Short Hair World

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

We're both in the middle of growing out our pixies/short bobs and we can all agree, that can be a little frustrating. That disheartening awkward stage is taking its place, but we're trying to make the best of it! We find, that wearing it messy and textured helps with the length or bulk that may have grown in. You can see in both options; one has straight hair but movable and the other has wave and grit. Its getting long enough to even pin it half up if we wanted to! We have two options: we can go in and get a "trim" (which translates to not cutting length, but cutting out weight) or toughing out the awkward stage and rolling with it. Which means we gotta get creative... 

Right now, this is about the most we do with this length. As it gets longer, we'll be able to add more styles to the archives! We'll check in when we're ready to show more options. 

If you're in the same process of growing out your hair, don't give up! There are ways to achieve it, promise :)

Wild texture w/ bangs

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

 I (Molly) have had the crud all weekend. Some horrible congestion that has decided to make a home in my head and chest. Gross. Anyone have any home remedies that are helpful? 

We have been searching on faithful google trying to find home remedies. I have attempted sticking my head over a boiled pot of water with lime juice, some weird whiskey and throat coat combo, and a humid shower. 

Would love some new ideas! Getting desperate...

Here are some little images we took of our beautiful red head model. We loved her messy hair texture and bangs! 


Dorothy The Baby Whisper: Sleep Training

Monday, April 6, 2015

Our sweet friend Dorothy, the baby whisper, was awesome enough to share some of her tips on sleep training/schedule. She swears by this routine and has gotten every single baby she's taken care of to sleep through the night! I, being pretty desperate for more sleep, was all ears and tried her ways on Theo.

Not everyone is a schedule type of person; honestly, I'm not at all. I like to have my boy go with the flow incase we are out on the town. But I like the idea of my baby sleeping through most of the night, so we'll be doing this for a while.

Please know that this is from my personal experience thanks to tips that I learned from sweet Dorothy. We know everybody has their own opinions on sleep training, so know this post is from my experience with sleep training Theo. This is what worked for us, and I hope this can help someone else! So without further ado, this is what I learned from Dorothy:

As far as when its appropriate to start a sleeping schedule, that is up to you. Dorothy say's you can as soon as you bring them home, but she believes up until 6-8 weeks a baby should be fed on demand, for good weight gain and bonding. I didn't start this with Theo until month four, because neither he or I were ready.

The most effective way this will work will be when your baby is in his or her own room. Babies can smell their mamas! Mine did and woke several times a night just because he knew I was there and wanted me to nurse him for comfort.

Putting him in his room wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Could be because his room is literally around the corner and I knew I was close. Plus, it was nice to stay up and watch tv in bed with my husband without worrying about waking Theo up! (we had started Parks and Rec. so we we're kinda obsessed with binge watching every night!) The video monitor helped calm my nerves too.

We started in January when Theo turned 4 months. He is now 7 months and is sleeping 7pm-630am. He naps from 9am-11am then again at 1pm for an hour and then again at 3pm for an hour or two. I lay him down in the crib with his paci, 'his lovey', and a sound machine. Then I quietly creep away as he snuggles in. Its awesome! 

But it wasn't always that way.

It took about one month of being strict with his bedtime and naps. The biggest habit we had to break was picking him up when he cried. He expected to be rocked and nursed to sleep. Took about two days of "crying it out" at night; two weeks of staying home and being strict about naps. All in all, it took about one month of being intentional. After two months, he was officially sleeping through the night, not needing me to put him back to sleep if he woke up at 3 or 5 am! Here are the main tips Dorothy gave me to get to this point:

Know your baby's cries: Know the difference between a whine, a fit and a real "come soothe me mommy I need you" cry. The reason you want to know this is, when the baby wakes at 3am you don't want to immediately go in there. If it's a whine- you let baby whine it back to sleep and give him a chance to soothe himself. If its a fit, he's on his way to learning to manipulate you. Don't let him think every time he does this mommy is coming to get him. The first couple nights of cry fits are miserable, but once they know you're not coming to play, they'll learn and go back to sleep.

What to do when he does the real cry? I pick him up and rub his back. I don't cradle him or rock him. Just let him know I'm there and I'll "shh" and hum the same song every time. I snuggle my face to his little head and most of the time pray over him. Once he calms down, I lay him back down. One hundred percent of the time he starts crying again. Determining his cry, i'll pick him back up. Once he calms down I lay him back down. I once did this 8 times in a row. He eventually grows tired and goes to sleep. But I need him to fall asleep in his crib, not my arms. (I was strict during training time. Now that he knows the rules, I break them all the time :)

Try Not Rocking To Sleep: Before this, we would rock and rock Theo to fall asleep. He's a big boy, so that quickly got tiring (but I now have incredible thighs from squatting and swaying!) Not to mention he expected it every single time to go back to sleep. And at 3am? Yeah, I'm not squatting. So we started to simply just lay him down in his bed. Did he immediately go to sleep? Oh heck no! He would immediately cry. I would let him do a good cry for about 5-10 min to get him tired. Then, go back and put the paci back in. I know every baby is different, but Theo would tire quickly and whine himself to sleep after a couple times of putting paci back in. 

No feeding to sleep: The BIGGEST tip I learned from Dorothy was switching the routine I had going on. We would wake up, play, feed and go down for a nap. She says by doing this you're basically teaching him to get sleepy by eating. So every time he is sleepy he's expecting a feed. Including at 3am when he wakes and is trying to go back to sleep. So we switched to- Wake up, FEED, play and go down for a nap. This was a game changer!! He had learned to go to sleep during his naps without feeds that when he would randomly wake in the middle of the night, he could put himself back to sleep!

Dream Feed: Now this one might sound contradictory...but Dorothy introduced me to doing a dream feed at 11pm. Dream feeding is when you feed baby without waking him or her up and then putting them back in crib. Why would you pick up a sleeping baby? Because its better to feed at 11pm than 4am. Theo was still needing one nighttime feeding to get through the night, so instead of doing it at the early hours of 3/5am, its a little better to do it at 10/11pm. The dream feed helps keep their tummy's full to make it through the early hours. They wont always need this, Theo actually doesn't need a night time feed anymore!. We only did this for probably a week and a half or so. But I have friends who have done it for months. It just depends on the baby. 

These are just tips I implemented into helping Theo learn how to soothe himself to sleep. Like I said before, every baby is different and possibly needs different tactics, same with mama :) My biggest advice would be to follow your mommy gut and listen to it. You know whats best for you baby and your baby will also start to let you know when its time! Its such a beautiful time so I hope the so call "dreaded" time of sleep training is seen differently for you. Our babies are only babies once, so don't see this as a burden but an honor to be a part of teaching your baby how to do the one thing he will be doing everyday of his life, sleep! If you have any questions, shoot us an email or comment below. We can also connect you to Dorothy if you need extra help, she's amazing! 

Also, If you have any other tips from your experience, do share in the comments for other moms to read!

Silver Fox

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Silver fox, Silver fox, what are the feeding you? Silver fox, silver fox, its not you fauuuult.

Specialty color is coming on strong for the Spring and Summer of 2015. Pastels, silvers and little pops of color hitting the magazines and runways! Now this tends to be a trend that comes in and out of style however I am loving how this lovely lady makes it look as classy as ever! I (Molly) did this at my lovely place of work, Morgan Ashley Salon. I feel so inspired! So if you are remotely considering making a change like the one above and live anywhere close to Birmingham, AL. 
Come  in! Come in! 

I or the talented ladies I work with are dyeing (pun intended) to make some new classy looks! 
Morgan Ashley Salon - 2059079285


Undone-Air dried Waves

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ladies, we are in luck... a new trend is emerging! A trend that promotes women to go all natural. I don't know about you all, but I have been waiting for this since I hit puberty. So to go along with this "trend" we want to do a Undone series! Inspirational looks and tips to help going all natural seem more intentional! You know, instead of looking like your alarm went off too late.

1. With this model, we had her come with air dried hair and no product. We perfected the look by selectively curling the curls around her face and the top layer. Focusing on sections of hair that dried a bit puffy and or flat. 

2. When you curl do not curl the whole piece, only curl a random part of the hair strand. (Example: On the last photo, see the front piece in front of her eye? Study how it actually has just one curl to it. We curled the lower middle part of that section. This creates a more natural undone look. 

3. Once you're done curling, go in with your hand and break up the curls.

4. Lastly, Product is key. Bring out the texture spray, dry shampoo, and even some hairspray. You need this to make you look less homeless and more fashionable! We like to throw in our choice of product both in the beginning and or end. 

5. Don't forget the root! Spray some of that dry shampoo or texturizing spray on them and break it up with your hand or brush! Its amazing the volume it gives you. 

Biggest Advice: DO NOT BE A PERFECTIONIST and have fun with it! Or you will end up like Shirley Temple.

SIDE NOTE: Both of us have mostly straight hair. We love this method for even ourselves! Even starting out with air dried hair helps give that messy texture.


Joanna's Haircut

Friday, March 13, 2015

Joanna joined me in the short hair world last month. I thought it might be coming.. the girl talks about short hair in her sleep. For instance, when I cut mine off she cried because she was so excited. Could have been the pregnancy hormones but I like to think she just thought I looked real fly. 

So without further adieu.. here is Joanna's new do. Starting trends nearest you. Thank you Joanna, for proving "mom haircuts" can be the best/trendiest ones of all!

From Joanna:
Yes. I cut it all off. Why? no particular reason. Just always wanted to, plus my husband mentioned short hair a couple times. Oh, and Theo kept pulling my hair so I decided to cut it out of reach :) My inspiration behind it was a mixture of two styles: messy with texture and sleek tucked behind my ears. I wear it both ways and its awesome! Mainly because it takes me 2 seconds. People ask me how i had the guts to cut off a foot of hair, basically it was just not caring how it would turn out! I honestly didn't. I just wanted a fresh start and practicality. Sure, I thought about the possibility of it not looking decent, but this really would be the time in my life to try new things like this. So I went for it! No regrets! And I love it. I'm still exploring ways to style it. So once I get it down, we'll share our favorite short hair go to do's!

Low Loose Bun | Runway Inspired Looks

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

You know that feeling when the days just slip past you, the days that come and go and feel like they were 2 weeks ago but they were just 2 days ago? I think what i'm describing is "busy". You guys busy? On the fashion runways we see all the looks that set the trends, and it seems like 2015 is doing a lot of...."loose" looks. Also known as what we like to describe as "i'm too lazy to put effort in my hair".  Thankfully, this will be perfect for us busy girls that don't have time for putting effort in our hair! So here you go ladies, the perfect "busy" hair style for your busy days, straight from the runway! 

tie a knot and pin. Yey!

This style is NOT for the listed:
Moms With Babies That Have Hands- You will work hard to get those perfectly loose whispys around your face, but your baby will not think you did the best job and will try to help you by pulling them out more. Which will just ruin your perfectly pulled out whispys that you had to hairspray in place and will probably pull out that loose bun you took forever to make look "effortless" and put.

If You Will Be Going Outside- The wind is not your friend.

Animal owners- If you have dogs, they will lick your face. There is a chance their tounge will catch a whispy and stick it across your face. If you have cats, they will think its a string on a stick and attack your face. Bird owners, the back of this style resembles a little birds nest. Considering this also requires a good bit of tease and dirty hair, they may make your hair a home. 

Lipgloss Wearers- Well, you guys are screwed with any hair style. But this, this is not for you. For obvious reasons. But for the sake of making sure, i'll tell you anyways: Your lips will be a magnet for those whispys. A very annoying strong magnet that no matter how hard you try, you will not win. Even if you were in space where there is no wind to ruin your day, somehow, that hair will find its way towards that lipgloss. They are like passionate lovers that can't be separated. 

This style is for the listed:
Runway Model- If all you're doing that day is walk up and down a runway, this is the perfect look for you.

The Model We Used For This Exact Shoot- If your name is Sarah and you have long beautiful red hair posing for a shoot. This will absolutely without a doubt work for you.


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