By Liv Bjorgum
I recently got a haircut, and it was a big one. I chopped off more than a foot of it, so now it's just past my shoulders. It was a huge change, and I had been gearing up for it for almost a whole year....but after I took the leap, I immediately wished that I had done it before. It felt so much lighter and bouncier, and it looke d a nd felt healthier. I no longer had the straggly, sunbleached ends that always got caught up in knots. I’m not going to say I don't miss it sometimes, because I do, but now I spend less time trying to deal with it. And you know what? I'm glad I did itand if I wasn't, well, it will always grow back.
Here are a few tips if you're looking to cut it all off:
● Have someone you trust do it.
● Come prepared with photos and an idea of what you want it to look like. I've always heard of doing this, and I did it, and it turned out exactly how I wanted. You need to be
able to relay your ideas clearly.
● If you're not excited about the chop, then maybe it isn't the time. You can always reconsider and do it later.
● Think about hairstyles you like and the haircut that would work for those. For example, if you are someone who likes to have their hair up, make sure your hair will still have
enough length and not too many layers. This way you can still brush it into a ponytail.
● If you're planning to cut off more than 8 inches, wash it the night before so that it’s dry, and ask the hair cutter to braid it or put it in a ponytail before cutting. That way you can
send it to an organization like Locks of Love. It's easy and a great cause.
As Michelle Lee put it in her editor’s letter for the August issue of Allure Magazine where she talks about her own hair’s journey, “I would live if we could stop seeing big changes as acts of bravery.” Experiment! Cut it, shave it, color it, do anything and everything! It's brave to change anything, but it's also necessary, so don't be afraid. Have fun with it!