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a thread to talk about your hair goals / experiments / fails / wins / products etc. consider this a RANDOM THOUGHTS: HAIR thread   when i joined BT years ago, i was at the beginning phases of growing out a shaved head, after a decade of cropped pixie cuts and avant garde styles as well as defying my natural texture. my hair is past my shoulders now, and am fully immersed in this world of hair care and styling that i had been absent from for so long.    this thread can be about anything. thoughts, questions, anecdotes that you feel like sharing but for whatever reason don't want to start an independent thread about. cheers !
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@Asche  I agree! I chopped all of mine off and started over about two years ago, and even though I hated my hair that short, I'm really glad I did it. Healthy hair is so... see post
Looking for a hair product for hair worn up.
I have fine hair that I'm required to wear up for my job.  It's still semi-wet when I put it up because it takes forever to dry and I'm not going to blow dry it everyday just to put it up into a bun.  Yes, I try to make it loose but it can't be messy.  I'm also outdoors a lot so my hair sees the sun, wind, rain, etc.   I'm looking for a product that will protect my hair from the elements and the constant up do.     I'll admit, due to how fine it is, I even wear it up on my days off and especially to the gym.
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I definitely would suggest the invisi-bobble hair ties for pulling your hair back. Wearing your hair up consistently causes tension, and that tension causes breakage. Th... see post
Pixie haircut styling ideas & products?
I've had long hair all my life (I'm 23) and have always wanted short hair, but never had the courage to do it... until a couple of days ago! I cut all my blonde hair off and got a short pixie cut with some bangs.   Today I realized I have no idea how to style it. When I had long hair, I literally did nothing to it. I let it air dry and I never used any styling products in it. Not even hairspray.   I went to Target and Sephora yesterday and bought the following stuff on a whim: Blowdryer (my first one ever!) Bedhead Manipulator Bumble & Bumble thickening hair spray, styling creme, straight blow dry, and sumotech   So far I'm enjoying the messy, just woke up look but I'm looking to experiment. I'd like to get some ideas from women who have had pixie cuts about their favorite styles and/or products to use. For the record, my hair is a step above fine but not super coarse and it was naturally wavy when it was long but not so much now. I also have a really severe cowlick which makes the front of my hair stick up in a poof (you know Conan O'Brien's famous hair? my cowlick was like that with long hair).   I'm just in really new territory here and would love some advice!
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Donnaroliver / NEWCOMER / replied
Hi! Nice Information. I like it. :) For more amazing pixie hairstyles visit this link   see post
Do you think professional/salon shampoos and conditioners are actually worth it?
Hello all!   I have been using drugstore shampoo/conditioners, nothing expensive or too fancy for pretty much my whole life. I have tried more expensive shampoos/conditioners but have never seen a significant change in my hair to fork over the extra money. It's funny because I spend a lot on styling products, but cringe for some reason over the high prices of salon shampoos! I think it's just because I want to make sure they actually do something for me. Do you all think that the higher end shampoo and conditioners are actually worth it? If so what do you like? Or what do you like from drugstores?   I have very thick, wavy, blonde hair that I wash 2-3 a week. Would love any recommendations!
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BEAUTY WHIZ Nickelliebear1 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Hey there!  I may be a little biased but I've (almost) always used salon shampoos/conditioners.  Back when I was younger, my mother would buy Aussie (when she first star... see post
can thin hair go for hair smoothening process
hi my hair is thin and above shoulder length. can i go for Hair smoothening process. wil my hair look more thin after smoothening? please suggest.
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Hi, mannumanasa!   I would recommend speaking to your licensed hair dresser on this matter to get a consultation in person before the actual service is performed. Desc... see post
A replacement for Wen?
I LOVED Wen, but I see Sephora no longer carries it.  Is there a replacement for it that works like it does?  I have never been as happy with my hair as I have been with Wen, so I'd love to find something very similar.
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burningisis / FRESH FACE / replied
I would recommend QVC as well if you like WEN.  I'd really stay away from Amazon or Ebay because the chance of getting knockoffs, frauds, or fakes is way too high.  I re... see post
Q. Tips for Traveling to Europe with Heat Tools?
Hi Beauties!   I'm planning my first trip to Europe (Hungary, mainly) in a couple months and am concerned with being able to use my heat tools...I have a lot of hair that I try to take particular care of, and I'm attending a wedding - so I need to look polished.   I have a Velecta Paramount hair dryer, an amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush, and their Switch Kit curling iron.    I mention the specific tools I have so that I can ask the following: Has anyone traveled to EU with these specific tools, or similar? Did you use a converter - which one? Has anyone tried just ordering new tools from a EU seller so that the tools have the right hardware? If so, any suggestions on similar quality tools to look at? I'm also curious to see if anyone has other thoughts/ideas/suggestions on the topic that I haven't thought to ask about.   Thanks!!  
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A. I don't think it is worth taking.  Just buy when you get there.  There are tons of CVS type stores all over EU. Price is the same as home, too.   Or, borrow.  Most ho... see post
Q. Drybar bundle?
Will sephora restock the drybar total blowout bundle or another similar bundle?? I just ran across it on yesterday but it was out of stock. My hair dryer just died, and I am looking to try to drybar dryer along with some of their other products. It was limited edition and I have called to speak with online rep - they said it was still there so they didn't think it was discontinued but there was no restock date. Thanks!
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A. Hi @anov,   I would continue to check back as Drybar tends to release these bundles during the holidays or during our promotional sales that happen 2-3 times a year.... see post
Need suggestion for shampoo and conditioner
Hi, Currently I am using Ouai Smooth Shampoo and Condition for my hair but so many times I feel my hair isn't clean well. Also, when I use oil before shampoo, my hair has oil after the wash. I feel my shampoo isn't mix well with my hair, but not sure about it. P reviously i was using Moroccanoil Shampoo and Conditioner.      Also, I feel after start using Ouai shampoo, I have more hair fall. I have tried to use pantene shampoo to see my hair reaction and I feel that shampoo mix well and clears my hair.But that one have sulfate in it. Could you please recommend me best shampoo for my hair?   My hair type: I have frizzy hair (Frizz sticks only for wash day) Little bit curly (Waves in hair) Lots of hair fall                    
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Since store didn't have PHYTO Phytospecific Rich Hydration Shampoo, store person recommend me Briogeo Rosarco Repair Shampoo/Conditioner. I bought that and after 2nd u... see post
Shampoo & Conditioner for Dry Hair?
My current L'Oreal shampooo & conditioner are almost out and I'm looking to get something that will actually help my hair look better. I've tried many hair products over the years, but have never fallen in love with anything.   My hair is a little longer than shoulder-length and very thick. It's pretty dry and I have a lot of frizz and static, as you've probably noticed in my WCC photos. I've never dyed my hair so I don't need any products for color-treated hair. You should probably also know that I use Neutrogena's T-Gel shampoo about 2-3 times a week for my seborrheic dermatitis.   Here are a few of the S&C I've tried: Bumble and bumble Thickening - I've bought this before and it did nothing for my hair. Alterna Bamboo Shine - also wasn't impressed with this one. Carol's Daughter Monoi - really liked this and it foamed a lot for a sulfate-free shampoo which was great. I only had a foil packet though so I'm not sure how I would like it after multiple uses  Ideally I would like to find a S&C without sulfates and parabens.   Do you have any recommendations on what I should use to help my dry and frizzy hair?
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I switched to ION repair conditioner which you can find it at Sally beauty. There're many way to treat damaged hair. My original way (untreated hair) is you leave deap ha... see post
Heat Protection that can be applied on dry hair
I am looking for a good heat protectant to apply to my air dried hair before straightening or curling.  I have long, wavy, thick hair.  It is color treated.  I am currently using Living Proof spray but am not a super fan of the spray. 
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BEAUTY WHIZ greeneyedgirl107 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
My favorites were all discontinued, but I am in love with a new one: Paul Mitchell Hot Off the Press.  It is an Allure award winner. see post
Need hair coloring advice please
I initially requested ombre highlights with a "funky" color.  The salon I went to told me the only way to do this was to bleach the hair first, then to color.  I agreed accept the highlights came out looking more like two giant skunk stripes.  I also had to re-color my hair weekly because the color kept fading from a deep plum to a washed out pink/red.  It drove me nuts so I decided to do something natural and permanent. I went to a different salon and they assured me that my hair would not be further damaged.  I had more highlights put in with bleach to blend out the thick stripes and then color was applied over the lightened hair. That washed out after 2 shampoos and my hair is completely damaged.  I'm so confused because I thought permanent hair color would not wash out, let alone in just 2 washes!  Did I get ripped off?  Also, is there a way to color hair without bleaching first? Thank you!!!
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If you're looking to color the lighter/bleached portions of your hair a shade that's only 2-3 shades lighter than your own natural color versus opting for a more wild or... see post
Dupes for Arrojo Hydro Mist?
And tbh, what is this mist anyways? Is it like a conditioning spray...? 
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I don't know a dupe, but if you found one please do share @fionagurls   Here is what I found on Arrojo's website about their product..   "Dry, stressed hair makes st... see post
Looking for products to add texture to straight fine hair
I have such straight fine hair that never wants to do anything!  I'm looking for products to add volume/texture to my hair that makes it more lively, rather than so dull and boring!   Any suggestions would be wonderful!
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Hi @Klarkowskil,   If you're looking for something to add texture I would recommend Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1, Bumble and bumble Surf Spray, or Living Proof Full Dry ... see post
Thinking about getting my hair cut. Does anyone know a good place in Birmingham?
Been thinking about getting my hair cut for a while now but don't know any good salons. Any suggestions??? Thinking about getting this hairstyle...!  
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Curly hair salons available
Just an FYI for curly hair girlies. They have curl bars popping up in many places that specialize with curls and help you figure out the right hair cut, tools!  
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
that's pretty cool @curvygirly I feel like we have all been blown-out to death and it's time for the curl to rise again!! see post
Q. hair does not curl with curling iron
I have a Babyliss 1 inch curling iron.  I have medium to thick hair....and right now it's about sitting on my shoulders (length of my hair).  It's an angled bob but has grown out a little since I got it cut in October.    I have had this curling iron for a while....but when I use it to curl, it doesn't seem to curl!  I use the Tresemme Heat Protectant prior to and I use hairspray as well....I don't get what I may be doing wrong.  It has heat settings and it doesn't matter which heat setting I put it still doesn't seem to curl at all.   I tried doing it today, but it just didn't work!  So I ended up using my straightener to do it.  I feel like I wasted money on buying this curler and I've seen so many youtube gurus I watch online have the exact same curler and theirs curls great and properly.  But for me it just doesn't it because my hair is shorter?  Oh and also, I don't own hot rollers so that is not even an option at   Any suggestions??? What do I do???
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A. Have you had these results with any other curlers you've used before in the past? Were these the results this iron was giving you when you first purchased it?   If the... see post
All Things Blonde!
A place for all who love blonde hair! Share anything & everything about your hair. Your fave products, hair care routine, & how you keep brassiness at bay!
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HALL OF FAMER sierrafallon / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hiya! Toner makes all the difference! I love my hair so much right now!  It's a little silver but it supposed to wash out a little. I'm so excited about it and I think... see post
Q. hairstyle recommendations for prom
hey all, i have long, thick, blonde hair and i need some ideas for hairstyles for prom! I don't want to go all up but i definitely dont want to wear it all down. please share pictures of hairstyles that are sort of half up/half down types so i can get some ideas of what I want to do. thanks! PS-Here's a few pictures of me to go off of what you think would look best<3 and here is the dress(: it will be sewn together in the middle so it's a one piece dress, and i'm not sure what types of accessories i want 
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A. Thanks for sharing pics of your dress, it's gorgeous!   I think the hairstyles that JaneanBT added below could definitely correspond well with your gown. You may even... see post
curls won't hold
my curls will not hold for the life of me. I have the T3 whirl trio. I prep my hair with Bumble and bumble invisible oil primer and B+B  flexible hold hairspray, and I also add a bit more spray when I'm done and my curls still fall out by the end of the day. It's so frustrating! Any tips on what other products to use that won't make my hair crunchy from hairspray?
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usually day old. i normally let my hair air dry after applying B+B invisible oil primer, and it dries straight, with maybe a very slight wave.  see post
Shampoo and Conditioner
Looking for shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair. Thick. Wavy at times. Would prefer products free of parabens , sulfate,etc. Needs to give hair shine and protection from damage.       I also also flat iron my hair most days- so damage from that.    Thanks !
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I would recommend Alterna's Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner to tackle color-treated strands by combating fading, providing protection fro... see post
Hi, Everyone!  Does anyone have a recommendation for a shampoo/conditioner for sensitive scalp?  I've tried the "Jason" products and so far, they've worked well (and are affordable!), but feel that they're not the best for my hair.  I was also looking at the "Human+Kind" products, on the Sephora website...any feedback about these or any other products??  Thanks!!!
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Have you tried L'occitane shampoos? I tried Aromachologie repairing and it was super gentle and made my hair super silky/soft, but since I have oily scalp the  Aromachol... see post
Best products for extreme hair loss?
I feel like I am losing a fraction of my hair daily! I think its a combination of the heat (shedding), prescriptions I am on, and diet. I don't blow dry my hair or straighten daily, just occasionally. My roots are weak, so I lose strands every time I flip my hair or run a hand through it. Would a scalp oil help? Recommendations please!     
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Emedsretail / FRESH FACE / replied
If You had hair loss problem. Try to use some natural remedy solution. Consult your doctor. Few people use the medicine like Generic Propecia for hair loss..for buy the... see post
Invisibobble leaves dents in my hair!!
Do the Invisibobble hair ties leave dents in anyone else's hair?  I bought them to try them but they seem to leave dents in my hair!  I don't know if it's just the way my hair is or if I'm not using them right, but they leave dents in my hair.
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I find if I wrap them too tightly they will leave dents. For example, two wraps is ok for me but if I wrap them three times it seems to be too tight. Also, if there is s... see post
DevaCurl Issues!
I started using DevaCurl No Poo and One Condition in early January and used it until about a week ago. My hair was gorgeous but I wasn't able to get my hair really clean and developed some crazy dandruff which I've NEVER had a problem with before. I also noticed that I was shedding more hair than I was used to and that my hair seemed to be thinning a little. The shedding seem to get worse and that is the main reason that I stopped using it. When I switched back to Ogx coconut curls I was no longer shedding like crazy. Has anyone else had either of these issues while on these products? 
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BEAUTY WHIZ greeneyedgirl107 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I didn't like the No-Poo at all, but still use the One Condition.  Maybe try reading Lorraine Massey's book for overall curl care.  I thought it was great. see post
How to get a high ponytail that STAYS
So I see tutorials on how to create gorgeous high ponytails with volume. I can not seem to master this.  When I pin the poof it always falls flat within seconds and the ponytail always sinks down and doesn't stay high.  Any advice?  I've seen stylist videos where they use this tool where it's like a hair band with bobby pins on the side. I'm so curious about this.    Thanks in advance
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BEAUTY WHIZ greeneyedgirl107 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I got the Invisibobble from Sephora and it works like a charm! see post
Dry shampoo for red colored hair
I have seen many threads about dry shampoos and which are best for different scalp and hair type, but haven't found anything regarding thin, color treated, especially red hair.  If anyone has a recommendation I would love to hear it, including pointing me to an earlier conversation a missed.  Thanks for your time. 
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BEAUTY WHIZ greeneyedgirl107 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
So glad you had a chance to read my reply!  What you want to do is to use the dry shampoo the night before your hair will get greasy.  So, if you wash your hair on Sun a... see post
Synthetic Tape-Ins
Is there synthetic tape-in hair extensions available? I have some ethical issue with the regular extensions and am even more so grossed out by the wearing some poor person's hair aspect :/
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The women and children sacrificing their hair are extremely poor yet see none of the money for their sacrifice. Their ignorance is getting taken advantage of by a big in... see post
If anyone have tips/advice on how I can achieve this EXACT hair style I would appreciate it so so much!!! Products,Tools, Etc. Thank you :)
That is amazing info in the other reply!  If you are looking for a good brand of hair extensions, try  "girlgetglamorousHAIR" extensions.  They are super silky and thick... see post
Hair Extensions
I would like to use clip in extensions for my wedding but do not know what to get.  Is there a good brand?  I have never used extensions before so I do not know anything about them!  I would like my hair to be slightly longer and look fuller
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Try "girlgetglamorousHAIR" extensions.  They are remy hair and double drawn, which means thick from top to bottom!   see post