I haven’t made a big change in my hairstyle ever since the terrible shortcut of 2004. My hair has evolved through the years; it’s gotten longer, darker blonde, and more wavy (actually, I just stopped straightening it after high school). But ultimately, it’s been highlighted, layered, and parted on the left side with side-sweep bangs that quickly grow behind my ears. That sums up my hair’s last eleven years.
Every night before I have a hair appointment, I get all excited and tell myself this time I’m going to change it up. When I get in the salon chair the next day, I enthusiastically say to my stylist, “Let’s do something a little different! Let’s cut off five inches and add extra layers and have the bangs side-sweep a little more!” So I pretty much explain what it would look like if I actually set hair appointments eight weeks apart (instead of my usual eight months) like a normal person.
This time though! I was determined to take the change a step further. Part it in the middle, more layers to “lift” the weight and let the natural waves take form. Most importantly, cut it more than the typical five inches. Let’s go with seven inches–no, eight inches! As someone who has had Disney mermaid hair for years, this is a really big deal for me. If you’ve been in the same situation, or are thinking about making such a change, you’ll understand.
8 Reasons to Cut 8 Inches of Your Hair
1) Oh let’s start with the obvious, shall we? You gotta get rid of those split ends! They definitely cumulate after months of not trimming (hint: don’t follow my lead and actually get a trim every six to eight weeks). Whether it’s a few inches or eight inches, a good haircut makes your hair healthier. Although technically hair is dead, so I don’t understand the science behind “healthy” hair. We’re just going to ignore that little fact and stick with this equation: haircut = no split ends = healthy hair = happy you.
2) Super long hair is sooo college. I’m two and a half years past due for this mature haircut. That’s right, I called it a mature haircut. It’s still long enough because I can’t completely let go, yet now that my hair is closer to shoulder length I feel like a real adult. Cut off all that hair and face adulthood head on!
3) There are so many more styling possibilities. Okay, so maybe I can’t figure out how to blow dry my hair with a brush like they do in the salon, or achieve complex updos that Pinterest makes look so darn easy. I’m talking about scrunching my hair to emphasize their natural waves without applying a can of hair spray.
4) Shower time gets cut in half. Washing and rinsing long hair takes so long the hot water is in danger of running out. I’m even convinced you can save money by not having to buy shampoo and conditioner as much, but I’m not putting that as its own reason. I don’t think anyone would say, “Well, money’s super tight. Guess that means I have to chop off my hair so I don’t spend that extra $3 on shampoo every other month.”
5) Whether you’re blow drying or air drying your hair, it is going to take less time. As winter approaches and the temperature quickly drops, this is especially important so you aren’t leaving the house with wet hair. This brings me back to when my Chilean host mother kept pestering me for leaving the house with wet hair in winter (which is in July). I didn’t listen to her because I thought I was all tough being from Colorado. Yeah, well, I got really sick my second week studying abroad and heard an ear-full of “Ya te lo dije” for the next few months.
6) You can now wear your hair down more often. I loved my long hair, but I wore it up in a ponytail or bun more often than down. It was always swinging around my face and whipping people. Forget about wearing it down if I hadn’t washed it that day, then it just looked gross (no, I don’t use dry shampoo). Now it won’t get in my way as I’m cleaning, eating, getting ready, driving, writing, even sleeping.
7) You get to reintroduce your hair to the curling iron. My long thick hair was so heavy, any curled style only looked good for two hours at most. I really love the wavy/loose curls style and am so excited to dust off the old curling iron now that I have so much less hair to work with.
8) Fresh look, new you. It’s fun! Suddenly you don’t feel so bored with your clothes because there’s a “new” element to your overall appearance. You have the opportunity to try different styles and figure out how best to embrace the new look. Just do it, you know you want to shake things up a little.
Okay seriously, I need photos of my new haircut. Ones that don’t involve me using a selfie stick in front of the off-white walls, or in the backyard with the shriveled tomato plants in the background. How many more days until my sister comes home for Thanksgiving and we get to do a photoshoot? Six?
I know eight inches sounds terrifying, but it really isn’t that much. I mean, look at the photo up above–while it’s a huge difference to me, I bet some of you are scratching your head and saying, “So… she’s dedicating a whole blog post to this?” If you’re a more patient person than me, get a trim and then wait until you can cut ten inches to donate to Locks of Love.
And now, as Sarah McLachlan softly sings “I Will Remember You” in the background, here is a tribute to my long hair.
Pause, story time. Remember the beatboxer Blake Lewis from American Idol? Yeah, we’re pretty tight. Aka I met him at a celebrity charity event in Los Angeles and almost peed my pants because he was my high school crush (after American Idol aired every week, I would be redialing the phone to vote for him again and again until voting closed… I actually cried when he lost to Jordin Sparks). We totally flirted after my roommate embarrassingly introduced us (“Hey BLAKE! This girl really wants to meet you! She’s like your biggest fan!”). I really wanted to ask him for his phone number but didn’t have the courage. I was new to Los Angeles and didn’t know how to interact with celebrities yet, okay? But back to the hair. I promise I really did only include this photo because of the hair.
So many more, but I promised myself the cut-off was four. The second photo says it all anyway (that’s what I mean by Disney mermaid hair, in case you were wondering). Back to the original topic of reasons to cut your hair and change your hairstyle. Have you made drastic hair changes? Are you happy you cut off your long hair?