The New ‘Do.

I chopped my hair off last Friday.

Well, that’s not precisely correct.  My boss, Dianne, technically chopped my hair off.  Closing my eyes before she began, I reassured her that I wasn’t scared, that she could be creative and that I wasn’t worried about her going too short.  We had gone back and forth with some inspiring hair photos, but nothing was a greater priority than getting rid of all of my old, dyed, auburn ends.

You see, my pregnancy seems to have affected my hair in the most surprising way.  For nearly 10 years as a stylist, I’ve witnessed the darkening effects that hormones have had on pregnant women’s hair.  Only once have I seen someone’s hair actually lighten through a pregnancy.  Now I’ve made that twice.  There are some twinkly gold bits peeking through the front that I’m pretty sure weren’t there before.  Naturally this has resulted in an unhealthy obsession with my mane.

The other ironic twist, however, is that my hair growth actually slowed down through the pregnancy.  I’d have expected it to speed up or to at least grow at the same rate, but no.  Nope, it decelerated to a snail’s place.

So in cutting off the old color, in spite of the fact that it had been over a year since I last colored my hair, I only had about 4.5 inches of virgin hair with which to work.

You should know that Brian’s been incredible about this.  There’s a very good chance that in a few years he might admit to hating this style, but for now he’s keeping a straight face when he tells me that he likes it.

The rest of the world, however, seems to be divided in their opinions.  Half of them gush over how darling the new ‘do is while the other half simply say, “So, how do YOU like it???”

Excellent question.  I like it.  Though Dianne was the master stylist, I like to think of myself as The Editor being that I’ve tweaked it here and there for the last three days, standing over the bathroom sink with my shears and a three-way mirror.

*Ahhhh… Just right.  A little debulking, a little rearranging of the layers…  NOW it’s JUST right.*

Yeah, this might be a “mom ‘do” and I’m not ashamed that my minivan is my greatest hair accessory.

NEW 'do

Bennett was eyeing himself in the mirror.  He obviously gets that vanity from Brian as I wouldn’t be caught dead checking myself out.  *sarcastic snort*



  1. March 27, 2013

    I love it!

  2. March 27, 2013

    You look mahvelous, darling! 🙂

    I think it’s time I get a haircut, too …..

  3. March 27, 2013
    Becca shaw

    Minivan, mommy do…watch out! It’s a slippery slope…next will be the fanny pack and high-waisted jeans 🙂

  4. March 27, 2013

    Love it! Love it! Love it! I’ve always loved short hair on you. 🙂 but maaaan you just gave me the itch to chop all my hair off…

  5. March 27, 2013

    Love the new look!

  6. March 27, 2013

    I think it looks great. I look forward to seeing you do something funky with it. You know I understand cutting it all off… did that for me after I had E. 😉

  7. March 27, 2013

    Oh my gosh. I LOVE it!

  8. March 27, 2013

    Definitely not a mommy do…it looks fantastic! Bennett is checking YOU out in the mirror!

  9. March 27, 2013

    It’s adorable!

  10. March 27, 2013
    Rebecca Ogle

    I love it. I have to say I think that you are the only person that I have ever seen that can pull off any and every hair style. I have not seen a picture of you that I have not thought ” WOW! I love her hair.”

  11. March 27, 2013

    Short looks beautiful, but I would like just a little bit softness on your forehead. Since everyone loves, feel bad with even a suggestion, but nothing if not honest.

    • I initially started w/more on my forehead, but seem to feel more like myself with it in the beginnings of a lopsided faux-hawk. Will continue to play and tweak and sometimes put more “softness” on my forehead. 🙂

  12. April 1, 2013

    Bah ha ha. “Snort”. It looks great, Sue! This pic of you two is sweet. Bennett is as beautiful as his mama. <3

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