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Everything You Need to Know About Long Hair and Hair Type

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02 . 08 . 15
Justine Marjan

Justine Marjan

Editor at Mane Addicts
As Editorial Director of Mane Addicts, Justine was enlisted as one of two to create the site in Jen Atkin's vision from the very beginning. A hairstylist for over 10 years, she loves all things beauty and fashion. She enjoys traveling the globe, long flights sans internet, and a good sheet mask.
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When it comes to the world of hair, long haired girl’s can often get overlooked when it comes to OPTIONS. Short haired girls can easily switch up their cut and style every month, but it’s easy for long haired gals to get stuck in a rut, especially when in the process of growing hair out. If this sounds like you, we’ve got some words of wisdom to get you trying something new at your next hair appointment.

 

FINE HAIR

When hair is fine, adding layers can often be scary. However, celebrity hairstylist, Ric Pipino ensures that fine haired girls can easily get, “the right haircut that’s layered in the right way so the cut is not taking out the weight of the hair, but is cut with the correct amount of layering/graduation to create more volume.” Be sure to go to a stylist that is comfortable working with fine hair types, as not all hair is created equally!

If you’re long, fine hair feels limp be sure to use “the correct products to enhance fullness and create volume and body without adding weight, including a good volumizing shampoo and conditioner. For styling, I recommend the Alterna Haircare Bamboo Volume 48-Hour Volume Spray, which is fantastic for fine hair.”

 

THICK HAIR 

It’s easy for girl’s with long, thick hair to leave a hair appointment with their hair still feeling heavy. Just as fine hair can be scary to some stylists, working with thick hair can often be overwhelming for the unprepared. Make sure to inform the front desk that you have a lot of hair prior to your appointment so they can make sure there is enough time to accommodate you. Be sure to have a thorough consultation with your stylist to explain that you feel comfortable removing weight. To avoid leaving the appointment with your haircut looking like a shag, or too choppy, Pipino suggests a “technique called “’pointing’ in which once the cut is finished and there are some long layers/graduation throughout, I point the hair. Pointing is for taking out a little weight without losing the core haircut.”

 

CURLY HAIR 

Trimming curly hair can often be a scary thought, especially when it comes to adding layers. Just one inch too short and the hair can shrink up like a raisin. We suggest keeping layers on the longer side to avoid leaving with an unwanted mullet and asking the stylist to brick layer for more random separation.

 

LAYERS

Talk to your stylist about what kinds of layers best suit your face shape. If you have a longer face shape, adding bangs or shorter face framing pieces can round out the shape. If your face is round, avoid cuts that are too heavy near the bottom or triangular as that can accentuate fullness. If your face is square, avoid layers that hit near the jawline. An experienced professional should be able to help you with more tailored specifics, or you can check out Layers 101 for more in depth answers.

 

Before you go into your appointment, you should know a few key words…

  • Blunt – Do you prefer less movement and more weight? Blunt refers to harder lines and hair that is fuller near the ends.
  • Face framing – There’s hardly a girl who doesn’t look great with face framing layers. Just be specific if you would like to just see a few strands to subtly open up your face, or if you like to see a lot of movement in the front.
  • Piecey – Are you looking for lots of texture and movement? Piecey layers may be just the thing for you! These types of layers can work especially well for curly hair types to remove weight and create random texture.
  • Long Layers – Do you like the idea of layers, but don’t particularly like seeing a lot of different length strands? Do you have fine hair, but need SOME movement? Long layers are the thing for you!

 

If you’re someone who always goes into a hair appointment expecting a big change, but are attached to length and hardly see a difference when you leave, it may be time to explore other options. Pipino goes on to explain, “it’s very hard to dramatically change your hair without cutting, so it’s very important to communicate with your stylist prior to doing any service. Sit down and chat with him/her for a good 10 minutes to better understand what’s possible and not possible in cutting your hair for a hairstyle change that best suits your face. If you don’t want to cut, another option is to color your hair. The change can be as subtle or dramatic as you’d like.”

 

For girls that are weary of change because they’re growing out their strands, celebrity hairstylist Ric Pipino suggests “even though you’re growing your hair out, be sure to get regular trims to keep the hair healthy (I know, it seems counterintuitive!) [and] maintain a healthy, nutrient-rich diet.”

 

Not happy with your haircut? Take a cue from Pipino when growing back your locks and try “the Alterna Haircare Caviar Repair Lengthening Hair & Scalp Elixir—this treatment nourishes the scalp AND strengthens the hair to promote maximum length!”

 

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