I Got The Chop!

I have a very intimate relationship with my hair. For various reasons unknown, a person’s hair is a big part of their identity (particularly if you’re a female, I’ve found, although I’m trying not to generalise!), and for the last ten years I’ve been overly precious about mine. I’ve been growing it ever since I cut it all off and hated it as a teenager, and anything more than two inches getting trimmed off was cause for a mental breakdown.

So, as it was my birthday yesterday (I’m TWENTY-THREE! I can’t believe it), I decided this week to give myself the gift of liberation, and chopped it all off.

Don’t believe me? Here was my hair, pre-chop:


All two and a half feet of it.

And here’s my hair, post-chop!!

I ended up having about six or seven inches chopped off in the end, and while that may not seem like much to some, it feels very drastic to me.

I’m very glad to say: I love it!! It feels so much lighter, it takes almost no time to blow-dry and it’s a lot more manageable. Although I really liked having my hair so long, it got to a point where it was overwhelming, so I’m glad that’s gone. I also had a lot of anxieties about how strongly tied my hair was to my identity, and I’m happy to let those go.

Cheesy as it sounds, I’m starting new chapters in a number of areas in my life, so it’s a bit like a fresh start. I might even go shorter!!

What do you think?



I'm Juliet and I'm a twenty-something Creative Writing graduate based in the U.K. with a love of books, cats, and cosmetics.

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  2. It looks so shiny and healthy now!

    1. Thank you, it feels so much healthier now!

  3. Aww your new hair looks fab! I can’t believe how long your hair used to be – it must have been a very brave decision! I used to have mine long for years but then it just got really uncomfortable and now I’ve been going for shoulder length for the past couple of years. I’m kind of tempted to grow it back now! Hope you had a lovely birthday as well 😊 xxx

    1. Thank you so much! It was ridiculously long, but I’d been thinking about it for a while, and I’m so glad I took the plunge! I can’t imagine you with long hair, your short cut was actually part of the inspiration for me getting a chop as it looks so lovely! xxx

  4. I recently chopped off my hair too! Still hiding it from my grandmother who absolutely loved my long hair but I just couldn’t take it anymore!

    1. My mum was a bit distraught to see my long locks go, but she admits that it looks better! I absolutely love it, and it’s so much more convenient!

  5. My hair is like my security blanket, getting it cut really is a big emotional step. Yours is stunning and so much more healthy in the after photos. That shine 😍 wow

    1. Thank you so much! I felt that way about my hair too, but I’m also glad that I took the plunge and got it cut. It definitely feels a lot softer and thicker xx

  6. I think my hair’s a similar length (pre-chop) but I really need to get a couple of inches cut off to freshen it up and get rid of split ends. I think the new do is fab – the condition of your hair is enviable, looks very healthy and well conditioned! x

  7. Nice Post. Thank You.

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