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#1 Guest_~Karla~_*

Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:18 PM

I've had short hair since I was 17. Most of that time wasn't just short, it was super-short. My hair has been every colour under the sun and I used to love changing the colour and/or cut dramatically every few months. But since I had kids, my hair has been so boring. I don't like any of the supermarket colours and don't have the time or money to go to the hairdressers as often as I need to to keep any colours looking good (I usually go for the bright orange coppers). I've spent the last 2 years painstakingly growing my hair out, but all I ever do is put it in a ponytail. I can't stand the feeling of hair on my neck or face in the heat and if I do wear it out, the front bits always get caught in my glasses hinges and break anyway.  So I'm seriously contemplating cutting it all off again.

One of my biggest issues is that I'm a bit fat now, and I naturally have a round face, so I'm really not convinced I can pull off short hair anymore. Anyone have any ideas for easy, low maintainence short hairstyles that suit round chubby faces? (hey, I figure if I can ask the impossible anywhere, it has to be EB!)

Edited by ~Karla~, 28 February 2013 - 06:13 PM.


#2 perspicacious

Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:45 PM

I am just like you, grew my hair out despite preferring short hair for myself. After one hot day before Christmas I cut it off to avoid the feeling of hair on my neck. Just search online for hair cut for round faces and there will be lots! I can't help as I have a longish face but there wil be heaps. I do find it important to have a really talented hairdresser though, short cuts can need more precision. Good luck!

#3 Jenflea

Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:52 PM

I have a round fat face and I've always had short hair!
At the moment I've got a shaped concave bob(I know, so common, yet suits so many!) with the longer front bits and the shaped back. Long enough to tuck behind my ears, short enough to suit me. Longer hair drags my face down.
Look for a cut with height in the crown if possible to lengthen your face.
A good hairdresser should be able to help you find a cut which suits.

DO IT!!!!

#4 Academic

Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:54 PM

Hmmm. I think I would be inclined to keep it longer, maybe get a fringe cut (if fringes don't irritate you too much and your hair holds them in place without too much work) and maybe experiment with different ways of wearing it up, other than just in a ponytail (buns, french twists, braids etc.) Most up-styles don't really take much longer than a ponytail, you just have to play around a bit.

Otherwise, I'd go for the ubiquitous bob rather than super-short - chin or ear-length really suits round faces I think, especially with a thick blunt fringe (if you like a retro kind of look).

As for hair colours, I have very bright orange/red hair and I do it at home with this brand. I mix Mandarin and Coral Red for my colour. You can buy it on eBay from Australian suppliers. Still a little expensive, though two tubs last me two colourings (two-three months) and I have very long, thick hair, so it would last way longer with shorter hair.

#5 Guest_~Karla~_*

Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:20 PM

Thanks girls. original.gif So far I'm definitely leaning towards cutting it off. I can't do a fringe -  I haven't had one since i was a teenager, but my forehead gets too oily and in summer, it makes my fringe super-gross within hours. sick.gif I don't really want to risk it again. Oh, and I have a cow-lick, so they don't sit right anyway.

I've been googling, but haven't found anything that jumps out at me yet.

Edited by ~Karla~, 04 January 2013 - 09:21 PM.


#6 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:25 PM

I love pixie cuts. Chop it, it's only hair!

#7 Ireckon

Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:31 PM

QUOTE (Swahili @ 04/01/2013, 10:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I love pixie cuts. Chop it, it's only hair!

This! I am currently growing out a short cut, it is now past my shoulders and I hate it sooooo much. DD doesn't want me to cut it like a boy again. It is just so easy short. Do it.

#8 Guest_~Karla~_*

Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:41 PM

I never did a true pixie cut before - my old cuts were always funky and edgy. I always wanted to try a pretty, feminine pixie cut though. Will it suit a 30yo, chubby suburban mum?

#9 Coffeegirl

Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:55 PM

Ok. I'm going against the grain here

Short hair needs maintenance.  IE regular cuts every 4-6 weeks.   If you don't have the time or money to go to the hairdresser regularily, then don't cut it too short.   I have very thick, very straight, short hair and I NEED to have it cut every 4/5 weeks or it looks feral.  In fact after 4 weeks I start to hate my hair.

Why not compromise with a concave bob or similar that won't take as much effort to keep looking neat, but is shorter than you have now?

#10 *melrose*

Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:07 PM

Photo please biggrin.gif

#11 Guest_~Karla~_*

Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:27 PM

Coffeegirl, that's one of the main reasons I grew my hair out to start with! I don't think a concave bob would really work, as i compulsively tuck my hair behind my ears.

Melrose, no. biggrin.gif

#12 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:07 PM

QUOTE (Coffeegirl @ 04/01/2013, 09:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Short hair needs maintenance.  IE regular cuts every 4-6 weeks.   If you don't have the time or money to go to the hairdresser regularily, then don't cut it too short.   I have very thick, very straight, short hair and I NEED to have it cut every 4/5 weeks or it looks feral.  In fact after 4 weeks I start to hate my hair.

Agree with this totally.  But since the OP has had short hair previously, I figured she has this covered.

QUOTE (Coffeegirl @ 04/01/2013, 09:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why not compromise with a concave bob or similar that won't take as much effort to keep looking neat, but is shorter than you have now?

it's a safe choice.  I tried the concave bob as well.  The long bits at the front drove me nuts, but it did look nice.  Just not what I wanted.

I recently went the chop and had my hair cut into a style that was very similar to this, although my colour is a deep walnut (I suppose that's what you would call it).  I couldn't be bothered colouring it every time I go to the hairdresser (totally over that) and have decided to grow it out for my natural colour.

Super easy to manage.  I can funk it up with product or smooth it out and volumise it for a more conservative look.  Hair is cut every 4-5 weeks.  I love it, it's been great going back to short again and I don't know why I put it off for so long (grew my hair out for about 2.5 years)

#13 Guest_~Karla~_*

Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:51 AM

Do you think this style would suit a round face? Or would it just look terrible?

http://www.google.com.au/search?q=emma+wat...t=safari#miuv=1

Considering all I do now is tie my hair back in a ponytail, I figure it's not that different (nothing around the face, no volume etc).....

#14 Ireckon

Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:13 PM

QUOTE (~Karla~ @ 07/01/2013, 12:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Do you think this style would suit a round face? Or would it just look terrible?

http://www.google.com.au/search?q=emma+wat...t=safari#miuv=1

Considering all I do now is tie my hair back in a ponytail, I figure it's not that different (nothing around the face, no volume etc).....

Do it. A good hairdresser will get the pixie cut just right for you. Damn, I want to cut my hair.

#15 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:20 PM

I'm having this dilemma right now.  I've decided not to cut it right now.  Agree with pp, it takes work (for me anyway), to have short hair, my hair is thick and wavy so when it's short and I wake up in the morning it stands up like a birdsnest. I HAVE to style it.  
When it's longer I can leave it and go or pull it up in a ponytail.
I have decided to cut it a little shorter but long enough still to put up.
I do love short hair on others though.

#16 mummahh

Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:32 PM

I say go for it, and yes, it is more maintenance at the hairdresser, but much less maintenance in between. Just wash, add some wax and you are done.

Find a photo you like online and save to your phone. You can search for hairstyles that suit certain types of hair (e.g thick, wavy or fine) and also face shapes.

#17 Guest_~Karla~_*

Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:12 PM

biggrin.gif Looks like I'll be cutting it all off! biggrin.gif Will have to wait until school and kindy goes back though, before I will have the time.

#18 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:39 PM

QUOTE (mummahh @ 07/01/2013, 12:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Find a photo you like online and save to your phone. You can search for hairstyles that suit certain types of hair (e.g thick, wavy or fine) and also face shapes.

This is what I did.  I took in 6 photos of some short styles that I liked.  Discussed with hairdresser - she ruled out 2 styles because they required more upkeep than I was prepared to do (blowdrying every day, etc) and 1 style because it would suit my face and the longer bits would annoy me after a couple of weeks.  From the 3 remaining pics, we figured out what bits I/we liked the best, what we didn't like and viola, a new me!

Go the chop!  You'll be glad when you do.  original.gif

#19 Guest_~Karla~_*

Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:52 PM

I've had the same hairdresser for 10 years - no-one else can cut my hair short the way he can. I've tried so many other closer (and cheaper) ones, but no-one else knows my cowlicks etc line he does. I do trust him completely with my hair and I think he will be excited that I'm going to chop it all off again - as long as I promise to maintain it! He has been very disappointed with my hair for years and years now....

#20 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:56 PM

QUOTE (~Karla~ @ 07/01/2013, 01:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've had the same hairdresser for 10 years - no-one else can cut my hair short the way he can. I've tried so many other closer (and cheaper) ones, but no-one else knows my cowlicks etc line he does. I do trust him completely with my hair and I think he will be excited that I'm going to chop it all off again - as long as I promise to maintain it! He has been very disappointed with my hair for years and years now....

he will be beside himself with excitement.  Mine just about jumped through the roof with joy.  It was hilarious!

#21 Guest_~Karla~_*

Posted 07 January 2013 - 02:04 PM

QUOTE (YodaTheWrinkledOne @ 07/01/2013, 01:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
he will be beside himself with excitement.  Mine just about jumped through the roof with joy.  It was hilarious!


Yes, that's kind of what I'm expecting too! My last short cut was similar to the photo you posted earlier, but I was struggling with getting it to look good without washing it first in the morning (and at that point, i couldn't leave the kids unattended for the 10 minutes) and didn't have the time to keep it in shape. So we decided I'd just grow it out. And I to love being able to just whack it up in a ponytail in the mornings, but it takes so much longer to wash (and dry) and I don't like it out and frankly, it doesn't seem in very good condition.

I've been thinking about cutting it for months, but it's taken me over 2 years to grow it this long ( it's past my shoulders now) and I'm worried I will regret throwing that all away.

#22 jusstyce

Posted 07 January 2013 - 02:10 PM

I just posted a similar topic the other day. I have a round face too. I cut mine and love it, actually want to go shorter lol s my advice is GO FOR IT!!!!

#23 dirtgirl

Posted 07 January 2013 - 02:24 PM

QUOTE (~Karla~ @ 07/01/2013, 03:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've been thinking about cutting it for months, but it's taken me over 2 years to grow it this long ( it's past my shoulders now) and I'm worried I will regret throwing that all away.


If you've been thinking about it for months, then I think it's safe to assume that you'll feel great when you cut it off.

I have had short hair for most of my adult life, but after my son was born I couldn't afford the regular cuts and decided to grow it out. Growing out short hair is the pits, but after it had grown out past my shoulders (which took about 18 months) I started to feel boring and not myself.  I thought about going short for months and finally made the decision to go short again. All I can say is that the moment the hairdresser cut it all off, I felt a huge weight lift off my shoulders...I finally felt like me again.  I've kept it short for almost 2 years since. I have toyed with growing it again, but I tend to just cut it off again because it just suits me and my lifestyle better.

Yes, there is upkeep in having to go to the hairdresser regularly, but I find the time I save getting ready in the morning far outweighs the costs of regular cuts. Also, if you choose a good cut and play around with styles, you might be able to squeeze a few more weeks out of it, which means you can go every 7 or 8 weeks, rather than 5-6 weeks - it really depends on the style and your hair type.

I say go for it...just do your research regarding suitable cuts.  Maybe something with a long sweeping fringe like  this?

Good luck!

#24 Guest_~Karla~_*

Posted 07 January 2013 - 02:40 PM

Jusstyce - my hair is about the same length as your long hair pic. But I thinking of going much much shorter! I still have some reservations though.

Dirt girl - that's exactly what I did after DS1 too! But now it's longer than it has been since I was about 15! I don't want another fringe like that - I have a cowlick and I can't get a fringe to sit right without washing it daily and styling it and it goes gross in summer from my oily skin (or maybe it's the fringe that makes my skin so much more oily? I don't know).

Other than the super short pixie I posted a link to earlier, I haven't found anything that really jumps out at me. But I know I can just turn up to my hairdresser and trust him to give me a fabulous cut. original.gif

#25 Lyra

Posted 07 January 2013 - 02:54 PM

For a start you do not have a chubby face!

For a second: chop it off! I have short hair and love it! I do find that it does get feral towards the end but it's worth it for the hassle-free mornings




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