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Thursday, November 1, 2012

a little help from my friends


As some of you may recall from earlier this year, I took a big leap and chopped off and donated about 12 inches of hair. I still remember sitting in my stylist's chair, eyes somewhat closed as my boyfriend sat off to the side giving me what he thought was a reassuring thumbs up. (He insisted on staying to make sure I went through with it as I had backed out 30 times a handful of times before.)

Two seconds later, after much of the hair I had grown for the past several years fell to the floor in just a few snips -- I gasped and ran my hand through what was left. I'll spare you the obligatory scissor shock and immediate feelings of regret that we all inevitably feel after a big change like that -- because after a few days in, I didn't want to look back! It's funny how I always identified myself as a long haired gal and now, seeing pictures of myself from just last January, I don't even recognize myself. Hair truly is transformative -- and this shorter do of mine has certainly made me rethink my style and how I carry myself, in some of the best ways possible!

One thing that hasn't changed though is my love of curly hair, long or short. I've detailed my step by step process here for you all to recreate a similar messy bob, but what I haven't done is introduce you to some of the ladies I always look to for hair inspiration. Cue Arizona, Miroslava and Yasmin. Any time I'm in need of a hair trim now, they come along (via Pinterest). No questions asked. And while their curly coiffed bobs are naturally wavy much to my straight hair chagrin, it's important to me to make sure my stylist sees the kind of layers I need to recreate a similar look on my own (with the help of some fantastic products of course). As you know, I've been test driving some of Paul Mitchell's curl products for their Truth About Curls campaign and I've recently become addicted to their "Twirl Around" curl definer. It has a much more defined hold which helps achieve the tighter "Yasmin" curl you see above (also similar to Carrie's ringlets circa Season 5). Obsessed.

On that note, I want to encourage you all to share your own curl confessions, obsessions or just general tips (sorry, ran out of words that rhymed) here on the Paul Mitchell Facebook page. And for the extra daring (and I know you all are!) you can upload your own picture to the Paul Mitchell Facebook page -- those who do will be able to check themselves out once the photos are displayed around town both in New York City and LA on November 15 at 6 p.m.! To submit, simply head on over to the Paul Mitchell Facebook page here or post your confession on Twitter/Instagram with the #curlconfession hashtag. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on November 14. Added bonus? These rad folks are also giving away curl products to their favorite submissions -- so get snapping folks, the clock is ticking! :)

First things first though -- who do you look to for hair inspiration? 

22 comments:

  1. Your hair looks great. Miroslava looks truly stunning with her short hair do <3
    xo

    glamDevils

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  2. Great post! 12inches is a lot of hair! Well done though, changing hair styles can give women such a confidence boost!

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  3. I have naturally curly hair and I am always deciding how to wear it..I usually wear it straight (wavy) just because it's easier. The problem with curls is that they can be fickle and not always come out the way they like. When I blow my hair out I usually also curl it with a curling iron to give it some texture...I love these bobs but I also love long waves, it's a hard one but besides season 1 and maybe 2..I always loved Carrie's hair!
    sheree xxx
    www.itsnotthatdeep.com

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  4. your hair is great!!!! I have such short hair (boyish style) that I wouldn´t know what to share really! ;) xo, Alma
    http://www.soulofashopper.com

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  5. Such a brave step ! I am now growing my hair after several years keeping it very short .
    Any way you look so gorgeous and your hairstyle is perfect .


    XX Luba

    :: Well Living Blog ::
    http://very-well-living.blogspot.com

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  6. I cut my hair to a bob taking off about 9 inches, I instantly regretted it and it took 2 years to grow it back. I'm now loathe to change my long hair but do get fed up of lying on it and it getting caught in things! I tend to go for a colour change over a length change now, much safer. :)

    I have naturally wavy hair that struggles to hold a curl (with tongs). Really would love advice on styling products to use in order to set the curl.

    Jess xx
    Styladelica

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  7. you know how to work the short waves! short hair or long hair, you always look oh so fab and fierce!
    xo

    Meaghann

    www.sealed-with-style.com

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  8. That was so brave of you to cut your hair that much - not sure if I could!!
    Would love you to check out my latest post :)
    Have a fab Thursday Hun xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

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  9. Great post!

    x

    www.chicksaboutfashion.blogspot.com

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  10. great post! I love Miroslava Duma!


    giveaway ends tomorrow! check it out!


    http://lavieenliz.com

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  11. Love how these ladies have styled their hair. Good for you for following through with such a big change! I know how that feels! Love you with short hair.

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  12. I love wavy bobs and I want one so bad but I would not work on my hair... yours is amazing!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  13. i chopped alllll of my hair off almost five years ago and I always want to go back -- but i am definitely a long hair girl! but this is giving me a change of hair heart!! these bobs are fabulous

    xo Diana

    Dressed Up Alligators

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  14. Your hair inspires me! I had been thinking about chopping mine off for a while, but was always a little nervous (backing out? um, yup, I get it). When I found your blog though, I was convinced - and I LOVE my short hair now :)

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    1. Oh thank you, lady!! Congrats on the big chop yourself! Would love to see your new do! Do you have any recent photos to share? :)

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    2. Blogged about it today - thanks for the idea ;)

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    3. Ah you look AMAZING! The short hair suits you so well! (Not that I don't love your long hair as well!) Are you in the SF area? And what team does Mike work on at Google? Always happy to meet fellow Googlers... :)

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    4. Thanks! I am in med school, still back in Ontario, so Mike and I are bicoastal at the moment. I'll be in SF at the end of the month though :). And, he's an APM... I don't know if his official dept is maps or business dev, but he works on a mix of those!

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  15. Good for you for following through with such a big change! I know how that feels! Love you with short hair.
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  16. I guess I started following you after your chop because I've never seen you with the longer hair! You look beautiful both ways and now I'm about to stalk your archive! Thanks :-)

    www.eye-of-arms.blogspot.com

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