Keeping it short for now

Two months and a few you-look-better-with-long-hair comments later, I had to pause to consider hairstyle options and I’ve decided to keep my hair short for a little while longer. I’ve already spent quite a number of years with it long, I reckon, sticking with the short hairstyle will do me good.

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2-month old hair, photo taken pre-trim

Between you and I, when it came to making that decision to keep my hair short, I was still on the fence. With long hair, I felt safe and confident that the choice was foolproof. The effort and time spent on grooming and maintaining the long hair were given without complaint, save for an occasional sigh of my wallet, that is. With short hair, there’s uncertainty plus this jeering thought that I’d give the impression of being a butch in stilts or worse, a man wearing a lipstick that’s too red to pass as natural.

Ah, stuff it. Let’s welcome the idea of injecting androgyny into the equation.

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Freshly cut hair. Yes, the one-sided shave is back with vengeance.

I’ve been asked a few times on reasons behind the hairstyle shift. One of the more obvious motivations is change. Isn’t it always? I wanted to mark the conclusion of a chapter and the fresh direction I’m taking. I knew that the long, curly (digiperm) hair isn’t me anymore. And did I mention it’s becoming more exhausting than fun to keep it that way? Then again, I have to admit that both hairstyles require maintenance to a certain degree.

But if you’re thinking about cutting your hair short, let me tell you a few things that may help you make a decision:

  • Shampoo and conditioner plus styling product consumption is lower.
  • Shower time is relatively cut in half.
  • A well-cut short hair can work with or without a styling product.
  • To maximise the short hair look, consider getting your hair coloured.
  • Yes, short hair can be oh-so-chic.

Of course, it’s always recommended to do your research before heading to the salon. Study different short hairstyles that you’d consider for your own. Bring photos to show your hairdresser so he can easily visualise how you want your hair to look like while he appraises the shape of your face, natural hair growth and general state of your hair.

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Add flair to your short hair; keeping things interestingly fly.

I used to think that having a short hairstyle will limit style options or won’t work with my personal style. This is one of the times that I don’t mind being wrong. I get to play around with texture and volume with just a tiny amount of styling product. I’m able to show off show-stopping earrings if I want to. And, with the sort of cut I got, I’m not worried about blah-looking hair (unless the entire look — outfit + hair — ends up looking blah over-all). I don’t know but I, sort of, like how my current hair can be quite the antithesis of my quintessential stiletto-fied looks but, at the same time, so relevant to my prevalent style tenor.

I’ve got Gijin Shin of Beauty Brick Hair Art Studio to thank for my short hairstyle. I dropped by earlier for a scheduled upkeep; initial haircut and colour (ombre / dip-dye) were done back in August. By some chance you’d be inclined to finally go short as well, feel free to make an appointment with him. I hear he has a knack for creating awesome short hairstyles.

Beauty Brick Hair Art Studio
Unit 103 Doña Consolacion Bldg., 122 Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati, Philippines
(02) 473-5108 | (02) 408-3398 | 0917-520-0044
Operating Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

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  1. I haven’t gotten the “You look better with long hair” comment all that much. Maybe just once so far. But maybe partly because I don’t go out much nowadays. Or maybe because I scare people about telling me what they really think. Mostly getting positive comments on how chic and stylish the short hair look at the moment. Got it re-coloured in reddish purple colour. I miss my long hair, but yes, it’s quite refreshing not having to spend too long washing, drying, and styling this hairstyle. :D

  2. looks great on you! =)

  3. Makes me want to get a haircut! Your hair looks great!

  4. One-sided shave? Your hairstyle rocks!


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