4 Tips for Short Hair

getting short hair out of your face

 

When I first decided to start growing out my pixie cut, I knew it would be awkward for a while. What I didn’t know was that the worst of it would come almost a year later when my hair was hanging between my ears and shoulders– aka what’s happening right now.

When it was shorter, I kept the back trimmed (to keep the mullet at bay) and I used a little product to put everything else into place. But now that it’s longer it’s either large and frizzy or flat and stringy and it’s pretty tough to deal with. It’s too short to go up in a pony, too long to mold into shape using some extra pomade, and it has way too many layers to style properly because of my old pixie. Guys- I’ve had a gaps on the side of my head the size of my ear for almost a year!  Spoiler alert- my ears don’t hang low enough to pull off that style anymore.

Since my hair is still too short to hide a bad hair day, I deal with it by putting it into a faux top knot as often as possible, but even that has good and bad days. All in all I’ve learned 4 big things that help me get through.

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  1. Work with what you have.
    This probably seems pretty obvious, but I can’t make my hair grow any faster and I refuse to cut off any more length than I need to, so I just have to deal with what I have. It’s something I remind myself every time I try to dry and straighten my hair. I hate the ear holes, but they made me super happy when my hair was short. In fact, I would totally cut around my ears if I ever cut my hair that short again! So the decision has been made and I just have to accept it and work with the result now.
  2. Stock up on bobby pins.
    I’m not exaggerating when I say that bobby pins are my best friend. When my hair first started to touch my neck but was still too short to be put back, it drove me nuts. You can’t hide bad days with short hair! So I would pin my hair back to keep things out of my face and off my neck. Now my hair is a little too long to only bobby pin back, so I have to improvise. Most days I tie the top into a top knot and then pin the rest of my hair up towards the bun like in the picture above.
  3. Stop washing your hair.
    I try my best not to wash my hair more than 2x a week. When it’s freshly washed everything lays nicely and you can tell that it has grown out of a style. So I deal with clean hair for a day or two by adding a little dry shampoo or texturizing powder for some extra grit, and then my hair is much easier to work with for days three and four. My showers are shorter, my morning routine is less hectic and my hair does whatever I want! Just make sure to stock up on a good dry shampoo to get you through.  My favorites are amika, batiste, and bed head.
  4. Put in the work to keep it healthy.
    Everyone wants healthy hair, but since I don’t have the extra length to cut off, I’m even more aware of hair health now. About once every other week or so I use a deep conditioner — and I always make sure to focus on the ends.  A simple option is to melt down a bit of coconut oil and leave it in your hair for about 10-20 minutes before a shower. Or you can use my favorite- the Beauty Protector hair masque. It smells so good that sometimes I’ll use it on an off week just because! And don’t forget to use a protecting spray before blow drying or styling my hair for extra care. (Once again, Beauty Protector smells like a dream.)

getting short hair out of your face

9 things you shouldn’t say to a woman with short hair.

9 things you should never say to a woman with short hair

Last week I walked into a salon with shoulder-length hair. I sat down in my favorite chair, said “I’m feeling bold, do whatever you’d like!” and I walked out with a new pixie cut. I went during my lunch break from work, so to say that my co-workers were a little shocked would be an understatement. You and me both, guys.

A pixie cut is a pretty drastic change to your every day look and although I feel great now, I can’t say I felt the same when I walked back into the office. I was definitely in shock every time I looked in the mirror and other people’s reactions weren’t helping. Here are 9 of the most common comments I’ve been hearing over the last 7 days.

1- Wow! I could never do that! Sure you can. All it takes is a scissor (and hopefully a trained professional). People cut their hair every day.

2- You and Dean have been together forever, so you can do that kind of stuff. What? Can I no longer attract anyone because I don’t have long locks? Do single women have to grow out their hair until they find a significant other?  Am I only allowed to cut my hair if Dean says so? Let’s talk about this.

3- What will Dean say? I’m not sure. I didn’t do it for him. 

4- But your long hair was so nice!  Thank you for the compliment on my previous hairstyle.

5- You must be so brave. Brave? I’m not saving lives or fighting cancer. I cut my hair! 

6- Do you like it? That’s the goal!

7- That’s, like, boy short! Please define “boy short”.  Does this mean that only boys can have short hair? Or that all boys are supposed to have short hair? Or that now I look like a boy because my hair is short? This is confusing me.

8- What would make you do that? I did it because I wanted to, but for some reason people think that there has to be something else. Did your life just take a big turn? Are you “going through something”? Nope. Just like the short hair look, I guess.

9- Are you going to grow it out again?  I mean, hair grows. So I guess at some point it might be long again….but I just cut it, so…

 

Just for the record, none of these statements are compliments. But ya know what? #shorthairdontcare

Has anyone else done “the chop”? What other comments have you heard about your new do?

 

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FINALLY!

Jeeze, Friday. Why don’t you just take your time getting here, eh?

Today I’m heading back to Scranton for the weekend and I couldn’t be more excited to sleep in my own bed. My plans involve judging a talent show tonight, making white hot chocolate & getting a hair cut tomorrow, and then head to a benefit for Dr. Sidari on Sunday.

Speaking of hair- have you seen all the celebs chopping off their luscious locks? I love it! I’d like to think that I started the trend…..it’s possible, right?

Just for fun: Here’s another picture of my hair long, first cut, and now (like literally right now… in my HGI bathroom haha). How short do you think I should go? Think I should go long again? Spill it! (I’m still going in for a cut on Saturday but I’m already planning my next move like a chess player.)

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Oh, and if you’re looking for a full post to read today, you might be interested to know that I wrote one for Umba’s blog yesterday! I’m still anti-cold weather, but I’ve come to realize that I actually like November. I list out a few of my reasons in the post so check it out!

So you’re going to a party…

So you’re going to a party.

Maybe your new boss has a big annual holiday party and you were invited.

Maybe your significant other has invited you to meet the family at a huge extravaganza.

Didn’t you say you were going all out for New Years Eve?

 

We’ve all had those moments when you know you needed to look your best, but maybe you don’t have the time or money to put yourself together the way you want to. Here’s a few different options I think you should consider to help you look and feel your best for your big event. The plus side? Even if you choose the more “expensive” options I list out here, you still can spend under $100, new dress and all. Here we go!

 

1-The Dress
The holiday dress is key, but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to get something nice. My first two stops? TJMaxx and Marshalls. You hit those stores right after they’ve gotten a nice shipment in and I swear you could buy yourself a new dress, a killer pair of heals and a new necklace for $50. Not too shabby. Have any outlet stores near you? Dresses at places like JCrew Factory or a The Loft when you catch a sale are definitely doable.  Not too picky on the brand? You can totally find cheap dresses at stores like H&M, Target and Forever 21 that would look nice for a night without worrying your wallet.

 Modcloth -$49.99

  Forever 21-$29.80
(I actually purchased this dress for NYE!)

H&M DressH&M – $24.95

Not interested in buying new? You could shop your own closet or borrow from a friend. Price: Free!

2- Hair
I have my go-to hair looks: straight, half up, simple pony/bun, side braid. That’s where my hair skills end.  Womp Womp.  I don’t even own a curling iron to try curling my hair. So instead of getting all frustrated at myself before I even get out the door, I would definitely make an appointment at my local salon. It’s 10x cheaper to get a blowout done than it is to get a hair cut, color and style. In fact, I can hit up my local salon for a quick style for about 30 bucks. If you live in a more expensive area this may not be the case, but have you heard about drybar? They’re a salon that only focuses on blowouts and they only charge $35! They have locations in some more high end areas such as NY and Cali. Maybe there’s one close to you (or near your final destination!)

The Small Things Blog Hair
The Small Thing Blog- Chic Updo  
Other Tutorials:
The Small Things Blog
Ma Nouvelle Mode

Not willing to spend $35 on your hair? You can find some awesome hair tutorials on various blogs via a simple Pinterest search. If you start practicing a few days before, you could have your hot new style ready without ever having to admit that this wasn’t your first try. All thumbs? Look up your local beauty school. They’ll usually book appointments for simple hair styles at a great price!

3- Makeup
I am not the person my friends go to for makeup advice. I’m pretty sure I made Bahar do my makeup anytime we had a big night out in college. I’m pretty content with my typical quick makeup tricks for a casual outing, but if I wanted to really step it up for a big party I wouldn’t know where to begin.  Instead of stressing out over how to make a smoky eye, you can head to your local department store or even an ulta for a free face painting. Now, keep in mind that some of these places do require you to make an appointment, but 9 times out of 10, I pass a bunch of makeup people in the mall who are looking prettttty bored.  Just walk up to one and ask for some help. They’re going to try to make you feel like you have to buy something for their work, but hey, I could always use a new mascara or lipstick. You get to walk away feeling pretty and holding a little makeup item for 10-15 bucks (depending on the brand you stopped at & the item you purchase of course).

Keiko Makeup TutorialKeiko Makeup Tutorial
(More makeup info from Keiko)

Looking to save money on the makeup? A quick Pinterest search will serve you well in this department as well. If you just aren’t cut out for the makeup department, stick with a natural style or enlist a friend.

4-Nails
Is it just me, or are nail salons getting more and more expensive? I’ll be honest, I usually cheap out in the nail department and do them on my own. You can use some of the tips and tricks Bahar and Nese gave out in previous posts (and that tip that they give you about putting Vaseline around your nails? Totally works!) But if you’re looking to get them done, you don’t need to spend the full $10-15. Shape your nails real quick on your own and then head down to your local nail salon for a change of color instead of a manicure. My local place charges $5. They spend the same amount of time making your nails perfect but for half the price!

Bahar's purty hand!B&N’s First Nail Post

Holiday Nails

B&N’s Second Nail Post

nails3My current nails!
Super fast and easy (and festive)!

Option 2: Your local beauty school definitely has people ready to paint your nails (instead of your fingers) for less than $10. Friends are also great in this department. I may not have the hairstyling or makeup abilities, but even I have painted quite a few nails my day. Just send a quick message to some of your closest girlfriends for a nail party the night before your event!

Total Cost: ~$100 or less!
Dress: $0-50
Hair: $0-35
Makeup: $0-15
Nails: $0-7

I really like these options because you can pick and choose where you want your money to go.  20 dollars here, 20 dollars there, a little girls night and boom! I’m feeling good, lookin’ hot and even better-I’m stress free. Don’t feel guilty about asking for help! Everyone needs to be pampered once in a while. 😉

What do you guys think of these budget friendly options?
Have you used any of these options? Would you use any of these options?

Do you have any other tips that haven’t been listed here?
What big party are you getting all dressed up for?

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