Going Short.

I know I've talked about this before, but I've been starting to think that I want to go short.

Hair that is.  I haven't had short hair since I was 5 or 6, so the idea of actually doing this freaks me out.

But I am feeling like my hair is a pain.  On my best day, it gets flat-ironed, and it looks nice.  But more often than not lately, it gets pulled up into a ponytail or clips as I realize I don't have time to flat-iron it before we leave the house because I wait until the very last minute to get out of bed in the morning.  Sleep is more important than hair, and so is cleaning up the kitchen, making lunches, and making the bed, all of which have to be done before I worry about my hair.

The most natural place to start looking at various hairstyles, of course, is Pinterest.  Off I went, pinning away some cute cuts:

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Then I remembered that I am indeed not a blonde and should probably find images more to my actual hair color for better reference.  (This happens more often than it should.)

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http://www.thehairstyler.com/hairstyles/casual/medium/straight/yellow-strawberry-global-salon-sarasota-fl-usa-8774

I like the idea of having a little bit to play with in the front rather than an extreme pixie cut.  I pinned a photo of Anne Hathaway's recent chop and I just don't think I'm ready for that, partially because my mom has always had that type of short cut and I'm just not quite ready to look like my mother just yet, and partially because I worry that since it's thick, it will puff out on the side like cocker spaniel ears.

http://www.vetstreet.com/dogs/cocker-spaniel?WT.mc_id=Email;NewsLetter;Petwire;May-7;BreedSpotlight

Cute for her, not so much for me.

Then I actually found a few more cute styles while writing this post, while searching for "short chin" because I wanted to illustrate how I don't have a prominent chin like those ladies donning those hairstyles, so I wonder how I would actually look.  (You can have a gander at my "Hair" board here.)

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Also, I feel like your facial features become much more prominent, so would that mean that I would need to do more to my face beyond the maybe five minutes I spend on it now?

As you can see, this is a dilemma.

I need opinions.  Who's had short hair and loves it?  Who's had short hair and hated it?  Which of these styles do you like best?  (And yes, I know it's only hair and it grows back but it feels soooooo permanent.)

12 comments

  1. Getting my haircut this week to incorporate my gray grow-out. I haven't had short hair since I was 18, so it should be "interesting." Good luck with your search for the perfect cut!

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  2. I like the first row of brown haircut options. I think they are super textured and layered thus not making the cocker spaniel thing an issue. I don't like the very last option. It reminds me of a 50 or 60 year old woman. Something about the poofy thing going on is not doing it for me.

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  3. Go for it! I like the top two in the second set. Personally I go back & forth between a bob and mid-back length. Pros for short: makes hair look thicker, frames face, looks fresher. Pros for long: easier to put up/back, less maintenance, more feminine, easier to hide face when you're tired;) Really short just makes me think of very frequent haircuts and multiple products/tools, and who has time for that?

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  4. Do it! I went from rib length hair, to chin, to a pixie with the front longer. Going really short is REALLY freeing. It's quicker to style, but not easier ... I have to actually do my hair every day now. Long gone are the days of wash and wear! And there is no pony tail to hide behind when your hair just won't do what you want it to do! It does show off your facial features a lot more - the first few days of going short I felt like I had to always put on makeup to compensate for a "less feminine" haircut, but once my eyes adjusted a bit I now find myself being comfortable with wearing less than I did with long hair - often none at all. This is probably totally hooky, but I think going short and getting rid of the hair security blanket really lets you let your real self out. It's worth doing ... at least once :)

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  5. That's what I'm afraid of- there's no place to hide and there's no coverage....but then, if I'm pulling it back in a ponytail then what coverage do I have then anyway? It's such a mental thing! I think I might do it just because I can and haven't done it. I know it can always grow back out....I think. :)

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  6. I hadn't thought about the frequent haircuts thing before I posted this and now several people have mentioned it, but despite it, they all love their short cut. I have a feeling if I cut it it would end up long again but right now I am frustrated with it!

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  7. I can't wait to see how it comes out!!

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  8. It would be weird having that much of the back of my neck exposed LOL! But I agree- I like those too and I feel like I could have it be messy-ish on days when I really didn't feel like doing anything with it.

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  9. Paige @ Little NostalgiaNovember 12, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    I like the first two brown options that are about chin-length. I agree that going SUPER short might put you in older lady territory, which... no. I'm leaning toward the option with bangs, but that might be because I'm contemplating cutting bangs for myself again and am projecting onto you, hahaha.


    But yes, do it! Like Melissa said, it's totally freeing. Since a top knot is really tricky now, I have to spend 10 minutes getting my hair ready, but that's way better than the 30-40 minutes it would take before. I do also find myself wearing a little more makeup now, but I think that's because this cut changed how the shape of my face looked slightly, and I'm still adjusting. It feels a bit rounder now instead of a long oval.

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  10. LOVE that Katie Holmes hair! I just chopped mine (it needed to go!) and I am loving it. HOWEVER, I will be growing it back out. :)

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  11. How come? Do you just like to change it up?

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  12. Yea, super short would put me in my mom's category, unless it was longer and funky in the front. So I'm thinking maybe something actual bob-ish instead of long bob. We'll see. I have until December to decide but I kind of just want to do it. My face is on the round side, too, which is why I worry a little bit!

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