Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fun with Virtual Hair Styles

Last night over in the comments at IPF, in response to what we can see of A-Dubs' sweet new bob haircut, I mentioned that I've been considering a shorter 'do for a while now.  My hair has been, more or less, some variation of my current cut since the summer of 1999, when I chopped my very long locks off after graduating high school.  It's mostly naturally straight, but has a slight wave - not enough to be cute, but just enough to be totally annoying.  If left to air-dry, it flips up and out in many different directions thanks go plenty of cowlicks, and it's got some frizz to it.  So if I'm not pulling it back into a ponytail, I'm spending at least 15 minutes in the morning to blow-dry and smooth it with a flat iron.  It's not good for my hair, which is already damaged from constant coloring, and it's just a pain.  So because of all of that, and the desire for something new and fun, I'm considering a change.  I'm due to get my color done this weekend, and I think I might finally be ready for a new cut.

I was playing around with the virtual makeover at iVillage this morning (the make-up's virtual too - I don't get all done up to sit on my couch all day).  I know there's probably a lot of similar pages out there, but this one didn't require me to sign up or, worse yet, pay a subscription fee just to try on new haircuts.  Anyway, here's a few that I kind of like.

I haven't gotten any good hair pictures on the blog lately, so here's one for reference:


Cut #1: This one is definitely my favorite.  I think it would look better if I could've gotten it to be my actual hair color, but I couldn't figure out how to get rid of the highlights.  Highlights are way too much maintenance, and tend to turn really blonde on my hair, so let's just picture this being all brown.

Cut #2: I like the idea of this, but I don't think my hair will cooperate with a part that far to the side.  But I think it could work with the part moved a little closer to the center.

Cut #3: Okay, I tried this one on completely nonseriously - it's the Liza Minelli.  But you can imagine my surprise that a cut this short actually looks alright.  I don't know if I'm ready to go this short just yet, but I might end up there gradually.

Stylenation, in the spirit of voting today (which I hope you all have a chance to do!), could I get your opinion?  And why is something as simple as a hair cut such a tough decision for some of us?

18 comments:

  1. I think you should aim for something like #2, but if you have a good stylist, let them shape it to suit you specifically.

    That's what I did with my last haircut. So I didn't get exactly the Keira Knightley haircut but I did get a layered bob that fits my head pretty well. Of course, Lisa is a genius and I pretty much just let her do what she wants.

    Also, does that site have Jane Wiedlin's hair? Because if it does I'm going to have to try it.

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  2. Like Cynthia, I'm casting my vote for #2 (as a non-citizen, I don't get to vote today. Boo. Though, I suppose, reasonably so.). In part this is because #2 looks very similar to cuts I've had that I've really liked. But #1 is great too. As I mentioned over in the IPF comments, I'm trying to grow mine out after 3 or 4 years of it being relatively short so I'm not jumping (back) on the bob bandwagon quite yet. Though if you get one in addition to A-Dub's new version, my inclination to cave to peer pressure is going to be sorely tested.

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  3. I like the part/bangs of number one with the added fullness on the bottom of number two. They both look very nice on you.
    This reminds me: I need a haircut badly as well.

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  4. I think the combination Rad's suggesting would be great! The part-and-swoop on number two would never stay put without excessive hairspray, but I like the volume on the bottom layers. Combo!

    I too need a haircut.

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  5. I like cut 31 the best. i think that it is because of the bangs.

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  6. Yes, what Rad said.

    #3 is drastic, types the girl with short hair. If you didn't like it, growing out your hair would be a pain. A real pain!

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  7. Can I add that you've got a very classic oval shaped face and therefore most haircuts look great on you?

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  8. Anne, my vote goes to #3, which I like a LOT--it's really fun and cute, a big change. #1 is my second favorite--the face-hugging curve isn't wondrous, to my eye, but I like the lines of it. #2 is fine, but a bit ho-hum. As Rad says, with your oval face you can wear your hair most any way, but that short and flirty Minelli cut is da bomb.

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  9. I like #3 too, but I am the girl with the pixie cut. I can't really tell the difference between 1&2 (which is why I have a pixie cut) but I think Rad makes a lot of sense. Having a bob does not mean less blow drying and straightening--probably you know that. My recalcitrant lumpy (not straight and not curly) hair was even more recalcitrant when it was bobbed than it was when it was past my shoulders mostly because I couldn't put it up.

    That said, I think gradually leading up to #3 (if that's the way you want to go) is a good plan.

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  10. I love cut #2. Having worn something like all three of these cuts, at one time or another I can definitely see the difference between #1 and #2. #2 is super complimentary to your face shape. Yay VOTING!

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  11. I vote for number 3. Then you can grow it out into no. 2 after a few months if you like. I think women should be more daring with their haircuts in general.

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  12. I'm with the majority here: #2! Also, to be a bit of a contrarian, I think you have a lovely heart-shaped face, which is why the bit of extra volume around your chin in the second cut works so well.

    'Can't wait to see what you decide!

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  13. The first is definitely the cutest!
    I'm getting my hair cut tomorrow, but I don't know that I'd ever go really short. In my mind short = high maintenance.
    I suppose that's the opposite of what most people think, but my hair is just wavy enough to be annoying as well, and I like knowing there are an endless number of braids, buns, and swirls I can put it in, rather than having to fight daily with a flat iron.

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  14. I like #1, the heaviest bit being higher on your head is very flattering for you. But #2 is not bad either; shows off your lovely dimples. :)

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  15. I like #3 too, but I am the girl with the pixie cut. I can't really tell the difference between 1&2 (which is why I have a pixie cut) but I think Rad makes a lot of sense. Having a bob does not mean less blow drying and straightening--probably you know that. My recalcitrant lumpy (not straight and not curly) hair was even more recalcitrant when it was bobbed than it was when it was past my shoulders mostly because I couldn't put it up.

    That said, I think gradually leading up to #3 (if that's the way you want to go) is a good plan.

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  16. I vote for number 3. Then you can grow it out into no. 2 after a few months if you like. I think women should be more daring with their haircuts in general.

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  17. I think you should aim for something like #2, but if you have a good stylist, let them shape it to suit you specifically.

    That's what I did with my last haircut. So I didn't get exactly the Keira Knightley haircut but I did get a layered bob that fits my head pretty well. Of course, Lisa is a genius and I pretty much just let her do what she wants.

    Also, does that site have Jane Wiedlin's hair? Because if it does I'm going to have to try it.

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