The Long Hair Trap (2)

Young Asian woman before her drastic long to short haircut
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If your hair is, for instance, mid-back length and you cut 3 inches now and plan to cut a bit more in six weeks, the hair will grow back a little in between and even if you cut another 3 inches it won't be a drastic change. It is a "getting ready to be ready" and you will miss out on that exhilarating feeling of having done something radical and wild!
To avoid a major shock to your system, prepare yourself a little for your shorter hair. If you normally wear your hair down, then tie it in a ponytail more often to experience the sensation of feeling air around your neck and on your shoulders.
You will also see your face more exposed, and you may like what you see. Experiment with up-styles and if you have access to it, also try to wear a shorter-haired wig. Keep these looks and the experience playful, but do it as often as you can.
The Point of No Return
Once you are in the salon chair, there is no more running away. To get you there, a good idea is to only "semi" plan your visit, meaning to not make an appointment days ahead. That just might wake up this mysterious inner chicken that always comes to live when there is a doctor's appointment, a plan to sign up at the new gym or to attend your class reunion. You spend too much time thinking about it, and the cancellation is imminent.
Instead, install it in your consciousness that you WILL cut your hair short and one morning you will wake up and know it is the day. Sounds too new age-y? Well, then just wake up one morning, know that you don't have any other major things going on, the weather is good and you're ready for an adventure. Visit a salon that makes it easy for walk-ins and do it!
Young Asian woman after her drastic long to short haircut
Photo: Satoshi K/Getty Images Signature via Canva
If, as it had happened to me, the stylist tries to talk you out of a radical change because he or she is afraid you will have a nervous breakdown after or during the cutting, make it clear to them that you have gone through the thought process and that you will not sue them. Instead, they should encourage you for your wise decision and help you find a shorter haircut that is tailored to your needs, personality, and hair type. Give them some creative space to play, and they will appreciate your trust.
After your makeover, go to your favorite boutique and get that new dress that you've always wanted but never dared to wear. Now is the time! Finish the day with a bottle of champagne, chocolate-dipped cherries, and good company! Congratulations!
See also:
Going short
Reasons to get a short haircut