Chop it?

Some days, you just don’t have much to say.

This morning, I got up early and went to HEAT class.  I got home at 7:15 AM to only to remember that my morning meeting had been cancelled, leaving me with a couple of hours to kill before work.

I’ve been sitting here for 90 minutes now, dinking around on the internet and trying to think of something profound to write about.  But I’ve got nothin’.

So instead I’m going to ask for your assistance in making an Important Life Decision.

Namely: I have a hair appointment on Thursday.

I love having longer hair and I think that long hair looks better on me than short hair.  But this shit is becoming kind of a pain in the ass lately.  Even though I usually only deal with washing/blowdrying it every couple of days, it’s still getting on my nerves.  There’s just a ton of it.

Ahem, #whitegirlproblems.

Anyway, a couple of years ago (I think this was summer 2009?) it was much shorter, and I actually liked it okay, although I look royally pissed about something (not my hair) in this pic:

Cut?  Don’t cut?  What would you do?

(And I’m not doing some half-assed midway just-below-the-shoulders cut.  On principle.  It’s either getting trimmed or getting chopped!)

I’ve been stressing about this all week.  You can understand why it’s difficult to focus on anything else.

I think I need a beer.

Maybe I can blog about that tomorrow.

34 responses to “Chop it?

  1. I say a couple of inches off, with layers. Although I just went substantially short with my hair, and while I bitched and moaned that I looked butch, taking care of it is amaaaaaaaazing. Takes no time at all.

    • My hair always takes a little more time when its short, actually…because I *must* blow-dry it straight. But then it’s not all up in my business all day like it is now. It’s a dilemma, I tell ya!

  2. I love doing hair consultations :)
    I would either go:
    A. SUPER short, but like an inverted-bob sort of cut, which I think is super flattering on everyone and easy to style. Or
    B. Keep it long, but get it thinned out a little and layered so it’s easier to manage and will feel like a fresh cut. (what I just did actually.)
    And please keep us posted on what you choose. kthanxbai.

    • Of course! It’s two bullshit blog posts for the price of one, here, when I get to dedicate another post to my ZOMG HAIR UPDATE! later this week. 😉

  3. So I’ve been lurking for months – apparently what gets me out of the woodwork is hair consultations? Go figure.

    The convenience of putting one’s hair up in a ponytail cannot be overstated. Too short = no ponytail = annoying bands/clips/bobby pins when running = bigger pain in the ass than what you’ve got going on now. Just sayin’.

    • Welcome out of lurkdom!

      I’ve been pretty much wearing my hair in a pony every day (ugh) but yes, you’re right. Clips and bobby pins and such never work when running and my head is too puny for most headbands.

  4. I think you would look hot with an asymmetrical cut. Longer in the front, short in the back.

    The only problem would be pulling your hair back for races. Would just a headband be OK?

    • Eh…most headbands don’t work very well on me. Even the Sweaty Bands and Bondi Bands will tend to slip off my pinhead if I wear them for a couple of hours. If I went short, it would have to be long enough to go into a nubby ponytail!

  5. I am right there with you right now. My hair is midway down my back which is the longest it’s ever been. Usually I get sick of it, chop at least 10 inches and donate it. I am feeling like I should do that now, esp. since my aunt is about to start chemo. However….. I kind of love it long. But I know I’ll need to cut it at some point and my sister’s wedding is in a year and I’d want it long again.

    This really is far too stressful a problem, esp. considering there are people in this world who havent eaten in days.

  6. Chop. Short hair is so so so so so so so so so much easier.

  7. I have a hair appointment on Thursday too! My hair is down to the middle of my back and needs to be cut & colored! I am going for a couple inches off the length, long layers and a few high & low lights.

  8. My hair was your length in photo one, then I chopped it to photo two, and now it’s back somewhere between both, which is annoying and unflattering…but I’m growing it back out, so I only have myself to blame.

    I would say change it up and chop it off. It’s so fun to have a new, different style, and short hair really is much easier to deal with. I really should do something with mine, but given my lack of financials, it’s really not a priority right now. #whitegirlproblemsforreal

  9. Chop it! I have a newly acquired pixie cut and I freaking LOVE it.

  10. I think you should get a Mohawk.

  11. I say chop it. And hopefully bring back the facial expression to go with it. That’s how people will know you mean bizness.

  12. This was me yesterday. I was sitting at my desk and the next thing I knew I was in the chair getting my hair washed. I just couldn’t take it anymore. The damage ended up being about 5 inches, maybe a bit more so that it’s just above my shoulders. I am so, so happy about it.

  13. I say trim because otherwise it gets WAY TOO HARD to put back when you run. Ugh.

  14. Get an inverted bob like Jess suggested. They’re easy but still have an adult style to them.

  15. Shoulder length..looks good and can still be put in a ponytail.
    (you know that will become an issue if you cut it too short!)

  16. Is it long enough to cut 10 inches off and still have a decent amount of hair? If so, go for the chop and donate what you cut. Otherwise I vote for a trim as mid-length hair is much easier to get a little creative with and stays in a pony!

  17. I think long hair is easier to deal with. Definitely keep it long enough for a ponytail. The short hair looks good on you though!

  18. chop it. but know that when i chop off my own hair i hate it for a few days before i grow used to it. i also hate my haircuts when i just go for a trim. lose-lose. so i never cut my hair. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm i should go google a supercuts here and do the same….

    or you could down a few beers before the appt and roll with whatever sounds best at the time…

  19. Did you say longer is less maintenance? If so, I’d do that. Team trim!

  20. I’m under strict orders from my hairdresser not to cut or color until the spawn arrives…but you’re dainty, you can pull it off: I say chop it.

  21. Team long, here. Just a trim. The first time you went on a long run with escapee hair all up in your face, I predict you would regret short.

  22. I say CHOP. My hair grows sooooooo effing fast and thick … I usually do a big chop every 2 years or so. In fact, I’ve donated my hair 5 times (11-13 inches EACH time) over the past 10 years. That’salotahair.

    Do you think you could get enough chopped for a donation? Locks of Love takes 10 inches or more, but I believe Pantene has a program that only requires 8.

    I always figure if I’m debating between a full-blown chop or a couple inches, if I can get enough to donate it to someone who needs it I might as well go that route!

    Good luck!

    • I’m not sure if my salon does the donation thing, but I’ll definitely ask! If I did chop it, I think it would probably be long enough.

  23. I’m on Team Trim. Short hair sucks to run with plain and simple, especially for those of us who have trouble with headbands. Loading your head up with all kinds of clips and bobby pins is a pain in the neck and never works right anyway.

  24. CUT IT! I always go through stages with my hair… grow it out, chop it off, grow it out, chop it off… it’s good to have variety!

  25. Oh also, when my hair’s short, I usually do the asymmetrical bob thing. I can’t get it into a ponytail for running, but I don’t have to deal with bobby pins or headbands or anything either: I just pull the front half up into a half-pony. Since the front part is a little longer it all can go back, and since the back part is shorter it’s already off my neck. Works perfectly!

  26. No chop!