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. This week is Quincy Murphy, hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah.
Having short hair makes me feel:
like I am actually presenting myself accurately: free and adventurous.
What made you decide to cut your hair?
It was time for change. I hadn’t seen many curly short hair cuts and upon realizing it would actually look really good, I just went for it. Call me silly, but I found a piece of my identity through cutting my hair short. Finally, my hair matched my personality.
My short hair icon is:
My favorite hair product is:
Garnier Fructis: Surf Hair
If you could give one piece of advice to women considering short hair, what would it be?
Your hair will always grow back. In other words: go for it! Short hair is in and often brings out a beauty you never knew you had. If it just doesn’t work for you, you can at least check short hair off your list and let it grow back.
The last time I got my haircut with the lovely Sophia Simone, we tried something new — the undercut. The undercut been all the rage with short hair recently and is typified by longer layers on the top and a shorter buzz along the back and sides. (Plus she showed me how to achieve a sweet lift in my hair — more on that another day.)
The undercut style is easy to grow out since the longer layers will cover the shorter buzz. Plus, it’s got an edginess that can’t be denied so if you’re into an edgy rock and roll look, give the undercut a try.
Here are some of my undercut inspirations from Pinterest:
Every time you go for a haircut, chances are you take a photo to your stylist for inspiration. Over the years I have taken photos of celebrities to my stylist, as I’m sure you have, too — women like Victoria Beckham, Anne Hathaway, Ginnifer Goodwin. But wouldn’t it be wonderful to derive inspiration from real women with short hair, women without professional stylists on hand off-camera, coiffing their hair to make it perfect for the paparazzi? So today I bring you short hair inspiration from real women.
There’s a reason not every woman has short hair — there is a palpable risk factor involved with a short haircut. From someone who has had short hair for over a quarter of her life, here are the risks involved when it comes to short hair.
People may mistake you for a boy when you have short hair. To this day I remember sitting in the back of the classroom in the seventh grade, raising my hand to answer a question, and the substitute teacher calling on me saying, “Yes, the boy in the back.” Excuse me, boy?! Yeah, you can be sure I let that teacher knew otherwise. (Thank heaven now for breasts and makeup.) Then just before Christmas, it happened again. I was sitting in a restaurant and it happened again. The busboy picked up our plates and said, “Thank you, gentlemen” to my husband and I. Grrr. It won’t happen all the time — these two instances were decades apart — but be prepared if it does.
People may think you’re gay when you have short hair. In our culture today there is an unfortunate stereotype that exists about women with short hair and their sexual orientation. But let’s be honest. Just because you’re short hair doesn’t mean you’re attracted to women. And if you are, well, that’s okay, too.
Your significant other may prefer long hair. Long hair is traditionally associated with femininity, so going short may be a big shock for your significant other. Having short hair is all about balance. You may find yourself wearing more makeup, more jewelry, more feminine clothes to compensate for the sudden hair length so commonly associated with men. That’s okay. You’ll find your stride. And if your man really loves you, he’ll accept you just the way you are.
You may never want to go back to long hair. Let’s face it. Short hair on women is awesome. It’s totally distinctive, edgy, and fun, and people will remember you as the girl with short hair. Since short hair is so easy to care for, you may never want to go back to long hair. But that may also be because…
It may take forever to grow your hair out. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said, “Okay, I’m really going to grow out my hair this time” and then never let my hair past my chin before declaring it’s time to cut it all off and go short again. (This happened last month.) If you do commit to growing your hair out, know that the process is going to be long and awkward, in fact you may rue the day you ever cut it short to begin with. But if you can make it out of the woods, you may want to stop socializing with women who have short hair altogether. It won’t take much to get scissor happy again.
Now that you know the risks involved, don’t let me dissuade you from cutting your hair short. Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t just gay men and girlfriends that like short hair. I absolutely love having short hair.If you’re still trying to decide whether or not to cut your hair, check out our Short Hair Disclaimer: If you’re going to go short, here’s five things you should know. Also, be sure to check out my Short Hair Pinterest board committed to bringing you the best in short hair photos!
Women have been taking Ginnifer Goodwin short hair photos to their stylists for years (myself included), but the tide may be turning now with Anne Hathaway’s darling new pixie cut. After cutting her hair for her role in the upcoming film Les Miserables, Hathaway’s hair has been getting a lot of media buzz.
Anne Hathaway, short hair becometh you.
I don’t know about you, but I have a haircut scheduled for this week and am half tempted to bring Anne Hathaway’s photo to my stylist Sophia…
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.
Not a week goes by when I don’t get a compliment on my short hair. After fantasizing about going short for years (literally), in 2009 I took the plunge and cut my hair and haven’t looked back since.
Short hair is edgy, it’s unique, and it can totally define your personal style. However, short hair isn’t for everyone. If you’re a girl who’s thinking about taking the plunge and going short, here are five things you need to know.
Maintenance: To keep the cut looking maintained, you’re going to need to get it cut every 6-8 weeks. With long hair, it’s not unheard of for women to go half the year without getting a haircut, but with short hair, you can’t afford to. Anything after 8 weeks looks shaggy and sloppy. Be prepared to spend $40-60 on your haircut every 6-8 weeks. **Update: To save up front on your haircut, try going to a hair school for a discounted rate. Sometimes you can even choose a student who is close to graduating and has more experience. Tip via Fleur d’Elise.
Make sure your bone structure can pull it off. To pull off a short haircut, you need some angularity to your face and features. If you have a round face, a short ‘do can over-emphasize the roundness. **Update: That said, not all short haircuts are created equal, so work with your hairstylist to find a cut that will flatter your face shape. Tip via Citizen Rosebud.
You’re going to have to style it. Everyday. Unlike long hair that you can pull into a bun or a ponytail and not think twice about it for the rest of the day, short hair is going to require daily styling. That will involve blow-drying, product and accessories, and on bad hair days, the occasional hat. All things considered though, on a regular day you’re looking at five minutes to style your hair — tops.
Short hair requires lots of product. Short hair has required more hair product than any other haircut I’ve ever had. Be prepared to spend money on good quality product to give your hair the texture it requires. On a regular basis I use Curl Interrupted by Brocato to calm the natural curl, HairPlay by KMS California, and Texture Twist by Pureology.
You’re going to have to work on looking feminine. Long wavy hair has a definitive femininity to it, while short hair can look masculine if you’re not careful. Having short hair, I have to make a conscious effort to look more like a girl — wearing more makeup, wearing more jewelry, wearing more feminine colors and styles of clothing.
Cutting my hair short has been one of the best style decisions of my life. Whenever I see a woman with kickass short hair, I like to think I played a part in her decision to take the plunge and go short. (And in some cases, I have!) So if you cut your hair, let me know! I’d love to see pictures.
Also, if you are looking for inspiration and photos to take to your hairstylist, check out my Short Hair pinboard on Pinterest. I love collecting photos of short hairstyles and the board has 1100+ followers.
After having a monogamous relationship with my stylist, Mike Kowalis from Relik Salon, I was nervous to start fresh in Seattle with a new stylist. But now that I have Sophia Simone, I’m in good hands. Here’s my new sexy short asymmetrical hairdo!
My “before” picture: this is what happens when you don’t stay on top of your 6 week haircut cycle! Egad!
I’d highly recommend Sophia if you need a short hair stylist in Seattle. You can find her at The Hair Lounge in Federal Way, WA @ 253-941-3680. To sweeten the deal, I have a referral card to save you $20 off your first haircut with Sophia!
When you have hair with a natural wave, sometimes it just does what it wants to, with or without your permission. Exhibit A. My hair air dried and formulated this fabulous little flip.
I used to try to keep the flip under control by straightening it, but a funny thing happened one day when I was too lazy to do anything about it. Everyone loved it!
Sometimes I think we inherently have style present within ourselves and we just have to get out of the way and stop overthinking things to allow that style to be made manifest. Because sometimes my hair just knows what to do. What do you think?
Recently I was at our local YMCA when I was approached by Sophia Simone, my future hairstylist extraordinaire, to see if I would be her hair model in an upcoming fashion show for her hair salon. So flattered! Of course, I agreed.
Didn’t the haircut turn out a-mazing? Turns out Sophia has had short hair for the last seven years (no two of her haircuts have ever been alike!) and is a bonafide expert at cutting and styling short hair. Since I was looking for a new hairstylist and modeling ops in Seattle, and Sophia was looking for a model with short hair, the law of attraction was definitely working in our favor!
If you live in the Seattle area and want someone you can entrust your short hair to, I highly recommend Sophia Simone! You can find her at The Hair Lounge at 1626 S 310th in Federal Way, WA at 253-941-3680. To sweeten the deal, I have a referral card to save you $20 off your first haircut with Sophia!