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Things to think about on a friday night....

Sometimes I fantacize about chopping off all of my hair, and going for one of those cute short-and-spiky styles that I've seen around. The "messy" look, that only looks that way with plenty of gel I imagine. (Heehee, or wind off the ocean, like in this icon!)

I wonder if that would look good, or just silly? And if I hated it, how long would it take to grow my hair back out??

I wonder if I have enough hair? Mine is so thin. Maybe with enough "product".


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juliebata From: juliebata Date: August 12th, 2006 03:59 am (UTC) (Link)
In my experience with short hair, it takes a lot of product (aka "goop") to get it to stick up and stay there. Then again, my hair if pretty thick and heavy. I'd love it if my hair could be coaxed into looking like the gal in the middle picture.

If you do something major, you better post pictures right away!!

When I grew my hair out from totally short, it took many, many months (I was just posting about this!) to grow out, and at least a year before I considered it to look "long".

renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 14th, 2006 12:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh...of course I would post pictures. I wouldn't be able to help myself!
elizilla From: elizilla Date: August 12th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Fashion is a funny thing. When I last had my hair short, it stuck up and stayed there, and I spent way too much time desperately trying to make it lay down and look neat.
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: August 12th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I can't remember if I've ever told you, but I think you'd look good with short hair.

Yes, I have extreme bias, as I think you'd look good most any way. :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 12th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is a good thing to know. I'm tempted! Dunno if I'll go through with it or not....
pstscrpt From: pstscrpt Date: August 12th, 2006 05:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Those things look good on no one. Completely shaved is much more attractive, if you don't feel like taking care of hair.
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: August 12th, 2006 06:04 am (UTC) (Link)
But not to everyone.
guingel From: guingel Date: August 12th, 2006 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
no, ugh. . . this girl at school shaved her head (actually, a lot of girls did, and some it worked for and some it didn't and some it make look sickly and sort of creepy) and she had a small head and wide shoulers, as it turned out. But she looked very pretty--and proportional--before she removed a significant amount of the volume of her head. It used to drive me crazy, how unflattering it was for her. She just looked like she was an awful shape--and she wasn't!
guingel From: guingel Date: August 12th, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh man, i also really want to get my hair cut really short, but am afraid to. I really like the way women look with short hair (except for mom short hair, or old woman short hair--those don't really do it for me, not that I find them particularly unattractive, either). Although I have to say, the above pictures are a little too unbalanced for me. The way the hair is longer on the top, I think, makes it look very 80s. If I were you, I'd make my spikes a little shorter than these women.

But I actually don't want that kind of look. My hair is really curly (see bottom left--and that's not even as curly as it really is), so I couldn't really get that spiky effect. I really want my hair to look like this, or maybe a little shorter and curlier. But it's still too curly for that, and I really don't like the idea of putting in a lot of product--I've never used hair product, and I don't want to start. So I'm worried that it'll be lots of little ringlets (it's natural state now) which will look ridiculous, or if I try to comb them out I'll just get a head covered in fuzz (which you'll notice I sort of have now--I don't want more of that--man, i would be so hard to cut out of a photograph accurately!). So, yeah, I'm afraid to. But I really want a change and my hair is really heavy and I do think it's a cute look, if I could make it work.

But actually, it's my dad who really wants me to get a short haircut. I think he misses these days (I'm on the right).
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 12th, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually my current "favorite hair" is Kayne's from project runway.

Now I know that's Boy Hair, so mine would end up different even if I had the guts to try, but still... that's what I'm currently imagining on my own head.

However I LOVE your baby picture! No wonder your dad wants you to go back... how cute. (: (:
joline From: joline Date: August 12th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
me too! when my friend madge got her hair cut (a little longer than your pictures), it always looked BEST on tuesdays, because she would always go out drinking and, uh, sexing on monday nights. by tuesday, she had the perfect amount of grease and bedhead for perfect rock-star chic hair. i'm being serious. i thought it was so cool that she could just run her hands over her head and be ready to go. ever since i cut my hair, it takes 20 minutes for me to not look like a goofball in the morning.

if you have a picture of you with just your face, looking straight on, with your hair pulled back out of sight, i can use my Cosmo Virtual Hairdoo CD-rom on you....
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 12th, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm, so drinking and sex leads to good hair? I can't wait to tell my boyfriend! heehee.

Thanks for offering... That'd be so cool if you could try the virtual hair thingy. Especially if they have any cute spiky hair! I just took a shower, and then I attempted to do some straight-on no-hair headshots here:

thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: August 15th, 2006 12:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh heh heh... I look forward to helping you make Wednesday the best hair day of the week. < grin >
ms_hecubus From: ms_hecubus Date: August 12th, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah ha, an area in which I have much experience.

I think you could totally pull off a short look, but it will be a shock and you'll hate it at first. After a while it will grow on you (no pun intended) and you'll totally dig it. However, if you're going to do it do it now. If you wait until it starts getting colder you'll freeze. It's amazing how much colder I am when I get a trim in winter.

As for product, it depends on what you use. I can easily get that look with a dime size amount of L'Oreal Studio Texture Gel (Mega Hold) and a spritz of hair spray. The gel runs less than $4 and works better than the expensive salon products I've used. Remember, the more goop you put in your hair the heavier it will be. Also, spiky hair is still in and there are a ton of products out there made for that look.

I also like got2b Spiking Freeze Spray (I found it was Walgreen's) and got2b styling lotion. The lotion is good for when you want your hair down; it adds a little volume, but keeps your hair soft and looking product free. The Freeze Spray says cement finish and it means cement finish; great for high, tight spikes.

I'd tell you to get it done on the weekend and experiment with different products. You can always write down the salon products you want to try and get the drug store version for experimentation before investing a bunch of $$. And, if you really want it short, make them cut it short. Salons never believe you want to go from long to short unless you are demanding. You wouldn't believe the trouble I had going from waist-length hair to something like those pictures. Sheesh! It's hair, it grows.
ms_hecubus From: ms_hecubus Date: August 12th, 2006 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
PS: I don't think I said it in my reply, but towel dry and finger combing are required for that kind of spikes. Not great when it's cold since you can't put a hat on until it dries, but it dries fast when short.
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: August 12th, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Inside joke

So you meant that by putting on a hat, you actually stay warmer?

< winks at renniekins >
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 12th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Inside joke

Nahhh..... that's just not possible!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 12th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's fine, because I never blow-dry my hair now anyway. I'm excited by the idea of not having to brush it! But putting goop in will probably involve just as much fussing.... if not more....
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 12th, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, thanks for all the advice. (: I dunno if I'll do it, but it sure is tempting!
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: August 12th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
hehehehe! i have LOTS of pictures of you with shorter hair (circa 1993-1995), and i remember how much you hated the growing out process! i think i have pics, too, of it short on one side and long on the other, and bangs, too! muahahahahahaa!

advantages to shorter hair: dries faster, fun/funky spikes, cute little barrettes & clips.

disadvantages: need more frequent haircuts (either yourself or your salon) to keep it from looking *too* shaggy, need more product to produce fun & funky spikes. it's harder to just get up and go with short hair - you can almost always tell which side of your head you slept on and either have to spike up the whole thing OR you have to shower/wash hair daily to avoid looking like a schlump. with longer hair you can put it in a ponytail and fa-ghet-about-it.

i totally think you could pull off shorter hair, like shoulder length or even slightly above. something tells me you'd hate anything too much shorter, though. worst case: it does grow back. i'm still waffling on my shorter hair - go even shorter or let it grow out again.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 12th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah yes, that was my roommate Julie's idea, the extra-short "mushroom" sort of cut I got in college. it tended to look really cute when I first styled it, but then it spent the day getting gradually flatter and flatter.

My hair is just so thin! I wonder if it would hold a spiky style better than it did the puffy style? And I didn't get it cut often enough.... that could be a concern again, if I try for short.

I'm very fond of the idea. But I also remember the pain of growing it out! Gosh my hair went through a lot of unpleasent stages before it became nice again.

I think if I cut it, I'd go very short and spiky, to see what it looked like. You don't think I'd like it though? Why... any ideas, or just a hunch?

My biggest worry is growing it out again, if I decided short hair wasn't for me. Cutting it is no big deal. But making it long? That's a pain!
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: August 12th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
just a hunch, really. i remember conversations where you were literally *longing* for longer hair. there's really no way to tell for sure w/o just doing it. and since your hair is so fine/thin, it may hold spikey (with the right gel/pomade/goo) really well. mine's thinner than it used to be, but still thick enough that unless i TOTALLY plaster it with product, it falls down by the end of the day.

someone up there talked about putting your face into the Cosmo thing... do it! it'd be neat to see what some potential styles might look like on you (:
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: August 12th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Shoulder Length Hair.

I would not go any shorter than shoulder length.

Shorter hair would make you look shorter and more compact and I am not sure that is a look you would like.

Shoulder length would look good on you I think. It would make you look more sophisticated.
xtatic1 From: xtatic1 Date: August 14th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Shoulder Length Hair.

Shorter hair makes you look shorter? Not according to the stylists I know.

Rennie, I think you'd look fabulous with any length hair, including very short, but if you're worried about it why not take it in steps? First go to shoulder length and see if you like it. If you do, then stop. If you want to go shorter, then go for it.

As a completely random side note, I just got done reading a Psych journal article which says that, statistically speaking, men like the look of long hair for sex appeal but don't take women (in the business arena) with long hair as seriously as they do those with a shorter 'do.

I personally live in a short, long, short, long hair cycle. The growing out can be a bit tedious, but if you've got a decent stylist they can usually help create a fun 'do, even at less than perfect lengths.
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: August 15th, 2006 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Shoulder Length Hair.

And I'll bet that if pressed, you could even find contact information for the fun stylist. < grin >

Welcome home, Jen!
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