IMO, at the end of the day it's your hair and you don't want to NOT do something because of what everyone else thinks. I can understand the worry because it is the unknown since you've had long hair most of your life. I think you should start with a not so drastic cut and see how you feel from there.
Mostly Fine/course strands near the front, high porosity, thick density, & normal elasticity, *mod cg* 3b/c
Shampoo: Giovanni's TTT Shampoo
Detangle Cond: Suave moroccan cond.
Leave-In: Cantu Shea butter
Sealer: SM Elixir
PT: *IAGirl's PT or Giovanni's Smooth as Silk
DT: Aussie's moist 3 minute miracle
My Current Hair