This week I got an email from a fellow Seattle-ite asking me how I decided to take the plunge and cut my hair short. Excellent question. Here’s my process of deciding to cut my hair short.
Once upon a time I had long hair. Long, thick, dark, luscious, Asian hair. I especially loved pulling it back in a bun when it was wet to produce gorgeous curls. But deep down I wanted short hair.
So I cut bangs. Inspired by Anne Hathaway’s cut in The Devil Wears Prada, in 2006, I adopted some fun bangs and started using a diffuser to encourage the natural wave in my hair. And yet still, I wanted short hair. At the hairstylist, I would always look at this picture of Mandy Moore with her short ‘do and fantasize about the day I’d take the plunge…
Then in 2007, I went for the A-line bob, inspired by Victoria Beckham. It was a great change and I wore it that way for several years, and even added a red streak for kicks. It began growing out and got about to my shoulders before I had the urgent need to cut my hair.
So the weekend of my birthday in 2009, after talking about it for years, I finally cut my hair short. From an A-line bob, it really wasn’t a huge difference, but it completely revolutionized my look. I swear, the fastest way to make everything in your closet look new is to change your hair.
Maybe because I got called a boy when I had a short haircut in seventh grade. Maybe because I was a flamenco dancer (which traditionally necessitates long hair). For whatever reason, it took me a while to get to my short hair, but we finally made it!
If you’re trying to get the gumption up to take the plunge, what’s stopping you?