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Saturday, October 24, 2009

I went for the BIG Chop!

Today I went to my hair dresser and finally mustered up the courage to do what I have been longing to do for a long time: get a short hair cut!  My hair dresser Jennifer and her mother Yolanda (owner of the salon), will be the first to admit that I have extreme anxiety when it comes to cutting my hair.  I am totally my own worst enemy when it comes to this.  In the past, every time I came into the salon and mentioned that I wanted to cut my hair, the mother-daughter duo would react by trying to convince me to take the plunge and have the "big chop" done right then and their, or they would just say that they didn't believe I would get it done!

The real source of my anxiety to chopping my hair stems from the fact that both my father and my boyfriend love my long hair and have always voiced their opposition towards me cutting my hair short!  Even as I look at them laughing many times as they pester me, I know that deep down inside--for two different reasons), my father and boyfriend probably don't ever want me to cut my hair short.  I believe my father associates my long hair to the good ole' days when I was young and I was his "baby".  My boyfriend on the other hand has just always been a fan of long hair and use to think that by me cutting my hair shorter, I would some how be erasing a little femininity from myself.  Boy was he ever wrong!

I asked my hair dresser some questions while drinking a cold sangria.  I told her about some "hair myths" that I have read in magazines, and I asked for her input on it.  She also explained the cut she gave me, why it is the "best cut for me", and how to maintain it and properly blow dry it.

The type of cut I asked for was something significantly shorter, but easy to manage.  I told Jen that I am working with kids all day in a school as well as taking evening graduate courses, so I stressed the need for a hair cut that would be easy to maintain.  I also mentioned to Jen that I am in DIRE need of a CHANGE! I knew it was NOW OR NEVER!  Jen cut my hair to my collarbone, which she said is a great length and very versatile to be styled many different ways.  By having hair cut at the color bone, it can give some one a sexy, and funky look!  She also cut many different layers into my hair.  She did so because having layers will actually make it easier for me to style my hair in the morning because of the type of texture that I have.  She also showed me how to properly blow out this type of hair cut.  She flipped my hair in front my face, and blew separate sections in this direction.  By doing so, this is not only adding volume to the hair, and keeps this style modern and fresh, instead of matronly. 

These are some examples of celebrity hair styles that have their hair cut at the collarbone (The "Collar-bob" Cut!):
 Anna Sophia Robb

Jessica Biel

Some pics of me before the big chop (click on photo to enlarge it):

And after!

The verdict?  My father absolutely loves it (and realizes that I will always be his "baby" no matter what age I am), and my boyfriend thinks it is probably the best decision that I have ever made pertaining to my hair.  My mother always supported my decision to do this because she rocks a short hair cut herself and understands the versatility and options it can give a woman.

Let me know what you think! And are in the same boat as I was? Wanting to go for the big chop, but really nervous? Post your feelings below! My advice--go for it! It's just hair, and it will grow back! Have fun with it, and you will not regret it!


marit on October 24, 2009 at 8:09 PM said...

oh lady! you look fabulous! both before AND after. i have super long hair (almost to my booty) and love love love it, but i know it won't last forever. nice to see someone pull off the big chop with such success! thanks for stopping by my site, i'll be back for more makeup advice soon!
~ marit

LOUDnPROUD♥MĂ“KneeKah on October 24, 2009 at 9:22 PM said...

I love it,it looks great!!!
I cut my hair so short about a year ago that everyone said I looked like Ms Swan from Mad TV!! errr,I have always wanted short styled hair and yours looks Fabulous.
Thanks for stopping by my blog! I added you to my blog list,Happy SITS Saturday!!

RW @ TrueBeauty on October 25, 2009 at 4:07 PM said...

Thanks so much for following my blog! Yours is FANTASTIC, I must say :) I went through this same scenario about a year ago.....and like you once I did it, my hubs, dad, and bro all loved it!! They were the only ones who were a little hesitant about my decision.

Looking forward to some awesome makeup advice!!

Makeup By Lauren P on October 26, 2009 at 6:20 PM said...

Marit: Thanks so much, and I hope to see you back here to read about what I love to write about the most, BEAUTY & MAKEUP! Love your blog as well and Ill be visiting more!

Ms. Loud & Proud: your a trip with Ms. Swan! Lmao! And I bet you looked great when you went short! Thanks so much for visiting and hope to see you more on here! I will be keeping up with your blog =)

RW @ True Beauty: Your such a sweetheart! And why do men make us feel guilty about things like this?! You know I will def. be keeping up with your blog, and I appreciate the great comment! Please feel free to look around on here and leave me love on any of my other posts!

Thanks so much for the feedback again guys!
xoxo, Makeup By Lauren P

Geeky Mac Boy on November 4, 2009 at 12:25 AM said...

Glad to see the chop went by smoothly and that you're happy with it. In my opinion you look very pretty whether your hair is long or short.

So you're really into makeup huh? Well so am I!! I have been interested in it for a while but only lately have I been trying hard to learn it. I hope to learn a thing or 2 from you. Especially after looking at some of those super cute blue eyeshadow looks you got going on in these pics :-)

Miss Dot on January 14, 2010 at 10:57 PM said...

Wow, what a great haircut! I did somewhat the same thing and cut my shoulder-length hair even shorter to a bob just below my ears. I'm still on the fence about whether or not I like it. I have such a love-hate relationship with my hair! You should start posting about hair stuff with your makeup stuff, too ;)

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