For years, when I would mention anything about cutting my hair all I ever heard was "don't do it". Don't do it because I'll look younger, or I won't be as sexy, or because my hair is too pretty to be wasted. I was flattered, but it wasn't what I wanted to hear.
Of course, I loved having long hair. It WAS sexy, mermaid-like, yada yada. After all, I've had long hair for majority of my adult life. Last time I had it shorter was in 6th grade so I kind of believed people when they said it'd make me look younger. Which is usually a good thing for women in their 20's but I'm not there yet.
I listened to everyone and kept my hair long. I hated every minute of it. It was heavy and would literally weigh down my head. To the point where if I hadn't washed it in a few days it would get heavier and physically hurt my head. Whether it was in a pony tail, bun, or even down sometimes, it hurt! Having it down was impossible, you guys know I'm all about comfort so the amount of inconveniences accompanied with it being down just wasn't worth it. 1) It was hot- I live in Miami and I'd rather not feel like I have a towel around my neck suffocating me. 2) bending down or trying to get nearly anything done with my hair in my face blocking most of my peripheral vision was just annoying. 3) I did not have time or energy to style it most of the time. I really only liked it curled in beach waves so if I couldn't do that, up in a high bun it went. I complained about how much I wanted to chop my hair off all the time, my friends and boyfriend can vouch for that.
Finally, last week I decided I was done. I was done inconveniencing myself for other peoples opinions. At that point, I really didn't care if I loved a short cut on me or not I just wanted it off. Also, once I realized that for the last month of living in LA I hadn't worn it down ONCE...I asked myself what the point of having long hair was? I was wearing it in a high bun for every occasion and when I did try to wear it down it'd go up within the first 30 minutes. Once I came to that realization, I totally got behind the idea of cutting it.
So, I started my search on Pintrest for short hair cut styles and found the perfect length that gave me heart eyes. I knew I had to do it as soon as I saw these photos...these are actually the screenshots I took.
So I went to my trusted hair dressers at Oren Salon, Shaked and Oren, who have been cutting my hair for the last year or so. I've built a friendship with them and knew I could trust them to give me exactly what I wanted.
Oren started to cut my hair and although there was a small part of me that felt panicked (naturally) it felt liberating. He took baby steps and cut a little at a time, which made me feel comfortable.
Some chopping and styling later and before I knew it there I was with hair up to my collar bone. For the first few minutes, I was in a little bit of a shock, but I also felt like it looked so natural on me. As if it should have been that way the whole time. Since then, I have absolutely loved it. I feel a weight lifted off my shoulders and more importantly, MY HEAD. lol. It's fresh, it's fun, and ironically, even though I was known for my long hair, I think this is way more "me". I'll probably go even shorter next time.
I'm still getting the hang of styling it and I need to get a hair curler with a smaller barrel to achieve the natural beachy wave but I've been wearing it straight and totally love that too.
Moral of the story, don't be scared of change. And don't be scared to do something YOU want to do. At the end of the day, the most important opinion is your own.
A huge THANK YOU to my family at Oren!