Short Hair Sunday – Jenna Yankun

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 artistic director and stylist Jenna Yankun, hailing from New York City!

Having short hair makes me feel:
Powerful! and Sexy!

What made you decide to cut your hair?
I got to a point where I felt really strong and powerful within myself and felt I needed to reflect that on the outside. I’ve always felt like cutting my hair off would be freeing and really show people my true self. Plus all the hot ladies in my family have short hair and have been rocking it for decades!

Jenna has a great fruit series that she does on Instagram -- check it out! Photo: Flutter Studios

My short hair icon is:
Grandma! & Tilda Swinton!

Photo: Style.com

My favorite hair product is:
Lotion, wax, sweat – or anything that makes it a little dirty when it’s not – no ‘fros please!

Another from Jenna's fruit series. Photo: Richard Darbonne

If you could give one piece of advice to women considering short hair, what would it be?
Absolutely just do it! It’s just hair – it grows back! And you would be surprised at the way people respond differently to you. I’ve done this a few times and the last time I did it because I wanted to move up in my career and to be taken seriously – I literally got approached by my manager to become a supervisor the NEXT DAY! Crazy right? It shows a certain type of courage to be a lady with short hair!

Check out Jenna on Instagram and Pinterest.

If you’d like to be featured on Short Hair Sunday, complete our submission form here then email photos of you rocking your short hair to sarah [at] cablecarcouture [dot] com. You can also become a contributor to the pinboard Short Hair Sisters and share!

Short Hair Inspiration: Undercut

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.)

Sophia & Sarah - twinsies!
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:

Source: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

So short hair sisters, would you try an undercut?

Short Hair Sisters: Short Hair Inspiration From Real Women

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.

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How to Style Short Hair: 6 Different Ways to Style 1 Hairstyle

One of the most common question I receive from my readers is how to style short hair. Like long hair, it’s easy to get stuck in the rut of styling your hair exactly same way everyday. Guilty! So I had my hairstylist Sophia Simone show me six different ways to style my short hair — she totally opened my eyes to the possibilities! And the best news is I’m sharing it with you.

I have been going to Sophia for several years now and if you’re a woman in the Greater Seattle area looking for a woman who specializes in short hair, go see her! In fact, you’ll even get $20 off with this referral card.

For more fabulous short hair inspiration, don’t forget to follow my Short Hair Pinterest board!

Short Hair Disclaimer: If you’re going to go short, here’s 5 things you need to know

Photo Elisabeth Kate Photography

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.

  1. 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.
    Happy and healthy hair after a cut & style by Mike Kowalis @ Relik Salon
  2. 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.

    Cut and style: Sophia Simone
  3. 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.

    Sometimes a headband is all you need to brighten a bad hair day.
  4. 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.

    Gravity-defying hair requires lots of product!
  5. 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.

    Extra makeup and jewelry will make you feel more feminine when you have short hair.

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.

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Sexy Short Hair: New ‘Do

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!

Can’t Fight the Flip

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?

Short Hair Cut 180 Degree View by Sophia Simone

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.

Short haircut and style by Sophia Simone

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!

Behind the scenes at the Fashion Show with Stacy, Simone, me and Cecilia

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!

Would you ever go short? What’s stopping you?

This Short Asymmetrical Haircut Doesn’t Work for Everyone

Today I saw a professional man in his late 20s sporting a Justin Bieber-style haircut and nearly did a double take. All you have to do is look around to see that this asymmetrical cut is really hot right now, especially among the hipster crowd. But it doesn’t work for everyone.

The cut worked for Justin Bieber.

It worked for the Asian guy from Twilight, Justin Chon.

It worked for Michelle Williams.

It worked for Robyn.

It worked for Rihanna.

It worked for me.

Photo: Justin Hackworth

If you’re in a creative field like marketing or design, then it could work for you, too. But sir, if you want to be taken seriously as a professional, choose something other than a haircut that is associated with hipster boys and stylish women. This cut, my friend, is not for you.