Hair today, gone tomorrow!


Long-haired Pipa GordonI’ve promised this blog for ages (please excuse my terrible title!) and seeing as my hair is the longest it is likely to get I thought now is a good time to share these pictures!

Yes indeed, naturally nearly black and curly, who would have thought?! Even I can’t remember what it’s like naturally (and there are quite a few “shiny” ones these days if I’m honest!). It took me years and years to get the courage to chop it all off. It seems you spend your youth growing your hair, only to chop it off and start again!

Although saying that, my mum was in hospital when I finally got around to doing it and I remember visiting her and she said “do you feel lost without it?” My reply was, “you know what, Mum? I feel found!” So how about that?! Who’d have known? And really, I talked about it for years before actually getting enough guts to actually go for it. Our identity is very much partnered with our hair, hence the power of the bad hair day I suppose!

Long-haired Pipa on the beachI know short hair isn’t for everyone and I’m tempted to try to grow mine for a change, we shall see. The length it is currently is driving me nuts, mind you – straightening it every day is a complete faff. Thank goodness straighteners are so much better these days. I used to have crimpers with removable metal plates, which you could interchange with flat ones and they wrecked my hair!

So, the colour is staying put I reckon for the time being. Shall I change the length? Time will tell! The jury is out!

Long-haired PipaIn the meantime, keep in touch – obviously here, but also on Facebook and Twitter (Pipa Gordon on Facebook and @Pipalive on Twitter). Aaah, modern technology, don’t you love it? Feel free to join in. I answer every question/comment put on my Facebook wall and almost every Tweet (unless the timeline plays me around, which sometimes it does and I occasionally miss things!)

Long-haired PipaSo hopefully catch up with you somewhere, or at least, on air!

Take care


  1. Cindy Corrigan February 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm -  Reply

    Well Pipa, I have to say that you look soooo much yonger now with your hair short, and also with your ‘mane’ of many different colours’, it would seem to be part of your personality now which is to be bubbly and full of fun. I agree long hair is a faff, mine was dead straight and just hung like a limp curtain, but like you it was many years before I discoverd ‘wash & go’ hair, but I wouldn’t change back now. You always look lovely whatever you wear of whatever colour you are, so fight the urge to grow it!
    Love Cindy

  2. valerie pearce February 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm -  Reply

    Love you with long hair Pippa,but then again your hair always looks so nice,My hair is short I had mine cut off quite a while ago did think of growing it again but it gets so untidy before it gets tidy again so gave up and must say so much easier to wash and dry when it is short,love to watch you On QVC so keep up the good work. valerie

  3. Kathryn Sheehan February 3, 2012 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi, Pippa
    Love the photo’s of you with long hair, in fact my hair was just like that in my early 20’s. I had it chopped off in my late 20’s yes i did miss it , but it’s now a choppy above the shoulder length bobb and i love it.
    I saw you doing the beauty show on friday and think you hair looks nice that length and that colour.Sorry but i don’t like you blonde,this colour suits your skin tone much better. I also like it darker. Love watching your shows, honest and detailed.
    Kathy x

  4. Marie Beglan February 6, 2012 at 7:24 pm -  Reply

    For you short ALWAYS, just gorgeous,gorgeous gorgeous. Suits your style,personality and bone structure.
    Marie x

  5. kay salisbury February 7, 2012 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi-love your short hair as it is brave and bold and suits you completely BUT I love the softness the longer hair brings and think you looked stunning in the photos—please grow it again—if it’s annoying you then you are nearly through the impetuous “cut if off!!!!!” stage. I would love to see it longer-go on!!!! See what your children think???
    Love K.XXX

  6. Michelle Roberts February 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm -  Reply

    HI Pipa
    I’m with Marie love love love your hair short , you look healthy and young and any colour looks fab on you!!!
    Best wishes
    Michelle x x

  7. Susan February 10, 2012 at 5:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pip!
    I have to admit I love your hair colour and style..always have. You and Ali K absolutely suit your short hair! Vivacious personalities to carry it off! Good to hear from you. How’s the study going?
    Susan x

  8. Marilyn Clark February 11, 2012 at 8:29 am -  Reply

    Hi Pippa
    Loving the photo’s of your long hair! You can bet us girls have had our hair, over the decades, all styles, all lengths, many colours? At the time, we have all thought how great we look, even with the curly perm, of the 80’s, when we really didn’t!! My hair is short now and since my cancer, is easy to manage and takes no time to dry! You always look great whatever you wear, whatever hair colour you are!
    Love Marilyn xx

  9. Fiona Porter February 11, 2012 at 8:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa! Must admit to loving the short hair!! I think it suits your face much better, you have wonderful bone structure, and are so pretty, and I think that would get swamped by the long hair. Plus I think that the short hair totally mirrors your personality, modern, funky, fresh and confident!

  10. Marie Mugford February 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa
    I think you always look great and not a lot of people could get away with having such short hair but you surely do. But how about growing it for a while as you look so young and feminine with it long. I bet your little girl would like to see her Mummy with long hair.
    Keep up the good work
    Marie x

  11. violet February 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa, let it grow curly or not whatever you look fab with it long..
    yes I have long hair 3″ above the waist but I love it..
    very feminine on you too..go for it!!!!!!!!!!
    Then if you hate it cut it short again..whats to lose eh???

  12. Pipa February 27, 2012 at 10:28 am -  Reply

    Hello ladies, thanks for all the lovely comments …as much as I’d love to grow it, I’ve given up again! I did say a few years ago that I’d like it long for when I turn 40 …which is this year …so it’s not going to happen is it? I just can’t stand the feel of it around my ears ….not to mention the hard work!!! So much easier when it’s short …so I guess short it shall be 🙂 …I can always borrow a Ken Paves wig for the days I want it long!! Susan studies are going well thank you, these things take so much longer when you’re a grown up with a family, a job and a life, but it’s all good thank you for asking 🙂
    Much love to all xxx

  13. Pipa February 27, 2012 at 10:29 am -  Reply

    oh and K, my children are funny …don’t care, Mummy is Mummy …every now and then we play with wigs but it does rather freak them out! To them Mummy has short hair which changes colour!! xx

  14. Margaret Upton March 12, 2012 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

    Like a previous writer I have always admired your hair, it looks great short, I have curly hair used to have it long in layers and blown dry in the eighties but like you now it is short I can’t be bothered with the mess when it begins to grow, I like to wash and leave it, if I do straighten it as soon as I go outside it is curly and frizzy in a flash. You really suit your hair short it is funky young and suits your style to a ‘T’

  15. Janet Butler March 16, 2012 at 12:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa
    So nice to read about you and i would like to ask where you have your hair cut and coloured as i really love it and strive to find someone that can cut and colour similar to the hairdresser you use.
    I have fine hair and a long slim face although the rest of me isnt quite so slim (unfortunately).
    If you could let me know i would appreciate it and keep up the good work you do at QVC.
    Love Jan xx

  16. Pipa Gordon March 19, 2012 at 11:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Jan
    My hair dresser just stopped cutting at the end of last month. He was at Real Hair in Chelsea and the entire team are marvellous there. The other place I would recommend is Urban Retreat up in Harrods, also fabulous. Flavien is particularly wonderful with short hair cuts. As for me, this afternoon I’m off to Percy and Reed in Oxford Street as they’ve invited me for a new do (lucky me), so fingers crossed!! I do know exactly what you mean though re finding a good hairdresser, they are like gold dust when you find them!! Best wishes and good luck xx

  17. Pipa April 2, 2012 at 6:10 pm -  Reply

    Jan …. Adam Reed of Percy and Reed cut my hair last week and he was AMAZING!!! I would HIGHLY recommend a visit to their salon, he TOTALLY understood my hair immediately and my face shape and that’s half the battle won if you ask me …..give him a whirl and let me know how you get on? Best wishes xx

  18. Tracey Barrow June 26, 2012 at 8:55 am -  Reply

    always loved your short hair, as I have to have mine that way , as it grows thick and out but never long 🙂
    What styling products do you use,as it always looks healthy, shiny, but always styled ?

  19. Margaret Cross March 6, 2019 at 11:08 pm -  Reply

    How did you grow your hair so quickly from so short to so long? I’m desperate to grow mine to a bob but hate that in between stage!

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