Back to the Future: New/old hair

Well, I got fed up with the hair, which I loved but also, hated. The long sideswept bit was becoming much too bossy. It actually wanted to be styled!  So did the side pieces. Altogether it was frustrating me. So I decided to go back to a shorter pixie. This one is a lot like the very first haircut my stylist gave me in 2018. It's very short at the back (hard to get a good pic) and feels like a pelt. A little longer in front and piecey. I enjoy wearing it like this in the summers, especially. 

#1 is the new cut. 
#2 in the salon awaiting the chop. 
#3-4 two more not terribly good shots. 
#5-6 the earlier iteration (s) -- one from September 2018 and one from December, I believe. 

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  • Angie replied 2 months ago

    Looking KILLER gorgeous, Suz! SUCH an easy short summery 'do, and I'm very envious :)

    Goodbye bossy hair!

    You look amazing with both lengths, and how FUN to be able to switch things up when you feel like it. ENJOY!

  • Mirjana replied 2 months ago

    You look amazing with the new hair. Very nice for summer. Enjoy!

  • JAileen replied 2 months ago

    I love both iterations on you!  

    I get that about bossy hair.  My new longer hair needs more attention than my old shorter cut, and it’s pretty annoying at times.  

  • Roberta replied 2 months ago

    Your hair looks divine, and also, I love the top you're wearing. Navy and white and silver, such a good combination on you.

  • Runcarla replied 2 months ago

    Lovely!  I know what you say about a ‘pelt’!  When my boys were little fellas they had close cropped hair for the summer months, and it was wonderfully tactile to rub their little heads!  

  • Dee replied 2 months ago

    Sweet little pixie, my hair grows so quickly and it’s always trying to boss me around. Sometimes I’m not sure who’s really in charge when it comes to my hair.

  • Suz replied 2 months ago

    Ha, Dee, that is it, exactly. My hair had got to the point where it was definitely in charge, or the weather was, and the weather was so unsettled! Wind, humidity changes, you name it, it caused a problem. I could tame it with blow drying and straightening iron, but I don't enjoy doing that multiple times a day. 

    That's it, Carla! Like a little boy's buzz cut in back. Or almost. 

    Roberta, thank you. The top is a consignment find -- it is a Diane von Furstenberg silk and cotton leopard print cardigan, in new-with-tags condition when I bought it for all of $20 or thereabouts. I've worn it a lot! The fabrication mix is fantastic in spring and autumn weather -- not too cool, not too hot. And the sweater feels very luxe on. 

    JAileen, Angie, Mirjana -- thank you!  I really do like both lengths a lot as well and think that both types of pixie suit me (even though I supposedly don't have the right face shape for a pixie, at least according to Imogen, but whatever...). I like the longer aymmetrical pixie in winter, both for greater coverage and also because the hair tends to behave better for me in winter. And I like the shorter in summer for the freedom from styling woes, and ease of care. Because I wear fewer high necklines or scarves in summer, I also enjoy wearing statement earrings in summer and the shorter version is ideal for showcasing those. 

    Unlike Angie's, my hair does not have enough wave in a longer pixie to wave nicely when left to air dry -- it waves, all right -- but in a bossy way. If a bit longer and layered, my hair will actually wave quite attractively -- but medium length styles do not flatter my face shape for sure -- my jaw line is too long/ heavy so I end up feeling quite masculine if the hair ends at the jaw). Meanwhile, my hair isn't straight enough, esp. in humidity, to do without a blowdry and/or the straightening iron if worn in a longer pixie. Betwixt and between! 

    How we find the styles that work best for us, all things considered, is endlessly fascinating. I love how Carla, for example, has "winter hair" and "summer hair." Of course she can straighten her summer hair for specific occasions, yet the overall direction is one way in winter, one way in summer. Makes sense! 

  • pirouette replied 2 months ago

    I love your new cut. Pixie style really suits you.

  • Sal replied 2 months ago

    It looks great Suz - and I totally agree that easy styles are a blessing.  My hair has a mind of it's own and I am better to work with it.....

  • Suz replied 2 months ago

    Thanks, Pirouette and Sal. Working with vs. against is key. But sometimes it is difficult to know what is the what! Hair changes, weather changes. etc. When I travel to Ontario, my hair has entirely different needs and behaviour. 

  • Bonnie replied 2 months ago

    I really like both of your cuts and agree that easier is better and shorter works best in summer. I'm getting a shorter version of my bob tomorrow. 

  • sarah replied 2 months ago

    Looks great, Suz! And good riddance to "bossy" hair. When my hair gets just a bit too long, it drives me absolutely nuts, so I empathize with the desire to keep things short and simple!

  • Brooklyn replied 2 months ago

    Looks fabulous!!!

  • slim cat replied 2 months ago

    Fabulous on you ( and perfect for summer )! 
    I went shorter too with my pixie a week ago ;-) .

  • Helena replied 2 months ago

    Suits you and your style so well Suz!

  • Jaime replied 2 months ago

    Suits you beautifully Suz - wow your eyes pop and the bright color of your hair matches your energy so well. I'm not familiar with Imogen's face analysis, but you are giving Gamine here big time! And great consignment find too!

  • delurked replied 2 months ago

    looking lovely Suz. Sometimes the long bangs really do want to take over. My hair definitely responds differently depending on the humidity level more than the weather. 

  • Joy replied 2 months ago

    I envy your short hair.  my hair worn short takes lots of attention.  My head is full of annoying cowlicks that require taming with every wash.  Lots of work, hence the long hair. Summer it gets worn up. Winter, it is shorter, but worn down.

  • lyn67 replied 2 months ago

    Love it both ways- you have a beautiful face, posture and features all together- so your hair is only ice on the cake!:-)

  • Staysfit replied 2 months ago

    Lovely both ways.  I have no understanding of hair that obeys and does what it should.  My hair is always the boss. It does whatever it wants regardless of the length, and regardless of how its styled.

  • RobinF replied 2 months ago

    I agree with Staysfit - my hair does what it wants no matter what I want! Oh well!

    Looks cute! Pixie really does suit you.

  • merwoman replied 2 months ago

    Wow wow wow! Love it! Kudos to your stylist for an amazing job, of course she had brilliant raw material to work with ! 

  • Mary Beth (formerly LBD) replied 2 months ago

    You are a modern-day Tinkerbell!   (The Tink of the original story, brimming with energy, mischief, elegance, and a bit wild.)   Love it!!!

  • Sisi replied 2 months ago

    You look good either way. I think you have the right features for a pixie - oval, regular face, big eyes. I know something about bossy hair ... :) 

  • unfrumped replied 2 months ago

    Suz, I get it! I occasionally noodle on why I don’t try a new style with longer areas, more asymmetry, fuller. But the slightest breeze and my hair goes askew, or when I move something flops in my eyes , or a longer area “wants to be styled “, as you say. Just does not look like the inspo pics, haha.

  • Suz replied 2 months ago

    Thanks, all! Appreciate your kind remarks. 

    So the theory is that I have too long a jaw for a pixie to work. Theoretically, it is supposed to look better on those who only have a 5.5 cm or less difference between bottom of earlobe and jaw. Think Audrey Hepburn or Michelle Williams or Audrey Tatou. 

    I have a whopping 8 cm difference!!  (Maybe even wasn't easy to hold the measuring tape and see it at the same time, LOL). 

    And I don't have an oval face. My face is oblong. Not only is my jawline long but it is squareish ("masculine" looking). And I'm long not only in the jaw, but also, I have a very high forehead. And huge ears! (At least they don't stick out.)  

    BUT... I do have large (albeit asymmetrical) eyes, a medium sized nose (not too big, not too small, though it is crooked!) a large-ish mouth and big smile (and I smile quite often) and I have good cheekbones. So....there it is. 

    I actually think it may be all the asymmetries and off-angles that make shorter hair work on me. Put me in longer hair and I disappear. Shorter (above the bottom of my ears) is always better. 

  • Ket replied 2 months ago

    You look so terrific! I love you in short hair you’ve always reminded me of Annie Lennox in looks.

    I always wanted to rock a pixie. Between curly hair and my own features and proportions, it doesn’t work. I tried it once 20 years ago. I came home to have my sister bluntly remark: you look like an old lady visiting us from the assisted living house. As it grew out, I looked like a male Hobbit. Neither look was ever flattering on me. Add to it that my husband prefers long hair (though of course, I can do whatever I wish to my hair), I’ve just never cut it again above chin length. Not sure if you appreciate the story or not. You got one anyway ha! xo

  • Suz replied 2 months ago

    That is a hilarious story, Ket. I cannot imagine you ever looking like a hobbit with your gorgeous features but I also know your hair is a crowning glory! So why not keep it gloriously long? 

    My own hair when I was younger was so thick it tended to grow out rather than down (at least in a blunt cut) which was kind of hilarious. I've always suited short better and felt more myself that way but it might be because my mother had it cut into a pixie when I was 5 or 6 and so it's been the style of my life, more or less....

    I love the comparison to Annie, who is a style icon. She's more rock star than me, obviously -- but our faces do have some similarities for sure. She has the mannish jaw but also looks best in short hair.  :) 

  • Ket replied 2 months ago

    Oh I’m glad you found it hilarious :) and thank you for a beautiful compliment <3 I’ve never felt I was beautiful, at least not conventionally so. Oddly, I can look quite boyish or masculine with short hair. Having said that, I have been so tempted to try one of those short curly cuts worn by Sophia Loren and Ava Gardner in the 50s. But I worry it won’t look that good on me without a lot of styling.

    I think you and Annie have a lot of style in common! She seems to don a lot of garçonne type looks imo—you both look smashing. And fwiw, I’ve never considered your jawline mannish! Defined but not mannish. It’s c’est magnifique <3

  • Bijou replied 2 months ago

    More love for the new hair style! The old style was great too, especially when freshly cut, but I can imagine humidity being a complete pain in trying to keep a longer fringe under control. 

  • Star replied 2 months ago

    Cute Suz!  You rock the new and the old equally well.

  • Laura replied 2 months ago

    Love your summer hair. You rock that pixie cut!

  • avicennia replied 2 months ago

    We are pixie twins. I also go back and forth between shorter and longer bangs.

  • Karie replied 2 months ago

    You look fabulous with a short pixie! I know what you mean about your hair bossing you around. Mine is getting to that point and it’s starting to drive me nuts.

  • Suntiger replied 2 months ago

    The pixie definitely suits you Suz! And Ket, I can't imgine you looking like a Hobbit!

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 2 months ago

    The new cut is fantastic on you, Suz. What a fun look at your different pixie lengths, too. You wear them all well. From what you describe, I would say I'm not a conventional candidate for a pixie either, but I feel the most me in a short pixie-ish cut. I'm often tempted to grow it out to a short bob again, though.

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