Why Cutting My Waist-Length Hair Was The Best Beauty Decision I've Ever Made

August 4, 2016 by Caroline Pirozzolo
shefinds | beauty

Haircuts can be terrifying, and I feel like most people associate a dramatic haircut with sitting in the stylist’s chair afterwards and looking in the mirror while sobbing and asking yourself, “What have I DONE?” For me, my chop was exactly the obvious. I was a long hair devotee with locks down to my waist, for years, and then one day, I made the snap decision to cut it all off. Do I ever regret it? Not even a little bit. Read on for the reasons why I decided short hair is the best hair.

It cuts your morning routine in half

Part of the reason I ended up going short in the first place was because of the fact that my ends were SO damaged from daily heat styling. When my hair was long, my half-wavy half-curly texture made it impossible to wear naturally, so I basically flat ironed it to a crisp every. Single. Morning. Surprise, surprise (or not), this isn’t great for your hair. What I didn’t realize was how much more manageable short hair would be. I’m currently not even sure where my flat iron is at the moment – I just scrunch my hair with Bumble and Bumble’s Bb. Texture ($31) and go, making it much easier to squeeze in a workout or catch up on sleep in the morning.

You’ll stand out from the crowd

Honestly, I think this was the biggest push for me. As I was getting older and starting to have a better handle on who I was and my personal style, I realized that girly, flowing locks didn’t suit me anymore. At all. Not to mention the fact that it seemed like my exact hairstyle was everywhere I looked. Cutting it all off was a major identity change for me, but it also felt so right when I finally took the plunge. Short hair makes me feel just a little bit edgier and a little more unique.

Hair color is cheaper

I never made the move to try my bleached-at-the-ends balayage look until my hair was short and I don’t think I ever would have if I’d kept my hair long. In case you’ve never noticed, salons usually offer a range of prices for color treatments because the amount they charge is based on, well, how much hair you have to dye. My wallet hates me for my balayage habit enough already – and that’s with strands that barely brush my shoulders!

You can use less product

Along the same lines, I make drugstore runs for shampoo and conditioner a lot less frequently now, which has saved a lot of money. (Not to mention time in the shower!) Need I say more?

Hair always grows back

If you’re still not convinced to try chopping it all off, here’s the thing: as big of a deal as we tend to make about our hair, it always grows back. I could start growing my hair back out at any time that I wanted to – and who knows? While I’m sticking to my short-haired guns now, I can always change my mind later.

Also check out: Once And For All, Is It Bad To Shampoo Your Hair Multiple Times In The Shower? and How To Stop Blonde Hair From Turning Brassy, Once And For All

[Photo: Badlands]

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