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.
CG, High Porosity, Fine, Low Density, Medium Elasticity
Suave, V05, GF Go clean gel, ACV rinses, CO, and Gelatine PT.