New Hair, Crosspatch Stare

styling mid length hair

Why oh why do I look so bloody moody when I’m filming videos? I had always been under the impression that I had a rather cheery face – you know, a bit wholesome and healthy, friendly, the sort of face that might break into a companionable grin at the merest hint of a joke. But no. I have some serious resting bitch face going on. What a crosspatch. I can only hope that this is because filming videos can be long and hard(ish) work, and that when I’m out and about I have a warm semi-smile locked into place.

But I digress: here’s my new hair. Shorter, choppier, blonder. Many thanks to Mel (colour) and Kat (chopper) at Josh Wood Atelier (perhaps the coolest hair place I’ve ever been to) and to the rest of the staff who all took turns in babysitting Ted.

I didn’t style my hair for the photo above – I let it air-dry, following some top tips from Kat. (I need to dig out the list and do a separate post as I don’t want to mis-quote her, but she had some great advice for those who like to keep things strictly low-maintenance.) It was a sort of “scrunch dry” moment, really, except that I didn’t use a hairdryer, I just randomly scrunched and twisted at the ends when I remembered. One side of my head is actually naturally wavy – the other isn’t, which is handy. Despite this being the case for the past thirty-six years, I still haven’t quite come to terms with it and I think that I’m probably destined to have dual-personality hair for the rest of my life. It would only take a few seconds of tonging to correct the situation but I’m so lazy (and time-poor) that it simply never happens.

Maybe it can be my mid-year resolution. I always envy the writer Sali Hughes’ hair – she wrote a piece on how she styles it for The Guardian here – and she just dries it off and then does a quick waving session with the tongs, taking random strands and barely really curling them. Her style always looks great. Perhaps I’ll give her method a try – I have the choppy cut, now I just need to make use of it!

Anyway, in short: hair was air-dried then (this was the day after if I remember) I used some Davines Oi Oil* in the ends and a load of Colab Paradise Dry Shampoo* in the roots. On my face, The Ordinary Coverage foundation* in 1.2N, the Bobbi Brown Illuminating Cheek Palette* and a grey Endless Silky Eye Pen* from Pixi, smoked out and topped with a bit of eyeshadow to soften it. It was all pretty quick and haphazard, but lots of people have asked about the look and so there you go. Crosspatch face, demystified.

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  1. Ali
    May 10, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    ha ha! I call my 16 month old son a crosspatch and my husband thinks I’ve made up that word. Very glad to hear I’m not the only one who uses it!

  2. Jemima
    May 10, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    Looks young and fresh and vibrant. Love the shorter length.

  3. Jemima
    May 10, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    Also my top for that undone wavy look is to let my hair dry naturally (apart from my fringe which I have to blow dry), then plait it loosely once it’s 80% dry. When I let it down an hour or so later, it’s a lovely, messy wave.

  4. May 10, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    LOVE your new hair, it looks great on you! Mine is about that length too and I’m definitely tempted to try the air-drying ‘scrunch’ technique although I’m sure I’ll manage not to do it right and will probably just look like a mess, rather than looking nicely tousled. Would love a post with those tips you mentioned!
    Sophie xxx |

  5. MsMarmot
    May 10, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    Ah Mel does my colour too, she is lovely. I basically have to divert my salary to Josh Wood due to my stylist moving there a couple of years back and recommending Mel. Once you have experienced it, there is no going back. I even fly over to get it done….trying desperately to link it to a business trip..

  6. Agnieszka
    May 10, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    Oh Ruth, I love your resting bitch face. It means that you’re natural, to the point, and you smile when you actually mean it. Smiling all the time only looks good in ads, I suppose, and is otherwise a clear indication of a defunct brain.
    There is actually something interesting in that the society somewhat expects us to look happy and smiley all the time to the point of utter ridiculousness. For proof, google “woman eating salad” and try not to laugh yourself silly. I mean, I wonder who exactly comes up with an idea that ecstatic laughter should be a natural reaction to seeing a bit of a tomato.

  7. May 10, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    I’ve been thinking of going blonder, like with a shadow root and loads of highlights but I’m not sure if I can be bothered with maintaining it or spending a ton of money on it. I’m naturally dark ash blonde at the roots so it wouldn’t be too hard minus a few gray hairs. I love the cut on you though!

  8. Lesley Taylor
    May 11, 2017 / 12:24 am

    I have hair that is wavier on one side too. It’s very annoying.

  9. Carla
    May 11, 2017 / 7:06 am

    Is it layered, or all one length?

  10. Anna Wright
    May 11, 2017 / 9:45 am

    You look gorgeous and not crosspatchy at all Xxxxx

  11. Joni
    May 11, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    Really love the new hair Ruth! I always tend to have some type of smile on my face because I have a SERIOUS rbf and look completely unapproachable if I don’t smile.

  12. Gisela
    May 11, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    Its not crosspatch its modelling mode. Faced with a camera the instinctive go into your far off dreamy place. Makes everyone wonder what far off dreamscape you are carving out in your wild imagination. Looking gorgeous Ruth.

  13. Jane
    May 11, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    Oh that word, “crosspatch”!! I haven’t heard anyone else outside my family use it, love that word because it sounds exactly like what it means. You don’t look like a crosspatch though! Lovely hair, I’m currently growing mine from a pixie (ish) style into a bob and wishing it would hurry up, hoping some warmer weather will speed things up.

  14. Nancy
    May 11, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    Great color and style on you Ruth! And I’d love a post with the drying/styling tips from Kat.

  15. Abigail
    May 13, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    Cross patch, draw the latch, Sit by the fire and spin; Take a cup and drink it up, Then call your neighbours in.

    Lovely old rhyme and nice to see cross patch used again lol! I’d say you look more sultry than like a cross patch though Ruth.

  16. May 14, 2017 / 7:05 am

    Haven’t chopped my hair since two years, but now I really want to make it shorter! Thanks for the hair inspiration!

  17. Virginia Villalobos
    May 14, 2017 / 12:36 pm

    Have to admit I am clueless as to what “crosspatch” is in reference to, but I love your new hair!

    • Abigail
      May 14, 2017 / 10:08 pm

      It’s an old nursery rhyme Virginia, the term cross patch generally describes one of a grumpy disposition.

  18. Mansi
    May 26, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    Love the term crosspatch!

    My hair has its own split personality- the top appears stick straight, it’s all tangled and wavy at the bottom. Honestly, I can’t be bothered to fix that as well. x

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