Category Archives: Hair

Chop Chop

A while back I got the urge to chop my long hair off, but at the same time I was afraid of the dreaded fat-face that short hair tends to bring out if you have full cheeks. Or, as I like to call it, the Bridget Jones effect:

Bridget Jones

Don’t get me wrong – I love me some Bridg – but girlfriend could have benefited from some long layers.

I was all ready to chicken out like I always do when I get the urge to cut my hair, but then I saw this cut on Pinterest:

Inverted lob

Help! I can’t find a source.

It was kind of perfect: short in the back to cut down blow drying time, long in the front to keep me from looking like I’m squirreling nuts away for the winter in my cheeks, and not so extreme that it could be mistaken for the “can I speak to a manager cut.” (<— So true, yes?) After much hemming and hawing and incessant badgering of my friends and family members, I decided to go for it. Here are the before/afters:

Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 6.04.51 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 6.11.14 PMLately I’ve been using a 1.5″ curling iron to add a little wave, like so:

Short_wavy

Hair_Back_View

Clearly I’ve made major headway on my new year’s resolution to improve my photography skills.

So here’s the conundrum: I have a hair appointment next week, and I’m waffling between trying to grow it out again and keeping my current cut. ¬†(I know, my brain is clearly full of deep thoughts if this is what’s keeping me up at night.) While I love my new, shorter hair, I also miss doing this:

Lucy Liu

Help! What should I do?

Hair: Before and After

I was walking back from the salon yesterday, and that involved going past the county courthouse. I was trying to decide how I felt about my new look, when a greasy dirtbag walking down the courthouse steps (lawyer in tow), yelled over to me, “Nice hair!”

I yelled back, “thanks,” and then he informed me that my outfit would look better without my boots.

Thanks for the fashion advice, guy wearing a dirty Metallica shirt to court.

Here are the before/after shots:

03.27.13 Hair before and after

I think I like it. It’s certainly nice to only spend 10 minutes blow drying it instead of close to 20. My hair is naturally wavy, so I want to play around with my Oscar Blandi texture and volume spray to see if I can make it look a little more like my inspiration photo. Hopefully my courthouse fashionista friend would approve.

Making the cut

03.26.13 Hair before

I’m getting my hair cut this afternoon, and I’m really excited about it. As you can see up there, my hair is pretty long, and I’ve been mustering up the courage to make a big chop for a while now. I finally decided to go for it when I saw this inspiration photo on Pinterest:

Joking. And I will totally eat my hat if that guy does not have a monster truck tattooed somewhere on his body.

After spending way too much time looking at shoulder-length hair on Pinterest, I finally decided on the following Reese Witherspoon look to show my stylist:

I should note that Dave was a huge help during this process.

Me: I can’t decide how to cut my hair.

Dave: Do it like Megan Fox’s.

Me: You realize this cut does not come with a face transplant and liposuction, right? And that she was in Michael Bay movies WILLINGLY?

I’ll post pictures tomorrow (if I don’t hate it).

Simple Braided Headband

I have like 50 pounds of thick, wavy hair on my head. And I don’t mean hot, Gisele wavy. More like Hermione Granger wavy. It mostly behaves when I blow it out and straighten it, so that’s how I wear it almost every day.

Sometimes I get tired of the long and straight look, but don’t want to take the 45 minutes (seriously) to curl it. When that happens, I usually do this simple braided headband. (Please know that I’m aware of and embarrassed by the quality of my photos. I plan to use my tax return to invest in a DSLR instead of put it in my savings account like a responsible adult.)

Simple braided headband

What you’ll need:

Clear elastic

A few bobby pins

Hairspray

Step 1: Section out a portion of hair from behind your ear and braid it all the way to the end, securing with the elastic.

Step one

Step 2: Pull the braid up and over your head like a headband.¬†Note: It is crucial that you look like you’re falling asleep when you complete this step.

Step 2

Step 3. Secure the end of the braid with bobby pins. Make sure you pick up the top layer of hair and pin the braid underneath it so you’ll have hair to cover the pins.

Step 3

Step 4: Mist with hairspray. I use Elnett and it is glorious.

Finished

Sometimes I’ll add a bobby pin to the base of the braid if I feel like it’s sticking out. You can go really crazy and do a braid on each side for a double-braided headband, too.

That tax return can’t come soon enough.