My Hair Transformation

My Hair Transformation

I’m not one to take big risks with my hair. My long hair has always been part of my identity— anyone who knows me knows that this is 100% true. This past week I finally worked up the courage to do something to my hair that I haven’t done since probably before middle school… I chopped my hair off— almost 10 inches to be exact!

I told myself for months that I would cut my hair after my wedding. But six months passed after the wedding and I wasn’t willing to let it go. Until, one day, I just snapped— it became too much to manage. My hair took up the majority of my time in my daily routine. Even if I would just let it air dry and show my natural beach waves. I was spending 20 minutes in the shower each day just combing out the knots with conditioner in my hair. And when wash day came around I would spend what felt like hours massaging and rising the shampoo out of my hair. If you have thick, coarse, wavy hair like me, you know exactly what I’m talking about!

before

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after

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When I made my hair appointment I still wasn’t quite sure if I should cut it, after all I’ve been growing my hair out for years.

I’ve been going to my hair stylist, Christine, for about a year and half now and she always does wonders with my hair. She works in the cutest hair salon in Dayton, Ohio called Haven Salon. Haven is a small modern, rustic salon with many talented stylists.

It wasn’t until I sat down in her chair that I actually got the courage to chop off my hair. She nearly chopped off eight inches prior to adding the blonde to my roots to break up the dark that had grown out. As much I wish that my hair was naturally bright blonde like when I was a kid, it is not. After doing the highlights she cut almost another inch or two off my hair.

Now that my hair is gone, I don’t know why I worried so much, it’s just hair and it’ll grow back. My hair also feels the best it has felt in the longest time— and 40 pounds lighter. Not to mention, I feel like I look more my age and professional with my hair like this.

But who knows, I might feel like changing it again in a few months. Like I said, hair is just hair, it’ll grow back, right?

Photos: Christine Norris

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