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Never Say Never to a Short ‘Do

January 5, 2012

Why on Earth did this girl who vowed to never again have short hair decide to chop off what locks she had on a total whim last Tuesday afternoon? I’m not really sure. Well, I sort of know. Let me explain.

Several weeks ago I cried to the blogosphere about how my hair was falling out and that I suspected it was the estrogen-blocking medication I take. Seriously, I was having anxiety filled flashbacks of me holding clumps of my hair. Days after I hit publish I decided to quit those meds. I did leave a message for my oncologist to let her know we needed to come up with a resolution because my hair falling out – again – was seriously affecting my quality of life. She agreed, thankfully.

So what was I going to do in the meantime? My hair is still shedding and my other doctor won’t prescribe minoxidil to help generate regrowth. She instead suggested taking Biotin. Whatev, lady. Help a girl out, would ya?

side view of sienna miller short hair cut
In a pinning fury I searched “short hair cuts” and came across this photo of Sienna Miller. I pinned it to my “Things I Need to Look Into” board and went on with my evening. The next day, I was getting ready to head over to a friend’s house and my hair (or lack thereof) was again bumming me out. No time to jerk around with it so I threw a ponytail in it and left. Nothing like being 36 and wearing a ponytail.

I already had a scheduled appointment to get my hair colored – yes, I have crazy grey hair which I’ll blame on chemotherapy drugs but it might also be genetics. I pulled out the iPhone and showed my stylist what I was thinking of doing. And she totally supported it. I also texted two friends for their opinions. One was iffy and the other texted back in all caps “DO IT!”

So I did it. What do you think? Be kind.

front-and-back-view-wendy-nielsen-short-hair

It’s not as short in the back as Sienna’s and my bangs aren’t as long but it’s a damn good jumping off point. It was one of the very few times I left the salon loving my new ‘do. With the new shorter length it looks and feels far less thin. Looks can be deceiving – thank God.

In other self-improvement news…

I hit my snazzy gym hard the other day. I’m determined to find something that I enjoy doing. And while I detest the idea of going to the gym, I do – for the most part – enjoy being there once those endorphins get pumping through my blood. My heel has been hurting for weeks and even though “I’m gellin'” the idea of walking, running, or jumping on it completely turns me off. So, I rode the stationary bike. And I liked it enough that I rode seven miles. Now my next goal is to see if I can hit another seven in less than the time I logged before. The best competition is with yourself, right?

And finally…

I was so surprised to see my name and this blog listed on the Kludgy Mom blog as a “Top Blogger to Watch in 2012!” She wrote the kindest words and listed me along with some of the most fabulous bloggers around. Maybe I am doing something right with this thing.

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Sara January 5, 2012 at 6:19 am

I LOVE THE NEW DO! Sienna is going to pin your pic on HER board.

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Wendy January 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Aw, you’re so sweet.
I can’t believe how much more confident I feel too!

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Mama Bub January 5, 2012 at 9:31 am

I am totally loving your new ‘do! And that Kludgy Mom mention is great – that list is being mentioned everywhere!

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Wendy January 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Thanks. I’d still kill for your hair though :-)

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Jennifer January 5, 2012 at 11:02 am

I think it looks fantastic. I have thinner type hair, and I think mine looks fuller when it is shorter. Something about it being lighter and having more layers makes it bounce more or something.

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Wendy January 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Exactly, Jennifer!
You know I also bought a product called Powder Play by Big Sexy Hair which is basically a powder you sprinkle on at the root line and it add crazy texture and lift. I’m in love with it and I might even devote a whole blog post to it.

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Jennifer January 5, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I’ve been using Aquage. I really like it, but I have medium length hair. I don’t think it would have worked with my shorter style. I’ll have to remember that product in case I ever cut it again.

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Ali January 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm

It’s adorable. You look fantastic!

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Wendy January 6, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Thanks Ali!

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Kristin A. January 5, 2012 at 5:08 pm

i LOVE your new ‘do! Short hair looks great on you! It suits your personality.

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Wendy January 6, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I think so too! Thanks friend!

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Ashley @ It's Fitting January 5, 2012 at 7:04 pm

I freakin’ LOVE IT! So cute. Ooh and I’ll have to try out the Powder Play… my hair is in that weird in between phase of being either short or like, yucky stringy not short. Sounds hot, right? I’m headed to SD to get it done next week though, so hopefully I can figure something out.

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Wendy January 6, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I love that you have to take an airplane to go get your hair done. Tres chic.

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Ashley @ It's Fitting January 7, 2012 at 8:36 am

Yeah well, that may be ending soon… Since the kidlet will be going to preschool in the spring… :( I have to find a new hairdressers after ten years. Not happy.

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Christina {Chrissy} Berry January 5, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I LOVE your new hairdo! :) I cut all mine off last week, too! I needed a new look for the new year!

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Wendy January 6, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Pictures please!!

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By Word of Mouth Musings January 6, 2012 at 7:54 am

So lovely to see you over on my blog … and and had to come on over and say HI, and now I have total hair envy! Especially where you have it pulled back form your face, so very pretty. Now me on the other hand had to make the recent choice btw, botox and bangs .. went with bangs … botulism scared the crap out me 😉

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Wendy January 6, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Damn, I really need some botox but I’m scared too!!
Thanks for commenting!

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Ashley @ It's Fitting January 7, 2012 at 8:34 am

Omg I totally want Botox. My husband would kill me though :)

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Heather January 6, 2012 at 8:36 am

I LOVE your new hair style!! You look fabulous! When I cut mine off last summer it felt so good. I was indeed a confidence booster.

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Amy January 6, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Hi Wendy! I’m so happy to have found your blog! I’m lying in bed, recovering from two lumpectomies on my right breast and a sentinel node biopsy. I look forward to reading your posts and your hair looks amazing!
xo

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Wendy January 6, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Hi Amy,
I’m glad you’ve found me too! I hope you’ll come back often and perhaps I can be a source of support for you. But for now, rest up and feel better soon! If you have ANY questions about anything, please feel free to contact me! xo

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Galit Breen January 6, 2012 at 9:38 pm

I LOVE the hair! It’s stunning.

{Truly} :)

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Wendy January 6, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Aw, thanks so much! God, this whole process has been such a confidence booster!

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Leila (Don't Speak Whinese) January 7, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Your hair looks RAD! I love short hair so much and you pull it off! Now you are making me want to chop all mine off :)

Congrats on making that list!! Moments like those are really motivating.

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MJ January 8, 2012 at 4:51 am

Hi – just found you via mention from Gretchen Rubin and hopping over from Chronically Distracted. Anyway….LOVE your new hairdo – it looks amazingly fabulous and it frames your face perfectly, really highlights your bone structure, smile and eyes. Isn’t it great when you take a leap and it works out so well? :)

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Mom January 8, 2012 at 10:30 am

So Cute! Love the way the color is blended in the back for such a great style

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Kate Donnelly January 8, 2012 at 5:08 pm

When a woman’s hair does not look or feel good, she does not feel good.

I like your short do!

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