The long story about short hair.

twenty fourth March two thousand fifteen

Read this before you go for the chop.


So, about three months ago I chopped my hair off. It was kind of an irrational decision (like most of mine). 

I’ve always had long hair, and I’ve never known what to do with it (it ended up in a topknot most days). 

It’s also naturally dark, and I was always restless… wanting to branch out, but not quite sure how to go about it. 

Then I started going to Oscar Oscar in Paddington and things changed. Why? I’m indecisive. I like it when someone pushes me to try new things – which is exactly what they did. 

That’s how my short hair came about. I was in for my normal cut and colour, and I asked my colourist Michael if he could do anything with my hair, what would it be? 

He pretty much said, “chop it all off”.

Less than a week later I was back in the salon ready to do exactly that, and I’m so happy I did. 

First things first, let me point out some myths about short hair. 

It’s not easier to maintain, and you probably won’t wake up with amazingly textured bed hair every morning. You need products – salt spray, texture powder and dry shampoo

But the pro’s definitely outweigh the cons. It’s cooler. It feels fresh. It means you use way less shampoo & conditioner. It frames your face. It makes your features pop and it looks damn good with a structured blazer.

If you’ve been thinking about it for a while, I say, just do it. 

Hair grows back, so you really don’t have anything to lose (and I’m quietly confident you won’t regret it anyway!).

Wearing Cameo top (coming soon), Lover skirt, Givenchy sandals, Celine sunglasses (very similar here, or peach version here), and Pink Lou Lou ring.
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  1. Hmm. I had short hair and loved it, but, like you said, it needs MAINTENANCE and frequent visits to the hairdresser, a part I particularly dislike.

    But doesn't the salt spray dry your hair? And why do you need dry shampoo?

    1. Hey Mirabili,

      I don't find salt spray dries-out my hair, it just gives it a grittiness that makes it easier to get good texture.

      I use dry shampoo to stretch-out time between washes (because mine never sits right when it's silky-smooth) and tone-down the colour if I'm way overdue for a trip to the hairdresser. I also find that a bit of dry shampoo through the roots makes it sit better x

  2. I wash thinking about a chop a couple months ago too! My stylist was afraid I would regret about it. So instead of a drastic chop, she gave me a much shorter trim than I would normally go for. She put some hair product on my natural curls, and it looked like I have got a massive chop! I did enjoy that lob for a while before my hair grew back. It was fun to style with shorter hair but just like you said, it takes quite a bit of maintenance.

    xx
    Yvonne
    http://tellmeyblog.com

  3. You have just told about me! I also had a looong hair until last month. Now I have one a bit longer than yours and had it dyed to ombre. I am so happy with what came out. The way you encourage people about this is also amazing. You made me feel I did something right! Thank you! xo

  4. I have just cut my hair exactly like this (i have a seriously thick mane) and it's nice to have it short. I was the queen of putting my hair in a high bun, it was my security blanket and now I have to learn to love my short, slightly shabby hair. Looks fab!

    Megan || http://www.ohheyblog.com

  5. when I saw your story on short hair, I went back to your older pictures and i must say: short hair is really the thing for you !! suits you so incredibly well. gives you such great character and style. much more unique than long hair !! super cool

  6. Hey! Question from a fellow short haired girl. Do you use a blow dryer or a curling iron to get your perrrrfect beachy waves? I read your earlier piece about styling your longer hair, but I find that when I blow dry my hair I look like a floofy dog. Do you just curl it, or dry it to, and how do you keep it so beachy?

  7. I've recently gone back to short hair and I didn't realize just how much I've missed it!
    However, I can't quite seem to find the right styling technique… You shared what products you use, but could you also share how you style it? What do you do after having washed it? Which products do you begin and end with?

    xoxo M

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