Questions about Pixie Cuts and Diffusing

BelleBohemienneBelleBohemienne Posts: 375Registered Users Curl Neophyte
I have two questions that are completely unrelated other than the fact they deal with hair.

First question: Anyone else out there with a pixie cut? I've been wanting "a change," which usually means I cut my hair. I've been growing it out not because I want long hair again, but because my last few short styles were horribly done and my only option was to grow it out.

Second question: I apply my products to soaking hair every morning scrunching out as much water as possible, plop for about 45 minutes then diffuse. My hair gets weighed down by the excess water and becomes flat on top, but diffusing prevents this. I'm worried about the heat damaging my hair, which is on the lowest setting. Does anyone else do this?
~Belle Bohemienne

"If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present." -Lao Tzu

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  • CurlyShorty3405CurlyShorty3405 Posts: 196Registered Users
    I don't diffuse, I let my hair air dry. If you're worried about heat damage use a blow dry lotion or a heat protecting spray, and that will help decrease chances of heat damage.
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  • curlicious13curlicious13 Posts: 1,632Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I diffuse with my blow dryer on its coolest setting. No heat. No damage.
  • BelleBohemienneBelleBohemienne Posts: 375Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I diffuse with my blow dryer on its coolest setting. No heat. No damage.

    I was thinking of doing it on cool too instead of using heat at all. Stupid question, but cool air dries just as effectively as heat, yeah?

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    ~Belle Bohemienne

    "If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present." -Lao Tzu
  • CurlyShorty3405CurlyShorty3405 Posts: 196Registered Users
    I was thinking of doing it on cool too instead of using heat at all. Stupid question, but cool air dries just as effectively as heat, yeah?

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    Yes it dries just as effectively and sometimes even faster too.
    2B-2C Density-Medium/High Width-medium Length-Medium

    LoPoo: Onesta Hydrating Shampoo
    CoWash: LP Curl Conditioning Wash
    ROs: Onesta Hydrating Conditioner, LP Curl Detangling Rinse
    Weekly DC: LP Restore Mask Treatment
    Leave in: LP Restore Targeted Repair Cream
    Stylers: (in application order): LP Prime Style Extender Cream, LI, LP Curl Defining Style Cream, LP No Frizz Weightless Styling Spray, LP PHD Night Cap
    Sealer: Body Shop Olive Oil/Body Shop Argan Oil/Josie Maran Argan Oil
  • want2bcurlywant2bcurly Posts: 97Registered Users
    about the pixie. i have a pixie. have had one for 3 yrs. i have tried to grow out multiple times but finally gave up. if you google nicole murphy pixie hair it is similiar to hers only right now shorter( i had a bad trim and to fix had to be cut way to short) i dont have as much curl as she does( i have 3a so not much root curl). i get tons of complimets on it every day.the girls i work with have long hair and cant believe that i get the" oh i love your hair" and they dont .lol easy hair to do. . curl spray and gel and poof. done.the problem is getting a good trim every time. you cant just go to anyone. research. but ill never grow it out.
  • BelleBohemienneBelleBohemienne Posts: 375Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    about the pixie. i have a pixie. have had one for 3 yrs. i have tried to grow out multiple times but finally gave up. if you google nicole murphy pixie hair it is similiar to hers only right now shorter( i had a bad trim and to fix had to be cut way to short) i dont have as much curl as she does( i have 3a so not much root curl). i get tons of complimets on it every day.the girls i work with have long hair and cant believe that i get the" oh i love your hair" and they dont .lol easy hair to do. . curl spray and gel and poof. done.the problem is getting a good trim every time. you cant just go to anyone. research. but ill never grow it out.


    Oh I see. I'd rather a long banged type. My problem is the curls, I'd have to flat iron and I have two small cowlicks. I think I need to talk myself out of one because curly or straight it might be too much of a hassle.
    ~Belle Bohemienne

    "If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present." -Lao Tzu
  • Morgan_AdcockMorgan_Adcock Posts: 2,573Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    If you'd feel that you'd have to flat iron, I'd advise against it. Better to keep enough length that your natural curl won't work against the cut, or rather the cut won't work against the natural curl.

    I've had a lot of pixie cuts, most of them involuntary. Hairdressers who cut my hair wet and with traction on it can never get the hemline even until it's terminally short. Then it grows in looking ragged because of having been cut without regard for what it does. (I don't wear my hair wet and with a hairdresser pulling on it.) I can do a pixie, but it needs to be cut with the curl, which has generally meant that I needed to cut it myself.

    Have you tried root clipping for crown height? It's a method of holding the hair up with hair clips while it's drying. There are great pictures and video on how to do it in Curly Girl: The Handbook (also available here). Even if you're not planning on going CG, it's only $7.88 for the paperback with DVD, and has lots of useful info (including how to cut your own hair, should you be so inclined).
    Peace,
    Morgan

    Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
    CGing since July 2008
  • BelleBohemienneBelleBohemienne Posts: 375Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    If you'd feel that you'd have to flat iron, I'd advise against it. Better to keep enough length that your natural curl won't work against the cut, or rather the cut won't work against the natural curl.

    I've had a lot of pixie cuts, most of them involuntary. Hairdressers who cut my hair wet and with traction on it can never get the hemline even until it's terminally short. Then it grows in looking ragged because of having been cut without regard for what it does. (I don't wear my hair wet and with a hairdresser pulling on it.) I can do a pixie, but it needs to be cut with the curl, which has generally meant that I needed to cut it myself.

    Have you tried root clipping for crown height? It's a method of holding the hair up with hair clips while it's drying. There are great pictures and video on how to do it in Curly Girl: The Handbook (also available here). Even if you're not planning on going CG, it's only $7.88 for the paperback with DVD, and has lots of useful info (including how to cut your own hair, should you be so inclined).

    I'm thinking you're right. I think I'll regret the cut later on. I'm pretty sure I'm just looking for a change.

    I have tried to clip the roots up, but the clips don't stay in the right position and my curls are so heavy in my fine hair that it weighs the roots down. That's probably due to me needing a decent haircut, but that's too expensive for me right now.
    ~Belle Bohemienne

    "If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present." -Lao Tzu
  • Morgan_AdcockMorgan_Adcock Posts: 2,573Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    If you need a decent haircut but it's too expensive, I really do recommend the book. I found it quite doable to cut my hair going by the instructions, illustrations, and video. Trims are quite easy, but I've done full cuts too, and been much happier with my results than with most hairdressers'. I just found that I needed to take my time, and be willing to hold off, or not cut as drastically if I felt unsure. So I would generally cut the hemline first, give it a day to make sure I didn't need to make any corrections, then do some layering, but maybe give it another day before cutting any pieces in the canopy shorter. I found it didn't look odd in between those cutting sessions, just not great, like it did when I finished.
    Peace,
    Morgan

    Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
    CGing since July 2008
  • BelleBohemienneBelleBohemienne Posts: 375Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    If you need a decent haircut but it's too expensive, I really do recommend the book. I found it quite doable to cut my hair going by the instructions, illustrations, and video. Trims are quite easy, but I've done full cuts too, and been much happier with my results than with most hairdressers'. I just found that I needed to take my time, and be willing to hold off, or not cut as drastically if I felt unsure. So I would generally cut the hemline first, give it a day to make sure I didn't need to make any corrections, then do some layering, but maybe give it another day before cutting any pieces in the canopy shorter. I found it didn't look odd in between those cutting sessions, just not great, like it did when I finished.


    I have the book. Two copies, actually. The first original in paperback and the newer publication on my Nook. I've cut my own hair before and it's fine, but I'd much prefer to go to my local Deva Cut specialist since she's been to seminars and classes and she's credentialed to advertise that she does this particular cut. She just charges 50$ for the cut and I think I'm going to keep growing mine out too.
    ~Belle Bohemienne

    "If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present." -Lao Tzu
  • DaniGirl88DaniGirl88 Posts: 1,583Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I thought about doing a pixie, but realized that it was just too short for me. So, I opted for the inverted bob where it is much shorter in the back but I still have a comfortable length in the front. Now, I'm thinking about getting an asymmetrical bob. Still don't know if I'm brave enough yet. =)
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  • BelleBohemienneBelleBohemienne Posts: 375Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    DaniGirl88 wrote: »
    I thought about doing a pixie, but realized that it was just too short for me. So, I opted for the inverted bob where it is much shorter in the back but I still have a comfortable length in the front. Now, I'm thinking about getting an asymmetrical bob. Still don't know if I'm brave enough yet. =)


    I just think pixies like Jennifer Lawrence or Ginnifer Goodwin's are super cute, but I've decided to let it grow out. I LOVE the inverted and asymmetrical bobs, but only when there is a slight noticeable difference. Not when one side is 18 inches shorter than the other. Does that make sense?
    ~Belle Bohemienne

    "If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present." -Lao Tzu
  • DaniGirl88DaniGirl88 Posts: 1,583Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    DaniGirl88 wrote: »
    I thought about doing a pixie, but realized that it was just too short for me. So, I opted for the inverted bob where it is much shorter in the back but I still have a comfortable length in the front. Now, I'm thinking about getting an asymmetrical bob. Still don't know if I'm brave enough yet. =)


    I just think pixies like Jennifer Lawrence or Ginnifer Goodwin's are super cute, but I've decided to let it grow out. I LOVE the inverted and asymmetrical bobs, but only when there is a slight noticeable difference. Not when one side is 18 inches shorter than the other. Does that make sense?

    That does make sense! I agree. My cut is noticeable but not so dramatic that it takes away from my curls. I love it!

    Ginnifer Goodwin's pixie is my absolute favorite. I love how she owns it too. I wish I could pull off a pixie, but I don't think my face shape would be good with one. They are super cute though!
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    3B, fine, normal porosity, high density, medium width and length
    Conditioner: Tresemme Naturals, Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
    Co-Wash: As I Am Coconut Co-Wash
    Leave in Products: As I Am Leave-In, SM Smoothie/Milk, KCKT, Giovanni Direct Leave-In
    Air Dry

    Looking for new products and methods to try!



  • Morgan_AdcockMorgan_Adcock Posts: 2,573Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Oh, believe me, I love having someone else do it too - as long as s/he really knows what s/he's doing. Unfortunately, not all Deva stylists are created equally, and, while even my worst Deva cut was far better than most regular cuts, I'd rather cut my own hair than pay (and tip) the least talented Deva stylist I've encountered.
    Peace,
    Morgan

    Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
    CGing since July 2008

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