photos by Mallory Fraughton
I hadn’t cut my hair for about 7 years. S-E-V-E-N.
I had no intentions to chop it off, I love big thick braids, messy buns, and long curls with a lot of volume. And then one night a couple of weeks ago, I watched Taylor Swifts new music video and was obsessed with her short hair. In that same hour I saw Lauren Conrad’s new do, and, it was over for me.
I made a hair appointment and two days later…chop chop.
My husband texted me during the event, and said “I feel like I’m losing my best friend today.” Boys love long hair, but what he didn’t know yet was how hot short hair can be 😉
Immediately I loved my new cut. It added life to my hair that I felt I had been missing, made me look different, was fun and fresh and was the change that I needed. The next morning I had to catch a flight really early, and it was the first time I had to style my own hair without my hair stylist.
I cried. I couldn’t do it. It took me double the time and I was frantic about the 7 inch decision that wouldn’t be able to magically re appear on my head.
Here are the things that I wish I knew about having short hair, before I had short hair:
1- Don’t count on saving time. Short hair is very high maintenance if you want it to look pretty everyday. The days of tossing it into a messy bun or a pretty long braid are over. Since it is short, I feel like every piece of hair takes on an important role of looking good because you don’t have much forgiveness if it doesn’t.
2- It makes your clothes look different. I actually love this about having short hair. You can see your entire outfit now.. Trust me, it changes the look of everything!
3- When I had long hair, I could go 5 days without washing it before it started to look greasy. With short hair, I have to wash it about every 2 days before it starts looking gross. I’m not sure why… but again, there’s not much forgiveness with short hair because it can’t hide itself anymore.
4- Short hair is FUN! I was so scared on my drive to get my hair cut… If I knew how much I was going to love it I wouldn’t have freaked out as much. It has completely given my face and hair new life to it and it’s been an exciting change.
5- Make sure your stylist adds texture and dimension so you don’t end up with a “mom cut”. The LAST thing I wanted was to roll out with a mom hair cut. You guys know what I’m talking about 🙂 My stylist new exactly what to do… Make sure you take in pictures so whoever is doing your hair understand what kind of look you want. Saying you want “short” hair will not end well for you.
6- Hair products become important. I never used hair products with long hair. Now I feel like I have to. Volumizer and texture gel have become my best friends.
7- Certain makeup that I used to wear no longer looks good on me. When you cut your hair, your face is going to be framed differently. Different features are going to stand out more. I went and got a full new face of makeup before my hair cut so that I wouldn’t freak out when my hair was gone and I looked totally different. I found makeup that helped brighten my face, lips, and eyes, and I make the features that I like stand out more. More attention is going to be on your face because your hair is going to end closer to it.
8- I finally have gotten the hang of curling and straightening my new hair (which might take you some time… but once you get it… dang you’re going to look smokin’!) I didn’t know if I would be able to do fun braids still or not. I have collar bone length hair, and you guys, you TOTALLY can still rock beautiful braids! You can actually follow me on @daily_braid (my main Instagram is @theshineproject) if you want to see braids in short hair.
If you’re thinking about taking the plunge… do it!
I’m so happy that I did, and hair isn’t permanent, it grows back.