Fresh New Hair for Fall (whenever it decides to arrive in Texas)

One of my early and favorite posts on Beautypendence was about my longtime hairstylist, Mark. I created a super cool collage of my hair over the past 10 years. Per the historical record, I’ve been wearing my hair fairly long since about 2009. This summer I cut a few inches off, but the weekend before last, I was ready for major change.

I’ve always been attracted to short hair. Short hair is so chic and stylish, two qualities I really felt my long hair was lacking. I’ve always communicated to Mark that I want my hair to be a little sexy, and a little rock and roll. Versatility is also important to me. I get bored wearing my hair just one way all the time.

While the runways continue to parade models with long hair, Hollywood has definitely jumped on the short hair train. Think Ginnifer Goodwin (so fierce), Emma Watson (tres chic), and my current hair inspiration, Michelle Williams. Her recent ad campaign with Louis Vuitton is so gorgeous I can hardly stand it. I brought these photos in to show Mark. (Hairstylists love it when you bring them photos!)

Michelle Williams Louis Vuitton ad campaign

I love Michelle’s tousled, messy yet refined look in these ads. The vampy red lip and bold brows certainly add to the look. Undoubtedly, she has finer hair than me, but over the years, my hair has definitely lost some of the volume and thickness I had in my youth. After a thorough discussion, Mark and I agreed to go for it.

So I walked into Wet Salon with hair past my shoulders looking like this:

Jenn, pre-haircut, with Christine

At brunch, pre-hair appointment, with my friend Christine

And I emerged from the salon, looking like this:

Jenn's new haircut

I LOVE MY NEW HAIR! Mark gave me the best cut. He started by cutting my hair while wet. Then he blew my hair dry so that he could texturize and give it that choppy-ness I wanted. Due to my black hair color, it’s difficult to see the dimension and texture in the photos, but believe me it’s got some depth to it. This is not a precise, geometric, Vidal Sassoon-like cut. Plus, I have different options on how to wear it. And I’m enjoying being more playful with my make-up, opting for a heavier eye or darker lip most days.

This new ‘do is fun to play with and super easy to style. Sure, I’ll have to get my hair cut more often. I was averaging about 12 weeks, and now I’ll have to get my haircut more like every 6 to 8 weeks to maintain this shape. It just means I get to see Mark more often, which is a bonus! Despite the years of long hair, somehow I feel more like myself with this shorter cut. I think I’ll keep it a while.

IMAGES: Michelle Williams Louis Vuitton ad1, ad2, ad3

 

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