I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t influenced by the latest celebrity hairstyle trend when I decided I was going to cut my hair. In fact, to be perfectly honest, I dedicated almost a month’s worth of Pinterest time looking at hairstyles I was interested in even before I made my ultimate decision. But after having had almost waist length hair for upwards of call it 6 years, I needed to do something different and go short (but not too short, the Open is, after all, upon us). After coming to the conclusion I was ready to take the dive, it brought on a bunch of memories of the various hair trends I went through after I graduated from college. To recap, most of my post-college photos are filled with the “poof” hairstyle (now replaced by what the Bump-It does), and a lot of super long hair. And then there was my absolutely catastrophic attempt to look like Victoria Beckham with her A-line bob circa 2008.
During college, a lot of my sorority sisters participated in Locks for Love, a non-profit organization that creates wigs for underprivileged child cancer patients out of donated unprocessed hair. I was always so inspired to do something like that, but truth be told, I was (and still am) very protective about my locks. That being said, in the summer of 2008, I violated all three of Lauren Conrad’s rules for determining whether you’re ready to go for a short haircut when I impulsively decided to donate 11 inches of hair after breaking up with a guy I attempted to date while traveling the world after graduating college. Along the way to making my decision, I convinced myself that in starting my new career as a full-time minion at one of the big accounting firms that, in addition to trying to “cleanse” myself of my past relationship, that I should turn over a new leaf and go super short on a haircut.
Upon telling my hairstylist I was going to donate my hair, he proceeded to put it into a ponytail and cut straight across. I just about cried upon contact. Midway through I almost yellled “STOP!”
And so, the Bob era had begun. And truth be told, I was really into it the first few weeks, and then I HATED it. Like I truly hated it. I hated the maintenance that went in to making sure everything was in place, I hated how I couldn’t just pull it back out of my face into a ponytail, I hated that when I was looking down at spreadsheets or analyzing some schedules, my hair would be entirely in my face, and I hate that it made my already slightly pudgy face even MORE pudgy looking because of the way my hair was framed around my face. And so, I spent the next 3 years trying to get rid of the awful look that was inspired by someone who couldn’t be more different than who I was.
So, after having gone through another stretch of long hair, which included battling alopecia areata, the time came around for making another decision. Lauren Conrad, one of the first in the public light to go from long, beautiful hair to The Lob, has her three rules, but in the interest of wanting to make it look like I can apply my skills outside of the office, let’s take it one step further and call this my flow chart for making a dramatic short hair decision.
Need more inspiration? Check out my Pinterest board I put together that has some of my favorite looks here. Pinterest was definitely the one tool I used to help get me motivated about my big cut, but the real help came from my amazing stylist Leslie and colorist Michael at my home salon Cowboys & Angels in Union Square. To be honest, I can’t even take credit for the initial idea of cutting my hair. It started about in early January when Leslie made a passing comment that I should consider shorter hair. I had to skip on the idea since I wanted my hair long for a wedding I was in, but the idea stuck with me. After hours and hours on Pinterest, I concluded I was done with having long hair. The time for high buns, lazy ponytails, and half-assed attempts to do something that wasn’t any of those two aforementioned styles had passed. A friend of mine recently told me that your hairstyle stops being an actual “style” once you resort to putting it up all the time. Fair point. I needed to move on.
D-Day: Go Lob or Go Home
And so, after spending half a day at the salon, a lot less hair and a lot more color later, I have this amazing and newfound obsession with short/medium length hair. After what was an entirely dramatic and bad experience with short hair before, I couldn’t be happier with my new look. My hair feels healthier since a lot of the fried ends and dull color was completely cut off, and it was shaped and cut in a way that doesn’t highlight any face roundness (unlike my former Bob experience). In addition, my colorist gave me some absolutely beautiful balayage highlights that were mixed with some reds, browns, and blonds. I couldn’t stop smiling after Leslie finished styling it. The “I Just Woke Up Like This” look is a natural effect of this style, and when combined with the amazing Oribe Apres Beach Spray, getting ready for work the last two days has been easy peasy.
A big thanks to Leslie and Michael from Cowboys & Angels, you guys are truly masters of your craft! For appointments and info about the salon, check out their site here.