Monday, November 26, 2012

Short Hair, Long Story

Dress- Eloquii c/o Gwynnie Bee
Wedges- Cato's

Even though it's been five days since I cut my hair, I'm still getting used to it. In the mornings I wake and still reach for the ponytail that is no longer there. In the shower I keep forgetting that I no longer need a handful of shampoo or conditioner to get the job done. By the time this is published and starts being read by all of you wonderful ladies, many of my students will have already seen the cut, so I will have to update you later this week on their reactions.


Sean was not a fan of the new 'do. The first thing he said when I walked in the door was, "You look so......... weird." That followed soon after by this gem, "You look like a boy with big boobies!" Ah, kids, they truly do say the darnedest things. I keep reminding myself that children thrive on schedules and consistency, and the hope that eventually he will get used to it.


I didn't tell my mom I was getting it cut, but I wasn't worried about her reaction. I mean she was the one who took me to get my boyfriend's bowl cut in fifth grade. In fact, when I called and told her I got it cut, she asked, "How short? Is it Bronson-short?" I may never live down fifth grade! I'll admit I miss my long hair. Well, actually, I miss the idea of my long hair. I miss the rare days when it was "perfect"- when everything laid right and curled beautifully. But truthfully, those days were few and far between. I don't blog every day, and there were many days that I wouldn't take pictures because I hated the way my hair looked.It sounds dumb and vain, and may even sound untruthful because I know there is some GREAT hair featured in this blog ;), but I swear it's true.


Nearly every morning as I brushed the tangled dreads out of my hair, and sealed the split ends and sprayed heat protective spray over my coarse, fried hair, I would tell Curtis, "I wish I could just shave my head!" or "I hate my hair today!" Like I said last week, we have this crazy relationship with our hair as women. I had so many comments and emails, but one thing I heard over and over was "I like my long hair." I liked my long hair, too, and I am definitely not trying to tell all of you to go out and cut off your hair. I don't think there's anything wrong with liking long hair. When I was having a good hair day, you better believe I basked in that beautiful head of hair.


But I was ready for a change and a break from the constant styling. My hair, while fairly healthy, has been abused and mistreated for years. One of my short-haired reader friends said she consider her short cut to be a "reboot" of sorts, and I agree with that! With Friday's post, I wanted women to think about the reasons they have the hair they choose to have. It's tough and I don't think there is any right or wrong answer.

Will there be days when I hate my hair?

Will there be days when I wish I had long hair?

Of course. That's the very nature of human beings.

Will there be days I love my hair?

Will there be days when I swear to never grow it out again?

Yes.


If you are really digging this dress, I'll give you one guess where it came from. Yep, my pals at Gwynnie Bee. I already had the dressed before I cut my hair, but then when I decided to cut I knew it would be the perfect first outfit! It's got a studded faux leather top and a chiffon drop waist, so it's the perfect mix of tough and pretty, just like me and my new haircut! You only have until Friday to take advantage of Gwynnie Bee's 30 Day Free Trial.

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55 comments:

Diana Teodoro said...

I really like seeing you with short hair. It shows your beautiful face.:) I'm sure you'll get used to it and if you don't, don't worry. There's this great thing about hair, it grows.;)

Love,

Diana from http://thegirlwhocouldntbeafashionista.blogspot.ie/

Heather said...

I really like your new 'do!!! It's edgy and chic... and shows off that gorgeous face :)

XO
www.pearlsandpaws.blogspot.com

Annie said...

Oh wow! Love your hew hair Katie - so chic, and it makes your gorgeous face really stand out :)

Annie

The Other Side of Gray

Weesha said...

Your haircut makes your gorgeous face stand out more yknow, I wish I could pull of short hair like you! Love the dress :)

ashleigh said...

You look sexy and badass in this! I love it. You have this rock and roll vibe right now. I would love to see you wear it in a faux hawk or a pompadour with a sexy dress for a night out.
You are totally right! the grass is always greener. No matter what length/color/style you are going to wish for different hair at least 3 days out of the week. I just showed my son Logan this post. He's four and all he said was you are probably going to get in trouble for playing on the railroad tracks! So, perception is everything. He has not seen you with long hair, so you don't look weird to him. You are lovely.
-Ash
www.stylizedwannabe.blogspot.com

Feathers & Freckles said...

Haha, I love that she asked "Is it Bronson short?" :D I think this cut suits you so well, and it really highlights your facial features. I forgot to tell you that I showed your cut to my mom (the pics you texted) and she loved it so much that she started talking about how she wants a pixie cut!


I think every woman struggles with her hair at some point. We always want what we don't have, and I think no matter what length, like you said, we're going to have days when we want a different head of hair. It's the sad truth, but at the end of the day, hair is something we should have fun with and change is good!! I cut my hair the length it is now about 3 years ago and haven't looked back since. I will never grow it long again, and you know what? When I first cut it, nobody really cared for it but now it's grown on everyone and they can't even remember my hair long :)

Rebecca said...

You have courage girl! I have been tossing around the idea of going short for a long while... I'm afraid. Yours looks wonderful and suits you well! Maybe one day I will get the guts to do it too!

Lisa Walter said...

Katie, if I could wear my hair short and look good in it, I would. I REALLY love your haircut.

Keesha said...

Hooray for embracing the idea and going for it! You look beautiful once you get used to the short hair youll probably never wanna go back. Its so freeing :)


Love the dress too. Theres a cute/edginess about it that makes you look super sweet! Hooray for short hair :)


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Lynne DeVenny said...

Katie, I think your hair is lovely long or short. Sean's reaction made me laugh. When my youngest was in the 4th grade, I lopped off about 6" of hair and then met my family for dinner afterwards. My youngest took one look and burst into tears. Talk about getting deflated post haircut!

Crystal said...

I'm being sincere when I say...I absolutely adore your hair cut. I think it looks so good on you. I may be a little bit biased, because I really like short hair. :) Your son is too cute! Kids really do say the darnedest things. Btw, love that dress and how you're rocking it with your wedge booties. Would never think to do that...but plan to try it now!

Sharon S said...

I think the short hair looks amazing on you, Katie! You look gorgeous! Rocking the short do :)

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

Always Maylee said...

I love the new hair cut on you. My sister in law, also recently cut off all of her hair into a short style like yours. At first a lot of people reacted the same way they did to yours, but she loves it, so that's all that matters. I would love to cut my hair short, that would save me the 35+ min I spend every day taming my hair. But my face/shape of my head doesn't work well with short hair, which is also why I don't wear my hair up that often.

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Tashia @HipsandHangers said...

Sean's comment made me giggle. A lot. I was looking at that dress on Gwynnie Bee and couldn't decide if I liked it or not. I decided I'm not badass enough for faux leather. You, my dear, totally rock it, especially with that hair :)

brittany @ theplaidowl said...

That hair is so fashion-y, I love it. Maybe someday I'll be brave enough to cut mine....someday. I must say, you have the best hair stylist.

Kimaloo said...

I like it a lot! It suits you very much.

I currently have really long hair but about 2 years ago I had mine all cut off. I had one of those bobs where it was really short in the back and came to longer points in the front (think Victoria Beckham.) I loved it... I could blow dry and style my hair in 10 minutes flat. But I also love having long, wavy, mermaid hair even though it's a pain in the behind sometimes. I might end up cutting it after I have my baby though since it will just be something else for him or her to grab onto, lol.

Alyson Ballew said...

I love your hair! I also have short hair, so I may be a bit biased towards it.

Nicole said...

I like it! I chopped a bunch off a few months ago and added bangs. I actually thought about going as short as you have and may sometime in the future. It's hair, it grows. It does NOT define who we are. I'd love to dye mine purple underneath, but as a SAHM in the Midwest, not so sure how that would go over. Might do it anyways. I love you blog and hope you keep on going. You've inspired me to get out of my fashion rut more.

Tori said...

Well, I still love your hair! I think you will adjust quickly and become more and more thankful for a shortened morning routine. I DO think it takes massive amounts of confidence to have short hair! We live in a society where the key signifiers of being a woman are long hair and boobs, which is why Breast Cancer is so very hard for women. When we loose either of those things sometimes we can feel less of a woman. But you and I both know, hair does not make you any more of a woman. I actually think you look more feminine now.. not at all like a boy! I love this look and I know your son will come around too!

http://www.mythriftychic.com/

northern style blog said...

Great post! I absolutely love the dress!

www.northernstyle.blog.com

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you! It's an awesome dress. I might have to buy it!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you, Tori! It was tough facing the teenagers today. They are rougher than Sean! ;)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you! I absolutely agree that it shouldn't define who we are. I think it was good for my teenagers to talk about it in class today because they spend so much time worrying about what other people think.


BTW- I dyed my under layers purple this summer and LOVED it- I hated when school started back and I couldn't wear it purple anymore. You should totally go for it!!!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Yay! Team Short Hair!!!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I almost did that bob, and I just decided to chop it all off! I am with you on the long, wavy hair. Like I said,I loved it on days when it did what I wanted it to do and looked good, but for the past five or more years I've gotten up every week day to either curl or straighten it. I was so ready for a break!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you so much, Brittany! And I will definitely tell my stylist that. She's my BFF and she will be thrilled to hear that!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

You are allowed to giggle. A lot. It was definitely funny. This dress definitely requires a certain attitude. I bet you'd feel bad ass in it!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Preaching to the choir, sister! I was SO TIRED of spending so much time on my hair every morning= all ready this is AWESOME!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you, Sharon! I appreciate it!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you, Crystal! I am a little biased too. I think you just have to have an awesome attitude and confidence to pull of short hair. I told my students to get used to it or get over it!!


I love wedge booties with dresses and skirts- I just started doing it, but it's one of my favorite combos!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

A co-worker told me a similar story to yours today. So I guess it could have been worse!! Sean is always a hoot so I expected no less from him!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you, Keesha! Maybe I'll get brave enough to give it some height like yours! It's definitely freeing and liberating and you really have to have this macho, don't give a crap attitude because EVERYONE wants to tell you their opinion- especially if it's negative!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you so much, Lisa~

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Well, you know I'm going to say go for it! But it's definitely tough to do. You have to be ready to have some thick skin and deal with some dumb questions!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Awww, thank you so much! I agree with you. I think I look even pretty with short hair- I don'teven know how that's possible ;P


I agree 100%- I can't tell you how many times I said,"It's just hair!" today. I knew the kids would freak, but come on!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Oh, I'm totally practicing the faux hawk and pompadour for this weekend. I don't quite think my students are ready for that one yet!


I feel a little more rock and roll now- I think it comes with the cut! Thank you so much! And you can tell Logan that I was on old tracks, no trains anymore. Sean was with us and he said the same thing!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Aww, thank you so much :)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

That's what I think too! Not to sound conceited!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you! Thank you!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you, Diana! I definitely like it!

Hailey said...

I remember when you mentioned in a post that you wanted to cut your hair. Then I started seeing your pins on Pinterest of all the short hairdos, and I thought, when she said "cut" she meant CUT! I don't have the cajones to go short. Right above my shoulders is about as short as I get. This is such a major restyle for you, but I LOVE IT! I think you look fantastic! It's cute and fun and sexy and just fab on you. And the dress is great. I love the contrast of materials. :-)

Virginia said...

I guess what I was saying before is that we should get to wear our hair in the most flattering style for us individually. It pisses me off that at 39 long hair is what you're supposed to have, and a day later you aren't supposed to? WTF? I'm 39 I "can't" have short hair. I'm 40 and I "can't" have long hair. Feed em fishheads.



Your haircut really shows off your great cheekbones.

Chris Williams said...

Girl, rock the new do! Kudos to you! I'm not brave enough to chop the hair and I'm envious that you just rock it out like no one's business!

grownandcurvywoman said...

I love your haircut!!! I think your cut brings out a whole different side of you. You look very rocker girl chic in that leather dress! Fab!!!

Marie_McGrath said...

Ok, so you look AMAZING with your new haircut! AMAZING I tell you! Especially with this fierce outfit. You are right, this outfit goes perfectly with your new haircut. Its funny how we women get attached to our hair. I've cut it off several times throughout the years, but I always feel more comfortable with longer hair.

still being [Molly] said...

WOW! you look AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!! so proud of you!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you, Molly!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I'm definitely still getting used to not having the long hair! Thank you so much!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Yeah, it makes me feel pretty bada$$!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thanks so much, Chris! I am loving it!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

It's like when you're little and it's your birthday and everyone asks "Do you feel any older?" No I don't. Same way when you get older. You're not a year older, you are a day older!!! I say go for it. I will probably have long hair again by the time I turn 40!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you, Hailey! Apparently I just can't take baby steps! I just jump right in!

Carrie said...

Rocker chick - and chic! This new 'do is really giving you a playful vibe. :)

Audrey @ Putting Me Together said...

I think your short hair looks awesome! I had hair down to my waist for most of my life, but long hair doesn't always mean the most flattering. I think length is less important than whether or not the cut flatters you, and you look great with short hair OR longer hair.

Tara_St said...

I had been away from blog land and I was perusing around my feed and thought "Who is that hottie with the short hair?" And it was you. I love love love this hair do on you. I've toyed with the idea of short hair...but I have a big ol' Charlie Brown head...so I settle for a bob.

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