Hello everyone! How was your weekend? I hope your week has started off on a good note. If it has not, know that it can get better (and I will be praying that it does).
Way back in October, I made a decision that I never thought I would make. I decided it was time for a change and ended up chopping my hair off. It was the shortest hair cut I have ever had! I drove the whole way home fingering the ends of my hair and thinking, I have no hair. I think it’s been long enough since then that I can confidently share with you the differences I’ve experienced.
As you may know, I prefer having long hair. However, in 2019 I decided to try going blonde. I loved it, even though the second round, which I did a few months later in January 2020, did not go as great with my winter skin tone. Oops. Despite that, I don’t regret doing it because it was something I was able to knock off of my “I wonder…” list.
As my hair grew out, the blonde portion began to cause problems. It became so dry that it tangled super easily, an issue that was not helped by Isbe’s insistence on playing with my hair. I also began working on the curly girl method. Because I wanted my hair as healthy as possible, I decided a major chop was in order. So with a quick cut of the scissors (okay not that quick) I marked off another hair experience from my list.
The chop got rid of almost all of the hair I had dyed. There’s still some blonde on my ends, but that’s it. Let me just say that when I got back home, my kids would have nothing to do with me. Isbe got over it after about an hour, but it took Ade the rest of the day. Seriously, he placed a blanket over his head whenever he walked by me so he wouldn’t have to look at me! Even now, Isbe keeps asking for reassurance that my hair will grow back.
I have never taken such short showers! If the only thing I need to do is wash my hair now, I can literally take a shower in five minutes. Which is weird. When I had longer hair, my showers were around 15 minutes and that was on the short side.
Of course that doesn’t account for other shower needs, so depending on whether I need to shave, exfoliate, or have time away from my kids, my showers can still be lengthy. My hair is just not a real factor in how long I take in the shower anymore. One reason might be because…
I Don’t Need Conditioner?
Okay, yes I still do need to condition my hair, but I don’t have to do it on an every shower basis.
I used to have to lather on the conditioner every single time and let it sit. Usually I would put conditioner in, twist my hair up in a clip, and let the conditioner work as I did the rest of my showering. If I didn’t, my hair was an absolute pain to deal with, especially in the latter months when it would tangle into a something that resembled a bird’s nest. Once I was done with my shower, I would put leave-in conditioner in my hair.
Now there are days when I skip the conditioner all together. Part of that decision was because I was concerned about making the rest of my hair so greasy from conditioner. I make it a point not to condition near my roots simply because it always seems to make my hair greasy even though I rinse it out really well. With how short I cut my hair, I didn’t have much space between roots and ends, so I decided to skip it.
If I do use conditioner, I flip my hair over so that the ends are easier to access without worrying about touching my roots.
One downside, at least for me, is that I can’t just throw my hair up in a bun. I could do like a little top knot, but I still have hair too short for a regular bun. I haven’t tried it lately, but at first it was even too short for bobby pins. The most I can do is a half-up-half-down ponytail.
This wouldn’t bother me at all, except I like putting my hair up in a high bun when I take a bath. It keeps my hair dry and it’s more comfortable when I lie back to relax. Not being able to make a bun would have also been a problem if I was dancing as clean buns are required for ballet class.
I have yet to try a braid, but I have a feeling the results would be the same.
Can’t Hide a Bad Hair Day.
With long hair, a bad hair day was easily covered up with a braid and a headband. Not so with short hair. I suppose one could cover up a bad hair day with a hat, but I’m not actually sure where my hats are. I remember packing them in a box when we moved and that’s it. The whereabouts of said box of hats is currently unknown, which is sad because I have some pretty hats. Guess I’ll be sending hubby on a hat-finding mission.
I discovered this fact one Sunday when my hair just would not cooperate with me and I didn’t have the patience (or the time) to find out what would’ve made it happy. So I went to church hoping no one noticed my mess of a hair.
My Hair isn’t as Curly.
This one was weird to me. I thought my hair would be curlier because there was less weight dragging it down, but nope. When I asked my friend Katy, a fellow CGM girl, she made the valid point that because this hair was closer to the roots, it might not be used to curling. Part of the CGM is training your hair to curl again.
If I manipulate it with curling cream and other curling products then my hair will curl just fine. Otherwise, most of it won’t curl. I have naturally curly hair so this is a phenomenon to me. It still poofs like Hermione’s over a hot cauldron, though.
Winter with long hair can be such a pain because of all the static. I feel like I went around looking like a plasma globe when I had long hair.
This winter, the only time I notice the static is when I first brush it, but it calms down pretty quickly. So that’s one thing to be grateful for.
Still Gets in My Way.
One thing that hasn’t really changed is that my hair still gets in my way. If I’m eating or doing anything, really, my hair is usually tied back. It still gets pinned between things, though not as much as longer hair does. Well, I guess that actually depends on the situation.
When I work my back with a foam roller, my hair gets easily pinned. Or when I’m lying down with one of the kids, they’ll roll onto my hair. With longer hair, I could just gather it above my head where it was out of the way. There was less chance I would get pinned down or my hair would get pulled accidentally.
However, with longer hair, even in a braid it would fall over my shoulder so I was constantly flipping it back over. If it bugged me enough then I would put it up in a bun, but the longer it would get the harder it was to keep it in a bun due to weight. The rare times I didn’t have a hair tie on me, I could actually tie my hair in a knot if it was long enough.
So really, this is an issue whether my hair is short or long, dealing with it just takes different strategies.
I Won’t Go Shorter.
It’s taken a bit of time, but I have officially decided that I do like having short hair, I just prefer having longer hair. One thing I do know is that I will not go shorter than what I did. I don’t think I could do it. I spent probably the first month or so after getting my hair chopped going, I think like it, but I don’t think it’s me.
Maybe it’s because I have had long hair for most of my life. Whatever the reason, I’m just not sure short hair fits me. Not that I regret having such a major cut. I’ve always wondered what I would look like with short hair, I’ve just never had the guts to try it out before. Now I do believe I have met my hair length limit in the short department.
Have you ever considered a major hair change like this? Did you go through with it? If so, what did you think?
Let me know in the comments!