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How Much Hair Are You Willing to Cut Off?

Bella Poll: How Much Are You Willing to Cut Off?

I went in for a haircut with a new stylist recently, and as soon as I sat down she asked, "What's the most you're willing to cut off during a routine trim?" I was surprised by the question, but she explained that the amount you're willing to trim off if there's damage says a lot about your overall hair philosophy. I'm personally willing to trim off quite a bit when the mood strikes. Plus, I do experimental, sometimes unhealthy, things to my hair. Now I'm curious. What's the maximum you'd ever trim off if you walked in and the stylist said she needed to? And if it's a small number, is it because you want to conserve length, or because you just know how you like your hair?

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Nadia24gv Nadia24gv 7 years
That picture is so sad! That is what my son would look like if I were a hick and forced him to cut his hair, which he loves dearly. Anyway, I said less than half an inch. My mother kept my hair short as a little girl and I always hated it. I keep it very long now.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
I had a really scarring experience where I went in for "a trim" before spring break one year, and the hairdresser (not my regular) cut my hair into this awful mullet-esq thing where it was really short (to the ears) in the front and came down into a point in the back. It was AWFUL and it took me two years to grow it back out! So now I'm very conservative!
saucyfilipina saucyfilipina 7 years
I chose 4 or more because my hair is EXTREMELY long. I haven't cut/trimmed my hair in like 3 yrs. Idk I just never cared too much to go to the salon every 2-3 months to get a trim. So yea, but I'm definitely still looking for what style I should get cuz I'm thinking of chopping at least half of it off.
MissSophia MissSophia 7 years
I only cut my hair about once a year or 18months so when I cut if off, I cut off about 12inches!
cupcake_ cupcake_ 7 years
I usually end up losing about 1 inch.
Rouge14 Rouge14 7 years
Haha that's a brilliant picture! For me it depends, at the moment I want my hair to be long so when I had it cut 3days ago I asked for only half an inch to be cut and my new hairdresser being a friend of mine, for once I didn't get more than what I'd asked for to be cut, so I'm really happy. But otherwise I'm not against drastic changes, for instance, I had most of my elbow lengthed hair cut into a shoulder lengthed asymetric bob back in 2007, I loved it but it was just a pain to grow it back afterwards that's it :)
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 7 years
"I've never understood how women are so attached to their long hair! Like the women on What Not to Wear who cry when they get their hair cut." Leila - you spend enough time and money taking care of it, and it becomes such a part of you and how you look, and it can be very emotional when it gets cut off. I cried so much when my then hip-length hair was reduced to just-brushing-the-shoulders (by a friend, without permission) a few years ago - a part of my identity was just destroyed, and I didn't get any say in it, and it was AWFUL. So it's not so strange at all.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 7 years
I just had six inches chopped off a few weeks ago, and my hair feels dreadfully short - it comes to my shoulder blades in back. I was very fond of my long hair, but it was feeling thin; having it shorter does make it feel more voluminous (volumized?), but I miss the dramatic look of waist-length hair... I'm not sure I'll be able to do that again!
heatherhas heatherhas 7 years
My hair is now the longest its been since I was probably 10. Its just below my shoulders. I really can't stand to have it any longer than that. Im a just a short hair girl. I've never understood how women are so attached to their long hair! Like the women on What Not to Wear who cry when they get their hair cut. . .so strange.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
Less than an inch. I'm happy with a simple dusting.
rhodes rhodes 7 years
I, too, go through phases with my hair. Just in May of this year I cut off more than six inches of my hair to a shoulder-length cut, but if the stylist needed to cut more for some reason I would have let her. Hair always grows back even if it takes a long time, so why not let the stylist do what needs to be done to make your hair/features/whatever else look better?
brandysbug brandysbug 7 years
I go through phases - I usually have suuuuper-long hair - but, then I'll just decide I'm tired of it and get it all chopped off. I've donated hair to Locks of Love three times - 10" twice and 12" another time. The last time was in May (I hadn't had it cut for 2 years! blech) and it's now right above my shoulders. My hubby is already begging me to grow it out again. The stylist usually has more trouble than I do when I ask for that much cut off - I'm usually soooo ready!
jvanlohn jvanlohn 7 years
I had long hair through high school (down to my hips) and near graduation I chopped it to my bust. Then over the last few years I've chopped it to a bob and now for three years I've been growing it to my waist again. I'm going to cut my hair off and have it made into a wig for someone close to me who needs it. I love a drastic change anyway. I feel like if the cut isn't noticeable, than it's not worth getting it cut.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
My mom always cut and permed my hair herself when I was younger (and no she wasn't a stylist - yikes!). So when I was 16 and had some cash, my best friend accompanied me to a salon to get my first professional cut. I had hair down to my butt and I told the stylist I was tired of looking like I was 10. He cut my almost 2 feet off and gave me a wonderful layered bob that was above my shoulders. My best friend cried as I was getting it cut off. Ever since then, I've never had hair past my shoulders and I have had everything from the pixie to the shag to the bob. I let my stylist cut off whatever needs to come off - it doesn't matter to me.
bengalspice bengalspice 7 years
I interpret a trim of most of my hair as a maintenance thing when I'm growing my hair out. I always get my bangs and front layers cut to the same length, so the inch-age varies. However, I rarely get my hair trimmed because I just have a lot of luck with healthy hair. But for the most part, if I walk into a salon, it's because I'm chopping my long hair by at least half. I grow my hair really long, and then decide on a drop of a dime to go back to my Twiggy cut :-P
mek123 mek123 7 years
Right now my hair is short so only an inch or so, but I go between very short and very long, so I'm more adventurous.
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 7 years
Less than half an inch. I'm trying to grow my hair so I try to take really good care of my hair so I have to cut as little as possible.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 7 years
Right now my hair is down to my butt so when I get it cut I will probably have 6 or 7 inches removed. Usually I just tell my stylist to take off as much as she needs to
Happsmjc Happsmjc 7 years
Well--I used to be an 1/8 of an inch girl. I was VERY attached to my long hair, which I had for years and years and would only let them take off the ends that were most damaged... This year I finally donated it--something I had wanted to do for a long time. Not only b/c it was such a wonderful thing to do, but also because I was getting too attached to my long hair and making it my identity! I felt like I was going to be on Oprah when I was 50 with hair to the floor! (While I was getting it cut a woman there had hair that was literally touching the floor when she sat in the chair and wasn't even getting a trim, just a "shape up"--I felt like that was going to be ME!) Well, now I finally realize hair is hair--it grows back. I've had short (for me) and loved it, and after getting 12 inches cut off at once would not think twice about four or more! I *may* start letting to grow long again though!
Dana18 Dana18 7 years
I have them cut off as much as needed to. I don't want damaged hair. I don't look nice or style well.
starofsorrow starofsorrow 7 years
It really depends. This winter, I'm going to keep my hair long, so small trims between 2-3 inches are fine. (Hair's long enough to handle that length of cut). Next summer, however, I want to go supershort! I'm thinking maybe a pixie-type cut with longer tresses.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
My when my stylist asks me how much needs to come off, I say "Take what needs to go!" And we work from there. Usually I have two or three inches off but the most I've had is a full foot.
theglossarie theglossarie 7 years
i'm a four or more girl but ONLY because i have an amazing stylist who i'd trust with my life. ps - that pic up top is hilarious!
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