At the end of last summer I felt the urge to CHOP MY HAIR OFF. My long curly hair went down to my butt & I looooved it but it was so hard to take care of. Because I have course, curly hair, I try to only wash it once a week. Those wash days were loooong. I would be in the bathroom for 2+ hours combing & brushing out my hair & untangling knots. We spent the summer living in Atlanta & after we arrived back to SLC in our new apartment I stared at the shower, knowing I needed to wash my hair & just couldn't even think about untangling all the knots. So right then & there I booked an appointment & by Friday I had cut over 12 inches off my hair. & I LOVED IT!!! A year later & I still love it. If you're thinking about cutting your hair, here are a few things to think about before the chop:
You have Realistic Expectations
GET REAL SIS!!! Have realistic expectations for your hair type. My initial inspo for the chop was the cute Kemper from @joandkemp on Instagram. I know that my hair will never & can never look like her's. She has thick straight hair!! Mine is thick & curly! Trying to do my hair like her's every day would be toe 2020 version of the iconic 90's Rachel look. So with this in mind, I looked up short curly hair styles too to get different ideas on how to style MY hair. A couple times a year when I get a blow out, of course I could rock that do, but it's not an every day thing. Setting realistic expectations is the first step to making sure you love your new look.
You Can Part with your Go-To Hairstyle
What is your go to hair style?? Would you still be able to do it (or a variation of it) if you cut your hair off?? What happens if you're running late? What do you do with your hair?? These were all important questions for me. My hair isn't always effortless. It takes a lot of attention & upkeep so really being intentional about this step was important for me.
Evaluate after a Month or Two
Sit on it for a while!! No need to rush! I waited a whole season (all summer) trying to decide if I wanted to cut my hair & I'm so glad I did. I was so confident with my decision & loved every second of having short hair.
Go To Someone You Trust
Go to a stylist you trust & set CRYSTAL clear expectations. Bring pictures to help show length, cut & color. Make sure the pictures are realistic too. Maybe bring a picture of your dream hair & then one of someone who has more of a similar hair type to you.
Immediately Find New Hairstyles
WOW... you hair is now cut!! Take a pic for the gram, show your friends & family your new look & then immediately get to work on finding new styles for your hair. I did this & found 2-3 staples that I loved for the first few months. As your hair grows out you'll be able to get more & more creative & have more options. Make sure you experiment with new hair accessories. I never liked how clips or headbands looked in my long hair but LOVED how "the knot" headbands look with my short hair! Step out of your comfort zone & try new things with this new look!!
Follow all these steps & still end up with regrets?? Don't sweat it sis!! Hair grows!! You'll never know if you don't try it!! I hope these tips help anyone on the edge make a confident decision!! Have a tip you would add in the mix?? Tell us all in the comments!! Help a gal out!!