4.11 – Short Inspiration

Hey! Oh! Let’s Go! (The hair whisperer is baaaaaack.)

Meet Emily.

Emily’s hair:

Naturally dishwater blond color – responds well to highlights and lowlights
Normal condition, baby fine. In the midst of postpartum shedding.
Prefers shorter hair – jawline or shorter
Prefers to spend 10 minutes or less on hair

From Emily’s email:

I’m 31 and have a 10 month old who is about to skip over walking and go straight to running. I work full time and am pretty active so I tend to combine my commute with exercise and get ready for work in my building’s gym bathroom so I can’t cart too many products and styling tools with me. NO bangs, I had them once, and it ended up being too much work. I’m looking for something fresh and modern, that’s short for the winter but still looks feminine (I have broad swimmer’s shoulder’s and can easily look like a boy).

Emily! Have I got some options for you. Taking everything you said into account, I think these two styles would be super fun for you.

Source: Daily Makeover

Option #1 – Now, this is the most daring of the two options, but I really think it’s fantastic. Since Emily loves shorter hairstyles, but mentioned that too short might be a little too masculine, I decided a pixie would probably be too much. However, Jenna Elfman’s cut could give Emily her wish of a shorter, cropped cut, but the side-swept layers and multi-toned blonde highlights keep the look modern, feminine and fresh. I love how this style would cover some of the forehead and emphasize Emily’s gorgeous baby blues!

Also, this cut lends itself to creating volume, which would be perfect for Emily’s fine hair. Emily would need to work with the front of her hair to train it to fall forward instead of back, but that would only entail a few weeks and a good paddle brush. Also, using a small pin or hair accessory could easily pull the front to the side when she’s playing with her little one and/or exercising. Click here for styling tips for this specific haircut.

Option #2 is a little more conservative, but still fun and modern. The angled cut would keep hair off Emily’s neck, but still give her length in the front. It’s super sleek, super polished, and perfect for Emily’s fine, straight hair. Also, the shape of the haircut would look great with Emily’s face shape. Click here for styling tips for this specific haircut.

What do you think? Be sure and vote because Emily has an appointment booked with her stylist tomorrow!


  1. abd

    October 13, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Full disclosure: I just got haircut #1 last week (actually, for many of the reasons Emily listed minus the baby). Thus with that personal bias in mind, I highly recommend it! It is sooo easy. I have even dried mine with the hand drier at the gym (I’m not sure if that was a confession or a brag).

    A few things to know:
    1. The stuff in the front is not the same as having bangs. Bangs need work to be coaxed into place. This just needs a smidge of waxy-creme stuff and everything falls into place. Headbands are fun with this cut and earrings really easily dress up anything with this cut.
    2. Second day hair (or, if I’m being gross, post-work out hair) is equally awesome.
    3. Since your hair works well with highlights, I think highlights (like JE’s) really help add depth to the texture. This may be great for your pp hairloss.
    4. Hair grows and life is short. This is a fun cut that could easily be molded into a bob in a couple of months if you don’t like it.
    5. With a neck like that, you should totally be showing it off!

  2. Emily

    October 14, 2011 at 11:52 am

    @abd – What does the back of your head look like? Because having awesome second-day hair would be a dream come true…

  3. Danielle

    October 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Totally #2! Even if the front part of #1 doesn’t take as much work as bangs, it’s more work than no fringe!

  4. Danielle

    October 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    P.S. HOORAY for Hair Whispering!

  5. Elizabeth

    October 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Normally I tend to vote for bold, short cuts, but this time I went with #2. I fear the shorter cut would require more regular maintenance than a busy mom can sometimes handle, (says the woman who got her first post-baby haircut the day he got *his*, for reference). The longer angled bob seems like it would be more forgiving if a few extra weeks go by between trims.

    Happy to have this back, Sarah!

  6. Amanda

    October 17, 2011 at 8:55 am

    If you’re used to the ease of a ponytail and the “security blanket” quality to longer hair, then the transition to option #1 could be unpleasant. For that reason, I suggest going with option #2 and then you can always go shorter later if you feel like it.

  7. Kelly O

    October 18, 2011 at 7:04 am

    As a new mom myself, I’m pondering The Cut – for Emily I voted for #2.

    I think #1 is darling, don’t get me wrong, but it seems like #2 is a good transition-short cut, and if she wants to go shorter later on she’ll be that much closer.

    Like someone else said, I think #2 would also look better if you can’t quite make it to the salon for the trims that #1 probably needs to keep looking fabulous.

  8. Evelynne

    October 18, 2011 at 9:42 am

    #1 is really adorable and fun, so it got my vote. I do like #2 as well, but my concern is that it could be face-lengthening (I have a long face myself and try to avoid this). Maybe #2 would work better if it was the same shape but cut a little shorter, not exactly at the chin.

  9. lana

    October 19, 2011 at 8:13 am

    I voted #1, because this is the cut i am going to get next time. I have a bob right now and it is starting to feel a bit boring and dragging my face down a bit. I have a similar shaped face to Emily’s and think the #1 will help showcase her eyes and cheekbones.

    So, Emily, lets do this thing!!

  10. Krista

    October 19, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I just cut my hair like option #1 on Monday– and I LOVE IT!!!! Seriously cannot tell you how fab it is… quite possibly my most favorite hair style of all time (and I’ve had it all– long layers, bob, short, etc). My cut is slightly shorter than the pic of Jenna in #1. Find a stylist who is confident in doing this cut. Mine used a razor for the whole thing– there is so much texture and movement it’s amazing. And the real kicker– I haven’t had to wash it for several days! Maybe that’s not your bag of chips but for this mom-of-two it’s vital. I just throw a little dry shampoo on the crown of my scalp, work it around a little, give a good fluff and shake, add a little product and I am on my way. Go for the bold change– after all, it’s only hair. It will grow back!

  11. abd

    October 20, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    @emily – Sorry it took me so long to respond. The back of my head looks roughly like this: http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lppyrkRsx81qaady3o1_500.png

    Like Krista said, my stylist, too, used a razor for the whole cut. I was very (very!) afraid of getting a Kate Gosling cut. Thankfully, I did not end up with a spiky mess in the back like I had feared!

  12. Emily

    October 21, 2011 at 3:53 am

    I couldn’t put my finger on why I couldn’t pull the trigger on Option #1 but abd nailed it- afraid of looking like Kate Gosling if it doesn’t go well. Go big or go home though, right?

  13. Ilse

    November 13, 2011 at 1:24 am

    i love #2 and it would look gorgeous on Emily :)
    I want to get #2 myself but I have thick wavy hair :/