I had hair to the middle of my back and then one day, I decided to cut it all off. I mean really short. It looked ok, but I really missed my long hair. I hated the in between stage, it sucked. What I would do was put pretty clips to hold the sides in place. There is not much you can do while waiting for it to grow back. The front grows pretty quickly which is good. It is all finally long again. I will never do that again lol.