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How to Chop Off Your Hair in 3 Easy Steps

In case you didn’t know, I live in Florida. I don’t remember suffering this much as a child, but I know the past few summers have been brutal. We’ve been breaking records since April and I have a bad feeling about this summer, guys and gals. It’s bad enough to barely have a winter, but to have such intense hot weather… well it’s enough to drive a girl batty!

I have notoriously long hair. Now when you see pictures of my with said hair it doesn’t look that long really. I am aware of this and I am not bragging about my lovely locks. (See what I did there?) I think what makes it so prominent of a feature is that there is a lot of it. You know that song by Dashboard Confessional? “Your hair is everywhere!!!” Yeah, that’s about right. (It’s called “Screaming Infidelities” in case you’re clueless and want to YouTube it.)

But, living in Florida, I have been known to chop it all of every few years. Call it boredom if you will, but truth be told it’s inspired by times of intense heat or life changing events. For example, I have a new baby and I’m tired of pre-washing my hair with spit up. Last time I cut my hair was 5 years ago when I had Gaia. I maintain the normal length by self trimming, but I do entrust a professional when making “The Big Chop.”

Is it scary? Yes.

But don’t be afraid. I’m going to tell you exactly how I grow the balls to completely change how I look for long periods of time by going from long hair to short. It’s liberating!

Step 1 – Tell yourself it is just hair. You must believe that it is literally dead stuff hanging from your head and it will replenish itself over a few years. I’m lucky to have super fast-growing hair, but normally hair grows about 6 inches a year on average. Don’t mourn the loss of your locks. If you improve your diet you can even replace them with even healthier dead stuff. You have to love yourself and forget about the hair!

Step 2 – Keep your hair type in mind and your daily activities when choosing a cut. You are not going to have a pixie cut as cute as Natalie Portman’s if you don’t have hair like Natalie Portman. If you have no idea how to judge which cuts are good for your hair type, talk to your hairdresser. They know what to do as soon as you say “I want to go short” but they also need to know how you style it. Do you use styling tools everyday? Do you use products in your hair? When you go out without the kids how does your routine change? Discussing your daily activities gives them a better picture of what you’re trying to accomplish. Taking in photos doesn’t hurt, but don’t expect to look exactly like someone you look nothing like, you know what I mean?

Step 3 – When you finally believe you can do it, go to someone you trust. If you don’t know a hair dresser, then remember you get what you pay for. I wouldn’t recommend going to Wal-Mart to get your hair did when you’re making a drastic change. I don’t want to spend $60 either, so I opt for the mall. I am comfortable spending $20 every 5 years when I’m feeling ballsy. Considering that I do all my hair maintenance myself, it’s an expense I don’t mind.

If you follow those three steps you’ll have the easiest transition into a short ‘do. I’m honestly considering going even shorter if you can believe it. My hairdresser didn’t want me to go into shock (I have issues with step number 1 even if I put on a good show on the outside), so she thought we’d start small and step it up if I still wanted to after a month. I like to think this cut is channeling Maggie from The Walking Dead. I feel like I can finally kill zombies now that I don’t have all that hair in the way, if you know what I mean.

Do you prefer long hair or short?
Do you like to change up your hair every now and then?


  1. LOL I thought you were really going to show us how YOU cut off your own hair. Which I’ve done before, much to my husband’s amazement. Sometimes I just can’t stand it long enough to drive to the stylist.

    • I would not attempt to do it on my own. I contemplated doing ti for ages, but it took accidentally shaving my fiance’s head to give me motivation.

  2. Congrats – that’s a huge change. You look great.

  3. Good for you! I don’t have the guts to do it!

  4. I love my hair being long… except in the summer time, hehe. That’s when I really want to chop it off, but I never have the courage to do so 🙁

    • I like long hair, too. I’m lucky to have fast growing hair so my autumn it’ll be down to my shoulders already.

  5. I dye when I get bored, but on occassion I get scissor happy. Last time I really chopped it off was when my now 5 year old was a baby and I got sick of getting my hair pulled. I have to be able to keep it out of my face so that is in my head before I take the plunge.

    • This is me. Totally. I had to wash spit up out of my hair one too many times. That’s when it’s time to chop.

  6. I have cut my own hair on many occasions. It really isn’t as hard as a lot of people thing – especially if you aren’t trying to do something really stylized, and it saves a lot of cash.

    It looks like you did a good job!

    • I wish I could say I did this myself. I’m too scared to make a big change without help. I’ve grown to like it though… rather refreshing!

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