convince me to go short or grow long.. :)

I am so tired of my current length. It does nothing for me; it doesn't look particularly "omg beautiful long hair" nor "fun short hair" -- it's just plain boring. I've never had hair much shorter than this before (I've been cutting off pieces of it over the past year ), and the length I'm tempted by is something around the neck; above shoulders, below chin. The reason I keep hesitating is I keep seeing pictures of beautiful, long hair and I know long hair is simply more striking than short. However, my hair only looks remotely good after I have spent at least 1-2 hours (shower+ plopping time included) on it and I don't have that kind of time, so I end up with frizzy pulled out curls in a scrunchie most of the time. I hate it! I've tried to find ways to fix my hair up quickly in the morning, but it's impossible... I dream of hair that I could detangle in 5 minutes in the shower and plop for 15 minutes.

Here's the question: would short hair look bad on me? I know I don't have those fine features that look best with short hair--my nose is big and bumpy, I have a blocky chin, etc. Please be completely honest! I don't want to convince myself to get the short cut and gasp in horror Or, would short hair not look bad on me, but definitely not as good as long hair?




please, PLEASE ignore my transparent lip because I opened my mouth right as the picture was taken... it's a good example of my length. (I realize that now I've mentioned it the scary horrifying lip is all you will be able to look at, but.. XD)
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I really like your hair now. I'm wanting to grow mine out to that length. However, I think you would look really good with short hair as well. I can see maybe a chin/collar bone length with layers on you easily.
I also think you would look great with a chin length curly bob.
But your long hair is gorgeous.
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Why not???? Go for it, do it because you're still young and you should try everything you want to do before it's too late, especially when it comes to appearance and as long as it's reasonable and the outcome is controllable.
Go get a nice bob, I think it will look great with your bone structure (and your nose may be big but it fits your face just perfect).
so get the cut you want and if you miss long hair let it grow slowly slowly and enjoy each length.


Note: Just something remembered when I read your post; I taught a student who was about to graduate (from College), one morning he came to class with a blue hair (as blue as the sky!) when I told him what went in his mind when he did that his response was: I've always been thinking how blue hair would look on me but I've never actually done it and now there are only two month left before I graduate get a job and there is no employer in the world that would let me come to work with blue hair, so it's now or never!
It made such a sense, I wanted to leave the classroom and go do all the things I've always wanted to do!
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Last edited by generosityt; 02-04-2010 at 01:41 PM. Reason: edited for spelling
I just chopped my hair off... and all the curl went with it. I must say I am very happy with shorter hair. It is so carefree. I too was spending a god awful amount of time on my hair and at the end of the day it didn't look good (pun intended.
I miss my longer hair but I don't miss all the agrivation that went into it. So, with that being said, I am on team 'cut your hair'.
Thanks, jeep, rockthecurlz. It's not so much that I *hate* my current hair but rather that I never have time to make it look good.
Generosityt, you are so right! If I had been brave and tried the shorter hair when I wanted to, I'd have already been a year into growing it back out if I didn't like it. I really need to stop cutting off an inch when what I really want to try is like, 6
(also I had blue hair once in high school! What I wouldn't give to have that thick, healthy hair that can stand a good white-out bleaching, I'd have blue hair all the time )

wavywonder, thanks for your experience. I would not mind being a wavy at all--I just want to look good darnit!
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Last edited by lody; 02-04-2010 at 01:43 PM. Reason: extra reply
You have lovely features and would look good with shorter hair too! I would go for something above shoulders and see how you like it. go for it! And take lots of pictures!

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PS -- I know what you mean about having the longer hair; I see pics of mine longer and think it looks good, but then it's all about the hair and not what truly flatters my features.

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PS -- I know what you mean about having the longer hair; I see pics of mine longer and think it looks good, but then it's all about the hair and not what truly flatters my features.
Originally Posted by CurliLocks
Exactly! I see lots of back-of-the-head shots of long hair where I'm just in love, but a lot less perfect front shots, whereas it seems like I see a lot more shorter-hair front shots that look great.

Agh, now I have to figure out if I go the very dangerous salon route (I have never had my hair cut in a salon. I am scared.) or try cutting it myself :P
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I love your hair! I think the length is great for you. How about, instead of going short, you get a cool layered haircut by a curl-expert? I saw a really cool cut in the pics section. I'll see if I can find it again. Edit: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlpi...]=70__apage=12 I love the shape of that cut; very playful and sexy.

Maybe you don't hate your length so much as you are tired of not having a super-defined hairstyle?

I would be a little wary of going really short (chin length), partly because you have stronger features (I do, too), and partly because going too short or too "styled" can make a young person look older than her years. Though you can pin it up in a fake bob to see if you like the look.

Can I reiterate that I adore your hair? It really is beautiful. I think hair like that needs to be long, so people can get a proper look at it!

Last edited by wavyblonde; 02-04-2010 at 03:50 PM. Reason: To insert pic I found
I love your hair! I think the length is great for you. How about, instead of going short, you get a cool layered haircut by a curl-expert? I saw a really cool cut in the pics section. I'll see if I can find it again. Edit: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlpi...ext=__aGallery[]=70__apage=12 I love the shape of that cut; very playful and sexy.

Maybe you don't hate your length so much as you are tired of not having a super-defined hairstyle?

I would be a little wary of going really short (chin length), partly because you have stronger features (I do, too), and partly because going too short or too "styled" can make a young person look older than her years. Though you can pin it up in a fake bob to see if you like the look.

Can I reiterate that I adore your hair? It really is beautiful. I think hair like that needs to be long, so people can get a proper look at it!
Originally Posted by wavyblonde
Aw, thanks! That picture is fun, but aah, trying to find a good curly hair stylist, it's too scary But really my issue isn't my hair when it is styled--I think it looks fine, if a bit boring, when I've just done it that day. The issue is it requires at least 20 minutes in the shower to detangle, another 10-15 minutes to apply products and put in a plop, at the VERY LEAST 30 minutes of plopping, 10ish minutes of drying with a diffuser, and then multiple hours before it is fully dry and pretty. And I do not get second day hair I'm sooo over that xD If I could find a way to style it faster, if I knew how to put up my second-day hair so that frizz isn't an issue, it might bug me less. However, as it is right now, most mornings I walk out with a frizzy, fuzzy, scrunchied ponytail that just makes me look terrible
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I like that style wavyblonde posted. Her features are similar too. You could go for that length or just to the shoulder with that same style. And you could let the front (bangs) fall forward or to the sides for variety. That's a cute cut.

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Here's my 2 cents: wait, see if the urge passes, then reassess a few months from now.

I was just past SL, it was getting high maintenance, I cut to a lob, didn't like that length because it was kinda boring, thought about going shorter, then decided to do a "discount" keratin treatment. Yadda, yadda, yadda, I ended up with a buzz cut.

I like the cut shown above because it gives you the best of both worlds.
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Who is she in the picture? Is she one of the community here? Her hair is just gorgeous! I could use her picture (and many of the pictures here actually) to dare anyone to say curly hair doesn't look touchable, professional, sexy, edgy, or any of that nonsense people always say about curly hair.
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What do you guys think is going on in that picture? Is it a lot of layers going right up to "bang length"? I like it but I have no clue what exactly it is xD

urbanmommy, no fear xD if I am displeased with a bob (and a bob is a bit shorter than I really mean to go if I cut), I will grow out. I *know* very short hair on me would make me very unhappy! And I have been thinking about shorter hair on and off for about a year now.. Hmm.
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High in glycerin conditioners
As much gel as possible
Testing out flax seed gel
Plopping, for around 30 minutes
Pixiecurl drying
Pineappling

I would try layers 1st; if you don't like it then chop it off later. Growing out can be a real pain!
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I think collarbone length with some long layers would look great on you!
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I think mid-back length would look wonderful on you.

I cut my hair a few months ago... I got a very chic, easy to take care of style that I love. However, sometimes I miss how girly long hair made me feel.
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hmmm tough decision. your hair is gorgeous and your features are nice and strong. you could go either way. i think a bit more height on top would look good too. i always do my hair at night and wake up with good looking curls. life is too short to spend that much time on hair. i have some videos on youtube under lazycurls that show my very short routine. takes me about 3 min in shower to detangle hair w wide tooth comb. then i throw stuff on it. put a turban on and hang out at night--change the towel a few times and air dry then plop in turban overnight. good luck--i am sure it will be beautiful whatever you do.
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