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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

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