July 01, 2011

Short Haircuts and Styles and Ellie G from Less Cake More Frosting

First off, it's time to announce the winner of Christina's ebook.
Our random winner is Callie who said:
"I would love to win! After turning 30 last month I decided it was finally time to learn how to style my long hair. Love the video and will have to try this during naps today!"

(Drop me an email Callie and we'll send the ebook your way.)

Sadly, Hair Week is coming to an end.  Today I'm giving a salute to the gorgeous, confident women who rock short hair.  Every once in a while I see a short cut that makes me think about chopping of all my locks in that very moment.  So, to start today I've made a collage of some short styles I love. 

(I'm sorry I haven't linked the photos, but they are all small photos that have been passed around the internet and I can't find the original sources.)

This one is kind of edgy and I love it.  Here are a few angles of it.

If you're even more gutsy, here are some fun, bold looks.

This one isn't a look I could pull off, but I love how she rocks the striped headband and the chunky streaks.  It's pretty fun.

When you search for shirt hair styles, there are a billion pictures of Rihanna that come up.  The girl can really sport a bold short look.

And frankly, I think short hair makes her a thousand times more noticeable and gorgeous.  The longer hair makes her blend in, if you ask me.

Next up I wanted to introduce you to a blogger with some seriously cute hair.  The last time I went to a blogger meet-up, Lara was there and EVERY WOMAN THERE went on and on about how stinkin' cute and sassy Lara's hair was.  So let's hear a bit from Lara (who goes by Ellie G) and her blog is called Less Cake More Frosting.  (Doesn't that blog title make you instantly love her?)  Welcome Lara!

Hello "I Am Momma Hear Me Roar" readers! I am so excited that Cheri asked me to come and visit for hair week! My name is Lara. But on my blog I usually go by {Ellie G}. And I totally answer to both. I blog at Less Cake {more frosting}
My blog is not usually about my hair. It's usually about things I LOVE....like Diet Coke, and frosting, and Mod Podge, and what-not. Notice that my "hair" is not on that list! 

Why? You might be wondering?  Well....it's because my hair and I have never really gotten along very well.  As a kid, I had SUPER curly hair. And my Mom didn't really know what to do with it. So she just kept it super short.
And curly hair, that's short, just turns into a giant puff ball. {read:Not cute!}

I spent most of my Junior High days growing out the puff ball and trying to figure out how to style my curly hair.  (And not be called "cobra", which became my nickname)

And I spent most of my High School figuring out how to get my curls as CRISPY as possible so that they would stay together and not get frizzy.
(and in sub-zero temps; wet, curly, crispy hair...is almost breakable. A little known fact.)

Why all this background on my hair woes? Well, because the trials I've had with my own hair, have led me to TONS of practice on styling it. I have tried LOTS of different products and LOTS of different styles. And currently.....I'm rockin' the short hair cut....and LOVING it this time.
(no puff ball hair styles...although I can totally achieve that!)

"Short hair" means different things to different people. Some people DIE that they cut a quarter inch off their long locks. That's not what I'm talking about today. I'm talking short. Above your shoulders, and even above your chin.

Some Celebs really rock the short hair cuts. In fact that's usually where I get all my inspiration for a new "do." (all celebrities pics are from HERE)

The "bob" is so much fun because you can control the amount of "A-line". (the difference in length from the back to the front) You can have a really severe A-line (like Victoria Beckham has had in the past) or you can do a slight A-line for a more sophisticated look.

I have tried this look several times. And it's one of my FAVORITES! If you do it from long hair, it seems like a DRASTIC change. (I adore a good drastic change!)

But it's also not quite as daring as a super short cut. So, be brave and try it. You can do it at a lot of different lengths, even almost shoulder length. But I love right around the chin line.

(here's just ONE of the times I tried this hair cut. I also tried a kind of red-ish color that was super fun for the summer)

If you've mastered the "medium length" short style. Try going even shorter. This was a haircut I tried to go even shorter than my "bob" cut. The key to this cut is tons of razor cut layers. And they really are fun to play with! Especially with the right styling tools. (keep reading for my favorites!)

The next time I was ready for a change.....I found inspiration from the beautiful Rhianna. I LOVE her hair. Especially when it's really short. The key to this one, is keeping the length on the top so you can achieve the sweeping bangs.

Here's what I ended up with. Mine isn't quite as short as Rhianna's is in this picture. But we used it as a guide.

I LOVED this cut. It has been one of my favorites....ever!  Now if you're really wanting to sport the SHORT. You can definitely find some inspiration out there. Emma Watson recently cut her's way off. And I really like this pixie cut on Jennifer Goodwin.

I actually just cut mine yesterday. Again! Can you believe it? It's not QUITE this short. But awful close.  I really feel like the keys to having really short hair are:
  • OWN IT! Other people will love it if they can tell you love it too.
  • Have fun with the color. My husband says he needs LOTS of ties because they are the only part of his daily outfits that he can change. Since short hair doesn't have quite as many styling options....I like to use the color for a little change.
  • Accessorize! The only problem I have with my short hair, is sometimes it makes me feel a little less girly. When I feel that way I throw on a huge pair of earrings. Or a fun flower in it. And that feeling goes right away!
And finally....and MOST important.....find some good styling products!  Especially if you're like me, and have to style your hair A LOT!  (one myth is that short hair is so much EASIER to manage. Well, for me, it's not. And there's no "pony-tail" option when you have a short hair cut)

Good products are super important.
  • I have a salon quality straightener. I cannot live without it. And no grocery store brand will work. I've tried. Most beauty supply stores will guarantee their straighteners for at least a year. So the cost usually is worth it!
  • Next, for me: because I have super frizzy hair......is a frizz serum. I like this one from Paul Mitchell because it smells super yummy!
  • After that I use another smoothing product. This would not be necessary if you don't have curly or frizzy hair. In fact, for normal hair, I'd skip the serum, and go straight to this stuff. It just helps your short layers lay down so pretty!
  • And finally....the fun part! To get different looks, I use a texturizing taffy. If I want it super smooth, I skip this. But for a piece-ee or layer-ee look....this is the stuff! Some days I use it....some days I don't. (that makes me want an Almond Joy....sometimes you feel like a nut....sometimes you don't!)

There you have it. Some ideas for cutting your hair short. And the things I LOVE to use on my short hair! I still may grow it out one day. But I'll tell you.....I have NEVER gotten as many comments on my hair, as I have since I CHOPPED it off! Even when it was super curly.

And plus, both my Grandpa, Dad, and husband are short-hair guys. They love it. And that makes me love it.

Don't be afraid to try a short-do, girls!! It's only hair.
If you don't like it, it will grow back. But what if you L-O-V-E it? What if??? You'll never know if you never try!

Thank you Lara!  Don't you love her hair?  It is stop-her-in-the-grocery-store-to-tell-her CUTE!  Thanks for all the tips, too!

Lastly, I wanted to do a quick tutorial for a fun little braid you can do even if your hair is short.  I do this to get my bangs out of the way when I go to the gym.  I had seen this braid that runs over the hairline and I finally figured out how to do it.  Victory!  Here it is.

 (Also, we made this video really quickly, so the braid isn't perfect.  When you aren't racing, you can position it over the hairline more, which looks really cool.  Hers ended up being a little bit pushed back.)

Short hair rocks.  You can get a new look just by changing your part, trying a new product, or adding a clip or headband.  I had super short hair my first year in college.  There's something empowering about having short sassy hair.  Its takes guts, but I think it can make such a beautiful statement.

Well, farewell Hair Week.  You've been a lot of fun.  I was thinking of having a link party at the end of next week to show off any of the hairstyles you guys have tried.  What do you think?  Yeah?  No?  Let me know.  I think it could be fun.

Thanks for all your fun comments and support this week.  You guys rock.


  1. All the way up until college I had long hair. Now I can't have any longer than past my chin or I freak out. I like choppy looks - I believe it gives me the only edge I have. I recently got my hair cut.. it's a little above my chin - well the back is shorter then my front.. I have 2 long strands in the front for my bangs. I love my hair it makes me so modern looking.Also had black & red put in my hair - however red is so hard to keep in - so now its copper, black, deep brown.
    But i loved when I had pixi hair - I agree to OWN short short hair!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. After being seriously sick in January the first thing I did when I left the hospital was get my hair cut off. 12 inches gone and I love it. But the only draw back for me is (not that I have ever felt pretty in my life) I surely don't feel sexy without having that mane of hair cascading down my back. Regardless though: I love it despite my husband hating it. What is it with men and long hair!??

  3. Great ideas! It's so hard to do anything with short hair

    ~ The Tuckerbag ~

  4. Yay for short hair! I'm rockin' the 'Victoria Beckham' right now, but I'm due for a trim because you can grab the hair on the back of my head and I like it best when it's too short to grab with this cut. My hairdresser just had a second-trimester miscarriage so I'm not even going to ask, though. I might ask her for a recommendation of who to go to, though...

    Another thing you can do with short-short hair is the two-strand twist braid, in the same place as the three strand above. Its even easier, actually, and no matter how short your hair is it will work. A great solution if you have bangs with your short 'do and you are having a bad-bangs-day! (and a bad bangs day can turn a good-hair-day into a nightmare, am I right?!)

    Actually, I don't even really color my shorter hair! I kind of want to throw some hot pink or bright red in there, and right now there's a chunk of blonde in the back waiting to be cut out. But I hate maintenance work, lol.

  5. I love this post because I am a gal that is not attached to her hair. I have it super long and super, super short. The key is to always remember your hair is a good accessoriy. You can change it for a new look and it will always grow back. Thanks for the tips :)

  6. Thanks for an awesome hair week!!! great job!!!

  7. Cheri, THANK YOU for highlighting short hair during Hair Week. I've been checking out your posts this week, but just skimming them because I can't do all those fancy braids/updo's with my short hair.

    I so agree with Lara on all points. Sometimes I miss having options with long hair, but I really like mine short. And I'm constantly getting compliments and people stopping me on the street, in the store, etc to ask me who cuts it. I've even had people {strangers!} ask to take photos! LOL

    It's very empowering to rock a short sassy cut. And just like with Lara, if I ever feel "less girly" I just throw on some cute jewelry and I feel girly again :)

    Oh and I also use that Kenra texturizing stuff!

    Thanks again ladies!

  8. Lara, I want to know what Salon straightening product you use...my hair is super THICK and curly (and relatively short, but I want to go shorter) but because it's so thick it takes forever to flat iron it to how I like it...can you share which product you use? thanks!!

  9. I want to know the straigtening product too! I am making notes of the other products. Thanks!

  10. This post was awesome because it's seriously EXACTLY what I went through in high school and beyond with my insanely curly hair (crunchiness and all!)

    One day I got brave and cut it into a faux-hawk and I've never looked back! I seriously get compliments all the time and when I wearing big earrings and accessories to make it feel more girly!

    Thanks for the awesome post!

  11. Awesome post! I've been contemplating chopping my hair recently. I had long hair about 5 months ago, and had a stressful, crisis filled week and chopped it to chin level, but I'm just not loving it... I think it looks better shorter or really long. And since I don't want to wait for it to grow... maybe I will just go for it!
    My husband has this stupid thing about long hair, but he just shaved his head the other day and he's always said that my hair should be longer than his... so I guess that opens up more options for me, lol!

  12. Thank you so much Cheri for letting me visit for hair week. And thank you for not forgetting us girls who can't rock the ballerina bun. Even though I want to some days! I just adore your blog, as you know. And I think this series is super fun! If I can't learn the waterfall braids for myself, maybe I'll learn for the offspring. She has long hair. :) Have a great holiday1

  13. Oh man, this made me want to get my hair cut so bad! I have a chin length bob but I want to go shorter!!!

  14. I love having short hair. I can't stand having hair hanging in my face when I'm doing something, so when it's long I always just threw it up in a ponytail. Having short hair is fun because it lets me have cute hair that is also low maintenance and out of my face. I always ask for something I don't have to blow dry, except when I want to do something special. I am blessed with an amazing stylist who can take my ideas and turn them into something fabulous every time!

    I highly recommend the Aveda styling products, especially the control paste. It gives awesome piecy-ness without being crunchy. I have straight thick hair and this works the best for me.

  15. Thank you, thank you for the short hair inspiration!!! I would be up for a linky next week ~ I think that the biggest thing I took from todays post was to try parting my hair differntly ~ and I'm trying to grow it out so some of those gorgeous short dos are SO tempting!!! TFS! xoxo

  16. I just chopped off 10 inches of hair and donated it to locks of Love. I have always had long hair. Well, except for the 7th grade...very bad hair cut and I was super afraid to ever get my hair cut again. I now have the angled hair cut with the longest part to my chin! I LOVE IT!

  17. I have medium-short hair and love it. Long just doesn't work for my hair so loved this post. Also wanted to say that if you have really fine hair that tends to get that static look, the smoother is extremely helpful. Best product ever. and not just for frizzy or curly hair. Thanks!

  18. I was getting kinda jealous of all the beautiful long locks on hair week, but not anymore! Now I just want to go and get a haircut! Love all the pics, thanks for the great post:)

  19. Thank you for sharing your hair "secrets". I'm mostly a pony-tail kinda girl and my husband is always telling me that I don't know how to do it...now I will! I've always wondered how people did that stuff to their hair! Thanks again..I'm excited to try some of these ideas!

  20. What fabulous hair! So so cute. And I love that you're doing fun stuff with it.

  21. Thank you for this post! I recently chopped off my mid -back length hair for an above the shoulder bob (and I dyed it from a mousy brown to an almost black brown!) talk about change! I'm planning to unveil it on the blog next week (I'm still getting used to it!) I've already made an appt with my hairdresser to cut it shorter too! Ack! Thanks again for the ideas, keep em coming.

  22. Yay for short hair! I cut my butt-length hair down to a serious pixie cut 2 months ago and I love it!

  23. Fun post! u two chose good photos and great info to shar. Emma Watson's (i hope this hermione from hp) well yea, her hair is really cute. I am itching now for color or a cut....yes one of the two must happen this week.

  24. good!!!!!!!!!!

  25. YAY! I'm now rockin the short hair, stop by and let me know what you think! http://momommamoney.blogspot.com/2011/07/short-hair-style-yourself-confident.html

  26. Im having trouble bec my long dark hair has become a matted mess since I lost my hubby and think the only soln is to chop it all off. I am thin and my hair has gotten gray so I am looking for inspiration-esp in the care-free dept!

  27. I love cutting my hair short. I like shaving it. My hair is thick and curls and very oily.

  28. I love cutting my hair short. I like shaving it. My hair is thick and curls and very oily.


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