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The How-To Lounge: Be Sure Before Cutting Your Hair

Cutting your long hair can be a life changing decision, so make sure you're 100 percent sure before you hack off your locks. For some easy tips to make sure you're ready, click here to

  • Make sure you haven't just broken up with your boyfriend, found out you're pregnant, moved to a new city, or had a death in your family before you drastically change your look.
  • If you have ever had short hair before, think back honestly about how you liked your look.
  • One major concern some women have about cutting their hair short is thinking their face will look fat so if you have concerns about your weight, don't do it!
  • To see how you might look with the short 'do before actually cutting your hair, take a Polaroid picture of yourself against a black background. Use a black Sharpie and draw over your hair to where you would like to cut it, almost like you're erasing it, and see how you look! It's the best way to experiment with your hair without actually cutting it.
  • Flip through magazines and look for cuts you like on models with a similar shaped face as yours and bring your tears to the salon to show your stylist.
  • Don't go to a new stylist if you are making a major change to your hair. Trust your regular stylist to give his or her honest opinion as to if your idea will look good on you and if it will work with your kind of hair.
  • It's always fun to take chances and change up your look so keep in mind that even if you don't like your haircut, it will grow back.

I hope you find these tips helpful. If you are cutting over 10 inches of hair at a time, there is a wonderful non-profit organization called Locks of Love that accepts hair donations to make hairpieces for financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any kind of diagnosis. Click here for more information.


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SexyPants SexyPants 9 years
I'm debating on hacking off my GORGEOUS hair, its nearly down to my butt *bout 4 inches shy*, i dunno i've been growing it almost 4's grown about a foot...or close to...dunno...its a P.I.T.A. straighten every day i figure i go'd be easier to straighten, instead of taking an hour, it'd take about 5-10 minutes..even as thick as it is..and its naturally wavy and curly..
Eaving Eaving 9 years
Last Christmas I was devastated by someone I loved, and about a week after I went to the hairdresser (I was already getting a hair cut soon anyways) and told them to chop it off. They took ten inches off and it was still below my shoulders quite a bit so yeah, it was very long and very much a big step. It needed to be done, though, to get rid of the lifeless, be reborn, etc. was a healthy start to the next part of my life; at least that's how I saw it. I also drew a moderate amount of satisfaction that the guy, when he saw my hair, knew why I had done it. Over and done. All that said, I'm still glad my hair is growing back =) I do miss the long hair.
c00kie c00kie 9 years
I like my hair to be natural, I don't dye it or do much at all with it. I got a big haircut last year and I loved it, but I like the feeling of long hair better :)
designergirl designergirl 9 years
I recommend trying the polaroid thing or using photoshop, which I did. It helps a lot!
ninjastarlett ninjastarlett 9 years
I cut off 15 inches just as summer started... I don't regret it, the short cut is soooo much easier to handle, but I kinda miss the length too... my hair was pretty when it was long. Oh well, it'll grow back. =) I still mean to donate my hair but so far it's still just sitting in a baggie in my bathroom. =P
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I like the Polaroid tip, but I have black hair, so I don't know if the black Sharpie and background motif would work. I might look bald! But maybe a red Sharpie and background could work?
larengirl larengirl 9 years
I just got 10 inches chopped off (yesterday!) and I could not be more relieved to be rid of all that long, waist length dead hair. It's one thing to be attached to the length...but I'd rather have hair that's short and healthy rather than overly long and dead!
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
oops....meant to say "they are now"...not "they now"...!! ...also meant to say "One of my girlfriends"...not "On of"... I need to get a grip today!
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
Who cares where K8 got the information from? Most of us have read or heard about the way LOL has to deal with all of the hair. The news story I saw made it seem like they now overwhelmed with it. I agree with K8. There are other cancer organizations out there that could use the hair or the $$. K8, you're right about people commenting on the long hair. On of my girlfriends had super long & thick hair. She constantly had strangers coming up to her, touching her hair & telling her she should donate it to LOL. She got so tired of it, she had it cut to above shoulder length & hasn't regretted it since. I got a very short hair style once (cut from very long). I was in 7th grade, as thin as a board, & not allowed to wear makeup. I looked like a boy after that cut. It was so traumatic, I haven't been able to do it since & that was a long time ago! Now, I just keep the length to the bottom of my shoulder blades.
k8-rckstr k8-rckstr 9 years
WoOo HoOo!!! :D hehe
nicachica nicachica 9 years
no love lost K8. you're one of my fav people on here! :)
inertia inertia 9 years
I used to have very long hair -- hip-length and just about the same blonde color as that model's. It was damaged from repeated dying and hard to maintain on a daily basis. But when it was styled into curls or given a good blowout, it was outrageously gorgeous and eye-catching. I finally couldn't stand the daily upkeep anymore and cut it to my shoulders so I could grow it out in a darker and healthier shade. I suppose it needed to be done, but the short hair was even harder to style, and I didn't feel like myself. It wasn't until the past month or two when my hair reached waist-length that I've started to feel like myself again.
The-Italian-Jem The-Italian-Jem 9 years
I just cut off about 8 inches and i honestly didn't even bat an eye. I think i was just that sick of my long hair.
theworldloves theworldloves 9 years
I donated 10 inches a few weeks ago, and I love my new short look!!! I got some cute bangs cut too :)
agrepina agrepina 9 years
ive been wanting to cut my hair short for a while, but i dont think i can do it!!!
Hootie Hootie 9 years
I have been debating this for months! I want to chop it off but I'm being a chicken! My husband is against me cutting it short. What to do...
Jennifer777 Jennifer777 9 years
I cut my hair 2 days after my wedding. I waited because I didn't want to chance hating it for my wedding. It was mid-back and now it is a super short pixie and I LOVE IT!!!! So does my husband (who actually cut off my
maipotter maipotter 9 years
Wow I just cut off my hair a couple of months ago. It was all the way to my butt. I layered it and cut it to boob length and I'm now happy about it even though I freaked when I got it cut. I kept thinking it was too short!
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I have had short hair for most of my life and would freak out if I had to grow it out. I do not know what to do with it. I laugh when people say their hair is so short when it is a bob that is not short my hair is short. Mia Farrow Rosemary's Baby short.
lemassabielle lemassabielle 9 years
I had hair up to my lower back and after my grandma passed away I cut it up to my ears and dyed my gorgeous blonde hair dark brown (borderline black) I'll never be sure why I made such a drastic decision. It took two years to get my natural color back. It still hasn't grown back much, it's only up to my shoulders. I'm considering extensions. A little change it great, too much might give you regrets.
Megatron Megatron 9 years
I really wish I knew about Locks of Love when I cut off all my hair.
bfly1133 bfly1133 9 years
k8 ~ ;)
catstarr catstarr 9 years
and a good thing too - my hair grows super quick!
catstarr catstarr 9 years
I just cut my hair into a dramatic a-line bob with bangs and it's A LOT shorter than I expected! Good thing I'm okay with it.
citizenkane citizenkane 9 years
Thanks erratic!! I'm so glad someone else thinks the way I do about hair.
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