How do you wear your hair???

  1. I just finished my first clinical which brings me to my topic. Hair. I have crazy hair. Kinky, curly, almost spiral curls, all natural. I cannot wear it down due to the fact it is thick. NO matter if i use hair gel, the dryer my hair gets the bigger it gets. It could be worst...but not by much. I just feel extremely bored always putting it into a bun, french twist, or some other made up style (actually lack of style), to keep it off my collar while working in the hospital. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I could style, cut, or shave it all off, to help get me through the next two years??? How does everyone else style their hair? Any new do's I am unaware of? I looked in the "hairstyle" books, but I could not find the section on styles for the person with Don King/Diana Ross kind of hair. In fact if my shin tone were the right color I would begin to wonder if I am not the love child between Don King and Diana Ross? HHHHMMMMM? Maybe I should call my parents and ask them if there is any information they have not told me. It is funny, the other 5 children in my family have beautifully straight hair! So help me out, I have a 5:00 appointment to have something done to my "ratsmess" (my bother's nickname for my hair). I could use everyones help.
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  3. by   shel_wny
    My advice would be to go to a fairly high-end hairdresser and let her do her thing! I asked a friend at work who always had funky new hairstyle who cut her hair and she told me where to go and who to ask for. I did just that and now I have the cutest, easy-to-manage hairstyle. The cut was $26 but it was well worth it! I cut pictures from a hairstyle magazine to show her how I wanted it and that helped a lot, though I am sure she could have done a style just as cute without them. Getting your hair cut is one of those things, along with buying a good pair of shoes, that you really want to spend good money on to get the highest quality. It does wonders for your comfort and self-esteem. Good Luck!

    Shel
  4. by   EMTtoRN
    I agree that you should go somewhere that KNOWS your hair!!!! You dont want to end up with a style that you cant put up or have to wait to grow out. My sister is half white and half african american and she hair JUST like you described. Of course she relazes it
  5. by   studentnurse74
    Quote from hyperstudent
    I just finished my first clinical which brings me to my topic. Hair. I have crazy hair. Kinky, curly, almost spiral curls, all natural. I cannot wear it down due to the fact it is thick. NO matter if i use hair gel, the dryer my hair gets the bigger it gets. It could be worst...but not by much. I just feel extremely bored always putting it into a bun, french twist, or some other made up style (actually lack of style), to keep it off my collar while working in the hospital. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I could style, cut, or shave it all off, to help get me through the next two years??? How does everyone else style their hair? Any new do's I am unaware of? I looked in the "hairstyle" books, but I could not find the section on styles for the person with Don King/Diana Ross kind of hair. In fact if my shin tone were the right color I would begin to wonder if I am not the love child between Don King and Diana Ross? HHHHMMMMM? Maybe I should call my parents and ask them if there is any information they have not told me. It is funny, the other 5 children in my family have beautifully straight hair! So help me out, I have a 5:00 appointment to have something done to my "ratsmess" (my bother's nickname for my hair). I could use everyones help.
    My hair is long, naturally curly, only thin. So I usually do the boring tiger clip or braid. I would have them thin it out. Use layers. You could get the style where it's a few inches shorter on the outside hair, and longer underneath. Just make sure they don't whack too much; you want to be able to pull it back if necessary!
  6. by   BamaGirlRN
    OKay we have the same hair. I never wear my hair down, ever. It's too thick. Even if I put it in a pony tail it looked puffy and not like a pony tail at all. Finally I went and got it cut by someone who knows curly hair and I love it. I have a few layers around my face now. She can even straighten it with a ceramic iron and I love it staight too. I would have never thought I could straighten my hair but the iron works wondersand it doesn't take long at all. And I can wear it down also.

    I also use L'Oreal Studio Melting gel when I wear it curly.
  7. by   rjflyn
    Hair whats hair.

    Seriously as a male who is losing his, I keep is buzzed short- see the barber about every 3-4 weeks.

    Rj
  8. by   TLC RN
    If you go to any stylist make sure they know how to cut curly hair first! If your hair is how you describe it, then cutting it short makes it curl up more.

    I have your hair (I use Diana Ross to describe my hair all the time)! Do you have the kind of hair that if you touch it when it is dry it frizzes? People love to try to touch my curls and I (on the inside) flip out! It messes up the curls and makes it get fizzy!

    Anyway, what kind of products do you use on it? I found that the herbal essence kind will not cut it. The products that you get from a salon may be well worth the money spent. Start with a good stylist that works with curly hair people and ask them what to use.

    I have used back to basics shampoo, conditioner and mousse and it worked pretty good. But recently I have found Graham Webb Making Waves gel with AG Fast Food leave in conditioner (you put it in first just out the shower when your hair is wet). Works wonders. I had many a good hair days in the summer with a ton of humidity.

    I hate to say it but good products is the key. Start asking people with curly hair you see that looks nice what they use. A chain of stores called Beauty First will let you buy high end products and return it if it does not work out.


    Some styles to try besides bun is to braided your hair when it is wet and let it dry. But I am sure you get the frizz still on the top so try the gels to flatten it when it is still wet.
  9. by   shhh5683
    My hair is the same way, but dont hate your hair!!! There are lots of things to do to change things up without having to cut it, though i COMPLETELY understand the need to do that. Most of the time, I put mine up in a pony tail and use different things on it to make it different- things like a matching ribbon, some clips (the really small kind that you just sorta clip in there. some of them sparkle some of them are dressy, some of them are plain), or you could always do one braid, two braids, fishtail (thats a type of braid), get someone to braid it in a circle around your head if you can find someone that will...you can always lace ribbons through the braids if you wanted to do that. If you leave it curly and use just a regular large clip (the ones with teeth) and let it sort of...fall over the clip, thats very pretty. The other option is to get a straightener (for those days that you just simply dont wanna be curly). I have an AWESOME straightener that i just got...it takes about 20 minutes for me to straighten my hair and it stays that way all day. If you want the brand/contact info, just let me know. Im sure there are about a million other ways to fix it, just be creative...curly hair is pretty much cute any way you fix it...as long as you actually attempt to fix it and dont leave it...well...enough said...you know what im talking about!!! Good luck!
  10. by   Achoo!
    I cut mine off, kind of like Paige from trading spaces. Short and layered on top and a little funky, spiky in the back. It works with all face shapes and is very easy to style. Blow dry, a little pomade and go!
  11. by   falastinia
    To all that have curly hair, my hair is extremely kinky/curly whatever you'd like to call it, I have used every type of hair mousse out there, and the best brand that works miracles on curly hair is the "3 in 1" brand of mousse sold at Walgreens only, make sure its the purple kind, apply the mousse when your hair is completely wet but not dripping(make sure to put enough mousse throughout hair and in all areas of head), if you have the time let your hair air dry and make sure you put enough mousse, i promise if your hair is anything like mine you'll love it!!! Once it dries, take enough of it on each side and pull it to the back of your head with a hair clip equipped for holding curly/kinky hair, now the hair is out of your face, your looking cute and professional and you don't have to go bald!!! For other occasions outside of work, if your after your hair is completely air dried scrunch your hair all over by just squeezing it from the ends to the roots, and massage your scalp when your hair is dry, this gives your hair more body if you feel this is needed, scrunching only works on dry hair, other wise it will dry frizzy. hope this helps, Good luck:spin:
  12. by   al7139
    Mabye we should start a thread for nursing hairstyles!
    I have the same hair you do, it is so curly and so thick, that just brushing it is an event!
    In nursing school, we were required to wear it off the collar (and mine is so long that I could not just pull it back into a ponytail). I know it is boring, but I usually put it in a bun. I pulled it back into a ponytail, then braided the ponytail, and then wound it around into a bun, that actually looks really cool (like its woven). I then tucked the end in and used the oversized bobby pins to hold it in place.
    I have realized that this part of our dress code actually makes sense in nursing. Wearing your hair down can get in your way, create a contamination issue, and who wants their hair grabbed by a combative or confused patient? Not to mention the spitters, and pukers. I don't want that in my hair!
    Now that I have graduated, I usually wear my hair pulled back in a braid when I am at work. I have considered getting a short cut, but I like my hair long, so I won't do that.
    I do sometimes straighten my hair, but still wear it pulled back when at work.
    Amy
  13. by   southernbelle08
    We pretty much have to wear ours up. I actually get mine cut about shoulder length before each semester, so I can stick it up in a ponytail that is shorter and easier to manage. If we have our hair down (and it is of any length at all) our instructor deducts 10pts for the day because of it.
  14. by   StudentNurseAbby
    Last semester my hair was like 3 inches past my shoulders and I had bangs. I put it up in a neat messy bun. lol Then I wore a simple black plastic headband to keep my bangs back. This summer when it was hot and I was in a mood I cut it all off, so now I have to figure something else out.

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