I am a lady who knows next to nothing about hair. What should I ask for when I get my next hair cut?
I used to have a pixie cut, but I've been growing it out - my hair is now several inches past my shoulders. Because I wasn't cutting it while it grew out, it is a messy, shapeless mass. My "bangs" are longer than my chin, and the fluffy bottom-level hairs at the nape of my neck are quite a bit shorter than the rest of my hair (since my hair stylist used to just shave those when my hair was pixie short.) I can get them into a ponytail now, but that's a recent development. I also have a layer of hair around my face that is a couple of inches shorter than most of my hair, but longer than my bangs.
So I have a scheduled a cut at a new stylist. I want to be able to give fairly specific instructions, but I don't know what to ask for. My hair is wavy (type 2a in this system
) and fine in texture but thick in amount. My long, thin face is widest at the temples/forehead, and it narrows into a sharp, pointy chin. My face shape is fairly similar to Jennifer Love Hewitt in this photo of her,
though my actual features are quite different. I am pretty lazy about my hair - I will flat iron my bangs or distribute product through it, but I don't know how to do anything that requires even minimal skill (blowing it out straight, styling it in any way whatsoever, etc.) I will either put my hair up in a ponytail or leave it down. I am really bad about getting regular maintenance trims, so anything I get has to grow out gracefully. I don't want to lose a lot of length, either, since ponytails are my only bad hair day fall-back.
Anyway, I have been looking at photos on the internet, but all long, wavy hairstyles
look fundamentally the same to me, except with regard to bangs. I love bangs (especially Rashida Jones'
and Zooey Deschanel's
), but I think they are a bad choice for someone who is really negligent about getting regular trims. So what should I be doing with my hair? Given these constraints, I feel like there's nothing left for my stylist to do except trim the dry, damaged ends and try to even out the lengths a bit. I want something that flatters my face, brings out my waves, keeps my hair long enough to be tied back (though it doesn't need to be any longer than that), and doesn't require extensive or skilled styling. Should I get layers? If so, where, and how long? (It should be noted that anything shorter than chin length will flip out weirdly - my hair only gets properly wavy when it's sufficiently long.) Something razored, maybe? I am sick of my shapeless mass of hair, but I feel like there isn't much a stylist can do here. I hope I'm wrong.
Pictures are preferable to verbal descriptions, though all responses are welcome and appreciated. Thanks!