Anyone gone from long to really short hair?

(55 Posts)
SteadyEddie Sat 10-May-14 21:15:30

And did you regret it?

I am bored of my hair. Its a pain and I hate it. Its thick and wavy and it gets wavier as it gets longer.

Am thinking of a short pixie crop but dont know if the change will be too drastic?

youbethemummylion Sat 10-May-14 21:19:25

Yep went from down to my lower back hair to a pixie cut, best thing I ever did. I always had my hair in a pony tail so tbh from the front it always looked like I had very little hair anyway as I didnt have a fringe. I

Doodleloomoo Sat 10-May-14 21:24:26

Not quite so drastic, but I went from long hair to chin length. I only regretted it a bit because it wasn't a great cut and the shape didn't suit my face, not the loss of the long hair-that felt liberating. I wear my hair longer again now but still have a decent (6-8")"or so 'chop' every few years because I like the feel of it. Brave? No. It's only hair, it grows, and mine grows like grass!

As long as you have a good hairdresser you trust, the go for it. Or go for a slightly longer 'short' first before pixie-ing (I reckon that's a word) it. And show us pictures!

NancyBlacket Sat 10-May-14 21:24:38

Yes I did, I always wore it in a long plait. Hardest part was convincing hairdresser to cut it all off! Love my short crop now.

WandaDoff Sat 10-May-14 21:27:32

I had it all cut off last year & wish I'd done it years ago.

It only takes a couple of minutes to wash & dry instead of hours, no straightening or anything, just a little a little bit of product to give it some texture.
It is sooooo much easier & more comfortable, I have very thick hair anyway & in the summer it used to feel like I was wearing a wooly hat & scarf when it was long.

I don't think I'll ever go back to having long hair again smile

IAmABam Sat 10-May-14 21:28:29

I went from bum skimming to a short crop. It was a drastic change but it felt great because it was so drastic if that makes any sense confused

Go for it...it'll grow back quickly enough if you decide you don't like it.

SteadyEddie Sat 10-May-14 21:39:54

I am thinking of having it done like Michelle Williams like this, although my hair is brown, almost auburn.

Eek - I have booked an appointment online for Friday.

Suddengeekgirl Sat 10-May-14 21:41:36

I love my pixie crop! smile
Long hair does nothing for me/ my face shape. It just hung there.

There's no hiding behind a pixie crop though. Any zits/ wrinkles are out there.
I don't wear make up for 90% of the time though - too lazy but feeling the need as I get older. confused

LadySybilLikesCake Sat 10-May-14 21:43:49

I have an appointment for Friday. My hair is currently past my shoulders and all I do is tie it back. I'm asking for this cut.

itiswhatitiswhatitis Sat 10-May-14 21:45:29

Yep, the first time you wash it is a really weird feeling! Have gone back to long hair now just cause I was bored. I suspect in a few years I will go short again.

Yes, I've done it several times grin

Short hair is great - really short pixie cut is much easier to look after and look good than mid length IMO.
Go for it - it's only hair and will grow again.

I always liked my short cuts, but get bored of it after a couple of years, so I grow it again confused

LadySybilLikesCake Sat 10-May-14 21:47:24

I had short hair for years. It's a lot easier to look after then longer hair, and as people say, it grows back.

pictish Sat 10-May-14 21:48:55

Yes. Was same as you...thick wavy hair...and it was loooong, and heavy and drab. When i was 24 I decided one day I'd had enough of it, and i got the lot chopped off.
Never looked back.

Spottybra Sat 10-May-14 21:52:16

I have done twice, no, three times, and hated it at some point everytime. Loved the pixie cut the longest but hated that I had to wear extra make up everyday to look feminine (for myself). At some point there was nothing else I could do with it and had to grow it.

HaveAGoodDay Sat 10-May-14 21:53:02

I really really don't want to rain on your parade, but just want you to be sure that its what you really want. Yes hair grows back, but at a very slow, frustrating rate.

Have you tried any short wigs on to see how's hey look?

I did have longish hair (mid back) about 8 years ago & over the years I had it cut shorter & shorter. With over colouring, I've never managed to get it back to the longer length, I wished I never had it cut to shoulder length. It's just below shoulder length now.

But you've had lots of positive replies and it sounds like this isn't just something you've thought of on a whim, so good luck & want to see pics!

Yes, more than once. Last summer was the most drastic - having had long hair (the plait was a foot long) I had a number 4 crop at the local street party.

It's only hair and it will always grow back.

DocDaneeka Sat 10-May-14 21:56:23

Yes, several times. As someone said above the hardest bit is persuading the hairdresser that it is what you want.

It's ace. I love having long hair cut off. You feel so free and light afterwards. It is almost worth regrowing just to do it again smile

You will find yourself using too much shampoo for weeks though

specialsubject Sat 10-May-14 21:56:45

just be aware that it may not grow back as long as it was before. Lifecycle of follicles changes as you age. Growth rate is half an inch a month.

if that's ok with you, go for it! (although I'm keeping mine!)

DocDaneeka Sat 10-May-14 21:57:59

Omg SGB I so want to do that.

In fact I keep thinking I ought to do a charity sponsored head shave just for an excuse - and a good cause of course.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Sat 10-May-14 21:59:01

Mine went from fairly long, by that I mean quite a bit below shoulder length, to quite short.

This is kind of what it looks like now

I don't regret it at all.

NearTheWindymill Sat 10-May-14 21:59:55

Yes, I have. I did it as a punishment for something I felt I had failed at. It didn't suit me and was harder than longer hair to look after. It had to be styled every day else bits stuck up and you couldn't just put it up to tame it.

LadySybilLikesCake Sat 10-May-14 22:06:17

I had that hair cut for years, Amelia.

MrsDeVere Sat 10-May-14 22:07:33

I did.
I started a thread on MN too grin

My hair was past my shoulders and I got it cut very short. Like Annie Lennox.

I have never regretted it. I love my hair now. I have to get it cut every 4-5 weeks but I save a fortune by colouring it myself. Hard to colour your hair when its long without damaging it.

My hairdresser only charges me a tenner.

SteadyEddie Sat 10-May-14 22:08:14

I have had short hair in the past, from my mid teens to my early twenties, but its just grown and grown and got thicker and loner.

I swim 5 times a week and its just getting too damaged with the chlorine and then straightening. Its about mid back length.

Any recommendations on products to use?

Pollywallywinkles Sat 10-May-14 22:14:08

I've done it recently. Started off with hair down to my bra back. Went to jaw line and the next time went to slightly longer than pixie.

I don't regret it, but at this point in time I will probably grow it again. Whilst I don't mind it short, my hair grows so quickly it will need cutting every 4 weeks, so much higher maintenance than when it was long.

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