ive carefully made up my mind to go next week and have 2 inches off the bottom and have it framed around the face. my reason for wanting to do this slowly is mainly b cuz ive got thick hair whic really poofs out when shorter. hes gonna do some layers so it wont pull down so much in back. i will also allow for shrinkage. but im gonna keep one of the longer curly locks of hair long. since my hair is curly it wii more than likely blend in. its so hard for me to cut my hair after waiting so lonf for it to get long. if i decide to go a lil shorter i will do it inch by inch. id never forgive myself if i chpped it short all at once and i hated it! who knows how fast a 45yr old hair grows if even at all once u reach a certain age lisa