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I got my hair cut on Monday.
After months of letting my hair grow longish and shaggy, I knew it was time to return to my tried and true friend, the bob.
I’ve had bobbed hair off and on since I was 18 years old. That was the time, after months of waffling, I finally had my waist-length hair chopped off into a chin-length angled bob. It was the best hair cut of my life, and the moment I realized that I’m pretty much a short hair person.
Where I live, long hair is in. Cool ladies are rocking the messy 70s Jane Birkin thing. Elaborate and fun braided hairstyles are all over pinterest. There’s so much you can do with long hair.
But every time I get lazy and just let it grow, I feel trapped under the weight of all that hair. I feel like my face is hidden. It’s just not really me.
Hair and makeup are so transformative and powerful. Few other things can completely change the way you look the way hairstyle and beauty products can.
That’s why I love the idea of having a few aspects of my look that I really don’t change. Finding just a few things I love and sticking with them gives me a feeling of continuity, that I look and feel like myself no matter what else I change or wear.
I also don’t waste as much time and money trying different products. I still play around with makeup once in a while or try a new lip color, but I have a pretty good idea of what fits my life, style, skin, hair, and facial features.
If I were to list mine, they’d be: coral lipstick (all shades, from peach to bright orangey-pinky-reds), natural skin and hair oils, short to medium length dark hair, amber and/or rose scents, and black liquid eyeliner.
I might change other things around, but I know I can always come back to these things and feel like myself in them.
Questions to ask yourself:
After thinking about it for a while, I came up with a list of 9 questions to help me narrow down my choices and think about other things that really work for me, and how I might adjust what I do and what I buy.
They might be helpful for you too:
- What hair style has been most flattering and comfortable for you? How did it make you feel about yourself? Did it invoke any of the words you came up with in our core style exercise?
- How much makeup are you comfortable with? It could be no makeup, or a full face with contouring (and all that jazz I could never figure out). Or it could vary day to day.
- How does your makeup and hair reflect your personal style? What do you feel they say about you and your aesthetics?
- How much product do you want to own? Do you like collecting products, or would you rather just have a few essentials? How much bathroom clutter are you ok with?
- What requirements do you have for the products you buy? Do you stick with all natural products? Are there ingredients you avoid?
- What colors feel best near your face? How do they relate to the color palette you created?
- What colors never look right near your face? What colors have you tried and given up on before?
- How much time do you realistically want to spend getting ready in the morning?
- What types of scents do you gravitate towards? Do you wear perfume? Other scented products? What do you feel the scents you like communicate about your personality?
- After going through the questions above, add 3-5 images to your style board that reflect your own beauty signatures, or ones you’d like to incorporate.
Out of curiosity, what’s your morning beauty routine and how long does it take? Are you a minimalist, or do you enjoy the ritual of spending time on yourself in the morning?
I’d say I’m a little of both. I really do enjoy getting ready in the morning, sitting at my vanity with a little lavender tea candle lit (yes, really) and getting ready for the day. But I don’t usually spend more than 5-10 minutes on my hair (mostly drying it), and maybe 5 minutes on makeup unless I’m feeling fancy.
However, my vanity is completely cluttered with makeup I never wear, bottles with just a teensy bit of product left in them, perfume samples, and hair products I’m not sure I even know how to use. I definitely have a ways to go in learning to get rid of things like this.