Naturally fuzzy hair is tres tres chic. I adore the way it just floats around like it has a life of its own. Seriously- us stick straight hair girls are impressed all to hell with hair that does anything but hang.
I know what you mean about some hair stylists not knowing how to cut thick, curly hair properly. I did cut my own hair very short when I was about 38 (I went through a phase where I thought I needed to look more grown-up). It was fun for a short (no pun intended) while, but like you discovered, it was way too much upkeep than I was willing to take time with.How have I missed this thread for so long? I LOVE talking about hair!
I've cut my hair SHORT a couple of times (due to hairdresser mishaps which I've had no choice but to remedy in that way - why doesn't anyone know how to cut thick curly hair properly???), but probably won't do so again because I find it takes way more effort/product/time to style thick short hair. That being said I really love some short looks.
Now my hair is long and a bit layered and almost down to my elbows. I always wear it down and natural (oh and BIG) when dancing and sometimes pin the front/sides back so they're not getting trapped in my earrings/lipgloss/mouth/etc. I think I'll keep growing it until it's elbow length, which means fending off hairdressers that want to layer it more and more to 'bring out the curl'!
In my professional life though sometimes I consider that cutting my hair shorter might be useful. As a 26-year old dealing with career white-collar types sometimes I think if I had short hair I might appear older and be taken more seriously. But then I remember the pain of growing it out and settle for professional looking braids/knots/updos instead whenever I have meetings, interviews or presentations.
KuteNurse, have you tried the new straightening irons that dry and straighten your hair at the same time? I have one and I really like it alot, though most of the time I wear my hair curly, because it's alot easier to simply dry it.It is all about the hair! lol I had the best hair day ever yesterday. I wish I could turn the clock back just one day! I have tried growing my hair out and it is just too thick and curly. I spend an endless amount of time everyday blow drying and straightening it everyday. My hair is about shoulder length right now. I do not think I would survive styling it everyday....
Heya,KuteNurse, have you tried the new straightening irons that dry and straighten your hair at the same time? I have one and I really like it alot, though most of the time I wear my hair curly, because it's alot easier to simply dry it.
I'm trying to grow my hair back out - it's top of my shoulders now, but I want it back to at least mid back in length. I have pictures of myself dancing and it's just way too short. I think I've decided that I need to pin the front of my hair back when I dance though, just to look a bit more put together.
I've had quite good results with mine and it doesn't seem to damage my hair. You just slide it down the section of hair two or three times and wallah! It is dry..Heya,
I have not tried them yet. My hairdresser told me that you shouldn't straighten your hair until it is dry or it is bad for your hair. Have you had luck with this straightener? My hair is so fine...plus I highlight it every couple of month. I already feel like I am putting too much heat on my hair. Maybe I will just have to buy one and give it a try.
Phoebe and KuteNurse, my hairdresser once mentioned that the straightening iron with titanium plates are waaaaay much better and safer than those with the ceramic (or steel?) plates. With the ceramic, the hair has to be totally dry before straightening but with the titanium, one can safely straighten wet hair.I've had quite good results with mine and it doesn't seem to damage my hair. You just slide it down the section of hair two or three times and wallah! It is dry..
Thanks for the great info! I might have to get me one of those titanium flat ironsPhoebe and KuteNurse, my hairdresser once mentioned that the straightening iron with titanium plates are waaaaay much better and safer than those with the ceramic (or steel?) plates. With the ceramic, the hair has to be totally dry before straightening but with the titanium, one can safely straighten wet hair.
This is an example of a ti iron:
BaByliss PRO Nano Titanium 1 1/4 inch Hair Straightening Iron
That is exactly what I do. Cuts every 1.5 to 2 months. Good shampoo and conditioner. I have an added bonus. My hairdresser says my hair is like a sponge soaking up moisture so it is not dry at all. I do notice once my hair gets past my shoulders in length, it tangles uncontrollably and the ends get really dry. I would love to have long belly dancer hair, but I really don't know if it is doable with my hair type and with my color and styling with heat.Your hairdresser is a wise lady then Kutenurse. Heat styling is bad. Especially when mixed with bleaching, blowdrying and whatever more and unfortunately the results are often most noticeable on fine hair.
However if you have no plans of growing your hair long and make sure you condition your hair well, the damage might not be too obvious and will be regularly cut off.