I chopped my hair off and it’s SHORT!!!!!! I’ve been talking about chopping my hair off for years but was too scared to actually pull the trigger. Finally, on Tuesday, I let Eric Fisher cut it all off. He’s been cutting my hair for over a decade and I wouldn’t trust this to anyone but him. No, really. I used to schedule hair appointments when I came back to Kansas when I lived out of state because I didn’t want anyone else to touch it.

So here’s the before:

And the after:

Eric had the brilliant idea to take before/after pics and to film the ACTUAL chopping. I also have a video of how it looks if I want it straight. He styled it curled under at first- so I could see what it looked like before he curled it. That is super helpful so I know what it’s supposed to look like.

I did have a bit of a panic internally after he cut the first ponytail off (no going back now!) but it passed and I was thrilled with the result- as always. He’s cut it even shorter for me before, but that was 6 years ago (Ian loves a short angled bob) and I’ve been growing out ever since.

Reasons for taking the plunge

Headaches
All. The. Time. I would try to get 3 or even 4 days out of each wash because shampooing is so bad for your hair. In order to accomplish that, there was a lot of dry shampoo and other products involved and honestly all of that product on my super long hair = massive headaches. I had to keep my hair in a bun on the very top of my head to keep them at bay most days.

Annoyance
I was always getting my hair caught in a watch, or shutting it in the door, or Ian would lay on it, or … you get the picture. It was super annoying and it was getting to be more of a hinderance than anything. I couldn’t even carry my handbag in the crook of my arm because my hair would get caught under it and yank my head down. Tell me that’s not a stupid problem to have.

Maintenance
Hello- it took me 45min – 1 hour to style it from start to finish. Because every mom of a toddler has all of this free time, and OBVIOUSLY  I wanted to spend that doing my hair. Also, I asked you all what you wanted to see more in 2017 and the vast majority said hair tutorials. I can do a LOT with my hair, but the length really hindered me from anything other than up-dos (with a kazillion bobby pins- ow!) or long and curled. Boring. Also, let’s be honest- the pics you see on the blog were taken the SECOND I let my hair down from hot rollers before the curl fell out from the weight of the hair. No, really. I would pull up to my photoshoots in curlers. HOTNESS. Let me tell you. 😉

Fresh Start
I’m starting a new initiative on the blog in 2017 that involves simplicity- more with less. In a world of excess, I’m opting for less. Less time getting ready – so you will see quick tutorials for makeup and hair hacks. Less time in front of the mirror equals more time with your family, relaxing, cooking, working out (ha- I need to do more of that!) or sleeping. WE COULD ALL USE MORE SLEEP, amirite? I’m paring down on the craziness and trying to live a more simplistic life. I’ll still do everything I’m doing now, but I want to focus on simplicity as much as I can. I preach this to my styling clients – a closet with fewer, nicer items that make you feel fabulous is far superior to a full and cluttered closet. If you’re going to take the time to do something- do it well!

I hope all of you will join me on this journey in 2017 to saying no to the craziness and yes to “me” time. Also, I define “me” time as whatever makes you happiest. Curling up with a good book, soaking in the tub, going for a run, watching a movie with your spouse or reading books to your kids. Anything that makes you happy counts as “me” time in my book. So my “me” time is shopping online at J. Crew. HA!!! Kidding, but still somewhat true.

So excited for 2017! So many new things are happening to the blog! Stay tuned for giveaways, more videos and, in general, more content!

Have a blessed New Year, friends!

-Adriele

Tips for anyone thinking of chopping it all off:

  • Go to someone you TRUST. Now is not the time to go to someone new you don’t know unless you already have seen their work on other people and you trust it.
  • Bring pictures. Multiple pics if you have them- Pinterest is GREAT for this and a hairstylist likes seeing what you have in mind.
  • Be honest about how short you want it when it’s DRY. Hair will shrink up when it dries, so make sure you communicate how long to want it to end up- this helps them gauge how much to cut off.
  • Think about your lifestyle and what you want your hair to be able to do. Do you need to be able to put it in a ponytail? Do you wear it naturally curly? Communicate all of this with your hairstylist ahead of time.
  • Baby steps. I wouldn’t suggest a short cut AND bangs at the same time unless you’re used to styling both. I usually do one or the other- not both simultaneously. That’s a great way to hate your life. 😉
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