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HELP!

Hello!

Long-time lurker making a first post. ^^;

Anyone up for a challenge? @_@

I come in dire need of something new. I desperately need a hair cut, but I don't know what to do.

This will be kind of difficult, as my hair is very, er...Well, you'll see under the cut. XD;


My hair grew out from this style:
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MAN I loved that style! If only I could keep it.

It now looks like this:

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With my glasses. (Because I almost always wear them.)
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Yes, this is all my real hair. I have this weird goal of wanting to have my hair down to my butt at some point in my life. I'm almost there! XD I am aware that I have split ends from hell and it needs to be trimmed, but at this rate I may as well just wait until I reach my goal, because then I'll finally cut it.
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Here's what I'm usually doing with my hair because it looks so bad and it's long enough to do this.


All right, with those there, here's what I'm looking for.

What I want to eventually do is have my hair ALL long (well, layered, but in general, long versus a short cut with "extensions"), but until then, I want to get my hair cut into a style that will grow out looking all right. As you can see, my hair having grown out from the "Uruha" hair cut looks horrid, lol. Unfortunately, whatever cut I would get, I would keep my long mullet part for the time being, because as I said, my goal hasn't been reached yet, and I won't cut it until I do reach it. So, if anyone can think of a style that would work all right with that long part, that'd be super.

Can anyone suggest any cool-looking hair J-hair styles that would allow me to grow my hair out without killing the style? Of course I would need to get, say, the bangs trimmed every so often, but I really would like to let my hair grow out. I LOVE bangs, so I would want to have a style with bangs. Jagged bangs are my favorite. (I hate bowl-cut bangs.) Uhm, I also can't do any coloring with my hair, unfortunately. ;_; I would love to bleach my hair again, but I need to have my hair all one color in a couple of years for work. I can't dye my hair back to my natural color because I'm allergic to hair dye, so I have to let it grow out (because I refuse to bleach it ALL blonde). So, as much as I love hair styles with interesting color effects, I can't do that, so I'm looking for styles that look good in one color.

Whooo, that's a mouthful. Sorry. @_@; There's too much to explain. Thanks in advance!! I hope someone can help me find something good. T__T

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Is that flip natural? It looks like you have two totally seperate lengths going on- your uruha cut, and then your more mullet length. That leaves you with this really thick area right at the nape of your neck. It's an easy fix with some razoring to thin out the area and give it more layers. If the flip is natural, straightening it will help a lot.

I think all you need is some blending done in the back. I had the issue of having an awkward, distinct layer between my longest length and my shortest, so my stylist used a razor and some scissors to blend it out (I think she called them chunking scissors? I just remember them having a strange, jagged edge). After that, everything lays smooth once I straighten it, and my longest layer is down past my mid-back too =) It took out all of the thickness and left me with layers that I can grow out as much as I like. If you want a picture when the back of my hair is straight, I can try to take one for you since clear pictures of the back of jrocker's heads are so hard to find.

If you're looking to change the front too, I think you'd look really good with a fringe and the hair framing your face razored a bit to compliment the shape of your face. Perhaps you could do something like Hiko (Danger*Gang). In the back, her hair is like this. Those slanted bangs and shorter side lengths are sooo easy to grow out- I got my hair cut like that in october and it's already back down past my jaw. For your fringe, something arched like Waka's would be really cute too!

Have you tried all natural vegetable dyes, like manic panic? They have two new colors, cobra and nefertiti, that are natural browns if you want to have an even color all over.
Unfortunately, yes, the flip is natural. I can straighten my hair with no problem when I get it cut, but after a few months, it starts to flip out at the bottom and it won't straighten out. But then again, I suppose it doesn't help that I've been tying my hair up a lot, lol.

If you wouldn't mind, I'd LOVE to see a picture of your hair! Especially because you say your longest layer is also past super long. Yeah, if you have the time, I'd really like that. ^^

Fringe that frames the face does grow out well, doesn't it? And I like the way they look. Most likely I'll end up doing something similar to Hiko's fringe. I think my biggest thing right now is working out what I should do in the back. ~_~

Manic Panic? How organic is that exactly? I didn't realize it was an organic dye. I've tried Aveda's dyes, and their products are supposed to be at least somewhat organic (I don't know just HOW organic they are, but I was told it substituted some chemicals for organic ingredients), and I had a really bad reaction to it, just as I had with the store-bought dye. I wish I knew WHAT it was exactly that I was allergic to so that I could scout out dyes that might exclude whatever it is. But, having rashes and bumps on my scalp while breaking out in hives for 2 weeks makes me hesitant to try anything anymore. lol @_@;; (I really want to get a test done so I can find out what it is!)

Thank you for replying!! I was afraid no one would have anything to suggest, but thankfully that wasn't the case. n.n
It seems the biggest problem is that where they flip is, your hair is cut straight off. There's no layers that will allow it to lie flat and blend with your longer hair...it's sort of like painting. You can't have one color blended into another if you don't smooth it out; otherwise you're left with kind of a lumpy line. When you get it cut, just make sure to take as many pictures of how you'd like the back to look as you can, and tell the stylist you want it thinned, possibly with a razor, so that the layers blend together.

I'll straighten my hair tomorrow and post a picture for you. It's wet right now >>

Manic Panic is a vegetable dye, so I'm pretty sure it's organic. It's a semi permanent dye. Have you only ever used permanent dyes? They contain something called PPD (paraphenylenediamine), which is what most people are allergic to. Allergies to Manic Panic and SFX are very rare because they're vegetable dyes and don't contain that chemical. Aveda dyes are only 97% organic, according to their site, and from what I've googled I think they might contain that PPD. Maybe you could do a test on a tiny part of your scalp rather than putting it all over?
WOW, that is so helpful of you! o_o I was most certainly not expecting to get this much help. xD

I'd say it's very likely that PPD is what I'm allergic to, because yes, the dyes I used before were permanent, because they were black dyes. (I'm told there's no such thing as a black dye that isn't permanent...) Hmm. It's hard to find ingredient lists for dyes, but I'm thinking Aveda uses just a lower amount of the PPD? Not sure. But in any case, I also think they use it. Sounds like it's required for permanent dyes or else it won't be permanent. lol

But since Manic's a semi-permanent dye, it doesn't have the PPD? Now I'm definitely curious. XD I mean if I really could use Manic Panic, oh man I'd be excited. Not only could I dye it back to brown, but I'd be able to dye it other fun colors too between now and then! Whoohoo! 8D

Now back to the cut, lol. >_> Yeah, I know what you mean with the lack of blending with my layers. If I tried to blend my layers into my long layer, I'm afraid of that just looking odd, since the length difference of the short and long is so great. I just can't picture that looking right, which makes me think that my best route would be to sort of continue what I've been doing, where I'd have a short style with "extensions" as I did with the Uruha hair style. My long layer isn't super thick, but it's not super thin either, and I'm afraid if I tried to thin it out even more, it would be so thin that it would look even stranger. lol XD Argh, I know the best idea would be to just cut it, but I'm stubborn, lol.

Thank you so much! I look forward to seeing a picture of your hair. I'm really curious to see what you did with it. ^^ And thank you again for your help! <3
I just hate seeing people think that their hair is hopeless when there's so, so much you can do with the right product and cut xD

No, Manic Panic doesn't have the PPD. Neither does Special Effects or Punky Color, both of which are vegetable based dyes.

Special Effects (SFX) is a vegetable based dye does have a black semi-permanent dye (though it is very, very hard to find), so that's all wrong. Jerome Russel Punky Colors here also has a black dye which is easier to find- just search for punky color dye and several online stores with it should come up. In fact, I've seen a lot of semi-perm dyes that aren't vegetable based available in black. You just have to go somewhere like sally beauty supply to find them.

What people are likely trying to tell you is that there is no black dye that does not leave a stain behind that's very difficult to get out. The difference in permanent and semi-permanent colors has to do with whether or not they penetrate the hair. Permanent colors do, and they lock into the hair follicle itself. Semi-permanents only stain the outermost layer of the hair follicle, which in many cases (depending on the color) makes them easier to remove because they'll fade with each washing. Black semi-permanents exist- their stain is just very difficult to remove, much like with black permanents, but removing the semi-perm black would be less damaging overall.

The one drawback to semipermanents, especially ones that are vegetable dyes, is that for the first several washings they may run (especially if you're using hot water on your hair and shampoo) and some of the colors do tend to rub off onto things. I dyed my hair red and my pillow cases were stained with red for a week, but again, it depends on the color and whether or not your hair was dyed with a permanent color before you applied the semi-permanent. If your hair isn't dyed right now I doubt you'd get much, if any, rubbing off with a brown color. You can put a color sealer on it (found at sally beauty supply) that you let sit for about ten minutes and then rinse off, which helps the dye adhere better and not rub off.

A great community to learn more about hair dye is "Dyed-Hair.

The difference shouldn't look odd at all, especially after growing it out for a couple months- which you should see once a I take a picture. Mine looks like normal long hair in the back until I tease it out.

OT, but that's the best Aoi icon xD

It seems like everyone I tried to talk to about organic dyes would tell me that all they knew of was the henna dye, which is really bleh. Only other suggestion I got was from someone I worked with saying she tried to look it up online and found recipies for homemade dyes that were lacking in the chemicals. But of course those hardly do anything. @_@

Thanks for all the help with the dyes! I'll certainly be keeping this in mind. I think if I can get over my fear of dying and get adventurous, I just might try out Manic Panic or SFX. (Swatching, of course.) =)

I await this picture. XD I can't wait to see how you pulled it off.

OT- Thanks! It was the first thing that came to mind when I saw that photoshoot. XD
When I was younger, I used to wear my hair till the butt, but then some day, I cutted it to my chin..
and well, I never want it to be that long again, I know how much effort and time it takes to be cleaned and stuff.. x_x
Yeah, long hair is a hassle to take care of, but I still love it. It's not something I'd want to keep forever, but I love the way long hair looks. =)
Funny, because I was going to suggest Hiko's cut too, because you have the perfect base for it. You can also find a bazillion pictures of her hair at her blog here. I think the style would work since a lot of layering would need to be done in order to even out the blunt change from short to long you have going on, and the layers would most likely need to start out high.

As for the subject of natural hair dye, I'll throw in a suggestion for Herbatint. Most of their shades are natural, but they've got some funky ones, too.
Haha, that's funny. XD I do like Hiko's hair. I think I'm going to do something similar with the bangs, although probably a little shorter than what she has. That way it'll last a little longer, and I'm used to my bangs being shorter than that anyways.

Having super short (high) layers is what I'm not sure about though. I know I need to blend my layers at the bottom into my long layer so it's not so severe, but layers that are REALLY short are hard to grow out. Like I said, I'm wanting to eventually end up with an overall "long" hair style, but for the sake of transition, I'm trying to figure out what would help me move into that while still keeping a nice-looking style. If it's possible, lol.

Thank you for your suggestions! I really appreciate it. I'll be referring back to all of these dye suggestions once I do some testing to see what I'm allergic to. ^^