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!
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.