If you’re a woman with long hair (Latinas I’m especially talking to you), I’m going to assume you’ve thought of chopping your long locks at least once in your life. Maybe you were brave and actually did it or maybe it was only a thought. If this is something you’re actually considering but are afraid of regretting it, read along. I finally stop talking the talk and walked the walk. Here’s what happened…
I have to start by saying my hair is naturally fine, soft, and stick straight. My entire life has been struggling with volume and keeping my curls lasting at least more than a couple of hours. Hairspray is my life, the firmer the better. It doesn’t take a specialist to know shorter hair is scientifically more voluminous, so it seems like an obvious solution. Here’s the thing though. My hair does NOT grow fast at all. I’ve spent years growing it out, and wishing it looks something along the lines of Sofia Vergara or Penelope Cruz. My fellow Latinas probably get me right? If my hair grew as quick as my thick eyebrows did (the curse) I would’ve tried a shorter look years ago.
So first things first, I did some research and spoke a couple of stylist before deciding to do it. By research I mean, paying close attention to the shape of my face to see if and what I can pull off. Tip: find a celebrity with a similar face shape and consider if they look good or better with short vs long hair. Almost all celebrities have tried both looks, shouldn’t be hard. Then I actually measured the bottom of my ear to the bottom of my chin in a 90 degree angle. Reference here. I’m kind of a numbers gal, so this trick really helped me figure it out. Try it out.
I did it! I finally did it! Now let’s talk about how I’ve been styling it and what I’ve used to make me feel comfortable with my decision to chop it off. Before I decided to go for a lob my stylist Lindsey Bridges recommended I started using this Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Treatment on damp hair. Like I said before, my hair is straight, fine, and very oily as it is. Frizz has never been a problem for me, so I was surprised when she recommended it for me. She explained “Washing your hair daily makes the scalp produce more oil so if you wash it less the body naturally stops producing as much oil so you are less oily! And the end of hair doesn’t get oil like the scalp does because it is far from the scalp so putting oil on the mid shafts and ends will keep hair moisturized in a dry climate like AZ.” My number one sin I’ve been committing is washing it daily because it is so oily. Sin number 2: hard brushing and constantly playing with my hair. How can say this… I am practically known for playing with my hair as much as I do. I was born playing with my hair. Seriously, it’s my identifier!
After I had been using this Bamboo oil she recommended I noticed a significant change in the ends of my hair. My hair has been growing without ends breaking, causing my bimonthly trim to last longer. This was the main reason I felt more comfortable cutting my hair. I use a dime size amount on my hands and run it through the ends of my hair first and any leftover on the top of my head. I do this while my hair is still damp running my fingers top to bottom straight which makes brushing less harsh.
I then use this Bamboo volume thickening cream for styling after I’ve applied the oil. I love this stuff! I use about a dime size as well, run it through my hands and apply at the roots at the top of my hair. Linsdey suggested I use this for styling my new lob right before I blow out my hair to create a full drastic voluminous effect. I’ve loved this product so much I’m sure I’ll continue to use it even if my hair grows out long again. Or who knows, maybe I’ll keep sporting a lob forever.
When it comes to volume, your hair dryer is your best friend. Also something I learned from my stylist. I start my blow-drying downwards. (head straight down and blow-drying in the same direction) Once my hair is nearly dry I use a thick round brush like this one and blow dry from the scalp to the tips facing in. I love the full bouncy effect after using these natural products, whereas my intense amounts of hairspray can often prevent.
So to keep short story short, I loved my new do! Hope this helps on your decision to go for it, but in case you have any questions feel free to ask me or my girl Lindsey.