I figured since Callie is the genius behind my haircut (or the culprit, if you hate it) AND she just cut most of her's off, that she would be the perfect guest blogger for me!
I have always been the girl with "the hair." Since college, I've kept it a long, fiery orange-red, and I get compliments on it wherever I go. As a hairstylist, I use those opportunities to introduce myself with a smile and a business card. But honestly, my hair really is my best feature. On the days when my pre-pregnancy jeans (still) won't button, I know a good hair day is all I need to add a little confidence to my look.
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So when I sat in the chair at work and had twelve inches of my hair cut off earlier this month, I didn't know what to do next. For the rest of the day, I kept reaching for hair that wasn't there. I secretly saved a lock of it from the trash and took it home. I couldn't bear to see my crowning glory thrown away like garbage. Now, I know Katie has already done a short hair empowerment blog post, and I know because I'm the one that cut her hair off. This isn't one of those.
Like I mentioned, I'm a hairstylist, so hair is not just important to me, it's my life. It pays the bills, plus I'm pretty passionate about it. All day long, I cut hair, style hair, look at pictures of other people's hair, pin fancy hair on Pinterest. I love hair. But my hair has always been such a comfort zone to me, and I was in a very long-term, very predictable, relationship with it. When I first had my hair cut into my current style (my mom calls it a Loshob - long, shag bob), I could barely style it. It was so different, I was left going, "abuuuhh??" like I'd never styled hair before in my life. After three weeks, I'm beginning to find my rhythm. So what I'd like to share with you are my pros and cons of long and short hair. If you're thinking of cutting or growing, maybe this list will help you narrow that decision down.
1. I miss my bouncy ponytail. I had a lovely ponytail. It was sassy and voluptuous and fit for the head cheerleader. Now I can still fit my layers into a little sprig I refer to as a "nubbin," but it's not the same.
2. I also miss my messy topknot. I was pretty thrilled when that thing became the "it" style, because when you only wash your hair twice a week, a dirty pile of hair on your head is a go-to look at LEAST on Wednesdays and Sundays, and sometimes even on Fridays.
3. Speaking of only washing my hair twice a week, that is a thing of the past. Short hair doesn't hold its style as easily as long hair. It gets sweatier during a workout and more matted when you sleep. Now I shampoo it three times a week.
4. Long hair is hot and heavy and made me sweat, even in winter (gross but true).
5. Long hair requires more products, more shampoo, and more applications of hair color to get the job done. Not very cost-effective or good for planet Earth.
1. Short hair is fun. I feel like it sets me apart more. My long hair was stunning, but I feel like the short cut gives me a more defined style. I feel like I look like me, instead of lots of other girls with long hair.
2. I love hair accessories. I'm kind of an accessory fiend as it is, and short hair is made for wearing clip-in bows or flowers, headbands, wraps, and sweet little bobby pins. Long hair dwarfs little cute accessories.
3. My eight month-old daughter can't pull on my hair as easily now that it's shorter. It also doesn't get knotted up in necklace clasps anymore. Definitely a pro.
4. Long hair is kind of easier, from a styling perspective. There may be more of it, but there is usually less effort involved in getting it to look good. There are more quick options for long hair, like my aforementioned topknot, not to mention a fishtail braid, sock bun, and other updos.
5. This one is all vanity, but for the sake of honesty, I got more compliments when my hair was long. Now people tend to say, "Oh, I love your color," instead of "Wow, I love your hair."
The bottom line is, new hair can be new territory just like a new pair of neon skinny jeans can be new territory. My philosophy is to wear my hair just like I wear my clothes: with a little daring, lots of confidence and like, "yeah, I meant for it to look like this."
Opposites attract really, because unlike Callie, 95% of the time, my hair is the last thing I think about. I don't miss the sweaty mess it was in spring and summer. I don't miss fighting with my bangs to behave or giving up and tossing it up in a messy ponytail or bun. If you aren't ready to take the plunge yet and chop it all off for spring, then at least make it pretty! Here's a super easy tutorial for styling sexy blunt bangs all the girls envy (and a chance to win some money too!)!
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