10 Bold-Faced Lies/Other Notes About Short Hair

Unlike Beyonce, I did not wake up like this. 
Unlike Beyonce, I did not wake up like this.

Two months ago, I cut off all my hair.

It was a pretty big change, but I could not be happier about it. That said, I’d be lying if I said it was an easy transition. People think they know short hair, but unless you’ve been there, you don’t!

Here’s 10 things I’ve learned about short hair in the last 60 days.

1. It’s So Low Maintenance. LIE!

I used to go to my hairstylist every eight-to-ten weeks for cuts. Now I’m at every six weeks (with a bang trim between each appointment). I’m lucky my gal isn’t too far away.

2. I’ll Bet it’s So Easy to Style. LIE!

No way! I can’t air-dry this mop anymore without it looking like absolute trash. Before, I would dry my bangs and move on with my day. Now, I gotta dry the whole thing, flat iron it, then add a little texturing paste. I use this one from Number 4 and it’s so great (and smells fabulous).

3. Guys Don’t Like Short Hair. LIE!

From my brother's wedding... I loved my hair (despite the shark bang). 
From my brother’s wedding… I loved my hair (despite the shark bang).

My husband loves it and I don’t even suspect he’s pulling my leg. I’ve also received a lot of nice (and unsolicited) compliments from guys. Last weekend at my brother’s wedding, I got SO many compliments… especially from dudes! I honestly felt like I looked better at their wedding than I did at my own. Maybe because I wasn’t dripping with sweat all day long.

4. At Least Your Haircuts are Cheaper. LIE!

I don’t really understand the rationale behind this one. Maybe it’s because there is less hair to work with, but my haircuts are not cheaper AND I get them twice as often. So, no.

5. Fact: I Wear More Makeup.

I’ll admit to being a little more conscious about leaving the house sans makeup. The short hair makes me feel like my face is more on display, plus I don’t want to feel too masculine. I’ve been wearing eyeliner almost daily and try to wear lipstick.

6. Fact: I Care More About My Clothes

Or maybe it’s my accessories. At any rate, clothing-wise I tend to lean toward simple outfits. Lots of plaid, tees, jeans, boots. Not a lot of feminine stuff. Now that my hair is short, I feel compelled to add a pop of color, floral prints or some jewelry. Except earrings. Why do long earrings look weird with short hair? Or is that all just in my mind?

7. Fact: Short Hair = Less Catcalls

Maybe this is in my head, but while I feel pretty around my husband, I don’t necessarily feel like random dudes on the street take much notice of me. I’ve said this before and I will say it again: You could literally have six eyes and an upside-down nose and most guys would still check you out if they caught a glimpse of your flowing blonde/brunette/red locks. The hair is a magnet for creepers. I don’t miss that one bit.

8. Fact: Say Bye to Hats.

This looks weird.
This looks weird.
This looks even weirder. 
This looks even weirder.

I used to wear a lot of baseball hats when I didn’t feel like dealing with my hair. Like, for example, going out for breakfast on the weekends or something. Now when I put on a hat, I feel like it looks really weird because ALL of my hair is covered. And forget stocking caps. I try to get a few bangs peeking out of the front to prove that I’m not bald.

9. Fact: The Key is in the Hair Dryer.

Mr. Hairdryer is my new best friend. It’s the defining element between a good and bad hair day. Here’s what I do, in case you’re interested: brush all of my wet hair forward (especially around the ears). Then I keep brushing it forward while blasting it with my drier. This gives my ol’ mop a bit of edgier texture. It also eliminates weird pieces flying every which way around my ears.

10. Fact: I Feel More Like Myself.

Even though this short ‘do is a pain in a lot of ways, when I left 10 inches of hair on the salon floor, I felt so much happier. A decade ago, I also had short hair. I remember thinking that it suited me better than a longer style. But I like a change every now and then, so I grew it out. And while I liked my longer hair, I never quite loved it like I love the short stuff.

It’s more fun. It’s different. It’s me.

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PS Remember when Jackie cut off all her hair? So great! Oh, and here’s my before & after hair cut pics… no regrets.

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Comments (9)

  • Joyce 2 years ago Reply

    I cut off my long hair about 2 years ago and totally agree with you – especially how you can’t just let it air-dry. I’m now growing it out again (out of laziness – haven’t scheduled a hair cut in a while 🙂 )

    Your hair looks great!!

    Joyce

    http://rejoycetoday.blogspot.com

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    That happens… and once you get past an awkward growing out phase, it’s hard to commit to chopping it again!

  • April H 2 years ago Reply

    You definitely look cute with short hair! I love having short hair. As I am in a uniformed service and wear a Navy uniform every day, my options are wearing it in a bun (or at least some acceptable form of ‘up’, I never managed to achieve a nice, perfect bun), or keeping it short enough so that it falls above my collar. My hair never looks good when I have to wear it up. Fly-aways, whispy baby hairs sticking out in the front; it always looks ridiculous. Chopping it all off and wearing it down is soooo much easier. I still have to flat iron every day like you do, but it is still quicker than spending 20 minutes every morning trying to put it in a bun. The part I like the most is that I use much less product with short hair, and combing it after showering is a breeze! Speaking of, it is starting to get dangerously close to my collar, I need to get the salon soon!

    Have a happy Thanksgiving!

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    I agree… how do people get those perfect top knots etc?! I just suck at putting my hair up. Maybe that was part of the problem.

  • Brady Gervais 2 years ago Reply

    As your friend and a new short hair convert, I want to weigh in.

    1. It’s low(er) maintenance for me, as I could never air dry and go. It took longer to blow dry and flat iron before I chopped.
      2. It takes less time for me to blow dry, a few minutes to flat iron and a few seconds to use that paste.
      3. Agree. Hubby loves it. Guys love it. Gals love it.
      4. Oh yeah. It costs more to have short hair because it requires a trim every month or so. It’s never cost so much to look this good. 😉
      5. I wear more make up, too, but it’s because I embrace this look more. Weird?
      6. I do not care more about clothes. I bet I look like a boy some days.
      7. I can’t remember the last time I got a cat call.
      8. I still wear hats when I exercise and sometimes when I run errands. My hubby gave me a Love Your Melon winter hat that I love and wear with pride.
      9. I do the same! Twins!
      10. I feel more like me, too. Sometimes I tell people that my hair is just a little different, like me.

    Awesome post — just like you!

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    1 & 2. I’m jealous.
    5. Yes, I get there is a bit of embracing the look & a little more makeup is needed. It is kind of weird!
    8. Maybe I need that hat.

    xoxo

  • Molly Temple 2 years ago Reply

    YES, the hat thing. I feel like I straight-up look like a boy when I wear a winter hat!

    molly mogren katt 2 years ago Reply

    First of all, HI Molly Temple! And yes, it’s like c’mon hats. Let’s work together here!

  • Andy Jackson 2 years ago Reply

    Yes, guys (at least this guy) dig short hair – my wife got her’s cut shorter than her usual and I love it – trying to get her to go even shorter!

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