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.
High Porosity, Fine, Thin Density, Low Elasticity
Natures Gate hemp for co-washing, detangling, and leave in + CO.
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