Inspiration for Tomorrow’s Salon Visit!

After much hemming and hawing, I think it’s time to take some length off. The collarbone-length cuts are jumping out at me, although with my chin-length bangs, the look wouldn’t be as uniform as some of these photos. Excited to take some of the weight off, though!

Feel free to throw any other ideas into the ring! My appointment is tomorrow evening!

  • MichelleG

    December 8, 2010 at 6:48 am

    ooooh, i’ve def been eyeballing a few of these too! :o)

    do you think you’ll rock the center part or keep the whole side swept thing going?

  • Jody

    December 8, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Can’t wait to see what you decide. I need some inspiration for my appointment next week. Mine is currently bra strap length with light layering in the last 2 inches. I think I’m going to go for more chunky layers all over starting at about chin length. I love Olivia’s new look but then again I also loved her hair long.

  • Tina

    December 8, 2010 at 7:34 am

    I’m getting some inspiration for myself! After growing out my hair forever, I am thinking it’s time to go for a chop after the holidays. That last one of Anne H is swoon worthy. My hair is so stick straight that it take a miracle to make it that wavy-sexy! Good luck with your choice, I am sure it would look fab!

  • Sarah

    December 8, 2010 at 7:48 am

    @MichelleG – I LOVE the center part, but unfortunately I have this crazy cowlick so the part has to be a little bit off-center. Also, I’m not sure how much Tera will be able to blend my front layers into the cut. We’ll see.

    Here are some of my other concerns (for those who care, heh):

    My biggest concern with this cut is that my hair LOVES to flip up at the ends when it’s shoulder length, which I kind of despise. No matter how much flat-ironing I do, it still flips up. Gross.

    Also, with my grown out bangs and waves, I feel like it is going to look like Liz Lemon’s hair.


    Don’t get me wrong, Liz Lemon is my very favorite television character, but I don’t really want that poufy-wavy-side-swept-in-front look.


  • Sarah

    December 8, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Also, do I really like the hairstyles in the above photos or THE PRETTY PEOPLE???

  • Tera Stephens

    December 8, 2010 at 8:07 am

    All hair that touches the shoulders tends to flip somewhat. If it has your texture, more so. We need to cut it so it fall just above or a couple of inches below the shoulders to avoid that!
    PS- Damn that cowlick to hell because you would be so cute with a center part!
    Can’t wait for your appointment!!

  • Louise

    December 8, 2010 at 8:09 am

    My hair was your length and I decided to cut it back to shoulder length. My hair is a lot thinner than yours due to a hormonal shift after stopping birth control pills. I am really digging it. It looks so much fuller and healthier now. Mine looks a lot like the last photo of Hathaway, but with bangs.

  • Kimberly

    December 8, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Love both of the Anne Hathaway styles and think they’d look great on you, particularly the more relaxed, wavy look.

  • Shannon

    December 8, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Love, love, love all of the pics and think they would look great.

    Though I must admit, I also weep a little when I think of you chopping off your lovely locks – you’ve become my go-to internet hair-inspiration reminder of why I should let my hair grow!

    I am sure it will look fabulous no matter what you decide! :)

  • Sarah

    December 8, 2010 at 8:15 am

    @tera – If I managed to train my bangs to do what they’ve done over the past few years, I bet I can work the center part. Going to mess around with it today. (If my baby ever stops crying!! UGH.)

  • Meghan

    December 8, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Love the bottom right Anne Hathaway cut. Your hair would rock that. On another random note, look at my Gravatar how red I’ve gone since my Hair Thursday 2 years ago! Still so grateful for your help!

  • Sara

    December 8, 2010 at 8:20 am

    I absolutely LOVE the third one! I am currently in the process of growing mine out and hope to reach that length before I give in to cutting it short again.

    I love Alexa Chung’s hair in this photo:
    It looks like she is/was growing out bangs too.

  • Katrina

    December 8, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Oh I love those…and I think it’ll look so great on you. Can’t wait to see!

    I made an appointment for next week – have super long now, and am thinking of this short Katie Holmes-esque bob: http://img2.timeinc.net/people/i/2008/gallery/mothers_day_fashion/katie_holmes.jpg (on the left),



    It’s the straight version of what I really really wish I could have – the gorgeous Marion Cotillard bob Roxanna posted here: http://www.everydaytreats.com/2010/08/hair-desire.html.

    And…I have also been playing with the idea of going super short…http://www.stylebistro.com/lookbook/Short+Hairstyles/FJ0LmUF3i98,

    http://www.usmagazine.com/hotpics/photos/blue-party-2010312…probably won’t, but wish I could!

  • Sarah

    December 8, 2010 at 8:49 am

    @Meghan – I LOVE the red! Your complexion is just glowing!

    @Sara – Great photo! So modern looking and I love the texture. Adding it to the arsenal right now.

    I think the key for me is what Tera mentioned about keeping it a couple inches below the shoulder to keep it from flipping up. Let’s get this thing done! ;)

  • Sarah

    December 8, 2010 at 8:50 am

    i’m kind of thinking your hair seems most similar to…Helena? (Upper right corner)…and while it’s cute, it does seem a bit Liz Lemony.

    Maybe pick a cut that works if you decide to style thie twisty-braid thing, like this:

    (I only mention it because I like it camoflaguing my ohmygodjustgrowoutalready bangs, which are about 2/3 of the way to being full length again. I sometimes just part my hair on the side, and do the twisty thing on the “bigger” side with a tiny little clippy thing. I’m liking it for now, because it tames the Liz Lemony affect I might otherwise be sportin’ (Not that you asked.)

    The Anne cut in the lower right might make you feel like your bangs have nearly caught up with the rest of your length, though.

  • hala

    December 8, 2010 at 8:53 am

    I have the SAME flip-up problem when my hair is just at the tops of my shoulders, and I absolutely HATE it. Every time I go for a haircut I explicitly tell them that my hair better not be flipping up at the ends when they’re done. (Inevitably, I get ignored 66.7% of the time. I’ve remedied that by not getting my hair cut as much anymore)
    My solution has been to either keep it above shoulders, or now that it’s finally growing, make sure it’s at least past the tops of my shoulders.
    Good luck! You will be gorgeous no matter what! :)

  • Sarah

    December 8, 2010 at 8:57 am

    @Katrina – OMG, I love Marion Cotillard’s bob. I had never seem those photos before! Be sure and send before/after photos of your hair and I’ll post them here!

    @Sarah – Agreed on all fronts. The Helena (or whoever) photo isn’t my favorite, but I put it there because I feel like that’s the reality of my long bangs right now. I’m excited for Tera to do her thing, though. She is a WHIZ with texturizing, and may be able to really blend my longer bangs so I can achieve the Anne Hathaway looks.

  • am'ti b

    December 8, 2010 at 9:39 am

    looking forward to seeing the results. fun stuff i have to say i loved the bangs with your waves but one of my favorites of yours was when you first moved to cali it was way shorter then what you are going for today but it looked great on your face shape. good luck! reminds me i need a trim!

  • Rebecca (Bearca)

    December 8, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Um, that Anne Hathaway cut is MY DREAM. In fact, I just got my hair cut last Saturday and I wish I had that photo to show her. My hair is super duper thick for a (not really natural anymore) blonde, and I had my stylist texturize it but it STILL needs more! Would it be a bad idea to buy a pair of texturizing shears and do it myself?

    (Wait, don’t answer that.)

    Anyway, I am struggling a bit with my length right now. I got a good two inches cut off, and it’s now about an inch below my shoulders. I forgot that I don’t really like that length because a) it hits the shoulders oddly, and b) my hair poofs somewhat, especially when clean! I have to flat-iron and apply massive amounts of product.

    GAH. Sorry for the lengthy novel in here, but apparently I needed to vent about my hair… :)


  • Roxanna

    December 8, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Hah! Great minds think alike. This is the month of cutting off long manes!

    Katrina (thank you!) already posted my first Hair Desire post w/ the Marion Cotillard, but just last week I posted my obsession with Anne Hathaway’s bob (and Shirley Manson): http://www.everydaytreats.com/2010/12/hair-desire-continues.html

    I think you and I have similar hair (except yours will hold a curl!) but in my experience shoulder grazing bobs tend to drive me nuts when they go into my shirt. This month I’m going to go just a bit shorter to see what happens. (I always chicken out and go shoulder-length, but I want to donate my hair this time).

    In any case, I can’t wait to see what you do! You’ll look gorgeous!

  • Kelly

    December 8, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Who is that on the bottom left? I love that one but they all look great, can’t wait to see what you decide.

    I’m in a similar situation. Four months post-partum and my hair is falling out like crazy and no time to take care of it. Really need a cut.

  • lini

    December 8, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    My stylist always told me to put my thumb over the face and look at the hair. It works, many times I was loving the overall look.

  • Sarah

    December 8, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    @Kelly – It is Olivia Palermo. I also posted about her here:


    @lini – Good advice, Mom!

  • Alexandra Aimee

    December 8, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    I love the top right!! The swoop gives it something a little special that keeps it from looking soccarmomish.

  • Ele

    December 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    NOOOOOOOO!!! Don’t do it! You have the most beautiful, long hair! I envy it SO much!!! I recently cut 3 inches off of my very long hair and nearly had a nervous breakdown!

  • Kristin

    December 8, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    I desperately want a new ‘do, too. But what to do? I’m itching for something completely different and I’m very tired of the side part. Anyway, thanks for posting the pictures of what you’re thinking of. I think they look great!

  • Sarah

    December 8, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    on second look, I’m now wondering how in the hell I thought Miss Upper Right that was Helena Christensen….

    *mid-90s self hangs head in shame*

  • Jessica

    December 8, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    I am loving the top right corner one. There’s something softer about it that I really like, and it seems like that would be a good match given what you have shown us of your hair (that everyone envies so much). I have hair about the length of the bottom right, and while I don’t have the Liz Lemon problem, I do have the Debra Winger problem. Every morning I wake up and Debra Winger wakes up with me until I tame her with my CHI. I digress…

    I think the bottom two look a little more trendy and the upper right one looks a little more classic. Interested to see what you decide!

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  • Katrina

    December 10, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I can’t wait to see the new cut Sarah! I will definitely send you my before and afters! To haircuts and daring!