The Long Hair Trap

Woman before cutting her long hair off
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Have you ever wondered why you are wearing your hair long? Do you sometimes wonder what it would feel like and look like if your hair was shorter or do you not doubt the benefits of the current length of your locks at all? As with many things in life, we tend to get comfortable with elements of style on us and in our surroundings that have worked in the past.
Long hair, just like your favorite pieces of furniture or that blanket that you've been using for the past 20 years, can become a part of our comfort zone and remain there for all eternity if not re-examined. Don't get stuck in a rut and freshen up your life!
Are You Trapped?
Comfort zones are not as nice as their name implies. They can become traps and prevent us from improving, learning new things, experimenting, and reaching our full potential in many areas. Being stuck in one look and becoming inflexible can mean that you don't look as good as you could at this point. It can be scary for many to leave their comfort zone and venture out into unknown and untested territory. This might be healthy in some situations, but definitely not when it comes to your hair.
Are you scared to have it cut, because you think you might regret it? Do you fear the reactions of your social circle to a new look? Does your hair define you or do you define your hair? These are some questions you can ask yourself and even one "yes" might indicate a hair trap that you could be caught in.
The issue with the long hair trap is that often the subjective image of the person who is wearing the beloved mane around is often contradictory to what the rest of the world perceives. This becomes even worse if the relationship with the long hair is so close that even regular trims are off the table. It is time for an intervention and rescue from these entangling vines which are holding you back from enjoying a beautiful you with a look that truly matches your needs and your personality.
Yes I can - Dare to cut your hair off
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Steps to Freedom
Whether your long hair is the expression of a deeper emotional need or just the result of a great loyalty to things that were once good and worthy, getting out of the trap takes a few steps and some inner work on your part, but it is a challenge that can be overcome.
A new you with a sexy, chic hairstyle that is much shorter, much lighter, much cooler, and much easier to take care of than what you are dealing with now!
Perhaps you have already done this many times, but have not found the courage to take the steps and really make your fantasy come true. It is easier than you think, but you have to be consistent and stop procrastinating. And trust me, you will feel re-born, have new energy and this refreshed aura of yours might just lead you to other new ventures that you don't even dream of yet.
Woman with short hair after cutting her long hair
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Who says a change of hairstyle can't be life-changing? Your new look will also be noticed and admired by all the people around you, and you'd better prepare yourself for all the compliments you'll be getting. These will again increase your sparkle and confidence, and you might as well invest in a beautiful new little black dress for all of the party and dinner invitations that you will receive.
But back again to your to-do list:
If you're reading this article, there's no question that you're ready for a new look. You wouldn't be on this website otherwise.
Now you have to decide which mode of operation best suits your character. Taking the bull by the horns and tackling it without hesitation or taking it slow and gradually.
The gradual approach means to avoid anything drastic and to cut the hair in steps, getting used to a medium look, then going shorter and shorter until you find what you are really happy with. The issue with this is that it leaves a lot of time for you to change your mind and to revert back to the trap of fear and comfort. If you only cut a few inches off your hair, it will grow back fairly quickly and then, you'll be caught again.
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