Chin Length Bob - a work in progress

So most of you know, I used to have my hair in a super short pixie (pics 1 and 2). And I loved it but it was time for a change. I'm now wanting to have something with more movement, versatility to be straight and sleek or wavy (I can work my hair into waves with the right product) and in my mind, a wee bit more feminine and soft.

As I'm sure you can imagine, going from hair that's roughly 1/2 - 1 inch long and no two hairs the same length, to chin length in quite the task. Pics 3 and 4 show where I'm at today. I've getting trims and shaping every 8 weeks to allow growth between cuts. It is finally starting to get the shape and now my stylist will cut the back a bit shorter to begin creating the asymmetry. Having what she calls an "a-line bob" will allow my hair to have more movement and keep my thick hair from making me look like I have a poodle on my head. I'm still a good 3-4 months away from having the finished style but am finally past the "cut this off it's driving me crazy" stage. It's the growing out of the top and the fringe that now needs to catch up with the rest. And yes, I'm keeping my cranberry streak :)

Pics 5 and 6 are my inspiration photos and what I'm going for. Neither I nor my stylist can believe I've gotten this far - patience is not my strongest virtue :)

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  • catseye replied 4 years ago

    Love your hair. You look great. It is softer but suits you very well. 

  • replied 4 years ago

    O..M..G you look amazing! It was nice before but this is a great, great style for you! Amazing!

  • Inge replied 4 years ago

    Thanks so much for posting these pics, Shannon, I was so curious when you mentioned on your other thread that you were growing your hair;-)
    And yes, it does take TONS of patience, doesn't it.
    It's looking really good! The style frames your face beautifully, and the combination of the silver grey with the cranberry is gorgeous. Loving the idea of adding in the asymmetry too.

  • replied 4 years ago

    Lookin' good Shannon!  That's a real accomplishment for us short hair gals - and to get this far means the worst is over.  Keira Knightly shows up in many of my hair inspiration photos :)

  • deb replied 4 years ago

    That style is going to look great on you. The growing out stage is awful!

  • viva replied 4 years ago

    Shannon, I really like this longer hair on you. And it's nice to have a change isn't it? I do think you are through the hardest part so stay strong!!!

  • AviaMariah replied 4 years ago

    I think you look great and I especially love the cranberry streak!

  • abc replied 4 years ago

    Great to see you back, sorry I missed your other post.

    LOVE the softer look in 3-4.  Excited to see how it grows out, but this looks super in my book.

  • donnat replied 4 years ago

    I love your hair now and it's going to look great a little longer.

  • Angie replied 4 years ago


    I LOVE the longer hair! 

  • Eliza replied 4 years ago

    Love this look. Very sleek in the photos and it will be fun to see how you play with the extra length. Not to mention the color with your specs. Fab!

  • Sara L. replied 4 years ago

    It looks great!  Keira Knightley was my style inspiration when I first cut off all my hair (although it was a different style than you're showing).

  • Ruby Tuesday replied 4 years ago

    This is beautiful Shannon, I have to congratulate you for sticking with the regular trims, it feels counterintuitive but makes the process more bearable.

    The cranberry streak looks so fab with your glasses.

  • Ginger replied 4 years ago

    Wow, that's gorgeous! It's SUCH a flattering look, particularly for those with thick hair. I can only imagine the discipline it took to get to this point. And the cranberry is just the perfect accent.

  • Susie replied 4 years ago

    Wow, your hair has really grown and I think it looks fantastic!

  • MsMaven replied 4 years ago

    You look wonderful with the new hair--well worth the hassle to grow it out. 

  • Transcona Shannon replied 4 years ago

    Thank you all sooooo much - your kind words will give me the motivation to keep going! :)

    Inge - you have no idea how many times I was ready to call my stylist to cut it all off again...tons of patience indeed!

  • texstyle replied 4 years ago

    More love for the longer hair - it suits you really well!

  • rachylou replied 4 years ago

    Boy that looks good!

  • Karie replied 4 years ago

    I love it! This is a great look for you.

  • Joy replied 4 years ago

    Love it! Now and the inspiration photos.

  • retailgirl replied 4 years ago

    Looks, great Shannon! Happy to see you posting again.

  • dakotacheryl replied 4 years ago

    Love the new and evolving hairstyle!

  • replied 4 years ago

    It looks great!!! I like the way it frames your face!

  • El Cee replied 4 years ago

    Gorgeous Shannon! Although I always loved your sassy pixie, this new cut is more in line with your desire to add some Parisian chic to your overall style.

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  • replied 4 years ago

    Stick to your guns, new hairdo looks smashing!

  • citygirldc replied 4 years ago

    I think we are in the same boat as I'm growing my hair out into a bob too. The new do is looking fab on you. At least the longer style will  give us a few more options of styling our hair.   

  • catgirl replied 4 years ago

    Love it, Shannon!  Looks like a shorter version of mine (and my grey is all grown out!). 

  • replied 4 years ago

    You look fab, Alaskagirl!

  • goldenpig replied 4 years ago

    Love the longer hair Shannon! The cranberry streak is awesome!

  • Jenn replied 4 years ago

    Your growout is really fab! I wouldn't have guessed you were still at an in-between state. Well done!

  • Lyn D. replied 4 years ago

    Your new do looks really lovely Shannon!

  • shedev replied 4 years ago

    Wow, your hair looks fantastic.

  • celia replied 4 years ago

    Looks really nice on you. I wouldn't have guessed it is a work in progress, it looks very intentional to me the way it is cut now.

  • Caro in Oz replied 4 years ago

    Love your hair as is & the longer version looks great too :) :)

  • bonnie replied 4 years ago

    The original cut was great and the new do is even better. Nice to have a change, isn't it? I'm always tempted to try something new.

  • Style Fan replied 4 years ago

    Love your new do.  It really suits you. 

  • replied 4 years ago

    It's gorgeous, Shannon, I LOVE it. I can totally picture you with that second inspiration cut (pic 6). At this point, it doesn't look like a 'growing in cut' at all; you look downright amazing! Can't believe how fast your hair grows. You are a woman transformed :)

  • SarahTheWhite replied 4 years ago

    I always enjoyed your super short hair, but this is just gorgeous on you! You will look wonderful in the style of tour inspiration photos, but I am also loving it as is. I am still such a fan of the cranberry streak!

  • shiny replied 4 years ago

    Heh, my daughter shaved her head bald in November, so I can absolutely understand the task and the patience! You are like my daughter -- you look good in any length. OR color!

    I've had the chin-length asymmetrical bob now for over a decade, and although it never grows as long as Una's, and isn't as thick either, I have worn it shorter and longer. I have worn it as short as yours is right now. I like tucking it saucily behind the ears when it's that length. 

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    OMG it's GORGEOUS!! 

    I actually love what you have now better than the inspirations. You look sensational. Those specs are magical on you, too. 

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 4 years ago

    Absolutely fantastic!

  • Beth Ann replied 4 years ago

    You hair looks terrific!  Your stylist is working good magic -- it already has great shape, with a bit of modern and a bit of softness.

  • shevia replied 4 years ago

    Love,Love,Love! You are such an inspiration Shannon - I'm glad you're back!

  • Meow replied 4 years ago

    Congrats on sticking with the grow out process!  It looks great.  I'm also growing my hair.  When it reached the "poofy" phase, I used a hair straightener and damaged my hair.  I think my hair was damp and I'm impatient.  Fried the ends.  So my growing out has been halted until the fried parts are cut off - I think/hope - 2 more hair cuts.  But what I've been learning and doing is conditioning like mad and my hair feels hugely better (except the fried ends - nothing really to be done there).  So my advice is to really deep condition regularly  (I do every time I wash - which is about 3 time per week).  Also use a heat protectant before using any blow dryer or other styling tool.  Oh - and my newest thing (which I love) is a silk pillowcase!  Really cuts down on the frizzies.  Good Luck!

  • Gigi replied 4 years ago

    Oooh, I love it! It looks really great on you.

    I am growing out my hair as well, from a bob to shoulder length. I know how hard it is to be patient!

  • Deborah replied 4 years ago

    Shannon your hair looks fantastic!  It suits you and your natural colour is just beautiful.  How did you manage to get through that 'not a proper hairstyle' stage??  I am sure the regular cuts helped but did you just have to push through and accept it wasn't yet your version of perfect??  I am two days away from a cut myself and cannot decide if I should go shorter or start growing into a short choppy bob lol.  I always go back to the bob!!  Signed Inspired and Confused.
    BTW you are look fabulous.  Well and healthy and you have skin to kill for :)

  • Summer replied 4 years ago

    Your patience has paid off, Shannon.  Your new bob is beautiful.

  • dianne replied 4 years ago

    Your new longer hair looks terrific Shannon!! (Love the red specs too)

  • La Pedestrienne replied 4 years ago

    I do love me a good pixie-to-bob grow-out! YLF!

  • Janet replied 4 years ago

    I love the idea of growing it out, too, but I agree with Jenn -- what you have now looks very intentional and does not at all have that look of "I'm growing my hair out." Well done. I think it looks really great now, and it will be fun to see the final result!

  • anchie replied 4 years ago

    Looks gorgeous. I actually prefer this length on you and would not grow it any further. 

  • Transcona Shannon replied 4 years ago

    Wow...I was busy last night and couldn't get back to this thread until now. What an explosion of comments! Thank you all so much for your feedback.

    What I found most interesting in the comments is the theme that it looks good at the length it is at now. My last trim did finally start to give the extra length some shape so that it looked like a style on its own and not like I just didn't get to the hairstylist on time, you know? I am going to continue to grow it to the length I originally planned but am leaving myself open to the option of cutting it back a bit more if I find the extra length doesn't suit my narrow face.

    El Cee - the hairstyle is indeed my interpretation of Parisian chic style in my way - timeless but modern, not hard edge.

    Una - oh good grief woman! Your hair is positive MAGICAL!!! Your grey grew in beautifully and the style is so you. How are you liking being a Silver Fox???

    Aliona - pic 6 is actually the inspiration photo my stylist is working off of. We both have it on our phones as reference.

    Shiny - I think that's what I'm looking for - the versatility of a bob. You can wear it straight, behind the ears, wavy, longer, shorter - your hair always looks beautiful.

    Beth Ann - "modern and softness" - exactly what I'm going for.

    Shevia - I'm so glad to be back sweet lady :)

    Deborah - how did I manage to get past the horrendous part? Gritting my teeth all the way! Seriously...there was a time at the end of November where I was ready to give up. For a few weeks, it looked like it had no actual style at all. My stylist showed me a few cute ways to use bobby pins (yes...good old bobby pins) to keep the fringe out of my eyes (it kept going between my glasses and my eyes) that worked quite well and didn't look completely ridiculous. It was a lifesaver.

    Thanks again for all the positive feedback.

  • Thirkellgirl replied 4 years ago

    My daughter has been my cheerleader through the growing out process. I've only just gotten to the point where I can see the possibilities for a just-past-chin-length layered bob - until now it's all been my relying on her vision (or freaking out and getting it cut). I've regressed in my resolution to grow it so many times that I probably extended the growing out process by a factor of three. You look fab!

  • Kari replied 4 years ago

    Shannon!!! You're back, and you look lovely! I wouldn't know from the photos that there had been any awkward growing out phases. I'm glad you are keeping the colorful streak too.

    I have been through that journey myself this year. Went from a long pixie, tight in back and longer but choppy in front, to an angled bob. I'm very nearly there but the grow out phase has taken a lot of maintenance-not only to clean up the shagginess and get the sides to angle DOWN vs. angle UP in a way that's flattering, but also because I have all these flippy ends that go their own way. My stylist is great so if I ask her to thin out certain sections that get heavy, or if we can shape a section that tends to flip, she knows just what to do. But with humidity I'll confess it can go haywire.

    The longer bob requires more effort-I started drying my hair again and using a straightener. I'm babying it with conditioner (again, not something I had to use often when it was short) and have a few staple products I love:
    Lush Hair Custard (UK product.) It's like a cross between leave in conditioner and pomade-and smells like vanilla. I apply a tiny bit to WET hair and it gives me the volume and control I crave. I sometimes use a TINY bit on dry hair for extra texture.
    Lush Roots: scalp treatment, removes buildup and stimulates growth.

  • catgirl replied 4 years ago

    Thanks, Shannon! The hardest thing to get used to has been not changing up the color, which I loved doing. Ironically I get more compliments on this (including "how did you get that hair color?", to which my response is "I got old!") than any other color I've had. I am thinking I will either dip dye the ends a color - easy fix if I tire of them - or do a small streak like you. Do you just do the color over the grey?

  • gradfashionista replied 4 years ago

    Beautiful! You pull off both cuts really well, but bob gives you a very sleek vibe and frames your face nicely.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 4 years ago

    Kari - it is definitely much more work than my pixie. My pixie I would just wash, towel dry, throw in some styling gel and head out the door. The longer hair I need to blow dry and then flat iron if I want it straight. I have neither straight nor curly hair - I have poker straight sections and then other sections with weird bends and kinks. If I let it just air dry now, it is nothing short of bizarre looking. I have started using more conditioner and I also use a heat protective serum. Hoping my hair stays healthy.

    Una - yep, color right over the grey. About every 3 months, after my stylist has given me my latest trim, she mixes two colors (purple and red) and then paints it onto the one section, wraps it in foil and sends me home. She doesn't charge me for this because there's no processing - I wash my hair out 40 minutes later after I get home and voila - done.

  • Kari replied 4 years ago

    Me too Shannon. My texture is more "limp" instead of "straight." There aren't waves, there are just spots that like to flip or bend and look weird. If I air dry I don't have a "shape" to my hair and that bothers me. But right now I'm enjoying the change, and I hope you are with your locks too.

  • replied 4 years ago

    Your hair is looking fabulous! Love the style direction that it's heading.

  • Aida replied 4 years ago

    LOVE this on you Shannon! Very flattering at this length, perhaps will actually be better shorter like this than longer. Curious to see how it turns out. Very in line with your desired style direction and would also lend plenty of the new direction to the older artier pieces, too.

    Seems like many of us are in the midst of hair changes. *looks around and whispers* Mine is currently in a modified mullet with bangs even. Can't decide if I like it or not, keep going back and forth (looks better now that it's grown in a bit; it was legit 80s at first). Haven't posted any photos here yet but here's how it looks today. Shhh!

  • Thirkellgirl replied 4 years ago

    Kari, I'd love to see photos of your hair in process and now. Sounds like you're working toward the same style I am. This is the longest the sides of my hair have been in a very long time, and I have been getting the back cropped (I guess that's what you'd call it, pulled in tighter on the bottom half of the back). I'm still growing out the "make it messy! make it shaggy!" layers but I am really feeling a strong desire to even out those ends.

  • Kari replied 4 years ago

    Aida, I love those pictures! Massive curls and texture make this so fun and playful. You are brave to try bangs but they REALLY work well with this cut.

    Thirkellgirl, here's a taste of the growing out process throughout the last year in order from what I could pull up on my photo library. There were some legit growing pains here, hair isn't always styled, and I don't have great pics from the side/back. The difficulty is that I want a relatively smooth taper from back of neck where it's cut short and tight, to the front where it's chin length or below. My stylist helped ease the transition when there were some bare or shaggy spots growing out along the side. I go in every 7 weeks. My hair also behaves much better when freshly colored (which I do myself.)

  • Thirkellgirl replied 4 years ago

    Thanks! Inspirational. You've really grown it!

  • Mochi replied 4 years ago

    I love this on you, Shannon. You were very cute in the pixie cut, but this is even better. I think it makes you look even more youthful...or something...just that it brightens up your face!

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