Hair thoughts?

I'm getting my hair cut next week and wonder if anybody has a fresh idea for me. I've been wearing it with this asymmetrical fringe for several years (since 2011) and I'm getting a bit tired of it. Having said that, on the positive side, it's a super easy style for me and I do like it. I have varied it a bit by changing the length and sometimes (rarely) switching the part to the other side. It has been more or less textured at various times, but it does require texturizing because my hair is super thick. 

Angie suggested a pink streak last winter but I didn't go for it. I don't think I want to do that this year, either. 

I want to keep it short. But I'm feeling bereft of ideas. So if you have an image you like, please post! 

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  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    No ideas, but I am getting restless about my hair too.  I think what I would like is a hairpiece that I can attach on top to match my hair.  The look would be like long hair put up.  However, I don't know where to even begin to look for one.  I do not want to color or change the length. 

  • viva replied 5 years ago

    Have you thought about playing with color otherwise? Or are you only thinking about the cut?
    Have you ever cut your bangs super short like Astrid's?

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    I am growing mine out a bit, on recommendation from my new stylist.
    I could see you with a very short angled bob, with waves (your hair looks like it has natural waves). Still very short in the back. I don't have a photo but could look for one later.

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    Grow it out in front, and go more asymmetrical. You need length for the change, which will take a while. Keep the back and one side very short. And if your hair is wavy, encourage the wave in front only after you have some length. 

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    I added pics. 

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    And more. I do like dramatic hair. 

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Thanks, all. This gets the juices flowing. 

    Joy, I think we should go looking for hair pieces together. ;) Solves the grow-out woes. 

    Vivian, I could play with colour. But don't want a drastic colour change. I  like red, but it fades too fast on me. Grey, I will get to, soon enough. 

    I have had a short fringe -- not as short as Astrid's since I was about her age -- but quite short. I have a super high forehead so it is not my best look. 

    Sharan, I haven't had a short bob for a long time, and admittedly, cutting techniques may have changed, but back then it looked awful on me and was a real pain to style. Hair was always falling in my eyes and mouth, yuck. I pretty much had to blow dry or it looked terrible, and it really emphasized the length of my face (even with a side part fringe, which softens things a bit.) Also, I have a low hairline in back so a short bob means a wedge for me. Ugh. 

    (How's that for a negative response? Gee, I am sorry!! I would truly look seriously if someone could show me a version that would work on me, but I think a bob is a very dark horse here.) 

    Angie, if you have visuals, that would be great. My stylist is good if she sees the direction of change. 

    My hair does have some natural wave by mainly in the form of a cowlick! ;) Actually, if it is layered a lot, it waves some -- if not, it's too heavy and pulls itself down -- even at a short length. 

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Oh - crossposted! Thanks, Angie!

    I like dramatic, too -- but some of that hair will get in your eyes big time! 

    Still, I like the idea. 

    My daughter's friend actually has hers a bit like this and it looks super on her. Her face is a very different shape from mine -- very round. 

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    Actually Suz, I thought exactly the same thing about these styles of fringes, and so far with the right product and textured cut I am VERY comfortable. The fringe has to be long enough to stay out of your face. Trust me - it does. I have zero tolerance for that type of thing. The tricky bit is getting through the in-between stages. I've been growing my front since March and will be there by the end of the year. It has been SO worth it. 

    FWIW, I am going to vote against going shorter. 

  • annagybe replied 5 years ago

    be careful you don't do the current Bieber

  • Astrid replied 5 years ago

    First off, I haven't seen you with a haircut that didn't suit you since you cut it all off. I think you can go back to any of those versions and it will be fine. Second, I can't see you with something like the cut Angie suggested. I'm sorry, but that's how it is. It might be the more "modern" cut, but if I try to imagine it on you I draw a blank. I don't have other suggestions though, so that's probably not very helpful.

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    I forgot to mention, Suz, that the visuals I provided are merely a starting point, and serve as inspiration to get those creative juices going.

    I especially chose dramatic looks because you're after quite a big change for Winter. You can't do that much about what you have to wear to survive a severe Canadian Winter - but you CAN change your hair. You're after as much of a dramatic change as when you first cut your hair off in 2011. Hope that makes sense. 

  • Neelie replied 5 years ago

    How about a platinum Annie Lennox look?  Or are the bangs too short?

  • unfrumped replied 5 years ago

    Watching with interest because I went shorter (again) about 4 years ago and so wonder, what's next? Am I to be in a cycle of growing out so that every few years I can get a kick by going short again?
    Asymmetry would look good for sure. I am so leery of maintenance, and of hair hanging alongside my face and then blowing about. But I have very fine thin hair.
    Another approach, which is the opposite of symmetry, I guess, is to do full bangs and then very short sides and back.

  • replied 5 years ago

    Suz, I'm very much liking pic 3 in the second set Angie posted. It would work so well for you without being a drastic change. The more feathery bangs would provide a new look while still letting you keep your fringe (I have a high forehead too so know where you're coming from). The difference is that cut gives you more of a full across bang than your current sideswept ones, and the slightly tousled look is still polished, just lighter and more gamine.

    One thing I would not change about your hair is its colour. It's absolutely marvellous on you.

    ETA forgot to also say that the slightly longer bangs in that look will not flop in your face as they are less heavy and more feathered.

  • replied 5 years ago

    I wanted to share the picture I'm currently obsessed with - but , believe it or not, I cannot figure out how to copy and paste without my mouse. I'm  using my laptop and with a track pad = oh never mind. What are the apple commands for cut and paste??  The newest one on my pinterest board is Kaley Cuoco's hair which is super cute. I am also completely obsessed with Sharon Stones's hair in the Sept Harper's Bazaar (and her body - OH MY GOD!).  I never know what to do with my hair either.  I've had it pretty short all summer and I thought I was going to let it grow into this Kaley whoever haircut for winter, but i just cut it again today.  I'm so fickle .

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    I know exactly how you feel. I basically have what Angie suggested as it appears in more curly hair, and I originally was inspired by my hairdresser who has straight blonde hair in a cut similar to Angie's first pictures. I would take you to her if you could only pop over :-)!

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    Do you mean these, Lisa? If so, Suz still needs a bot more length in certain places.

  • replied 5 years ago

    Yes, that's her, and her hair is even longer now, which is the picture I'm thinking of.  Of course it would have to grow - but it's always nice to have a target :)  

  • Jeanie replied 5 years ago

    These are cute....would require a little growing out.  Might be a fun change??

  • Runcarla replied 5 years ago

    How about these?

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    @ LisaP: command C and command V on a Mac

  • tulle replied 5 years ago

    Suz, did you ever see the movie  French Kiss?  Meg Ryan's haircut in that film is my idea of the perfect girly tomboy look--artlessly spiky and  just sweet enough.  I've worn it many times in the past and always loved it.  Lately I'm feeling drawn to that look again.  I think it could work for you, too, but maybe it's too messy, or too much hair?

  • Style Fan replied 5 years ago

    I like the colour of your hair Suz.  I am hopeless when it comes to suggestions about hair but I did want to make that comment.

  • Eliza replied 5 years ago

    Like Aliona, I was immediately grabbed by Angie's picture number 3, round 2 for you. Don't see the color as you, but the shape is compelling. Best with your choices.  It can be fun to launch one's hair in a new direction. 

  • Maneera replied 5 years ago

    How about something like these? Just the shape, with your hair colour.

    PS: I think you can pull off ANYTHING!

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for all your input, friends. Much appreciated! This will ALL be fodder for my conversation with my stylist. 

    Maneera, what you've showed here are all slightly longer versions of what I have (less so, pic 3, which won't work on me because my hair's too thick -- I will have "bubble head" all the time without a lot of layers.) 

    I think the last photo Angie showed is similar in that respect -- it's basically the same cut as I have now with a bit more length on one side. That one looks easiest to try - it would require a few months growth but not a lot. The risk is that it may not work with my hair's texture. 

    Carla, the Robin Wright style is a good thought because her face is a similar shape (though our features are quite different and I'm more "forehead dominant" vs. jaw dominant, if that makes sense). Again, the overall shape of the cut is really similar to what I have now. But the thickness of my hair makes an exact copy pretty much impossible. Her hair looks a lot finer and thinner than mine. 

    Jeanie, thanks for those pictures! I like choppy bobs a lot, but they don't like me so much. I can try to dig up photos of my hair in those stages of growth. 

    My hair's not actually much shorter than the Kaley Cuoco first picture right now (it has grown out quite a lot this summer). It would require a bit more growth to get a look like that but not a lot. But I don't think that would feel like a change -- just a slightly messier version than what I usually wear. (And I do sometimes wear mine messy as it is.)

    Neelie, I love the Annie Lennox look but am saving it! When I decide to go grey, I'm going to chop it all off like this as I grow it out. So that is a dramatic change that will happen in its own good time. For now, I want a different dramatic change. 

    So far I have: keeping asymmetry of some kind, keeping some length, keeping my colour (more or less), aiming for DRAMA. 


  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    (You can flat iron "bubble head" actually. Inge has VERY THICK HAIR and unruly hair that smoothes out quite well with product and a flat iron). 

    Suz, you will need more length than you think - as I learned myself this year - so don't chop. Drama means more length in certain places. Grow the front and persevere with the in-between stage. It will take longer than you think too. At least, this was my experience. 


  • jackiec replied 5 years ago

    I don't have hair advice per se, Suz, but I just wanted to say that your hair has been looking great in all your WIWs. Could be that it's a wee bit longer now, maybe Angie is right to keep going with it. I like the assymetrical look too. Lots of great ideas here to consider. Have fun :)

  • viva replied 5 years ago

    Can you have her just not touch that front side fringe at all? it might be that if you trim up the rest, your look will feel changed enough that you will feel new again, and you will be on your way to the more asymmetrical look. As someone who grows and cuts frequently, I know what Angie means about needing to grow, grow, grow to make a big style move. On the other hand, even small changes make a difference.

  • Thirkellgirl replied 5 years ago

    That's the problem with short hair... to change it you've either got to keep going shorter or live through a grow-out phase. (Channeling Captain Obvious this morning). I've been watching a lot of videos from "The Makeover Guy" out of Minneapolis (he has a book, also) and he's convinced me that I need to let the top grow out (unfortunately I came to that conclusion the week I got a pretty short haircut) in order to have some options that are different. It's been four weeks so far and I feel like this is the slowest my hair has ever grown. I'm looking forward to what it looks like in another six weeks or so. I thought I wanted a Julianne Hough pixie but then I realized I just want to look like Julianne Hough, lol. I think you could pull off this cut with your fine bone structure.

  • abc replied 5 years ago

    I will be watching.  Sadly I have no advice to offer.  

    Suz, you are one of my style icons on YLF and I am certain whatever you decide to do will look super fab.  

  • texstyle replied 5 years ago

    I met a woman just yesterday that had a cut similar to one Angie posted but the shorter layered part (lowest part and around the nape of her neck was dyed a deeper copper color and the top layers were done with blonde and highlights. It was dramatic but not too wild and she looked fantastic.

  • Sheila replied 5 years ago

    I have always thought Darin Wright has great hair and she bears a resemblance to you as well.

    It is similar to the others though with asymmetry and long bangs. It may be too much of the same... because yours looks like this but a different color.

  • replied 5 years ago

    Wow - I don't know who Darin Wright is but I want to find out!  Great hair!  And great style !

  • Lyn D. replied 5 years ago

    With going grey on my mind, if that is in the near future for you- or any other colour change- the longer your fringe is the longer it will take to transition.

  • Misia replied 5 years ago

    Well Suz, I would go shorter or longer! But I would suggest going shorter for you if you wore sitting in my chair :) But if you go the longer way then grow it something like the second pic.

  • Debbie replied 5 years ago

    I think whatever you do will be georgeous on you. Have you though about hi-lighting the front more? I think it would work.

  • Deborah replied 5 years ago

    Suz, I am reading the responses here with great interest.  I am sorry I have nothing to offer as I am in similar place to you right now not quite knowing where to go with my hair.  I 'think' i have decided to grow mine into a short asymetric bob with the longest point no longer than my chin. And texturise it.  But I may change my mind tomorrow lol.  I don't see you with longer hair.  I recall how your hair was when you first came to YLF and while it was lovely, I do think shorter cuts are incredibly attractive on you.  I will be waiting and watching to see what you do:)

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 5 years ago

    I am always on the lookout for short styles that I can move to so I can avoid boredom too.  Two factors that I find important in the decision are how much daily effort can I realistically afford and how much of the fuss factor can I stand.  I am not willing to spend more than 5 minutes daily on styling and I know that I need a style that won't result in hair falling into my eyes regularly.  

    My suggestion is that you determine what your breaking points are and then assess the styles against the limits you've established.  

    You had talked about adding your signature burgundy color into your hair a year or more back.  Could that be an option to add interest and change?

  • citygirldc replied 5 years ago

    I'm in the same boat and am trying to grow my hair out currently. It's looking mighty bad right now.    Good luck. I"m sure you'll look good no matter what do you get. :)

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