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Should I cut my hair super short? Advice please!

Hello fellow curly girls,

I've been recently wanting to cut my hair very short, shorter than I've ever cut it. I have no idea how I'd look with hair that short, or whether it would look completely awful. I attached pictures of me, although my hair is currently about shoulder length.

If a short hair cut would work on me at all, I'm not sure what type to get. What about something like this? Or would another short cut work better?

Hereafter.jpg

1af02_short_curly_Hair1.jpg

miller65art1.jpg


Thanks!!!!
type 3A (I think, with some 2C thrown in?), currently highlighted.
Oily scalp with dry ends, searching for the optimal care routine

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  • lavellexlavellex Posts: 6Registered Users
    Yay! Pics are now attatched!
    type 3A (I think, with some 2C thrown in?), currently highlighted.
    Oily scalp with dry ends, searching for the optimal care routine
  • crwrittcrwritt Posts: 705Registered Users
    lavellex wrote: »
    Hello fellow curly girls,

    I've been recently wanting to cut my hair very short, shorter than I've ever cut it. I have no idea how I'd look with hair that short, or whether it would look completely awful. I attached pictures of me, although my hair is currently about shoulder length.

    If a short hair cut would work on me at all, I'm not sure what type to get. What about something like this? Or would another short cut work better?

    Hereafter.jpg

    1af02_short_curly_Hair1.jpg

    miller65art1.jpg


    Thanks!!!!

    Cuts like this are very easy to care for. When I had this done at a beauty school I asked for a uniform cut,
    mine was about 6 inches long all over.It worked out really well.
    You may want to keep your curl pattern in mind, your hair looks like it stays kind of straight for several inches before it decides to curl.
    It may look more like the top picture than the bottom one, or you may be lucky and the hair will curl right up
    like in the center picture.
  • hippiechic81hippiechic81 Posts: 1,239Registered Users
    I think any of those haircuts would look incredibely adorable!! Just make sure you discuss with your stylist exactly what you want and ask any questions you have before chopping it. That way you're thoroughly informed!! Post some pics if you do it!!:glasses7:
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  • Marci PieMarci Pie Posts: 622Registered Users
    My hair was a little shorter than your hair now and on Friday I cut it to the length in your middle picture. I do have to say I love it. The only thing for me is that I wish I would have left it a little longer, however, I know it will be exactly perfect in a couple of months.

    I have been receiving nothing but great comments and one I heard twice is that I look younger which is good for a 40 something gal!

    Things to keep in mind:
    1. Hair does grow back
    2. If you are unsure, cut it 1-2 inches longer than you think you want it.
    3. Your curl is going to probably spring up more since the weight of your hair now is weighing down the curl.

    You might have the stylist cut a piece of your hair underneath your hair by your neck to see how your curl is affected and decided then how much curl you will have.

    If you do cut your hair please post pictures.
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    Co-wash: Suave, Vo5, HE, Aussie Moist
    Deep Conditioner: GVP Conditioning Balm
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    Methods: Wet plop or pineapple at night, diffuse in the morning. Scrunch w/joboba, coconut or almond oil.
  • lavellexlavellex Posts: 6Registered Users
    Thank you guys for the input!! Ya'll are awesome! Not for sure what cut I'm going to do, or if I'm brave enough, but I'm leaning towards something like Keri Russell's cut, but not sure how it'll look since my hair isn't as curly as hers! Also, I usually see short cuts that look good on petite girls, which I most certainly am not. Ah well, I'll def post pics if I cut it. :)
    type 3A (I think, with some 2C thrown in?), currently highlighted.
    Oily scalp with dry ends, searching for the optimal care routine
  • georgeann25georgeann25 Posts: 63Registered Users
    Marci - I'd love to see pics of your new cut, too! I remember you posting about what to do with short hair if you wash at night.. what ended up working for you? :)
    Marci Pie wrote: »
    My hair was a little shorter than your hair now and on Friday I cut it to the length in your middle picture. I do have to say I love it. The only thing for me is that I wish I would have left it a little longer, however, I know it will be exactly perfect in a couple of months.

    I have been receiving nothing but great comments and one I heard twice is that I look younger which is good for a 40 something gal!

    Things to keep in mind:
    1. Hair does grow back
    2. If you are unsure, cut it 1-2 inches longer than you think you want it.
    3. Your curl is going to probably spring up more since the weight of your hair now is weighing down the curl.

    You might have the stylist cut a piece of your hair underneath your hair by your neck to see how your curl is affected and decided then how much curl you will have.

    If you do cut your hair please post pictures.
    New England Curly

    3B, Fine, Med-High porosity

    Currently in rotation: Jessicurl Gentle Lather Shampoo, Darcy's Pumpkin Seed Conditioner, Tresemme Naturals, HESMU, Max Alchemy Sculpting Gel
  • lavellexlavellex Posts: 6Registered Users
    OK, I promised pics and here they are! Me with short, yet not quite pixie cut hair attached.

    What do you all think?

    The first one is my cut curly- blow dried a bit while scrunching, and also air dried a bit. The top part is longer than it looks, as it's pushed back.The second pic is me today, I woke up disliking the way my hair had dried, with the bangs part really crazy and making me feel like I looked like orphan annie haha, so I washed and blow dried straight.

    I'm really happy that I went short, I think it's so different and I don't regret it, but I'm not totally satisfied with my cut. I want to change it up a bit........

    I looooove this cut on Cecile de France, but my mom is convinced I don't have the right hair texture for my hair to look like this, she says it is too poufy and I have too much hair, and with this cut it'd just stick straight up:

    ceciledefrance.jpg

    I also adore this cut on Audrey Tautou:
    audrey_tatou_6may08_pa_320.jpg

    Alternatively, I'm also thinking I should just say eff it, and go this short:
    emma-watson.jpg

    Sooooo, any input/suggestions? It'd be greatly appreciated! :) :)
    I'm feeling the current cut is a little lesbian/soccer mom-esque which is not by any means a bad thing, just not quiiiite the look this 23 year old is going for. :P Or, if you think I've made a terrible mistake and should begin the regrowing process immediately, you should let me know too, lol.
    type 3A (I think, with some 2C thrown in?), currently highlighted.
    Oily scalp with dry ends, searching for the optimal care routine
  • curlyhairmichukcurlyhairmichuk Posts: 860Registered Users
    lavellex wrote: »
    OK, I promised pics and here they are! Me with short, yet not quite pixie cut hair attached.

    What do you all think?

    The first one is my cut curly- blow dried a bit while scrunching, and also air dried a bit. The top part is longer than it looks, as it's pushed back.The second pic is me today, I woke up disliking the way my hair had dried, with the bangs part really crazy and making me feel like I looked like orphan annie haha, so I washed and blow dried straight.

    I'm really happy that I went short, I think it's so different and I don't regret it, but I'm not totally satisfied with my cut. I want to change it up a bit........

    I looooove this cut on Cecile de France, but my mom is convinced I don't have the right hair texture for my hair to look like this, she says it is too poufy and I have too much hair, and with this cut it'd just stick straight up:

    ceciledefrance.jpg

    I also adore this cut on Audrey Tautou:
    Audrey_Tautou+April_06_2009.jpg

    Alternatively, I'm also thinking I should just say eff it, and go this short:
    emma-watson.jpg

    Sooooo, any input/suggestions? It'd be greatly appreciated! :) :)
    I'm feeling the current cut is a little lesbian/soccer mom-esque which is not by any means a bad thing, just not quiiiite the look this 23 year old is going for. :P Or, if you think I've made a terrible mistake and should begin the regrowing process immediately, you should let me know too, lol.

    Hi lavellex - I don't think you have made a mistake at all - you are pretty enough to carry a short style. I think it will take you a couple of weeks for your hair to settle and for you to get into the routine of a different style length and also adjusting product amounts. :)
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  • georgeann25georgeann25 Posts: 63Registered Users
    So cute! I love the first pic!
    New England Curly

    3B, Fine, Med-High porosity

    Currently in rotation: Jessicurl Gentle Lather Shampoo, Darcy's Pumpkin Seed Conditioner, Tresemme Naturals, HESMU, Max Alchemy Sculpting Gel
  • tjcjlc99tjcjlc99 Posts: 24Registered Users
    i think both curly and dried straight look super cute on you. although the soccer mom comment made me laugh.
    **Tiana**
    curlyhead 3b,3c AND 4a otherwise known as my big mess :)
  • curry curlscurry curls Posts: 972Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    It's cute. :) I think Audrey's cut would look really nice on you. I wish I could pull that off.
    Started CG July 8, 2008


    3B

    Co-wash: Deva Decadence No Poo
    Rinse out: Deva Decadence One Condition
    Leave-in/Styling: Deva Decadence One Condition, Deva Supercream, and Deva B'leave-in
    Others: ACV rinses and protein treatments


  • lavellexlavellex Posts: 6Registered Users
    curlyhairmichuk- Thanks for the compliment! :) I'm actually feeling there are more options product-wise with short hair. The shorter my hair is, the less prone I seem to be to getting product buildup.

    georgeann25- Thank you! I definitely think I prefer the curly style too. Which is good, I want as low maintenance as possible. :)

    tjcjlc99- Hahahahaha, glad you enjoyed that. :P

    curry curls- Gracias! I may try to get something a little closer to her cut, she's soooo cute though. And I think everybody can pull off a short hair cut! (I'm a really big fan of them recently.) :)
    type 3A (I think, with some 2C thrown in?), currently highlighted.
    Oily scalp with dry ends, searching for the optimal care routine
  • Marci PieMarci Pie Posts: 622Registered Users
    Marci - I'd love to see pics of your new cut, too! I remember you posting about what to do with short hair if you wash at night.. what ended up working for you? :)
    Marci Pie wrote: »
    My hair was a little shorter than your hair now and on Friday I cut it to the length in your middle picture. I do have to say I love it. The only thing for me is that I wish I would have left it a little longer, however, I know it will be exactly perfect in a couple of months.

    I have been receiving nothing but great comments and one I heard twice is that I look younger which is good for a 40 something gal!

    Things to keep in mind:
    1. Hair does grow back
    2. If you are unsure, cut it 1-2 inches longer than you think you want it.
    3. Your curl is going to probably spring up more since the weight of your hair now is weighing down the curl.

    You might have the stylist cut a piece of your hair underneath your hair by your neck to see how your curl is affected and decided then how much curl you will have.

    If you do cut your hair please post pictures.

    I haven't been able to get a picture since my blow dryer died and I am waiting to order the FHI. My hair has to be picture ready LOL!

    My hair is actually long enough to a wet pineapple and to plop. My hair dries to chin length and is just to the shoulder when stretched.
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    Low-poo: Nourish Shampoo
    Co-wash: Suave, Vo5, HE, Aussie Moist
    Deep Conditioner: GVP Conditioning Balm
    Leave-in: Nourish Conditioner (Trader Joe's)
    Stylers: LA Looks Sports, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil.
    Methods: Wet plop or pineapple at night, diffuse in the morning. Scrunch w/joboba, coconut or almond oil.
  • Marci PieMarci Pie Posts: 622Registered Users
    I like the cut! I do agree wait before you cut again, sometime hair takes time to settle in.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    3b, Medium-Coarse (slight coarse charactericstics), Normal porosity & Low elasticity per Curl Wizard Profile.
    Low-poo: Nourish Shampoo
    Co-wash: Suave, Vo5, HE, Aussie Moist
    Deep Conditioner: GVP Conditioning Balm
    Leave-in: Nourish Conditioner (Trader Joe's)
    Stylers: LA Looks Sports, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil.
    Methods: Wet plop or pineapple at night, diffuse in the morning. Scrunch w/joboba, coconut or almond oil.
  • lavellexlavellex Posts: 6Registered Users
    Welllll, I went back to my stylist with an Audrey Tautou pic and got my hair cut into a style similar to hers! I also used a semi-permanent dark brown color to get rid of my highlights, and make my hair just a shade darker than it's natural color. I love it! Its sooooo easy to deal with and it's so different from the hairstyle I've had all my life. I miss my long curls a little bit but I'm happy I did it.

    Will post pics tomorrow- now I just have to find products to style my hair at this length! It has lost most of it's curl and is just slightly wavy. I want to define the waves and add shine so I'm thinking about buying a pomade- any suggestions?
    type 3A (I think, with some 2C thrown in?), currently highlighted.
    Oily scalp with dry ends, searching for the optimal care routine
  • OnlyNowOnlyNow Posts: 54Registered Users
    Hi!

    Seems to me your hair is ~3b so when cut it will look most like the third pic. The 1st two women have less curl than you. The 2nd style is a blunt cut but your ringlets would curl tighter. The 1st pic is a woman w/ wavy hair cut very layered & w/ some waxy styling product to make it look "piecey". If yours was cut that way it would look nothing like that but those very short layers would curl up very tight.

    Personally I think you'd look very much like the 3rd pic (fabulous) with your hair in a very good short cut. Even the face shape is similar. It appears to have fairly long layers. That cut was done by a topnotch stylist w/ an excellent knowledge of curly hair. It's important to choose carefully, and not blame the stylist if s/he can't give you a look like the 1st two pics.
    Problem hair: No longer too porous (yay!). 2c/3a w/ lots of natural kinkiness (natural crimping) so resistant to forming defined curls, med. texture, but thinning since Sept. 2011 due to autoimmune illness.
  • curry curlscurry curls Posts: 972Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    lavellex wrote: »
    Welllll, I went back to my stylist with an Audrey Tautou pic and got my hair cut into a style similar to hers! I also used a semi-permanent dark brown color to get rid of my highlights, and make my hair just a shade darker than it's natural color. I love it! Its sooooo easy to deal with and it's so different from the hairstyle I've had all my life. I miss my long curls a little bit but I'm happy I did it.

    Will post pics tomorrow- now I just have to find products to style my hair at this length! It has lost most of it's curl and is just slightly wavy. I want to define the waves and add shine so I'm thinking about buying a pomade- any suggestions?

    Can't wait to see it! The only pomade sort of thing I've used is the Jane Carter Nourish and Shine. That really doesn't have hold, but it adds shine.
    Started CG July 8, 2008


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    Rinse out: Deva Decadence One Condition
    Leave-in/Styling: Deva Decadence One Condition, Deva Supercream, and Deva B'leave-in
    Others: ACV rinses and protein treatments


  • MountaincurlMountaincurl Posts: 571Registered Users
    I just got my hair cut super short and I purchased Aveda control paste for my new hair. It's pricey (~$22) and i think it's mostly CG, I did a quick scan of the ingredients and it seems ok.
    Wyoming, mod CG since 08/2010
    2cFii (fia), normal/normal, bleached, loves protein.
    Seborrheic dermatitis diagnosed 02/2016
  • curl goddesscurl goddess Posts: 217Registered Users
    Cant wait to see pics!

    Id so love to cut my hair this short. I was going to say the Audrey cut I LOVE - glad u went that way!

    For me - my hair is waay to thick and now my grays make it even more kinky or wirery.... Ive always hid behind my hair too - so its a confidence thing.

    Saying that - my hair was as long has yours and i recently cut off 6 inches! Its about 2-3 inches past my shoulders - and even that was scary for me -but my hair looks great and so healthy! I can still pull it back and my hair is a lot more curly.

    So a little envious youve got the right hair and face shape/head size to pull this off. Im sure it looks great!
    3a long thick -botticelli hair when there is humidity
    2c wavy w/curls if there isnt.
    currently using Bioterra & KMF in winter
    Jessicurl styling in summer
    Natures Gate poo & condish
    Thank you NC for bringing me back to curly!