Mar 23, 2016

5 Questions to Ask Before Cutting Your Hair

Changing my hair in any way is such an emotional decision for me. If life feels out of control, I can change my hair and feel like a completely different person. Last June, I finally took the plunge and chopped my hair from mid-back length into an inverted lob. I had wanted to make the change for a while, but hadn't gotten up the nerve to do it. I loved my long hair. Bed head, messy hair is so easy with long hair. Throw it up, do a messy side braid, slept on curls with a headband—the options were endless. I was nervous to cut my hair because I thought I'd be sacrificing simplicity. I was so wrong!

I'll be honest, I was a bit sad when I left my hairstylist the day I had him chop my hair. We took off about 3.5 inches in the front, but with the inverted lob, most of the length came off the back. So, in the back the length barely grazed the top of my shoulder blades—a huge difference from mid-back.
It took me a few weeks to get used to the short length, but now I can't imagine wearing my hair any different. I feel like me with this cut. Since the first cut in June, we've gotten a bit edgier with the cut too. It's now uneven in the front, as well as shorter in the back than the front. It's not super noticeable in pictures, especially when my hair is curled. However, when it's straight or just blown dry, you can definitely see that the left side is shorter than the right. I love that it adds a bit more personality even when I'm being lazy and go with straight hair.
Before I cut my hair, I knew I had to ask myself a few questions. Things I had to think about before I took the plunge involved asking myself why I even wanted to cut my hair. Summer was coming, I was on the verge of turning twenty-nine and having a freak out, I was kind of tired of looking like the stereotypical Florida girl with messy blonde, beach curls all the time. I love the beach hair look, but I don't like looking exactly like everyone else. I realized I couldn't let all those things dictate why I was cutting my hair. So, when I finally got to the point of, I just want to cut my hair because I want to, I knew I was ready to make the change.

After that, I had to ask myself, could I handle the maintenance (actually having to dry my hair and style it), did I know how to style my hair with the new cut, did the cut fit my face shape (luckily I never have to worry about this, my stylist always tweaks what I want to fit my face shape best), and would I be okay if I had to wait for the cut to grow back out.

5 Questions to Ask Before Cutting Your Hair
  1. Why do I actually want this cut?
  2. Would I be happy with the amount of maintenance that comes with this cut?
  3. Do I know how to style my hair with this cut?
  4. Does it fit my face shape?
  5. Would I be okay if I had to wait for my hair to grow out?
The way I dry and style my hair didn't actually change with my cut, it just takes less time to dry since there's less hair. So, here's what I use to style my long hair as well as my current lob.

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