Big girls+Short hair=Hot!

Who says that big girls can’t have short hair?  Not HTHG. This is such a huge and disappointing fallacy. To prove it, check out Fat girls+short hair=yes  a great blog by the fantastic big girl with short hair, Erin D.

Erin is a gorgeous and vivacious woman who looks great with short hair and wants to spread the hair love. I commend her for creating a place for big girls with awesome short hair cuts to share photos and style ideas.

Erin was one of my original Vain clients, who got hooked on my haircuts when I helped her find her natural curl. She went very short a while ago and came to me to shape her up to start growing out a couple months ago. Here is her post from that last cut. Check it out if you want to follow her grow-out process.

Today, she came in and brought her friend Abby, and I trimmed em up. Erin’s hair was needing some layering and texturizing to bring out her curl, and Abby was ready for a new look. She is a DIY haircutter which I just love, but every once in a while a DIY hair cut needs a professional shaping;)

Can I just say…..I think these women look marvelous. Have you ever let your body shape or image keep you from the perfect haircut? I can’t tell you how many times I hear ‘I’ll go short when I lose 10 pounds’

I have an idea. Go out on a limb and cut your hair short if you are a big girl. Then send Erin a photo for fat girls+short hair=yes and share your new look and sense of freedom with the world.

And if you need any short hair ideas or references, check out this post about choosing which short haircut is right for you.


Short hair….What style is right for you?









I’ve been scheming on this post for a while. Cutting your hair short is a big deal, especially if it is your first time.

I am a believer that there is a short haircut that is right for every face shape, hair texture, body type, and lifestyle. Before you take the plunge, It is important to understand your options and consider a couple of key points about short hair.

These first 4 photos are examples of short haircuts that have soft and feminine elements to them. How to make a short haircut look more feminine?…

  • No blunt lines
  • Angled slightly so that the back is a bit shorter than the front.
  • Texture and softness in the ends and all around the perimeter
  • Whispy around the ears
  • More length around the face
  • Not parted, but pushed across the forehead from the crow.
  • These cuts tend to grow out really nicely and be very low maintenance.
  • Soft, simple, and natural inspired color.
  • Good for a natural, low maintenance girl who likes to be feminine without the fuss.
  • They are great for wavy and curly haired ladies, and all face shapes.
  • Great for bigger girls.
  • The razored ponytail bob!

If you are wanting something edgier, you are looking at more styling, and trimming and shaping.  High maintenance, but also high fashion and makes a statement.

Edgy hair tends to be…

Modern and trendy short hairstyles are…

  • Shorter around the edges, but still point cut to add softness.
  • Heavy texturized fringe around the face
  • Slightly discheveled.
  • Much shorter in the back than the front.
  • Swept across the face from a very deep side part.
  • Need at least an every 8 week shape up.
  • Great for a modern woman who wants a versatile look that makes a statement.
  • Hipster pixie chic, another HTHG DIY cut idea.









Androgynous short haircuts are very in these days. They work best on people who are very comfortable with themselves and don’t mind standing out. They tend to be…

  • More uniform in their length.
  • More square and harsh, instead of rounded and soft.
  • Pretty clean and short around the ears and back.
  • Squared off, heavy fringe.
  • Good for a confidant style chameleon, or a woman that wants to look dude-like.
  • Hipster hangover
  • How to cut your husbands hair on a lady!












Flirty short hair Is basically modern and trendy, but with…

  • A bit more length around the ears and face, with slight disconnection.
  • Lots of texture and separation
  • Pieces of hair that graze the eyes, creating a seductive peek-a-boo effect.
  • Great for flirty single ladies who want a hip style with a come-hither element.
  • The Razored pixie, an HTHG cut.

And at last, short hair mistakes. Try and avoid these mistakes….

  • Cuts that look like someone set fire to the back of your head.
  • Bad color job and bad cut.
  • The wrong clipper attachment.
  • DIY styles that could poke your eye out or injure another person.
  • I also want to add that the fallacy that big girls shouldn’t wear short hair is totally wrong. Any of these hairstyles would look fab on a big girl. Fat girls+short hair=hot!

















Pixie-bob. The official HTHG ‘do of summer

Heather is so herself with short hair. Long hair looks nice on her too, but with the darkness and silky texture of her hair against her pretty olive skin, This short cut frames her face like the perfect picture frame.

This little ‘do has been a summer go-to hair cut that I have customized for my clients since the get-go. It is so feminine, a little edgy, and grows out fantastically into a nice layer-y soft face framing bob. Get this cut in the beginning of the summer, wear it in all it’s different stages of grow out until the fall. This one I did with a razor, It’s a short graduated bob with an angle forward, then texturized through the top, then a little asymmetrical bang to top it all off.

Transformation #5 Deva curl cut and virgin bleach

Mary is a hard working mama of 2, and architect on the side. She is very involved in a cool organization called Apple Seeds that brings local produce into public school cafeterias. She has always wanted to do something fun and wild with her hair, and volunteered to be a part of this series.

I started by giving her a short Deva cut, then bleached her and toned her. I decided to style her straight, because it often takes curls some time to adjust to being bleached, and they were not ready to behave. I loaded her hair up with Easy Rider by KM, to moisturize and give her some styling power and protection before styling.

Love this look on Mary, and glad to be able to introduce her to being a platinum blonde. This is a great color scheme for short hair, and can be easily buzzed off with a #4 on the clippers for a true platinum pixie, which looks fantastic with grown out roots.

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If you purchase a Madison Reed Radiant Color Kit, you will receive not only the colors of hair colors your choice, but also the necessary tools to apply it. The entire line is designed for the DIY hair colorer! And if you need to tone in between coloring, be sure to check out their Color Reviving Gloss to refresh and revive your hair.

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Transformation #4- Short hipster razor cut and some feather panels


Megan came to me with a bob and old highlights that had been growing out for 6 months or so. She was really in need of an update, and ready for anything.

Her hair is fine, thick, has a little wave in it, and texturizes fabulously. I gave her a razored pixie, but left the front a bit longer to hipster it up a bit. To do this, I used a stationary design line at the crown, and brought all the hair in my top section back.

Then, I  texturized with my razor through the whole top section.

For her color, I used my feather paneling technique, with 3 colors, a dark burgundy, a bright copper, and a bold blonde.

I sectioned off 2 triangles of hair on her head, and foiled slices through the triangle starting at the top with 3 copper slices, 3 burgundy slices, and 3 blonde slices. I always like putting the brightest color at the top, and then the dark on top of the light for maximum contrast. This created bold directional featherlike color around her face that added some pop to her hipster pixie razor cut.















Do you want to try it? You can now purchase a more in depth how-to video of this look in the HTHG video store right now!. Try it on yourself or a lucky someone else. Don’t forget to send HTHG a before and after picture!

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