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updated w/ more pics: help me choose the best hair length

Okay, I'm needing some pro-curly haircut advice. I've been growing out my hair for three years now, and I've started reaching the place that my 2b/right side and 3a/left and back sides are starting to get less curly from the weight.

So I've uploaded some pics to /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.fotki.com%2Flaurabeth33%2Fhair%2F" class="Popup (password=mrpibb) from Jan 2004 through Mar 2007 in lengths from super-short (was barely wavy) to short to chin length to medium length (just before my shoulders) to shoulder length to long.

I'm open to votes on which length to have it as well as any cut/styling suggestions (like shoulder length but more layers...just keep in mind that layers don't spring up for me but are usually less curly).

Basically, I need you guys to be my Nick Arrojo from WNTW and suggest what you would do to my hair (which I disagree with some of what he does, like using a razor on curly hair).

Finally, there was a thread recently about how old longer hair made women over their early twenties look. Do I look older with long hair, as if a super-young hairstyle makes every sign of age on my face more noticeable by contrast? Feel free to state that one hairstyle made me look x-age and another made me look y-age. I won't be insulted if someone says a style makes me look 10+ years older than I am. I really need honest opinions.

TIA!
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    I like the medium and shoulder lengths best. It's nice length with nice curl

    The chin length is cute when fuller, but aging to me when it's less full for some reason.
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  • KaiaKaia Posts: 8,815Registered Users
    My favorite is the 8/04 through chin-length. I think shoulder length pulls you face down and makes you look older. The length now makes you look older still. I suck at guessing ages, but i think the length puts an extra 5 years or so on you as opposed to the short hair pics.
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  • medusahairmedusahair Posts: 3,515Registered Users
    I agree with Bailey. Your hair is so cute in that short pic too! It's all full too. I see it's more noticably curly in the longer pics but honestly it's curly in the short ones too I think. It looks fuller curly and makes your face look shorter.
    Maybe you are younger in the short pic , I'm not good at telling that but you sure look it.

    I'm going through this now, I'm growing longer for the curls but I'm not sure what suits my face. I'll probably get to long length and have to make the same decision, keep it or not or just get a different hairstyle.

    Speaking of hair styles, if you were dead set on keeping length them some layers to bring up the volume would sure help.
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  • tinabcurlytinabcurly Posts: 545Registered Users
    I'm not a pro but since you're looking for opinions & I have one... :D

    I would go for medium length with some additional layers. It frames your face beautifully, has a pretty curl pattern and the best volume. I say more layers because seems most curly at chin length with shorter layers.

    HTH!
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  • Curly Girl FlaCurly Girl Fla Posts: 1,834Registered Users
    Wow-I can't believe how long your hair is now! I have to agree with Tinab- I usually like longer hair, but I think medium looks perfect. I do think a medium cut w/long layers cut in would give the body and shape that would look great on you. The short styles also look good on you, so I guess you can't go too wrong in either direction :)
  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
    I like the short cuts the best on you, next the medium length.
  • LavenderCurlsLavenderCurls Posts: 1,477Registered Users
    I like the short to chin-length - makes you look so much younger. The longer hair does seem to add some years - have you tried doing a half-up/half-down style? It might give you a "lift" but you could still have the long hair. I do this with my hair and I know it makes a big difference in how I look (something with the eyes moving upward I guess).

    My favorite pic is the 8/10/04 :).
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  • lushaholiclushaholic Posts: 2,180Registered Users
    I like the first picture the best, I think your hair looks more spunky there. :)
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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,572Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    First, I'll say that you and your hair look good at all lengths, but some better than others. :)

    I like the chin to medium length, pics 7-10 best. While the shorter is cute, I think you look younger with it a little longer. I also like how it brings out more curl being longer, but not too long, then it gets weighed down. I like the medium length, but I would try something different with the front, a different part or something to add some width/fullness at the top. I think some layering would help that. And somewhere between chin and just under shoulder.

    I didn't realize until looking thru the different lengths at once, that your hair is very like my sister's. Her hair loses curl and gets weighed down if too long also. She is currently below shoulder length and needs a cut to bring out the waves and curls (trying to get her to Teresa that did mine :D ) Her hair usually does best around shoulder length.
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  • islandcurlsislandcurls Posts: 70Registered Users
    The shortest cut is really cute, unique and makes you look younger.
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  • Gemini13Gemini13 Posts: 5,000Registered Users
    I like the medium length best.
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  • Lori JLori J Posts: 52Registered Users
    Hi LB,

    I agree with the gals who voted for the earlier, shorter cuts. You have really gorgeous hair in general, but I think the shorter cuts definitely do more for your face, and your hair, to me, looks more vibrant when shorter.

    Let us know what you decide.

    :)
    Lori
  • laurabeth33laurabeth33 Posts: 1,443Registered Users
    Okay, so we have (the leaders bolded):

    2 supershort (lushaholic, islandcurls)

    5 short (Bailey422, medusahair, Liz's loops, LavenderCurls, Lori J)

    6 chin length (Bailey422, medusahair, Liz's loops, LavenderCurls, CurliLocks, Lori J)

    5.5 medium length (redcelticcurls, tinabcurly, Curly Girl Fla, Liz's loops (.5 since 2nd choice), CurliLocks, Gemini13)

    1 shoulder length (redcelticcurls)

    0 long
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    I'm glad I'm on the right track asking the question because no one has voted for the long option. At least I'm not being over-picky thinking long didn't look so good on me. Luckily, my DH loves short hair on women.

    Lush and islandcurls, I must admit that you two liking the super-short surprised me. Can you elaborate?
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,250Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    It's going to be hard for you to decide since we all have different answers! But I'll add mine to the mix.

    You look great at any length. Long hair doesn't age you in my opinion.
    I don't think long hair makes anyone look older as long as there are some layers around the face to soften it and give it some life. And also, since I'm already old(er) I don't really care if long hair ages me. :)

    Pic #6 short hair right about chin length is my favorite on you (I like chin length hair are nearly everyone, including me). In the pics marked chin length the back is longer which I don't like as well.

    So if I were you and was going to cut my hair, I'd cut it chin length all around with some shorter pieces so it would be bouncy and lively.
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    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    I think I like either the short (pics 5 and 6) or shoulder length hair. Longer seems to pull out some of the curl and volume. Your hair looks very cute at chin length but I'm not sure it's the most flattering to your face. (It's not a good length for my face either.)

    Overall I think I would go for short, because it does look youthful and a bit different. You have some very impressive curls going there.
  • entipyentipy Posts: 126Registered Users
    I think chin length is your best look. The curls look best, your hair looks fuller, and it frames your face perfectly. :) The medium would be my next choice, but beyond that, your curls seem far too weighed down.

    By the way, has anyone ever told you that you favor Dana Delaney?
  • laurabeth33laurabeth33 Posts: 1,443Registered Users
    SuZenGuide wrote:
    Your hair looks very cute at chin length but I'm not sure it's the most flattering to your face. (It's not a good length for my face either.)

    Do you think it makes my face look too round? I have a genetic, kinda-double-chin thing going that makes me insecure about my neck area. Even when I was in high school and not even 110 lbs, I had it, so I know it's not a weight thing.
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  • Lori JLori J Posts: 52Registered Users
    LB, I dig what jeep is saying about the chin length. I think a graduated bob would look great on you. The sides would be about jaw length or a bit shorter, and the back is about at your nape. I don't think chin-length hair makes your face look rounder. (I also liked your hair at its shortest.)

    :)
    Lori
  • meriellynmeriellyn Posts: 1,135Registered Users
    I really like the medium and shoulder lengths. Maybe cut it to med and let it grow back to shoulder length or so?
    The chin length is cute but I think it does draw the most attention to your chin. (Since that's obviously where chin length will draw the eye.)
    The longer length seems to drag your curls out. They're weighed down into waves. Cute, but not really what you're going for, I think.
    Short is cute but I think medium-shoulder makes you look youngest. :) That also seems to be where you get the best curl definition.

    You have great hair, any which way you cut it. :)
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  • meriellynmeriellyn Posts: 1,135Registered Users
    If you wanted to keep the length, long layers might make that work. Depending on how well your hair handles layers.
    2/f/i, waist length w/ long layers

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  • LImeLIme Posts: 57Registered Users
    My vote is also medium length with some Long layers, long enough to still pull back..Your hair is gorgeous!! I do see more wave/curl at a shorter length than the very long..I thing you need to have some weight released for it can curl more..Good Luck... :D
  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users
    I just wanted to pop in here to say:

    at long last, we all now know the secret to laurabeths' singleminded focus and determination …

    pibb1.jpg
  • laurabeth33laurabeth33 Posts: 1,443Registered Users
    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    So true, wild~hair, so true! I can't stop laughing because it is so true! I force coca cola to keep pibb around!
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  • Leilani42Leilani42 Posts: 200Registered Users
    My vote is for chin-length. It looks lovely and full and curly at that length. I think the weight of longer hair pulls out the curl quite a bit for you. But all of them are lovely. I love the color!
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  • lushaholiclushaholic Posts: 2,180Registered Users
    Ok, I actually like your hair in all the pictures except #2-#5. It's something in the way your hair has been cut there, they way they've graduated it away from the face on the sides. I don't like that, and I wouldn't like it on mine either. The very short pic does make your face look thinner, but I didn't actually think about it until you mentioned it in another post so I went back to look again. Like many of the others have said, you could definitely have your length at medium or long, but I would put more layers in, that would just give it more oomph. Having said that, I think you should have more layers no matter which length, but not graduated layers, just piecey layers, like a devachan type cut. I'm jealous of all your volume though!
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  • CelticCurlsCelticCurls Posts: 558Registered Users
    I think it's hard for almost anyone to pull off chin-length hair w/out looking a touch matronly -- Princess Di, & apparently, you excepted. My fave look on you is shoulder length. It softens your face, gives you versatility, & you just look the most comfy in it. Chin length is my 2nd choice.

    Ahem -- apologies to all you curlies who look perfectly lovely in your chin-length do's. I simply have a long-hair bias, just like y'all have a short-hair bias. :lol:
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    SuZenGuide wrote:
    Your hair looks very cute at chin length but I'm not sure it's the most flattering to your face. (It's not a good length for my face either.)

    Do you think it makes my face look too round? I have a genetic, kinda-double-chin thing going that makes me insecure about my neck area. Even when I was in high school and not even 110 lbs, I had it, so I know it's not a weight thing.

    Yes, that's the way it looks to me. I have the same kind of chin thing. Well, I'm older than you are, but my chin lost its definition by the time I was about 30.

    Probably if it were even a little longer than chin length it would break up the line pointing the eye toward your jaw. I do really like the curliness of your hair in those pics.
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,250Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I hate to use pictures of myself to make a point (especially a blurry unflattering one) but here they are.
    The first pic shows my chronic double-chin thing (and my big nose) but I think the chin length cut made
    my neck look longer and sorta hid the double-chin, if that makes any sense.

    fornc1kt4.jpg

    The second pic just shows the back (and my favorite drink - COKE! :) )

    fornc2ud9.jpg
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
  • banjocurlbanjocurl Posts: 1,020Registered Users
    ok--i am going to vote for the long hair which i think is really gorgeous on you.i think people did not vote for it partly because the pictures with long hair are not great-- the light is a bit weird but i think it looks wonderful on you. as everyone said tho, all the lengths look good in their own way. if you do decide to cut it tho, come up to ny and go to devachan!
    Susan suburban NY
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  • Koukla72Koukla72 Posts: 1,680Registered Users
    Edited due to a cyberstalker. Sorry, guys. :(
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