Introducing the ‘Boxie’ and 6 ways to style your short haircut.

jlawHi my short haired babes. I’ve got some styling ideas for you. Okay…..Maybe you aren’t short yet but maybe you are dreaming of A Big Chop. Maybe you are short and uninspired. Maybe you are newly short and clueless. Whoever you are, if you have short hair or are considering it, this post is for you.

First off, there are many ways to have short hair. Check out this post to help you choose which short hair cut is right for you. If you are growing out your super-short hair, check out this post to help you plan your grow-out and in the meantime, use the following short hair styling tricks to help you bear the unbearable grow-out months;)

Today, we are going to talk about whats-er-names cute and versatile Boxie and how to style it. A Boxie is a haircut that is a bit of pixie and a bit of A-line bob. It is the most versatile of the short pixie-ish haircuts. Think of the boxie as the pixie version of a Shlob.

A Boxie ( I literally just came up with that name like 2 minutes ago) Is a pixie cut in the back and sides, with longer bangs in the front. IT is the perfect mix of chic, modern, feminine, flirty, classy and androgynous all at the same time.

You can see by the above photo that it doesn’t take much to really change the look and feel of the cut. Let’s talk about the intricacies of short hair styling. Time to break it open.

*A trick to remember? When styling short hair, instead of using a ‘part’ to divide the hair on the head, use your fingers to ‘direct’ the hair in the direction you want it to go. Kapiche?

6 easy ways to style your short haircut.

1. Hard-Core Bedhead. For days of playing and mischevious fun . To get this look, let your hair get as dirty as possible and literally roll out of bed. If you need to, use a little matte-finish styling paste or Beach hair spray and style it with your fingers. This will give a bit of extra texture and hold to the do’. Rake your hands back through your dirty hair and make it stick up all over in every direction. Don’t over style it. Let it be a natural evolution of mess. Make it last for days by applying a sprinkle of hair powder to the roots and brushing it through. It keeps getting better and better. Take lots of naps and romps with your honey and use it as an excuse for good hair. You can make this look last for days.

2. Soft-Core Bedhead. Follow the directions in step 1. Instead of raking your fingers back through your hair, rake it all forward and sweep it across your forehead. This creates a totally different look within the same feel of a casual, effortless, playful mess. Again this look gets better and better with time.

3. The Soft’n Simple. Time to tame the beast a bit and simplify the look. This is basically step 2 without the dirty. The hair is still directed forward and swept across the forehead but the look is softer and a bit more natural. To get this look, wash your hair and let it dry naturally. Maybe spray a bit of sea spray to give it a tiny bit of lift and texture, but don’t load it on. The key to getting this soft and pretty natural boxie perfection is to make the front sweepy section tame, but keep the back half a little messy. Use a comb to smooth and sweep the hair across the forehead. Use your fingers to push the sides slightly back, but don’t tuck the sides back entirely. Got to leave a little fringe in front of the ol’ ears.

4. The Secret Dirty Little Secret. Like step 3 product wise, but slightly more asymmetrical styling and without the messiness in the back. This gives the look a bit more polish and edge. Keeping in mind that you don’t want to part the hair, direct the heavy side of the hair to one side, swept across the face and keep some hair in front of the ear on that side ( Don’t tuck your hair behind your ear. ) Tuck the other side behind your ear.

5. The Straight-up Sweep Back. This is for full on sexy androgyny. I love this look. It can be hard to wear when you have hangups about your huge forehead, jawline, ears, nose etc because it really lets your face shine. But as I told a client yesterday, everyone has a hair/face/self image hangup. You are not alone. But you are probably the only person who sees it as a disadvantage. The rest of us wish we had your beautiful big nose. So I dare you to rock this look and I predict that once you get used to it, it will liberate you.

To get the look, apply a light gel to your hair when it’s damp. Comb it all back and finish it by raking it back gently with your fingers to break it up a bit. Let it dry like this. Put on your favorite earrings or a neck tie and rock the shit out of it.

6. Lastly, The Polished Hipster. Follow the product directions from step 5, and the styling directions from step 4. Have a dirty little secret, but keep it to yourself. This look is dignified and chic. Do it.

That’s all for today, folks. Go ahead and try these hairstyles out and let me know what you think.




Gutter punk to professor: A hair story.

brookThis is my sister, Brook. She is a biologist, on the front lines of cancer research ( I’m so proud of her:) She loves science. She is excited about science. She is an Artist of Science. One reason she likes the lab is that she can do whatever she wants with her hair, and listen to any kind of music in her headphones that she chooses and no one can say shit about it, as long as she is effectively dividing cells on lab-grown skin samples and making useful hypothesis.Screen Shot 2013-05-16 at 1.03.05 PM She seems to enjoy being the weird one at work. I can understand that. I cut her hair into the Girl with the Dragon tattoo haircut about a year ago.

Without any trimming or maintenance, it grew out into a perfect gutter-punk flop. But in a good way! When she came to visit me last month, she was ready for something more professional to rock while she defends her dissertation. I gave her the razored pixie and it suited her perfectly.brook after

Cute and short and chic, no maintenance or styling needed. And, it will grow out well because her hair is fine and I texturized the ends. She can really pull off shaggy hair and piece-y ends. And we only see each other a couple times a year 🙁 so her hair cuts have to last.

Here is a little trade secret for you……The key to a feminine short haircut is the hair around the ears. There is a fine line between short and sharp and masculine, and perfectly choppy and soft and shattered. This is the line that divides a femme short haircut from a more butch-ified one. To each her own.b3

I love a good hair transformation success story.

Channeling Robin Wright’s House of Cards haircut

Screen Shot 2013-05-19 at 12.51.02 PM Screen Shot 2013-05-19 at 12.51.14 PMI already told you that I am obsessed with this short and sexy haircut. Well imagine my excitement when a new client came to me at Vain and requested it!

She asked what I thought about that haircut on her. I didn’t want to freak her out with my over-excitement/obsession with that particular haircut. I played it cool and said ” I think it will look marvelous on you”

So, I heavy foiled a mohawk section on the top with 3 different blondes and then razor cut the do. It was essentially 2 haircuts in one……..Graduated short A-line in the back, with short sides cut moving backwards and an over-cut longer top mohawk section that can easily swing both ways;) So effin hot on her.

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This haircut works best on finer hair, and is a GREAT one for fine limp thin hair that otherwise doesn’t hold much of a style. It is a cut with real shape to it. It should grow out beautifully, too.

Asymmetrical Shlob.

PicMonkey CollageI am in love with this haircut. This is what I will do when I decide to finally cut my hair. It is so modern and feminine and soft and edgy at the same time. I appreciate a haircut that doesn’t look too perfectly done. They tend to grow out beautifully.

The asymmetrical shlob works best on thicker hair with lots of wave and curl. It is an easy haircut to DIY!

kimmThis haircut that I did on Kim started out with a simple side ponytail, I pulled the holder down to the ends, and cut straight across the ends, removing about an inch and a half of length. This created the shape of the haircut. Then I went through and texturized the ends a bit, and layered her a bit more. This can be done by gathering the hair into an even higher side ponytail near top of the head and cutting off the ends.

Here is Kimmy before and after. What a fox!!!!!DSC01870DSC01891

f*** flattering, why you should question beauty rules.

Erin, the founder of Fat girls+short hair=yes came to me for a haircut yesterday. We chatted about our lives and our blogs. She started her Tumblr site to give some love to big ladies who rock short hair.

At one point, she mentioned her own “F*** flattering stance”. I love this statement and I completely agree with her. There are beauty “Rules” that are ancient and baseless and they limit our imaginations and our views of ourselves. In honor of all the fat girls with hot short haircuts, here is an inspiring guest post from Erin herself.

Fat girls+short hair=YESSSSSS!

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Last year, I was feeling a bit bored with my hairstyle and decided to go for the ubiquitous asymmetrical under cut.  (Well, it was ubiquitous in my community of badass queer femmes for a while there.)  My hair is wavy but for some reason, the left side of my head is basically straight, so I thought I might as well just shave it off anyway.  It was fun for about three weeks and then I was over it.

Screen Shot 2013-03-06 at 1.05.02 PMLeft, my grown-out under cut.  Right, my new short ‘do, with fellow short-hair-don’t-care babe Mads. (photo credit: Leila Hofstein for Sugar Town)

Growing out an under cut is a giant pain in the butt, so  I decided to just go short all over.  I hopped on the internet to search for some short and feminine hairstyles and was immediately cranky and disappointed.  Literally none of the sites I found with short hair galleries featured any women who were fat, chubby, or even just fuller in the face.  And all the advice for larger women basically said “OMG DON’T HAVE SHORT HAIR. IT’LL JUST MAKE YOU LOOK FATTER!  QUICK, HIDE BEHIND LONG HAIR SO NO ONE CAN SEE YOUR CHUB!!!”

Which is ridiculous, not to mention f****ed up.  I embrace the school of thought that says wear what you want and look how you want, regardless of what the magazines tell you—cuz they’re just trying to sell stuff to you by making you feel crappy about yourself.

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I decided to put my rage to use and created a Tumblr.  I put out a call on my Facebook for friends to submit photos of themselves, I posted some pictures of a few celebrities (like the always amazing Beth Ditto), and I persisted in my Google-ing (even though most of the search results were often offensive, demeaning, and/or racist).  I wanted to create a resource for folks like myself who just wanted to see how various short styles would look like on someone who was similar to them.

Fast forward a few months and my little blog has over  400 followers on Tumblr, and over 300 posts featuring lovely and fierce ladies of all kinds.  I try to represent folks from lots of different ethnicities, hair types, styles, and sizes (though I can always use help in the form of submissions and suggestions!).  I comb Tumblr and the internet for photos, and I’m slowly but surely getting more submissions from followers.

I sometimes get comments from folks who say that seeing the images on my blog gave them the confidence to do what they’d always wanted to do, and how much they love their new style. I also hear about the awful things family members, friends, and hairstylists say to big girls who want to go short – it breaks my heart, makes me mama-bear furious, and strengthens my resolve to keep the blog going.  We all deserve to be in control of our own appearance and we all deserve to be treated with respect.  Find someone who will work with you—in most cities you can find someone just by asking around.  And if you can’t find someone—get DIY with it! Play with your hair, figure out what works best for your hair type and your lifestyle, and screw the haters.

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