Does anyone else have this problem? Need advice

Okay, so first off I'm sorry if this is in the wrong section :angel11: It's been a while since I've posted anything on here.

So I really need some advice about my hair. In my profile picture (taken over a year ago), it looked like my hair was either 3a or 2c, not sure. But now, my hair is past my shoulder blades and my hair looks like a 2b type now. So I'm wondering if the longer your hair gets, the more curl it loses? I also know that your hair can lose/gain curl over time depending on your hair's DNA or something. It's been two years since my last haircut and it's just been growing out since then. I really wanted it long, around the middle of my back. But now I can't STAND it!

I'd really like to cut it, but I'm afraid to lose the waves I have now. If I cut my hair to about my shoulders (maybe a little longer), I want my hair to still have the waves it has, not really tight curls like a perm. Also, I was thinking about getting bangs, but I'm also afraid that the shorter my hair is, the more curly ringlets I'm going to get and it'll just look weird.

So can anyone help me out here? Is it true that the shorter your hair is, the curlier it gets? I really hope not because I REALLY want to cut my hair. The bangs are just an option. If it matters, my hair is also very thin. I don't know how much of an impact that makes on how curly your hair is, but I know the shorter my hair is, the thicker it looks. Please help!


  • ssa79ssa79 Posts: 37Registered Users
    Hairtype: 2C-3A/Highly Porous/High Density
    Co-wash: Devacurl No-Poo
    Daily Conditioner: Devacurl One Condition
    Leave In: KCKT (still experimenting)
    Gel: KCCC (still experimenting)
  • VillainVillain Posts: 6Registered Users
    I have similar 2c/3a type hair. I have found that the weight from longer hair weighs down the curls and stretches everything out. It just kinda...hangs there. No bouncy curls, no body, no fun...

    I think shoulder length is my "magic length" for good hair. Anything shorter curls too much and pouffs out, and anything longer hangs limp and yucky.
  • Ml001Ml001 Posts: 354Registered Users
    +1 to layers. My hair is mid back and the layers had grown out - it was pulling out my curls way to much, had that all one length look (while some people can pull that off, it is not good look on me at all!) and I was so sick of it. I was ready to just chop it off to my shoulders. Instead, I added a bunch of layers and it looks amazing! Huge difference!
    remember, with all advice or suggestions for your hair, YMMV!! :read2:
    My hair:
    2b wavy, medium texture, low porosity, med-high density. Protein finicky.
    My routine:
    Cleansing: DCNP, every 4-5 days (occasionally use CJ cleansers).
    RO: CJSC, occasionally use JCDC
    LI: KCKT or CJSL
    Gel: KCCC, CJCIAB for 2nd day hair (sometimes third)

    Heat is my friend: warm water rinses, steam caps, and diffuse dry. I love CLU cloths and my Denman.
  • KorkscrewKorkscrew Posts: 1,834Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Length can absolutely weigh down curls. When I had about six inches more length than I do now, it was depressing. Went from 3b/c to mostly 3a w/some 3b. Not that I dislike that look for others, just like curlier hair better. All that length even caused headaches for me :confused3: Plus, I got sick of combing through all that length.

    Layers, as other suggest, can really help! You can have your cake and eat it too because you can keep your longest layer/s long but just have the shorter layers to bring back your curls (ultimately I let go of the longest hair too out of laziness). Also, it makes it easier to finger comb - you spend less time because you really do have less hair on your head :)

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