I Cut Off My Hair

29th January 2013

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 thoughts on “I Cut Off My Hair

  1. Emily

    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!

  2. Watts

    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.

  3. Pam

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

    Well done!

  4. jenG

    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.)

  5. Lisa

    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!

  6. Nora

    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.

  7. Jan

    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.)

  8. Rebecca

    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!!

  9. Kristina

    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!

  10. Deanna

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

  11. jen

    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 :)

  12. Tracey

    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….

  13. Absquatulate

    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.

  14. Horace

    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!

  15. Leslie

    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.

  16. C

    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.)

  17. Ellen

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

  18. Gabi

    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.

  19. Joyce

    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.

  20. Maggie Mason

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

  21. Tom

    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.

  22. Kami

    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 :)

  23. Rebecca

    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!

  24. ranger

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

  25. Smedette

    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.

  26. Jennifer

    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. :)

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