Casual Friday + Why I Chopped My Hair.

etoile isabel marant dress | charleston, south carolina | grace atwood, the stripe
dress // sneakers // bracelet

I have been getting asked a lot of questions on Instagram DMs about why I cut my hair! The simple answer is that I have always been a little jealous of friends with cute short hair and messy lobs, (or whatever that style of hair is called). But with my natural hair texture, cutting my hair has always been out of the question unless I wanted to have to blow it out and curl it every single day. (I actually had short hair when I moved to the city 12 years ago – it was the most high-maintenance hairstyle I’ve ever had!!!)

For the past 10+ years I really relied on my long hair to weigh it down and keep it in check… if it isn’t long, it gets very big and crazy. I rarely cut it… seriously… we’re talking about cutting it once a year and maybe a tiny quarter inch trim when I got highlights. About a month and a half ago, I got a keratin treatment. Sidebar: I promise, I am going to do a very thorough post about that, once it’s been a full three months and I can tell you if it was worth the money. The reason I’ve waited to do a post about it is to make sure of that. I’d hate to tell you to do it now, and have it not last the full three months. With the keratin treatment, I suddenly had the straight-ish, frizz-free hair I always dreamed about having. And having it thaaaaat long (and straight) made me realize just how long (too long!) it had gotten. With my hair so so straight, it also showed how dead the ends had gotten. It’s really evident in these photos.

So I decided to give it a good chop. We took six inches off. We It wasn’t because I was unhappy with the keratin treatment (a lot of you asked if that was the case) or anything like that, it was more realizing just how dead my hair had gotten from years of only tiny trims and weekly blowouts… and also realizing that I could finally have cute short(ish) hair that wouldn’t be a giant frizz ball. That’s all! 😉 If you have more questions I’m happy to answer them… I didn’t really think my haircut was worth it’s own blog post but I have gotten so many questions so decided to write about it!  Oh and if you need a good stylist, go see Jay! He cuts, colors, and styles my hair. Love him.

Outfit Details:  Etoile Isabel Marant Dress // Vince Sneakers // Candyshop Vintage Necklace (worn as a bracelet) // Celine Sunglasses

etoile isabel marant dress | charleston, south carolina | grace atwood, the stripe

This is the last of the Charleston outfits. I loooove this dress – you can dress it up with fun jewelry and heels, or wear it more casually with sneakers. These sneakers from Vince are my go-to travel/everyday shoe. I got the grey wool ones last year and went back for the navy suede this year. They are everything – so comfy, and as someone who doesn’t wear sneakers very often I like that the platform gives them a little height so they feel a bit more dressy. They’re the perfect everyday shoe as they literally look good with anything!

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photography by Clay Austin.

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  1. Your shorter hair is looking great! It’s a good move on your part. It’ll grow out much healthier, and change is always refreshing! 🙂

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  2. Rachelle says 11.3.17

    I love that dress, it is so unique and sporty. Loving the new do, it makes you look even younger.

    xo
    Pinksole

  3. Emily says 11.3.17

    I love your shorter hair so so much! It is so fresh looking – definite hair goals!
    Xo,
    Em
    http://www.organicallyemily.com

  4. Abby Archer says 11.3.17

    I sent you an insta DM to let you know, I LOVE the cut. It it fresh and really compliments you. Great choice!

  5. Natali says 11.3.17

    You’re looking absolutely flawless in this comfy and minimalistic outfit!
    I’m loving your hair, the length, cut and colour suit you 100%!

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  6. natalie says 11.3.17

    i adore the chop! looks so good on you. i’ve enjoyed following you along on this hair journey of yours haha

  7. Christie McGetrick says 11.3.17

    Hi, Love your blog. Next time you are in CHarleston – check out a little shope called Dandy Boutique at 43 John Street in Downtown. Lots of fun.

  8. Jenn Lake says 11.3.17

    Love, love, love the new length! It totally suits you!

  9. Emily says 11.3.17

    Loooove that dress!!

    What kind of bra did you wear?

    • grace at the stripe says 11.4.17

      I used one of those sticky nubra’s for the shoot. I also like wearing it with a pull on bralette (that doesn’t have a hook in the back).

  10. Carrie says 11.3.17

    LOVE the cute. It looks so healthy now too. Don’t you love those fresh cut blunt ends? Best feeling after a fresh cut to take the dead stuff off. I get washing it feels like a dream now too.

  11. Holly says 11.4.17

    This outfit is so lovely,I love how you can dress it up or down & it looks cute both ways! I also recently cut my hair shorter and am loving it so I completely understand where you are coming from. Long hair can be such a security blanket and so often gets so damaged with all our longing for it to grow longer. Yay for short, healthy hair!

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly xo

  12. Kelly Mahan says 11.7.17

    The hair looks great, and it sure deserves a post about it – I’m sure many of us would love reading about it! Plus, the outfit and shoes: love love love!!