to lob or not to lob


Over the last five years or so, I have taken a picture of Tory Burch to two different hairdressers. 

"I want this," I say. 

They have both refused. 

My favorite hairdresser (my childhood friend) didn't want to be responsible if I hated it (totally fair). The random girl at Bumble and Bumble, who filled in for me between trips home, felt the same. 

"If you still want it next week come back," she said.

Obviously I didn't go back. So maybe she had a point. 

But, the lob haircut (long + bob) has been on my mind lately. In fact, over the weekend I pulled several pictures to post this week. Then Monday night I saw this.


Lauren Conrad, who I don't particularly follow, chopped off all of her locks. 

And she looks amazing. 


So of course, now I'm really craving a change. If you're curious, here are the original photos I had pulled. 


Mike, of course, strongly opposes this possibility. 

In some ways, I think lopping it all off (get it?) is asking for trouble. I love my hair now, and it's really easy to care for and style. Ironically, a shorter cut seems to demand more styling attention. I have done the dramatic cut a few times in my life. Each time it has been pretty impulsive and I regretted it after. On the other hand, the lob is super chic. I haven't had short hair since my sophomore year of college and I'm craving a change. Plus, I might be able to donate it if I find a color friendly program. On the other, other hand...is the lob just a trend? Bound to be The Rachel of 2014? I wouldn't want to chop it all off for that…

Not to be queen obvious, but I wish there was a way to try it out before committing.

What do you think? 

Have you done a dramatic cut before? 

Did you regret it? 

Tell me everything.

xo
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the quick & easy cure for a bad hair day


Sometimes I curl my hair. Sometimes I blow it out (using Joanna's step-by-step guide). And most nights sometimes I just shower, go to bed with wet hair and hope for the best. When that backfires, this pony tail is my go-to solution. 

To start, I use one heavy duty hair tie on top to really secure the pony. Then, I put a mini band every 2-3 inches until I reach the bottom. 

And, um. That's it.

If you have shorter hair I recommend putting them closer together, but you can play with the spacing. This whole look would be even cuter with Emi-Jay's new skinny hair ties. And I'm not afraid to admit that it would also be adorable on say, your six-year-old daughter/niece/cousin. But a good hairstyle is a good hairstyle no matter what your age (except maybe pigtails). I also use this to keep my hair out of the in my SLT classes and it's a guaranteed snarl-preventer on windy days.

What's your bad hair day solution? I would love to hear your suggestions!

xo
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Ask Ashley // a clipless curling iron how-to

Holy holiday week! 

Things have been busy around here, but we are back today with a hair how-to just in time for Christmas. 

I get a lot of questions about how I do my hair, and it is so outrageously simple (and speedy!) that I figured it was time for a step-by-step tutorial. I discovered the joys of a clip-less curling iron about a year ago and as someone who never brushes blow-dries their hair it has truly changed my life. I use this Conair curling wand from Target and I love it. It heats up quickly and it's a versatile size for short or long hair. 

The Breakdown

1. Start with dry hair. I usually wash mine at night and let it dry in my sleep (aka I don't shower in the morning #confessions). Use your part to separate your hair into two sections. I try and use some sort of heat protection spray before I start, but I'm not religious about it (my poor hairdresser). 

2. Grab a section of hair by the nape of your neck (I usually try for an inch or two). Bigger sections will give you a loser curl. Smaller sections a tighter curl. Adjust accordingly. Place your curling iron behind the hair.

3. Wrap your hair around the iron and hold for anywhere from six to twelve seconds. Less time will give you a loser curl. More time will give you a tighter curl. Again, adjust accordingly. 

4. When time's up let go of the hair. You'll get a ringlet like this. 

5. Repeat moving toward the front of your hair. I usually hold the non-curled in my mouth to separate it (gross!) but I ladyliked it up for you here. 

6. When you get to the front piece...be careful! This frames your face! I usually wrap the hair farther down on the strand (closer to my eyebrow) and hold it for less time. If it's not curly enough you can always do it again. 

7. One side down. We're about six minutes in. 

8. Move onto the next side. Start in the back again. 

9. Repeat steps three through seven. 

10. When you're done curling, brush out your hair with your fingers or a brush. This makes things look more natural and less Shirley Temple. 

11. Sometimes I tease it around the crown if it's looking flat, but I didn't here. I don't use hairspray because it holds so well on it's own.

12. Tada! Twelve minutes and you're done! The best part? You can usually wear this for at least two days with a little dry shampoo.

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I only get my haircut when I go home to Michigan, so sometimes I have to fantasize about what I want changed in the meantime. This fall I'm feeling long layers with lots of ombre. So edgy I know...

By the way is ombre over? I hope not because it's the only way light color has ever worked on me. I'm going for it either way. #trendsbedamned

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