(Closed) First time with long hair- need help!

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 4
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2006 posts
Buzzing bee

Its a lose/lose situation, haha. I went my whole life with long hair but never really did much with it but straighten it or wear it in a pony/messy bun. Now I have a chin length graduated bob that I loved for the first year but now I hate it! I hate that I have to wake up early everyday to do my hair because I have naturally wavy hair that flips out at the bottom :/

Anyways, my best advice for you is to use product in your hair before you straighten it. Also are you straitening it with a hairdryer and round brush or are you using a straightener? My hair stylist swears against straighteners because it kills our hair and gives it less volume.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I usually use something before my hair dries I really like the John Frieda Frizz Ease line he has a serum before you style…and then I especially recommend the Secret Weapon flawless finishing cream in their line too…it locks style in really well.

I have really thick frizzy hair and im the same way…never had long hair until now. Most of the time I just leave my hair wavy…I dont try to curl it or straighten it…just a tamed wave and everyone complements me on it.

Post # 6
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18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Right now my hair is a frizzy mess because of the humidity!  It isn’t normally this bad but this year seems worse than normal.  Are you trying to use heat tools every day?  That will cause damage and make it worse.  Make sure that you are using heat protection cream before any heat styling.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Omg I think you might be my hair twin! My hair also has no volume and mine is a little on the fine side.

Personally I think your long hair looks better than your short ‘do! And my hair looks -exactly- like the 2nd pictures about an hour after straightening.

My favorite hair product in the world for volume is a mattifying powder that I dust on my hair at the roots and back-comb away! It’s made by Schwarzkopf and its called “Dust It”

As far as the frizz, do you use an anti-frizz serum? That might help as well as a good aerosol hairspray. I use Moroccan Oil which I love

 

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have very long hair–it’s past my bra strap right now. Have had it long like that for all but a couple years of my life. My go-to products are as follows:

Redken Real Control shampoo, conditioner, and deep conditioner

Redken spray starch, for curling your hair with. Also a professional curling iron…definitely a must to keeping hair curled

Redken smoothing milk (just good for frizzies)

Sebastian potion #9 leave in conditioner

Redken thermal spray (for protecting and spraying your hair before you flat iron it)

Morrocan Oil (for protecting/smoothing before flat ironing, especially when it feels very dry)

Kenra shine spray and hairspray. My absolute favorites.

Since my hair is wavy/in-between like yours, I can coax it into scrunchy curls with Big Sexy Curly hair mousse and curling creme, and also Biolage gel.

But you definitely need some product. I squirt a bit of #9 into my palms and work it into the ends, then blow dry mine with a flat brush (round=volume and mine goes POOF so i can’t go with the round brush), smooth on some oil and thermal spray, and flat iron it after it’s all cooled down. After it has been flat ironed, i run a little smoothing milk over and sometimes just the teeniest drop of that morrocan oil (too much=greasy, but a little on the ends keeps the frizzies away).

Sounds like a lot of work, but for me, short hair was MORE work. And a lot of the times, i just rub that curling creme into my half-dried hair, a dollop of mousse/gel, and let it go free.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I actually think your hair looks nicer long!

 

I have very long hair (hits my butt) so I know the issues you are talking about.  I would suggest that if you want your hair to have a lot of volume, use a mousse and blow drive your hair with a round spiral brush (something on the larger side).  You can also put a shaping gel or something heavier on your roots and then blow dry to create even more shape and volume.  If you want to wear your hair up, but don’t want a boring bun, you can pull some of your front hair out and curl it (or sweep it back later) and put the rest up in a few stages (pony tail, then scrunch and add another band, then scrunch and add a third).  That will give you a fun look updo.

 

Good luck with your hair, and if you honestly like it short, then wear it short, YOU should feel good about yourself on your wedding day, not worrying about what anyone else thinks might be more beautiful.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I feel your pain. I’m used to growing it out until I hate it then chopping it but with the wedding coming up I haven’t been able to do my usual summer chop. It is KILLING me. I feel like my hair is gross and all i do is put it in a bun or ponytail. I did just find a good shampoo & conditioner that is organic and doesn’t frizz my hair or weigh it down. It’s Beauty Without Cruelty Rosemary Mint Tea Tree and I love it. I got it cheap from vitacost.com and I will be buying it again. Also I’ve been putting argan oil (just a little) in my hair while damp before airdrying or styling and that cuts down on frizzies on my head. I’ve tried a lot of stuff so let me know if you are thinking of trying something, I’ll tell you if it was a pass or fail for me!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I wash my hair with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner.  I wrap my hair in a towel to dry for a few minutes.  Don’t rub your hair with a towel, just pat dry.  Rubbing you hair will damage it and make it frizzy.  While my hair is still a little damp I spray some root booster on the roots and comb it through.  I seperate my hair in sections and use a large round boar brush and keep my hair dryer on warm (the hot setting is too hot for your hair).  I also use my hairdryer’s concentrator attachment so the warm air only hits where I have the nozzle directed and not all over, causing fly aways.  After I have my hair all dry I use a shine serum, only a tiny bit, and finger comb it through the end of my hair.  If I have any fly aways I do a light mist of hairspray and pat them down.  I hope this helps!!!! 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If your hair gets oily & weighed down then I really suggest getting organic hair products. It doesn’t have a lot of the sulfates, sls, parabens etc that many other brands have. I dealt with the same issues you have and until I switched to organic hair products I kept getting the same results, my hair is so much better now!

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