Sunday, January 8, 2012

before/after




Top: H&M (similar styles here, here and here); Jeans: c/o Paige Denim; Shoes: Christian Louboutin; Bag: Zara (similar style here); Sunglasses: Karen Walker; Jewelry: earrings c/o Anarchy Street, Michael Kors watch; Lipstick: YSL "Rouge Volupte"

Yes, after much debate and self-reflection, I chopped my hair off. About 12 inches to be exact. Only took me about a year to get enough guts to do it -- but if you know me, that's about par for the course. 

My hairdresser, Deb, over at Devil's Hairhouse in the Mission (SF ladies and gents, I highly recommend this gal -- she knows her stuff!) was completely patient with me as I pulled up about 20 inspiration photos from my Pinterest folders. My top contenders were Arizona Muse and Alexa Chung on the shorter, more layered side and Vogue's Sylvana Ward Durret on the longer, blunter side. As you can see, we leaned more toward the shorter version, because it put me right over the mark to donate my hair, which I've always wanted to do.

While I'm still in a bit of scissor shock, I think it's starting to grow on me! Plus, I'm starting to see the beauty of earrings and strapless dresses in a whole new light. Isn't it amazing how hair can literally transform how you feel in certain accessories and necklines? 

129 comments:

  1. Congrats on your new look and on donating your locks! I'm going to call Deb. I'm in the Bay Area and it is time for a new cut for me too.

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  2. Wow I love long hair but you definitely rock the short!

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  3. Your new hair style looks fantastic! And adore the peplum detail in your look. x

    www.TheFancyTeacup.com

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  4. you look fabulous!

    http://forallthatjas.blogspot.com/

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  5. This is a great length in you! So brave and it paid off!

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  6. You look amazing! Love the top! Did you just recently get it?

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  7. I loveee this!! The new cut looks great....

    jen
    http://blankwhiteframes.blogspot.com

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  8. I love your new hair, it looks AMAZING! XOXO

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  9. Those earrings are beyond cool!! Are they heavy?

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  10. OMG, your hair looks amazing!!

    Tiffany
    http://shoeschampagne.blogspot.com

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  11. Love it and someone is SO lucky to get your gorgeous hair.

    Looks great, lady!!

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  12. lovely outfit and the short hair suits you so well!! very sexy :)

    -Samantha Mariko
    www.lettersimpromptu.blogspot.com

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  13. short hair looks amazing on you!

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  14. Bellissimo il nuovo look! Mi piace!

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  15. Awesome hair! And it only took you a year ... I'm still deliberating after 10 years!

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  16. i love it! it fits you SO well! Just curious, is your hair naturally wavy or do you curl it yourself? I've been toying with the idea of cutting my hair but I'm too chicken. Your kinda making me want to do it even more!

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  17. I.LOVE.YOUR.HAIR. It looks sooo good on you! :) I'm glad that you decided to do it! haha

    -Megan Rose
    Somewhat Stylish

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  18. You look beautiful! That top is also fantastic. Great look all around!

    xo,
    www.postgradchic.blogspot.com

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  19. Beautiful haircut! It's nice to change it up every once and a while. Adore the peplum...makes me want to run over to H&M in Emeryville today.

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  20. your hair looks fabulous! and so nice that you could donate what you had cut.

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  21. Your hair looks amazing! I love the length. I'm so afraid to cut my long hair, but every time I see styles like this, it makes me want to do it. Great way to kick off the new year :)

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  22. Your hair is beautiful! What a cut! And your earring are incredible.

    A Southern Drawl

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  23. Love the new do. Looks adorable on you.

    XX-Myrna

    http://mybeatboutique.blogspot.com

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  24. Your hair is gorgeous. I agree with you about earrings, ever since I have cut my hair I wear big earrings much more,they look better with shorter hair :)

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  25. That cut looks GREAT on you! And you still have curls, which is perfect! It'll probably take you so much less time to get ready in the morning. That's what happened with me when I cut all of my hair off. Enjoy :)

    Meg
    @MissMegasaurus
    www.glamoroushustle.com

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  26. absolutely love love your new hair length! and great earrings and peplum top! can't believe its H&M! will have to pass by the shop!

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  27. this haircut gave you this devilish look. and thats awesome indeed

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  28. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!! Those tassel earrings look amazing too :)

    xo Julia
    galmeetsglam.com

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  29. I LOVE your hair and I LOVE the outfit and earrings!!!!!!!!!!

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  30. Short hair looks amazing on you! Wow! What a great way to start out the New Year .. with a huge change!

    Congrats on taking the plunge!

    xx

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  31. great!!
    love your new look !!
    eli

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  32. Beautiful! Love the new hair and your outfit is fab. ~ Rhoda

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  33. very Carrie's first day at Vogue.

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  34. even though i have had hair envy, i think this cut is AMAZING. i am excited to see how you are going to style it. how did you/she achieve the waves on a shorter 'do?

    ~pemora

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  35. It looks amazing with the earrings - good move!x

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  36. ahh you look so freaking cute Krystal! i love the new cut!

    love from San Francisco,
    Britt+Whit

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  37. goodness, you look absolutely stunning! and I agree with the other readers, you are donating gorgeous locks to such a great cause! lovely, lovely, lovely!

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  38. LOVE your new hair cut!!! The earrings look perfect with it :)


    Mundo de Alicia ❤

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  39. It looks great! Especially with the curls like that... my hair is pin straight so wouldn't have that amazing volume.

    xo, alison*elle

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  40. you look fabulous! short hair suits you!

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  41. It's so different! I love it though… SO tempted to do the same soon… it's so nice that you donated it, that's huge.

    Do you get that phantom-hair feeling when washing/ brushing?

    Girl in the Poodle Shoes

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  42. OMG you're so brave! I've been wanting to chop my hair too but am much to scared! It looks great - love the waves :) You go girl!

    Tasia
    http://rufflesandsequins.blogspot.com

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  43. Hola mi nombre es Luana, soy tu fan me encanta tu blog, yo vivo en París, pero yo soy brasileña, también tengo un blog, se le pasa, me encantó su mirada hoy Besos súper chic y femenino, eres hermosa! Y el éxito. y amaba a su corte de pelo nuevo y moderno!
    http://mademoisellesisters.blogspot.com/

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  44. Love the new cut... definitey a nice look for the new year!!

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  45. I absolutely LOVE it! You look great!! short hair gives you a greater sense of confidence in my opinion!! Work it

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  46. OMIGOD YOU LOOK SO FABULOUS! I never would have thought of you as a short haired girl but now i say...NEVER GO BACK! !!!!!! it rocks sosososoososo much! <3
    Rory
    www.WearAboutsBlog.com

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  47. It looks great! Love your Blog as well...you have aided in my increased credit card bill and challenged me to appreciate/invest in classics. so Thank you

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  48. I love the new hair...switz swoo. Very nice. I'd be the same about getting the chop but fair play to you for getting up the guts - I really love it.

    On the clothes side, super cute outfit, love that top...I need to take avtrip to Zara... It's been like 3 wks and I'm getting withdrawal symtons :)

    The red lippy is nice, I want to try a new one, might check that one out.

    Www.stylefootprints.blogspot.com

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  49. Go, girl! It looks great! Way to be brave. I could never do it. I wish!

    XO,
    Doux Rousse
    www.douxrousse.com

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  50. The new hair looks great!! Those earrings are amazing. Must. Purchase. Now.

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  51. You're a brave one! It looks beautiful! Good job! ~Serene

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  52. You are such a courageous lady! Your new haircut looks so sweet and sophisticated on you. Love it!

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  53. I think that this new haircut really suits you. It is really fun and looks great curly! And I love how you are showing off those bold earrings!

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  54. adorei o seu brinco!!! O look inteiro ta maravilhoso! beijos

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  55. This is too cute!! I love your hair! :)

    commonsenseandstilettos.blogspot.com

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  56. It looks so cute on you!! Love it!

    Andrea

    www.frommylivingroom.blogspot.com

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  57. I love your new cut! I makes you look sassy!

    -Nico

    www.SatinAndsalt.com

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  58. Oh my goodness you look AMAZING!

    I can imagine it is a bit of a shock but you look so beautiful!

    I've been considering a 'lob' (long bob) and you might have pushed me into doing it... ;)

    life/style/flash.

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  59. You look incredible! What a wonderful thing to do I think you definitely made the right choice.

    Collections

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  60. You look amazing, Krystal! Loving your new hair and how you maintained those pretty waves even with the shorter do. You look ultra chic and have a whole new edge to your look. I've been wanting to chop my hair off too but the bf doesn't like short hair and I feel like I would miss playing with my long hair haha.. but yout new hairstyle is making me seriously reconsider ;)

    xox
    Jen

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  61. Oh my gosh, you're so cute!! Love the new hairstyle and you pull it off perfectly!:)

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  62. Wowwww! Krystal, it is SO.CUTE! It must be such a shock, but it's super flirty & fun, and the fact that you donated your hair is pretty darn amazing! Good for you! Washing & drying will seem so fast to you now! You look completely adorable here! (and extra tiny!)

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  63. Love it so much! I have been wanting to donate for a while, but can't ever keep my hair in good enough condition while growing it out! Loving your new short do!

    Michelle
    www.pinqueblog.com

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  64. Love the new hair, very brave to go in for the snip! I have thought about it for a while but always back out of it, your post gives me new courage! Xx

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  65. Absolutely LOVE the new haircut!! xx

    www.manhakins.blogspot.com

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  66. Krystal, I love it! you look beautiful - and those earrings are perfect for you short hair debut :) haha

    http://www.brightontheday.com

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  67. oh wow! such a drastic change. i've been admiring your hair for a while now, however i think that you made the right decision. it definitely looks more fun and playful! curious to see how it looks like when it's straightened.

    leyla.

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  68. It looks ABSOLUTELY amazing!

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  69. I LOVE the new look!!!! Very fun, flirty and sophisticated! you donating your hair is such a great thing to do!!!! Great way to start the new year!!!

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  70. You look gorgeous, Krystal! Of course, you did before, but I really like this shorter length on you!

    And, yes, I love that feeling of a new 'do! :)

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  71. oh so hot! i love your new haircut! you look great!

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  72. It looks amazing on you! don't you worry :)

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  73. Stunning! I loved the long hair, but you also look amazing with it short. you really rock it!

    http://thelittletexan.blogspot.com/

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  74. I love the new look. It is so chic and sleek.

    Yanira
    http://manolosmanicuresthismom.blogspot.com/

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  75. I love your new haircut! Its amazing. I cannot wait to see what else you wear with it! That outfit is perfect!

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  76. whoa!! i love the waves in your hair it looks really defined now. is it naturally curly or did you curl it with a curling iron? either way, this is a great look on you! super chic. :)

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  77. i love your hair! as a girl who likes to change things up with her hair, i'm always super supportive with shorter 'dos :)

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  78. Yes, you look SO amazing Krystal! That is exactly how I used to wear mine too when it was short. Oh gosh, now I want to cut it. Lol

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  79. I just found this blog and all of your clothes, shoes, and accessories are gorgeous! And your haircut looks amazing on you! I did this last year and my cut didn't look as good, but congrats on donating your hair!

    peoniesandpaper.wordpress.com

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  80. I know I already told you, but I had to comment and let you know how much I love it! I know it's probably so hard to get used to, but looks incredible. Plus, donating it... icing on the cake!

    Miss you and hope to see you in Feb?!

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  81. Ahh, love, love! It looks great on you and definitely adds a touch more sophistication to the heaps you already had. Yay for successful cuts.

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  82. Wow your new haircut looks gorgeous !

    http://masaladiary.blogspot.com/

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  83. LOVE the top, and the new hair :) i don't have 12 inches to loose but one day maybe i will give up 2 or 3 ;)

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  84. WOW...pin as app tab anyone? I love these peplum tops. A moment like this makes me glad that I sew. Because I plan to shamelessly knock-off Stella. I'll let you know when I did it. Loves, D

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  85. I was so amazed when I saw the photo on instagram of your plait! But you look every bit as gorgeous as I thought you would. Hasn't it brought out the curls in your hair too! Just lovely
    xxx

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  86. Love the haiir! I had my hair short for about 2 years and now i am growing it out.

    You should make a tutorial on how you get your wavess! I have my hair just a tad bit longer than that down to my shoulders but i can never get it styled that way!

    Erika
    http://beautimperfect.blogspot.com/

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  87. You look STUNNING!!!! The Cropped hair does look good on you :)

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  88. very nice blouse and clutch :)

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  89. you look absolutely gorgeous with your new hairstyle :) those earrings are fab!

    xoxo,

    Fashion Fractions

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  90. Love that top! so adorable!
    http://sugarmagnoliamargaret.blogspot.com/

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  91. Love the hair it fits your style btw great look!!!

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  92. Your hair looks ah-mazing, Krystal! :) Lookin' super chic!


    Love that peplum top paired w/ those Paige jeans... Paige is the best isn't it?

    xx
    Jen

    http://belledecouture.com

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  93. Loving the hair and curls...very chic and stylish! You go, girl!!

    http://www.becauseshannasaidso.blogspot.com

    XO,
    Shanna

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  94. I recently chopped off my super long hair and donated it as well. It has been fun to style a hair cut similar to your new length and felt great to be able to donate my hair! Happy styling!

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  95. i love it! i wonder if you would do a tutorial on how you curl your shorter hair. i got a lot of length cut off a few months ago and have had trouble figuring out the best way to curl it. with my normal methods, the curl falls to about chin length, which is fine for long hair, but with short hair, it means rather than being curly, my ends just flip out in weird ways...

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  97. I love your old hair but I LOVE your new hair even more!! just awesome!

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  98. Looks great! I've been wanting to cut my hair for a long time too but cant get up the courage! lol This look reminds me of summertime...so maybe I need a few extra months of debating! :)

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  99. i really loved your long hair but i definetely feel you cause i cuted mine too !!!

    i feel so different ! i was bored with long hair they are really nice but short hair give more type & style to you !

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  100. I LOVE your new hair!!....I just chopped mine as well and I have to say it's the best decision I've ever made!! I love mine and you get used to it so quickly because there are so many fun things you can do with it!!...You look great, and I love your blog entirely! :)

    http://fashioneda.blogspot.com/

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  101. Adorable! Love this blouse and love the new hair!

    http://theautumnissue.com

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  102. love love love! you look so great!

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  103. Beyond cute!!! Makes the earrings really pop.

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  104. I love the new hair. Is your hair naturally wavy or do you have to create those fabulous waves?

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  105. i also just chopped my hair and donated it. 8 inches!! i feel like my new hair changes the whole vibe of an outfit now.

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  106. GORGEOUS cut. I'm so tempted to lop mine off, too.

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  107. Oh my gosh! It looks absolutely amazing! Um, and those earrings with that shirt. Whew! Knockout!

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  108. Oooo, Congrats!!! As someone with super-long hair, I definitely give you major props for doing it!! It's kinda fun, actually, because my hair looks really similar to yours, so now I get to see what a short 'do would look like. And it looks TERRIFIC! :)
    -giedre

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  109. How do you curl your hair now that it's short? I cut mine about the same length and would love to know how you get those perfect curls!

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  110. yes, you look absolutely adorable. my hair is so long right now...i'm loving it. however, every now and again i see a style like this and consider running to the salon... i may have to pin YOUR hair as inspiration. ;)

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  111. Gorgeous hair... long and short...

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  112. Super cute!!!! It does take a lot of convincing oneself to change one's hair, I find. If I do something on impulse, I almost always hate it afterwards. But, even when I think about it long and hard, it's still difficult to finally take the plunge! I admire the fact that you chopped off enough to donate it! I did that 3 years ago and finally am almost back to the length I want (after getting a Victoria Beckham bob for awhile!)

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  113. those earrings are the best ever. and ditto to the how-do-you-get-those-gorgeous-curls question above!!

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  114. i think the short hair suits you so much! it's so chic and adorable. love the curls, like everyone else here!

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  115. i like hairstyles i want to say that i can serme whole life to the hairstyles i can hairstyles easily do this i like it.hairstyles are a primitive one and often linked with the popular and demanding styles in 60s and 70s both in men and women. A parallel hairstyles approach is still followed for girls and women in modern hairstyles amazing hairstyle with a little untidy that confers a bridal hairstyles rock & roll look to your hair. This curly hairstyles. style has gone through slight changes over the time. Unlikely to older styles.

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