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Postby Enuja » Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:53 pm UTC

There is often a lot of discussion about hair in both the Woman thread and the face thread, but I want to discuss hair (and shaved heads) for their own sake, so I figured, there should be a thread for this!*

I cut hair with scissors at home for the first time ever just last week. I was using an old comb and not-sharp-enough scissors, but I'm still very happy about it. My SO and I shaved our heads two years ago, and we've been growing our hair out since. I've had my hair cut by a professionals twice since then, getting rid of split ends and getting rid of the growing-out-from-skull shape. I couldn't convince my SO to get his hair cut. He had some split ends split for almost an inch. So I cut it myself, and the result was much better than the status quo ante, even though I took off very little. My spouse has slightly curly hair, and he does NOT take care of it. Right now there are a huge number of fly aways on the top of his head, and even at the middle/bottom of his hair, the hair at the outside feels rough and looks messy, but when I lift it up, the lower hair feels much, much smoother and nicer. Could he be tearing up his hair with the way he combs it or the like? Or is his hair just messy?

I've spoilered a picture of the most recent time I shaved my hair (two years ago).
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That's one year of totally uncut hair (because I'd shaved the previous spring as well), me at home alone, the delay feature on an old film camera, a cat jumping in the way, an electric razor, and me putting the images together later.
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Re: Head Hair

Postby pseudoidiot » Tue Jul 14, 2009 3:33 pm UTC

I've been trying for quite some time what I want to do with my hair. I've pretty much never been that happy with any hair style I've had. I usually just end up sticking with something for a while, because I don't have any better ideas.

The last time I got a hair cut, I gave the stylist a general idea of what I like, and ended up with pretty much the same thing I already had (short and spiked on the top), only shorter than it was when I went in. Which, incidentally, doesn't seem to fit the descriptions I gave at all. Now I'm somewhat wary to try somewhere else.
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Re: Head Hair

Postby baultista » Tue Jul 14, 2009 3:43 pm UTC

I clean-shave my head almost daily. Actually, I haven't shaved it in about three days now and it looks gawd-awful. It feels even worse!

For facial hair I rotate between hair on the chin (to hide the fact that I don't really have a chin), a full goatee (too young to make it look pro...) and maintained scruff.
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Re: Head Hair

Postby natraj » Tue Jul 14, 2009 3:49 pm UTC

I have my head shaved down to the skin now and I love it, but for a long time I had it so long it was down to my knees when it was pulled out straight (it's extremely curly, so it just looked waist-length with its natural springyness.) For the first 18 years of my life while it was long, I never did anything with it professionally, just trimmed it and styled it myself.

There was a couple years' period in between shaving and superlong where I had it cut down to a few inches short. The first time I cut it off I went to a stylist, and I went to a stylist twice in between that (once for colour too because I put red and purple streaks in it, and once because I was working at a salon so it was free anyway), but mostly I did it on my own.

... It always ended up way nicer when I did it on my own. It is so hard to find a stylist who knows what on earth to do with black hair anyway. Most of them don't have a freaking clue. But lots of my other (not-black) friends also are in the habit of cutting their own hair at home or we'll cut each other's because, well, we're all flat broke.

Our home hair cuts have ended in disaster a lot less than going to stylists has ended in disaster, and it's always 100% cheaper! I think maybe because we know each other/ourselves a lot better than stylists do, so we know what we want to look like at the end. And we've been dealing with our own hair all our lives, so we know how to work it.

Unless you want something crazy fancy that you have no idea how to achieve, I don't understand the need to go pay someone a lot of money to cut your hair. Home styling has always worked out great for all the cashpoor kids I know. :mrgreen:
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Re: Head Hair

Postby crickets » Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:35 pm UTC

I am one of those people who has the at-home styling disasters. My bangs are sooooooooooo messed up from cutting them myself... i keep missing old parts and cutting in new parts.... And i can't cut the back of my hair myself to safe my life, but it's also not very long. The number of times i've bleached my hair has resulted in some serious fried ends, and my hair is just generally sad looking.

Except i'm scared of going to the salon because hairdressers frighten me. So my boss is gonna cut my hair! Luckily she, y'know, went to school for this and stuff, and is certified, which i am not.

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Re: Head Hair

Postby Silvyr » Tue Jul 14, 2009 6:25 pm UTC

I always do my bangs at home by myself just because I often change them and don't really even know what I want. I also trim my hair myself at home, I've thinned it, and even cut it a time or two [my mum went to school for that so we have all the proper scissors and everything which helps a great deal]. I never liked going and getting my hair done by others just because I'm a bit indecisive about my hair and when I had gone in the past they'd flat out refuse. Just recently my mum and I met a woman who just opened her own shop in town and she's fantastic, so I've gotten my hair done by her twice now, both times because I wanted something I couldn't do myself [layers once, and a cut similar to an inverted bob now, but it's different.. >.< I can't really explain it. It was interesting trying to tell her actually, but she managed fantastically. XD]
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Postby blue_eyedspacemonkey » Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:07 pm UTC

My hair used to be something that just kept my head warm. Now I want to do different things with it. It's thick and frizzy, so I'm not sure what I can do with it, really. I get it layered when I go to the hairdressers. I'm really lucky in that I get hardly any split ends at all.
I also want to start dying my hair random colours, especially red, but I have to wait til I finish my job and go back to uni *grumble* have to look professional *grumble*
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Re: Head Hair

Postby tin » Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:26 pm UTC

natraj wrote:I have my head shaved down to the skin now and I love it, but for a long time I had it so long it was down to my knees when it was pulled out straight (it's extremely curly, so it just looked waist-length with its natural springyness.) For the first 18 years of my life while it was long, I never did anything with it professionally, just trimmed it and styled it myself.


Wow, natraj, that sounds AMAZING. Your hair's pretty damn cool now, but i've never seen black hair that long. How nifty!

But yes, ditto to what most of Natraj said. Finding hairdressers who can deal with my afro Caribbean hair is a bitch and most places which say they deal with my kind of hair usually just want to "straighten that mess out" (what one hairdresser said to me once). That's just stupid when I wear my hair in it's natural curly state.

However, I recently went to a hair salon in London who claim to be award winning black hair stylists and I was quite impressed how much they knew how to cut my hair i.e cutting it wet, drying it to see how the curls are sitting and then neatening it up. But mostly deal with it myself at home, trimming a few of the split ends away and making my own home-made deep conditioning treatments. I'd only go to the hairdresser if I wanted a whole new style or a dye job.
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Re: Head Hair

Postby pseudoidiot » Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:29 pm UTC

tin wrote:However, I recently went to a hair salon in London who claim to be award winning black hair stylists and I was quite impressed how much they knew how to cut my hair i.e cutting it wet, drying it to see how the curls are sitting and then neatening it up. But mostly deal with it myself at home, trimming a few of the split ends away and making my own home-made deep conditioning treatments. I'd only go to the hairdresser if I wanted a whole new style or a dye job.
A stylist I went to where I used to live did something similar with mine when it was long, although my hair isn't curly like yours, just wavy, but I remember her talking about drying it periodically to see how the hair was sitting with the waviness, and she went through a number of iterations as she worked on it. I was pretty impressed. I don't think I've been to anyone else that I've felt knew so much, or at least communicated to me that they did. It's a shame I don't live there anymore.
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Re: Head Hair

Postby semicharmed » Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:30 pm UTC

I also keep mine cut myself, and finally bought myself a pair of hair scissors, which I use for nothing else but cutting my (and other people's) hair.
The last time I went to a salon, it was the Aveda salon on campus. Wouldn't have gone, but I wanted my hair short, and a haircut & style is free if you donate to Locks of Love. It's been about a year, and I'll have someone trim my ends every 2-3 months. When it was longer, it was more infrequently, but I really like the length it's at now.
I do it myself because I don't have it styled or anything, just cut more or less straight across. Since it's super-curly, a little uneven-ness doesn't matter. And I don't have the time or money to keep up a "cut" as opposed to just the length I like, and most days I go out of the house with nothing more in in than barrettes to keep it off my face.
And while my hair isn't quite black hair — my curls are more relaxed and my texture is different — I haven't found any salon in my price range that's really good with very curly hair.

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Re: Head Hair

Postby parkaboy » Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:39 pm UTC

We colored my hair today! It is BRIGHT FREAKING ORANGE, aka Goldwell 7OR.

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Postby Magilla » Wed Jul 15, 2009 12:51 am UTC

At the moment, I have a ponytail. It's the longest it's ever been, because I've been growing it out for an afro. Unfortunately, afros aren't very compatible with motorbike helmets, so I probably need to go back to a flattop. I've been growing it for more than 2 years now :(
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Re: Head Hair

Postby zug » Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:10 am UTC

I would like some practical advice on dreadlocks. My hair is long as hell (between bra strap and waistband) because I'm afraid a stylist would trim too much off (they always do), and I am not willing to fuck up cutting it myself. So I've had the same style for years. But I think dreads would be really mofuckin cool.
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Re: Head Hair

Postby Enuja » Wed Jul 15, 2009 3:37 am UTC

pseudoidoit: What type of hair do you have? Thin or thick? How do you feel about color? I'd suggest you try to grow it out, because that will give you more options. There are tons of interesting floppy or sculpted dos that can be done with hair that's at least 3-4 inches long. You can explore and think about the options as your hair grows. You said you had a stylist who took the time to dry and check how your hair was doing, but earlier you said you've never had a style you like. Did you like the cut the careful stylist did?

baultista: You don't like three day scalp stubble that tickles your hand and allows you to feel hands moving on your head more intensely? That's one of the things I really, really like about shaving my head! (Maybe I'm thinking of 1-2 weeks of growth, but it might be as quick as 3 days.)

natraj: I want to join the chorus of Wows on your former long hair. Do you have any pictures you're willing to share? Or pictures of your shaved head, of course: I love how bare skulls look and would be happy to see a parade of them.

It sounds like self cutting hair disasters are much more likely than at-home other-person cutting hair disasters. I buy that one.

parkaboy: I love that orange! Did you die your eyebrows, too? (or did you just bleach them, or are they naturally blonde?)

Spoilered are pictures of my hair 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, and 24 months after shaving my head.
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I really think I like my hair best at about 6 months out, but other people have recently (about 24 months after shaving) been complimenting my hair like crazy. And, honestly, the older pictures are all on better hair days than the newer pictures, which are from today.

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Re: Head Hair

Postby GoodRudeFun » Wed Jul 15, 2009 4:52 am UTC

I shaved my head a while ago, wanting to see if it'd grow back straight. It didn't :cry:

Before shaving it completely, I had a mohawk for like a day. My hair was a bit thin, so it was hard to make work, but it was still kinda cool.

I had really long hair a while back, it was actually pretty awesome, but I cut it short because of the heat and because I didn't fully realize its awesomeness. Eventually when I move out of HELL ON EARTH (read: the desert) I'll grow it out again. Or maybe during the winter.
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Re: Head Hair

Postby Zohar » Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:10 am UTC

I used to cut my hair very short (4 mm or so) every couple of months. Lately I've started growing it out a bit and now I have curly hair. I just never know when to go to the barber to have it trimmed...

Is there some proper care for hair I'm not doing? I use shampoo and conditioner (for "curly hair" if I can find it) and when I go out, to make my hair slightly more manageable and my curls more "arranged", I used a moisturizing cream thingy.
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Postby J the Ninja » Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:17 am UTC

I kept my hair shaved very, very short through high school. I've been debating getting it cut again, since it's getting close to two inches long now. My hair is very thick and curly, so you have to get it very wet to make it move much. I might get some hairspray, since it seems to look best right after it is washed, before it dries and gets messed up.
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Re: Head Hair

Postby Amarantha » Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:33 am UTC

I love dreads. I put some in once. Tragically, the trapping of moisture against scalp sent the seborrhoeic dermatitis into overdrive and I had to cut 'em off after a mere 4 months.

Now I'm aiming for a flapper-style cloche-hat-with-points-of-hair-sitting-on-cheeks kinda look. I had a discount hairdresser cut it short, but it was about as good as could be expected for $15. Then I was trying to find a hairdresser that wouldn't tax me for femaleness, but one night I got jack of my hair making my neck itch, so I grabbed it inna ponytailish handful and hacked it off with scissors. It was just a comfort thing; I figured I could get it fixed by a hairdresser later. No need; I've had more random compliments on this hack job than any professional cut I ever had :P But I'll still need to find a hairdresser for maintenance - I don't want to let it get back to the length required to make the hack possible.
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Postby pseudoidiot » Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:11 pm UTC

Enuja wrote:pseudoidoit: What type of hair do you have? Thin or thick? How do you feel about color? I'd suggest you try to grow it out, because that will give you more options. There are tons of interesting floppy or sculpted dos that can be done with hair that's at least 3-4 inches long. You can explore and think about the options as your hair grows. You said you had a stylist who took the time to dry and check how your hair was doing, but earlier you said you've never had a style you like. Did you like the cut the careful stylist did?
My hair's pretty thick and wavy. I don't have any decent pics or I'd post one. Yeah, for the moment I think I'm just going to keep growing it out; it's probably 2 inches on the top at the moment (short on the sides), but kinda hard to tell with the waviness.

About the previous stylist, I liked that she tried to make sure to explain different things she was doing, especially when she was talking about my cowlick. Most stylists don't even comment on it, even though I know it's a pain in the ass, especially with a new style. Anyhow, I think she did a good enough job, I just wasn't crazy about the style for very long, which has been my track record for nearly as long as I remember. I just haven't yet had a style where I said "this is great, I love this, I'll keep this for a while." It's usually "meh, this is okay, I'll stick with this for now until I feel like trying something else."
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Postby parkaboy » Wed Jul 15, 2009 3:43 pm UTC

Enuja wrote:pseudoidoit: What type of hair do you have? Thin or thick? How do you feel about color? I'd suggest you try to grow it out, because that will give you more options. There are tons of interesting floppy or sculpted dos that can be done with hair that's at least 3-4 inches long. You can explore and think about the options as your hair grows. You said you had a stylist who took the time to dry and check how your hair was doing, but earlier you said you've never had a style you like. Did you like the cut the careful stylist did?

baultista: You don't like three day scalp stubble that tickles your hand and allows you to feel hands moving on your head more intensely? That's one of the things I really, really like about shaving my head! (Maybe I'm thinking of 1-2 weeks of growth, but it might be as quick as 3 days.)

natraj: I want to join the chorus of Wows on your former long hair. Do you have any pictures you're willing to share? Or pictures of your shaved head, of course: I love how bare skulls look and would be happy to see a parade of them.

It sounds like self cutting hair disasters are much more likely than at-home other-person cutting hair disasters. I buy that one.

parkaboy: I love that orange! Did you die your eyebrows, too? (or did you just bleach them, or are they naturally blonde?)

Spoilered are pictures of my hair 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, and 24 months after shaving my head.
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18 months after shaving!
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24 months after shaving!
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I really think I like my hair best at about 6 months out, but other people have recently (about 24 months after shaving) been complimenting my hair like crazy. And, honestly, the older pictures are all on better hair days than the newer pictures, which are from today.


Dreads are funtastic after the first 6 months to a year. before then they are fluffy and you have to play with them, and un-mat the roots and take very good care of them. I've had them twice, and each time I used products from dreadheadhq.com to keep them neat and forming nicely. I have normal density, fine hair with only the slightest touch of wave, so it was a bit more difficult that it could have been.

My hair is naturally medium blond, as are my eyebrows but I did add tint to them for about 30 seconds to give them a more matching shade without the HOLYCRAP bright orangeness. I do that will all my hair color (despite my instructors frowning at me, because technically its kind of dangerous) and no one has ever questioned that my hair is not naturally any color (fashion colors like blue and pink being the exceptions).

Zohar - after shampooing is the important part with curly hair. Putting products in your hair is not, by any means, a bad thing. They might feel a little gunky at first, if you aren't used to using them, but they can actually be protectants from your environment AND keep your hair looking good. For curls I'd say find a really light weight sculpting glaze or something that indicates it is good for "defining curls/wave" - mouse and gel and scrunching sprays are going to make your hair crunchy and keep a wet look. Waxes, creams and glazes will give a more natural, dry, soft look to your curls, but don't over use them or you'll look greasy. Anti-frizz items are handy as well.
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Re: Head Hair

Postby Moo » Wed Jul 15, 2009 4:05 pm UTC

Studio line by L'Oreal have a spray gel (Invisi'fx) that is the best thing I've ever used on my curls, I spray it onto wet hair, scrunch and leave. It is totally light weight but gives the curls the definition they need.

I don't go to the hairdresser often. It just doesn't seem so necessary with curls that do what they want most of the time - I have layers put in and it cut shortish and then it stays layered-ish and gets gradually longer while still looking like, well, a mess of curls. Then when it gets too long for my thin hair to hold the curls properly I have it cut again.

However I do adore having my hair and scalped touched so I love having a hairdresser wash my hair. My stylist Heidi gives the most mindblowing scalp massages. I may see her soon, thinking about it just gives me goosebumps.

I do suffer with dryness despite using really good shampoo and conditioner (Joico moisture recovery) and realise I should probably brush it more often to get the natural hair oils all the way down the length of the hair. Other than that I don't do much to it.
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Re: Head Hair

Postby zug » Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:34 pm UTC

yeah I read up on dreadheadhq's site last night and I'd like to go for dreads. I'm thinking the combback method would be best since my hair is naturally wavy and it should take very well to the initial dreading. I'm just... dreading (ahem) the process since I don't trust anyone but myself to do it, and I have SO much hair.

I looked at a LOT of dread pics as well, and I really quite fancy fatter dreads. I didn't care for the skinnier ones. Since my hair is thin and coarse, I might need to make larger sections of hair than 1 inch by 1 inch... maybe I can eyeball it. I guess once it gets started there's really no going back :P

Also I want to order one of the hq starter kits for dreads (I think it comes with a comb to get them going as well? I hope!). As I've seen, dreads require an absolutely residue-free shampoo and hair wax, which seem almost impossible to find anywhere else.

ohhh decisions!
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Re: Head Hair

Postby parkaboy » Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:48 am UTC

Mine dreads, the last time I had them, mostly done by myself. A couple friends helped with the very back ones.
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Re: Head Hair

Postby zug » Thu Jul 16, 2009 3:17 am UTC

parkaboy wrote:Mine dreads, the last time I had them, mostly done by myself. A couple friends helped with the very back ones.

I likey. I was wondering, when you already have dreads and your hair is growing out, how do you get your new undreaded hair to grow into them?
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Re: Head Hair

Postby eternal luna » Thu Jul 16, 2009 4:08 am UTC

Rub it in circles, really. I can't recommend the Lock Peppa they have on that site enough- it was the only thing that helped my dreads in any way.
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Re: Head Hair

Postby zug » Thu Jul 16, 2009 11:32 pm UTC

eternal luna wrote:Rub it in circles, really. I can't recommend the Lock Peppa they have on that site enough- it was the only thing that helped my dreads in any way.

When you're supposed to do the circular rub, do you rub each dread individually? or do you just rub the whole crown of the head willy nilly?

I will check on youtube when I get home, there have got to be videos of this somewhere.

Thanks for the peppa recommendation :) I saw that the peppa is included in the more expensive starter pack, but considering I want to do this right, I should save up for that one anyway.
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Re: Head Hair

Postby It Should Be Real » Fri Jul 17, 2009 2:20 am UTC

*Raises hand* I have a question.
I read someplace that if you have bleached hair, then it could absorb temporary dye in suchaway that even after the dye should have been washed away, you're left with a slight... tint. Does anyone know if this is true or not?

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Re: Head Hair

Postby Akira » Fri Jul 17, 2009 2:21 am UTC

@Parkaboy-- You mentioned an acidic ph shampoo in the face thread--what's that do exactly? Why acidic, and how can you tell?
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Re: Head Hair

Postby parkaboy » Fri Jul 17, 2009 2:38 am UTC

Most salon quality shampoos will have an acidic pH. Humans are acidic, hair is acidic, as far as the pH scale is concerned. Alkalis raise the cuticle and let in a buncha crap and color out, not to mention they can make hair frizz like the devil. If you're worried about drug-store shampoos and their pH, I wouldn't too much. BUT if you like science and have a look-out, grab some litmus paper and test the bottles. In the store. I haven't done this yet, but we're planning to. I can get back with the results when I have them. Really, nothing anyone sells is going to really destroy your hair except some medicated shampoos, prel, pert and pantene (I've been told, but have seen no evidence to support the last one).

Colors can stain bleached, or even light blond hair. I'm not sure why, but probably because bleached hair has a cuticle that is permanently partially raised due to the strength of the developer and alkali needed to diffuse THAT MUCH pigment. I will research more.
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Postby Akira » Fri Jul 17, 2009 2:56 am UTC

Is that why a vinegar hair rinse is supposed to be good? I'm not hip to the science-y alkali/litmus/etc terms, but what about the things that say "Ph Balanced"? Are those bad?
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Re: Head Hair

Postby parkaboy » Fri Jul 17, 2009 3:13 am UTC

they might be pH balanced, but balanced to what? Regultions about what you can and can't print on your bottles are kind of shoddy, but like I said before, I wouldn't fret over shampoos and conditioners. In general, they'll be ok.

Vinegar is acidic, it smooths out the strands of your hair and helps return it to a normal pH level after a damaging process like color or a perm, so yup! that is exactly why its good.
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Re: Head Hair

Postby Akira » Fri Jul 17, 2009 3:47 am UTC

Eeeeexcellent. I shall note that, and probably use it within the week. My hair's been a bit more off than usual lately. I think it's stress, but I'm not sure. Either way, I'll give it a shot!
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Re: Head Hair

Postby Enuja » Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:41 am UTC

As I said above, I've been growing out my hair for two years. It's finally long enough to go and stay securely in a pony tail and be near to the same length throughout. I had a strong desire to shave my head a few months ago, but resisted because I'm growing my hair out. Except now I'm wondering why I'm bothering; I don't think I like it very much while "long". I was planning on continuing to cut it, and getting the whole length to just-long-enough to go into a pony tail. and keeping it there a while. But when I look at old pictures, I liked it better short! I'm not using any anti-frizz treatment, and frizz is becoming a serious problem, but it also just feels boring.

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Honestly, I think I'm still being annoyed by the short front bits, and I was planning on just continuing to grow it, but since I don't seem to be a huge fan of longish hair anymore, I'm not sure that it's worth it to continue growing it. I could just shave everything but the front and then grow it out as far as I wanted from there.

So, any suggestions? Advice to keep growing it? To just shave my head tomorrow? (Pictures of my shaved head and 6 month intervals afterward are above.) Advice for cuts to do that will take advantage of the length I've got, and not feel boring?

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Re: Head Hair

Postby Lucrece » Fri Jul 17, 2009 7:13 am UTC

I just go to salons to do my keratine treatments.

To compare to Enuja's hair, mine is distinctly thinner, but less curly/super wavy. Still with considerable volume.

Aside from doing it wrong and ending up making your hair look uneven, I've noticed very little improvement from going to a stylist. The only good thing about stylists is that they'll do the blowdrying/ironing, since I'm too lazy and incompetent to do it on my upper back-length hair.
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Postby GoodRudeFun » Fri Jul 17, 2009 8:03 am UTC

Few questions.

One, last time I grew my hair out I had more of a problem with some of it coming out. I'm pretty sure it was due to the stress I put on it by putting it in a pony tail (i had it really tight), but are there any ways to keep this from happening next time I grow it out?

Two, What are the best ways to keep from having frizzy hair? My hair is a horrible frizz offender, if I don't put anything in it it gets extremely frizzy.

Three, how bad is it to straighten ones hair on a regular basis with a flat iron? I wont mind it being curly when its longer, but there's a period of time when it looks horrible if I don't straighten it. Are there ways to counter act any damage done? I hear vinegar is good, I might try that.

Four is a bit off topic as it pertains more to facial hair. Is there any way to stimulate facial hair growth? I've wanted a beard for so long now. Without any facial hair I look like a very large 15 year old. However, its too thin to keep as a beard and doesn't look good that way. I figure if I could stimulate more growth I could get a decent beard going.
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Postby Moo » Fri Jul 17, 2009 8:50 am UTC

GoodRudeFun wrote:One, last time I grew my hair out I had more of a problem with some of it coming out. I'm pretty sure it was due to the stress I put on it by putting it in a pony tail (i had it really tight), but are there any ways to keep this from happening next time I grow it out?
Are you sure you were really experiencing hairloss? Because we naturally lose about 100 hairs a day due to natural cell renewal and the longer your hair gets, the more you notice these. I never noticed anything at all when my hair was cropped short, but now there are long curly hair everywhere; on my pillow, in my towel, on my clothes, in the shower drain, on the carpets... but it's perfectly ok and natural. Did your hair actually get any thinner.
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Re: Head Hair

Postby GoodRudeFun » Fri Jul 17, 2009 9:32 am UTC

Well, it did seem a little thinner than before when I cut it again, but that might have been an age thing. I had let it grow for over a year or so, and the last time before that that it was short I was still mid-puberty, and the next time I had it cut I was closer to the end of puberty/being an adult. So that may have a lot to do with it.

But you're probably right. I most likely imagined it being worse than it really was. I ended up being paranoid about going bald for a while.


Still, I want to be careful just in case. I don't want to damage the follicles and end up more bald than I have to be.
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Re: Head Hair

Postby parkaboy » Sat Jul 18, 2009 2:57 am UTC

A lot of things can cause changes in your hair, even down to the wave pattern and texture. Stress in general can thin it out, physical stress from uberponytails can break strands, medications, change in diet, allergies... its kind of insane.

Rachael, do you think I should dye my hair, and if so, which colour would you recommend? I suppose the rest of you could answer. too, but she appears to be something of an expert on such matters.


I'm by no means an expert in this field, but I've got a little more training than people who, uh, don't. I think you should keep the color you have now, but add some pieces of color - for you I'd say Bright, blood red or purple, or a combination. Even a deep blue would look very good on you, with your eyes and all. With colors like that, though, you'd have to bleach whatever you were going to deposit color. Go for peek-a-boos! Like this:

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Re: Head Hair

Postby apricity » Sat Jul 18, 2009 4:27 am UTC

GoodRudeFun wrote:Three, how bad is it to straighten ones hair on a regular basis with a flat iron? I wont mind it being curly when its longer, but there's a period of time when it looks horrible if I don't straighten it. Are there ways to counter act any damage done? I hear vinegar is good, I might try that.
As far as I know (although I'm not very expert on this considering I have superstraight hair), you should only ever apply heat to hair if you have some kind of product in it meant to protect it. I'm not sure why, I bet parka would know more.
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Re: Head Hair

Postby parkaboy » Sat Jul 18, 2009 4:49 am UTC

certain side bonds in your hair are broken by heat. HOWEVER, it is only a physical change and the bonds reform on their own (which is why curly hair re-curls after a while, even you if you straighten it) The main damage happen to the cuticle, the scaly outer layer. It can singe and frizz, making your hair look like fuzzy poop, but a thermal protectant product and regular conditioning is usually enough to keep your hairs ok. The most common mistake is to use too high heat and too much repetition. If you straighten your hair I realllllly really really recommend getting a GHD iron. I don't even have one because I can't afford one right now, but I'm going to get one asap, even if I have no use for it myself right now. They are worth every penny. I use my classmates' whenever I can.

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