Short Hair Inspiration and Thoughts


I’m still stewing over the big chop, which really shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone since I don’t possess even a sliver of the “oh what the hell, just do it” gene in my body. Nope, I approach my hair decisions exactly like I approach every decision in my life — very methodically, looking at it from every perspective, and perhaps making a list or eight.

But hey! It seems you have plenty of questions and comments of your own regarding my hair, so I thought we could dive right in.

1. Why don’t you gradually transition to the pixie cut? Maybe cut a bob first?

Great question. The reason I am all or nothing about the cut is because I want to donate my hair to the Beautiful Lengths program, and you have to donate at least 8 continuous inches of hair. It’s as simple as that…if I go halfway, I can’t donate, and donation is a huge part of this.

2. A pixie can be a real shock to the system. Maybe keep it a bit longer than a true pixie?

I think you all had great advice about this – I am definitely thinking of a cut similar to most of the above photos — a little longer in the front and crown. A little more Ginnifer Goodwin, a little less Mia Farrow.

 3. You’ll need to use lots of product when it’s short. And it’s not truly “wash and go” – styling time is necessary.

Yes, I’ve heard this, and I am all ears for product recommendations. When it comes to shorter hairstyles, I have no clue, so bring it! As for doing it up, I willingly accept that I would be styling it in the morning, although I AM SO PUMPED that the styling time would decrease from about 45 minutes of blow-drying and styling to about 5. Wheeeeeeeeee.

4. You hated your hair when you cut it collarbone-length, remember?

I remember, but you know, my general displeasure regarding that haircut was less about the loss of length and more about feeling like the style itself was kind of boring on me. I just didn’t really see anything stylish or chic about it, and it felt very in-between to me. The short haircut seems like more of a definitive style to me, and not so mehhhhh.

5. Growing it out will be the biggest pain in the ass.

I’m sure it will be, and to be completely honest, this is a huge part of what’s holding me back. I really want a new look, and I’m psyched at the thought of having short hair, BUT I keep thinking about that day…whether it be in one or ten years, when I decide I don’t want short hair anymore and have to start the process of growing it out. It definitely seems daunting.

6. Most guys don’t like short hair.

You’re a douchebag. Well, my husband does, and he’s the only one that matters to me. (I also think many men would beg to differ with that statement.)

7. No more Pantene commercials for you.

TRUE THAT.  Sayonara, swishing.

8. It’s just hair. It will grow back. What’s the big deal?

You’re right. Yes, it will. I don’t know.

9. Please don’t cut your hair. It would be a shame. You will regret it. You will cry. You’ll look like a soccer mom. You seem like a long hair type. You are crazy. You’ll hate it. It’s too pretty to cut off. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Well, thank you for all of the really lovely things you’ve said about my hair. Let’s all hug it out. It’s just lately I feel like my hair has its own online persona or something. I’m over it.

Also, thank you for leaving this in the comment section.


I probably shouldn’t have laughed as hard as I did.


You rock. (I did notice that all of my very favorite people told me to go for it. Coincidence?)

11. Um, are you really going to do it?

I would say I’m 50/50 right now. One day, I am in full-on chop it off mode, and the next, I can’t imagine it. Not to mention that my daughter loves touching/holding/using my hair as her security blanket. (That might be the hardest part for me.) I showed her photos of shorter hair on Pinterest, and she looked at me wide-eyed and said, “No, mama. No.”

Speaking of security blankets, let’s talk about what this really boils down to. Confidence.

First, it was Sizzle who commented, “as someone who has had short hair for most of her grown life, you have to know that it’s 75% attitude, 15% face, and 10% styling.” Then I read this by Leandra of Man Repeller, who recently chopped her locks.

Everything is always about confidence, isn’t it? If you feel good, you will look good, and if you look good, because you feel good, you will rule the fucking world. There really is something to stepping away from your comfort zone and recognizing that wherever you settle feels somehow…better than where you’d previously kicked up your feet.

How spot on is that? So spot on. Do I possess the confidence? Yes. (I think so? We’ll see? Here, have another question mark!) I will say this…I am so intrigued by the thought of not being able to hide behind my hair. I can pretty much use it like a scarf these days.

I want to do it. I just need a gentle nudge…okay, maybe a friendly shove.

One thing that gets me excited is the thought that maybe, just maybe, there could be a way to benefit others, beyond donating my hair. While pinning/googling pixie cuts (can you imagine how much of that is going on right now?), I came across a great project from last year. What an awesome concept. I’m thinking some sort of charitable component could be really fantastic. Plus, once I make a commitment to helping others out, there’s no turning back, right? Let’s make this about more than just a haircut. (Even though, wahhhhh, I’m still scared. #getoveritwhoorl)

And that concludes Deep Follicular Thoughts by Whoorl™ for the day. Peace be with you and your hair.

photo credits, clockwise 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

  • Christina

    January 31, 2013 at 8:33 am

    The two top left pictures have been saved in my hair folder on my computer for so long. I think every woman should have SHORT hair at least once in her life. It is very freeing, but you do have to be very confident. I loved mine, even though I always end up growing it out eventually. It is very nice to know you can rock it, and have something to go to when you need that big change. Right now I am growing it out (the longest it’s been since probably elementary school…), and it suits my life right now, but I will never rule out going back to a pixie (maybe even before the end of the year).

    And, I have to agree with you on #6. My husband started dating me in high school when I had a pixie, and he likes it when I change it up. I really don’t think I have ever gotten more compliments from guys than when I had short hair.

    The short, short pixie is the easiest to manage styling wise. I like the longer front and crown better, but I actually had to blow dry the top to calm my waves. Still only took 5 minutes to style though!

  • Catie

    January 31, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Yes! Do it! No, seriously – it’s so clear that you really want to chop it all off. Inspired by your thoughts, I recently re-pixied myself after ten months of growing it out while I was pregnant and from the second the scissors hit my hair, I was giggling like a schoolgirl. I LOVE my hair short. It’s so easy to deal with in the morning! It takes ten seconds to wash it and maybe fifteen to style it since I decided to start with a longer “short cut” this time around (in fact, I even showed your pic of shannon sossamyn to my stylist). I will say number one inspiration in getting it cut short the first time (when I donated ten inches) was the fact that I just didn’t want to be afraid of a haircut. There are so many really scary things in the world that seemed infinitely more deserving of my anxiety and every day that I wanted to cut it but didn’t just made me get angry at myself. And yes, the growing out is a pain in the neck but who knows, maybe you’ll love it short (I bet you will!) and you’ll keep it short for years! Live for today! Oh, and regarding the whole soccer mom thing (because I was worried about that too)? I just decided to own it. Just because you occasionally write about Wito and Wita doesn’t make you a “mommy blogger”, right? Well just because you get a short haircut doesn’t mean it’s a “mom-cut”. You’re a person, not a haircut. Good luck!

  • D

    January 31, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I went from shoulder blade length hair to pixie and I LOVED it…and while I did grow tired of it (as i tend to do with hair styles) and growing it out was a HUGE pain (so many in between styles, many of which I didn’t like, until I found my hairstylist and I love her and she made the HUGE pain, a little less painful – so, definitely have a great stylist to work with the in betweens) I will do it again. It was easier than my long hair to style because the drying time is next to nothing, normally just a little gel and a blow dry and it was done. Use the straightener to change it a bit if you want. Pixie was the easiest haircut ever. Coming from a girl that goes to work most days with her (sometimes wet) hair pulled into a braid or ponytail.

  • Catherine

    January 31, 2013 at 8:49 am

    I completely understand not wanting to take away your daughter’s security blanket. It probably will be hard on her…for a while. BUT I also think it’s a good opportunity to show her through action that it’s JUST hair and that our appearance doesn’t define who we are. Your long hair may be gone, but you’ll still be “mom.” Likewise, if she gets gum stuck in her hair one day and has to chop it off, it’ll be okay. It’s just hair, and she’ll still be the same Wita.

  • Auntie G

    January 31, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Full disclosure: I have had a pixie that I loved for quite a while, and I have currently had at least shoulder-length hair for the last 8 years or so. I sometimes really want to chop it off but generally feel long hair is better on me. *brisk hand clap* Okay!

    A few thoughts (I didn’t read all the comments on your last post, so my apologies if these are redundant):

    1) Though you have a lot of hair now and it would involve hella-pinning: you could get yourself a kicky short wig to try out the look for a while. You don’t have to spend a fortune on a decent costume wig.

    2) Speaking of spending a fortune: the thing that always surprises me when I go signficantly shorter is that it changes how all my clothes look. The proportions are all different. This is not necessarily a bad thing! Some things look better with the extra space…but it is worth considering or at least being aware of — you may end up adding a few new silhouettes to your wardrobe, and if you have things like fancy dresses that you only pull out every few months or years – be ready to maybe not like them as much with your different look. Also, earrings — you may completely change your mind about all your earrings.

    3) Years ago I played Shelby in Steel Magnolias, and that scene where she sees herself with short hair for the first time? That is among the most honest moments of playwriting, ever, IMO. It’s the only moment of the show where I legitimately teared up in performance. ;) It’s okay! Hair IS a big deal, even when we love and need a drastic change!

    4) I think it would be a FANTASTIC experience for the “Hair Thursday” author to go super short and then grow it back eventually (or, not, of course — you may fall in love with it and be a pixie FOREVAH). It will make for an interesting series of columns, but I would also think it would give you added perspective on what you recommend to others, if you were going through the transitions yourself.

    • whoorl

      January 31, 2013 at 9:46 am

      Earrings! I’ve been thinking about that…I only wear a pair of tiny studs on a daily basis, but it would be totally bizarre to actually be able to see earrings. Usually they are completely hidden in my mess of hair.

      As for clothing, I’ll take any excuse to buy more clothes. ;)

      • tracy

        January 31, 2013 at 11:23 am

        I used to wear big earrings before i chopped my hair. I can’t wear them as much cuz it interferes with the view of my neck. But I wear studs all the time now and it makes me feel SUPER classy. I think I get more attention/stares now that I have short hair. There’s just a power you exude. I can’t describe it. And omg. I don’t have to put any product in my hair. Just a little shine goop and done did. I don’t even blow-dry most days and it’s totally fine.

        • Darci

          January 31, 2013 at 11:50 am

          Tracy –

          What is your “Shine goop” of choice? I currently use Garnier Shine but it is being discontinued and I am struggling for a replacement.

        • Staci Magnolia

          February 1, 2013 at 7:10 am

          I agree with Tracy!
          I’ve never gotten so many compliments from so many demographics in my life!
          I tried to grow it out a bit a few years ago and HATED it. I always wanted to have a short hair and this style has become such a huge part of who I am.
          You can take the look from refined and elegant to fun and edgy with a few swishes of your wrist. How awesome is that?! My favorite is to mix a super classy/fem/blazer-ish outfit with messy, undone hair!
          At the very least, all you should do is try it.

  • lynn

    January 31, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Go for it!!!

    My thoughts: my hair is thick and wavy – looks a lot like yours, long. I LOVED having a pixie.
    (a bit shorter than this: http://pinterest.com/pin/190277152975882448/. Also had a mia farrow one, and didn’t like it as much). I’ve grown it out, but I’m always tempted to go back and probably will in a couple years. A couple of things from my perspective:

    – it was super easy to style. that post you pinned about it being harder to style than long hair, needing lots of products, etc.? NOT TRUE when your hair is thick with natural wave. The pixie was the ONLY haircut I’ve had that I could wash and go just used my hands to mess it forward. I would use a Paul Mitchell wax to make it piecey-er, but that’s it. (Side-note: this is also a huge perk when you’re a big exerciser, as I am. Not fun to deal with sweaty long hair but pixies require no pony and can go right into the shower – no need to worry about that blowdry, the restyle, etc.)

    – it felt way more feminine than i expected. In fact, it did so much face-framing that it was almost like wearing makeup – needed less, not more, to look fem. Also, added a surprising vulnerability, in a soft and feminine way, to my look. Ended up being way less edgy and way more ingenue-ish – I think this is all about the cut – need to go more Audrey Tautou than Miley Cyrus, you know?

    – it gives you a ton of “with it” cred. Seriously made me look chic no matter what I was wearing. Mommy haircuts and pixies are in totally different categories, IMO.

    – Took ten years off my look. As soon as I got the pixie, I also got loads of, “There is no way you have three kids, you look like a college student!” comments.

    – Growing it out was not that bad. In fact, it’s been kind of fun to have so many different looks over the last year.

    – There really is something creatively rebooting about yanking yourself into a totally different look.

    Hope that’s helpful! :)

    • whoorl

      January 31, 2013 at 9:48 am

      I love this comment, Lynn. I always love to hear from fellow thick and wavy girls. (Although my hair is weird in that it gets wavier as it gets longer…might not have too much wave, but I’m sure it will still have lots of texture.)

      Are you in sales? Because you should be…you’ve got me pretty much sold! ;)

      • narmalie

        January 31, 2013 at 10:24 am

        Uh, YEAH. I’m pretty much sold on a pixie myself after your comment, Lynn!

        • Christina

          January 31, 2013 at 10:51 am

          Me too! I just got a color and trim, but if I hadn’t I would be calling to make that appointment right this second. I have 8 weeks to make a decision :)

      • lynn

        January 31, 2013 at 10:59 am

        So glad it was helpful! Last thought: remember that you will have to find the pixie that suits you best – may take more than one cut to get there. Have fun!

  • ris

    January 31, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I say doooo it! It’s just hair, it’ll grow back, and I’m supremely confident you can absolutely rock the look. Also, from what I can tell from pictures and stuff, your proportions are totally right for short hair. You’re on the smaller side and have delicate features, so a pixie is going to look absolutely darling on you (think Winona Ryder in Girl, Interrupted). Go for it!

  • margie

    January 31, 2013 at 9:36 am

    After I got married, I decided I was tired of my elbow length, triple processed hair. One day I picked out the Kirsten Dunst pixie, the next day I went to see my stylist, and when I came home my husband was shocked as hell but as I remember we had pretty awesome sex that night. And most people loved it- people said it made my eyes pop, made me look younger, was so fresh and different, etc. And for the people who didn’t like it? Who knows. No one said anything, and even if they did I wouldn’t have cared b/c I love love loved it. Styling was gloriously minimal compared to elbow length hair- I washed it, and when it was still damp used some bumble and bumble brilliantine, and I was out the door! And washing and conditioning? Holy crap awesome new time in the day I never knew I had. What I am saying is DO IT. Growing it out sucked, but my hair is back to elbow length now. So your hair will grow back, and once it does, you will be wanting a pixie again. DO IT.

  • Jen

    January 31, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Before my wedding, I fussed over bridesmaid dress material in a fabric store. The owner helped me. “Izzit gonna affect your life?” he asked tiredly. I thought, “No, it will not.” I bought the fabric, had the wedding, and am living happily ever after. You obviously want to do it. DO IT. :)

    (I say this with empathy. I am a deliberate decision maker too.)

    p.s. Except WITA. I think Catherine (#4) made a great point.

  • Emily

    January 31, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Okay, so I have cut my hair short many times. And it’s awesome, I have already told you DO IT many times but here are my other thoughts.

    I have similar hair to you in that it is wavy (and sometimes not in the greatest way) but like you my hair also gets wavier as it gets longer. And I have a lot of hair (although it is not particularly thick) so I have found the best products are a texturizer (I really like the Loreal Out of Bed line) and some kind of shine balm (love the Rusk deep shine sea kelp one). Keeps short hair from getting too puffy which can be an issue. Also shampooing & conditioning less is definitely a good thing cause short hair can start to look a little mushroomy if it’s too soft and clean.

    Also I understand the growing out part is daunting but it’s really not that bad. And your hair seems to grow pretty fast. Maybe you will love it and keep it short for two years or something though — you never know!

    I think it would be so awesome and so fun! :)

    • whoorl

      January 31, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Thanks for the product recs, Emily. I have to admit, it would be fun to experiment with product again!

  • Camille

    January 31, 2013 at 10:11 am

    You are gorgeous with long hair, and I think you would be equally stunning with short hair. So, either way, you’re going to come out on top!

  • Jamie

    January 31, 2013 at 10:11 am

    You must do this. Why? Because it’s so much fun! WHY NOT?

    I donated my hair in late 2006 to Locks of Love – the before, the initial cut, and the extended growing out phase pics (albeit unorganized and out of order) are in my flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/parallelfirst/sets/72157603852443435/

    I’m actually considering a keratin treatment + the Karlie for my next cut. Here’s to having options! Have fun and keep us updated!

  • Shannon

    January 31, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Do it! It will look amazing. Your long hair looks amazing as well, but it is kind of exciting to think you could donate it and share the joy of beautiful hair with someone else.

    I also have to admit part of me wants to live vicariously through your getting a pixie as I am currently trying to grow my hair long (damn you long hairstyling times).

    Do it do it do it!

  • sizzle

    January 31, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I’m glad my comment helped. Or maybe it scared you. Ha. Either way, it’s so natural to worry about making such a huge change- especially for someone who has her hair tied to her brand in a lot of ways. You’ll look beautiful any way you cut it. (HA, I’m punny!)

    That pixie project is the bomb. Love it.

  • Alecia

    January 31, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Long-time reader, first-time commenter here. As someone who had a pixie cut for 15 YEARS, I say go for it. It’s just hair. It will grow back. You will ALWAYS wonder if you don’t do it. Even if you hate it, you will applaud yourself for being so brave to do it. AND you will be a symbol to your daughter that her hair does not define her, that she can change her look as she changes her mind, and she can still be a confident and beautiful person. I see so many people whose whole identity seems to be in their long hair.

    One more thing: If you’re going to do it, you might as well go full-on pixie. Excuse my French, but don’t “half-ass” it with a longer fringe short cut. You will get that eventually as you grow out your pixie, so why not just go for the pixie to begin with. Then get creative as it grows out. The important thing to remember is to continue to get cuts and style as you grow it out. Do NOT just start letting it grow and refuse to even get trims because that will take away length that you spent SO much time growing (been there.)

    I hope I didn’t offend. Really didn’t mean to, but I am truly excited to see you with short hair since I think you have the delicate features to be able to pull it off amazingly well. And, as someone with short hair for a very long time, I hope I was able to pass on some good advice.

  • Sarah | The Cyclist's Wife

    January 31, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Just go for it lady! It will be cute, you will love it! The only time you will hate it is when you go to grow it out, it’s a pain, but not too bad, I’m in the middle right now. As for products get a good wax or styling cream. I can’t remember the name of mine now but I’ll check and get back to you. Your answer to #6 is spot on!

  • erin cooper

    January 31, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I’m firmly in the “DO IT” camp. I wish I’d have cut my hair ages ago. It’s super easy & everywhere I go, women say enviously, “LOVE your haircut! I bet it’s sooooo easy” and I say,”Yes. YES IT IS.” and then I feel awesome. And more badass. :) And I use a daub of setting lotion and blow dry for about 3 minutes, and a little dry shampoo in the crown for volume and that’s it. Easy breezy.

  • Roxanna

    January 31, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I love long hair, and I love your long hair, but it sounds like you are ready to do it. DO IT. You will look gorgeous — in the Audrey Hepburn/Anne Hathaway mold. GO!

    I donated to Beautiful Lengths when I did my bob two years ago and it was a rush. They even send you a nice letter.

    As an aside, “You’re a douchebag” is my favorite response, ever.

  • Cass

    January 31, 2013 at 11:19 am

    A few years ago on Hair Thursday you hosted an online chat and encouraged me to go for the blond and short again. I went for the Sienna Miller short and I loved it. I’ve grown it out again and am seriously considering chopping it again. Especially after reading you every day! I honestly love the thrill of going to the hair stylist with it super long and saying “cut it off.” There’s something absolutely empowering about it. My friend just told me that when I have short hair I seem “so on and that it informs everything else I do.”

    Growing it out was not bad at all – it was kind of fun to have a new hair style every few months.

    Maybe you should have an online “Pixie Day” and see how many readers go for it. I am 99% in!

  • Heather

    January 31, 2013 at 11:19 am

    You will look absolutely gorgeous with short hair. This I know. But I can’t help it! I LOVE YOUR LONG HAIR! I don’t want you to cut it. HMPH. FOOT STOMP.

  • Ashley // Our Little Apartment

    January 31, 2013 at 11:35 am

    You should TOTALLY DO IT.

    I have always toyed with the idea of a pixie cut (some serious flirting, actually), but the fact that I’d have to get my hair cut more than twice a year has always stopped me. But you! You probably take good care of your hair already.


  • Julie

    January 31, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I have super short hair (was rocking about mid shoulder length) and I took it to one inch around and about 5 on the top, the longer in the front works great for me and yes, it is shocking but YOU WILL LOVE IT I PROMISE. At first, you won’t but give it like a day and it will sink in, it’s so freeing! The only downside is maintenance, I have to cut mine twice a month but if you go a little longer it won’t be that often. Bed Head Manipulator, any wax or matte pomade and dry shampoo will be your best friends. If you want to see pictures of mine, I can show you!

  • Stefanie

    January 31, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Recently I opened up my long hair that I usually wear in a low ponytail, brushed it and got undressed. The hair felt amazing on my bare back, and thought to myself that it is so sensual to wear the hair long. Shorter hair will also cost you a lot more money, because of the very frequent trips to the hair salon. You can guess in which camp I fall… please keep your hair long!

  • Rachel

    January 31, 2013 at 11:55 am

    You’re going to loook maaahhhvelous, either way. Cut it, be bold!

  • Keri

    January 31, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Just do it, already! You know you wanna.


  • Alex

    January 31, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    As a 23 year old cancer patient, I can’t tell you enough how your beautiful hair will make a future patient’s day with a beautiful wig! I’m in between treatments now, so my hair is growing back a little, and the short hair is fun!

    • Staci Magnolia

      February 1, 2013 at 7:46 am

      Oh my goodness! Just happened to see your comment and wanted to wish you lots of health and strength throughout your recovery!

      • Alex

        February 1, 2013 at 7:49 am

        Thank you so much Staci – I really appreciate it!

    • whoorl

      February 1, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      Thank you, Alex. I feel like it’s a great gift to give someone. Hope you are feeling strong! xoxo

  • danielle

    January 31, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I loved it when Blair did that project and she is rocking the cut. And you will too. I am all about stepping outside of my comfort zone these days and doing things that feel a bit off…stretching my wings. Yes, growing it out will suck, who cares. This is your chance to try it. To try something new. I say go for it. Crap….fly home and I’ll do it with you sister. No but really….go forth and chop. As far as Wita…she will see you do something scary and new and exciting..and that hair is just hair.

  • Darci

    January 31, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    As I have posted before – Do It! I have been on both sides of the hair length and my 2 daughters loved styling and hiding it my hair but I just know I am a short haired person. I rocked many a spiky hair and barrettes when they wanted to style it.

    And thank you so very much for your photo grouping – I have a hair appointment on Saturday and want a new style as my hair has had quite a growth spurt this 8 weeks.

  • Allison

    January 31, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Totally DO IT! You’re beautiful. And hair has nothing to do with it.

  • Pamela

    January 31, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    I say do it! it’s just hair, it will grow back.
    I’ve donated my hair twice, most recently 13″ about a month ago. The first time I went for the full pixie, this time a chin length layered bob. I have LOVED the change both times. and I completely disagree that it’s hard to style, these short cuts are the only time in my life I’ve had hair that I could blow dry with a little mouse (in about 2 minutes) and be good to go. It’s so great to have a “style” every day, so much less work that long hair that always ended up in a pony for me. I have thick, slightly wavy hair.
    The growing out part can be a pain, but the key is a good stylist. A good stylist will create cute in-between styles to make the transition less painful :)

    good luck!

  • jen

    January 31, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    When you mentioned you felt like your hair had a persona of it’s own, I could relate. For years I had long, long hair that I felt defined me. For a long time it was my security blanket because so many people commented on it. But one day, I was just fed up and needed a change. I went in and cut it all off (into a chin-length) bob. I had not one single regret (surprisingly). Somewhere inside of me this confidence just showed up and I didn’t need my long hair anymore. AND, I found I didn’t care if people complimented my new hair style or not (surprisingly) because I was confident about my choice and I loved it. I felt proud of being gutsy:) It was so new, light, refreshing and made me feel like I had redefined myself and my confidence. Growing it out has been a pain but it’s not that bad. I just keep getting cuts to freshen it up and now I’m looking for a new style. I contemplated chopping my hair off for about 2 months before I finally did it. I’ve always wanted a pixie cut but truly don’t have the face for it. I know this is your decision but I think you would rock it! It’s not an easy decision but in the end, we all know you’ll do what’s best for you and your hair and it will look amazing no matter what:)

  • kat

    January 31, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    gal go for it! i echo the thick wavy, textured hair. looks divine me thinks short AND long. my asian very straight, very thick hair was no pretty short. it was like a bowl cut when it was growing out. but i tried it at least! since you are the style maven of hair, i think you need to do it!

  • Carrie

    January 31, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Definitely do it! And I recommend Grund Switch. Terrible name, awesome wet/dry styling paste.

  • Alice

    January 31, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I am now coveting all of the hairstyles you pictured, and will probably get one for myself. I’ve been growing out my hair for two years, only because the pixie cut I got was too short and it really did have a certain “Dumb and Dumber” je ne sais quoi. Now I’ve concluded (once again) that longer hair is the worst. Having to blow it dry is bullshit (esp. now that it’s 5 degrees out), it’s all sproingy and crazy (thanks, gray hair), impossible to make it look put together, and it’s that in-between, shoulder-length boring-as-hell stage. Nope. I’m done.

    But enough about me. I agree with what many of the above commenters have said: short hair is easy, it’s sexy, it’s face-framing, and you would get a good cut because you are an *expert.* In conclusion:
    you will look beautiful. Do it do it do it, the end.

  • Julie // Bound

    January 31, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    If something is exciting AND it totally scares the bejesus out of you, that’s a sign you have to do it. The only requirement for having a pixie (if there is one) is that you have to have the bone structure to pull it off. You do. Hooray!

  • ChrisB

    January 31, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Just do it! I have had my hair at all length, from down to my waist to pixie. Now it’s cut in a short, layered bob and I love it. And the growing out part is actually not as horrible as you might think or others want you to believe. You have great hair and a lovely face, change will be good!

  • Amti'b

    January 31, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Your scarf collection will love you, how great will that look;)

  • Cori

    January 31, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Obviously you would look fabulous with a pixie cut! I’ve had a pixie a few times and loved it. I agree with the comments above that you might end up making some changes to your wardrobe and accessories, as well as your make-up routine.

    It really took my no time at all to style my hair when it was that short. I would just towel dry, add some product (Bumble+Bumble Grooming Creme) and style with my fingers. I found that all the time I saved from styling my hair was spent applying make-up though. Without make-up I felt I looked a bit too masculine.

  • cyrie

    January 31, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    do it! you would look totally hot.

  • Carrisa

    January 31, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I am all for you doing this. Yes, your hair is a big part of who you have become online, but there are worse things to be known for. Plus, now the rest of us who don’t have long awesome hair can get a different perspective from you. Plus, I can just picture you with the short hair paired with your cute stripey wardrobe. I can’t wait to see it.

  • brianne

    January 31, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Sarah, do it! I cut my shoulder length hair to chin/bob length in December. While it was a change, i almost felt like it was MORE work. Letting it air dry made it look super crazy and also didn’t cut down much on my blow drying time. I started considering a pixie cut about the same time you did. I’m really ready for a change. But I’ve also waited for a while to make sure this is really what I want.
    Thank you for posting and pinning all these pics. They’re definitely what I’m looking to do. I don’t have an angular face, but I’ve got sass for days, so I think I could do the pixie.
    Can’t wait to see what you decide! And how lovely of you to donate your hair!

  • Loa

    January 31, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I always had long medium, wavy hair that became downright curly when really long, think Julia Roberts. I never had short hair, but when my daughter was 18 mos old I just wanted a pixie like jinnifer goodwin. I hadn’t lost all my baby weight yet, but always felt that I should if I went short because I am so tall 5″10. One day I decided, I went in for a consult to my most trusted hair dresser, and 2 days later I went back and cut it all off,while 2 apprentices watched. I always thought I would just die if I cut off all my hair, but it turned out to be so unemotional, and sort of an out of body experience. And afterwards it felt so good to know that I was just fine, and my hair that had always been what people loved was not my identity. I didn’t regret it once. The growing out was fine, it was fun to try each style that I always wanted. The only thing I will say, is that I needed to go every 4 weeks to have it re textured, otherwise the waviness took over too much, and eventually I just didn’t have the time to maintain it like that. Also, I had always had color on the ends of my hair, partial highlights and with it all cut off I got so many comments about how dark my hair was, so then I had to color all of my hair until it was at least shoulder length. After growing it out over 2 years my husband now has started asking me to cut it off again!

  • Ginger

    January 31, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I used to be in the NO category, but Lynn’s comment above convince me. Go for it! I also love the idea about adding a charity component. Love thst. Go for it!

  • Jeanne

    January 31, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I had super short pixie hair once. It was such a drastic change for me because I had hair down to the middle of my back. I worried to death about cutting it and with the support of my husband, I went in and did it. My one advice is to go all the way and don’t do a longer pixie or a bob first. They are totally different cuts than the pixie. When I chopped off all my locks, the hairdresser refused to go all out short saying it would be too much of a shock to my system. She cut it just longer than pixie. When it was done, the cut didn’t look right. Since I’d never had short hair, I couldn’t figure out if it was me or the cut. That same afternoon, I walked into a completely random salon and saw the first stylist who could see me. I asked him “What is wrong with my hair?”. He replied simply “It’s too long.” He cut it to pixie length and I loved it. Nowadays, I have a bob and I think I’ll have this length for many years to come. It’s just the length my hair was meant to be. But I have always loved having that pixie cut and my husband and I reminisce abou it. I think you’ll love your new cut. I hope you give it a shot.

  • Shan

    January 31, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    You will be adorable with short hair! And as your grandmother, my vote is the most important!

  • Jennifer

    January 31, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I so hope you cut your hair :) I’ve been waging my own long/short battle with my hair as you’ve been posting on your blog and Pinterest and on Saturday I’m making the cut! Mid-back to pixie short – I’m so excited!

  • Julie

    January 31, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Do it! I carry around so many pics of people with great short hair and am always showing them to stylists. I still think Selma Blair with short hair was one of the greatest cuts of all time (except when her hairline shows — such an odd one) and damn Gwyneth Paltrow in Sliding Doors continues to haunt me, even though I’ve done that style (love it) but am looking for something new. The hardest part for me is a stylist who knows how to cut the back of my hair when it’s short.

    DO IT! There is absolutely nothing more sophisticated and stylish than a great short haircut.

  • Amanda

    January 31, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Not that you need more opinions, but mine is: Do it! Do it! DO IT! I think you would look hot and if anyone can pull it off (besides the ladies on your inspiration board), it’s you! And how awesome would it be to tweet, “Did it” with a photo of your new ‘do?

  • Fiona

    February 1, 2013 at 3:18 am

    I was in the ‘No, don’t do it camp’ before. Mainly because i have had long hair pretty much since i was born and am too much of a wuss to cut it short! However, seeing all the pictures you have been pinning, I think a shorter style with a longer top and front would look absolutely stunning on you. And, I kind of hate myself for using this phrase, but: you only live once, go for it! It such an amazing cause to donate your hair to.
    I work with a lot of people who have short hair, and the products I find work best are clay based pastes. They give that ‘choppy, messy’ look without too much hold or stickiness.
    Can’t wait to see what you decide!

  • Kristi Shoemaker

    February 1, 2013 at 8:11 am

    My vote is no, but if you do cut it, I hope it’s a cute as all the pictures and I pray that it doesn’t look as horrible as mine did when I cut it in a pixie. On the bright side it’s 16 months after I cut my hair and it’s just beyond shoulder length. I always had short hair in high school and college and loved it. Short hair was so easy to maintain and I felt fun and flirty. Fast forward 15+ years and two kids later, I cut my hair into a pixie after loving images of Ginnfer Goodwin. In the 15 years and two kids, my hair had become super curly and more coarse than it was when I was younger. I didn’t know just how curly my hair was because the weight was pulling it down and smoothing it out. The second thing I hated about my short hair was my wrinkles and this may sound stupid, but simply put, I was 15 years older and my face showed it. At least if you cut it and you hate it, you did it for a good cause and that motivation can get you through the growing out process. Good luck!!!

  • Claudia

    February 1, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Do it do it do it.

    I brought that same blonde shot (top right) and a bunch of others from the Boden catalog when I got my hair cut last time. There were so many photos of that model from different angles, it worked out really well. Love it. It’s been over 2 months and it still looks good, though shaggier of course. My favorite product is Dust It by Schwartzkopf. Just dust some on and it gives instant texture and a small bit of hold. My hair is thick and waves when it’s longer, so that’s all I need. I let it air dry, shake the Dust It, move it around a bit and go. Takes seconds, not minutes.

  • Mallory

    February 1, 2013 at 8:40 am

    One thing that I always tell myself when I’ve grown tired of it being short and am finally ready to let it grow out: The growing out process is an adventure! This is the time where you can try OTHER short haircuts along the way! It helps to save some photos for reference and inspiration, because I think what disheartens so many people is the want of it being super long again, which just isn’t realistic when growing out a pixie.

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  • dawn

    February 1, 2013 at 11:03 am

    It was Bridget Fonda in Single White Female that got me to chop my hair 6 months before my wedding and loved it. Be bold and go for it!

  • M

    February 1, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I’ve been following your blog for a long time and since you started posting about pixie cuts, the only thought in my head when I read them is “DOOO IIIIIIT”. I think everyone (you included) know it’s totally going to happen, and it’s going to be awesome.

  • Scarlet

    February 1, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Don’t worry! It will always grow back. You look like the type that will look great either way and with a good cause, why not?

  • CarrieO

    February 1, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    If your husband’s on board, go for it! I cut my hair to chin length a few years ago so I could donate it (I’ve never had it above my shoulders before that.) I walked in after and he said, “That’s going to take some getting used to.” I’d cut it short again in a heartbeat because it felt very freeing and it grew back faster than I realized, but I need to loose some weight…that was the only down side, I didn’t love pictures of me with it because I was a bit heavy. Ugh. Lucky you don’t have to worry about it.

  • mac

    February 2, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I just (three days ago!) chopped my hair back into a pixie, after about 5 years of bob-through-shoulder-length hair since my last pixie cut. Here I am http://instagram.com/p/VIpUgKgtAw/
    I have wavy/curly hair and this time I kept some length on top, and I think it’s pretty awesome. Last time I chopped I didn’t know how to maintain it or get trims as it was growing out, and it was kind of horrible as it grew out! This time I have a great stylist and I’m making my next appointments ahead of time so I can keep it trimmed.
    I bought this paste from the salon and it’s expensive but seems to be working out ok. I like that the label says it’s “pasta invisible” http://www.drugstore.com/davines-defining-invisible-paste/qxp157517?catid=183520

    When I walked in to work the day after the chop, many of the women’s and younger men’s response was “oh I love short hair! it looks fantastic!”.
    The older men seemed to be incredibly surprised (by how short it was and by how good it looked, I think?) like “Whooooaaa wow!! You cut your hair!” lol. Yes I did cut my hair.

    Anyway I just wanted to encourage you to make the chop, you won’t regret it :) The previous commenter is right, that you will be reconsidering all your earrings and clothes! Last night I tried on all my earrings and old headbands to see how they look now.

    • whoorl

      February 11, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Oh, I love it! Looks great on you!

  • Alexandra Aimee

    February 2, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Sarah I never comment, but I love your blog and have been following it for years! On Jan. 1st I went pretty short (to the short jaw length bob Keira Knightley was sporting about a year ago) and love it.

    I feel like right now is the time to go short if ever there was one and here’s why: Tons of leading ladies with different style aesthetics and hair types have gone to bobs or pixies in the last six months. In time, most of them will grow out.

    I know this sound strange, but a HUGE inspiration for me was that I will have tons of growing out role models to chose from in the coming few years! I had a bob about five years ago, and every grow point from chin to armpit was super soccar momish. I just couldn’t come up with good things to do with it, and everyone in the media had long hair, so I was forced to chose cuts from those awful fantastic sams like style books. Go figure– they all looked stale and awful. This time will be different though, because Anne, Gennifer, Keira, Michelle Dockery, Karlie Kloss, Emma Watson, etc. etc. will ALL be growing out and we will have tons of cute style inspirations to help us enjoy the trip down! Sure, a few of them will wimp out and get extensions right away (my money is on Anne), but a lot won’t…. So, in way too many words for a simple thought I say: Do it NOW! It’s the best possible time!

    P.S.– I have no idea where this dumb wisdom about what men like came from. Probably one of those Cosmo mag spreads that swear the best way to please a man in bed is with an areal display consisting of props made only of hard boiled eggs and computer charger cables. My husband likes my bob so much he just asked me out of the blue if I would keep it forever, haha!

  • christy b

    February 2, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    BOLD BROWS! I think that’s the trick to pulling this hairstyle off. Most the women in these pics have beautifully sculpted dark brows.

  • Mel

    February 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    You have the perfect face shape for a short cut. I have been paying especially close attention to your blog lately waiting to see short hair. Just do it already! :)

  • Joy

    February 2, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    When my, now 17 year old, son was 4 I chopped my hair off.
    That little guy cried for days, every time he looked at me, he’s say “You don’t look like my mommy anymore *sniffle*”.
    Luckily, he doesn’t remember this…but I’m scarred for life :)
    Your hair is lovely, I say keep it. Short hair is SO much work.

  • bridget

    February 3, 2013 at 10:34 am

    do it. i LOVE all the images you posted up there with those choppy piecey short do’s. i wish i had the guts. i think one day i will, but not yet.
    do it.

  • berlin hair baby

    February 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I’m totally supportive of the chop and mostly because I think you have a lovely face and it would highlight it and also because I really truly think you’ll have a lot of fun styling it and creating a few new wardrobe pieces to show it off :-) I am thinking of a pixie for my 40th coming up in September! xoxo Berlin Hair Baby

  • berlin hair baby

    February 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    also I have a really hard time understanding women who need approval from men about whether they like something or find it sexy. Put the cosmo mag down sister wife!

  • Lea

    February 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    That’s too funny. I cut my hair about chin length and whenever I attempt to tame it down to go workout, either pull it back in a teeny tiny wispy ponytail or 2 little side pony’s, I get the feeling I look a little like jim Carrey playing Vera de Milo from In living color. For anyone ancient enough to remember that reference.

  • Sara

    February 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I thought about it so long before I chopped it and seriously love it. It really doesn’t take time to style and is more versitile than expected. It is easy to change the look day to day, and I am more adventurous about color. Re: growing out – I don’t even think about this now, but know my stylist would help me! From cut to cut, I can go a bit shorter or longer; it changes fast! Other benefits include the fact I don’t look like I wrestled with cats after trying on clothes and my glasses look even more awesome! I’ll send some pics if you email. We are moving to a very hot climate (the Miiddle East) and I’m happy to bring my pixie.

  • Sara Schwarts

    February 3, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Dear, dear Sarah,
    As much as I hate to be a little black rain cloud on the pixie cut parade, I feel like I have to, I must, beg you not to cut your hair. Here are my two main thoughts:
    1) You are still young and beautiful. Have long hair while you can, girl! There will come a day, for every woman, when having long hair might make you look like someone off a TLC reality show. Your hair is SO GORG. Rock it as long as you can, literally.
    2) If you want to donate your locks, which is a super great thing, why not grow it out a little longer? You’re probably going to be growing out whatever cut you get at some point, so why not do that first?

    Sorry, I just felt compelled to say that, mainly because I stumbled onto your blog for the first time yesterday, and I just thought your hair COULD NOT be any prettier. You know how lots of women have great style, but they just don’t have the looks to go with it? You are not one of those people, and having beautiful hair is just such an asset! Don’t get me wrong. You could “pull off” short hair, but honestly, I don’t think think you are going to like it. I too got a shoulder length blunt cut about six months ago and pretty much cried my eyes out for about a week. So sad and pathetic. Don’t be like me. Do yourself a favor and just say “NO!”

    P.S. Don’t pull a short cut Sybil Crawley! The only thing worse than killing her off the show was killing her pretty hair.

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  • Mary Anne

    February 4, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    I say we ask “the candy man” for his advice!Afterall.he has great taste.Kidding….sort of.
    You will look beautiful either way.So actually,it’s a win/win.

  • Danita

    February 5, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I just cut mine all off, I am thrilled. Do it.

  • Kate

    February 6, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I never comment but I check in from time to time to read your blog but now I check all the time just to see if you have done it.
    You have the perfect face shape, jaw line, eyes to go with the cut. I love the top right photo and Anne Hathaway’s pixie.
    Especially since your husband is on board you should just go for it!!!! Please do it! It would be soooo cute and outside of the box! Everyone has long wavy hair so be different.

  • Heather

    February 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I’m a little late to the party, but I want to weigh in on this fun short hair debate!

    The styles you’ve shown in this post seem to highlight beautiful eyes and a slender neck, both of which you have. I think this style would look beautiful on you!

    Pros – It would look great on you and highlight your eyes! What a fun,fresh look!

    Cons – I think a short cute takes just as much effort as long hair because it still needs to be styled to look great. Also, will the short cut hold its style throughout the day? Is the short style versatile? i.e. Can you have a casual day at the park look, a high fashion Oscars look, a date night look?

    Good luck with your decision. I’m secretly hoping you go for it!

  • Sarah

    February 10, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I’d post my short haircut photos for you, any day…if it would add to the inspiration to do it doitDOIT.

    Happy decision-izing. Let’s be real – isn’t making the lists and pin boards and planning the 2nd best part of all this? (It doesn’t compare to the rush of the big chop, though. So awesome. So, so, so awesome.)

  • Bonnie C

    February 12, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Ok, too many comments to sift thru before I need to run so here’s my 2 cents (because SRSLY, you should listen to a TOTAL STRANGER – lol):
    1. It’s YOUR hair. Do what you want.
    2. I chop my hair off every-every other August or so. It does a body good to shed some physical weight every now and again.
    3. Check with a stylist you TRUST first. The one and only time I went pixie it was baaaad… my hair just isn’t the right texture for such short lengths. Found out the Hard Way.
    4. It is, honestly, just hair. GORGEOUS hair, to be sure, but ultimately it will grow back. Mine always does. ;p

    FWIW – I have natural red hair. I have to fight with most stylists to take more than an inch or two off the bottom. See #1 again. ;) Good luck!

  • Sarah

    February 16, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I don’t mean to drag out this conversation, but I had to throw out a fistpump of joy for Berlin Hair Baby’s comments. “Put down the Cosmo mag…” Love her.


  • meg

    March 16, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I chopped my hair off and have kept it short for the past 3 years merely out of convenience while going to nursing school full time and working full time. However, little did I expect the spunky attitude I would obtain from this cut, nor did I expect that I would get SOOOOO many compliments. I have never had more people, particularly MEN, say how they loved my hair. I’m talking about completely strangers in the elevator! And my hair stylist has had quite a few referrals from me as a result – women see how happy and sassy I am with my short do, and suddenly they don’t care about those Victoria’s Secret how-to posts on Pinterest. I felt most like myself with a short do. :)

  • jennifer

    March 20, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I did the post about my chop!

    I am really happy. Product advice in there too.

    I think it could be wash and go for you on some days.