For the last few years, I’ve had long hair. I’m really awful at judging length or quantifying things, so I’ll estimate that it was just shy of my elbow. Ha, some of you who know me might be thinking, “What? Lindsey? Your hair was was shorter/longer than that!” I honestly don’t remember. I’m sticking with elbow-ish.
When I had long hair, I could curl it (using a large-barrel curling iron) and I liked how it looked throughout the day. The curls wouldn’t necessarily hold their curl the entire day, but the loose curl I had at the end of the day was still pretty. When I wore it straight, there wasn’t really anything special going on, but it was fine. When I let it air dry, there were some days it would be OK enough to go out in public, but probably not OK enough to go to my office (although that didn’t always stop me!).
So with the new cut, it’s definitely a time-saver when it comes to blow drying, but the curling (with a smaller barrel curling iron) aspect sucks. It seems to take forever (I have to hold the curling iron in place for longer to make sure the curls hold, and trying to curl the back sucks because it’s pretty short). I like how it looks about 10 seconds after finishing, but it just looks weird as the day goes on. Certain curls that were separate in the morning decide to fuse together and create a giant chunk of curl. When I try to separate them, they become poofy and then eventually just re-fuse together.
I’ve tried using hairspray pre-curl and post-curl — no help. I’ve tried using mouse — no help. I’m thinking I’ll have to try a different hairspray and then a lot of trial and error. I also think I need to use some kind of volumizing product on my roots (Redken 10 – Guts). But the last thing I want to do is spend more time on my hair. I like looking pretty, but I don’t really want to spend a lot of time on it (read: I want to sleep in). Especially when the extra time is just to make my hair look passable, as opposed to something amazing that is definitely worth the extra time.
I’ve also found that it’s impossible for my hair to look good in a ponytail. The length is exactly the right length to just look sad and pathetic in a ponytail. The one thing about my long hair was that I could easily pull it back and it would look OK (especially because the curls from the day before would still be there). I had multiple ponytail options, including buns, braids and other fun looks. My mornings were so much simpler! I’ll have to do some web-browsing for cute updos of some kind for shorter hair…sounds time-consuming.
I realize all I’m doing right now is complaining about my short hair — I actually do like it a lot. I just need to figure out the easy styling things so I can sleep in every once in awhile.
Here are a few places I’ve gone to for hair inspiration:
- The Small Things (blog and YouTube channel). This woman is absolutely great with hair. Her hair is slightly longer than mine so not everything she shows works for me, but usually there are variations of it that I can do. Her voice also relaxes me
- Pinterest! Obviously there are endless photo-inspirations on Pinterest, but it can be hit and miss for tutorials…if you need them, which I do.
- This Time Tomorrow (blog). I just love her hair. I like to think that my hair looks like hers what I first do it in the morning.
- Suave: Ask the Professionals (website). I haven’t been to this site in awhile, and I swear that it had more tips back then….but I did find a video for a “flirty bob” style that I think I could do.
- Lets Make it Up (YouTube channel). This girl has great tutorials…but mostly for long hair styles.