Monday, 9 May 2016

Shorter hair, don't care

Woman with red shoulder length hair
Shoulder-length hair often seems like a bit of a no-man's-land, not as sassy as a bob and not as eyecatching as long hair. I dunno, though, it seems to suit me better. I did trim it off a bit a couple of weeks ago, so it was shorter in my most recent outfit post, but over the weekend I really decided to go for it.

I don't like doing stuff with my hair, so I'm always on the look out for extremely low-maintenance hair styles, the sort of thing I can wash and leave. I can't remember when I last owned a hair dyer; like jeans that's something everyone else seems to think is essential but actually it's perfectly possible to get along without. I always loved my 20s bob when I had it years ago, though it was a bit of a faff getting it cut every month. Also, and there's no avoiding the truth, now I'm five stone heavier, a blunt fringe just makes my round face look rounder.

I've got into 60s looks by accident and have been mulling over hair to match. Browsing 1960s hairdos on Pinterest, I came across shots of people like Sandie Shaw, and realised that a 1920s do didn't have to mean either a towering updo or a Quant bob; I could have a shoulder length 'do.

You know who also had shoulder-length hair?
Steed and Peel the Avengers

Oh yes.

(No, not John Steed!)

I did cut my hair myself with a pair of shousehold scissors, so it could definitely do with some tidying up, but I'm really happy with the length. Now I just need to work out how to get the ends to turn up, a la Emma Peel. What do you reckon, would wide curling tongs do the job?
Woman with red shoulder length hair
I should probably paint eyebrows on...

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  1. You look absolutely beautiful, this length really suits you. Regarding getting it to flick up at the bottom, I can't help there, what with being a natural curly top, my hair does its own thing! xxx

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    1. Thank you!

      You have lovely curly hair. It's very Helena Bonham Carter.

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  2. Shoulder length hair looks absolutely right on you, and knowing that Emma Peel had hers the same length is definitely a bonus. I can't tell you enough how much I love your hair colour though! My short-length hair might look easy, but believe me it's not, especially as lately it has decided to have a life of its own. xxx

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    1. It's in need of recolouring, though I'm waiting till I'm a little bit closer to going on holiday so it's not all rooty for that. Nutrisse Fiery Red.

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  3. your hair looks great and it suits you perfectly! I too don't do much with my hair, I haven't the knack and I usually have a low maitenance 20s bob though Im growing it now

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    1. Yeah, I loved by 20s bob because it didn't need messing around with. I never know what to do with mine, and if I let it go long it just hangs there.

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  4. Oh I love this length on you! The colour is fabulous too. I used to flick my hair at the ends, very much like Willow in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I used straighteners. They did the trick perfectly well. xx

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    1. I've never used straighteners. Hmm. It makes sense, like using the blade of scissors to curl paper. I should probably see if one of the hairdressers in Trow can do me as a walk-up this weekend, then I can ask what their advice is while they cut it.

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    2. If you do go for straighteners don't bother buying expensive ones such as GHDs, there's many cheaper ones that are just as good. I use the older version of these - http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/4433745.htm - and they're perfect for my thick hair.

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  5. It sounds counter-intuitive, but setting your hair to curl under, and then brushing it out to flip upward always worked for me. Once you get it in flipped position a bit of hairspray helps keep it there.
    I do really envy your hair-mine would be a ball of frizz if I didn't use a dryer.

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    1. Mine's mostly bone-straight, especially when it's healthy - it actually has more body when it's a bit frazzled!

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  6. Sassy and fabulous! What a super new 'do'. I have quite a lot of hair, so to avoid the triangle look at the ends I have to get the hairdresser to put in some long layers, and that way I can get it to flick up - I just use a round vent brush as I blow dry. Haven't done it for ages actually, but I used to have it as a staple many years ago! Your hair looks like it's already curling up a bit so you probably don't need the layers to make it work. Otherwise shove in a couple of rollers maybe?? Hope you have lots of happy hair days now! xx

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    1. I don't have a dryer, but I might give some rollers a go - I only wash my hair every few days as it's very dry, so the style should last.

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  7. You look fabulous, Mim! The length really suits, and the centre parting is very flattering. Your lipstick is lovely and you look as pretty as a picture! BTW, it doesn't look like you've cut it yourself but as if you've been to a swanky salon!

    I'm a wash and go girl myself, but I seem to recall from the 60s it was giants rollers that made the 'flick ups'.

    Have a good week,

    Veronica
    vronni60s.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! The lippie is an Avon; I tend to favour browny-reds and russets as they look best on me. That's another vote for rollers...

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  8. Gorgeous! That's one cracking hair cut.
    I'm rubbish with hair - I can put it up to have a bath and it'll look great but if try and do it to go out it never works.
    xxx

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    1. I can't do anything with mine. I'd love to be able to do marcel waves, but even if I try to curl it it all falls out again. A friend says despite the natural colour it handles like Asian hair; perhaps that's the Burmese coming through.

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  9. You look fab, Mim - shoulder length suits you. My hair has stayed the same length for decades, but I did toy with having a bob a few years ago. However, my jawline isn't what it used to be so I shelved that idea!

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    1. I loved my bob, but I'm too fat nowadays for a blunt fringe. It makes me look moonfaced. Bobs are tricky!

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  10. I'm clapping my hands.
    I'm clapping them loud and long! Because, this *clap, clap,clap* is what you deserve. This style looks great on you.
    The shoulder-length gives you definition, makes your hair look fuller, and your face nicely framed. Who cares who did the cutting?! (as a matter of fact, I've done some self-hair-cutting quite some times)
    As strange (and non believable it may seem , there was a time I had a long hair - but that was AGES ago. Right now, my bob is frustrating me. Frustration calls for changes.. to the hair-dresser I'll go - this evening. :)
    (absolutely NO IDEA what to do)
    M.

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    1. Ooh, I look forward to seeing your new 'do!

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  11. Great do! Very impressed that you cut it yourself. I have used straighteners before when I have wanted it to flick out.

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  12. I think it's a great length on you. Oh god I couldn't do without a hairdryer, my hair is mental at the best of times letting it dry on it's own would be asking for trouble!!

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  13. Lovely length! I had shoulder length hair for much of my teens and twenties. Foam rollers, wound only a wee bit up the total length of your hair, may do the trick, too, especially if you apply some setting lotion to lightly damp hair before putting them in.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

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