I love my new hair!

This is the FIRST haircut I have been in love with in the last 3 years.
I’ve always been a fan of long blonde hair and yet every few years is go short and sometimes darker.

Last week I went into the salon to cut off my damaged ends and in the spirit of trying new things, convinced my stylist to go dark and short.

Obviously not too dark and not too short but enough to feel new. And with bangs.

For the past few days I’ve been slowly falling even more in love with it. The styling is easy and fun, the bangs help with the accessorizing the face part and the dark color brings out my features and freckles.

These are just the IPhone shots I took while travelling, but I really love how they came out! Something tells me this hair is here to stay… At least until I want something new.

Shades from SeeSawSeen Eyewear

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And this photo, aside from showing my new haircut as a whole, shows off the one dress that has been my true friends for since before Lexi was born. It’s by Isabella Oliver and I wore it during pregnancy, shot my maternity photos in it and still wear it.

In fact, I wore it on a 1.5 long car ride because it was so comfortable, I didn’t want to take it off . And that’s why I have it on in a resort bathroom, without a bra ( because I know there are, kindly put, “obsessed” people out there who will notice this otherwise minute detail and discuss it ad nauseam)

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33 Comments

  • Reply
    Emily
    May 6, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Love your new hair! Low-maitenence but still looks great, beachy and casual! What, if any, styling products do you use to get it to make those waves?

    And the red dress!! You barely look pregnant in that photo – how far along were you? Who says pregnant ladies can’t still be super hot?? 🙂

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      May 6, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      Hahaha that’s because I’m not pregnant, silly.
      For the waves I slept in braids and then used Moroccan oil to finish it after I brushed the waves out.

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    Corinne
    May 6, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Ohh the strawberry blonde looks great! Definitely looks good with your freckles and eye color. Have you ever thought about adding medium-long layers to help add more definition for your curls? Just a thought. :]

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      May 6, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      That’s actually what I did different this time. I always adds layers but because my hair is wavy to curly it ends up just being frizzy. So I told her to try all one length and I looooove that part. Makes a huge difference in frizz.

      And thank you! 🙂

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        Corinne
        May 6, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        Brushing curly/wavy hair will make it frizzy, layers or not. When you have that kind of texture in your hair, the less you touch it the less frizzy it will be. I suggest applying a curl cream or Moroccan oil (like you mentioned) when it’s wet, letting it air dry and not touching it much to keep the frizz to A minimum. Not that you were asking for any advice :]

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          Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
          May 6, 2014 at 2:44 PM

          When my hair was long it would get SOOOOO tangled that not brushing wasn’t an option. I would then apply a Moroccoan Oil cream and tone the frizz down a bit.

          • Corinne
            May 6, 2014 at 5:27 PM

            Never brush curly hair dry! It’ll cause breakage and super frizz. Definitely okay to comb it wet, but during the day when it’s got product in it and is styled, no need to brush through. Wait till after a shower to comb the knots out. Just my advice from a hairstylist :]

          • Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
            May 6, 2014 at 11:15 PM

            Usually my hair isn’t styled though. 80% of the time.
            Is it ok to brush it then?

          • Corinne
            May 7, 2014 at 3:47 AM

            Sure.

          • Corinne
            May 7, 2014 at 7:30 AM

            BUT! If you put a curl cream in while wet, let it air dry and don’t brush it, it will actually be a style without having to “style” it. Moroccan oil is good for frizz but has zero hold.

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    AnyaK
    May 6, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Oh, you gotta share how you style the bangs! Please!
    I have a very similar cut, and my bangs drive me absolutely insane! They are constantly getting in my eyes, and because my hair is so fine (plus I’m constantly touching it to get it out of my face) they get gross looking by the middle of the day… Normally I don’t like hot styling my hair, cause it’s pretty weak as it is, I don’t want to damage it more, but I even tried the blow dryer and nothing works… Ugh! 🙂
    Maybe I need to try a different product. I’ve tried hairspray, but it just contributes to the grossness!

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      May 6, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      I’m still figuring it out because last time I had bangs I def. had the same problem as you.
      This time I tried doing this: flat iron the bangs, then keep them out of my face with a clip when needed, other times let them out and because they’ve been clipped for a while they stay to the side. Also, wearing sunglasses with bangs really helps the look and the whole getting in the eyes issues. 🙂

      Have you tried dry shampoo? That can be your lifesaver.

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        AnyaK
        May 6, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        I did try the dry shampoo… Again – makes it look even worse after a couple of hours! Maybe I need to try a different brand. Which brand do you use? And do you use mousse (what brand)? I was thinking maybe mousse would be better than hairspray…
        I guess I’ll try the flat iron next. Does it work better than the blow dryer?

        Sunglasses would definitely help, but I’ll look like a dork sitting at work in sunglasses! Ha ha :)))
        Thanks for the tips!

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          Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
          May 6, 2014 at 2:50 PM

          I’ve been using this one from Alterna since I tried it out last summer: http://dailymom.com/shine/organic-summer-hair-care/. I like the powder ones better than spray ones. It does lighten your hair a bit so I don’t think it’d be great for dark hair.

          Flat ironing in my opinion thickens the hair a bit,stiffens. Also maybe try using a sea salt spray which will thicken the bangs and are a good alternative to hairspray. I know when I am done swimming at the beach my hair looks the best!
          But honestly, I am just as clueless about hair and hair products. I do what seems to work well for me, but I am in no position to give advice 🙂 lol

          LMAO at sunglasses!

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          Corinne
          May 7, 2014 at 3:08 PM

          Invest in some mousse and a round brush. You’ve got to dry your bangs over to the side to get them to stay, and the mousse will give it some grip and hold. A shot of hairspray will also help maintain during the day. If they still fall in your face, they may just be too long ( and too heavy, darn gravity) to stay over. If all else fails, clips until you can grow them out :]

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    Verna
    May 6, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Very cute and stylish!! Love the dress too! I love dresses that you can breastfeed in!!

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    Caroline
    May 6, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Oh happy day!!! Are you back on Instagram? I saw you tagged two of your latest posts with that!
    I LOVED following Lexi’s day to day activites in “real” time!

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      May 6, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      No, I’m not. I am tagging it that until I get around to changing the name to something else. I’ll still be posting iphone photos I take so the concept is still the same “A less posed, more real life” 🙂

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      May 6, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      Oh and I wanted to add. I will come back to Instagram. It’s just right now I really need to focus on catching a few things up. I do love the real and “real time” feel of it, but it was taking way too much of my time 🙂

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    mel
    May 6, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    where is the dress from? i am just pregnant and i think it could be great before i get too huge!! is it maternity?

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    mel
    May 6, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    dooooooh! reading on the phone, writing too small… got it now!!

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    anna
    May 6, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Its nice! But i LOVE your looong white and freeee hair not short and styled 🙂 You look stunning as always though!

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    Irina
    May 6, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Love this color on you – it suits you so well. I had to laugh at “going dark” – when I read this, I was thinking “black” or “brown”… and then when I saw strawberry blond 🙂 Isabelle Oliver has wonderful dresses, and for the price it is great that you can get more mileage out of it. Thanks for the undergarment disclaimer there, I had a good laugh too, do you mean that you get comments about whether or not you are wearing a brasier…? I would think that is the least of anyone’s concerns – lol!

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      May 7, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      Yes I know, that’s why I followed it up with “not too short not too dark” 🙂 haha I don’t think I’d look good with dark brown hair.

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    Nina
    May 7, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Love, love, love the hair. It makes you look older (in a good way, like more mature)- brings out the dark lashes in your eyes. Ever thought about tinting your eyebrows?
    Also, I’m so jealous that your husband gets his hair done professionally, highlights and such. My husband won’t set foot in a salon. Lol.
    Have you seen the “way to make curls with a straightening iron”? I think that look would look great on you, with that length

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      May 8, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      I love the curls with flatiron. But I just don’t have that kind of time 🙁 usually I don’t get to style my hair.

      Eyebrow tinting- no I love my eyebrows. I look really strange with dark brows. Like “wrong”. Most of the time the coloring that you’re born with as a kid is the best one that suits your skin tone and features.

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        Corinne
        May 8, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        Generally, a good rule of thumb is when your hair color is light (level 6+up) your brows should be 1-2 shades darker, and when your hair is dark (5+under) they should be a shade or 2 lighter. The “what you’re born with” only really suits when your hair is it’s natural color, which doesn’t always suit best. In winter, we’re paler than in summer so the color we have then won’t look best for our tanner summer skin. Same theory that people usually go lighter in the summer. :]

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          Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
          May 8, 2014 at 5:08 PM

          Maybe but I look freaky with darker brows when my hair is as blonde as it was when I was a kid. I haven’t tried darker brows with this color yet.

          I know when I was modeling in Miami some make up artists (mostly ones that were used to darker tanner Miami looks) would make my brows darker and those photos were scary looking lol. When I got up to New York and was working on much bigger jobs with stylists experienced with working on European looking pale models, they would only comb my brows and otherwise leave them alone.
          Not everyone fits the rule of thumb mold 🙂

          • Corinne
            May 8, 2014 at 5:28 PM

            Exactly. It’s all what you’re used to and prefer to see. That’s why it’s a general rule, not law :]

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    Megan
    May 8, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    Damn. You look smoking hot! Love the hair and you’re killing it in that red dress.

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