Mighty Life List
Jan 29 2013

I Cut Off My Hair

I cut my hair.

And I love it. Don’t you love it? Yay!

In the few days since, almost everyone who has seen me asks me why I did it. “Why? Why? WHY?”

Um. It was too long?

I’m not emotionally attached to my hair, it’s not symbolic of anything for me. I wasn’t recently dumped, I didn’t come to a profound decision about the direction my life is taking and decide to do something radical. The truth is, my hair grows fast, and I don’t get to the salon enough, so it seemed like a good idea to go short in the likely event that I don’t cut it again for another year.

Huge thanks to Casie Norris from the Lunatic Fringe Salon in Salt Lake City, she translated the photo I brought in of St. Vincent perfectly. And thanks to Jordan for the rec.

75 Responses to “I Cut Off My Hair”

  • Kate Says:

    Yes! LOVE IT!!

  • Paige Says:

    Love it, love it, love it.

    And your glasses. Do you know the name/style?

  • Marinka Says:

    What’s not to love?

  • sizzle Says:

    Now you can see your face- looks awesome!

  • Roxanna Says:

    LOVELY. Now you must wear red lipstick every day, because it works beautifully.

  • Mags Says:

    Oh, it’s fantastic! I love short, curly cuts (naturally, of course, since my own hair is neither…). Well done you!

  • Elizabeth Says:

    Totally gorgeous! You look amazing.

  • Kat Says:

    Love it! I think a well-considered haircut also says you’re paying attention to yourself.

  • maggie Says:

    Love it!

  • Emily Says:

    Looks awesome! There’s nothing better than a haircut! I hate the mentality of WHY did you cut it?! Eh, it’s hair. It grows back, people!

  • Watts Says:

    Looks great!

    I’m also a lazy salon goer, so I tend to go short when I do get it cut precisely so I don’t have to go back for a while if I don’t want to.

    I’m about damn tired of the long hair hangup this culture’s had for the last decade or two. I blame all the Princesses.

  • Abra Says:

    Salt Lake??? You not in SF anymore?

  • Pam Says:

    CHEERS TO YOU! *I*, only the other hand, am wrestling with cutting it off. You embrace your curls far better than I.

    Well done!

  • Lisa Says:

    Wowie-kazowie! Yes!

  • Erica W Says:

    can I get a HELL YEA!

  • Amanda Says:

    Spectacular. And tempting.

  • Ari Says:

    That’s a gorgeous cut on you!

  • jenG Says:

    Hooray for you! I love it, and the stylist NAILED it. High five, fellow curly girl. High effing five.

    (This new style also makes me realize that a friend of mine looks an awful lot like you. I didn’t see it before, but now? Wow.) (This is a compliment on both sides, as you are both lovely.)

  • Rebecca Says:

    I thin it looks great!

  • Jessie Says:

    That’s so cute! Love it!

  • Megan Says:

    It looks wonderful!

  • Amber Marlow, theAmberShow Says:

    It’s fantastic!

  • Lisa Says:

    All those “why” askers are nuts — it’s fabulous!!! Love love love. I tend to wait forever between haircuts, too, and my favorite side effect of that laziness is the weightless feeling when all that heavy hair is gone. So light and freeeee!

  • Elizabeth Says:

    You are ROCKIN’ it! I love the new style!

  • neo Says:

    Looks super cute. Love the glasses too.

  • Nora Says:

    I was just thinking how St. Vincent it looked, and bam! there you were at the end, bringing your reference picture to the salon. Congrats on a cut well chosen.

  • misstraceynolan Says:

    I just did almost the exact same thing! Although…I like your cut so much I may bring YOUR pic to the salon when I make it back!

  • katie Says:

    ooh, it looks awesome!

  • Jan Says:

    It looks great! Please say you donated the cut off length – it looks like it was more than long enough! (I admit to a little bit of bias since I grew mine out for donation – about a year ago got it cut and sent it to Pantene because they use donated hair to make wigs for people with cancer.)

  • Meegan Says:

    Gorgeous! You look fabulous.

  • Beth Says:

    Love it.

  • Elise Says:

    Wow, it’s a brand new you! Gorgeous.

  • Rebecca Says:

    Oh it looks fantastic!! I have been growing a mess of curly wild hair on my head and you have inspired me to chop it like I was thinking of, thanks!!

  • alice Says:

    Yup, gorgeous. It just FIGURES, Mason.

  • Kristina Says:

    I love it! And the thing that’s great about hair is that it grows – so I am a firm believer in cutting your hair for no reason other than you want to. Way to go!

  • Martha Says:

    I think it looks better that St. Vincent’s. Terrific and very flattering cut!

  • Deanna Says:

    I normally prefer long hair, and love your hair in particular, but I must say that this cut really suits you. You look great!

  • jen Says:

    LOVE IT!! I am a big fan of impromptu haircuts – bold ones. I feel just the same way you do – my hair is not a symbol of who I am so I cannot be reduced to tears by a bad hair cut. It grows back :)

  • Sarah Says:

    Love it. Enough said!

  • Kayzie Says:

    omg, what FUN!!!! love it, girlfriend!

  • Jill V. Says:

    Pretty, pretty, pretty! Nice seeing you at Alt. if only for a few.

  • Amanda Says:

    No, I don’t like it. I LOVE IT! You look incredible!

  • Tracey Says:

    Very cute, and it’s not that short anyway!

    And I agree with the above poster who asked about the frames. I want them too….

  • Spycandy Says:

    Love it, you look fantastic!

  • Maureen Says:

    Of course the answer to “Why?” is “Why not?” Makes you look younger and chic-er

  • Annie Says:

    Why not? Beautiful. You look gorgeous.

  • LaurenR Says:

    LOVE it!

  • Absquatulate Says:

    YESSS!! Looks utterly fantastic! When I cut my hair off last summer, it was glorious. I had forgotten, though, how COLD the neck gets in winter! Plenty of excuses to wear cute scarves.

  • Horace Says:

    Way better. Now, time to dump those huge, ugly glasses. Sorry to be blunt, but they age you by like 15 years. Get lighter frames!

  • Meg Biram Says:

    Um, it looked amazing at ALT! Sad you were sick during the Go Mighty party! PS can’t stop thinking about your cologne/perfume. :)

  • Elly Says:

    Ohlala lady! Love the new look! :)

  • Leslie Says:

    1. It’s gorgeous! (Of course)

    2. I think some people just have a hang up that’s like: “Well, if you can grow and maintain long hair OF COURSE you’ll do that”. I have had shorty-short hair for years and I LOVE it.

  • RS Says:

    It’s just lovely!

  • Cecily Says:

    WOW. I DO love it! So much!

  • C Says:

    First, I loved your old haircut. It was bodacious. Second, I love your new haircut even more. It frames your face beautifully. Third, I recommend regular hair appointments, even if you have to change them due to other obligations. Going in to a salon every 2-3 months is a small act of self care that makes a huge difference in how you feel. I don’t know why, exactly, but I think because it’s something lovely just for you. And setting up your next appointment well in advance means you don’t have to think about it. Somehow this leads to feeling ever so slightly happier, prettier and in control. (Again, even if you have to cancel and get the haircut in SLC, say.)

  • Ellen Says:

    Love it! Did the stylist recommend any product to keep it looking gorgous? Or do you have a go-to that you love?

  • Gabi Says:

    You look beautiful, as always! My motto has always been “It’s just hair, and it grows.” I don’t understand people who hate short(er) hair and are always wondering why anyone would ever choose to cut theirs off.

  • Joyce Says:

    Fabulous! You look more confident and like you know where you’re going. And with that red lipstick, everyone will follow you.

    Hair is important, and so is change. I love A.S. Byatt’s story on this in The Matisse Stories.

  • Maggie Mason Says:

    @Horace Blunt, oh? And here I grew up thinking it was called impolite. Perhaps you can go be blunt somewhere else, love. -M

  • Janine Says:

    It looks fantastic! Love it!

  • Heidi C. Says:

    Super cute and Sassy!

  • Tom Says:

    When I read the topic, I also thought, “why?” But when I saw the pictures, I thought, “WOW!” Love the haircut! And I like the glasses too.

  • Rina Says:

    I love everything about this!

  • Kami Says:

    Love it. I chopped mine off 2 years ago and never looked back. Now I can’t remember what it was like being past my shoulders. It’s soo freeing :)

  • michelle Says:

    Love the cut! You look like Design Mom!

  • Rebecca Says:

    I think it looks wonderful, and very St. Vincent-esque. I also think that a lot of long, thick, wavy or curly hair (I’m of the long/thick/wavy variety myself) can be a lot to deal with on a daily basis, and so it’s easier to enjoy someone else’s hair (yours) rather than to care for one’s own (theirs), which probably prompts a fair number of the comments. It’s a fun and fresh look!

  • Belle Says:

    It looks really great on you! And I love St. Vincent, too!

  • ranger Says:

    Your hair looks awesome, by the way. I’m not just saying that because it’s very similar to mine, I swear!

  • Anne Says:

    Yes, absolutely love it!

  • Myfanwy Says:

    It looks amazing! Definitely love it :)

  • Smedette Says:

    It looks great! I let mine grow and then chop and donate to Locks of Love. I get the same question: “WHY? OH GOD, WHY?”

    It’s just hair. I’m lucky it grows fast and well and I can give it to others who really, really want it.

  • Jennifer Says:

    I had to whoop with joy when I saw the post. I know exactly how you felt/feel. Despite having had really short hair and loving it in the past, I had my hair on the longer side for the past several years. Finally, in one of the many heat waves that hit Chicago this summer, a strand of hair touched my neck and I thought, “That’s it!” And off it came. Bye-bye long locks!

    It felt SO good and looked SO cute that I smiled for weeks after the cut.

    Love love love your hair. I envy your hair color, too – always wanted to be a redhead. :)

  • Kayla Says:

    Super hot. I love it on you. Sharp, clean! Sexy!

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  • A Day in May Design Says:

    It looks absolutely adorable, I love it! So cute with the glasses and the red lips too :).