I had a haircut booked for this afternoon and knew I was ready for a new direction. Though, the trouble was that I really didn’t know what direction. I’m not sentimental about loosing substantial chunks of hair and I’m generally am quite comfortable putting my trust in my hair stylists. Since this past summer, I’ve been seeing one who I really like and trust very much. So, my plan, though vague, was to pretty much just ask her what she thought we could do. After briefly discussing cutting off various amounts of overall length, she offered up the suggestion of cutting one side really short. How short? Let’s bring out the clippers short! Oh, and let’s chop one side of your bangs short, too :).
Once the cut was done I could see that her initial description really did sound scarier than the cut ultimately looked. And that’s good, because I do have a couple of work events over the next couple of months for which I do need to look “professional” (which I told my stylist). Though I hesitated a few seconds, I thought her ideas sounded really fun and just the kind of thing I was looking for, so I said “ok!” and let her do her thing.
Most of the length stayed put, with just a couple of inches chopped for good health. The change in the bangs feels fresh, but not super dramatic. My feeling is that once you have bangs, it’s very easy to change them up on a regular basis because they grow out so fast and there are so many different ways to cut them. The biggest change in this aspect is that I’ll be back to filling in my brows on a daily basis! I was able to slack off in that department when I had longer straight-cut bangs.
The shaved portion is underneath the layer of hair on the right side of the photo, and it is relatively subtle if my hair is down. It adds some asymmetry to the layers, and you can catch a little peekaboo glimpse of the shave if I put my hair behind my ears.
Here’s a better view of the shave! I’m pretty excited about it, I think it’s really fun. I love that my stylist was able to think up such a great look that still preserved the length. I tend to think of long, straight hair as being kind of limiting, but I’m happy to have been proven wrong!
I just wanted to show you how it all went, in case it helped inspire you to come up with new ideas. I do not consider myself an expert on hair styling, but I always love seeing other people’s changes and learning more about what’s out there. I try to change things up on a regular basis, floating between shorter and longer cuts and sometimes adding color. The bigger challenge for me isn’t so much a hesitation to try new looks but that I want to ensure I can afford to properly maintain the style I end up with (lately, I’ve been trying to quit hair color for this reason).
In the photos, I’m wearing: L’Oreal True Match liquid foundation in N2, DreamWorld Hermetica finishing powder in Peach Creme (review here), Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer, Clarins Graphic Expressions Face & Blush Powder Palette on my cheeks (LE for fall ’13, review here), Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow in 10-light blonde (review here), Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Corrupt (a dark brown shade), Clarins Be Long Mascara in black (review here) and Stila Lip Glaze in Vanilla.
How about you? Have you changed your style recently?