The Chop

I finally cut my hair. 

8 inches. What took more than a year to grow was gone in a matter of seconds.

What finally prompted me to do it? I needed a change. I was sick of pinning pictures of girls with gorgeous, wavy lobs (the term for hair that's slightly longer than the classic "bob" hairstyle) and wondering if I could pull it off. It was time to find out. 

I didn't tell Clayton that I was planning to cut off several inches of my hair; I was afraid his reaction might deter me from doing it. I've always been the type of wife who heavily, heavily values her husband's opinion, but he just doesn't understand what it's like to live with super fine, flat hair and to look in the mirror every morning and feel totally blah despite the gallons of volumizing, texturizing product you just raked through your hair.

So this was for me.

And Clayton is legally obliged to love me no matter what I do to myself. 

Honestly, I think my stylist Shanna was a little too gleeful about chopping off my tresses. And with good reason: I'd been talking about getting a lob for almost 6 months, but would chicken out every time when we got to the moment of truth. I think she was finally fed up with my wishy-washy, persnickety attitude and just made the decision for me. Like I told her on Saturday, I was totally on the fence and she simply pushed me over the side.

While the color was processing on my roots (gotta dye those grays away), she gathered my hair into a pony tail, handed me a mirror and said, "Ok, how's this?" I looked into the mirror to see her firm grip on my hair, her scissors positioned to strike.

"Um, a little longer, please," I said, suddenly wondering why I was sweating.

She moved her scissors down about an inch on the nape of my neck. "How's that?" she asked.

I took a deep breath and said, "Okay!" To my amazement, she'd already cut a fourth of the way into my hair. This was happening no matter what, and she knew it.

When Shanna handed me my severed ponytail, I burst into a hysterical fit of giggles and I think we were both relieved that it was laughter and not tears.

I trust Shanna with my hair's life. I've been going to her for almost 2 years now and seeing her every six weeks is a true highlight for me (see what I did there? Highlight? HAIR HIGHLIGHTS. I'm so good). Though she has thick hair that has me green with envy, she understands my hair type and is always giving me advice and product recommendations. She's also bold enough to talk me down from poor hair choices and keeps my expectations realistic.

And she's adorable and one of the sweetest people I know. 

She took the time to style my hair with a curling wand so I could get the full effect of the look I was trying to achieve. I'm still a little bit in shock, but I'm having fun trying to figure out how to style it on my own. I miss my mess top knots like crazy already, but this will be a welcome change for the summer months and before you know it, I'll probably be able to put it up into a baby bun. :)

And after assessing my hair's overall condition, we actually cut off damage from when I dyed my hair ombre last spring. Bleaching can wreak some havoc on fine strands.

Then I found out that the salon's receptionist talks about my hair a lot and finding out that someone out there wishes they had MY hair? GET OUT OF TOWN. That literally never happens. Thanks for boosting a girl's ego! (And trust me, you don't want this.)

This is one of the many photos I took in the salon and the one Shanna liked best for me:

If you're thinking about making a big change with your own locks, I say go for it! What's the worst that can happen? It's just hair.

It'll grow back.

Unless you're bald.

But that's why God made wigs.



  1. Looks adorable! Glad your stylist pushed you over the fence ~ love it!
    You didn't mention HOW Clayton liked it?

    1. Thanks, Beth! It's definitely taking some getting used to, but I think it was good for me!

      Clay likes it just fine. Half the time he thinks he won't like something until he sees it. :)

  2. looks great! i'm going to get my hair cut tonight. probably do a similar but, but it will stay hair never holds any curl!

    1. My hair can't hold curl like, at ALL. This was pretty straight only a few hours later. What I've found works best for me is using a straightener to curl my hair! It's the only thing I've found that will last most of the day! But the good news is that this length looks great straight, too! Let me know how you love your new do!

  3. Wow!!! Look at you!!! I love the new look. You're much braver than I - there's no way I'd be able to chop that much of my hair off. Nope. None. My long hair is here to stay.


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