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In Praise of Short Haired Beauties — Part 2!

Published May 17, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_7729Rockin’ a short do! 

About three years ago, I wrote a blog that many enjoyed called “In Praise of Short Haired Beauties” https://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/in-praise-of-short-haired-beauties/

I wrote the blog the day after my husband and I were watching an adorable 1980s flick, “Some Kind of Wonderful” and my most awesome husband commented that Mary Stuart Masterson, who played the short-haired tomboy was cuter than Leah Thompson who played the school heartthrob with the long bouncy hair.

When I wrote that post three years ago, I was still a long-haired girl. Then something happened. Last year I published my first book. At the same time, I became successful as a public speaker. I was taking pictures left and right to document all my book signings … but also to further promote my career in public speaking. When I looked back at most of the long-haired photos, while a lot of them looked super, there were also many that my hair was up in a bun or in a ponytail because I was hot, or thought my hair looked better away from my face. You see, my face is small and it gets lost in a lot of hair. This was always my problem. So I felt prettier with my hair in a ponytail, braids, or up.

I finally took the plunge and cut my hair last November. It was halfway down my back when I got it just above the shoulder. It looked (and felt) so much better that I kept on an eight week schedule for maintenance. When I neglected that eight week schedule and saw how bad my hair looked, in a bun, with half of it hanging down because I didn’t have enough hair spray to keep it up — I said to myself, enough is enough! I not only cut it again, but made an appointment eight weeks from the day, so I can keep it short!

For me, short will always be better. I get more compliments from friends and strangers. Yesterday, for the first time in many years, a stranger (a woman) stopped me on the street to tell me how great I looked.

I posted this picture two days ago, but I like the short hair so much, I’m posting it again!

SAM_7349Loving my short hair!

Short hair just makes everything POP! Your eyes look bigger, your lips look bigger and you look years younger. I’m 51 and would never do Botox. But a shorter hair cut can naturally take years off you! Short hair definitely softens your wrinkles.

My husband loves my short hair too! When I wake up in the morning and it’s all messy, he’ll still be saying, “Look at that great short hair!” Hmmm … maybe next cut I’ll go even shorter?

Here are more of my favorite short haired ladies. ENJOY!

Audrey Hep fawnAudrey Hepburn always had a good face day!

joey-heathertonJoey Heatherton, the sexiest short-haired mama of all!

Isabella rosselliniIsabella Rossellini = perfection!

Angelina shortI miss the short, sassy haircuts Angelina Jolie had back in her rebellious days

farrah-fawcett-medium-length-layered-hairstyle-716x1024Even Farrah Fawcett, known for her luxurious mane, looked adorable in short hair!

And the most exciting thing about short hair is that it grows so fast, so you can look like a different girl almost every day! You can do so many different things with it. Barrettes, scarves, headbands, clips and hats are your best friends.

I’d love to hear from other short-haired ladies! Show me links to your photos below!

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “Be (Extra)Ordinary” which is available on Amazon! 

In Praise of Short Haired Beauties

Published September 24, 2012 by Maryanne

Mary Stuart Masterson, circa “Some Kind of Wonderful” days

Last night my husband and I were chilling and watching the beginning of “Some Kind of Wonderful,” a cute coming of age movie from the late 1980s. Mary Stuart Masterson played an adorable short-haired tomboy and Leah Thompson played the school heartthrob with the bouncy long hair.

I was thrilled when my husband, Dennis, said that Mary Stuart Masterson’s character was the cuter one. And I always thought she was too.

Even though I’m a long haired girl (short hair is too high maintenance for me, having to get it cut every three weeks) I absolutely adore short hair and I have to be honest, I’ve always felt men who preferred long hair were shallow.

When I first met my husband my hair was super long, heavy with blonde streaks and I always wore it a bit teased and in my face. One Sunday afternoon we were at a Christmas party and for some reason, the house was really hot, so I put my hair up. When I came out of the bathroom with my hair up, my husband said, “You are gorgeous!” Since then my husband preferred my hair up, rather than down, and I do wear it up 90 percent of the time. I even wore it up on our wedding day.

A year ago I was considering cutting my hair short and a male friend said to me, “Don’t do it. Men prefer long hair. Just ask Dennis.” I nearly laughed in this friend’s face because I knew that was not the truth. Dennis would love if I cut my hair off!

I’ve always been more drawn to men who were open-minded to women with various looks. Aside from Dennis, I’ve had quite a few guys tell me I’d look cute with short hair. And the one time I did get it cut short, I got more compliments than ever. I kept it short for three years and then grew it again because running to the hair salon or barber was eating up so much of my time.

I think the sexy thing about short hair on women is that it makes your eyes and lips look bigger and it enhances your cheekbones, showing off your true beauty. This is the same when women wear their hair up — you see the entire face and it’s just so elegant. I have one girlfriend who always wears her hair down. One day we went out and she wore a high ponytail. I told her, “Don’t ever wear your hair any other way — this is the best look for you!”

And for those silly men who think long hair is better — I’d bet my bottom dollar bill they wouldn’t turn down a date from any of these short haired beauties: Linda Evangelista, Winona Ryder, Isabella Rosselini, Princess Diane, Jaime Lee Curtis and Pink, to name a few.

Some day, when I have more time to relax and sit in a barber’s chair, I look forward to cutting my hair short again! (Or maybe I’ll just have to do it sooner and make the time!)

My friend Diane, and me (right) back, circa 1999 or 2000 – both with short hair!