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Hair layers or one length?

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Bluebell79 Tue 09-Dec-14 19:25:55

Just had my Bob layered, it sticks out at all angles and looks thin and stragerly, I think the shortest layer is too short something's not right. Can't decide whether to get it cut again, if the longest layers go it might blend better and not look so messy. Does anyone have one length mid length hair?

msfreud Tue 09-Dec-14 19:34:17

It always looks better after a week or two after a haircut, so give it a bit of time first. I felt that way about my layered cut last time and now I really like it.

Leviticus Tue 09-Dec-14 19:48:22

I hate layers passionately. They just take all the appearance of shine and smoothness out of my hair so I'm all for the blunt cut.

That's my hair though - lots of fine, shoulder length straight hair.

Petal02 Tue 09-Dec-14 19:57:39

It took me a while to get used to my layers - but now I love them. I agree it takes about a week for your hair to 'recover' after a haircut, but have you tried blow drying the ends under? I use my babyliss big hair for this, it works a treat, otherwise I blow dry the underneath sections first (it only takes a few minutes when you get the hang if it) which means the outer layers have got a smooth 'base ' to lay on.

And then I spend a few minutes with the straighteners, just to finish it off.

I used to have one- length hair, but found it was starting to drag my face down, making me look older. Not good when you're past 40!

Bluebell79 Tue 09-Dec-14 20:08:08

It has been a couple of weeks, I'm spending more time drying it with a brush and using straighteners but it still flicks out and looks messy. I wouldn't mind looking older keep getting asked for ID and at 35 it's getting embarrassing. I'm going to look rubbish in the Xmas family photos, really like the colour.

RojaGato Wed 10-Dec-14 00:11:10

My hair is just past my shoulders, had it blunt cut for ages and it was very little trouble. The ends were looking a bit heavy, so I wanted to break that up a bit.

Tried a new hairdresser last time. Asked her to soften the hard edge of the blunt cut a little by shaping the ends. At the end of the cut she said "I've cut your hair to accentuate the natural curl"...

Whaaat? When did I ask for that? My sole hair objective is to remove all traces of curl for a sleek, glossy finish. I have a slight natural wave that has always blow dried out pretty easily or made my hair look a bit wavy if I let it dry naturally at the weekends for a softer look, now it's pretty curly as she cut it to take the weight out so the curls can form.

Her boss noticed I was unhappy and came over and did what he could without having to lob off a load of the length (to make it blunt cut again he would have had to take it up to my ears, which would have just killed me). Which basically turned out to be channel cutting a few wispy bits at the front so I put my hair back in a french twist every day and not look like I have croydon facelift.
He talked to me abotu what I did with my hair and actually listened and suggested that if I wear it back a lot anyway that that might be the thing to make it liveable. He also said I would be best definitely just waiting 3 months til my next cut at which point I could come back and get it done by him for free to put it right. I must have had a faced like she had just drowned a kitten in the hairwashing sinks when I saw it dried.

If there is anything you can do to put it up partially or fully (clips, hairband, braids....)then I would do that until the shortest bit has grown enough to be at a length you know you can live with. Anything like a graduated bob will take ages to grow out if it's taken to a length where they need to cut the hair at the nape short.

Also maybe try Macadamia Oil 6 in 1 Flawless- it makes things a lot easier to blow dry. When I use it, I can just about blow dry my hair into something smooth I can manage. It's quite pricey but might be worth it until your hair has grown back a bit.

6 weeks down, 6 weeks to go.

Bluebell79 Wed 10-Dec-14 09:32:37

You know what roja, I think it's been cut to encourage curls, I don't have curly hair but it's looking curly, the front has been cut shorter, not a fringe exactly. It's due to be coloured after Xmas don't think I will get it cut again though.

leedy Wed 10-Dec-14 10:11:44

Personally I love layers, but that's because I have thick, curly hair and if it's all the one length I look like I am wearing a giant triangular hat made of human hair.

MakeMeWarmThisWinter Wed 10-Dec-14 10:30:11

I always have a blunt cut now. I have highlighted blonde hair just below my shoulders, like this - quite fine although lots of it, and can frizz, but more length and weight in it and it will sit shinily and glossily. Hairdressers always try to persuade me to have layers like this early 2000s Sienna pic but they always look mumsy and rubbish. I think blunt looks modern and youthful. If you can have a slight wave, even better with blunt edges. But yes depends on your hair type.

Mochamum Wed 10-Dec-14 10:57:24

Hi, I'm new to mumsnet and useless with any technology so I hope I manage to post this ok. After years and years of hairdressers telling me I need layers and it being a total disaster I now insist on a blunt cut.

I have lots of fine hair that is shoulder length and it does have a natural curl. If I have layers cut in, my hair just will not style properly. It goes very flat, wispy and just doesn't suit me and if I get it looking reasonable in front of the mirror within 10 minutes of moving it looks a mess. If I have more weight
it does look more youthful, swingy, easier to style and it holds the style. Hairdressers have continually told me that layers add volume - that is just not my experience. Until my last hairdresser that said "no" it won't you need a blunt cut. It's probably my hair type.

I few years ago, following an absolute hair cutting disaster, I made the decision to have my hair cut short to eradicate 90% of the layers. The hairdresser blunt cut it. I was very worried but from the moment I had the blunt cut my hair was so much easier to manage and it grew down very quickly - it was the best decision I made and I haven't looked back.

I have the sides shaped but still blunt cut no points. Hope this isn't too waffley. You can probably sense I feel passionate about this. Hope this helps.

MakeMeWarmThisWinter Wed 10-Dec-14 11:01:40

I don't even get it done at the hairdressers any more blush I get my pricey highlights done there, but DH does a perfectly good job every 6 weeks with the kitchen scissors while my hair is soaking in coconut oil. Tah-dah! And he likes it long so I know he won't cut too much off grin

flux500 Wed 10-Dec-14 11:24:01

I have fine hair and previously always went for the blunt cut, Just felt it suited my hair type better and was really easy to style. The next time I had it cut my the same person she said 'the same as last time?' and I said yes, and she cut layers in AND used the thinning scissors. I felt like I had lost so much of my hair volume and felt thin and less shiny.

Was not impressed. Since it's grown so it's touching my shoulders the layers are actually giving style where there would be none so I'm ok with them right now. I do a 50s style roll thing with the fringe so help hide the layers.

RojaGato Wed 10-Dec-14 17:35:17

Hello Bluebell

I think that cutting to encourage curls is popular just now- so many people getting those curly blow drys or ghd curls. In the year or so a few hairdressers have mentioned it to me (only one just went off and id it without being asked though). I think so many people are going for that look, that some hairdressers just assume that's what everyone wants.

Good luck with the colour!

MochaMakemewarm and Flux Definitely back to blunt cut for me as soon as it is long enough

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