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Help w/ long hair (and don't tell me to cut it!)

sherylann84sherylann84 Posts: 2Registered Users
Okay so I'm 27 years old and for the first time in my life I have what I consider long hair (when blow out and ironed it's to the middle of my back). The issue: the longer it gets the less curly it gets and the flatter my roots get, obviously because of the weight.

Now I know other people have posted similar questions but all the responders give the solution of cutting it shorter, or getting layers. I feel like I've been waiting 15 years for my hair to be this long, and simply cutting it off is not an option. As far as getting layers, I am not really comfortable with that either because it makes it hard to put up in a pony and when i blow it out and iron it (about once a week) I don't need extra body (or frizz; i had layers once before and it was the worst decision i even made for my hair).

I know I'm being a little difficult and may be asking for something not possible, but does anyone have any ideas/tips/tricks on how to deal with my long 2A hair without cutting it (besides a trim). I guess what I'm looking for is to create more spirals or make it more bouncy, and to somehow lift my roots.

(FYI: I use Marc Anthony's "Strictly Curls" products w/ a diffuser)

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  • ItsRainingCurlzItsRainingCurlz Posts: 114Registered Users
    Okay so I'm 27 years old and for the first time in my life I have what I consider long hair (when blow out and ironed it's to the middle of my back). The issue: the longer it gets the less curly it gets and the flatter my roots get, obviously because of the weight.

    Now I know other people have posted similar questions but all the responders give the solution of cutting it shorter, or getting layers. I feel like I've been waiting 15 years for my hair to be this long, and simply cutting it off is not an option. As far as getting layers, I am not really comfortable with that either because it makes it hard to put up in a pony and when i blow it out and iron it (about once a week) I don't need extra body (or frizz; i had layers once before and it was the worst decision i even made for my hair).

    I know I'm being a little difficult and may be asking for something not possible, but does anyone have any ideas/tips/tricks on how to deal with my long 2A hair without cutting it (besides a trim). I guess what I'm looking for is to create more spirals or make it more bouncy, and to somehow lift my roots.

    (FYI: I use Marc Anthony's "Strictly Curls" products w/ a diffuser)


    Hello Shery!

    Ok so yes, you have ruled out a good amount of things :P but, cutting your hair is not the only solution!

    as a long haired curly(not as long as id like it:blah5: its down to below my shoulders when itscurly, down to the middleof my back when straightened) the top of my hair was the most trouble area. However, I did get layers, because I absolutely love the whole big hair on top and less body on the bottom, kind of rocker style :P lol ok now im just babling on...

    My tips:

    1)Use a lighter product: maybe, if you can get away with it, just on the top of your hair? Like i said, i love big hair (lots of volume on top specially) so when i want an extra kick of volume, I apply a lighter gel on my top layers, and my strong hold stuff on the bottom=heaven.I have 3A hair, and I think you, with 2A hair can get away with a light hold gel? I never tried the strictly curls prods long term, so i don't know how they are

    2)Diffuse with head flipped over! also one of my fav. techniques. Flip your hair over and diffuse that way, awesome volume.

    3)Use Mousse! Ok. Like i said, i never tried the strictly curlsline, but i have seen it in CVS and i THINK i saw a mousse? I LOVE mousse. It gives me great hold, and it def. gives more volume than a gel. I personally have had luck with Herbal Essence's totally twisted mousse...the purpleone :P I only used this because it was the one i had, but it was pretty good. Another one i have used is the Tressemeone... i think the one for curly hair? not sure if its cg...

    4)clips? I am personnally not a big fan of these, but when done right, they help and some ppl swear by them. For me, I just don't have the patience to put them on andthen dry my hair and not get them tangled... BUT whatever floats your boat! lol

    That's all I have... let me know if these help! or if you have done them!
    3A Med texture, normal porosity and elasticity
    CG since August 2010 and loving it :wink:
    Currently loving: Giovanni's tea tree low 'poo(once a week), GVP Conditioning Balm or Nubian Heritage Coconut and Papaya Conditioner, Honey DT's, Honey in my gel:P
    Style: Gel Biosilk's Hardrock Gelee(my HG) OR Beyond The Zone Noodle Head Curl Mousse or Alba Botanical Strong Hold Gel


    Loves me some VOLUME So no clumps here, Thanks!
  • BekkaPooBekkaPoo Posts: 3,861Registered Users
    You could try setting your hair overnight in little buns (bantu knots) or pincurls.
    "The challenge is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everybody else."
    "...rationality is not necessary to sell things.."
    My staples: Mane n Tail (cowash), Garnier Fructis Sleek n Shine (leave in condish), Grapeseed oil or shea butter (sealing), Organic Root Stimulator Elasticitea (leave-in condish & light hold)
  • SaraNoHSaraNoH Posts: 827Registered Users
    You could totally do layers with your hair, seriously. My hair's a bit longer than yours, with my shortest layer just barely to my shoulders (so long layers) and a ponytail is still super easy.

    Suggestions:
    1. As mentioned before, diffuse upside down. I start out right-side up, then flip over to finish it off.
    2. plop/pineapple at night

    That's all I got, but it's been working for me. I really like the diffusing....
    CG Birthday: 7/25/11
    Type 3a/2c
    Dense, Fine in front Coarse in back, Low porosity
    Low-Poo: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
    Rinse Out: Tresemme Naturals
    Leave In: ^^^^
    Stylers: AIF, Natural Silks Curly Gel
    *Desert Curly*
  • zumbagirlzumbagirl Posts: 61Registered Users
    Nooooo.... Do not cut your length. Lol

    I agree w the other responders.

    1). Long layers
    2). Lighter products. Less leave in conditioners more gels
    3). Plopping to get height at crown
    4). Shampoo (very mild I use aveda be curly tiny amount) ONLY crown w conditioning from 2to3inch from roots to ends.
    5) diffuse upside down.
    6) pineapple at night.

    Order of above. 1,4,2,3,5,6.

    My curly expert hairdresser trained in NYC by devashan, asked me how I achieved height at crown.

    Let us know what works.