help with hair!!!


erinlee
on Sep 08, 2011 @ 11:36 pm

So here's my question... my hair is naturally straight, always has been. I'm not complaining - Im actually really thankful especially since I see how much some of my friends/family struggle with curly/wavy hair & humidity - but sometimes it would be nice to do something different with my hair.

In the profile pic I just changed mine to, that little bit of scrunched look that I got, took me about 3 hours, and a whole wackload of hairspray, mousse, texturizing stuff, blowdrying, etc etc. Ive used so many different techniques & products that people have recommended, and usually my hair goes back to flat within a matter of hours. (The pic Im talking about had about twice the curl in it an hour before the pic was taken. 2 hours after, you almost never would have known I had done anything different to it lol)

So does anyone else have hair that insists on being difficult when it comes to styling? Any tips that might take less than 3 hours & should hold for more than 2hrs? lol  :-P
 


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AlexJC
Good luck! on Sep 09, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

I have had friends with very similar problems and I gotta tell ya- they have never found a solution- sorry!!! (That wasn't very constructive lol)

This may be one of those times where you gotta think- well, grass is always greener eh? and stick with your straight hair! Many many many ladies would die for pin straight hair!!!

That being said, have you ever tried waxes or pomades? Those are thicker so they may have more hold? Surprisngly, I have found that curlers or rollers actually work better than heated curlers- there is an old trick where you use tissue or rags to curl your hair- youtube video here and it turns out super curly, maybe add a bit of mousse or hair spray?
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The Fashion P.A.
It took me a century to get the hair I wear and love today... on Sep 09, 2011 @ 01:18 pm

My hair has only been a bad combination of straight and wavy throughout. Whether I tried to style it straight or curly it always looked like a mess and couldn't hold the full straight or curly look all day either. I wore my hair in a pony tail from Grade 7 to Grade 12... I was also a competitive Figure Skater so my hair had to be in a pony after school or on the weekends.. After I graduated, retured from skating, I set out to start my own path and honestly, I seriously started to focus on my how I could possibly style my hair (and look) to get a job in the fashion/beauty industry. Working at a Hair Salon has A LOT of benefits... Including buying flat iron and styling products at 50% off! So there I was straightening my hair with a professional flat iron and feeling like I found my professional image. 4 years later after feeling like my hair was so fried from the daily shot of intense heat (flat iron) I set out to see if I could work with my curl to lay off both the flat iron and time it took me to get ready in the morning.. Now I'm in your shoes.. Trying to make straight-ish hair look good curly and hold all day. Well to get the head full of wave that I love and rock to date (and will for the rest of my life), it took me another 4 years!!! And I had natural wave in my hair to start...

My word of advice to to love and wear what your hair wants to do. If it's mainlly straight, keep it straight. I understand you want to do something different but hopefully my life story (LOL) will help you to see that trying to re-program your hair from straight to curly, can take years, hours and lots of products.. Your (curl) styling story sounds exactly what I went through for the first year of trying to style my hair curly.. It gets easier but I find you have to find and try new styling products every now and again. Sometimes I find my #1 favourite curl styling product AG Recoil Curl Activator sometimes needs to be mixed with another product or increase/decrease in amount needed -especially after haircut or hair growing stages post haircut.

Wow. There's my story and I hope it helps.. When I read your note it sounded exactly what I have gone through and really wanted to stress, love what your hair naturally wants to do... Pull out the curling iron and hairspray for formal occasions.. Salon styling is best too... Maybe not the advice you wanted to hear, but I didn't want you wasting any more time in the bathroom.

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erinlee
love my straight hair on Sep 11, 2011 @ 05:14 pm

Im deffinitly not complaining.. Im crazy thankful for having straight hair.. its just more that it would be nice to have the option of doing something different with it occasionally :-P

I'll deffinitly try out these ideas & let you guys know if it works! :-)
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Becky
products on Sep 12, 2011 @ 05:50 pm

some hair products (or combination of products) help keep the curl better than others. Since your hair is short, I'd say get those heated ringlet curlers (really thin curlers made of rubber), put 'em in your hair and keep 'em in overnight, spray and take out the curlers and it should hopefully hold for the rest of the day. Try a few good hairsprays to see which one works best for you.

Or get a really good curling iron that heats up high (I'd recommend something from hot tools) and use that. Again the key is a good hair spray 'cuz its the spray that holds your hair in place.

:-)
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erinlee
got it to work!!!! on Sep 19, 2011 @ 06:09 pm

Not on my own... but I was complaining to a friend of mine, and somehow she worked magic lol. She used a straightener surprisingly, and somehow with a variety of sprays, texturizers, (sp?) and other random stuff, she got my hair into this amazing looking Marilyn Monroe type of curls... that stayed the entire nite!!!

Ive got pics on my camera, just gotta find my cord to upload them. It looked amazing, I've never had my hair look & stay like that all nite lol
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shiorim
work with what you got on Sep 20, 2011 @ 10:00 am

I used to straighten my hair all the time in first year university but then I decided to stop and I actually like it better. My hair has natural waves in it and I've been getting better at styling it so it emphasizes it. Some days I do hate my random kinks but I'm glad buns and sleek ponytails are in.

One thing I will recommend if you are using lots of product is to do a clarifying wash once every week or other week. Product build up is a culprit of flat hair especially if yours is already on the limper side. Easy way to clarify is to mix baking soda into your usual shampoo :)

And if you do want to style it up for the occasion, I always ask my hair stylist for tips since if they are a good one they will know some good ideas on keeping things held.
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Schmoopie
I feel your pain- I have your hair! on Sep 20, 2011 @ 10:39 pm

Yes, I too have straight hair that won't really do anything else. When I try to put it up, it falls down. When I try to curl it, it fall out. (the curl that is, not my hair! ;-) )

I did buy a set of hot rollers years ago that worked with steam. If you took the chunk of hair you would normally put on the roller and twisted it up tightly and then put it on the roller- it gave you really, really curly hair. It was kind of amazing! That did give me those big boing-boing curls like Shirley Temple. The only problem was that you had to wait awhile for your hair to set as the twisted hair was thicker and it took more time for the heat to go through. I hope that explanation makes sense! Anyway, it worked really well and I would recommend trying that method. You'll certainly get alot of curl!

Actually, when I think about it, that's probably quite similar to what your friend did for you. Perhaps the hot rollers will help you to do a faster job of curling your hair.

Hope that's helpful!

Maria
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