New Haircut

Asked the hairdresser for shoulder length and he gave me a short bob, so I’m freaking out a little.

What do you think? Is it ‘mom’ hair?

jennineNew Haircut

Comments 105

  1. Hannele

    aaww Jennine, you’re incredibly cute! I think you look good (it would be lovelier with bangs) but yes, I’m familiar with scissor-happy hair stylists. I usually ask for less to be trimmed off… knowing it’ll be shorter than what I asked for! Think about it that way, it will grow into what you want! this means you won’t have to go back for a little while ;)
    .-= Hannele´s last blog ..I thought I saw a pussy cat =-.

  2. birdie

    Yeah, the styling gives it the mom look. However, the bob is versatile. I don’t understand why stylists do the glamour-mom thing in their blowouts.

    BUT! A flatiron will do a world of good for it. Conversely – is your hair wavy? I think it’d look fantastic if you rocked some loose waves (and maybe straighten just the bangs, or go super blunt with them? I feel like the sideswept, but not flat bangs are contributing to the “OMG Mom-hair” feel)
    .-= birdie´s last blog ..Outfit: January 6, 2010 =-.

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  4. Noël

    Ooooh when I first saw your last post (about the Norwegian Wood jewelry) I was immediately drawn to the model’s hair, and then when I saw your video I again thought of that hair. I love it! From your video it looks like yours has some great movement too. Definitely not mom hair.
    .-= Noël´s last blog .. =-.

  5. Hilary

    I think it looks good but could look better with different styling. As someone else mentioned, grab your flat iron, or your curler or let it go wavy if you have a natural curl. Get in there and play with it some and if you still aren’t happy with it, pull it back and wait for it to grow out. :)

  6. V

    OK, first, you don’t have mom hair…a bob is a good accident, if there has to be one. While your hair grows out, hopefully you can at least experiment with the flat iron, or tousled waves like Victoria Beckham has worn lately. Cry for a few days, then play with a new personality. I think a super-straight bob will look amazing with your trademark red lipstick.

    Second, hats off to you honey for being so candid, so real. It’s not easy to bare your soul, but after reading all the comments and great suggestions, it looks like it was worth it. You deserve the support and kindness everyone is sending your way.

    Finally, this is just another example to support my total phobia of letting anyone other than my mom cut my hair. She’s a pro, and the only pro I’ve ever been to in my life! Finding a good stylist is a necessary evil and totally terrifying. I hope that you find another one amongst the recommendations people have made.

    Feel better!
    .-= V´s last blog ..WVW: Summer Wedding* =-.

  7. Kristen

    I agree that it is short for having asked for “shoulder length’. To me shoulder length would imply that it reaches to your shoulders or hovers just above or below… Nevertheless, I really think bobs are a great haircut and as many people mentioned it is all in the styling anyways. And I am sure when you play around with the look and put it together with all your amazing outifits, that you will not look like a mom or at least it you do, you will look like one of those really cool moms.

    Cheers for posting this, I would have a hard time opening up like that if I got a haricut i wasn’t expecting.
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..Recycled Style Project: Metal Head =-.

  8. Coffee_junkee

    Honestly, I think it’s only “mom hair” if you let it be mom hair. I agree that it’s really short for shoulder length, but I have no doubt you’ll be able to rock it anyway.

  9. M.Amanda

    To be totally honest, it does look a little mom-ish in this clip, but I have to agree with Birdie that the way you style it could make it sooo sexy. i. e., wear it it wavy and a little messy and you will very much rock a non-mom-ish bob.

  10. SwanDiamondRose

    alo! well, i have been thinking of cleaning up my messy hair. a clean up is always nice after long hair. i think you look great. and it will inspire you to use your wardrobe in different ways. it shows off your bone structure and really brings a focus to your face in a lovely way. and your sking looks amazing. i really understand the shock though, i had an overzealous hairdresser the week before my birthday. with layering she cut away 5 years growth of my hair. it really really freaked me out. so ya, the freak out part sucks. but girl you look sexy and very 1950s, so there :)
    .-= SwanDiamondRose´s last blog ..SWANclothing sock garters in White Lace… =-.

  11. Ameena

    I think your hair looks great…why do stylists always cut off more than you ask? I have the same problem EVERY TIME!

    I really love your blog and your style!
    .-= Ameena´s last blog ..A Rocky Night =-.

  12. artdiva

    loved that you recorded your immediate reaction. the post-salon vulnerability, the freaking-outed-ness is something I can definitely relate to as well, which is why I quit going to hairstylists. nothing against the industry (or I’d be speaking against many dear friends), but I decided to cut my own hair a year and a half ago and haven’t been back. it took b@lls to pick up the scissors on myself, but I’ve never been happier with my hair.
    to me, being a stylist is on the same level as being a graphic designer (my full-time job). I try to merge my clients’ ideals with their reality to justify successful results. it’s really more about listening and processing than anything else, and some clients you have to figure out whether they really want/understand the design’s relation to reality, or to simply give them just the thing they see in the magazine. there’s nothing wrong with either one, but ultimately, it’s all about putting it all together, just for that one person.
    anyways, I don’t see a hint of mom-ishness in your ‘do, and I have a feeling shorter, tailored, easy styles will be “in” soon, after all the long beach/bed hair we’ve seen in 2009
    .-= artdiva´s last blog ..Less Doing, More Living =-.

  13. SwanDiamondRose

    you know what else i did was, i called the hairdresser the next day. i didn’t freak out but i said i was disappointed in the cut and felt it was very different from how we had discussed it. she apologized. and it made me feel a million times better. hair is so personal and mistakes like that are, pardon the pun, a sort of infringement i think. you really feel it.
    .-= SwanDiamondRose´s last blog ..SWANclothing sock garters in White Lace… =-.

  14. dust

    I think it looks just fine, specially if you style it your way. Hair grows, it’ll reach shoulders in no time. My friend had the same “problem” with her haircut, so I cut the back in layers, but left the general silhouette in bob shape with long front curls. Now she can wear it messy on not. It gives the cut third dimension, as bob can be too two dimensional sometimes. ( I’m not a hairdresser, just handy with scissors and sharp 3D eye, my friends often abuse this gift)
    You are so pretty and cute and you have great, full, healthy crown. The hairdresser cut so short out of pure jealousy!

  15. lex

    Like it – much better than before. Pardon me for saying, but your longer hair was a little too “girlish” for my taste. This is much sharper and more grown-up.

  16. miss sophie

    agreed with everyone that it’s only ‘mom hair’ if you let it be. at least it’s not ‘anchor-woman hair’, which would involve some sort of intense highlighting! :P

    but seriously, play around with hair accessories (a feathered headband or cool clip would be fun!) now that you have such a FLIRTY length, and i have a feeling if you play with the texture you’ll really surprise yourself with the lovely possibilities!

    now this reminds me that it’s high time i make a trip to find a great stylist…
    .-= miss sophie´s last blog ..new year resolution #87. =-.

  17. Goody

    i think its a great length to play with…do things you dont normally do…curl it..whatever…but dont let it get ya down..

    i personally am not a big hair girl and i just cut most of mine off myself two day ago!!!
    .-= Goody´s last blog ..Crystal Renn: Soft & Nude =-.

  18. Casey

    Aw… I’m sorry you had a bad salon experience! If it’s any comfort, I walked out of a salon with almost the exact same cut a few years ago–another instance of a stylist going their own way! :p I agree with Birdie’s comment: if you wave it or straighten it, the look can be much more chic and young than the dreaded “mom hair” (which is exactly how I felt too with a bob! lol.). I think you’ll figure out a great solution–you always do! :)

  19. charles

    pssh don’t be silly! it’s adorable, chic, and very european looking. It totally isn’t shoulder lenghth, but the best thing about hair is that grows back! in the meantime, you can have lot’s of fun with scarves, headbands, barettes, hats, and scarves to emphasize your new ‘do :]
    .-= charles´s last blog ..Slow & Steady Wins The Race: Tortoise Shell =-.

  20. Market Publique

    I think it looks cute, especially after seeing it tousled in your last post. Short hair can be a bit shocking, but you’ll get used to it.
    I got a bob last summer – and at first it was shocking and I complained for a month – but it forced me to work with my hair try different things. I put it up a lot more, despite the length, wore tons of hats and cute hair accessories (vintage pins on a barrete!) etc. When I have my regular long hair I worked on my outfit and never gave hair a second thought. I think changing your hairstyle gives you a lot more options and keeps you trying out new things.
    And, at the end of the day, it’s only hair!

  21. Annabel Clarke MacKay

    I just got the EXACT same haircut and feel the EXACT same way. I think my hairdresser knew from the look on my face after he cut it. He said if I wanted to come back to get layers “at no extra charge” I could. I am going on Friday. Thank GOD my hair grows quickly.

    It looks clean and cute on you but I think you’re like me and you want a bit of edge.

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  23. Piper

    Just a couple of days ago I got virtually the same cut. It’s much shorter than I was planning as well. I sort of cried because my hair is kind of my thing…. It’s okay in the end because I was able to donate the hair so at least someone will benefit from my seemingly “naked head” feeling. I found that parting it on the side gave me a more “momish” look (even though I am a mom, I’m not into mom hair!) so I had blunt bangs cut and am wearing it with a middle part. It gives it more edge, but it’s polished. The clothing choices make all the difference, too. On the bright side, you have gorgeous skin and your hair now frames your face…

  24. Chaely

    It’s a little mom-ish but I think it’s mostly because it’s so polished. I’d ruffle it up a bit with just a touch of mousse to make it a little more edgy until it goes back to the length you wanted. Really, it’s not bad!

  25. Michele

    It does look a little overly ‘done,’ but after watching the video, I love it. It reminds me of my mom’s hair in the sixties, and that’s a good thing.

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