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April 18th, 2009, 04:04 AM
My (curly) hair is full APL in its dry state by now (an inch away from BSL when wet) and I have a blunt hemline. All the hair is the same length. I'd like to do something about it to give my hair a bit of shape without losing length! Unfortunately I could find very few online pictures or even descriptions of long layered cuts (especially how it looks at the back), and I'm not confident enough to get the chop without giving the hairdresser a clear sense of how it should be done. Since I'm seeing plenty of longhairs in the streets, but with mixed results, it seems kind of an art to get it right ;)

So, my question! For the longhairs who have a 'haircut' - I'd love to see some pictures of, or perhaps links to how you went about doing it? :D How can I make sure that I won't lose half my hair in the process?

As a sidenote: the kind of cuts I love most have long layers and a U or V-hemline, but I'm open to long haircut stories from everyone.

Thanks a bunch!

Tap Dancer
April 18th, 2009, 05:06 AM
I hope this link will interest you: Feye's Hair Trimming Instructions (http://community.livejournal.com/feyeselftrim/)

April 18th, 2009, 05:08 AM
Tap Dancer::) Yes, I have that one in my Favourites. I'd do it to maintain a haircut but not to cut one into my hair, though. Doing so is tricky, especially as I have curly hair. And I don't think it would quite work to build layers in. Thanks for the input though!

April 18th, 2009, 05:10 AM
I think you could get almost any cut if your hair is curly! My hair is pretty straight, so I usually use rods or just braid it to get some waves, but sometimes I just let it air-dry...so I have face-framing bangs that are kind of short in the middle, and I get the sides layered as well.

April 18th, 2009, 07:44 AM
Hey Margeaux, as a fellow 2c/3a person, I'm not sure I'd recommend getting layers. You have curly hair, layers don't show very well, when I was your length with layers it was quite puffy and awful (I didn't know how to take care of my hair either though). Also, esp on wavy/curly hair - layers thin the hemline. Right now I'm fighting the urge to trim off that last layer I had left, so my hemline won't look so thin.
Make sure that you look for curly layered hair pictures, as straight hair just doesn't look the same, and to think that your will look like it after trimming layers in is just unrealistic. From that little avatar pic of yours, your hair looks great to me, full of body and thick, and it will get even prettier as it will get longer. :flower:

April 18th, 2009, 08:53 AM
If you do decide to cur layers, I would suggest keeping them confined to the bottom couple inches to your hair. My experience with layers and wavy/curly hair has been that the top layers, if they are too short will really curly and produce a poodle eared/mushroom head effect. I wore my hair between APL and BSL and layers for many years and always had to straighten it to make the layers behave properly (the layers always started mid-neck, and went down from there).

I do still have layers now, but they are longer, and they behave better. I plan to maintain them for now, but will re-evaluate as my hair gets longer.

April 18th, 2009, 12:35 PM
I used Feye's method to cut layers.

1. Trim bottom of hair to u-shape.
2. Section off about the bottom 3 inches
3. Repeat trim method but with head angled for a steeper u4.
4. Repeat this all the way up.

Basically I looked a bit closer to the floot each time I cut it; the aim wasn't to take much length off, but to increase the angle of each layer.

It was very effective.

April 18th, 2009, 12:44 PM
If your hair is curly, you might want to check out a "Deva cut". Google it, you'll be surprised at what's out there.

Here's an example:

You also might want to Google for Lorraine Massey, author of the book "Curly girl".

April 18th, 2009, 01:12 PM
Pics of layers. Please bear in mind that after about 6 months they have lost shape somewhat...http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=2626&pictureid=37149
It went quite high up.



That shape is almost wholly down to the layers, not the original starting shape after the trim.

I wouldn't recommend layering it up so far if it's curly though!

April 18th, 2009, 01:19 PM
It looks like we have a very similar hairtype. I like long layers in my hair when it is less than BSL; after that I think it's nicer without so I can make smoother updos. I will be gradually growing them out as I go down, like I did last time.

The biggest thing is getting a good stylist who is experienced with curly hair and not opposed to length; you can explain whatever you want to a lousy stylist and they will still make you cry. I just got my first cut from a new stylist (my beloved old one left town), and was very happy! I found her by combing the reviews on yelp.com; it was very helpful. Don't know if they have yelp where you are, but it was great. Look for reviews from people with similar hair, obviously folks saying "I love her, she makes my bleached pixie look so edgy!" are no help.

It's sometimes hard to see the layers in my hair in pictures, but they are all over the bottom 2"-3" or so. Here is before and after my cut:

Before (grown-out, funky layers):http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3649/3401874967_b23efdddee_m.jpg After (much better!):http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3383/3408648306_de2ebfb8bc_m.jpg

April 18th, 2009, 02:15 PM
Thanks so much everyone for the input!

Heidi234 and Rohele: I am planning to get long layers, say the last 1-2 inches, so I hope it won't look fluffy/mushroomhead when it's done. It was only when I hit APL that my hair finally decided to calm down and be smooth, so I'm very intent to keep the length :)

Enfys: Your hair looks great with those layers! I'm still a bit of a coward, don't know if I could pull off self-trimming without ruining my hair somehow. Not that a hairdresser is a 100% guarantee...but I'm looking into Deva cut as suggested by lapuschka, and we'll see what comes out of that :)

Roseate: Our hair does look a bit similar! I really have doll curls, big spiral curls all over that make people ask whether I use rollers everyday (I don't). I'm not sure if I'd want my hair to be longer than BSL (when dry) - it's my current hair goal, and we'll see what I think of it once I'm there - so I do think long layers would be a good thing. I'm in the Netherlands and I'm not sure whether we have yelp or not, but I'll look into it. Thanks for the thumbs up! xD