Contemplating a cut...need opinions please! *UPDATED WITH PICS!*

Anyone who knows me at all knows that my long hair is one of my trademarks. Curly came later, but it's always been long with just a few shorter cuts over the years, usually to remove damage or just to try a new style (which I obviously didn't stick with *lol*). I've come to realize that I like my hair long most of the time, but every so often, I get the itch to cut it and need to be talked down.

So while styling and playing with my little girl's 3a ringlets and spirals the other day (which are amazing, for the record!), I got to thinking...maybe my hair would behave more like hers if I took some length, and thus some weight, off. But then I started getting nervous, and wondering if I should even mess with it. Then I went back to thinking about a cut and what removing all of my old colored ends might do for my overall curl volume and condition.

So I guess right now, I'm still on the fence. What I want to know is, how do you all think a shorter version of the same layered style I currently sport would look? Would it still be "me"? Or would it be too strange?

HALP! *lol*
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"HALP." you crack me up.

I'd say give it another week. If you're still thinking about it, go in for a trim. I got a "deva" got not too long ago and had some damaged ends removed and the length barely changed, but my hair definitely behaves better. Of course, it would still be you no matter the length of your hair.
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Hi, BB! Long time, no see!

I'm a big fan of shoulder-length hair or there about. It might be too drastic for you, but what about cutting it up to your collarbone? It would still be considered long and would be long enough to pull up or back.

Whether you cut it or not, it's still gorgeous.
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I agree with Lolo, cutting it to your shoulder blade. Your hair is AMAZING!~
Awww come on BB you're more then just your hair I think just past your shoulders would still look FABU! You seem to get some root curl so it doesn't seem like taking off length will affect your curls in a negative way.
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Great advice Sydney...but what if it's already been a week and a half, and it's still nagging at me? *lol*

Lolo and WW, I had thought about going that short, believe it or not!! I did a jaw length cut years ago to even out some strangeness I'd had for years (don't ask - it would make you cringe *lol*), and I did like it just past shoulder length when it started growing out...even if I did blow it out straight all the time back then. It was very functional, and still looked very "me", and I've been thinking somewhere between shoulder and BSL might be a good first step to get the dead ends off. Just so long as I can still pineapple at night.

Del, I know you went through a similar dilemma with your own hair - I think I remember reading that you said it felt like it was suffocating you or something! I do love my long hair some days - I love being able to twist it into a hairstick or whatever when it's not cooperating, too, and it seems like that's more often than not these days. Combine that with the end tangles that I'm SO over getting all the time, and the fact that I have this awesome new curl that I can tell is just dying to come out and play, and every time I do my hair, I wonder what it would do if I just got it cut like this...

The thing that worries me about cutting off too much to try and get more bounce is that in the past (long before treating my curls right), my hair would do the typical 2c thing, which was like they say in the curl typer, "even if you cut it in layers, it won't bounce up." That was the biggest reason I dreaded haircuts, because the stylist would see deep S waves and assume that my hair would bounce up once they cut it, and it never did. It just laid there in these odd, truncated waves that didn't bounce or anything else good. I guess that's why I would get my hair cut about once a year, and thus always had long hair. *lol*

But a lot has changed since then - my hair is healthier, leaning more toward 3a/b than 2c, and I REALLY know how to style it, so maybe that wouldn't be such an issue anymore. I do know that my hair doesn't really do root curl unless violently encouraged (!), but perhaps if all my tangle-prone ends were removed, the roots would be able to lighten up and have some fun on their own for once.

Why oh why do I have major haircut questions the same week that Struttswife is on vacation?
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Maybe start with just above BSL? You can always go shorter later, but growing back takes longer.
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I say go for a between shoulder-length and BSL cut, and of course, post pictures when you do!
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Your hair is beautiful! If you are itching for a cut, make a small change first (shoulder blades??) and see if you like it. You can always cut more if you like it.

We want to see pictures if you take the plunge.

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From all the threads I've read about you, I think your hair is to your waist, right? So, even if you cut like 5-7 inches off, it would still be insanely long. After that I think you'd have an excellent idea if you would miss your long hair or not and could go ahead and do a big chop if you felt like it. I know that's technically two haircuts, but I think your hair does mean a lot to you so I might go easy.

As a girl that had BSL hair and chopped it to an a-line, ala Rhianna, (photo in my Fotki) I REALLY miss my long hair now... it feels like it's taking forever to grow!
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I bet BSL would be a good adjustment length, gluing it back on is so difficult. Knowing how to encourage your curls this go round could make all the difference. And you have the products figured out too
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I say go for a between shoulder-length and BSL cut, and of course, post pictures when you do!
Originally Posted by solidgold
Agreed. More toward the BSL with the option of going just below shoulder. You can see how it looks as the stylist cuts it, and then decide too. I think you will look just at beautiful and be the same YOU with shorter hair too.

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don't cut it! I thought it would be fun to change up my hair and cut a bunch off, but it's totally not worth it when you miss your long hair again. I've been going crazy with hair treatments and protective styles to grow out my hair again - it sucks.

but if it's more than just a passing interest or a desire for change, go for BSL first...jmo
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I say go for a between shoulder-length and BSL cut, and of course, post pictures when you do!
Originally Posted by solidgold
Agreed. More toward the BSL with the option of going just below shoulder. You can see how it looks as the stylist cuts it, and then decide too. I think you will look just at beautiful and be the same YOU with shorter hair too.
Originally Posted by CurliLocks
ITA with this, I think you'll look great. Your hair will look beautiful long or short. I mean, hell, your hair would look beautiful with garbage in it!!!!
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I agree with starting off at BSL. You can always go shorter if you want - much easier and a lot less frustrating than growing it back.
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Your hair is beautiful! If you are itching for a cut, make a small change first (shoulder blades??) and see if you like it. You can always cut more if you like it.

We want to see pictures if you take the plunge.

Heather
Originally Posted by hpwitze
Ditto.
Personally, I wouldn't go anywhere near your shoulders or collarbone. I can't imagine you without a longer length. Your hair is simply too gorgeous!

If you are still feeling the need for a cut, I would suggest BSL. You can always go shorter in the future but trying to grow it out again will take much longer.
I say go BSL first, and then if you feel the need to go a bit shorter you can. Its easier to cut it than grow it back out.
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Struttswife will be back on the 14th. 5 days isn't too long to wait to ask your questions, is it? At the very least, cut off those offensive, tangled ends and see how things go from there. How many inches of damage do you think you have?
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