• Saturday, 18 March 2017

    Thoughts on Short-er Hair

    So if you don't follow me on Instagram, twitter or religiously stalk this blog (which you should do by the way, I'm fascinating @marthamylove_), you might not know that I had a bit of a drastic hair change recently. I say drastic, I didn't get a pink mohican or shave it all off - which are both things that I think look awesome, just on other people. I cut off about four to five inches. I know, I am clearly wild. Although this was about a month ago now, and it's grown out a little bit. I'm actually considering getting another three inches cut off, but we shall see.
    Obviously hair isn't the most important thing in the world, but you do have to live with the style you choose day in, day out. So it's important that you like it! One thing to remember if you're considering cutting your hair short - hair grows back. It's not the end of the world, even if it might feel like it. I have been known to come out of a hairdressers in tears on one or two occasions.
    For those of you who have been staring at Emma Stone's lob wistfully (which I highly encourage) and debating whether or not you should go for the chop, I've put together a list of the pros and cons I've found to be true since joining the lob club.

    1. Easier to style.
    This is perhaps the most self-explanatory point ever made about the differences of short hair vs long hair. The less hair you have, the less time and effort it takes to style (unless you wake up like Beyoncé on a daily basis, in which case, good for you), meaning you can have more time in bed. Or for reading, or dancing in your underwear, or however you like to start your day. I have naturally wavy hair (i.e frizzy). When it was long I often found myself using my curling iron all over as a method to boost the volume and tame the beast. Now that it's shorter and has less hair weighing it down, the waves are a much nicer, more natural shape and the volume I desperately need* comes much easier.

    * Remember in the early noughties when it was all about poker-straight sleek hair? You weren't cool unless you spent an hour every morning with your GHDs, not that I ever owned any. That was a bad look for me, I blame Avril Lavigne. As I do for many of life's problems.

    2. Less shampoo and conditioner.
    Again, another obvious point for you all, but the less hair you have - the less product you'll need! Fascinating stuff right? About three years ago, I went from being an every day hair washer to a twice a week kind of girl and I've never looked back. Now that I'm doing this combined with the five inches of hair I don't have to wash, it's unreal how long my shampoo and conditioner are lasting me. It's better for my hair and it's even better for my purse. Something I'm always in favour of.

    3. Better condition and less breakage.
    Up until recently, every time I washed or brushed my hair I'd inevitably end up pulling big clumps of hair out of either my brush or my drain. Neither of which are pleasant experiences, but I bet a lot of you can relate with. Since cutting off a lot of hair, a good proportion of which was in terrible condition, I've found this not to be the case. This might partly be due to the fact I've finally come off my birth control pill (best decision I've made in ages fyi, but that's another blog post to come), regardless, my hair feels so much stronger.

    1. Less style options.
    My hair is still long enough to put up in a ponytail, just. But the back bits fall out the bottom and it just looks a bit silly. I haven't really got enough hair to make a solid top knot anymore. For the gym, I've settled on French plaits being the most sensible option, but they do stick out to the sides in somewhat interesting ways. All of this isn't really an issue on days my hair looks good, but on bad hair days, there's not much I can do with it. Except hide behind a hat.

    2. Everyone telling you they liked it better long.
    Ok, *everyone* is a bit of a stretch, because it's really been a couple of comments and the majority of people in my life have been lovely and complimentary. But for some reason, haircuts seem to be one of those things where people can get away with 'Oh, I liked it better before!' I mean, what are you meant to do with that? Sure, I'll just concentrate really hard and grow it all back, just for you. It's a very, very old idea that women have long hair and men have short hair and the more people make negative comments on short hair, the more I want to go and get a pixie cut. (I won't do... my round, baby face probably can't pull it off) By the way, if you're one of those people that says stuff like that, you probably should work on not being one of them. Because they're kind of arseholes.

    3. Mermaid hair envy.
    Guaranteed the second you get out of a hairdressers after being really happy with your decision, five girls with locks to make Ariel jealous walk past and cause instant regret. But then, we always want what we don't have. Why do we use the term 'mermaid hair' by the way? Mermaid hair is hair that's been in the sea all day and brushed with forks, it's not going to look good...

    So that's it! Go be free and cut your hair off, unafraid, my sisters. And brothers if there's any out there. Also, how awesome is the embroidery on this shirt?

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