Chopping all my hair off...

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I'm feeling in need of a change, so this week I've decided to go from my past-shoulder-length hair, to next to nothing (something like the picture, but darker hair).

I have a long neck so I'm hoping to be able to pull it off, but have no idea about styling or even what cut I'm asking for.

My hair is curly/wavy and I don't want it shaved or shaped too severely.

Does anyone have any tips and more importantly, what cut am I asking for?!

Cereal0ffender Wed 06-Aug-14 08:47:36

A pixie cut? Take a picture and get a recommendation from someone with nice short hair

Cereal0ffender Wed 06-Aug-14 08:48:54

Look at pics of Audrey whatsherface the Amelie actress. She has wavy hair

Elliptic5 Wed 06-Aug-14 08:49:30

Had mine cut short for the first time in years about 6 weeks ago, it's fantastic just run my hands through it to restyle it.
I went armed with lots of photos on my ipad and had a long discussion with my hairdresser about how I wanted to look and how I didn't (old lady hair as my DD said). As he already knew how my hair behaved he knew exactly what to do and I love it smile.

Acolyte Wed 06-Aug-14 08:50:07

Take a picture.

I have just done the same and had googled 'pixie cut for round face', which I have, picked out the one I liked and showed the hairdresser. She has done a grand job.

What I would say, is you have to trust your hairdresser.
I had a couple of cuts with longer hair, have struggled to find a decent hairdresser for years, once I was happy with quality, I went for it!

Thank you all!

I will get on google. My worry is that I've only been to this hairdresser a few times (I'm new to the area), so I don't have that level of trust.

It's the old lady look that I fear.

This would be perfect

I can't see how it can be any worse than at the moment. I'm too busy to do anything but tie it up. I just want something I can tousle in the morning and ignore grin (wishful thinking)

ThePerfectNegroni Wed 06-Aug-14 09:15:38

Look up Pamela Anderson's pixie. It has transformed her and makes her look radiant.

She looks great.

I'm so glad I posted, I was worried I'd get horror stories and end up changing my mind. I did have it short when I was younger, but not for a very long time.

darkness Wed 06-Aug-14 09:24:23

OMG Pamela Anderson ..she looks ten years younger without the hair !

Any tips on how to style? Would I need wax? (I'll steal dh's) or would I just roll out of bed looking youthful and gorgeous?

<hopeful>

Hearty laugh at roll out of bed! No, sadly upon waking you will look like a teenage boy who hasn't discovered girls yet.
The good news is, it's really easy to remedy, just a blast with the shower head, towel dry and run some styling wax/clay/putty/cream through it. Comb or not, spike or not, part or don't. They all look good once you get the hang of it.

Gilbert, that's sounds brilliant. I'll also save money on shampoo too.

I'm quite excited. But a little terrified of ending up grannified.

It is, I bloody love my pixie cut.

kitkat1967 Wed 06-Aug-14 14:29:35

i took that picture with me a few weeks ago (was growing out post chemo hair but decided i loved it short). Had a struggle to get the hairdresser to understand - she had to have a second go at it - but i am delighted now. The whole short hair thing has been a revelation!!
My main worry was also the 'granny' risk but i told her that - also funky colour helps a bit.

Hmm, it might end up a bit mousey for now, but I may funk it up later smile

warmleatherette Wed 06-Aug-14 14:49:48

Love my short hair. It doesn't look granny-ish, when I'm dressed up a bit it looks really edgy. There is a fine line between the middle-aged mum cut and something quite hip, i agree - especially if you are a middle-aged mum, like me. But there's something wonderful about short hair. I don't think I'll ever go back to the curly bob of yore.

LucasNorthCanSpookMeAnytime Wed 06-Aug-14 14:54:25

Carey Mulligan's pixie is goooooorgeous. Although I prefer her slightly longer look.

And totally off-topic but I have to say that yours is my fave MN name EVER. Is there a shareable story behind it?!

avocadoaddict Wed 06-Aug-14 15:06:18

I LOVE pixie hair, really miss my cut. I'd do it again in a second if my dh liked it. Apparently I don't suit it, but a pixie cut suits my mum hmm. God, that makes me sound like a total drip doesn't it.

Anyway, when I last had my hair cut short I took photos of Morena Baccarin with me. I have thick, wavy, dark hair and the hairdresser did a great job. Go for it!!

avocadoaddict Wed 06-Aug-14 15:09:25

My hair was like this for a while <wistful>. It's a great cut IMO.

www.backgroundwallpaper.co/30347/pixie-cut-hairstyles-morena-baccarin-background-wallpaper.html

SuperConfused Wed 06-Aug-14 15:12:25

One slight word of warning: I never went full pixie but my friend did, and her experience bore out mine of short but not that short hair.

Essentially: the day to day maintenance is easier, though as pointed out you do need to do something to it - at the moment, my hair is just above bra strap and on non-work days I wash, run a comb through it, and ignore. If I want to, I tie it up. It looks broadly fine. For work, I have to blow dry, and that's where the time saving is.

However, it grows sooo quickly. My friend said she literally had to get hers cut every 4-6 weeks to get it in shape when she had the pixie done. She found it really awkward and her shifts are fairly irregular so was constantly trying to fit in hairdryer appointments. I wasn't quite that bad, but I definitely had to go every few months and it was really noticeable if I left it a week or so. So just consider that trade off: it may have just been us (and especially as we both had quite long, and therefore fairly low maintenance hair before) but she grew hers out quite quickly. And found that bit fairly painful and high maintenance too.

That being said, I think they look amazing, and if I was less lazy and slightly daintier of frame I would totally go for it.

avocadoaddict Wed 06-Aug-14 15:19:12

Oh yes, totally agree with super re the need for frequent trims. This adds to the maintenance and the cost of it. Apart for the hair appointments the day to day maintenance is fab.

Super that is a good word of warning smile at the moment I am very lazy with hair cutting and it's awful. I used to have a bob and quite enjoyed having to get it cut.

Hurray for enthusiastic pixies!

Lucas, there's a very very long story behind it grin

You'll be sorry you asked. The first bit is easy, "fuck you Chris" is a quote from the podcast The Daily Bugle.

"And that horse" got added after... Well there was this horse...

it's really long, goes on for 3 threads, so probably best not start them

Ooh I went short about 3 months ago and love it. YY to needing a trim every 4 weeks though.
It's amazing and saves ages and also always looks like a "style" IYSWIM - before, it just used to be a load of nondescript hair hanging on my head grin, which would take loads of effort to look any different from a mop.

I took loads of photos of what I didn't want to the hairdresser as well, so it was absolutely clear how it must not end up!

Ginnifer Goodwin is my short haircut photo girl. I have no idea who she is - an actress of some kind - but I stumbled on her photo on my google image search and her hair is amazing.

Enjoy your new haircut now off to waste an afternoon reading about your username

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