In an effort to connect the short hair sisters of the world, each week for Short Hair Sunday, we’re going to feature a woman who is embracing her fierceness and femininity with short hair. First up is Alexandra from Denver, Colorado!
Having short hair makes me feel: like a total bad a**!
What made you decide to cut your hair? I had never been someone who was super attached to my hair style. I have dyed my hair probably a million times (and possibly just as many colors), and chopped it from long flowing locks into chin length bobs (sometimes by myself, yikes!) on several occasions. I first fell in love with the idea of a pixie cut when Natalie Portman graced the cover of Vogue in March of 2006. But didn’t have the courage to make the cut until several years later, in August of 2011, when I decided that I was ready for a drastic change. I don’t remember exactly what spurred on my desire for this change (quarter life crisis maybe?), but I can say that I don’t plan on going back to long hair any time soon (much to my husband’s dismay, I’m sure), because I love the feeling that my cropped coif invokes!
My short hair icon is:
My original cut was modeled after Ginnifer Goodwin, but I am increasingly inspired by street looks.
My favorite hair product is: Paul Mitchell Flexible Style, Elastic Shaping Paste (this shaiza even works on my daughter’s long hair!)
If you could give one piece of advice to women considering short hair, what would it be? People always comment that “short hair must be so easy to maintain”, but they don’t realize that rocking a pixie (especially my little faux hawk) is actually more work than having long hair. With a pixie you cannot just roll out of bed and go, unless you’re okay with looking like a peacock. And you have to make much more frequent trips to the salon in order for the cut to maintain its shape. If you’re considering a chop, be sure that you think long and hard about how much time you’re willing to put into maintenance.
As someone who has sported short hair for over four years, I am always collecting photos of the cutest short ‘dos. If you’re looking for short hair inspiration, my Pinterest Short Hair pinboard has over 1100 followers and is a terrific resource. It’s a collection of some fabulous inspiration for short hair. Here are a few of my favorites. (Since I’m a natural brunette, you may notice that many of the photos feature brunettes. They would look just as great on a blonde or redhead.)
How can you go wrong with Ginnifer Goodwin? She is the short hair “it” girl of the moment, if you ask me. Here’s another angle of all the texture.
Love the short, asymmetrical look.
I think I found this photo on a forum somewhere…
When I was flirting with the idea of short hair initially, I kept coming back to this cut.
I based one of my hairstyles off this edgy, short haircut. Love how short it is in the back and the longer bangs.
Who isn’t inspired by the makeover episodes of America’s Next Top Model where they shear some girl’s hair totally short? McKey’s short hair in Cycle 11 was one of my faves. In the same cycle, Samantha also had a really cool asymmetrical cut.
A lot of the time short hair can look really edgy, but I like how soft and feminine this is in comparison.
Victoria Beckham has been one of my style icons for years and when she cut her hair in this pixie cut, I was transfixed!
Shannyn Sossamyn (my doppelganger!) is proof that short hair can be messy and super cute.
When you have short hair like me, you need to get it cut every six weeks in order to keep your ‘do from going shaggy. I have been going to Mike Kowalis from Relik Salon (formerly Metropolitan Salon) for two and a half years and he has always delivered incredible, edgy results. Today was no different. Here is today’s before and after. I’m feeling a little Justin Bieber flavor coming through.
Ginnifer Goodwin’s short hair was the inspiration for today’s cut.
Relik just moved into a new salon at 61 West Main Street in American Fork, Utah. Check them out!