The Postpartum Chop
Name: Taylor Negley
"I had kept my long hair since sophomore year of high school and only trimmed it for health. When I got pregnant with twins, I kept it long (the picture on the left is a month before they were born). I was on bedrest for five days leading up to delivery, so I couldn't get up to wash my hair. And then I was kept on bedrest after their delivery because of super high blood pressure. When I finally was allowed to get up, I showered with the terrible hospital water and shampoo (since I was unexpectedly admitted and had no supplies) and when I got home, I realized I had to chop it. I cried as it happened. At first, I chopped it just enough to be able to keep as much length as possible, but I went back and cut off more, because postpartum hair loss absolutely ruined what was left. (The biggest thing I've learned since having kids is no one touches on the real sh*t that happens postpartum.) I was so, so sad. But now, it's short and I'm OK with it! The only thing I regret about chopping off nine inches is that it's too short to just throw up in a topknot, my go-to daily hairstyle. Super frustrating, but overall: change is good."