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Faepirate
March 20th, 2008, 09:06 AM
I've noticed a sort of "the thicker, the better" trend here at LHC and I was wondering if there's anyone else who, like me, feels their hair would be much easier to care for (and possibly look better too!) if there were just a bit less of it?

I feel like I have a haystack on the top of my head most days! :(
I have enough hair here for THREE. *dies*

I think it wouldn't be so bad if the hair were more uniform around my head but it all seems to be at the back, and because it's wavey and a bit frizzy it frequently looks rather silly if I have it loose.
I'm hoping as it grows longer the weight of the hair will prevent it from puffing out from the thickness like it does as the moment.

Curlsgirl
March 20th, 2008, 09:11 AM
I've noticed a sort of "the thicker, the better" trend here at LHC and I was wondering if there's anyone else who, like me, feels their hair would be much easier to care for (and possibly look better too!) if there were just a bit less of it?

I feel like I have a haystack on the top of my head most days! :(
I have enough hair here for THREE. *dies*

I think it wouldn't be so bad if the hair were more uniform around my head but it all seems to be at the back, and because it's wavey and a bit frizzy it frequently looks rather silly if I have it loose.
I'm hoping as it grows longer the weight of the hair will prevent it from puffing out from the thickness like it does as the moment.Do you blow it dry by any chance? I know that definitley makes my hair poof out a LOT more! I let my hair dry naturally for that reason among others. To answer your question yes I used to HATE my hair being thick but the longer it gets the more glad I am it is! I feel I may be able to get a lot longer without so much of a taper this way though I don't know how long since my hair is now as long as it's ever been in my life! I think it may be your hairtype too but from your pictures I think it's beautiful! I do know how you feel though because it does seem so much to handle sometimes!!! I also can't do updos that others can at my length, it takes a lot more length for me to do a LOT of them! I STILL can't do a decent cinnabun really! I really think though you will be so glad it's thick as it gets even longer. And if you are blow-drying I would suggest to ditch it!

Faepirate
March 20th, 2008, 09:17 AM
Oh, no I don't blow-dry!
Thankfully I gave that up years and years ago. :) I think I just have uber-thick, poofy hair. I always let it dry naturally. I learned my lesson there in my teens - in only a year or two or blowdrying and straightening (WHY?! Those poor curls.) I did SO MUCH damage.

I do have layers though, which I am growing out - I don't know if these make the poofiness better or worse, really. When I was younger I used to treat my hair poorly so perhaps the layers shaped it so it didn't look so awful, but now I'm not so sure.

I do wonder how my hair will look when it's longer - it seems thicker than ever now that I'm getting some length in! Maybe it will calm down. ^.^

p.s. thank you for the compliments Curlsgirl :)

Village Mama
March 20th, 2008, 09:17 AM
Your pictures do look gorgeous! My hair is super duper thick as well. Hairdressers usually complain that they sould be paid the amount for three haircuts. My buns at just past shoulder lenth look like a regular bun that someone with long hair would have. Soon they will be as big as my head!
Again though, your hair looks absolutely beautiful!

justmyself
March 20th, 2008, 09:22 AM
Your pictures do look gorgeous! My hair is super duper thick as well. Hairdressers usually complain that they sould be paid the amount for three haircuts. My buns at just past shoulder lenth look like a regular bun that someone with long hair would have. Soon they will be as big as my head!
Again though, your hair looks absolutely beautiful!

I have the same problem. My hair is also wavy so it stacks funny, giving me pyramid hair, not attractive.

Kajol
March 20th, 2008, 09:33 AM
I have the same problem. My hair is also wavy so it stacks funny, giving me pyramid hair, not attractive.

Yep, same problem here. I actually cut my hair back to waist length, 'cause at hip lenght you couldn't see my back anymore.

justmyself
March 20th, 2008, 09:47 AM
Yep, same problem here. I actually cut my hair back to waist length, 'cause at hip lenght you couldn't see my back anymore.

I just looked at your photobucket pics and your hair is gorgeous. Did you find that the stacking problem went away with length to hold it down? I ask because my hair is shoulder length and I'm hoping it gets better.

Shea butter seems to help alot though. That's one good thing about having thick hair, we can usually get away with putting heavy stuff like shea in.

Kittee
March 20th, 2008, 09:54 AM
I used to have your problem. =) Then I got Crohn's and I've lost about 1/2 my volume over the past 2 years. I miss the thickness.

Delenn
March 20th, 2008, 10:00 AM
We have very similar hair, we could almost be hair twins. My braids are hugely thick and deady weapons, in my martial arts classes they're referred to as my "cheater extra attack." I feel bad when I thwap someone with them but then again if they stand within range then they're asking for it! I've thought about pinning it down during sparring but haven't tried it yet.

I can't do chinese buns. I've tried, it doesn't work. My hair is just too darned thick. And it annoys me because I'm passing waist length and I still can't do some styles that others have been able to achieve at BSL! grrrrrrr

spidermom
March 20th, 2008, 10:07 AM
My thickness doesn't bother me, although I agree that it can be a pain sometimes. I don't like when it fluffs out all over the place and looks like a big cloud. However, I think I can get it longer without having severe thinning of my ends, so that's a good thing.

My DD complains about the thickness of her hair all the time. She'd rather be a ii.

freznow
March 20th, 2008, 06:25 PM
I don't have the exact numbers, but you probably DO have enough hair for three people. The difference (volume wise) between a iii and a ii is greater than the difference between a ii and a i, even though judging by the circumference, they differences should be equal.

That said, would you like to share? I'll gladly take some of it! lol

Feisty Redhead
March 20th, 2008, 06:53 PM
Nope - I love my thickness. I know others would love to have even half of what I've got, so I don't take that for granted. :flower:

sapphire-o
March 20th, 2008, 06:54 PM
Thick hair looks great! I do think they're harder to manage, (I used to have iii hair and didn't know what to do with it.) but the big glossy braids and buns are worth the trouble. :) Of course I myself always loved abundance of anything nice. :D

aprilmay
March 20th, 2008, 07:09 PM
Lots of hair here, breaks hair bands, plastic doesn't work, and it is a serious job to wash, brush, and takes most of the day to dry.

prosperina
March 20th, 2008, 07:11 PM
Faepirate, you and I have the same hair type (although mine is layered and a tad shorter, so it's not quite the same) and if I use a lot of conditioner and oil my hair feels flatter, not lank really, just not poofy and full and big right after washing. I do this sometimes, if I want a sleeker look.

If you're not too opposed to layers, you could try that. My sister has enough hair for 3 people, and she MUST have layers or her hair is just impossible.

kissedbyfyre
March 20th, 2008, 07:13 PM
Thick hair looks beautiful but it is a royal pain to care for.

I LOOOOVE curly hair (yes I lust for curly hair) but my man has long curly hair and he spends more time on his long hair than I do mine in the morning. It's beautiful but after seeing the attention it requires, I wouldn't care to have it.

Thick hair is a pain, mine is a million and one textures as well. The shorter areas are prone to curls when happy, frizz when not so happy. The bulk of it waves when it's got enough moisture or will go stick straight. Some areas have a wave that never goes away.

It eats hair toys like nothing else so I can only buy the expensive ones and if they aren't made of the right materials, it will eat those as well. It gives me headaches when it reaches new lengths or if I haven't put it up right. Buns are near impossible unless I secure them right and even then, I end up with a massive headache OR the hair sticks sliding down my head in a few minutes. So braids have become my hairstyle of choice.

I love it though and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I've got enough for 3 people as well and I need to keep reminding myself of that. The longer it's gotten, the more the weight pulls out the volume, but that's good. I keep it long because short, it overwhelms my entire head and requires a hairstylist to remove about half of the bulk.

cuddledumplin
March 20th, 2008, 07:33 PM
I've had that thought because my hair is just HUGE sometimes. (I think English weather could have something to do with it). It eats clips and elastics to no end. However, people often comment that the thickness is one of the best things about my hair. I suppose the grass is always greener.

AprilElf
March 20th, 2008, 07:48 PM
I appreciate the thickness of my hair.
But I often wrestle with it, and sometimes require multiple attempts, to get it to form buns and updos where others go *flip, flip, flip -done*. :confused:
Sometimes it's nice to have a built-in pillow on the back of your head, though ... ;)

ladystar
March 20th, 2008, 07:49 PM
I have the same Problem. I have to take pictures of it when I wash it. I look like a puddle and its just wavey. Your hair is very pretty without blowdry. I havent been able to get rid of the habbit of blow dry just yet. UUURRRR I know its bad. =(

Wanderer09
March 20th, 2008, 08:06 PM
My hair is just naturally poofy whether I blowdry or not. Thankfully it loses some volume the day after washing so it's not so bad then but gosh, it gets annoying. Layers have helped a lot, but a giant claw clip can still barely hold it. I jokingly told me friend that when it gets longer it's going to turn on me and eat me...

On the plus side, thick hair is very good for half-up styles. :D

Pixel Gypsy
March 20th, 2008, 08:11 PM
I don't have a poofiness issue, but having thick hair and trying to get it into updos in a reasonable amount of time can be frustrating. I've just recently found claw clips made specifically for thick hair and now I'm in heaven! Before I had too much hair to actually grab all the way through and they would just sag and fall out. However, despite the difficulties the thickness can pose, I would take thick hair over thin any day of the week!

Mitzy
March 20th, 2008, 08:19 PM
My hair is the same. I have layers, but it has more to do with styling, etc than anything else. It will settle down as the layers grow out. Also, I find, putting my hair up when wet or into a ponytail or otherwise containing it while wet, helps enormously with the frizzies and puffiness. Aloe vera gel is good, too. Just comb some through lightly and then when your hair is dry, comb through again.

helanek
March 20th, 2008, 11:47 PM
ok... here is a deal: i will gladly buy some thickness from any of you to double my thin braid. any offers? :cool:

lilmisspicky126
March 21st, 2008, 12:51 AM
Sure, you can have about an inch worth of mine if you want. I have really thick hair, my average hair circumference is about 5.5 though its sometimes closer to 6 and sometimes closer to 5. I cannot yet do a figure 8 despite being a bit past waist, and my buns are becoming too big to deal with.

sapphire-o
March 21st, 2008, 01:03 AM
Try double figure-8 - problem solved. :D Honestly I think that would look lovely. Half-up buns also look so good on thick hair since you still have so much left. Nowadays I'm embarrassed to do half-ups.

rubyredslippers
March 21st, 2008, 01:10 AM
On the plus side, thick hair is very good for half-up styles. :D

I second that motion!:applause Half-ups are my absolute favourite. You can't pull that off with i hair, not easily anyways. And even though it takes longer to get to do new styles with all of our thick hair, we can always do them as a half-up.

Still, thick hair and hats never get along, to my neverending chagrin. Alas.

PatGear
March 21st, 2008, 02:56 AM
I don't have the exact numbers, but you probably DO have enough hair for three people. The difference (volume wise) between a iii and a ii is greater than the difference between a ii and a i, even though judging by the circumference, they differences should be equal.I think it's the other way around (of course depends what numbers you use to represent i, ii, and iii since they're defined as a range and one of them doesn't even have an upper limit!) If you use 2", 3" and 4", then:
- 3" pony has 2.25 times as much hair as a 2" pony.
- 4" pony has 1.78 times as much hair as a 3" pony.

But that still doesn't negate your first point. Assuming the "average" person has 3" pony circumference. (I just picked the middle of ii range) If your pony is 5.2" (sqrt(3*3^2)), you DO have 3 times as much as as the average person.

lilmisspicky126 (5.5") has 5.36 times as much hair as I do (2.375")! :bigeyes: I could make a figure-8 since before BSL.

Faepirate
March 21st, 2008, 03:10 AM
Oh, good point about the half-ups!

It is nice being able to do half-updos and still have a full cascade left down my back. Can't argue with that. :)

My schoolfriends used to joke that their were birds and badgers nesting in this hair. ;)
I sincerely hope there aren't.......

Did anyone people see that drama series for modern interpretations of fairytales that was on BBC a couple of months back? In the Rapunzel one I did notice that her hair looked VERY thick (I'm certain it wasn't real but still!) - I wondered whether mine will look anything like hers when it's properly long... well I hope so. I also loved how she wore her hair. I couldn't find a picture but it's that style like a long, long ponytail with bands or ribbons every few inches and the hair puffed out slightly in between. So it ends up behaving like a braid but it's not braided. It's the sort of thing that I imagine would only work well with very thick hair.

Beesweet
March 23rd, 2008, 08:17 AM
I know what you mean. I have hair that is only shoulder length and very layered to "control bulk" as the hairdresser liked to say, back when I used a hairdresser!

I don't dislike the thickness, I just don't know quite how to deal with it. Never really have! One good thing is that my hair is pretty "grabby" and isn't too slippery in updos like some of my straighter-haired sisters.
It is still thick enough to be kind of a pain to put up for someone who knows not what she is doing! Hopefully, this will ease when it gets longer.


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Requiax
March 23rd, 2008, 08:34 AM
I do understand. I just started a thread a couple days ago about it. Claws, ficcares, elastics, my hair laughs at them all. My bun, at 33", is as wide as the back of my head. I don't hate my hair, I just hate trying to put it in an updo!

quidscribis
March 23rd, 2008, 08:46 AM
I love thick hair, but yeah, I don't have a clue what to do with it. Down, I have definite pyramid happening. I have a very difficult time finding hair toys here that are meant for anything approaching my amount of hair. I've also broken my share of hairtoys, what little I have found. To make matters worse, my hair is very slippery, so that just exasperates my incompetence at updos and, well, braids. :D

florenonite
March 23rd, 2008, 08:49 AM
*raises hand* I wish I had less hair. When it was shorter I needed layers to prevent a pyramid-shape, but now that it's longer those layers get in the way and it *still* isn't thin enough to do anything other than a cinnabun

soleluna
May 4th, 2008, 05:26 AM
I love my thick hair, but updos are a pain! I alway have to get the larger size toys, and they cost more.

Gothic Lolita
May 4th, 2008, 05:52 AM
I don't really think my hair is too thick. Because of my layers it doesn't even look that thick, but if you grab it you feel it. I like it like that, but I can't do most updos yet (although I'm well past waist and almost hip now) because all that thickness is eating up the length. A real pity, just now I learned to do more updos and like my hair up more.

goodenough
May 4th, 2008, 06:27 AM
I am solving the thick hair-updo "problem" by growing it to the length at which it looks proportional to me. I'm thinking top of the waistband. I have 5" cir., and my dutch braid looks like something is attacking my head. A single braid is obese on me and actually looks stumpy although my hair is approaching waist.

I'd agree with others who have said that layers help at shorter lengths, but get in the way of updos down the line.

sibylla
May 4th, 2008, 01:12 PM
I´m waiting for my bangs to grow out ( they are at shoulder length now). Hairtoy is a must have and not that much of a toy..I love my bfs thin hair cause I can do so many updos with it. My arms get tired so fast if I try doing updos on myself.Not fun...But I´m not complaining, my hair was twice as thick before I started bleeching it white many years ago.

Igor
May 4th, 2008, 02:21 PM
I did when it was shorter!
It was so unproportionally thick compared to the length. Especially since I couldn’t do any of the styles that people with shorter hair than me could. Talk about jealousy! :(
Actually it wasn’t until I reach waist length that I had a feeling of “Oh yea, this is right”
Now I wouldn’t trade my thickness for anything in the world. But I must admit I’m glad my hair is quite straight, I don’t think I could handle it if it were curly too!
I guess the moral of this is that if you’re a thick haired longhair you need to aim for longer and have more patience and learn to adapt more than the thinner haired people?

levelek
May 4th, 2008, 04:53 PM
No no no! I love having thick hair :disco: The only pain about it is that my scalp is problematic enough, and it would probably breathe better with thinner hair. Even so, I wouldn't trade. I know I can't pull off a lot of looks, and it is harder to style, but I'm mostly a fashion ignoramus and don't care much for styling :)

Angellen
May 4th, 2008, 05:19 PM
My hair isn't huge, barely into the iii range, but it's still thick enough that quite a few styles are lost on me. I'm at "Can I call this hip?" length, and still can't do a complete figure eight or infinity bun, and beebutt buns have less than 2 coils (more like a coil and 3/4, instead of that lightbulby effect). Because my hair is straightish and heavy, it doesn't poof out so much, which I like.

That said, I wouldn't mind being 1/2" bigger. ;)

Medvssa
May 5th, 2008, 01:43 AM
I used to have super thick hair. I was always annoyed by it and wished to have less. Now that I've lost 2/3 of my volume (and I'm still ii) I wish it would come back :( It is annoying at shorter lenghts, especially for curlies, but I still think it is very much worth it.

rhubarbarin
May 5th, 2008, 07:43 AM
This thread makes me jealous. But there are as many LHCers with ii that make me ooh and ahh as there are ii/iii and iii. Thickness isn't everything.. but it's pretty awe-inspiring sometimes. Also, with thicker hair you have added security as you go through hormonal changes.

I have to admit though I wouldn't want to struggle with hair that was so thick it was heavy and caused discomfort. My hair is very light and cobwebby.

yogachic
May 5th, 2008, 07:45 AM
I don't find my hair to be too thick, but My DD12 does! Her scalp hurts if she leaves her hair up too long. She can hardly even get her hair in updo's her hair is So Thick.

I was always told as a child I had thick hair. I think it has thinned out some since then.

socks
May 5th, 2008, 07:55 AM
The main issue that I have with the thickness of my hair is the weight, but I can't imagine how horribly scrawny (they're already quite thin) my ends would be without that thickness.

swanns
May 5th, 2008, 08:05 AM
I wanted to have silky, straight, THINK hair for so long! But then my hair started to go really curly when I hit puberty and I sort of learned to like it the way it is. And I never really thought it's that thick, (eventhough people kept telling me it really is) until recently, I guess that's because it's only maybe an inch from waist lenght and has never been this long before.

Some days I really wish it were a bit thinner so it'd be easier to manage, especially the hair at the front which is the curliest just seems ridiculously thick at times, when it was shorter I had this spaniel ear look going on for AGES.

Then again, I wouldn't want to change it :) And it doesn't feel as thick as it did a few months ago or so because I've started to take better care of it and some of the frizziness is gone.

swanns
May 5th, 2008, 08:08 AM
And by think I mean thin... Sheesh.

KajiKodomo
May 5th, 2008, 08:37 AM
Ah, yes, when I was growing up, I thought of my thick hair as a curse, probably because it was treated that way by my mother who was constantly taking thinning shears to it (and she didn't know how to use them, so I had either super short hair, or a mullet throughout most of my childhood).

I've had a hairdresser start to go through my hair (you know, lifting and letting it fall) and said "oh my god" at the thickness. Then, she razorcut it to take the "bulk" out.

I've also had a doctor say, as she was doing a scalp exam, that it would help if she could actually SEE my scalp with how dense my hair is.

My hair isn't even as thick as some people that have posted here!

But, I wouldn't trade it for the world! I can't remember how thick my hair was before all of the layers from buzzing it and my undercut, not to mention the face-framing layers I have now. Currently, it's barely over 4 inches. I believe it was closer to 5 before. I really miss that thickness!

The only time I hate my hair is when it's hot and very sunny outside and I'm wearing my hair down. Thick, black hair doesn't mix well with the sun! :rolleyes:

cat_in_the_hat7
May 5th, 2008, 08:57 AM
With a 5" circumference ponytail and hair that's not straight but not wavey I get serious poof. I had my hair grown out in one length except my bangs and as much as I hated to I had to get layers put in it. Makes updos a bit more difficult but so does having such thick hair. But if there's one thing I've learned from LHC is to love my hair as it is. After so many years of dying and frying my hair I'm happy to see it long and healthy and make my sister oh so jealous.

florenonite
May 5th, 2008, 09:00 AM
This thread makes me jealous. But there are as many LHCers with ii that make me ooh and ahh as there are ii/iii and iii. Thickness isn't everything.. but it's pretty awe-inspiring sometimes. Also, with thicker hair you have added security as you go through hormonal changes.


You've got a good point here. I don't worry about shedding as much as an i might because I have so much hair already that I don't mind losing a bit of it!

Euphony
May 5th, 2008, 09:24 AM
My favorite thing about my hair is the thickness. That being said, my least favorite thing about my hair is the thickness.

I was finally able to do a figure 8 last September, an infinite followed a month later. My cinnamon bun has no cinnamon - it's just a large round puff.

This is the first time in my life my hair has been this long, also the first time in my life I've gone without bangs (started growing them out four years ago). I'm hoping as my bangs gain length they'll quite falling in front of me so badly. I've noticed most people with hair my length (bangs hit bsl) don't have that problem, but the thickness of my hair just can't stay behind me. My plan is to get to tail bone and grow out my layers, shortest layers being bangs. Once everything gets to tail bone I'm hoping my bangs stay back - if not they will become bangs again!

The thickness of my hair is attractive, I know this. My updo's are intimidating, like they're gonna eat my head. My ends at hip even with layers is wonderfully thick comparitively. My hair takes about 8 hours to dry during the winter, and about 4 during the summer. If I braid my hair out of the shower I can expect it to still be wet 24 hours later when the braid is taken out. Don't even get me started on hair toy issues, and those silly unbreakable combs UGH I was so excited the first time I saw one (mid 80's I think) I've always broken combs and yeah I proved within a week of owning my first one - they are NOT unbreakable.

dagonlilly
May 5th, 2008, 10:33 AM
My hair is too thick. Every time I would go and see a hairdresser this was the first thing they pointed out .. oh your hair is so thick., the next question was do you have headaches or neck pains. I have had it thinned twice and both times it was neat to actually feel air on my scalp. I think the most thing I hate is it is hard to find hair toys to handles such volume of hair they break easy or just will not work.

Islandgrrl
May 5th, 2008, 11:06 AM
I'm right along there with Euphony. I love and hate my hair's thickness.

Why I love it: It feels really luxurious. I love the way it hangs, even when the short bits fall forward into my face. (I still have layers and growing out bangs) It's impressive looking (this might be a reason to hate it, too...more below). It's just the way my hair is and I really do love my hair.

Why I hate it: I'm just barely at BSL right now and pretty much all I can do is a cinnamon bun, but it BARELY makes one wrap around. Yikes. Even at this length, it takes FOREVER to dry. I washed it at 6am today, and now, at 10 it's still wet - not damp- on the inside of my bun. I'll be lucky if it's damp all the way through at noon. Just like Euphony, if I braid it, it would still be wet tomorrow. It's heavy when it's up and kind of hot when it's down.

Seriously, though, if it could be thicker than it is, I'd still take it!!! The way I see it, better too thick than too thin.

intothemist1999
May 5th, 2008, 12:30 PM
Although my hair is fairly straight, the problem I have with thick hair is the bulk makes my head so hot. Once the weather warms up a bit (or, very often when I'm at work where the heat gets turned way up), I'm constantly sweating at the back of my head. Years ago when I had wavey hair from a perm, it didn't bother me so much because the wave is just enough to get a tiny bit of airflow in and to lift the hair away from the scalp.

I try to use ponytails or updo's to combat that, but then I become very self-conscious of the back of my hair being exposed so people can actually SEE the dampness, or the sweat on my neck!! TMI :sad

Rustella
May 5th, 2008, 03:11 PM
Finally, some people who understand me! Whenever I complain about how much hair I have and how thick it is I get no sympathy whatsoever, just "I'll take some of it for you." It's difficult to mange and takes forever to dry (not giving up the blodryer till it's long again). Hairdressers often want to "thin it out." When I figured out what that meant I stopped letting them do that. "You have so much hair! How wonderfull! Let's wack some off it out so you can have flyaways and even poofier hair!" I also can't wear many styles because of how thick it is. Thankfully I now have an honest hairdresser who tells me "your hair can't do that. Forget it." LOL! The uneven S waves don't help any. I've learned over the years not to fight them, as they're going to win anyway. In fact the waves and volume make for some interesting hair days with my current chin-lenght bob. I can get a great "just rolled out of bed" look with no trouble at all. Some people pay lots of money for that in cuts and products.


My dd hates her thickness and waves and volume so much she started straightening it. Don't worry, she has handed over the straightener and is finally starting to work with what she has. She still has the DT's, but we are almost through the denial stage. Welcome to reality, my little thick-haired jr!

Tap Dancer
May 5th, 2008, 05:36 PM
My hair is really thick and my hairdresser always jokes about how I have enough hair for 3 people. And she told me that she's never had a client with more hair than me. I love it. It's funny because the other women in my family have fine hair and it's nowhere near as thick as mine is. But their hair has also thinned some as they've aged. Even if mine thins, I'll still have a lot. :)

I know the saying about wanting what you don't have (straight wants curly, brunette wants blonde...) but I disagree in my case. I'm very happy with what God gave me.

Pegasus Marsters
May 5th, 2008, 05:42 PM
I hate it. My hair's too thick and too curly for me to do anything with.. It tangled endlessly when it was long and just got in my way, which is part of why I cut it short.

Naluin
May 5th, 2008, 06:02 PM
Sometimes, I'm discouraged by the thickness of my hair, like when I'm standing in the shower, trying to wash my hair and the water takes forever to penetrate my hair.

However, I was really glad for the thickness of my hair when I overprocessed my hair and it turned to mush and started to break off in my hands! I must have lost at least a third of my hair, maybe even as much as half, and even then, it was still impossible to see my scalp. My hair was still thick. At the time, I was very relieved not to have bald patches.

With summer coming, I plan to deal with the thickness of my hair by putting my hair in lots of braids. The parts make my scalp feel much cooler, but then I'll have to cover my head with a cap or a scarf to protect my scalp from the sun. :rolleyes:

Nynaeve
May 5th, 2008, 07:19 PM
I always feel like my hair is too thick for it length for the styles I'm trying, and my hair is past tailbone. :(

nomadhome
May 5th, 2008, 07:32 PM
Especially when it is short, I find it too thick. It has to be heavily thinned in order not to look triangle head-ish. Now that it is around BSL (although still layered) I enjoy its thickness. Still-- add the volume and fluff of waves to thickness and even long it is overwhelming some days. Depends on its mood ;)

Morag
May 5th, 2008, 08:09 PM
I've noticed a sort of "the thicker, the better" trend here at LHC and I was wondering if there's anyone else who, like me, feels their hair would be much easier to care for (and possibly look better too!) if there were just a bit less of it?

I feel like I have a haystack on the top of my head most days! :(
I have enough hair here for THREE. *dies*



I'll take some of that! I plan to post pitiful photos of my thin crown and my pretty pink scalp later. :wail:

Nynaeve
May 5th, 2008, 08:50 PM
I'll take some of that! I plan to post pitiful photos of my thin crown and my pretty pink scalp later. :wail:


Awwww. :blossom:
I would give you a bit! It would probably look strange, but we could try!
:grouphug:

Dianyla
May 6th, 2008, 03:14 AM
Still, thick hair and hats never get along, to my neverending chagrin. Alas.
There are ways to get thick hair and hats to get along. I basically gave one of my hats the equivalent of an episiotomy, and I can wear it with a braid or a bun. :)

AutumnLeaves
May 6th, 2008, 04:39 AM
I'm thinking hair can never be too thick...can it? Mine is thinning as I get older....I am not sure if it is still a iii or if I'm down to ii now. Still a bit too short to get a circumference measurement, I think.

swanns
May 6th, 2008, 07:17 AM
Hairdressers often want to "thin it out." When I figured out what that meant I stopped letting them do that. "You have so much hair! How wonderfull! Let's wack some off it out so you can have flyaways and even poofier hair!"

They just love to do that don't they! "Your hair's so wonderfully thick, let's cut some layers in it so it won't look so thick anymore!" Like, where's the logic? :suspect: It has also happened to me a couple of times that when I've gone to the hairdresser with a picture of what I'd like my hair to look like they haven't bothered to tell me my hair can never look like that, that the look has been for hair much thinner and straighter.

rhubarbarin
May 6th, 2008, 09:30 AM
I';ve noticed some of the iiis in this thread don't like that their hair takes forever to dry in a bun or braid.. however, if I bun or braid when it's wet it will still be damp on the inside 24 hours later, and I don't even have a 3" ponytail! This is why I always dry it down (and it still takes 2-4 hours).

Guenever
May 6th, 2008, 09:44 AM
- As every i and ii who has visited this thread has exclaimed:
I'd gladly free you iiis of some of it.. let's say.. 1"? 2"?? :p I hate to worry about shedding!

soleluna
May 6th, 2008, 12:12 PM
I tried plooping before going to bed.. and woke up with my hair still wet in the microfiber towel. If I wash my hair in the morning and then braid it when damp because I don't have time to let it dry, by the time I undo the braid at night the center is still wet..

kimberlily
May 6th, 2008, 01:56 PM
There are ways to get thick hair and hats to get along. I basically gave one of my hats the equivalent of an episiotomy, and I can wear it with a braid or a bun. :)

OMG, that is so funny :lol: Your poor hat! Did it need stitches after? ;)

I'm just past waist, and M/C iii. I can BARELY do figure 8 buns at this length & thickness. Forget Chinese buns - they eat my head. And any kind of wrapped bun? Not a chance - I need a few more inches to even consider trying one.

Having uber-thick hair has its disadvantages. It eats combs, clips and hairtoys. A large Ficcare BARELY holds my hair. I'll need to learn some Ficcare-fu to get them to work at longer lengths! It takes more henna than i or ii hair. It sucks up more oil & conditioner than thinner hair.

But it has many advantages. I can kill people with my braids. If I wear it down, I don't have to worry nearly as much about tangling because it is thick so it doesn't dread up like my daughters fine hair does (she's probably an i or maybe ii). It doesn't split as much as finer hair tends to since it is tougher. I'm not all that gentle with my hair! I have no taper, even at this length, and I probably won't ever have a taper (my goal is tailbone or classic). Even with a big shed, I don't notice a change in thickness. I can wear a half-up and still look like I've got a lot of hair (sometimes thinner hairtypes don't suit half-ups) It gets me lots of compliments too.

So, as much as I might complain about having hair that eats combs for breakfast, I'd rather have iii hair than i or ii. But all hair types, textures & thicknesses have aspects that are beautiful!

KajiKodomo
May 6th, 2008, 02:10 PM
Guenever, I worry about shedding as a iii myself. It still shocks me how much hair I actually lose on a daily basis. From reading posts talking about the average amount of shed hair per day, it scares me that I lose probably 2-3 times that amount!

Bah, with all of the shedding, my bathroom floor seems to grow a hair rug in the week between sweepings (maybe I should sweep more, but I'm lazy, haha!). Not to mention the carpet outside the bathroom, the bedroom floor, the bed, and any chair I sit in on a regular basis! Any time I run my fingers through my hair, I come out with at least 2-3 hairs, and that's immediately after I've brushed/fingercombed it!

soleluna
May 6th, 2008, 02:15 PM
same here with the shedding! used to worry like crazy

Nynaeve
May 6th, 2008, 04:02 PM
There are ways to get thick hair and hats to get along. I basically gave one of my hats the equivalent of an episiotomy, and I can wear it with a braid or a bun. :)

Thick hair and hats probably have a way to get along, but hats and my small ears never work out well. I always look stupid in hats! It makes me so sad because I love hats. :(

florenonite
May 6th, 2008, 04:35 PM
It's funny, I did a Dutch braided headband the other day, and my remaining hair felt ridiculously thin that I thought it might look daft down, so I measured it and realised it was still a ii! (It was about 3" circumference, I believe, and it felt thin!)

Mrs_Zombie
May 6th, 2008, 04:43 PM
Faepirate, i used to want less hair than i have, then i got a hair cut that reduced my hair in half and i HATE IT!! I hate it, hate it, hate it, hate it, HATE IT!! (/rant)

Anyway, i want my old hair back, my ponytail circumference went from about 5.5" to 2.5". *SIGH*
I'm just glad i went through this so that i can appreciate my full beautiful head of hair. :)

Nynaeve
May 6th, 2008, 07:34 PM
It's funny, I did a Dutch braided headband the other day, and my remaining hair felt ridiculously thin that I thought it might look daft down, so I measured it and realised it was still a ii! (It was about 3" circumference, I believe, and it felt thin!)

I know what you mean. Sometimes when I braid certain braids or do some sort of halfup bun, my hair feels and look to thin, but the measuring tape says it's still thick. :shrug:

artemis_orange
May 6th, 2008, 07:38 PM
my mom has the same type of hair as you. I wish she'd let it grow long

*sighs*

Morag
May 6th, 2008, 07:50 PM
But it has many advantages. I can kill people with my braids.


ROFL, Kimberlily! Do you prefer to strangle, or just whip them to death? :rolling:

Morag
May 6th, 2008, 07:58 PM
Awwww. :blossom:
I would give you a bit! It would probably look strange, but we could try!
:grouphug:


Nynaeve, you're a peach! Can we do this by some kind of psychic osmosis? Maybe if we concentrate really hard on convincing some of your hair that it wants to come and live on my head, we can get it to teleport ...

:magic:

Speedbump
May 7th, 2008, 09:55 AM
When my hair was shorter I sometimes felt it was too thick to do anything with. It also appeared a lot shorter than it really was when braided because of the thickness of the top part of the braid (damage kept the bottom half much thinner).

Now that I am at about tailbone when dry (buttcrackish when wet :lol: ) my hair has calmed down A LOT and lays a lot better because of the weight of it. The main problem that I have is that I have a pretty sensitive scalp and I have a hard time getting it into updos that can last all day long without hurting pretty badly.

I have found that a single braid is the most comfortable and practical way for me to keep it all contained at this point. Also, the thickness of the braid, which has increased over time as I have treated my hair better, actually HELPS me now because my hair is long enough that my braid should be much more in the way all the time than it really is. The thickness helps keep the braid shorter so it isn't all over the place -- yet.

We have very similar hair in terms of fineness and curl. I believe once you hit about waist length, you will notice that the poofies start going away and the weight of the hair will start taking over. I certainly had that experience. :)

HTH!

Ms Monnie
May 7th, 2008, 10:13 AM
There are ways to get thick hair and hats to get along. I basically gave one of my hats the equivalent of an episiotomy, and I can wear it with a braid or a bun. :)
I just googled episiotomy to find out what it was... Interesting. :neutral:

Nynaeve
May 7th, 2008, 03:34 PM
Nynaeve, you're a peach! Can we do this by some kind of psychic osmosis? Maybe if we concentrate really hard on convincing some of your hair that it wants to come and live on my head, we can get it to teleport ...

:magic:


Ahhhh. The power of concentration. :D


I tried, I tried so hard to do Sapphire-o's wrapped ponytail thing, I just can't for the life of me get it to work, I'm afraid my hair is way too thick. :(

magicatt
May 7th, 2008, 04:49 PM
I want to thank the people in this thread for giving me the insight to see my hair differently. I have been depressed because I couldn't do most of the cool buns that I saw here and I am creeping up on hip length. I have barely been able to do an infinity and I couldn't do rose buns, chinese buns or anything braided. I was starting to wonder if I was going to have to wait until knee length to do them (and then the resultant bun would be way too large for my head!) I hadn't really considered doing half-ups with buns. I guess I always thought it was what you did when your hair was too short to do a real bun--but mine was long so I shouldn't have to do that, right?

Well, I put my hair up in a very simple half-up cinnabun yesterday and got so many compliments on how pretty my hair is--and two on how thick it is. I suppose having a cinnabun that covers the back of your head (and can make more than one revolution if it's done as a half-up--yay!) and still having a bunch of long hair draping down is quite eye catching. :cheese:

I was sure that the remaining hair must be really thin and measured it to find that it was 2.5-3". I have to wonder what it would feel like to only have that much hair to begin with and I just can't. I know that's just because I'm so used to my thickness, but it was eye-opening.

Another cool thing is that I've managed to salvage some of my favorite hairtoys that were purchased at the beginning of this long hair journey and were probably going to be given to friends with shorter/thinner hair. They were shorter hairsticks or clips that weren't big enough to hold big twists of my hair. I'm so thrilled that I can keep some of these pretties--even if some of the sticks are just barely big enough to go through those half-up buns.

So, yeah, I have a ton of hair but now I can do all sorts of cool buns and updos while still knocking people out with the length.

Stephanie
May 7th, 2008, 04:55 PM
I certainly don't have thick hair - quite the opposite however, but I'm going to plant myself firmly here in your thick hair club and maybe my hair will get the idea and decide to commiserate. Or become a lemming. Or something. Misery loves company, right?

Morag
May 7th, 2008, 08:01 PM
I certainly don't have thick hair - quite the opposite however, but I'm going to plant myself firmly here in your thick hair club and maybe my hair will get the idea and decide to commiserate. Or become a lemming. Or something. Misery loves company, right?


Stephanie, what a great idea! Maybe thick hair will turn out to be contagious! :D

kwaniesiam
May 7th, 2008, 09:04 PM
I will gladly accept any unwanted thickness ;) A handful of iii hair is probably more than all of mine combined.

Nynaeve
May 7th, 2008, 09:36 PM
I want to thank the people in this thread for giving me the insight to see my hair differently. I have been depressed because I couldn't do most of the cool buns that I saw here and I am creeping up on hip length. I have barely been able to do an infinity and I couldn't do rose buns, chinese buns or anything braided. I was starting to wonder if I was going to have to wait until knee length to do them (and then the resultant bun would be way too large for my head!) I hadn't really considered doing half-ups with buns. I guess I always thought it was what you did when your hair was too short to do a real bun--but mine was long so I shouldn't have to do that, right?

Well, I put my hair up in a very simple half-up cinnabun yesterday and got so many compliments on how pretty my hair is--and two on how thick it is. I suppose having a cinnabun that covers the back of your head (and can make more than one revolution if it's done as a half-up--yay!) and still having a bunch of long hair draping down is quite eye catching. :cheese:

I was sure that the remaining hair must be really thin and measured it to find that it was 2.5-3". I have to wonder what it would feel like to only have that much hair to begin with and I just can't. I know that's just because I'm so used to my thickness, but it was eye-opening.

Another cool thing is that I've managed to salvage some of my favorite hairtoys that were purchased at the beginning of this long hair journey and were probably going to be given to friends with shorter/thinner hair. They were shorter hairsticks or clips that weren't big enough to hold big twists of my hair. I'm so thrilled that I can keep some of these pretties--even if some of the sticks are just barely big enough to go through those half-up buns.

So, yeah, I have a ton of hair but now I can do all sorts of cool buns and updos while still knocking people out with the length.

Yay for you!!!! Yay for salvaging pretties!!


I certainly don't have thick hair - quite the opposite however, but I'm going to plant myself firmly here in your thick hair club and maybe my hair will get the idea and decide to commiserate. Or become a lemming. Or something. Misery loves company, right?

We are here for you! :grouphug:
Here's to your hair doing what you want.
:)

busnutmedic
June 14th, 2008, 07:53 PM
AHH! I will also take any extra thickness that is to be passed around ;) Seriously though, I can imagine being on the flipside. It's a pain to have drastically thin or drastically thick hair.

Bonnie

Oskimosa
June 15th, 2008, 12:20 AM
Finally, some people who understand me! Whenever I complain about how much hair I have and how thick it is I get no sympathy whatsoever, just "I'll take some of it for you." It's difficult to mange and takes forever to dry (not giving up the blodryer till it's long again). Hairdressers often want to "thin it out." When I figured out what that meant I stopped letting them do that. "You have so much hair! How wonderfull! Let's wack some off it out so you can have flyaways and even poofier hair!" I also can't wear many styles because of how thick it is. Thankfully I now have an honest hairdresser who tells me "your hair can't do that. Forget it." LOL! The uneven S waves don't help any. I've learned over the years not to fight them, as they're going to win anyway. In fact the waves and volume make for some interesting hair days with my current chin-lenght bob. I can get a great "just rolled out of bed" look with no trouble at all. Some people pay lots of money for that in cuts and products.



I toooooottally agree! I'm so glad to read about everyone else with the same issue I have. Thick hair is both a blessing and a curse. It makes me feel hotter than everyone else (temperature-wise :p) all the time. I don't buy hair toys anymore, my hair breaks them in kung-fu fury every time. It messes up our relationship. We just have this thing where it does what it wants, it looks ok doing it, and if I have more to ask from it then.. well... let's just say I dont ask anymore.

sahiba
June 15th, 2008, 01:34 AM
Boy ! And to Think I was dying for thick hair. After reading you guys I've stopped yearning for thickness and am happy with what I've got ... if only they could be a bit long :smirk:

goldenwaves
June 15th, 2008, 01:38 AM
If it bothers you, you could always get it thinned. :)

julya
June 15th, 2008, 02:17 AM
Thick hair can be a pain sometimes. I have had my hair get somewhat thinner this year, from a iii to a ii and there have been some pros and some cons too. It is easier to detangle now, and it dries a bit faster. I mostly just miss how my braids used to look.

Toadstool
June 15th, 2008, 03:20 AM
I am grateful my hair is thick because it has survived shedloads of abuse and remained strong.
However even short
it is way too hot!
if I put it in a pony tail I get a headache.
it breaks hairclips
it will grow into that triangle head thing soon.
Hairdressers have thinned it loads of times but that just makes bits stick out...???
At immigration in Perth Airport a couple of months ago the lady official did a couple take at my passport photo and was like "WOw, your hair was SOOOO thick." Then my sister told me that was meant as an insult so I don't know...

Periwinkle
June 15th, 2008, 06:21 AM
Before joining LHC, I moaned about it constantly. I have a 6.5" pony circumference, so it's pretty thick. When I was younger, my hair was 1a and just as thick, but then suddenly it thinned out an awful lot and then grew back thick again but more 2a/b/c-ish (it varies at random). So now it's thicker than it's ever been, really, because the wave makes it feel thicker.

However, I'm now glad that I'll probably be able to grow longer without so much taper. I'm still annoyed that it means I have to grow my hair longer to do some updos because the hair gets in the way, though. I read somewhere that most people can manage a double-looped knot at BSL, which is where I am now, but with my thickness, my hair will need to be more like waist before I can do that.

intothemist1999
June 15th, 2008, 04:13 PM
One more here, in the camp of my thick hair makes me HOT HOT HOT!! I have essential straight, spiderweb-y hair, but there's a ton of it!

It's taken a long time to grow out all the layers, but especially as summer gets close, I'm tempted to go back to layers to lighten up some of the load. The only other thing I think to do is (once it hits goal length) is every spring to trim off a few inches. Probably won't help much, but it's a start.

One other thing I've done occasionally is pull back the top part and ponytail it, then turn the PT into a small bun. It makes the back of my neck a bit less hot, but under the bun does still get hot.

Oskimosa
June 15th, 2008, 05:53 PM
When I was younger, my mom used to tell me not to put my hair behind my ears because she was afraid it would make my ears stick out from the weight of all my hair.

I thought it was total malarkey...

Then in my teens I started [disobediently] tucking my long monstrous hair behind them, and within a couple of years I noticed my ears perking oddly more forward than before. She was right!!

I dont guess my ears look alien or anything :p But I had a friend whose ears stuck out more than mine from the very same issue. Who knew all that time moms tell the truth!! To this day when I catch myself doing the ear-tuck, I untuck as quickly as possible.

Naluin
June 15th, 2008, 06:33 PM
Anyone who ever had to comb my hair when I was younger always said "you're hair is so thick" with a mix of awe and dread. I guess we were even, because I always dreaded my hair getting combed!

Paniscus
June 15th, 2008, 07:20 PM
I don't mind my thick hair other than:

6. Ponytails give me headaches :brickwall

5. I break some hair accessories :angry:

4. Even though I'm BSL, I still can not do many updos I see on LHC. :rant:

3. It's HOT in the summer :flamed:

2. I always feel like I have that *weighed down* look (my hair is heavy and not that pretty, fluffed and cascading look) :shrug:



and my #1 reason for getting disgruntled with thick hair is. . .

I shed miniature wigs on a daily basis!!! :disgust:

Even with all of that said though, I really don't mind my hair. I figure, if I had someone else's hair, I'm sure I'd find something else to complain about, so I might as well appreciate what I've got.:cheese:

honeybunch
June 16th, 2008, 06:56 AM
I like my thickness, but it definitely complicates hair care. It takes forever and I do to do my braids. However, I couldn't imagine going without braids b/c there's just so much hair, and I don't have to the time or patience mess with it everyday.

I don't wear my hair out often because I don't like the staring. I've had children literally stop in their tracks and stare at my hair cuz of the texture and there's just so much of it.

Oh yes, and I need to pour out a lil liquor for the hair toys I've maimed. I cannot wear most hair toys with my loose hair b/c they will break.

harley mama
June 16th, 2008, 07:19 AM
I don't have thick hair these days and I miss it.

I did notice that my DGD has trouble getting her scalp rinsed well due to her thick, fine hair.
I can see where this would cause problems. It takes a lot of massaging and rinsing to get
all the shampoo or conditioner out of really thick hair.

Curlsgirl
June 16th, 2008, 07:24 AM
I don't have thick hair these days and I miss it.


:hugs: Your hair is still beautiful!!!