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Late last year, I got my hair cut short. For the first time in like, 8 years. I’ve always loved experimenting with my hair and I’ve been through SO MANY styles. When I was in sixth form, I had really short hair – bordering on pixie cut on one side. I’ve also been obsessed with hair extensions and bleaching my hair – both of which ruined my head. And, up until recently, I loved having really long hair too. Like, down to my bum long.
My hair is naturally very thick so it got to a point where it got too long to do anything with. There was no volume. No style. No nothing. You might think that having long hair, you have loads of options with what to do with it but that wasn’t the case for me. My hair always looked flat and a mess because it was simply too long and couldn’t hold any style. No matter how much hair spray I used.
So I finally bit the bullet and had it cut up to my shoulders. 2019 was a transformative year for me and I wanted to enter into the New Year with a new spring in my step. And I thought a brand new and different hair cut would help with that. And it totally did! What is it about getting a new hair cut that makes you think you can take on the world?
Although there’s so many more hair styles I’d like to try, I’ve been so happy with my new, shorter hair so far. I can FINALLY do things with it! Perhaps I’ll go for a Baylage hair colour next time! So today I’m sharing with you my 3 go-to hair styles for date night with my boy or a meal out with my friend:
Look 1: Curly wurly
(Also pictured in the 1st photo) My hair is naturally pretty straight so it takes a LOT of effort to get my hair curly like this. For that reason, I don’t do this style often, unless it’s a special occasion like date night! This is something I couldn’t do when my hair was so long because the curls just simply wouldn’t hold for longer than 10 minutes. My curls stay in all day now!
For this look, I use my straighteners to curl my hair. Twisting it in different directions for each strand to give it a slightly more messy look. If I’m going for ultra messy then I pop some mousse in afterwards but for this, I just hair sprayed and let it set.
Look 2: Messy up-do
This is a great, easy look to do if your hair is already curly but you don’t want it down. So if I was going out and had my hair curly one night and was going out the following evening too, I’d probably shove it up in a messy up-do for something a bit different. It’s also a nice style for when you’re warm and want your hair off the back of your neck.
Again, this was the same curls I did with the straighteners. I simply shoved the back up in a low, messy bun and pulled out a few strands around the front and bottom!
Look 3: Milkmaid braids
This is probably my favourite of the three because it’s SO CUTE and something I couldn’t do with long hair because I didn’t have enough room on my head for the actual braids! This look is perfect for a Summer date night or a cute day out with friends. It gets your hair out the way but stays looking sweet all day long.
For this, I split my hair into half and messily fishtail braided both sides, securing at the bottom with a band. I then brought both braids up on top of my head and secured with a ton of hair slides. This look can be a messy or as neat as you like too. If you want it messier, just do looser braids!