I have, for the past couple of years always been known as the friend in my group with the long hair. When I say long I mean all one length and reaching the top of my hip bone. Although it looked great, long hair is very heavy, and it takes so much effort to maintain. Everytime I washed it, it was a 2 hour process of washing, applying produc and drying. It got flat and I couldn't really do anything with it other than plait, becuase buns and other cute hairstyles became bulky and I needed a whole packet of bobby pins to keep things in place.
I have been thinking of making the chop for a while now. It's also always been on my bucket list to donate hair to cancer survivors for wigs. Somehow I only realised a few days ago that I could do both at the same time: It hadn't crossed my mind before that.
I went into the salon very early and sat with a rubber band around my long ponytail and we measured where my hair would be cut off. It took a lot longer than expected for the hair dresser to cut off all of my hair because not only is it long; it's very thick. The scissors sliced through and I can honestly say it is the weirdest feeling when the last bit gets cut off and your ponytail is shoved into your hand, unnatatched from your head!
I opted for a lob, just above the shoulders, with very choppy layers and lots of volume. It's a very low maitenance hairstyle, as I need to just roughly blow dry it; I don't need to use too much product, and I don't need special curlers or styling tools/brushes. I can even air dry it.
If you're thinking about making the cut; go for it. Hair always grows back! If you want to get an idea of how a shorter style will look on you, fake it first and ask what your friends think of it - that's what I did, because at least you will get honest opinions before you make the big choice! Tie up your hair very loosely and tuck the pony under the back of your hair and secure with a bobby pin or butterfly clip. This helps you see how your face shape may appear to change if you go shorter.
This is also such an easy way to help out someone by not doing that much. You will feel like a new person, and you will help someone else feel like their old self once again!
Check out the video of the process below:
Hope you enjoyed the post, and hopefully I have inspired at least one person the take the plunge and make the chop.
-The Traveling Oyster xxx