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Keep It or Chop It?

Updated on May 14, 2014

Six Years Worth of Long Hair

I have been growing my hair for about six years. Since January and especially since it has been getting warmer I have been thinking about chopping off my hair. But I need some help deciding whether i should just get a trim or do an extreme Halle Berry cut.

I have created a poll that will run for 30 days and at the end of the 30 days I will follow through with whatever the poll results are. So be sure to vote!

The Poll Results - The Countdown Has Ended

It is funny when I first started the Keep or Chop lens 31 days ago I had resigned myself to the possibility of having to cut my hair off. Every day throughout the month I kept changing my mind, much to my own amusement. One day I would be, "I want to cut my hair." and the poll tally would be at the "DON'T" cut point. Then the next I'd be, "I don't want to cut my hair." and the poll would be at the DO cut point. It was a weird month.

I am an emotional person but I am not overly emotional about my hair. I won't cry when it gets cut. I know I will enjoy the freedom but in the same sense I know that after the first woman I see with long hair I will be pining for it again. Then the whole growing process will begin all over. It is a good thing my hair grows quicker than average.

A funny side note, my husband admitted to voting at least three time (once on his work computer, once on the phone, and once on his home computer) all for a trim and not a chop. I told him, "See what happens when you cheat!"

Next week I will schedule the big chop and include some photos.

My Hair - the images circulate but you can click on image for commentary

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For most of my young adult life my hair was this blonde then in my mid teens most of it went medium blonde except for a 1" strip on top of my head. Everyone always asked me if I dyed that strip and whenever I said "no, it's natural" they would get a The bird's nest! This is what my hair looks like when it gets washed. It is horrendous, no matter what type or how much conditioner I use -- this is what happens when I dye your hair. When my hair is untreated I don't have a not problem at all. I havLast year I had a dye job mishap and accidentally dyed my hair reddish instead of a lighter shade of blonde. I had it repaired at the salon with lots of white highlights. This is the final result which I loved.This is how I have been wearing my hair lately. Folded up, pinned, and the loose stuff falls back over the clip.When I take the time and a flat iron my hair looks pretty silk soft. My face is not that red -- really it is not.I am not new to short hair. This is what it looked like when I started growing it out six years ago.
For most of my young adult life my hair was this blonde then in my mid teens most of it went medium blonde except for a 1" strip on top of my head. Everyone always asked me if I dyed that strip and whenever I said "no, it's natural" they would get a
For most of my young adult life my hair was this blonde then in my mid teens most of it went medium blonde except for a 1" strip on top of my head. Everyone always asked me if I dyed that strip and whenever I said "no, it's natural" they would get a
The bird's nest! This is what my hair looks like when it gets washed. It is horrendous, no matter what type or how much conditioner I use -- this is what happens when I dye your hair. When my hair is untreated I don't have a not problem at all. I hav
The bird's nest! This is what my hair looks like when it gets washed. It is horrendous, no matter what type or how much conditioner I use -- this is what happens when I dye your hair. When my hair is untreated I don't have a not problem at all. I hav
Last year I had a dye job mishap and accidentally dyed my hair reddish instead of a lighter shade of blonde. I had it repaired at the salon with lots of white highlights. This is the final result which I loved.
Last year I had a dye job mishap and accidentally dyed my hair reddish instead of a lighter shade of blonde. I had it repaired at the salon with lots of white highlights. This is the final result which I loved.
This is how I have been wearing my hair lately. Folded up, pinned, and the loose stuff falls back over the clip.
This is how I have been wearing my hair lately. Folded up, pinned, and the loose stuff falls back over the clip.
When I take the time and a flat iron my hair looks pretty silk soft. My face is not that red -- really it is not.
When I take the time and a flat iron my hair looks pretty silk soft. My face is not that red -- really it is not.
I am not new to short hair. This is what it looked like when I started growing it out six years ago.
I am not new to short hair. This is what it looked like when I started growing it out six years ago.

"Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges, but eventually you find a hair stylist you like." ~Author Unknown

Chop! Chop!

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One of the last shots of my long hair. I measured the length from the hair at the side and it measured 17 inches.The first cut! A little bob will do you, not!Trimming the bangs and sides up.Final shaping. That is Kelly. She was the stand in for the hairdresser that called in sick.The dye job. It is a bit redder than I would like for summer so I might go back to a bit more blonde put in.The final cut! Kind of pixie no?Final shot in natural light at home.
One of the last shots of my long hair. I measured the length from the hair at the side and it measured 17 inches.
One of the last shots of my long hair. I measured the length from the hair at the side and it measured 17 inches.
The first cut! A little bob will do you, not!
The first cut! A little bob will do you, not!
Trimming the bangs and sides up.
Trimming the bangs and sides up.
Final shaping. That is Kelly. She was the stand in for the hairdresser that called in sick.
Final shaping. That is Kelly. She was the stand in for the hairdresser that called in sick.
The dye job. It is a bit redder than I would like for summer so I might go back to a bit more blonde put in.
The dye job. It is a bit redder than I would like for summer so I might go back to a bit more blonde put in.
The final cut! Kind of pixie no?
The final cut! Kind of pixie no?
Final shot in natural light at home.
Final shot in natural light at home.

Winter Follow Up: Kept it Short, Went Brown!

Winter Follow Up: Kept it Short, Went Brown!
Winter Follow Up: Kept it Short, Went Brown!

THE POLL: IS CLOSED - Chop It Or Keep It

Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback. I look forward to seeing the results!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Your hair looks awesome for you"neglecting" it. NO WAY would I touch it.

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      I love long hair but I admit the short looks totally cute on you Moe!

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @daoine lm: Thank you! :D

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @corinnemwestphal: Thanks! It will take some getting used to. Every time I see someone with long hair I get the urge to braid it! LOL

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @TreasuresBrenda: I'm not above making a lens about anything! LOL

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @mockingbird999: Thanks! I feel like I need to wear more make up now. LOL Long hair has a personality of it's own.

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @anonymous: Thank you!

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @anonymous: It definitely takes some getting used to! But the good thing it always grows back. ;)

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      daoine lm 6 years ago

      Oh I love it Moe! Excellent.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      you look amazing with both lenghts but I am really into long hair so I prefer the longest version :-) but for sure you can have fun trying different and funny shorts looks !!

      xxx Ylenia | Longuette

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      corinnemwestphal 6 years ago

      Ooooh, I love the new look. So, sophisticated, fun and $exy!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You look fab! GREAT cut; your eyes just pop!

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      gia combs-ramirez 6 years ago from Montana

      Your voters got it right! You look great!

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Your hair looks very cute. I had no idea you had a lens about it!

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      You looked good with short hair. You will again.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I actually just chopped all my hair off a couple of months back. Hadn't cut it in 20 years, and donating it was a great feeling. Everyone loves me in short hair, although I'm still getting used to it LOL

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      u and halle have the same facial structure...that's awesome!

      i think u should get a shoulder cut, that looked great on her and i think it would on u too.

      good luck

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @GrowWear: I have heard that from a few people. Not sure what the problem is but I reported it as a bug. Thank you for your kind comments

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Couldn't vote! Will say that my hair is even longer, and it's driving me crazy, and all I think about here lately is Halle Berry. LOL You look nice either way. I do think the shorter do shows off your face the best of all. Looks like it was a nice cut. :)

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @anonymous: That is so true!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Definitely think you should just take off several inches, get it layers and maybe some fun side bangs. The thing is you can always cut shorter if you don't like it. But if you cut it short and hate it, theres not much you can do but wait for months/years for it to grow back!

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @anonymous: Thanks for your feedback Wendy! Feisty red, huh? That would certainly bring out my freckles. LOL

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @PromptWriter: my sister had dyed hair and her hair went to her butt and she decided to cut it short like Halle's and they took her hair for locks of Love.I think it all just depends on the hair.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I think you should take the plunge and go Halle short.You got such a beautiful face and it isn't round so you could get away with almost any cut.My hair is kinda long & in the summer its up most of the time.But my face is so round that i couldn't get away with it.I think you should try it cause it'll grow back.How about having them cut 2-3 inches at a time and if ur good with it then keep going.I think you'd look good as a feisty red head too.think of all the money you'll save on shampoo,conditioner and styling products for hair that long & thick.And all the time you'll save.

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @daoine lm: I always seem to grow it really long and chop it it in the summer out of frustration. I enjoy many aspects of long hair but I kind of feel like short hair is calling me for a cool summer. If I go short I plan on having a colorful and funky grow back.

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @Lee Hansen: I would love to be able to donate it but unfortunately it is color treated so I don't think there are any places that would take it.

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @WindyWintersHubs: The humidity really gets to me. I find short hair so much cooler. Sometimes a pony or braid is just not cool enough. But you are right, growing out hair is never too much fun!

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      daoine lm 6 years ago

      I had my waist-length hair chopped shorter than Halle's when I was 20. It was very dramatic and very satisfying. I had very short hair for several years and then missed my long hair. I've since regrown it to waist-length, cut it to shoulder-length, cut it to jaw-length, and it's now grown to middle-back length. I won't cut it so short again for a long time as I really love having long hair, but having done it and enjoyed it and knowing that it can be grown back if I want it, if I felt the urge again I would definitely do it again.

      I say go for it. It gives you such a kick to be so bold with your appearance. (And there're always extensions if it really looks bad.)

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      It takes so long to grow beautiful long hair. Just trim it - but if you chop it all off, be sure to donate your lovely hair!

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      I say "Just a Trim" or left long. If we have a hot summer, you will be able to style it so many more ways than short. I had mine cut shorter last month for holidays and the sides were cut too short. The sides are always in my eyes so I'm growing it long again. We just can't win with our hair. :)