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IceAlisa
04-23-2010, 10:51 PM
Lets talk hair!

Currently I am sporting a hairstyle that is just like (but not as perfect looking at all times) Reese Witherspoon's (http://jonathankiefer.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/fourchristmases.jpg) in the stupid flick Four Christmases. My bangs are not as blunt as are longer and sideswept (http://media.fabulously40.com/images/camron.jpg).

My hair color and highlights are like that of Michelle Monaghan's (http://blogs.theage.com.au/schembri/madeofhonor.jpg) in Made of Honor, another stupid flick.

I had a keratin treatment done in December (a friend did it with a deep discount) which I loved but I can't ask her again and it's over $300 otherwise.

What's your hair like these days? Hair woes? Advice? Snark?

Go for it. :P

oleada
04-23-2010, 10:56 PM
Love the cut, IceAlisa.

Hair snark: The humid weather is making my (already voluminous) hair be even bigger. I even had some volume taken off and it's still big. Ack, spring!

I've got longish, dark brown hair (not too far from black) with sideswept bangs.

I need some advice: My hair is naturally wavy. Like I mentioned before - it's big. I have A LOT of hair. It's identity crisis hair: not straight, not curly, just big and all over. The thing is, I really don't know how to style it. The only things I can do with my are to straighten it and put it in a ponytail or other simple styles. I want to be able to wear my hair wavy, but I get a lot of frizz and it just seems so messy looking. I s there a way to wear wavy hair that's relatively simple and doesn't look messy and awful?

I guess it's also a question of relinquishing control to the hair :drama:

IceAlisa
04-23-2010, 11:00 PM
Thanks, oleada. :)

But relinquish control over hair? Nevah!!!! :EVILLE:

Sounds like you and I have similarly badly behaved hair. I have to say that the keratin treatment worked wonders on it. But it's really expensive.

If only this keratin formula were sold and could be used at home with help, I would be soooo happy. If anyone hears of it, please post.

Otherwise, I used to apply all kinds of heavy hair masks and no frizz products. Pain in the a$$.

Karina1974
04-24-2010, 12:42 AM
I've been wearing my hair short for the past year and a half -- this is me in March 2009 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30184630&l=ec35861876&id=1181313168). About the same time I chopped off my hair, I also started having it colored red (I'm a natural blonde). I have a stylist who comes to my house and does my hair (she used to work in a salon, and then quit and now visits her clients to do their hair), and she charged me $80 for a C&C.

Being that I've had my hours cut at work, I had to find a cheaper solution, so I did some research and read about the use of Body Art Quality (BAQ) henna for coloring the hair (http://www.hennaforhair.com).

Of course, due to the mis-information out there and the general lack of distinction between compound henna (http://www.hennaforhair.com/warnings/index.html)and BAQ, most stylists shy away from it, because they haven't been given the facts in their cosmotology classes. My stylist is one of those, and we had almost had a flat-out war when I told her that I was planning to switch from Redken chemical color to henna. She was deaf to my explaining how BAQ is better for hair, doesn't damage it like chemical colors do, and that I would be avoiding the risk of developing an allergy to PPD (http://www.hennaforhair.com/ppd/index.html). I basically told her "tough shit -- my $$, my hair, my health." She had no choice but to respect that, and she still is cutting my hair, which is good because I have several "hair issues" -- cowlicks all over the place, alopacea above my left temple -- that have to be kept in mind when cutting my hair so as to disguise them as much as possible.

The henna has been great for my hair. I get color that is really permanent and doesn't fade after just 2.5-3 weeks, my hair glints and shines in the sunlight and other strong light, and I don't have to worry about damage to my hair at all from using harsh chemicals to color it. In fact, henna makes hair stronger because it enters and fills in the keratin and fixes the damage that chemicals cause. And best of all, it only costs $7.50 to color my hair. I buy boxes of 200g of henna from Mehandi (http://www.mehandi.com) for $15/box, and my hair only needs 100g (100g for every 6" of hair length). A lot cheaper than $80 for color that only fades out.

In fact, I have to go and unwrap my head, as I am doing my 2nd ever henna treatment today. The only drawback of coloring hair this way is that, unless I play around with heat to speed things up, it has to stay in my hair for 6 hours, wrapped up in Saran wrap to keep the henna warm and moist. I'm at 6.5 at this point, so it's time to unwrap and rinse.

Veronika
04-24-2010, 01:51 AM
My hair seems to never change...medium/long, I dye it champagne blonde. It's fine in texture and thick in bulk, which is not a common combo. It's naturally wavy, but I blow-dry it straight most days.

Me and my niece: http://hphotos-sjc1.fbcdn.net/hs430.snc3/24788_382397379153_675569153_3596844_7594509_n.jpg (Tell me if this does not work)

bobalina77
04-24-2010, 01:57 AM
My hair is shoulder length and more often than not up in a ponytail because it's the easiest thing to do on a daily basis. It needs a trim badly. It's been various lengths but I like to keep it long for summer so I can put it up on hot days and not have anything on my neck. I have cut it fairly short (usually in some version of a bob) during the summer and with how muggy it gets here it just goes flat. So I've given up on that :lol:

The colour right now is a dirty blond, but I'm thinking of dying it an auburn colour. I like it with a bit of red.. it makes my eyes look greener. I'm just trying to decide whether to splurge and get it done at a hair dresser or just do it myself. The problem with reddish colours is that they fade so damn quick.

Jodi
04-24-2010, 02:26 AM
It's fine in texture and thick in bulk, which is not a common combo.
Same here!

I'm growing my hair at the moment, it was nearly to my waist for a while, then I had it chopped off into a bob just below my ears for a year or so, then I started growing it again and now I'm getting impatient :P Though the odd thing is I don't regret that cut at all. I've also realised I'm very lucky reading some people's stories of how long it takes them to grow their hair. It's been about two years now and it's down to bra-strap length, which is enough for me to finally start feeling like I do have long hair again. I think this (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3435017&l=702831fb13&id=663229481) is probably the only recent photo I have that gives some clue, as I nearly always wear it up in a bun of some kind. That's the natural colour, though I am kind of tempted to put some purple and/or green in again :P It's such a hassle, though, and I really really do not like hassle with my hair. Which is one reason I'm growing it - hairdresser avoidance :P

I'm wondering if I can get it even longer than it was before, because the clips I wore all the time then totally ate it up :yikes: But while it was at about shoulder-length this time I learnt to use hairsticks, which was seriously a life-changing moment :lol: I have a pair of Ketylo (http://www.ketylo.com/servlet/StoreFront) ones, though I only ever use one at a time, and they're amazing. I also, after months of agonising and waiting to have some money to spare, bought a Ficcare Maximas (http://www.ficcare.com/Products.aspx?collId=4) clip. So with either that clip or a hairstick I can have my hair up in a minute or two, it stays put all day, and there's no damage :cheer:

I put my hair into plaits/pigtails at night as otherwise I get all tangled up in it when I sleep, and with daily practice I have finally got the hang of doing them neatly enough that I went out in public with plaits yesterday for the first time since I was, like, nine :P They make me feel like a Norse goddess :D The reason I'm impatient for it to grow is that I want plaits long enough to start trying to put up into pretty buns and crowns and stuff...

(Yeah, there are an awful lot of :Ps in this. I should've been asleep a long time ago and have already spent far too long writing this post, I'm not trying to edit it into something better as well. :P)

Karina1974
04-24-2010, 02:35 AM
The colour right now is a dirty blond, but I'm thinking of dying it an auburn colour. I like it with a bit of red.. it makes my eyes look greener. I'm just trying to decide whether to splurge and get it done at a hair dresser or just do it myself. The problem with reddish colours is that they fade so damn quick.

If you do decide to go red, it would be smart to consider using henna, 100% pure Body Art Quality, because it much safer for your hair than chemical colors, you will not be putting yourself at risk for a PPD allergy, and it is permanent, so it will not fade. It is also a lot cheaper than using salon color.

Because you are a blonde, you are a perfect candidate for henna. Henna doesn't raise color, which is the only drawback.

If you are interested, here are a couple of links:

www.mehandi.com - online info resource, and well as online store. Any henna bought through this site is guaranteed to be pure 100% BAQ, and not a compound with (often) unlisted additives. It is very important that you use henna that you know for a fact is 100% pure. I have used their henna twice now (including today), and I am very satisfied with the results, as well as knowing that I am avoiding using harmful chemicals that damage my hair and, possible, my health.

www.hennaforhair.com - another online resource

Henna For Hair Forum (http://www.hennaforhair.com/forum/index.php?module=phpwsbb&PHPWSBB_MAN_OP=viewforum&PHPWS_MAN_ITEMS=4) - very informative forum, populated with henna users eager to answer any question you may have about henna usage.

vesperholly
04-24-2010, 08:54 AM
Hooray for hair! I tried a Fekkai ironless straightening balm sample I had, and now I totally want the full size. It makes my hair nice and full, and silky smooth.

Kaffeine
04-24-2010, 10:24 AM
deleted for double post

Lanie
04-24-2010, 10:30 AM
My hair is terrible. I got it cut a few months ago from almost to my butt to below my shoulders, in layers with shorter bangs, and it just looks like a mess. I have lots of hair but it is very fine and does not style at all. I don't know what to do. :drama:

I had grown it out for my wedding and just didn't cut it until recently. I'm thinking of getting it cut so it's all more one layer and just letting it grow out again. Naturally I'm light brown but I dye it dark because I think it looks a lot more flattering. No matter what I do, I always have red highlights when I dye it. It looks silly.

Kaffeine
04-24-2010, 10:34 AM
My hair is on its way to being half-way down my back, thick and very wavy. I'm a natural brunette with grays (thank you genetics for giving it to me at age 21 )

I've had it various shades of reds, browns, and black. Tried blonde highlights once but that did not look good on my skin tone.

Am not sure what to do next..I want to cut/style and of course dye it..

The last time I had natural hair color 4 years ago (http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs425.ash1/23536_721646133388_18719991_40674882_2128538_n.jpg )

The closest my hair looks like now (blow-dried) and minus the bangs (http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs005.snc1/2804_77878087762_578642762_1795887_4483136_n.jpg)

Evilynn
04-24-2010, 04:13 PM
If you do decide to go red, it would be smart to consider using henna, 100% pure Body Art Quality, because it much safer for your hair than chemical colors, you will not be putting yourself at risk for a PPD allergy, and it is permanent, so it will not fade.

For people considering hennaing, do take note that henna is permanent in a way that normal permanent colour wishes it was. It is a bitch to try to bleach out, so you're basically stuck with it until it grows out if you want to go back to blond, no biggie if you've got short hair, but very annoying if your hair is long.

IceAlisa
04-24-2010, 04:21 PM
I am interested in the both kinds of hair clips you mentioned, Jodi. Do they really hold?

My hair is sort of slippery and I have lots of it so I need a really strong hold. I sometimes use chopsticks to hold them up and they have to be just the right kind. Some clips are don't have long enough teeth to hold my hair securely.

Is that really your natural hair color??? It's gorgeous. People pay big :bribe: to have what you get naturally.

bobalina77
04-24-2010, 04:51 PM
For people considering hennaing, do take note that henna is permanent in a way that normal permanent colour wishes it was. It is a bitch to try to bleach out, so you're basically stuck with it until it grows out if you want to go back to blond, no biggie if you've got short hair, but very annoying if your hair is long.

Yeah I don't mind that the chemical stuff fades eventually because usually at some point I get sick of it and want to change it (actually the truth is I get lazy and don't want to deal with the roots :lol:). I just wish it would last a bit longer.