I’ve had this idea rattling around in my head for quite a while:
Would a reverse U shape be the perfect haircut for a longhair who wears the hair up a lot?
I wear braids a lot but I often find myself being unhappy with the taper. I want them to stay thick all the way down!
The natural taper is accented by the braid-parts having to first “travel” around the head to get to the back where it will be gathered into the braid. Naturally since the hair from the front has to take that “detour” it will “run out” first when braiding and the tassel will be mostly the braid-part from the back of the head.
The same happens for any buns as well: The hair has to go around before being gathered into a bun. When my hair was short the layers actually helped me secure a bun, but now at knee length a near-blunt cut has been just fine.
So would it be beneficial for a longhair wearing a lot of braids to maintain a reverse U shape?
Now that I think about it, actually what you should do it have a slightly shorter “under layer” instead since the hair from the top of your scalp also needs to “travel” a bit too. Especially if you wear Dutch or French braids where the top is lifted and shaped.
Maybe the ideal shape isn’t as much a “revere U shape” but a slightly shorter under layer for a section of your hair?
Something like the green rectangle, maybe with the top slightly arched instead?
I think I might go for this some time after I have walked for the modelling. But of course this raises a few questions?
Would it thicken up my braids all the way down?
Would it make my buns less stabile?
Would I notice a shorter under layer when my hair is down?
Would I be happy with this?
And… How in the world would I explain this to a stylist?