when you know it is time to make the chop

After years of having long hair, I decided it was time to make the chop and cut my hair short.  These are some of the reasons why.  | via The Spirited Violet

When we came back from Europe, I couldn’t run a brush through my hair.  I literally could not run a brush through my hair.  I was fed up with it and I cut three inches off in the bathroom of my very long hair.  A month passed and again I couldn’t run a brush through my hair.  I knew what I was avoiding: it is time to make the chop.

I stood in the mirror looking at my hair that was both extremely thin from hair loss + also very damaged because of hormone changes.  It didn’t take long for me to cut off 4 inches myself leaving my hair about two inches below my shoulders with some new cute side bangs.  A week later, I knew it needed to be shorter to give it some shape and this time I paid for a haircut.  I know have a long bob and the bangs I gave myself are now smoothed out 😉 .

I now have the shortest hair I’ve had since we were dating and I’m so happy with it!

Trying to figure out when it is time to cut off your hair? These are some great tips. Pin now, read later. | via The Spirited Violet
Is your hair thin or damaged?

I have baby hairs growing out everywhere right now and I realized that it didn’t actually look good to wear a ponytail anymore.  When I did wear a ponytail, there was no way to control all of the baby hairs sticking out.  I knew the easiest way to help my hair blend in was to cut my hair so there weren’t several different lengths.  I knew the extra volume from the haircut would also hide the patches that are still growing in.  There were times I realized I spent more time trying to cover my hair loss than I did actually fixing my hair.  I felt like my mission was definitely accomplished when I had some friends tell me they couldn’t even tell I had hair loss after my haircut!

Does your hair still hold style?

I felt like the pictures I put with my hair were pretty on the blog, but mostly it stopped holding any curl which is weird because my hair is naturally curly.  I would fix my hair and it wouldn’t hold any type of style and it would look incredibly stringy a hour later.  I had tried everything from washing my hair more, washing my hair less, deep conditioning, getting more regular trims, and what I was finding every time is it didn’t actually make a difference.  At this point, I knew I just needed to cut it off because I had tried everything.

Are you making a transition?

When I graduated from grad school, I realized how difficult it would be to maintain my hair in a professional setting.  More than that, with my height of 5’3 and my round face I often look a lot younger than I actually am.  I realized that I wanted to be taken a little bit more seriously when interviewing and less time getting my hair ready everyday.

You want to!

I think this one is the most important one 🙂 .  I had been looking at pictures for a while, I knew it would make hair look fuller, and I was ready for a change after a few years of long hair.  I kept my hair long enough to put in a tiny ponytail and I’ve had no regrets.

Do you have a regular hairstyle or are you welcome to changes?

  • Paige Cassandra Flamm

    I love your new hair! I feel like my face is too long to pull of short haircuts, they just never look right on me! So minus the fact that I’ve grown out my side bangs, my hair looks the same now as it did in 10th grade… and I’m kind of ok with that. But at least I know how to curl my hair now, so I can switch things up on Sundays when I want to. Also aware I should at least trim my hair in the next month or so before it gets out of control.

  • Paige Cassandra Flamm

    I love your new hair! I feel like my face is too long to pull of short haircuts, they just never look right on me! So minus the fact that I’ve grown out my side bangs, my hair looks the same now as it did in 10th grade… and I’m kind of ok with that. But at least I know how to curl my hair now, so I can switch things up on Sundays when I want to. Also aware I should at least trim my hair in the next month or so before it gets out of control.

  • Oh my heck! SO cute! I absolutely love it 🙂 What a great look for you.

  • Oh my heck! SO cute! I absolutely love it 🙂 What a great look for you.