New ‘Do

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  June 4, 2014 — 3 Comments

I cut off ten inches of my hair last week. It had gotten so long out of neglect more than anything and the ends were ratty and thin, plus I was wanting something more lightweight for the summer. I am not well-versed in the art of the self-portrait so please excuse my awkward attempt at modeling.

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If my hairdresser, Mallory, is reading this post she is probably horrified–horrified!–because I did not follow her explicit instructions to use a 1.25″ curling iron to create smooth waves after it was dry. I went to Sally’s and had every intention of buying one but just couldn’t bring myself to spend $25 when what I really want to do is embrace the natural texture of my hair. I bought some velcro rollers instead to use when I’m feeling fancy, but I think I bought a size that’s too big because they mostly just make it poofy. I have been applying the product she recommended (phomollient styling foam) but I wish I knew of something that would do a better job of preventing frizz (without any actual effort from me. I’d rather have frizz than spend more time messing with my hair).

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My hair routine is basically to wash it only once or twice a week, blow-drying my bangs and letting the rest air dry. I use dry shampoo as needed between washes. I only put on makeup if I’m going someplace.

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I have a pretty strong cowlick (can’t believe that’s actually the proper term for it) near the front of my head and for the longest time thought I couldn’t have bangs. But circa 2008 or so my regular hairdresser was booked so I saw Mallory and she said she could make bangs work for me. Total lifechanger! Six years later I still love my bangs and am fiercely loyal to Mallory. Those bangs are the only reason I own a blow dryer at all–they must be blown dry to lie down.

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I’ve always admired girls who can pull off a short bob or pixie cut. I don’t think I have the bone structure for it but they are adorable and the lack of fuss appeals to me. And so cool in the summer! I don’t think I’ll be going shorter than my shoulders anytime soon but a girl can dream.

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


3 responses to New ‘Do

  1. So cute! You may like the product I use made by Aussie (see link below). I usually wash my hair at night, spray this scrunch spray all over, scrunch it in my hair, and then sleep on it. I wake up, spray some more (scrunch it and give it some body), top it off with some hairspray, and go! It doesn’t leave a hardened residue since it’s not an aerosol or thick mousse, and it brings my natural wave out–no matter how many times I straighten it. I love it! I’ve used it since high school and have yet to find a better product for wavy hair that can’t decide if it’s curly or straight. And if I do decide straighten it, then I just brush it out and flat-iron it. I feel as if I could be a spokesperson for it. :)

  2. Bridget from Cali June 13, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Très magnifique. Oo la la au natural. I used to spend a lot of time and money forcing my somewhat wavy hair to do what did not come natural to it. I finally stopped fighting it and learned to work with it. I leave the rest for special occasions. My hair is healhier for it too (as is my bank account). Enjoy your lovely new hairstyle…

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