I’m the walking, talking nightmare of any hairstylist. Because people with long hair are somehow fashion trend resistant. We don’t show up every other week to get a different cut or a new colour, we don’t need expensive extensions and we have something in abundance that most (women) don’t have when it comes to hair: patience.
But even long haired people can grow tired of their hair (or tired of mothers nagging at the hair…). Overwhelmed. Annoyed. Circling the scissors because of “Omfg why can’t you stay tanglefree for a goddamn 3 minutes!!!” tantrums when your hair feels like a haystack. There are moments of weakness when you don’t want to look like a milkmaid, but edgy, funky and modern instead.
Of course, cutting off all those years of waiting is not an option. But, yeah, I felt tired of those locks of mine, tickling my tailbone and looking… boring? After some research, I cut off… maybe like 5 cm but that didn’t really help. I fired up the intertubes and did some research, only to have one of those light bulb moments. My hair had the same length all around. I simply had to put in some layers to make it more interesting again! D’uh!
In the end I did cut off quite a lot in tiny steps, like 15cm overall because hiplength hair drives me mad. It’s still unbelievably long, if I trust my co-workers who always go bananas when I have it open (yay, my hair has a fanclub!) but not so heavy anymore. I also added some layers with the marvellously simple ponytail method demonstrated here and here. I also watched closely what these three ladies did and refined my front parts accordingly. Klick here, here and here.
To be honest, I had a lot of fun in scaring tweeps on Twitter with cryptic tweets about cutting off my hair… muhaha, naughty me, I know.
I’m extremly pleased with the results. It’s always a bit like open heart surgery to cut your hair yourself, but being able to go in teensy tiny steps until you reached the desired length is absolutely worth it. And I don’t have to trust a hairstylist, which is also a big plus for me. I even like to wear it open now, instead of always confine it into braids and buns and what not.
It’s impossible to get a shot of your own hair from the back with those newfangled mobile devices, but this is how it looks from the front. Still all long and fluffy.
Now I’m ready to embark on another adventure: Adding colour! Stay tuned, as I have quite the mad plan…
PS: Another possibility in saving length but still cut off quite a bit is an extreme V-cut. I thought about it first, but as I still wanted to be able to braid it without having hair sticking out everywhere, this was not an option. Or you might go all Eighties and get it really short and spikey at the top and long in the back. Might look a bit like as if you have extensions though.