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2 Oct 2013

Cut + colour

I was going to do a little product review as my next post but let's get the obvious out of the way first...

I did it. I went for the chop.

I knew this was the right decision when my hairdresser, Anthony, lopped off 5 inches of hair before I could change my mind.

I would expect myself to freak out at this point but the only emotion I felt was excitement and the only question asked was: "do you think we should go shorter?".

This decision was largely down to Pinterest and the hundreds of pictures of long bobs - or lobs - with beautiful ombre colour effects. To me it looks fresh, modern and low maintenance...although I would probably argue with the latter - shorter hair has always been more difficult for me to style than long...

My requirements for the chop were:

* A blunt cut - I love the look of thick ends and so wanted long layers and a blunt finish. I still have extensions in and they are really the key to helping with this - they add a good amount of thickness to stop it looking thin.

* Colour - if I had just cut my hair and not played with colour I would have seen it as a shorter version of long locks. And that wouldn't have hit the spot. I wanted those lighter ends with pieces weaving through the full length of the hair.

I went with my wishlist to Pastels in the Ritz-Carlton (JBR).

I can't stress this enough - this is the only salon I would recommend in Dubai. I have been to a few and heard countless horror stories about others but everyone who goes to Pastels seems to come out happy. If you are in the UAE, go to Anthony - he is fantastic at both styling and colour and really listens to what you want.



I think this is a good length...for now.

Part of me thinks that I should have been braver and gone shorter but I am reasoning with myself that at this length I can tie it back, wear it up, or just wear it down to frame the face.

I am now playing with texturising products like mad and after slagging off the Oribe dry finishing spray I am going to have to take it back. Whilst it did absolutely nothing special for my long hair it seems to work fantastically well with short so I think that the Oribe spray, my Serge Normant Meta Lush Volumizer and a conical wand are going to be the recipe for happy hair days from now on :) 

62 comments

  1. Love this! Surely if it looks so good on both you and Olivia Palermo, it means I can have a go myself?

    -Elodie x

    http://www.elle-yeah.com

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    1. haha me and Olivia in the same sentence. wow! :) She is a major style inspiration isn't she?

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  2. This looks so nice on you. It suits you so well! Sometimes I think about going for a long bob, just to get rid of the crazy amount of split ends I have and try and get my hair in better condition! I know I'd have instant regret though for having it cut so short!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

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    1. I had a hefty amount of damage..it was hidden when i curled it but i really need to do something about it. you have to be ready for the chop so only do it when you cant stop thinking about getting it cut short!

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  3. I have been so tempted to have my hair chopped to about this length for a long time, but I just am too chicken at the moment. It looks fabulous on you though!
    xx

    http://thelibrarian.co.uk

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    1. I mentioned in a comment above that you have to be ready to have a chop. It's so true. I didn't feel at all attached to my hair when it got cut off so I knew I was ready for a change.

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  4. love it: the red balayage gives it such a splendid autumn quality too

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  5. Looks great! I did the same earlier this year and loved it but then did something silly and had a hair cut in France, things got lost in translation and I ended up with a cut way too short and boring. So now I have extensions and can't see myself going shorter ever again :-) Btw how did I never realise that you are based in Dubai?? There is a good chance I'm moving there next year so now I'm following your blog with a whole new outlook! Plus making a note of that hairdresser and please do also tell where you have your extensions done over there?

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    1. Hi Minna - i got the extensions at a salon in Media One hotel...in Media City. Do make note of Pastels - I have known so many people with AWFUL hair disasters but none of them ever seem to come from there :)

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  6. You're so brave, I don't think I'll ever cut my hair. It's gorgeous on you - very stylish, very Alexa Chung but better! Xx

    http://makeupbycandlelight.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. I need to get my hair cut too :) Im thinking of a bob :D

    PS I LOVE FASHION AND BEAUTY :)

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    1. Do it! :) Would love to see it!

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  8. Ahh I just cut my hair exactly like this and have been having meltdowns, as I've never had such short hair before! Yours looks so lovely it makes me feel a lot better about mine!

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  9. Gorgeous. Very Olivia Palermo x

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    1. she's my favourite :) thanks Rebecca!

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  10. Your hair looks amazing, the ombre looks fantastic!
    Happy Wednesday Laura xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

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  11. Your hair looks beautiful! I wish I had the guts to go so short

    Roshni’s Journey

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  12. Your hair looks lovely :) Clare Elise :) www.clareelisesparkles.com

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  13. I have recently had a bit of a chop as well and I'm loving it too! I am also playing with the idea of a full fringe, I need to commit to it haha Xx

    Olivia - cravemorebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. This looks amazing! So brave but it's so worth it - it suits you so much! :)

    Eve & Faye x
    Sugar Spun Sisters - A blog about cosmetics, clothes & coeliac disease

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  15. You look fantastic!!

    http://dayisnight.wordpress.com

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  16. LOVE it! You look awesome, indeed very modern and fresh

    Best, Lisa
    Twitter/Instagram: @LittleMama71

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  17. looks adorable! I was thinking of cutting my hair and now I'm tempted!
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  18. That's a lovely cut! & I adore the colour too, so subtle and classy, very chic. It almost reminds me a bit of Alexa Chung, really pretty <3

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  19. It really suits you laura, I think it great that you cut your hair, its really in at the moment to have a lob. Your hair looks so fresh and classy!!

    http://welldressed25.blogspot.co.uk/

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  20. wow this cut is amazing on you and of course I am in love with the ombre color too but I like that it goes throughout the length of your hair as well. thanks for sharing your new hair cut! xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

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  21. I love it! I've been needing a haircut like crazy, and I like this look! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

    xx

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  22. Love your new haircut! I used to have long hair too but then ventured to Vidal Sassoon and got a bob. I can't be happier now:) Don't even image myself with long hair anymore!:)

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  23. Gorgeous locks. Love the blunt cut and gorgeous color xx
    http://luxuria-jewellery.blogspot.com
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  24. ooooh, such a brave decision to make...but it suits you well!

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  25. Hi Laura!

    Your new cut looks great! So chic and elegant!
    I moved to Dubaï 3 weeks ago, thanks for recommending Pastels! I will definitely check them out.
    You are a big inspiration in many ways... Big hug! :-)

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  26. I have been debating doing this myself but I'm definitely not ready yet. It looks FABULOUS on you - and great inspiration for the future, if I dare :) xo

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  27. I love your hair, it looks great on you.
    Maybe it's time I get a hair cut?!? hmmm
    TarteTanya

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  28. Love this look on you! I recently chopped off several inches too and it feels so refreshing! I like using a bit of paste or wax to texturize the ends.

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  29. How brave of you! I break out in a scared sweat only at the thought of chopping off my hair! Looks lovely on you x

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  30. your hair looks absolutely amazing! i made the same decision earlier this year, to go for the chop and whilst i think it was a bit too short, i couldn't be happier to have healthier hair! unfortunately, i'm finding it a bit hard to style but i'm just so happy with how much more volume it has and how it just looks so much more mature! at the moment i'm happy with the colour i have but after seeing these pictures i may have to go for a bit of a lighter colour at the ends, just to give it that something more :) gorgeous hair laura and i'm really happy you like it too! :) X

    http://theenglishgirl.blogspot.co.uk/

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  31. you totally own the new hair-look! simply gorgeous :)

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  32. i totally love this new hair!! looks amazing on you!!


    Will you be doing a post on the best things/place to buy in Dubai???

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  33. Love it! Looking gorgeous and fresh! Makes you look like Olivia Palermo ;)
    I need to visit Anthony! I'm so jealous of your hair and Simone's... I should do something about that mess on my head. Haha! xx

    thebeautyresidence.blogspot.com

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  34. Looks lovely! I always had shorter hair when I was younger so I don't want it back but this suits you!

    xx

    www.erinjaine.blogspot.com

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  35. It looks gorgeous on you! Can't wait for more pictures!

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  36. Love the haircut! I cut my hair to around this length as well last week. While I love it, I feel like it's so much harder to style it! I can't just do my "go-to" hairstyles when I had longer hair anymore xo Jess

    Your Daily Break

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  37. Love this cut and colour on you Laura, it looks really fresh xx

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  38. Love your hair! I've been putting mine off for a long time, but after reading this I think I'm going to give it a try :)

    Maxine

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  39. wow you are fearless and I love that you did this! It looks gorgeous on you, can't wait to see more of it! x

    http://visualcoffee.blogspot.com/

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  40. This is exactly the cut I want! I don't know if it will suit my face shape, though I gotta say, it suits you well! :)

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  41. Your new hair is gorgeous! I keep getting tempted when I see long bobs on Pinterest too, I've even pinned quite a few, and they all seem to have this lovely colourway. I'm not brave enough to go for the chop this year though, my hair is only just reaching a long length that I've been growing it to for a couple of years since going drastically short (shortest ever!) so I'm trying to enjoy it (just need to find something nice to do with it!) xx

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  42. This post made me go get the chop. I got about 5 inches off to get a long blunt bob. Although like you I wish I'd gone shorter. I'm currently obsessed with having hair like Margot Tenenbaum

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  43. Look at you being ballsy! This looks so so gorgeous! I'm hoping I summon up the courage to do this in the Spring..

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  44. This is exactly what I was considering, but I wasn't convinced enough and am loving my long hair this week so it was clearly the right move! Looks lovely on you! xx

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  45. So modern & stylish - love it! Makes me want to cut my hair...but last time I did that, I vowed to grow it long again (hopeless!!)

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  47. Have you tried Maria Dowling?

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