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July 16th, 2007 at 02:53 pm

Okay ladies (and maybe some of you men), I need help!

Because I am going to be moving to hotter-than-hot Texas, I want to cut my hair short but have absolutely no idea how to go about choosing a style. The last time I had my hair cut in a "style" was about 15 years ago. Since then I've just let it grow; every couple of years I get a bunched whacked off and send it to Locks of Love (and I get a free hair cut for doing that). I usually just wear it pulled back by a barrette or a scrunchy. (I know, I know, not very stylish, but hey, it suits me fine.)

I know I could go in to a hair stylist and ask for suggestions, but I'm hesitant to do that because:
- I don't care all that much about my hair, and I think that saying to a hair person that you don't care about hair is insulting to their line of work.
- I'm afraid they'd suggest something too trendy for my taste. I want to choose a style and stick with it for a good long time, so I don't have to think aobut it anymore.
- I'm also afraid they would suggest something that would require more frequent trips to get hair cuts than I am willing to do.

So, I am looking for suggestions, either style suggestions or where I could go to get some information on basic styles.

Here's the 411 on me and my hair:
- My hair is medium thickness and wavy. However, it's not an even wave. It's light-wavy in the front and medium-wavy in the back.
- I wash and condition my hair every other day, comb it out, and let it air dry. That's it. No styling brushes, no blow dryer, no curlers, no hair spray or gel, nada. I would like to keep it this simple.
- I'm 43 years old and do not care about the trends; however, I guess I'd prefer not to look like an 80-year-old. Smile
- Hair is not an area of my life where I care to spend a lot of money. So, I'd like a style where I can go to a basic walk-in place (like Great Clips), and I'd like a style that wouldn't need to be cut very often or where my husband could give me a little trim in between cuttings.

So, any suggestions??? TIA!

8 Responses to “Speaking of Hair ...”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    Hey there,
    I get my hair cut once a month at a barber for $15, but other than that I'm very low-maintenance and don't know much about styling hair. I also have wavy, bordering on frizzy, hair. My barber cuts mine so it's chin-length or shorter in front. Then he tapers it up even shorter in back, so it's fairly close-cropped at the nape of my neck and a little way up. He gives me short little bangs.
    It's very low maintenace; after I wash it, I towel-dry it, flip the sides out a little by just teasing the ends with my fingers, fluff up the back a bit with my fingers, straighten my bangs with my fingers (sometimes off to the side, sometimes straight down) and go.
    Times that I don't get it cut for a few months, it's fine, because the bangs are so short it takes them ages to get into my eyes.
    I'm 33 and I think this style is appropriate for just about any age. Not super-girly, but not totally frumpy either.
    If your hair really is like mine though, I recommend making the one concession I make: get some cheap hair gel, take a dime-size amount, rub it all over your hands and run your hands through your hair while it's still damp. This way it won't look too styled, but it will keep down the frizz that's inevitable with a shorter cut.

  2. baselle Says:

    I have thick wavy hair, grey on the sides, and I keep it short, especially in the back. How fast does your hair grow out and how heavy does it get? And have you noticed how your hair behaves in very non-humid places? When I lived in Tucson, I had to get my hair cut every three months or so, otherwise my head would overheat and it was far less wavy than in Seattle.

  3. monkeymama Says:

    It's hot here and I just wear it up.

    Sorry I know I am no help, but overall I find I don't do much. I do tend to chop it much shorter in the summer but I always make sure it is at least long enough to put up in a clip or pony tail. Just FYI - definitely what you want for summer. If you get a bob and can't put it up you'll be miserable. I like to chop it because it is lighter, but it is a must I can get it off my neck when it is 90 degrees. Big Grin
    I use to have short hair but it was a pain in the neck to cut every few weeks (if your hair grows fast particularly) and then I am just too cold in the winter with my exposed neck. All the hair cuts get expensive.

    Other than that I am with you in the hair department - I don't do much with it...

    Texas is dry. I don't have your hair type so I can't say what it will do in a dry climate.

  4. threebeansalad Says:

    I used to have short hair and found short hair to me more work than long hair. It needs to be cut more frequently and without the length my hair lost weight and went from curly to frizzy. I hate to be the neigh-sayer, but short hair isn't always easy!

  5. JanH Says:

    Didn't you say you were moving to Austin? West Texas is very, very dry. East Texas is very, very humid. At least all the parts I've experienced. I will have to ask DD what Austin was like since she lived there. That's a good point to factor in the humidity levels. DD has had to deal with that. She now gets her wavy hair cut a little above shoulder length but below chin length so she can put it up when she goes camping and such. She has it layered so she doesn't have to smooth it all out and she either spritzes it with something and lets it dry with waves or flat irons the to the side bangs and top layer and leaves the rest. She doesn't get it cut that often.

  6. scfr Says:

    Thanks for all of the suggestions! I'm now re-thinking and wondering if I should go with a medium length, and perhaps I could even let it grow longer during the winter and get it cut each year when it starts to get hot. That way I could keep up with the LOL donations until I get too grey, I could lose some of the weight of the hair, but still have enough to put it up when it gets really hot. My only concern would be that I might end up with too much of a triangle shape, a la "Rosanna Dana Dana" (remember that Gilda Radner character from Saturday Night Live?). I guess I'll just have to wait and see what the dry heat does to my hair. What the heck, I can try it, and if I don't like it, I can cut it shorter. I can always cut it shorter, but I can't make it longer, right? And as an added bonus, I won't have the time/travel/expense of going to get it cut more frequently.
    Thanks again for all of the suggestions!

  7. Mrs. Thrifty Says:

    Maybe you could try some new updo's. I have long hair and live in the south. When I'm going to be out in the heat I pin it up. For me, going shorter means more maintenance. I hope you find the perfect hair do for you.


    Mrs. Thrifty

  8. Ima saver Says:

    I live in the south and i have long straight hair. Other than coloring it myself every 2 months, I spend no money on it. It is so easy to keep up when it is long and straight.

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