cut works well for curly hair. The stair-like layers and uneven length can be avoided. It's not easy to find a stylist who can do this, though.

Amneris 02-15-2006 08:01 AM

I am getting my hair blown out to cut it.

I like the idea of the tapered cut, because I really am not crazy about the idea of layers. But we'll see.

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