Cutting Loose

I got a wild hair this weekend—haha, see what I did there?—and chopped nine inches of tangles into a chin-length bob, which was sort of a ballsy move for me, considering I'd been growing my hair for the last two and a half years, but I got the idea into my head and I couldn't get it out, and so that's how it went. 


Also I tinted my cardigan green and got my lazy eye fixed. Busy morning! 

Not to say it wasn't a little traumatic, of course. First of all, the new salon I went to was way too cool for me, and I immediately felt like a mathlete among a swarm of cheerleaders when I walked in there in my Old Navy cardigan and my Valerie Bertinelli dress—don't ask me why I have a Valerie Bertinellli dress; don't ask me why Valerie Bertinelli is even making dresses—but my intimidatingly hip stylist turned out to be lovely, and seemed to know exactly what I wanted, and didn't even think it was weird when I asked if I could take a picture of the hunk of hair she'd just cut off the back of my head. 


Wait, hold it for just a second, I need a picture of this in case I ever kidnap someone and have to send a message to their family that I mean business. 

It's totally like you see in the movies, by the way, when you get that much hair cut off at once; the first thing they do is just gather your hair into a ponytail and then—snip!—chop it off in one fell swoop at the nape of your neck. I wasn't expecting it, honestly—I rather thought she might ease me into it gently, give me a little time to get used to the idea that I was about to undo two and a half year's work in the swish of a scissor blade—but she said "no use washing hair we're going to cut off anyway," and I thought "eh, you have to respect that sort of practicality," and so I shrugged and said sure and then that was that. 

Of course, I had the requisite Hair Meltdown this afternoon—well, it was tacked onto some other, separate meltdown I was having and mainly just consisted of wailing, at the teary denoument, "ANNNDDDD I cut off all my HAAAIRRR!"—but show me a person who hasn't had some sort of brief Hair Meltdown after a dramatic haircut and I'll show you a....eh, well, a person much better equipped for dealing with change, I guess, and that's cool, but me, I need to have a few crushing moments of deep regret before I can shrug, move on, and remind myself that this is what I really wanted in the first place. 

So I guess I do still feel a bit nostalgic for my old long hair—though more because it was so hard-won than anything else, and besides, I could get nostalgic about a traffic report I heard on the radio five minutes ago—but I'm also kind of excited to see how I like this new cut, which is not so much a new cut as a complete full-circling back to the cut I had a few years ago, and which felt the most me. Besides, vive la change and all that, right? You have to mix things up somehow. 

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Bellie
May 21, 2012

Gosh you make me laugh- "Also I tinted my cardigan green and got my lazy eye fixed. Busy morning!" HAHA.

I LOVE the cut- looks fab! Lets be honest though- you would still look gorgeous even if they gave you a mullet and permed the bottom half!! Maybe next time?

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kate
May 21, 2012

LOVE IT! Looks super chic and adorable - great move :)

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A
May 21, 2012

Whilst you look gorgeous with long and short hair, I do think that shorter bob really, really suits you. Like you say, it's more you, and I agree! It looks great!

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Ris
May 21, 2012

Oh Holly it's lovely! I think it frames your face very well. Don't feel bad about the meltdown though--happens to me every time, regardless of whether they cut 2 inches or 10.

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Staci Magnolia
May 21, 2012

The bob is perfect on you!
In 2007, I went from the length of your bob to a pixie, with no pre-conceived notion of doing so other than the occasionally fleeting, "I've always wanted to try that."
No hair meltdown here!! Still one of the best decisions I've ever made.
To all those gals thinking about chopping, DO IT.

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honeypops
May 21, 2012

wow, not everyone can pull of a bob but you sure rock yours!

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Jane
May 21, 2012

Bobbed hair always reminds me of Parisian chic - looks great! Perhaps you should show it off with another trip to Paris!

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Lindsey
May 21, 2012

Whoa baby! You so splendid I'm almost sure it may be illegal, or at least heartbreaking to the rest of us who brush our hair in the morning and think, "Well, it looks washed, anyway.Does this count as 'beachy'?"

You're so right about the hair meltdowns, though oddly, mine came after a trim (albeit a trim gone wrong), but I stayed surprisingly together after both my own decision to nix 10 inches and the straight-across bangs debacle that spiced up last June.

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Laura
May 21, 2012

Agree with all of the above. I love the cut and it suits you so perfectly!

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Anna Louisa
May 21, 2012

Hooray! I love it...your hair was like this when I first found your blog! :)

www.anna-bird.com

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Marcheline
May 21, 2012

It'll grow back!

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Nina
May 21, 2012

The hair looks great! I love the cut. It looks sleek and awesome and really suits you.

I have a well documented Hair Cycle in which I grow it until it reaches my shoulderblades and makes me depressed and then I ask someone to chop it to shoulderlength and they do some mushroom-like monstrosity that looks okay when it grows out a bit and I get my Hairdresser rage and say I will never trust one again and I don't until I get Too Long Hair Restlessness and then the cycle starts all over.

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Kristiina
May 21, 2012

I also just chopped my hair (also to a cut from a few years ago that just feels more like 'me')...maybe it's my age, but I had no regrets...helps that my hair starts to get stringy/scraggly when it's long LOL I'm especially looking forward to not having it on my neck for summer!

Thanks for posting the update--I kept checking back on twitter!!

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Janet
May 21, 2012

Oh, it looks great! I've got a bob myself now that I've just decided to grow out, since I've had it for a few years -- but now you're giving me second thoughts!

Love the new cute...it looks perfect!

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Christen
May 21, 2012

LOVE it! So chic and perfect for summer!

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Steph
May 21, 2012

I love it! It's absolutely perfect. I kind of think you can pull anything off though! I honestly feel like I live my life in a cycle of growing out my hair (usually when my hair is shortish, but at the point where I either need a haircut if I'm getting it short or deciding to grow it out) then realizing long hair does NOTHING for me and chopping it all off. The cycle repeats itself, and has my whole life!

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Kelly
May 21, 2012

Lovely! It's such a happy looking haircut. Is it weird to say your hair looks happy? Either way, I like it!

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Meghan
May 21, 2012

Love it, love it, love it!

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Carroll
May 21, 2012

Well, you're one of those "cute at any length" people, but in this case *super* cute! :-)

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Melissa
May 21, 2012

Stunning! I'm in the process of doing something else with my hair. Just can't decide if it's going to go back to a shorter bob or all the way down to a Jean Seberg.

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Jo
May 21, 2012

You look fantastic!

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Evani
May 21, 2012

Your haircut looks great! But I know exactly how you feel, I chopped off 8 inches for locks of love 3 years ago and I was in turmoil for a year while it grew back. But the upside is that yours is super cute and everyone will tell you that (even if you swear to the moon and back to yourself that you want your long hair back!)

Evani

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Emily
May 21, 2012

I too own that Valerie Bertinelli dress (thanks, TJ Maxx!) and chuckle to myself every time I see the label. I also like to tell people who compliment it, "It's a Bertinelli."

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Rebecca
May 21, 2012

You look super adorable with that hair cut. It really suits you! I am in your same pre-cut dilemma... to cut or not. My hair is super long right now and I am wavering on keeping it this length or cutting to just past my shoulders... Hair decisions are oh so difficult.

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Emily
May 21, 2012

I feel the same way when I go into my salon. Or a fancy shopping center. Like they know I'm an impostor.

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Christina
May 21, 2012

I love it on you! Love it. I also love your necklace, mind sharing where it's from??(thanks!)

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Amanda
May 21, 2012

Are you on Klout? Because I think you'd probably be influential about "nostalgia" and that's definitely not a bad thing. At least, I hope not, because I can totally relate.

Anyway, LOVE the new haircut! Are your bangs on the opposite side now? Or is that just a trick of the camera? A couple of months ago, my hair stylist suggested I swoop my bangs to the other side and I agreed to it. I felt off-kilter for close to a month.

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Wendi
May 21, 2012

You're lovely in both pics, but honestly the short hair suits you much better.

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Isobel_A
May 22, 2012

I love the bob. I've always wished I could carry that off, but sadly I have very thick wavy hair and unless it's long and got some weight to it, I tend to wander around looking like I've recently stuck my fingers in a plug socket.

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Melissa
May 22, 2012

It looks fantastic! My only request (please!) is that you share pictures from all angles so I can take them to my stylist next time I'm going shorter. They can never get it right.

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Sara
May 22, 2012

SO much better, Holly. Your gut instinct was right...you look young and fresh. :)

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Ange
May 22, 2012

Great, now YOU have ME considering a short cut. I chopped all my hair off in September and have been growing it out since because I NEED to be able to put my hair in a ponytail. *sigh* :)

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Megan
May 22, 2012

LOVE the cut! I'm feeling inspired. Love the dress and cardigan, too, but it's got me curious about your fabulous necklace! Would you please share where you found it?

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Kimberly
May 22, 2012

Very you, very flattering cut. Have fun with it!

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Mihaeko
May 22, 2012

Oooh, no hair meltdowns. It breaks my heart. The new cut is lovely and totally flattering! Very smart.

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eko
May 22, 2012

Absolutely adorable! Love your cut, your blog - I have a bob (self-cut w/hubs help) and it is so not this cute, but then my head is attached to mine - not yours! ;-)

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Trixie
May 23, 2012

Nice hair, and great writing about it as usual. You tell a really good story, complete with necessary nonsense, perfect example bring the bit about the Valerie Bertenelli dress. This is why you're a favorites on my bookmark page :)

p.s. - i feel like a mathlete with my captcha image code: 49h6 + @ .. I just don't know what that equals exactly...maybe I could do captcha math if I were wearing a Valerie Bertenelli dress.

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Amy
May 23, 2012

Hair meltdown, yes. I'm so glad it happens to others. And I have a ponytail from a haircut when I was 8 - I used it as a prop in a summer mystery writing camp... open house? presentation? not sure what to call it.... when I was 15. Soooo.... yeah, your joke about kidnapping and pony tails really hit home with me. And I was on math team. Moral of the story is: you know your audience.

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lesli
May 24, 2012

I agree with others who have said you look great no matter what length your hair is but the bob really suits you. I don't have meltdowns, I'm always cutting my hair, then growing it out because I'm never really happy with it. It's long now but I've been thinking about chopping it off; yours looks so good that I think I'll go ahead and take the plunge! And for once I'll cut it at the right time. Usually seems to be winter when I decide to cut it off for some reason.

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Savvy in San Francisco
May 24, 2012

I really love it on you! I have been feeling the same way...the long hair that I keep CONSTANTLY in a bun on top of my head is really feeling scraggly! Ready for the CHOP!

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The Egg
May 24, 2012

looking good girl!

xo the egg out west.

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Larita
May 24, 2012

Looks great if you ask me (I know, you didn't). And I know everybody's already telling you this, but you're going to love it. I recently went from hair almost as long as yours to a pixie (sorry, I'm one of those people who didn't freak out, but probably because I'd been waiting to do it for about 3 years) - it's fabulous.

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steffi
May 27, 2012

this may come across as creepy, but the weird thing is, i found your blog years ago by googling "cute short haircut", and voila, your picture showed up (from your flickr account). i showed the picture to my hairstylist, and he cut my hair in a super adorable style, uhhh just like yours.
i loved your writing, and began following your blog.
hmmm, i suddenly feel very "single white female-ish".
phew, i feel so much better now that i've confessed to the internets how a cute hair cut led me to a great website!
(by the way, i received tons of compliments on my new hairstyle way back then).

by the way, your new haircut is adorable. no worries, i'm not going to copy you again.

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Heidi
May 27, 2012

I think it's like a bonus at the end of growing out your hair. It is freaky, then wow, awesome! I love the cut btw!! Do you just love the feel of it? So much lighter.

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Aerin
May 31, 2012

You look like the old Holly! I love it.

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Krysta
Jun 17, 2012

I love your new, short hair! I actually just cut a great deal of my long hair off too, and I love that my hair can now be styled in no time and actually look polished with minimal effort.

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