I hate my layers. Continue growing out, or seek a curl stylist?

Last May, I did a big chop to remove the last traces of old color. My longest length, when curly, came right to the shoulders. The layers she cut into my hair were way too short - the shortest was curling up to the top of my ear. It was a wet cut. My 2c hair is straight when wet and I don't think she was accounting for the shrinkage, or for shape in general. My hair expands ALOT. I wasn't happy, but I was glad I was back to all natural colored hair.

My hair grows pretty quick, and 14 months later, those really short layers are giving me hell. They're about chin length now, but they look raggedy and stick out in weird ways.

I'm growing them out for sure, but I'm wondering...do you guys think seeing a curl specialist would be most beneficial now in this awkward stage or in a year from now when the layers are at a workable length? From now on, I don't want any crazy layering. I'm collecting pictures of what my goals are.

Thoughts?
3a/3b
Baby fine, high density, high porosity.
Weak curl pattern, lover of strong hold products and protein.
Big chop of old color May 2016 - all virgin, no heat.

Comments

  • WavycatWavycat Registered Users Posts: 325 Curl Connoisseur
    The choice is up to you but if you want to grow them out maybe try pinning them back. I think I used to bobby pin mine under some hair further back from my ear lift some hair up before pinning so it would fall over it and it would hide the pin. Or headbands could get you thru this phase.
    SE PA
    2C/3A med, med density,med elasticity, high porosity color-treated
    No Poo: various VO5s testing Gliss Volumizing (keratin) for summer
    Citric acid rinse or vinegar
    RO: SM Honey Mask with agave
    Conditioner only styling with water, water and more water, or jojoba + SM Superfruit
    Styler: KCCC or Ecostyler Olive Oil occasionally
    Love most oils but can't use CO in winter
  • rbbrbb Registered Users Posts: 4,357 Curl Connoisseur
    if you know of a GOOD stylist, then i'd suggest a DUSTING, not a trim. it will make them curl more and lose that raggedy look. 14 months is a long time not to dust the ends.
    but make sure she understands dusting,not a trim. and if she could do a dry cut, that would even be better.
    if you know what you are hoping to achieve, bring photos of it if you can find any. even if it isn't happening now, you can tell her that is what your goal is.

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
    washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
    leave in:curl junkie conditioners and treatments as leave in
    styling: curl junkie 
    sealants - jane carter nourish & shine
  • StarmieStarmie Registered Users Posts: 7,169 Curl Virtuoso
    I agree with rbb - I think the layers in the back of my hair are too short and want to grow them a bit but they were looking really untidy and frizzy, so the last time I went to the hairdresser she just snipped the very ends off and it made a noticeable difference. She said some of the curls at the ends of those layers were curling the opposite way to others, hence the mess. If you could get something similar it might help those wayward bits to play nice.
    3b in South Australia.
  • Gaby.VintimiGaby.Vintimi Registered Users Posts: 124 Curl Neophyte
    Your hair sounds like mine, mine is also almost straight when wet and once it dries it becomes curly and shrinks so if the stylist doesn't see your hair before wetting it and cutting it, they will treat it like straight hair or at most 2a. I too had weird and too many layers, it looked ok the first few weeks but then it got crazy as it grew, and that's the problem with layers even if you want to grow them out the way it grows and how you hair curls makes it a nightmare. I do recommend you to go a curly hair stylist and get a dry cut, when I got my dry cut he did put layers in it but not so many and the problem was solved. As your hair looks different wet and dry, a dry cut is the best fit for you.
    2c, dense and coarse hair.
  • machermacher Registered Users Posts: 1,031 Curl Connoisseur
    Your hair sounds like mine, mine is also almost straight when wet and once it dries it becomes curly and shrinks so if the stylist doesn't see your hair before wetting it and cutting it, they will treat it like straight hair or at most 2a. I too had weird and too many layers, it looked ok the first few weeks but then it got crazy as it grew, and that's the problem with layers even if you want to grow them out the way it grows and how you hair curls makes it a nightmare. I do recommend you to go a curly hair stylist and get a dry cut, when I got my dry cut he did put layers in it but not so many and the problem was solved. As your hair looks different wet and dry, a dry cut is the best fit for you.

    My hair is totally different when it's wet. I have low wet elasticity according to my hair analysis. Once my hair starts to dry it gets a lot wavyer.

    I've gotten a Deva cut and a wet cut and honestly I couldn't tell the difference. The only thing I tell both dry and wet stylists is DON'T cut my face frame short, 'I repeat don't cut my face frame short!'. Last year a Deva stylists cut my face frame a little too short and hair was getting in my eyes and stuff. Plus a lot of times I like to put my hair behind my ears and I couldn't with shorter face frame. It bothered the heck out of me. Otherwise I don't care where layers are. As long as the length is there. It's like I only want the stylist to do whatever to everything but the length including face game.

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