Post # 1
Do you suffer from hair that is different lengths wet and dry?
Does a blow dryer make you look like you have cotton candy for hair?
Do you get frizz taller than your pinky finger?
Do you consider entering bed head competitions?
If you have answered yes to the above questions, and have additional symtems, you may have Wavy Hair (Length) Disorder
Hello fellow wavy-haired Bees….
I am here for some hair advice. Most of my childhood I had very long hair – I actually never even realized it was wavy because my mother insisted on keeping it in long braids until against her wishes I cut it all off and have never looked back…. And then all through highschool I didn’t pay any attention to what my hair was doing but now I’m starting to notice (or perhaps its getting curlier as I get older) that I can’t get straightforward haircuts like everyone else because my hair is inconsistently curly. Whether it is cut wet, or even just brushed well before a haircut, I always find that by the time my hair dries, or I shower and it dries later, there is always the underneath hair that is longer than my curly outer hair and it drives me bananas. I feel like I look like I’m wearing a wig without my hair tucked in. Anyhow, I usually just trim the long parts myself once it is completely dry – certainly not evenly, but it at least doesn’t stand out so much…. but are there alternatives to this? My mother’s hair is much curlier than mine and she cuts it herself, so I don’t know who to turn to for empathatic hair advice and for some reason the only other people I meet with hair like mine are dudes.
Is there a certain hair cut style that deals with this problem? A secret of the underground wavy hair cult?
How do you deal with your inconsistent hair?
Feel free to share tales of frightening the delivery man when he woke you up to sign for a package, heartwarming trips to the salon, or other anecdotes.
Post # 3
The secret is a high quality flat iron. Seriously, if you want short hair thats the only way to wear it evenly. My hair is just like yours but I wear it past my shoulders, and its layered so the curl doesn’t bother me at all, but I love my flat iron.
Post # 4
if you want to wear it naturally (ie to not enhance the curl or straighten it) you need to find a better stylist. they should cut your hair dry and be specific about the problem so that they cut the underneath shorter so that they lay correctly! when my hair was shorter i’d occassionally get the “duck tail” and chop it off too!
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Look for a stylist who will cut your hair while it is dry in its natural state. Stylists trained in the Deva or Ouidad methods will do this, and they have more knowledge about caring for wavy and curly hair. You may also want to order the Curly Girl Handbook. It’s amazing at teaching you how to properly nourish and care for your particular type of hair. And naturallycurly.com is a good resource, too. Good luck!
Post # 6
My hair isn’t different lengths as you describe but I have an UNRULY wavy to my thick and fine hair. It looks different everyday, it never dries the same! The flat iron is my best friend.
I agree with the other Bees that you are in need of a stylist that can cut your hair properly! Don’t let price sway you either, sometimes it is worth it to spend more on a haircut!
Post # 7
I agree with all the above bees,invest in good a good flat iron,and stylist. Also it might be worth looking into maybe having a treatment which will straighten it,such as keratin. However,these ARE chemical treatments,so always get them done with a fully trained stylist,and ask questions about how long it will last, if it will damage your hair type etc,just to make sure you know all the facts about it.
My solution to ridiculously wavy hair?I chopped it all off 3 weeks ago in a drastic Post wedding chop,and its now in a pixie cut,and I love it!(Although its not for everyone lol!)
Post # 8
Thanks for all the input! I had no idea that if I told a hairdresser I’d like it shorter underneath because it doesn’t curl, that she wouldn’t look at me like I was crazy.
Post # 9
Wavy hair is actually a blessing! It’s so much versatile than hair that is only curly or straight. My hair sounds just like yours and I have learned to love it.
First, find a stylist that specializes in curly hair. I’m not sure if there are any in the UK, but in major cities in the US you can find Dominican hair salons were the stylists are great with wavy/coarse hair. Have that stylist teach you how to use a blow dryer. The fact that you say yours looks like cotton candy tells me you’re not using the right brush and/or the right technique. Don’t despair, you can get beautiful straight hair with lots of body using a blow dryer! You just need a good stylist to teach you. If not, I find tha flat irons are easier to use, though don’t give you the same body. I agree with the PP that said to find a stylist that will wash and dry style your hair first, THEN cut it.
The downside of wavy hair… you can’t just wash-and-go. After washing your hair, you’ll need product to hold curls and prevent frizz. I use a bit of Aveda hair smoothing serum and Loreal Springing Curls Moose. The moose will help evenly curl the entire head, just make sure you put some on the very tips (to curl the normally longer, straighter ends).
Post # 10
my hair does the half wave, drives me nuts!!! I’ve found the best thing to do is keep it short and round brush it.
horrendous pic of me sans rounds brush (i’m on the right)
yayyy round brush!