Long Hair - Is it worth the Trouble?

Woman who cuts her own long hair off
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Many women get stuck in a certain hairstyle and hold onto it over the years. Just like breaking a beloved habit, it is just as hard to consider oneself with a different look and perhaps a radically different hair length.
Long hair has been praised as a symbol of female beauty for millennia, but do we really have to go through all the trouble to look and feel beautiful, desired, and in harmony?
What was a sign of liberation in the 1960s and a sign of spiritual power in many old cultures does not have the same meaning in our society. Today it seems to be much more liberating to chop off the locks and enjoy the easy maintenance of a sassy and sexy short haircut.
If you are still making up your mind whether to go long or short - here is some food for thought:
Short hair fits better with an active lifestyle. Daily maintenance is quick, painless, and for most modern styles very easy. Forget about combing out the tangles in your long hair.
Clothes and jewelry stand out more with short hair. That means you can have more fun accessorizing your look and playing with lots of different fun fashion items. Long hair hides trendy scarves and jewelry just gets lost in voluminous manes. Long hair and collars do not mix well. Especially when it comes to a professional look, buttoned blouses with collars are an essential piece. No one can see a collar under long hair, unless it is in a ponytail. The same goes for the very trendy turtlenecks and ruffled styles.
One could say that with long hair you miss out on a lot of fashion fun. Of course there are updos, backstyles, and other hairstyles away from the face and neck, but do you really want to go through all that trouble every single day?
I have to admit that I am wearing my hair long but more and more often I am contemplating the shorter choices and feel little shivers of excitement just thinking about a tangle-free future. Have you ever tried brushing your hair after a ride in a convertible and forgetting your elastic scrunchie or hat? How about getting it dry again after a workout or swim? Just imagine the new feeling of freedom!
Gathering a woman's long hair in a ponytail and cutting it off.
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Years ago, my hair was short and I went back and forth between pixie cuts and bob styles, which I enjoyed immensely. At that time I started working in the real world, attending meetings, and seeing many people every day. Now I work from home and the only one who sees me during my active hours is my cat, who couldn't care less what happens on my head and what clothes I am wearing. Hairstyling got reduced to a quick brush and then either a long braid or a loose and very casual bun. Not very fashionable, and I'm afraid that by the time I discover the next split ends, the end of my hair might be near.
I know, if you have a partner who prefers long hair, it's not a good idea to ignore him and cut your hair short just like that. But don't forget that he, too, may never have considered another look for you just because he's so used to your long hair Or maybe he secretly likes cute pixie cuts and short bobs, but he's afraid to say it because he doesn't want to hurt your feelings. Talk openly with him about your hair and show im what short haircuts you would consider for yourself. Make the choice of a new short haircut a joint decision. Let him be part of your long to short hair transformation, ask him to come with you to the hair salon, maybe even let him cut your ponytail. In other words, let him be part of your transformation process and enjoy it together.
We often forget that we don't wear our hair for the pleasure and eye-candy of others, but for ourselves. It is supposed to make us feel good and its care and maintenance should not take over our lives but be easy. Just imagine how you would feel and how your life would be like with a different, and perhaps much shorter, hairstyle. Make your decisions well informed, take your time, and you will be surprised about what a difference those scissors can make!
See also:
Reasons to cut your hair short
Reasons to let your hair grow long