reasons to cut your hair short

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Hello! Yes, it is I, your typical blogger, emerging from the underworld.

It has been 7 days since my last blog post and I just spent an entire week of not writing nor preparing any content whatsoever. I know, I know; grant me no excuse, I am a disgrace.

Anyway, earlier today, I went for a hair appointment because there's only 6 days until the big move and my God, who wants to spend $50 on a haircut in a foreign country? Not me. For several days, I contemplated on whether or not I should cut my hair short. After a lot of thinking and Pinterest-browsing, I decided on this lob cut, similar to one I got back in 2016. I was pleased with the results, then proceeded to go home, put some decent makeup on, and take some pictures on a windy Tuesday. Because I have a camera. And it allows me to do that. 

Changing your hair on a January makes it look like you're buying into the cliché "new year, new me" thing, I get it. But there are reasons why I can be such a short-hair-enthusiast; at any time of year, really.




it saves time.

Having shorter hair cuts your getting-ready time in half. Aside from styling (if you're into that), short hair is incredibly low-maintenance. It dries quicker, and is much more manageable. Also, blow drying now feels less like an intense arm workout. You're welcome.

it boosts your confidence and self-esteem.

This means no more hiding behind the length of your hair, trying to smartly cover your "problem areas". Learning to live with short hair means exposing more of yourself (not to be read out of context), and it helps you practice self-love and acceptance, even at a time where you look and feel different than before.

you wake up with your hair in place.

Long hair might be fun, but it's troublesome for spending hours in bed. With short hair, you don't have to wake up with 142 strands of hair plastered on the side of your face, nor twisted up all around your head, forming a messy helmet of tangled locks. Open your eyes, sit up, and ta-da. Hair falls into place, almost seamlessly. Like magic.

it forces you to work on your posture.

Not that something as insignificant as changing your hair can instantly improve your entire quality of life, but after switching to shorter hair, I felt more obligated to maintain a good posture. With a lot more outward exposure, I am more mindful of my body language and my sitting/standing posture, especially when interacting with others.

you are free to recklessly shake your head around like a madman.

Not much explanation on this one. Just- try it, I swear.

it changes you from the outside in.

I don't know what it is, but the change in appearance actually leads to a change in personality as well. Not only do you obtain more confidence, but people with short hair are identified as being more carefree, happy, and open-minded. The funny thing is that these things sort of become true, gradually, as you settle into the new look. These positive vibes just sort of slowly immerse into you, perhaps partly because you feel like a new person overall.

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I'm not going to try and exaggerate because I know that my hair is not the shortest cut it's ever been either (that's another haircut yet to happen someday in the future), but more or less, I hope this encouraged you. By all means, go shorter than I did. Be braver than I was. And if you've only been considering it, then take this as a sign, or whatever. 

Even though our topic today revolves around hair (honestly, not the most important thing in the world to talk about), I do find makeovers to be symbolic of a certain life principle that I'm beginning to learn: It's brave and healthy to step out of comfort zones. 



Coco Chanel once said, "A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life." 

I don't know what her life was like when she said that but after reading this quote, I chose to firmly believe it. Right now, things are balancing on a razor blade. Change is coming and I can see it like tsunami waves forming on the horizon. It can feel a little helpless; like seeing it on the weather forecast, but having no time to run away from it. So instead, I stand on the shore. The waves can bring a lot of things, but I'll learn to swim before it kills me. 

If a woman cuts her hair and changes her life, then I should be halfway there. Change shouldn't scare me, because whatever happens in my life, I decide what that change does to me. I'm in charge of which direction it makes me turn to. I'm in charge of not letting it break me.

And if I'm being really honest,

I didn't need a haircut to tell me that.

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To making decisions that you'll be proud of,




29 comments

  1. and I now surely want to cut my hair short. thanks blog :)) haha

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  2. Your hair look so great and I love the message of this post, it is so great to make the right decisions for you, but at the same time remember that stepping out of your comfort zone can often lead to amazing things. I recently cut my hair short & am loving it too, I definitely felt the need for good posture and I am so glad you mentioned that because I thought it was just me!

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly xo

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  3. Such a powerful and inspirational post! I really like your new hair cut. :) Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Your hair looks really nice. I just can't cut my hair, though. It actually makes me anxious. I like my hair long. It's down to my waist now and I like it how it is. But that hair cut looks really nice on you. And this post was pretty inspirational.

    ~Ivie
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  5. Love your hair! I like short hair as well too. It's easier to manage, and it feels lighter :)

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  6. Loving this look on you!

    Hannah | hc.

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  7. You look fab! It's definitely true that there's something liberating about shorter hair! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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    1. Yess "liberating" is the word! Thanks Kate x

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  9. It looks good on you! and yes, cutting my hair short does boost my self-esteem. Now that I have short hair, I'm quite obsessed with it and doesn't want it long anymore.

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    1. Hahah totally understandable! Thanks for reading x

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  10. This hair cut looks phenomenal on you! I cut my hair pretty short before I studied abroad and loved it in the beginning. I never thought about about hiding behind my hair because it is long again now. I'm definitely going to start paying more attention to that.

    xo Logan
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  11. I love short hair! You look gorgeous with that haircut!
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  12. It suits you so well! I love it. I'm in desperate need of a haircut and I feel like the hair gods are telling me to cut it slightly shorter than I was planning to?? This post only confirms my suspicion. Best of luck with your move too! I can't wait to hear all about it.

    Anna x

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    1. Aw what a lovely comment, thank you for reading, Anna! I totally think you should go for it haha. And thanks, I'll be writing about it soon. xo

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  13. The way you ended this post was so good! You look gorgeous in that haircut, by the way. I've thought about cutting my hair a little past shoulder length again, but I've pretty much had short hair for most of my life, I'm trying to grow it all out right now. THEN once it gets to the length I wanted maybeeee cut it and start again. :)

    Kyia Belle // http://kyia-belle.blogspot.ca

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    1. Haha thank you for your nice comments, dear! If you've lived with short hair most of your life then okay yeah maybe have some fun with long hair first. Gotta warn you, it's quite a hassle!
      Thanks for stopping by x

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  15. well now im tempted to cut my hair. great post!

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  16. I love these reasons! I had to cut my hair very short and I can assure you that it completely changed you from the inside and out!

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  17. Yeeesssss short hair, all the way! I used to pride myself on my long thick hair, but after a while, it became too much work. Blow drying it was like an Olympic sport! So I took a pair of scissors to it and never looked back. It's just so much easier!

    Olivia - The Northernist x

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    1. YESS totally with you, Olivia! Thanks for commenting <3

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