Mar 3, 2011

The Chop!

If you follow me on twitter or my facebook, you already know that I did a major chop to the hair.   (Thank you all for the supportive words and advice on the haircut - I really was upset about it but you guys made me feel better.)  I loved my long hair but after my digital perms, my hair has gotten increasingly unhealthy.  So I decided that I needed to just try and get my hair healthy again and chopped a good amount off to get rid of the split ends and dryness.  Plus, I had already been thinking about changing up my hair just to try something new.  I think I was in shock the day that I got it cut and my hairstylist seemed so excited by the fact that I was trying something different (I usually have her do the exact same thing every time) so my reaction was just "OK I cut my hair" but the next day I woke up and looked at my hair in the mirror and thought "WHAT HAVE I DONE?!!"  A bit dramatic, I know, but it has been a good 10 years since my hair was this short and my long hair has kind of become my security blanket so I just got so used to it.  Plus, curling my hair and doing my hair in the mornings is something that generally relaxes me and that I truly enjoy so when I took a look at my short hair and I couldn't do the things I was used to doing, and everything I was doing made it look even more terrible, I kind of freaked out.  Then I went on twitter and freaked out.  Then I went on youtube to desperately try to find short hair style tutorials and came up with crapola (it's really hard to weed out good/bad videos on youtube when doing a general search, most are bad) and then freaked out again.  ACK!  OK so I finally calmed down, took my curling iron out and did a little work to make it look somewhat OK.  I just did a little wave to it so here is what it looks like now.


Since I cut off the remaining part of my digital perm, my hair is now stick straight.  I don't like the look of it super straight but texture like this, I can deal.  I'm still learning how to style it as this length is hard for me to work with but I'm sure I'll get the hang of it.  Ask me in a week and I'll (hopefully) love it.  Anyway, if you have tips on working with short hair or if you can recommend any good youtube videos please share!  (I especially can't figure out how to put up my hair and make it look good at this length)  Like I said, it's been so long since my hair was this short so I can't even remember how I used to style it.  The funny thing is, I've never been one to freak out about hair cuts.  I had one friend that literally cried every time she got her hair cut and I'd just roll my eyes at the ridiculousness of it but this change for me was enough for me to understand her tears!  I guess I knew it was going to be short but it just didn't hit me until I was trying to style it like I've been doing for the past few years and nothing was working!

To help get my hair back to being healthy, I've been using the Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment for the past few months and it's does work great but the smell is quite interesting and the smell stays in my hair for at least another day after using it.  My husband hates the smell (I put the hair mask in and watch TV or work on the computer while it works it's magic and hubs can smell it from wherever I'm sitting), I don't mind it but I don't love it either.  So if you don't like strong smelling stuff I highly advise against using this.  I also alternate using this with the Shiseido Tsubaki Hair Mask which smells much nicer and I like the consistency of it when it goes into my hair.  Since I've been using both of them I can't tell which one is more effective but I've seen an improvement in the softness of my hair and less dryness and breakage. I'm hoping now that I've cut out all of the unhealthier part of my hair I'll continue using this stuff and my hair will continue to grow nice and healthy.

I also got new shampoo and conditioner about a month ago (can you tell I'm obsessed with having healthy hair?) and got the Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Moisture Shampoo and conditioner
because it promised "stronger, healthier, younger-looking hair".  I'm a sucker for products that promise stuff like this but I do think it's helping.

Oh and then I got mesmerized watching Wen by Chaz Dean on QVC and they do such a convincing job that it made me want to buy the Wen by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioners as his models all had super amazing hair. I refrained from buying it since I use way too many products at the moment but I may have to try this next! Do any of you have experience with this product?  I read the reviews on QVC.com and people seem to like it but would love to know if any of you have used it before and if it really works!

The other day Groupon had a deal at a salon for a Hair Gloss Treatment which the salon describes as:
A colorless shine that gives hair a mirror gloss reflection. Clear Gloss is ideal for all hair types. It seals the cuticle for reflective shine with conditioning benefits. This treatment is especially effective after any in salon chemical service like color, straightening or permanent waves. Clear Gloss enhance any natural hair color and revive any tint, but also provide radiant shine and deep conditioning to each strand. Best of all, it's peroxide-free, alcohol-free and ammonia-free.
It sounds good right?  I had to buy it.  Once I get it done, I'll report back and let you guys know how it turned out!

My flat iron curls definitely don't work on this hairstyle because it's too short so I need to figure out a new way to use it.  On the above look I used both my T3 curling iron and Conair clipless curling iron to get the wave/texture I was looking for.

This is the first time in my life that I got a hair cut that I regretted but with the advice of so many great ladies yesterday, I'm just going to give it time to "settle" and learn how to work with it.  If I still hate it in a month, I'm booking an appointment to go get some extensions! :)

63 comments:

  1. I think you look amazing and definitely you look younger...:)


    xx
    Renee
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  2. Am I allowed to say I prefer it?! Ok I just did!! It looks lovely!

    But if you don't feel it in yourself, no one can tell you that! I'm sure you'll grow to love it! :D

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  3. I think it looks great Tiffany! You're lucky you can pull off both looks quite well. That's about the length of how I have to keep my hair - I can't let it grow out too much because it's so curly and it tends to get really weighed down if it's too long and if it's too short then the curls go crazy and I can't control them!

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  4. I love it! It looks so fresh! :D

    My hair is considerably shorter than yours but when I want to put it up, I generally put it half up with some sort of detail in the back, or I use an entire box of hair pins to stick into some French twist like up-do.

    :) Good luck! I hope you love it as much I came to love my short hair!

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  5. I think that maybe you can try giving yourself a blow out in the mornings instead. I've always liked a long bob on almost anyone and I know you don't like your hair straight but I find that it was easier to have straight short hair than straight long hair (my hair was short for a few years and now that it's long again I prefer to have some sort of waves at the least). I didn't mind it straight at all when I had a bob.

    If you must curl your hair, I recommend 1 inch curling irons. Even with a smaller curling iron, you can still make bigger waves (right after you curl it, pull the ends down so that it's not too tight) or tighter waves/curls. My hair lady actually used like a 1/2 inch iron to give me big waves... I really don't know how she did it but maybe you can give it a try. I saw the iron and didn't expect it to come out the way it did at ALL.

    Another style to try is the old hollywood hair! You can do this with long or short hair but just a suggestion since maybe this may be never crossed your mind! It's Charlotta Dellal's go-to hair style but there are plenty of different versions.

    A pro for short hair is that it is easier to get volume! There is less weight pulling on your hair so the lighter hair makes for an easier lift! Maybe you can play with that.

    I remember doing a lot of chignons when I had shorter hair (about the same length as yours). This can require teasing at the crown/roots and teasing at the ends which isn't necessarily healthy but it's something to keep in mind when you want to put your hair up!

    I'm not a big youtuber but I like Johnny Lavoy a lot! He has lots of different videos but I think he had a chignon video that I particularly liked but you should check out his other videos as well for new ideas to try to help you to adjust to and deal with your short hair!

    I have this curling iron (http://www.amazon.com/Angelique-Tapered-Curling-Iron-13-25mm/dp/B002LE8P9G/ref=pd_sim_bt_1) and I love it. I find that using the rod curling irons give you better/different results. For a larger wave, maybe you can try a wider curling iron (I've been wanting a larger version of the one I linked above in hopes of achieving larger curls). I think these give more curl closer to the root which is harder to get with the clamp irons and for shorter hair you really want to get as much at the top as possible because you have less length to work with.

    I hope this was helpful! I used to have long hair then I chopped it off and kept around your length for about 3-4 years. Sometimes I miss the short hair a lot but I am embracing my long hair for now because it's been a really long time! I hope you'll be able to embrace the 'do and enjoy it as much as I did after you adjust (if you adjust, lol!)

    Love your blog, Tiffany! Thanks for being so fabulous :)

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  6. Tiffany, fear not because you look fabulous! It's lighter, airier, and makes you more youthful somehow. Rock the shorter hair dear!

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  7. I agree with many of the comments... you look fantastic! Seriously. I love it and it'll be so great for spring and summer!

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  8. I think you look amazing. I've been following your blog everyday for the past few years now and I love it. You are so fab. V

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  9. My hair is about that length since I cut it in July, and I've been growing it back it ever since. I hate putting my hair up in a pony tail because it just sticks straight back from my head. I put it up by putting the top half up, loosen the elastic band a little, and then twist it and tucking the ends underneath my hair. Then I take the bottom half into a ponytail, loosen it, and then twisting it up so I can tuck the ends underneath the first part. Since I have quite a few layers, sometimes some pieces drift away, but I just use a lot of bobby pins and hair pins.

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  10. Looks fabulous! Chops are always hard though
    Amber's Notebook

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  11. I think it looks great! Even if shorter hair looks good, I understand how you feel. I always had long hair and cut it off once (a little shorter than you did) in 2005, and it takes about a day for the novelty to wear off and the 'depression' sets in. My long hair is definitely my security blanket and I love it. I hope to get over it again sometime soon and try a short hairstyle again because despite feeling unlike myself and being neurotic over it, they DO look just as cute and stylish as long hair.

    Enjoy trying all the new styles and hair accessories that do not go with your long hair! If you really want it to be, it will be grown back in before you know it :)

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  12. oh man, i can so relate! i've had long hair my whole life and 6 months ago, i went from having waist length hair to shoulder length - 12" in total! i find that hair does tend to go into "shock" when you first cut it - mine took about 2 weeks to relax and finally start cooperating again.

    i think you look great! the way you styled it here is really pretty. i love the texture and the side swept bangs :)

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  13. I love it!!! So fresh and chic!

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  14. You look soooo cute!! I love the tousled style:)
    However,I can relate with the long hair comment as from who has had long hair forever whenever I have chopped it it def takes a little getting used to. It is like a shock to the system- this is coming from someone who likes to hide behind her hair occasionaly:)
    Rest assured it looks great!
    xo
    LJ
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  15. I think it looks great and, I suppose, compared to what was, it IS short (but really, its not THAT short). If it makes you feel better, when I was in HS, I went through, ahem, this stage, where I wanted to look hip and rocker-y. Selma Blair had this great cut that could be morphed into this faux-hawk that I thought would look fantastic on me. Big mistake for two reasons : it likely wouldnt look good on me and I had no professional celebrity stylist at my disposal to make the cut look good on me. I ended up with a mullet (seriously, what self respecting 17 year old girl would want a mullet?), so I chopped what was left off and ended up with a pixie cut. Now - I have a round face and chubby cheeks sooo.... this did not look good on me. It amplified my nose, my cheeks, my forehead, ugh. I hated it. To add insult to injury, my senior pictures were the next week so this cut has been immortalized and displayed in all of my family's homes. Long story short - you look cute... and at least you don't have a mullet! ;)

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  16. it look lovely! You could try keeping it straight, but curl it just a little at the ends towards your face, and then sort of shake your head and it will look full but sleek. I used to do that when my hair was that length :)

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  17. I said it yesterday and I'll say it again-it looks great! I think it' a nice change :) You did a great job putting a nice wave in it.

    New haircuts are always hard-I decided to get blunt bags a couple of months ago, and it took me a few times to figure out how to straighten them because my hair is so thick. I was regretting getting it cut myself. Give it a week or two and you'll love it :)

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  18. You look as pretty as always! Having a new hair cut is always a little bit shocking, I'm the kinda girl that always tell the stylist to do the exact same, but I'm pretty sure you'll find the way to do it perfectly, changes are always good!

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  19. It looks so adorable!!! :)
    I've also been thinking about cutting my long hair up to my shoulders. It's a big step! But I'm gonna do it ^^

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  20. I kinda like the medium-length hair, but that's because I personally don't like long hair on myself. In fact, I made everyone in my family upset when I chopped all my hair off post-wedding into a pixie cut. I am now growing my hair out, and having a hell of a time since I loved my pixie cut. I cried too when I got my cut, but more out of shock from losing so much hair than from not liking the cut.

    If you look at the Bumble & Bumble site under medium hair you can see some styles that would work with your cut. I also found that tiny claw clips help alot when putting your hair up. They work great for creating curls when you can't use conventional curlers. Just twist sections of your hair and clip them in tiny buns around your head when wet or slightly wet, and just let air-dry. You might need some product, but that's the fun of experimenting with a new cut.

    here's a vid for a boho look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5CJeDfx5rA

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  21. OMG, Tiffany. I love it. You look great with short hair! You have nothing to sweat about. :)

    I did have short hair several years ago and I know how hard it is to adjust to it.

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  22. Ooooo Tiffany!!!! I love it!!! You look beautiful either way but this is so fresh and stylish!!! :)

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  23. I think you look amazing with short hair, and it's perfect for spring!

    I'll keep an eye out for stylin' tips for your new length. Rock it!

    www.houseofhemingway.blogspot.com

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  24. I love the short, sassy new hair.

    FYI--I tried the Wen hair system and save your money. The shampoo never got my hair clean and the mask was very average. I never used the texture balm.

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  25. Your short hair looks super cute!

    I chopped my hair off 2 years ago into a short bob and experienced that "what did I do?" moment soon after, but I realize how awesome and fast it was to wash & condition my hair! :)

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  26. hi. i read you're blog forever and NEVER comment. But I know a thing or two about having long and short hair. I think you're thing is not the cut so much as the style. It is a much much more mature cut than you are used to. Long hair (and with curls) are a more feminine girly vibe. But you need to realise that you CAN do girly with short hair. Try pinning it up one each side. Doing a half pony and my favorite (a style that only works on short hair) is curling up in segments with a 1" barrel. You get a really cutesy style (don't completely destroy the ringlets they should be very girl looking.) Also befriend headbands. And trying pinning up. Or doing Anthropologie-esque twists along the front of your face. Hope that helps.

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  27. You look gorgeous! Aww don't sweat it :) Hair is a security blanket for many women, but it always grows back! It's good to try new things because you never know if you'll like it unless you try. Glad you are starting to like it :)

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  28. I think you look fabulous! I know it's a big change though, and hair is often a security blanket. Mine is! But I really love yours and want to get mine cut like that one day too =)

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  29. You look great, I am thinking about chopping mine short too but so scared! Seeing how fab you look puts me a little closer to the cut :) xoxo

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  30. i almost had a heart attack when i cut all my hair off! the first cut wasn't that great and took way more time than i was willing to put in. so i went back & got a really cute bob that i loved!

    i like to sleep in sponge rollers; that's the only way my hair will really keep it's curl. i have super fine hair so even the digital perm didn't work out for me.

    as for pulling your hair back, bobby pins will become your new best friend! i do a messy french twist a lot, and also do a high pony with sideswept bangs. or cute headbands with a pony. however i don't spend much time playing with my hair so i like to keep it easy & simple. i always admire how well put together your hair, and whole look in general, is!

    have a great day!

    -suzanne

    ps i'm having a giveaway on my blog right now - delicious yummy treats! come on by if you have time!

    www.awkwardlychic.com

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  31. you looked a lot younger and you still look amazing with short hair :)

    ♥hugs♥
    coLine

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  32. You look good with your new cut. For what it's worth, I think the way you styled it looks adorable.

    I had the same experience several years ago. For some strange reason one side of my hair had become very unhealthy, so my stylist at the time informed me that it needed to be chopped off but gently noted that all of my hair would have to come off as well (or else it would look pretty lopsided). Now, as an African American woman, this scared the crap out of me because well, there are some heavy issues associated with hair that I won't get into. In the end, I figured, it's better to have short hair now than none at all so I went ahead with the cut. My hair was the shortest it had ever been (it was a bob cut kind of like Victoria Beckham a few years ago). At first it was hard for me to manage because what I was used to doing didn't work for my hair. Then I got a smaller barrel curling iron and just played with it for a day. I ended up loving it. It was actually a pretty cute bob (honestly, I have always like Victoria Beckham's haircuts). Now while I'm not too keen on getting my hair cut that short again, I know now how to rock it so it won't be as traumatic when the time comes.

    Short hair dos are actually quite freeing. You never know you may end up loving it.

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  33. i really like the short hair on you but i completely understand about freaking out. i've had similar experiences in the past. and you should post You Tubes on short hairstyles that you find as there need to be better good ones out there!

    and i'm anxious to hear about your gloss treatment. it sounds perfect for my hair too!

    cute and little

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  34. Oh I LOVE it! I love it a lot! I'm pretty sure everyone can understand being unhappy about a haircut. Think it's probably happened to all of us at some point or another. But I do really like the short hair on you. You're beautiful no matter what, anyway!

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  35. i actually have really similar hair length to yours. to get curls...my favorite thing to do is just wrap my hair around a curling iron (no clamp) to get easy simple waves/curls.
    i also use a straightening iron instead of a hair dryer for that "blow dried" look.

    and try trying your hair half up/half down with cute clips. its my standby.
    hope this helps!

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  36. I think it looks great and youll definitely get used to it!

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  37. i got an A-line after having long hair. I didn't have issues w/it being short. but my short hair was more high-maintenance than having long hair. you def have to learn a whole new way to style shorter hair.

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  38. I love the new haircut!! I'm thinking of doing the same thing. I've had long hair forever, but haven't cut it in at least 8 months, so I neeeed a haircut

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  39. I like it! It's perfect for spring and summer :) and when it grows out, it's perfect for winter :)

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  40. I totally love your new haircut! I recently chopped my hair off too and I do miss it... On the positive side, I know it will grow back ;) I think your hair looks great and I can't wait to see more pictures!

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  41. your hair looks better like this! I love it! Gives you extra sass ;)

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  42. I love it. I liked your long hair but I think you have taken chic/sophisticated/mature/elegant to a whole new level with this hair style. You look "older," but I mean that in a positive light and not, "OMG it ages you!" It just really looks incredible on you.

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  43. I have really straight, short hair too. The good thing about short hair is that it holds curl longer, at least for me, because it's not so heavy. Most days I just blow dry it with a round brush and let it do its own thing. When I have more time, I use a 1" curling iron to curl it in pieces. Once the curls cool, I use some styling wax and run my fingers through the curls. Have you tried wearing it up with a headband? Have fun playing around. :)

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  45. I think you look great! Your hair was lovely before, but with this haircut we really get to see your face. It'll probably take a little time to figure out how to style it; the layers make it look really versatile-- it seems as though you make it sleek, like Gwyneth Paltrow, or with more volume at the roots as Drew Barrymore often does, or create beach-y waves. Many celebrities have cut their hair recently, I bet you could find loads of inspiration. My hair is similar to how yours was, and I WISH I had the kind of face that could pull your new haircut. You look adorable (in a sexy, sophisticated way)!

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  46. You look great! A perfect cut for spring! Have a great weekend! xo

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  47. i really like the way you style the new cut! can you do a how to video? i'm looking for a shorter cut too!

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  48. I actually think you look very chic... I love it!

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  49. I really like this shorter 'do on you! it looks fabulous. you could rock anything and make it look gorgeous. I hope you end up liking you hair. If not, there are always extensions :) you look great.

    xoxo
    Hilary

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  50. I'm new to your blog but I love your new hair! It looks softer and just right for spring.

    I'm also really loving your blog! Thanks for all the great photos and ideas.

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  51. oh my gosh! your hair is still long! youre so funny. dont worry...it looks fabulous! fresh new look for a new year! :) try getting a good pomade and running it through your hair after curling or blowdry. you can add in "piecey" pieces and nice texture. :)

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  52. you look fab, i love the waves you created!

    the pomade idea above is great! i will be cutting my hair at some point, i'm still pretty attached to it, i cut it short growing up (on my own)...can you imagine how that looked?! now i'm just afraid of getting a great stylist to cut my hair...that's where my fear lays. your cut looks GREAT!!!

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  53. I think the new hair looks very fresh on you.
    I think going from long to short hair is quite a shock for someone.
    So once some time passes, you will love the new hair.

    I think it looks great!

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  54. Your hair looks great short, but I'm sure it's a shock going that short all at once.

    I didn't read all the comments to see if anyone else suggested this but I just got a sample of this stuff called Pequi oil from Sephora and it's supposed to be good. They don't seem to be offering the sample online but perhaps if they have it in a store near you, you could get a sample to see if it works for you.

    I love the Ojon stuff, it is really good to my hair but the smell sometimes gets to me. This new stuff smells like coconut.

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  55. I think your hair looks great. It always takes some time to get used to a new do. I love, love, love the Wen products. They have made my hair seem so much thicker and I never get any coming out when I shower. I have tried all the formulations and like the original Almond Mint the best. My husband loves it too.

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  56. I have rocked hair that length for a few years now. After I stopped playing volleyball (when I HAD to be able to get my hair into a high ponytail), my hairdresser was nearly cackling in delight to cut my hair shorter. Try making smaller curls than you are used to. My hair curls very easily. I just use some mousse and finger-curl it, then let it air dry. I love doing that. But I'm not sure how your hair would do with that, since its so straight.

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  57. omg.. i LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE your new haircut!!! seriously daring (as a girl with really long hair too).. but it looks absolutely gorgeous on you!! i wish i was a brave as you because it's sooo pretty on you!

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  58. Oh Tiffany! LOVE the new do! You look especially sassy and cute with these short waves!
    But I COMPLETELY understand about the hair attachment. I'm sure we'll talk about it more in depth. The clear gloss treatment? I had it done once, and I don't think it was particularly noticeable on me (but my hair is pretty healthy already). I always get a ton more compliments on shine and healthiness when I use some S-Factor Dream Drops!

    xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

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  59. To get more body in short hair for waves etc. You need layers- which I know you probably don't want...for healthy hair take biotin- its a vitamin that promotes hair growth andover all health - really good stuff and you can buy it cheap at the drug store. I think u look great! Hang in there !

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  60. I think your hair looks great at this length! But I understand the mild panic you are feeling too. I've watched your tutorials in the past, and with the exception of the flat iron waves, you can do everything you were doing before. My hair is just a bit longer than yours is and your tutorials worked for me. I also use my Conair clipless iron a lot to get good body so you are on the right track--just don't give up on your hair!

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  61. I think your cut is awesome! Would you get a digital perm again or are you over it? I have been going back and forth on getting one for months. I'm not worried about how it would look just how my hair would feel afterwards.

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  62. When I was growing out my hair, I used a lot of barrettes to dress up my shoulder length hair. I also bought clip in extensions for when I really missed my long hair. Don't fret! You have more options now than you did with long hair.

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  63. You're pretty enough to look good with even an awful cut. This one is OK, but the long hair was magnificent. A WOWOW!!!

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