Thursday, September 4th, 2008

I’ve spent the past week or two drooling over the above haircut. It just appeals to me, and I couldn’t really tell you why. Perhaps it’s because the model has such amazing features that she can rock this cut. I’ve always gone to the same hair salon for $8 hair cuts–yes, $8 haircuts–but I’ve always wanted to go to a professional hair stylist and have them do my hair. (Not to say they did a bad job; most of my visits were fine, but I didn’t ask for anything beyond lots of long layers!)

Well, I finally took the plunge. I went to Allan’s Salon this afternoon (I was so excited that they had an opening!) after reading all the rave reviews on Yelp!. $65 (and tip) later, and I’m loving my new ‘do! Allan was amazing–I brought in the photo above, but also something less tame, a lot longer, and he said I could totally work the one I wanted. But since I had expressed concern over going super short, he said he would add more length to it.Β Perfection. Absolute perfection.

I watched him when he did my blow out, to see how I would need to style it myself, and it didn’t look overly difficult. It’ll be interesting when I attempt it myself, but he just used a thermal protectant (duh), thickening spray by Bumble&Bumble, and then some pomade/wax. I think what I am so happy with is it is obviously different from my hair of 21 years, but it doesn’t look overly drastic. I was also thrilled to hear I could go shorter (he said I had the facial features for it) if I wanted to. Never was sure if I could pull off short hair! Nonetheless, parts of my hair had at least 7-8 inches taken off, so it is definitely a lot shorter than it was a few hours ago.

OK, OK, I know you just want to see how it turned out.Β Peep my new hair…

Side-by-side comparison!

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228 thoughts on “Temptalia Grows Up & Gets a Hairstyle

  1. Wow Christine this is amazing on you! You remind me of someone right now, I just can’t put my finger on it!


  2. OMG your hair looks amazing!
    That cut really suits you :]

  3. snickerdoodle

    GORGEOUS!! i really really love it! I’m glad you do too :)

  4. Courtney

    Oh wow! You look so different but it’s goooorgeous. Very sophisticated but fun at the same time. It does something to your features that I can’t describe, but it’s a good something and that’s all that matters. :-)

  5. I think it looks fantastic! I wish I had the courage to let someone cut my hair. It is so long–but has no style.

    (Your eyebrows look great too!)

  6. Oh wow Christine you look radiant!! Love the new hair cut!!

  7. Leigh

    It looks great! I especially like the bangs on you!

  8. Stephanie D

    Looks good Christine! Speaking as a stylist, I would say the shorter version would look better for your face shape. The length stopping at the neck and collarbone would balance out the narrowness in your jawline where the longer tapered layers accentuate it because they draw the eye down instead of up. (I totally understand your hesitation to go short with having long hair for all your life)! It’s good to feel it out though but the cuts are totally different from a stylist’s point of view (the blonde one would be considered a bob and yours more a shag). If you have the courage next time- you can definitely rock that hairstyle! Especially because your do your makeup awesome and dress nice which are big factors in determining a style to be suitable for a person. Blonde styles also show more texture and defintion of layers because of the contrast and shadowing it shows. Caramel highlights would really bring out the layers and show them off more too. We use Bumble & bumble products at my salon and I take classes there in NYC. They are really good!

    • Hey C! I sooo applaud you for being brave! I think our long hair is like our security blanket. I’ve always had a lemming for short hair but have been a chicken to do it. I absolutely agree with Stephanie! I DO think that you should go full swing on it and go shorter with some lightening. It would look sooooo good on you! But yes of course, baby steps…just baby steps! Anyhow, you look fab girl! Please however do keep me informed on the styling aspect of it. As you know with long hair if you dont feel like doing anything you could just throw it in a pony, but I would like to know how your styling regime will now differ in the morning. So keep us posted.

      Take care

    • I came to comment on how much I LOVE your new cut, it looks fabulous! But I agree with the above comment as well: you could SO rock the same cut your model photo is wearing and add a little color to it to sass it up.

    • Thanks for the insight, Stephanie! I really appreciate it :)

      • Stephanie D

        No problem! Hair can make people feel so good about themselves just like makeup can! This is why I love the beauty industry!!!

  9. Cristine

    omg its so cute

  10. It looks beautiful on you!!

  11. Exquisite. You should be very pleased. Complements your eyes and eyebrows.

  12. Chrissy

    I love, love, love this on you!! You look fabulous.

  13. michelle j

    I LOVE your new hair!! It’s always so glossy anyway, but the new cut is stunning!

  14. OMG its so cute! It looks really good on you too!

  15. quynh

    The haircut looks really good! There’s always something so refreshing and uplifting when it comes to changing one’s hair, as if it can actually change more than just the style of your hair.

    May I ask where did you get the picture of the modeled hairstyle above from?

  16. Ashley

    LOVE the haircut!! Looks amazing on you!!

  17. pquanda


  18. pquanda

    omg.. christine… this flatters you so much! I’m jealous.. I WANT THIS CUT!!

  19. Sandy

    this is hot I love it. You look very sofisticated :)

  20. Annie


  21. L A S

    So sexy! You look amazing, it really makes you look more mature — in a very good way! :)

  22. Vee

    That is too cute for words!!!

  23. miss anna

    omg!! you look so cute & fresh with the new haircut!!

  24. wow! looks amazing! i’d like to see you try out some new hairstlyes with your new cut-maybe set it up in some hot rollers or use a curling iron or something just for fun!

    • I’m sure going to try, Gina! One of the worst things about my longer hair was how thick and heavy it was – so it was a pain to style (nothing wanted to hold, and bobby pins cried when they saw my hair)!

  25. K

    It seems since you started this website that you are really making a point to take care of yourself not just make-up-wise, but in other ways too! Haircare, skincare… I think this cut looks fantastic on you and really suits your personality.

  26. lisa

    Nice love the change!

  27. jesstooimpress

    HOLY SHIT! i love ur bangs .. it looks freakin AMAZING!

  28. laura

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. jennica

    the new do looks wonderful on you!! i get my hair cut at allan’s salon too! they’re great! :)

    • Thank you so much, Jennica! Small world! I’ve lived here for like 17 years, and my boyfriend’s FAVORITE Mexican restaurant is right next door to Allan’s, and yet I never noticed it!

  30. Your new hairstyle looks fresh and beautiful!

  31. LR

    wow! perfect cut &style for look stunning(as always!)

  32. Millie

    wow, you really look amazing! well, you always do. but this hairstyle is a nice change.

  33. Simply stunning!!!!!! :)

  34. Allysha

    WOW you look amazing christine!

  35. Kelly

    OMG. You look -sooo- much better without all the hair. I love it!

  36. Shefali

    Totally awesome! I think you look alot more mature, which is good for law school :) I love getting new hairstyles…it’s refreshing and gives new perspective to things.

  37. Theresa

    love love LOVE your new do!!!!
    Arent you happy you took the plunge?

  38. Lehea

    Nice! You’re proof that change can be good. =) My hair needs to be reshaped soon. It’s stick straight from rebonding, so I need to put in a few layers. I was thinking of getting bangs also. The ones they gave you are the ideal length I have in mind.

    • Haha! True :)

      My mom said she fell out of her chair.

      I love the length – though I have to get used to having them fall over my eye a bit. Probably more styling product would keep them better placed, but it’s not a big deal. Still had hair falling in my face when I had long hair, LOL.

  39. Shayla

    aw, Christine….that looks awesome!

  40. Monica

    Christine.. wow!! this is a great hair style for you! You look so modern and it frames your face perfectly. I wish I could have this kind of haircut (I’m curly.. so.. it’s a no no or years of hair damage)

  41. Chloe

    \O/ Yeah!! This looks AMAZING!! I SO think you could rock that short look you’re after! Regardless, you look F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S! I’m getting my haircut this weekend and you’re encouraging me to go shorter, too! πŸ˜‰

  42. Ariel

    I think it looks awful. You are such a beautiful woman and this looks heavy and like it’s shellacked to your head. You look about ten years older then you did before. Ugh I dont know if I can read this blog anymore

    • It’s so incredibly light, not at all heavy! I’m pleased with how it’s aged me – like when I had my hair down, I looked very young (and I felt 12). I feel more my age with this cut! I’m really sorry that me changing my hair somehow makes the blog worthless to read anymore. It makes me sad that this would cause you to stop reading.

    • Ariel is retarded

      Ariel you are so retarded, if you have nothing nice to say don’t say it at all, it’s HER hair and it looks lovely, you never had to read her blog in the first place!

  43. Ariel that was a bit harsh…hopefully its some sort of inside joke Anywho….

    Christine, I love it, its a bit rock-n-roll and very classy at the same time. I wish I could be as brave as you, to get out there and set some trends! Yay for you.

  44. AmyLou

    OMG, that hairstyle is freakin’ AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Your cheekbones are totally highlighted with this new do! I agree, you could go shorter if you want. But going on the safe side as far as length is always the smart thing to do!

    Have you ever had bangs? I always get them cut in and then regret it, so you’ll have to let us know how that works out for ya.

    I really really LUV LUV it!!!

    • Thank you, AmyLou!! I love the length, actually – it gives me “long hair” in a sense, but still with the perks of short hair.

      I had bangs (straight, over the forehead kind) during high school and hated them. Took foreverrr to grow them out. I like the sideswept ones a lot better.

  45. GORGEOUS! Just in time for this fall’s hot, hot, hot makeup collections! πŸ˜‰

  46. Sal sitting on her ponytail

    dude that looks awesome on you. i reckon some warm highlights wouldnt go amiss πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you, Sal!! I thought about highlights, but they’re a bit costly, and it’s taken me SO LONG to get my natural color back (which I love). We’ll see!

  47. oh MY GOD I LOVE IT!

  48. Kate

    You look gorgeous. I love it!

  49. Ashlee

    Omg thats just gorgeous. Of course your gorgeous anyways but the hair is amazing.

  50. I love it! it’s soo sleek and sophisticated on you!

  51. Stephani

    One word- STUNNING!

  52. briana danielle

    oh my gosh,… I F-ING LOVE IT! lol So gorgeousssss!!!

  53. lala

    your beauitul xtine!!!! any hairstyle will look great on you seriously…your face is amazing!! <333333333

  54. Nana

    You look even more stunning, trendy, young and fresh with the new hairstyle! Purrrrrfect choice! ^_^bb

  55. Vera

    The haircut looks great. I was wondering who you reminded me of, then it hit me, the character Brooke on One Tree Hill. lol Enjoy the new do!

  56. lovely new hair cut!!!
    i loveeeee the models hair do, too..

  57. I like how it frames your face, it appears to have more shape and body – but I’ll be honest, I don’t love it. I do love your inspiration though, that’s a gutsy move cutting off so much.

    Regardless of whether people love it or not, I’m glad to see that you’re so excited about it.. because that’s what matters. :)

  58. kat

    It’s super cute! Nice change from your last do!

  59. Melissa

    Wow! Your hair looks great! This was deff a big upgrade. The bangs and angles really do suit your face. My mom is sitting next to me and she said the same thing! :)

  60. Marie

    Your hair looks AWESOME!! You look great with shorter hair.

  61. Oh wow! You look absolutely fab!

  62. Christine, you were BORN to rock that hairdo!
    Allan did a great job—and you look absolutely amazing!

  63. Erin

    You should totally go shorter! It would look amazing on you! But the cut looks great the way you have it!

  64. pia

    *mouth opens wide* CHRISTINE!!!! Now I’m going to take YOUR picture to the hairdresser and have her/him cut my hair liker yours. I’ve been dying for a new hair style but can’t find anything that would suit me.

    and if I haven’t said you look amazing, forgive me. You look FABULOUS & STUNNING!

    btw, I agree with Betsy, the shorter cut would look amazing on you!

  65. Elle

    OMG. Freakin’ beautiful!! LOVE IT, CHRISTINE!

  66. francy

    it looks gorgeous!

  67. calico

    Lovely! and you can always put your longer layers behind you, to try out the shorter ‘look’. Your hair is so healthy!

    P.s. agree – highlights would emphasize the cut beautifully.

  68. Terry

    Lovely haircut.You look so nice!!!

  69. Aw, I really like it! I think you could even go shorter. It’s really sophisticated and even a little edgy, and it totally works in every way. Gorgeous! I could see this transforming into a really sleek bob, that would be hot. And you totally live by me! I had a feeling you lived in the bay area. Do you shop at valley fair?

    • Thanks, Stephanie! I definitely could go shorter, but I love the illusion of length. It’s like long hair, but not really.

      I go to Valley Fair all the time :)

  70. MΓ‘rcia

    Oh yeah Christine, this new haircut looks great in you. Where is the red carpet? πŸ˜‰

  71. claudine

    omg beautiful

  72. Aziajs

    Very nice. Much more flattering than the previous cut.

  73. pink_candy

    wow!!!!! totally in luv with it!
    now i want my hair to be cut shorter ;D

  74. Hot, hot, hot cut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Frick now I want MY hair like this!

  75. So pretty!! I’ve been meaning to cut my hair too and this is totally inspiring. I really like this. you look so fresh!

  76. Jessica

    I think it’s a great upgrade! Updated and sophisticated, absolutely. My only suggestion would be to play around with volume! Looks like you got some great layers which allow versatility…for example, you can wear it sleek and straight like you did here, or as I suggested, put in an OOMPH factor πŸ˜€ A root lifting spray, round brushes and velcro rollers could totally give you another fun look to have in your beauty arsenal. Just my 2 cents :)

  77. Chess

    Christiiiiine, I’m finally delurking after all these months to tell you that you look absolutely stunning. I loved the long layers on you, but this is just do-a-double-take gorgeous. You look so sophisticated! I admire you for having the balls to make the change you want, and it sure as hell paid off!

  78. DJ

    a fantastic change–


    it looks lovely–pretty, fresh and flattering.

  79. Hey Christine, you look Gorgeous.

  80. Daantje

    Oh woooowwwww!!! You look amazing, radiant, divine, sexy, hot, sweet, cute, real pretty, gorgeous and loads of other great compliments I just can’t seem to translate into English right now.

    Excellent style, totally you!

    πŸ˜€ Daantje

  81. Jenna

    you look very pretty! When I first saw you I was startled and then I realised: IT’S CHRISTINE! Damn you look good!

  82. Carolina

    Wow, Christine! You look AMAZING in that hairstyle. Gorgeous!

  83. Chica

    Love it Christine! Really suits you :)

  84. Shea

    Awe, that’s soo pretty! I recently just chopped my long hair into an angular bob so I know the anxieties of the first cut!

  85. Oooooo that looks so pretty on you!!! And your hair looks much healthier and shinier with the cut.

    Great choice in style!!


  86. Eva

    Christine, I love the haircut!! But I also think the shorter version would look even better on you. :o)

  87. GJ

    You look awesome! I wish I could be adventurous with my hair!

  88. cloudburst

    Girl, you gotta treat yourself to a pro stylist, even if it is only a couple times a year! I think next time you should go as short as the model, why not? Hair always grows back!

  89. DODe

    Loves it. Beautiful. Love the bang!

  90. Cat

    I love it girl….you have inspired me…i need a new look too…lol

  91. katja

    wow christine!!! this is cut is perfect for you. it really gives your beautiful face a even more beautiful shape! congrats you did it πŸ˜€ have fun with your new hair! :)

  92. Sash

    Ur cut is alot more classy!
    But, the model’s haircut is alot more edgy!
    I love them BOTH!

  93. gio

    I love it! It’s beautiful and sophisticated and it really suits you!

  94. Balqees

    Yesterday i saw a pic for you and i said to myself that you need a new cut hair look great :)..

  95. Jan

    Wow! This is a nice change, really chic! I admire your guts to cut your hair, I have long boring hair like curtains! But I never dare to cut it too short or change the style. Heh you’ll be a chic, and stylish lawyer!

    • Aw, thanks, Jan! I’ve had long boring hair for years and years, though I always loved it and liked it. But I fell in love with the model’s cut, so I think that’s why I finally changed!

  96. dee

    I love your haircut. The more I look at your inspiration photo, the more I think all you’d have to do to recreate the look is put your hair in a low ponytail and leave the front pieces out.

    • Thanks so much! It’s pretty tough to put it in a pony tail right now, but it’s true, if I keep the longer layers in the back, it looks very similar to the original model’s cut!