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Making the Cut: Going Long to Short with Curly Hair

Posted by Alexandra C. | Tuesday April 2, 201322 comments

5 years ago, in an act of what I can only hope was #YOLO inspired mania, I decided to let my friend Emily chop my long locks off into a chin length bob. I'm not sure what I was trying to prove. I'd like to plead temporary insanity, though I think it was more like a late teenage rebellion. A failed one at that. My mother and father couldn't have cared less. 

In any case, I soon began to realize how huge of a mistake I had made. My at-the-time-boyfriend's face said it all when I showed off my new hair. A nice mix of horror and disappointment, I believe it's what the word 'crestfallen' was invented to describe. "Oh.... it's... good", he tried. Gee, thanks. We broke up shortly after that. Whether or not the cut had anything to do with it is debatable. 

After my traumatic cutting experience, I avoided salons like a hot yoga class that involved aerial fitness (cringe). I hadn't gotten my haircut in 5 years. If I needed a trim, I would do so in my bathroom with a pair of kitchen scissors. What can I say? I'm a classy gal. 

A DIY ombre job left my ends with a crunchy, straw-like appearance - hot! DIY cuts, DIY dyes.... I'm living proof that hair is always best left to professionals. 

Recently though, my hair had been giving me a bit of trouble. It was dry, damaged, and limp. I didn't know what to do with it. For the most part it hung there and when I got tried of that, I ballerina bunned it up with a sock. I was bored and it seemed my hair was, too. 

When I started to notice the 'lob' cut on the heads of celebs and style makers, I couldn't help but have a major case of hair envy. These ladies seemed effortlessly cool. Like badass, sexy Parisian types who drink espresso shots, DJ on the side and own their own fabric design companies. I spent quite some time daydreaming about them. I know, it's weird.

My hair-spiration and fictional BFF, Olivia Munn.
I found pictures online of these celebs for style inspiration and downloaded them to my phone. I showed them to everyone I knew, asking their opinion on whether or not I could pull this off. I talked so often about getting my hair cut that I could feel people around me wanting to just take a pair of shears and chop it off right there, just so I'd shut up. 

Eventually, I felt compelled to do something. I just had to cut it off. It was simply time. 

Here's the thing: getting your haircut after 5 years, is terrifying. As I walked towards the salon, the thought, 'turn back now, it's not too late!' briefly crossed my mind. I chose to ignore it but it was ever present, right up until my stylist made the first cut. 

Waiting in the salon, I couldn't figure out why everyone else was SO CALM. Why were they not freaking out?! Why did no one else seem to feel the same way? Being led to THE chair, I was fidgety and barely spoke a word to the stylist. Looking back, I'm pretty sure I came off as a total snob, but I was so nervous, I didn't want to open my mouth for fear of vomiting. Again, I'm a classy gal.

I showed my stylist the pictures of inspiration and he let me know that although the style wouldn't look exactly like Ms. Munn's, he could give me something comparable. I made sure to ask questions about length and how I could style it for my hair type.  

Once the first cut was done, going through the rest wasn't so bad. Having curly hair and wanting a lob is challenging because curly hair is shaped differently and can become more triangle-shaped. My stylist cut my hair in such a way to make it very manageable. He also recommend a few curl lengthening products to tame ringlets. 

A bad bathroom, insta-selfie of my haircut! 

I love that I can wear my new style both curly and straight. It's so versatile and easy to maintain!  It feels healthier, shinier and I love how my curls are looser and wavier, not so tight. More than that, it's just so freeing to not have this long, hanging curtain of hair around me. I'm still learning how to style my hair and what the best drying methods are but I love the 'get up and go'-ness of this look. 

I may not be a Parisian DJ, but hey, I got the haircut so I'm halfway there. 

What have your haircut experiences been like? Ever had an awful DIY experience, like myself? Do you have any tips for going to the salon and managing your hair?  
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on May 17, 2013  AlexJC  50 said:

@jennifer Here is my review for the salon: http://www.chickadvisor.com/store/aveda-academy/

on May 17, 2013  Jennifer said:

what salon did you go to?

on April 04, 2013  flower  4,433 said:

got my hair cut today it feels great!

on April 04, 2013  Racenhawk  2,689 said:

looks good!

on April 04, 2013  AlexJC  50 said:

@shanaz I totally agree!!! I think it's that you can't hide behind your long curtain of hair anymore, your face is just out there for everyone to see! But it feels great!

on April 03, 2013  shanaz  5,961 said:

There is just something SO EMPOWERING about short hair!

on April 03, 2013  shanaz  5,961 said:

You look friggin awesome. I have been wanting Olivia Munns hair for months and I havent had the courage yet just to make the cut...

You are my new inspiration for me to make a decision... and SOON!

on April 03, 2013  curlysue10  7,176 said:

It looks awesome Alex! I have very similar hair to yours and when I was in high school I decided to cut bangs into my hair right before school one day. NOT GOOD.

It's been super long for years but a few years ago I cut it to shoulder length and I loved the get up and go-ness as you describe it too! I could let it air dry and my curls were still bouncy. Now I blow dry it till it's about halfway dry with a diffuser. Anyways, your cut looks great! Well done!

on April 03, 2013  AlexJC  50 said:

@LissaG It's from Zara but last summer. However, I think they have some super cute, similar printed tops in right now.

@midnightsun2288 That's awful/amazing! Kodos to you for trying it though! A friend just sent me this Youtube channel and he does some great diy cuts: http://www.youtube.com/user/samvillahair

on April 02, 2013  TammyK  1,073 said:

I like it Alex. My hair is short like that now!

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