Haircut

July 27, 2010

I’ve been thinking about a new haircut. I saw this girl in the most recent J.Crew catalog and I’m loving her hair. Taking into account that I’m not an 18-year-old model, do you think I could pull off this haircut?

I usually only do long or super short. I’m not sure how I feel about in-between lengths.

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1 ~j. July 27, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Of *course* you can pull it off. Your curls are magical.

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2 Madeline @ Uber Chic for Cheap July 27, 2010 at 4:36 pm

I ogle this girls hair in *every single* catalog. I think it’s fantastic.

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3 Melissa July 27, 2010 at 4:36 pm

You can do it!

I’m sort of the same with the super long/super short haired thing & just recently tried keeping my hair in the middle. It’s a refreshing change for me, and I know you’d totally rock it!

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4 Trish July 27, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Do it! So great for the summer, too. I wish I had curls like yours so I could go get this cut today.

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5 Jenna July 27, 2010 at 5:06 pm

I LOVE her hair. It makes me want to perm mine. People still get perms, right?

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6 The Dingbat (Adrienne) July 27, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Jenna, I just got a perm (my hair is stick straight) that the stylist totally rocked it! I am in LOVE, and everyone keeps telling me – I didn’t know you had curly hair. So you should totally get one, and Gabby you would look so amazing!!

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7 Kelly July 27, 2010 at 5:14 pm

I felt the exact same about her hair when I saw her. I really dig it. really really. I always wished I had curly hair- I would go completely afro. I would.
I always want to do something daring with my hair after the birth of a baby. After Simon I cut bangs. Unfortunately, that’s as daring as I usually get. Maybe it’s time for another (drastic) change.

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8 Meggan July 27, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Of course you can! I have the same hair only mine is darker and I LOVE it! It’s especially easy because I have some natural curl so I just shower, product, and go.

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9 Lane C July 27, 2010 at 5:20 pm

I just got a hair cut recently that is similar and I dig it!!! It is very easy to do and feels pulled together and chic. Check it out here http://rickdoesntlivehere.blogspot.com/2010/06/hair-and-other-things.html

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10 Cari July 27, 2010 at 5:23 pm

There is something about being having a baby and wanting to cut your hair. I always have that impulse a few months after the baby is born. You could pull it off!

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11 christy July 27, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Of course you could! You’re beautiful Gabby and your hair would look awesome like that! I hope you do it before the conference next week. I can’t wait for your session!!!

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12 Sarah July 27, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Are you sure her hair is really that short? It looks like she might have her longer hair pulled up in back to fake shorter hair (with layers in front).

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13 Ashley July 27, 2010 at 5:39 pm

I have to agree with Sarah. While I’m sure you could pull off mid-length curls, if you look at the left side, it looks like it’s pulled back with layers in the front.

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14 Kathleen July 27, 2010 at 5:40 pm

I was going to say the same thing as Sarah. Maybe you could try it out first, before taking the plunge & getting it cut. Remember: Hair grows!

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15 jaylnn row July 27, 2010 at 5:43 pm

that is a super cute style, but don’t go into you appointment thinking that you hair is going to look like that style…if you are wanting your hair, “cut” like that! that is a hairdressers nightmare! it looks like its a round one length with some layers! so all i am saying is your hair wont look like this everyday unless you curl it like that!

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16 Kristen July 27, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Funny….I just chopped mine super short. Like Halle Berry / Ginnifer Goodwin short. I’m sure not everyone loves it, but I do. I feel like I have my sass back.

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17 M. Peterson July 27, 2010 at 5:47 pm

I came to say the same as Sarah and the others – definitely is swept up in the back, but my reasoning on why this might effect the ultimate look is that cutting your hair as short as hers LOOKS would probably create a lot more volume than you’re seeing on her since the swept-up part is likely all mushed down in the back.

I don’t know how voluminous your curls are when short, but keep that in mind!

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18 Adrienne July 27, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Her hair is definetly longer, but not by too much. If you click on New Arrivals on the JCrew website, you’ll see how long her hair really is with a blow out. As a hairstylist myself, this is my recommendation…….bring this photo in to your stylist and have her style your hair with bobby pins so you can see what the length looks like on you and whether you like it or not. Gabby, you’re such a trendsetter and I think you could totally rock it out!! I would love to see it fro’d out to…..get a diffuser with the prongs, tilt your head and lay your hair into the diffuser with high heat, low speed……rotate the diffuser in circles to build volume as you work around your head. Go for it!! You can do it!! Please post pictures if you do it…..would love to see the end result!!

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19 nanvan July 27, 2010 at 6:13 pm

The only tricky thing (speaking from my own curly headed experience) is… the “bubble” head that happens sometimes with this in-between look. I have pretty much this style right now as this cute and young J Crew girl, and sometimes I feel like The Great Gazoo http://preview.tinyurl.com/26oj54m Which I”m ok with, it just took getting used to. But, you CAN do it, it’s a fab alternative to the super short hair-do.

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20 nanvan July 27, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Sorry, this link is better to see the Great Gazoo (from the Flinstones!) http://tinyurl.com/26oj54m

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21 Ainsley July 27, 2010 at 6:27 pm

I think your curls look very much like this model’s. Even if it is pulled back in these shots, who cares? The look is what you like and want. You’re bound to make the style “your own” regardless. I say go for it!

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22 brooke @ claremont road July 27, 2010 at 6:29 pm

As a fellow curly-haired girl, I did not like my hair the last time it was that short, but that was on me. It seems to frame my face in an unflattering way and makes me feel/look rounder. Long and curly is the only look I can seem to pull off. However, I always admire curly-haired girls who go short and pull it off amazingly well! I’m betting you’re one of them :)

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23 fran July 28, 2010 at 6:04 pm

I’m a Curly too, and I have the same sentiment. I always feel like mine looks too “sweet” when it’s midlength as opposed to long. But my curls are much tighter than this model’s.

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24 liz stanley July 27, 2010 at 7:03 pm

I love your hair long

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25 Sara July 27, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Gabrielle, you can pull off anything! I know curly hair is tricky, but it seems like you have it down. I’m also usually pretty laid back about hair, too…it will grow back before you know it if you don’t like it :).

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26 Beth Blecherman (a.k.a TechMama ) July 27, 2010 at 7:18 pm

I think it would look great on you! I have straight hair and for years got perms. Now I accept my inner straight hair – but still love curls!

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27 Michelle Sokolich July 27, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Great cut, but I worry it looks high maintenance!!!

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28 liz July 27, 2010 at 7:26 pm

oh TOTALLY go for it! i’ve got curls, too and have actually found the medium is less maintenance because it can be messy like the short, but doesn’t get all tangl-ie. it’s my fave length these days as a curly-mama. do it!!

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29 Sherri July 27, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Absolutely – I do think you can pull it off with style :-)!!

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30 mandi July 27, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Of course you can! It will look fantastic on you!

Can I ask a question? Completely unrelated? We are attending a rock-a-billy wedding in the fall. I would love my 6 y.o. daughter to wear something slightly 50′s inspired. But not over the top. No poodle skirts or saddle shoes, this is a night wedding, thank you very much! Any thoughts?

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31 bdaiss July 27, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Mind if I chime in? What about a swing style? A simple full skirt with crinoline with a crisp white shirt replicates the look pretty well. (You can see what I mean here: http://www.memorystore.org.uk/_images/fashionPics/largepopup/1953fashions.jpg) It’s similar to a poodle skirt without the over the top cutesy. Simple ballet flats and some “pearls” would be a perfect accompaniment.

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32 Simply Cathi July 27, 2010 at 8:09 pm

You Gabrielle could pull if off fabulously and…if YOU decide you don’t like it you could always go short!
Looking forward to seeing you and your “do” at BlogHer!!

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33 Bree Harris July 27, 2010 at 8:18 pm

If I had your hair, I’d do it! It’s adorable!

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34 Adair F July 27, 2010 at 8:27 pm

If you have a good stylist,than you need this haircut!! You would look incredible!

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35 Wendy July 27, 2010 at 8:32 pm

I don’t have curly hair but my little girl is half black and half white. Her hair is still growing out and, though still short, it is getting to the in between stage. I’m not sure what is going to happen or how I’ll style it. It is surely an adventure with you curly haired girls!

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36 bdaiss July 27, 2010 at 8:43 pm

I’d be afraid o the ‘fro. But having lived with your curly hair for so long, I’m sure you’ve got control strategies down. I say go for it! As others have said – you can always cut it shorter or grow it out!

(What did you think of the in-between when you had your hair cut before? That should give you an idea if you’d like it…)

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37 Miranda July 27, 2010 at 8:51 pm

I’m sure you could rock mid-length hair, but I agree with some of the others that this darling girl’s look is not a product of her cut (or totally natural curls, in my opinion;) With a razor cut and really thinned edges you could come pretty to the overall shape, I think. And dare you even leave a few of those wispy, longer strands?

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38 Natalie July 27, 2010 at 9:09 pm

DO IT! DO IT! I think you could definitely do the whole asymmetrical cut. Even if you wore it as a fro I think it would be SO CUTE!!!

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39 Wendy July 27, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Thanks Gabrielle! I read your past post and found it helpful…the book looks necessary! I, too, have to condition the heck out of Lilly’s hair but I chuckled when I read you “let (yours) dry to 75%.” Lilly’s hair is dry one second after it gets wet! I’m not exaggerating! This girls hair is so fine…it dries in seconds! (you can look at a pic. of her cute curls at my blog—alanwendymaxlilly.blogspot.com–she is a cutie!)

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40 Susie July 27, 2010 at 9:11 pm

as a curly girl myself I would just warn that this amazing style, while it will surely look awesome when a professional styles it, may well look like a 1986 permed bob on every other day. something to consider. NO doubt you can pull off this style mama. you are smokin! but I’m not sure you can pull off styling it everyday with your six kids and your massive job and your husband etc…just sayin’

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41 Jen July 27, 2010 at 9:11 pm

DEFINITELY.

Love it.

I just decided go to in-between with bangs. A big change from definitely-no-bangs long and lustrous. It’s been an interesting ride with it. I feel a bit younger, refreshed + sassier.

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42 Val July 27, 2010 at 9:22 pm

I don’t like it personally, but if you want to do it you should. Be bold!

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43 grace July 27, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Gab, I think You are foxy enough to pull off whatever you want.
In other words, yes. Please do.
I have been on a quest for long hair for a very long time. And I am getting close to reaching my goal. But, the closer I get, the more I start to think about cute shorter styles again. :p

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44 Alea July 27, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Having long hair all my life – that is super short! It’s hard to tell what the back looks like from the pic. Personally, I ‘m not a fan of shorter in back, which I think is making a comeback!

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45 Tauni July 28, 2010 at 1:35 am

You can do anything you want! You are super fashionable and could pull this look off in a second.

I am a curly haired girl myself and experience has taught me that as much as I love this length, for some reason it always leaves me with “triangle head.” I should admit however, triangle head is probably a result of my wash and go attitude :)

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46 Adventures In Babywearing July 28, 2010 at 3:40 am

I LOVE that length for curly hair (especially with a little longer in front like that.) You’d so rock it.

Steph

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47 Gandhali July 28, 2010 at 4:02 am

That’s what I thought, too… and I agree with Kathleen below, you could try it first, by pinning it back like the model, and seeing if it suits you! :)

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48 bryssy July 28, 2010 at 4:47 am

If anyone can pull it off it’s you. Gabby you have style. Me – not so much.

However, if it were me – my hair would just look like a bird’s nest. Of course, maybe I should try it and see if “bird’s nest” is an improvement!

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49 rob July 28, 2010 at 7:15 am

i do believe you could rock just about anything.

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50 Anne July 28, 2010 at 7:57 am

Go for it! (1) It’s just hair, and hair grows back; (2) curly hair can be worn to disguise a bad haircut (if it doesn’t work for you).

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51 Mary Carstens July 28, 2010 at 8:02 am

Totally. I think it would look so chic on you and I like that the front is off the face. Think of all the cute hair-clips you could sport!

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52 Happenstance July 28, 2010 at 8:07 am

Do it! And if you don’t like it you can go to one of your defaults which is the short route. I’m sure it will look great. We may not be 18 anymore, but we can feel like it, right?:)

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53 Kate July 28, 2010 at 8:35 am

sort of off topic, but it’s been bugging me lately that the style of clothes and price point of J.Crew seem targeted more toward 30-somethings, and yet the models appear to be super duper young and getting younger all the time. it’s a little off putting to me, even though they are gorgeous. (and I don’t think I’m noticing this simply b/c I’m getting older every day!) : )

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54 kayce hughes July 28, 2010 at 8:39 am

YES! Do it today.

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55 barchbo July 28, 2010 at 9:08 am

I think it would look great – it would make your eyes look so big and luminous!

Thought: If you are unsure, wait until after BlogHer so you can feel your confident best!! :)

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56 kg July 28, 2010 at 9:25 am

I’m sure you could definitely pull this length off! From what I’ve seen in photos, you have great hair. I do, however, think this girl might have a faux cut… looks like it might be pinned under (or up) instead of cut that way? Good luck – changing styles is always a huge deal for me!

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57 Abbie July 28, 2010 at 9:29 am

One good thing about moving from NY to Denver (as someone who moved to Denver from the East Coast) is that the lack of humidity gives curly hair lots more options. I think you could pull it off, but definitely talk to your stylist about product. Good luck!

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58 Jen Byard July 28, 2010 at 10:41 am

I think this cut would be PERFECT for your hair! I’m a big fan of this length :)

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59 karey m. July 28, 2010 at 11:01 am

ok. it’s awesome. you should do it. i’m a big fan of taking risks. with hair, that is.

what i always do with kate lanphear’s hairchop is put my thumb over her gorgeous cool face and see if i STILL like the chop. which i always do.

do it. xoxo.

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60 Erin July 28, 2010 at 11:11 am

Honestly, probably not. It is a cool haircut on her but she is also 90lbs. and her tiny head sits upon a toothpick neck and us normal gals do not look like that.

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61 Amanda Conley July 28, 2010 at 11:54 am

I did a similar cut about a year and a half ago. I LOVED it – except for the fact that when you do any in-between length, you have a wiggle room of about one inch before it begins to look “mom,” if you know what I mean. But I certainly think you could pull off this style – especially if you get it trimmed when it gets too much longer. Growing it out again? – well, let’s just say I’ve spent many months with a little curly pony tail. =D

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62 EvaBabeDesigns July 28, 2010 at 12:18 pm

You could totally pull off that haircut! I think it would be cute for the day to day mom activites where you need an easy option. Who doesn’t want to look 18 again. I’m a good one to talk about that since I married a guy 10 years younger and everyone thinks we are the same age! I’m sure you could glam it up too if needed! Have a happy haircut!

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63 EvaBabeDesigns July 28, 2010 at 12:19 pm

My favorite easy hairdo is piggy tails! It works best for my straight plain jane haircut! But I think this option you mention will work fabulously for your hair! GO FOR IT! ;)

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64 Michelle July 28, 2010 at 1:13 pm

love this! you should do it!

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65 Kristin July 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Definitely. Very cute.

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66 veeda July 28, 2010 at 1:38 pm

oh, you could totally rock this look. Your face is perfect for it.

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67 steph t. July 28, 2010 at 1:39 pm

DO IT! you’d look adorable. and isn’t that what hair is for? changing and doing all sorts of different things? (this is me consoling myself as i’m in the middle of the ‘growing it out’ phase. oy!)

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68 Erin July 28, 2010 at 1:50 pm

I echo all the support for the “yes” crowd. I have a friend who has crazily thick, spirally-curly hair, even curlier than yours. And she was in the same camp as you. But she has recently gone to that middle length, and with some shaping (and thinning), a diffuser, and gel, it looks great. Yours will, too.

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69 Erin July 28, 2010 at 2:00 pm

It is awesome, and YES, it would totally suit you!

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70 Bridgid July 28, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Absolutely! That cut would look lovely on you.

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71 Suzanne from pretty*swell July 28, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Love it! Go for it. It’s hard to beat the feeling of a daring new haircut (says the woman who just chopped hers off). :)

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72 Ann July 28, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Yes, very adorable. Try pulling it back now with your length to see what it looks like and have the girls hold your hair up so you can see the shorter length!

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73 Jessica Rosario July 28, 2010 at 8:37 pm

I’m loving this style… I totally think you’re hot enough to pull this and many other styles ;) Go for it girl!!

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74 portlandsun July 28, 2010 at 9:43 pm

i had the EXACT same thought when i saw that girl in the most recent jcrew! i am thinking of going for it! you should too!

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75 meg duerksen July 28, 2010 at 10:12 pm

yes….you could totally rock that cut.
:)

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76 Heather July 28, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Ooh – do it! You can definitely pull this off – your face has gorgeous bone structure, so you could probably rock any hairstyle you want. BTW, I would kill to have the hair for this style. I have mid length hair (the straight version) and I LOVE it. All the style of a short cut but the versatility of long hair. I think you’ll like it. :)

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77 Karen M July 29, 2010 at 11:48 am

I read your post but didn’t comment. Then the mail carrier delivered a J. Crew catalog and it got me thinking about you and your hair. I agree that you should just go for it! You said you do go super short so if this style doesn’t work for you, you can always go shorter to a style you’re more comfortable with. Can’t wait to see you model your new ‘do’!

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78 Kate July 29, 2010 at 12:39 pm

What is it about having a baby and haircuts! My little one is 7 months and I recently cut ALL my hair off ala Haley Barry! I see some other mothers did the same. I say go for it girl – it feels great. Love the cut you picked.

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79 Meri July 29, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Her hair is pinned back at the bottom. That is not a hair cut. Just FYI.

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80 Chris July 30, 2010 at 6:14 pm

I think assymetry is sweet and with your curls you rock something like this, easy peasy.

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81 Christina July 31, 2010 at 8:04 am

Yes! I think this would look fabulous on you!

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