On Haircuts (Or, Managing the Unmanageable) – A Little Leopard On Haircuts (Or, Managing the Unmanageable) – A Little Leopard
On Haircuts (Or, Managing the Unmanageable) – A Little Leopard On Haircuts (Or, Managing the Unmanageable) – A Little Leopard

On Haircuts (Or, Managing the Unmanageable) – A Little Leopard On Haircuts (Or, Managing the Unmanageable) – A Little Leopard

April 10, 2015 // beauty· style

So… I have a lot of hair. And I’m really bad at doing it. It’s always the last thing in my “getting ready” routine which means I basically throw some product in and hope for the best. I never blow dry it because a) ain’t nobody got time for that and b) it’s actually, literally exhausting because it takes so long. Also, I don’t own a blow-dryer.

Usually my sister does it (yay for being related to a licensed cosmetologist), but since she lives in the suburbs and our schedules are so different, I decided to try and find a stylist in Chicago. I found Tracey through Refinery29. More digging showed that the salon where she works, Sparrow, has basically 100% 5-star reviews on Yelp and I was sold. I booked an appointment immediately. This was back in February, and my appointment is tomorrow. I am so excited – let’s hope it lives up to my expectations!

Because you really do have to be a magician to deal with this mess… which is exactly what one reviewer called Tracey.

Yes, that is a poorly lit iPhone selfie and no, I did not take the time to photoshop out my dark circles.

I know I don’t want to go too short, because I’ve found that my hair is so thick that it just poufs up if it’s not long enough. So, I’d like to keep it past my shoulders. Now I just have to figure out what kind of layers will help me get that piecey, tousled, effortless look I’m so obsessed with – emphasis on the effortless.

I realize that most of the seemingly effortless styles you see on Pinterest, etc. actually take quite a bit of effort, but I’m hoping that I can achieve a wash-and-go style similar to one of the five below:

Anh Co Tran is the master of this look, and will actually be in Chicago later this month! Not sure if any appointments are available, but definitely check out his site for details. 

I love J.Law’s bangs here, but know from (horrible) experience that bangs simple do not work for me. See: unwillingness to blow dry, above.

If my hair were slightly less thick, I love this length – but what really draws me to this look is the piecey, unfinished vibe.

SJP is basically the queen of thick waves that look both effortless and polished. #Hairgoals

The Beauty Department has a wonderful guide to different types of layers and what to ask for to get your desired cut! Studying up before my cut…

Images via Anh Co Tran, Buzzfeed, A Piece of Toast, Allure and The Beauty Department.