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“I Chopped 13 Inches Off My Hair”

I Chopped 13 Inches Off My Hair

Have you ever gotten a dramatic haircut? Today, we’re introducing our “Tried” series. The Cup of Jo staff and friends will be dipping their toes in uncharted waters, testing out curious beauty procedures, making lifestyle changes, switching up work habits and more. Photographer Ana Gambuto, who has had long blonde waves since the age of five, is kicking things off…

I Chopped 13 Inches Off My Hair

30 years earlier: “I’ve had the same long hairstyle since I was five years old. I’m one of those weird people who has looked exactly the same my whole life — just a little older. I always thought I wouldn’t feel feminine without my long hair. It was a security blanket, and I was afraid to lose it.”

I Chopped 13 Inches Off My Hair

Three months earlier: “Once I became a photographer, I ended up pulling my hair into tight bun. It’s half-laziness and half-convenience. Recently, though, I kept going on a photoshoots and seeing all these women with great short cuts. Then someone told me there was a thing called a ‘lob’ — or long bob. I had no idea, so I googled it A LOT. Then I made a hair appointment only two days in advance so I couldn’t chicken out.”

The night before the cut: “I decided not to tell my husband what I was doing, and set up a dinner reservation that night so I could surprise him. I am actually obsessed with making things into surprises, to the point where it might be annoying. You know that SNL skit with the woman who loves surprises, that is totally how I am, 100%. Needless to say, I was excited.”

I Chopped 13 Inches Off My Hair

The cut: “I felt really nervous and emotional all day. I couldn’t eat because of butterflies. The salon was behind schedule, so my stylist was a bit rushed. She does this every day, but I was freaking out, so I said: ‘I’ve never done anything like this before. Can we just take a breath? I need a moment.’ After that, I felt much better as she chopped 13 inches right off!”

Immediately after: “After the cut, the stylist gave me the most amazing blowout ever. I left feeling like a million bucks. I was walking on sunshine, waving to strangers, kinda skipping. I kept taking selfie after selfie. There was some corporate event happening in the same building with random dudes in bad rumpled suits milling about everywhere, and I was just like whatever, shameless.”

I Chopped 13 Inches Off My Hair

I Chopped 13 Inches Off My Hair

That night: “When my husband walked into dinner, he was late and flustered, and didn’t immediately notice. I was like, ‘Uhhh, what? Did that just happen?’ But once he took off his coat and sat down, he got it: ‘I LOVE IT! You look so great!’ Smart, smart guy. I think he does really like it, though; now when I walk by, he’s like, ‘Babe, you look so cute! So refined.’

A week later: “A couple days afterward, I had to blow dry it myself for the first time. I used a large round brush and ended up looking like a straight-up Texas newscaster. The next day, I air-dried it with this spray instead. It gave me the coolest non-sticky, thick-feeling waves with no frizz. This will legit be my new lazy day routine. Short hair feels like a new chapter. I like the idea of being a fresh version of myself; I’ve always loved New Year’s — the flipping of one year to the next — as a reward for hard work. I feel professional and powerful, like a boss.”

I Chopped 13 Inches Off My Hair

Do you feel attached to your hair? What has been your most dramatic cut?

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  1. A year and a half ago I chopped my waist-length hair into a pixie. I had been thinking about doing it for years, and I finally worked up the courage to chop it! It felt so dramatic to cut off so much length, and I loved the result. I was surprised at how elegant it felt. I didn’t tell many people that I was cutting it, which also allowed for a very dramatic instagram reveal. ;) In case you’re curious, here’s the before and after.

    Before: https://www.instagram.com/p/6GDkVcPlbG/?taken-by=amyovergaard

    After: https://www.instagram.com/p/6GaXJ8vlXQ/?taken-by=amyovergaard

    • Glenda says...

      Wow the short hair makes you look very sophisticated/ classy in a very good way. Love it!

  2. erin says...

    Way to finally make the leap, Megan! It looks great. I wish more women would have the guts to ditch their security blanket – you can still be feminine and sexy without long locks! And to be honest, long hair sort of grosses me out.

    I have chopped 10+ inches of my hair and donated it 4 or 5 times. As someone who is not otherwise particularly bold, chopping my hair is not something I’ve ever been afraid of and it’s sort of fun to do every few years. The boldest short cut I ever had was when I buzzed my head, which was very liberating. I usually maintain a short cut for a few months, maybe a year, but then just let it grow. I don’t blow dry or straighten or dye my hair and was blessed with thick hair so it’s very healthy and I rarely get split ends, which means I can go 2+ years without getting a cut. Eventually, it grows to be ~6 inches past my shoulders and then I know it’s time to chop it again.

  3. Fernanda Abreu says...

    Congratulations! You look lovely! :) kisses from Brazil!

  4. A few years ago I chopped off my dry and damaged shoulder length hair ALL off! I decided I needed a fresh start with my hair and it was when JLaw had cut her hair and we had similar cheeks so I thought WONDERFUL, I CAN TOTALLY PULL. THIS. OFF.

    Yeah.
    I could NOT pull it off.
    It felt cool for like TWO DAYS…and then I washed my hair.
    My hair is curly and somehow simultaneously thin and puffy? I had to straighten it everyday for it look presentable which ended up damaging my hair all over again. When it didn’t have the added weight it sprang into these ridiculous curls that couldn’t be controlled! I looked like my little brother.

    Still though, I am so happy I did it. As with everything I do with my hair, if I get the idea in my head (I need BANGS, or RED HIGHTLIGHTS, or go BLONDE) until I actually do it I can’t think of anything else and I will NOT be convinced otherwise.
    And it’s just hair.
    It grew back.

  5. i grew out my hair for 5 years… and when i got engaged, i said i would chop it all off after getting married. 2 months after the wedding, i took off 18″. i went pixie. i’ve kept the short look for about 3 years but recently told my stylist that i’m growing it out again. we’ll see how i feel when the heat hits though. currently sporting the lob with long bangs.

  6. Nadia says...

    She looks amazing! It is so fresh and flattering! And took like 10 yrs off!

  7. Hallie says...

    Getting ready to do the same! It’s been two years since I’ve had a haircut, so I’m planning on chopping off 10 plus inches….here goes nothing!

  8. Alice says...

    I did this exact thing once- I walked into the salon with hair nearly to my elbows, and on a whim asked for an immediate appointment. Literally twenty minutes later, they sat me in a chair, asked “are you sure?” just once, and cut my hair to chin length. It. Was. AMAZING. I have never had so many compliments, and haven’t gone back to long hair at all!

  9. I am the most lazy hair cutter. I absolutely LOVE going to the salon, but the price (mostly the price) and time involved in getting a seriously great cut and colour prohibits me from indulging more than once a year. When my, at the time, uncoloured hair was getting long I decided to keep growing it to donate to locks of love. I’ve done it three times now and really love it.

  10. Bets says...

    Her hair looks sooo great!!! Love the cut!

  11. ES says...

    Wow, Ana is GORGEOUS with that cut! She looks amazing!

    When I was in high school, around 10th grade I got a really short cut (almost pixie-ish, but longer to about my ears in the top/front). I was athletic and wanted to get my hair out of the way and have a different look. That worked for a few years and then I grew it to about the shoulder. But for the past several years I’ve had a standard, chin-length bob that I love. It frames my face and is super-easy. I’m not sure I’ll ever go short again, but it’s likely, because I do get tired of having to clip it back many times a day to get it out of my face.

  12. S says...

    Did she donate her hair?? I chopped off about 10 inches during my semester abroad in south africa and donated it there. One of the best things I ever did!

  13. Lauren E. says...

    You look fantastic! I also struggle with cutting my hair… I’ve had a lot of different lengths and colors but have had long, blonde hair for the past seven years. Every time I mention cutting it, my friends/husband/mom will say, “Oh no, don’t cut your HAIR!” But I want a cool new cut, darn it! I’ll do it soon. But just like… not yet. :)

  14. Jean says...

    You look awesome! The cut takes years and pounds off you.

  15. You look amazing! Your skin even looks like it’s glowing. I’m the opposite of you, I’ve wanted long hair like yours all my life. But every time I attempted to grow it out, in 5 months I’d grow tired of waiting and I had that ‘need to cut feel.’ So I’d get 3 inches off and feel refreshed again. But about 7 months ago, I mentioned all of this to my co-worker and we made a wager. She wanted long hair too! So whomever was the first to get a major cut (trims and coloring were ok) in 8 months time (so April 2017), that person would have to take the other out to lunch. Though a very small amount of money, it’s actually helped hold us both accountable. I cannot believe the power of an accountability partner. My hair has already grown to where I’m able to put it in a bun on top of my head with minimal stray hairs.
    x Tali
    http://www.stylecheese.com

  16. What a GORGEOUS cut!!! It looks grown-up without looking old. It fits your style and personality to a tee. Stunning!!!! Way to take a risk, sometimes no matter how big, or how small, we have to try at least.

  17. Greta says...

    Love this new series!

    It’s funny but I’ve been thinking about a dramatic hair cut and color ever since you posted your beauty uniform from Haley Boyd. She is so chic! I’ve had long brunette hair my whole life but her short blonde ‘do is just so sleek I might take the plunge and see if it works for me too!

  18. Hello! This may have been said in the comments already (I did skim through so as not to be repetitive but there are a lot of comments!) but as someone who has done the ‘dramatic’ cut a few times now I highly recommend using the opportunity to donate the cut hair to various cancer organisations out there that are always looking for ways to make the wigs they provide or sell to those going through treatments cheaper. Many salons will donate the hair directly if you ask when making your appointment, some even go as far to offer a discounted or free haircut when doing so. I’ve had success doing this in the US and the UK so it’s become a more widespread practice I think. By knowing the haircut will not only result in a fabulous new look, but also help someone else going through a difficult time it also helps make the decision to cut your hair that much easier.

  19. Clara says...

    What a brave decision! and it pays back since you look gorgeous!

  20. Deb says...

    I feel so happy right now! Ana got her hair cut and now it looks just like mine. I’d always thought my hair was boring and was disappointed that it’s fine so doesn’t look good long, and my sister has thick gorgeous curls a la Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. But Ana is so thrilled with her hair cut! And it is really cute! I feel like this post has given me permission I be thrilled about my hair too. Her smile is brilliant!

    The body neutrality post resonated SO MUCH as well. So much.

  21. So excited for this series! Hoping it will give me the inspiration I need to make some changes for myself. <3

  22. Ceridwen says...

    The cut looks fantastic! So fresh. I’m so excited about this series. Great idea. I love the idea of trying new things and reading of others taking a leap or switching things up. Sometimes simple changes can make such a difference. I’m getting my haircut next week and the thing I’m excited about is that the appointment is in the evening. I know, big deal…but I realised I’ve never taken myself out for an evening haircut and I’m planning a solo drink afterwards. Small things. Big happy.

  23. I wish you would do a post on thin hair or hairloss. It’s such a distressing experience that no one likes to talk about publicly. I wish I had the luxury of a drastic haircut. But as it is, I’ve stuck with the same hair style for years because it hides the problem areas best.

    • Alexandra Marie says...

      There was a woman who talked about it a bit in one of their beauty routine posts! But I agree a post about it would be cool, too. I cut my hair off when it started thinning after my miscarriage.

    • Maria says...

      I too would like a post on hair loss. After menopause I started getting really thin patches and had to style my hair very carefully, which has felt very constricting.

  24. I had mid length curly red hair, and decided I wanted to go curly pixie. I told my boss at the time, and since I’m a graphic designer, she told me to Photoshop it first just to make sure I’d like it. The Photoshop version looked like Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music and we had a good laugh about it, but I went for it anyway. Turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made, and I still get unsolicited compliments on my hair on the subway all the time. Besides which, I use a lot less conditioner now.

  25. Greta Wesslen says...

    During my senior year of high school, I left to get a dramatic haircut in the middle of the day and returned before the end of the school. I didn’t tell anyone what I was going to do. My friends and my parents were shocked to see that I chopped my long locks into a super short pixie cut. I remember feeling so in charge of my life, empowered, making a grown up decision all on my own for the first time!

  26. Sara SC says...

    Several years ago, my father was diagnosed with cancer. I felt terribly helpless and out of control. The only thing I could think is that I needed to cut off my hair and donate it. I felt like if I could help someone else, it might ease my pain a bit. That weekend I cut off 18 inches of hair. I hated to cut my long hair, which was my complete identity, but I was excited to make a difference to someone who was going through the same thing by dad was, and maybe make a hard time a little easier for someone out there who was hurting. Thankfully, my dad has been in remission for 5 years. I’ll always believe that it was a karmic intervention.

  27. Em Marie says...

    I have almost the exact opposite story. For the first time in my life my hair is closer to nipple-length than ever before. Before now, the longest it’s ever was was brushing my collarbone. Since I was a little girl, I’ve had a buzzcut, a bowl-cut with *eek* a tail (hello, unfortunate 4th grade class picture!), a platinum blonde mowhawk, and a pixie with long, permed bangs, but now it is its natural color and a “normal” length. Growing it out has been a slow coming-of-age. And I recently got an embellished undercut. As I’ve grown up, I’ve found I’d rather let my words and actions speak for me…but I (in a frustrating turn of events) apparently can’t seem to go too long without using my hair as an “I am different!” proclamation. Hair says so much in our society.

  28. Darnelle says...

    Looks like you put highlights around your face? I like it, It’s cute.

  29. LM says...

    way to go! I did the same thing late last year, actually the day after my husband and I decided to end our 12 year relationship (cliche I know, but it felt like the right thing to do and I’m so glad I did! I call it my ‘felicity moment,’ ha, although I only cut a lob). I was laughing a little at your comment about looking the same your whole life – I totally relate! you look great!

  30. Nicky says...

    Love it! Both looks are beautiful. You look so happy and chic with your new haircut! It definitely gives your eyes a pop.

  31. Ana, the cut totally highlights your gorgeous face! So beautiful (and brave)!

  32. Gem says...

    I had to comment on this before I spend the next half hour immersed in the comments.

    Until the age of 16 I had long hair all the way down my back – I have since consistently had some type of bob with full fringe (bangs).

    Apart from at 19 for two years I had pixie short hair and I LOVED IT it was so easy effortless and all it took was a bit of wax or hair spray and I felt super myself and feminine!

    The upkeep is intense but lately when my hair grows out I just wear it up in French braids or buns and I’ve been thinking – I should go short again then there is no feeling like I’m being lazy wearing my hair up!

    I’m a bridesmaid this summer so I’m vowing to keep my hair mid length till then and will probably book the big chop for a few days after!

  33. Charli says...

    Short hair forever. I’ve had a pixie for the last 7 years and I don’t ever see myself going back. My hair is very fine and very straight, and it looks terrible long and I don’t have any patience to style it. A pixie is chic, classic, and easy. I’m always so baffled when women say that it’s scary to have short hair. Let me tell you – it’s actually a huge confidence boost. Everyone assumes you are some sort of edgy, bold, brave person. If you weren’t already that way before the pixie cut, you probably will be a few weeks after.

    • Alicia says...

      I had a pixie for a decade, and it was awesome. I grew my hair out post kids because i didn’t have the time for the frequent cuts anymore (and I was hoping the hair might hide the dark circles under my eyes that come with little kids!). And I second the vibe it gives off. The only time I got compliments on my hair from random men it was with the pixie!

  34. I was one of those people who just can’t let go of their hair. AI was obsessed with my long curls! Then last year, after a year of backpacking through India and Australia, my hair was in such bad shape I decided it was time to give a chop. I went shoulder length. This past september though I got a pixie cut. I said, “It’s either now or when I turn 40”. So I did it! (Party inspired by Garance Doré and a break up, hehe).

    xxx

    • Jane says...

      Sofia, I have a similar relationship to my hair. I can’t let go either! How do you like the pixie cut?

  35. I LOVE a dramatic cut. She looks fantastic!

    In the 90’s, I went from hair I could almost sit on, to a pixie cut in one fell swoop. I was fine but the girl in the chair next to me cried. Yes, I donated it!

  36. I’m one of those people who grows my hair long, cuts it short, then immediately start growing it long again :) I just start to feel restless at a certain point. I’m the same with short bangs – I always seem to go back to them as I know they suit my face, even if they can be hard to maintain.

    It’s strange how a hairstyle can be so attached to your identity. I have naturally brown hair with auburn highlights and have been dying it red, sporadically, for the last 10 years. I have also had short bangs on and off (mostly on) for the same time frame. Even now, when my hair is 100% my natural colour and my ‘bangs’ are shoulder length, my friends still identify me as the red head with bangs. I know if I ever cut and colour my hair in that style again, they would feel like I’ve returned! I feel like maybe that’s why I’m trying to change my style so much, so that I can break away from that identify. I don’t know, maybe I’m thinking too much into this :)

    I’m currently trying to grow my hair longer than I’ve ever had it before- at the moment it’s at around nipple length and I’m aiming for waist length. No bangs at the moment (mostly because I moved somewhere extremely hot and I don’t want a perpetualy sweaty forehead) but I’m pretty sure as soon as my hair is the length I want it, I’ll be cutting bangs again. I can’t help it, it’s just feels like me.

  37. Ana your hair looks AMAZING and you’re so brave to share the whole story! Congrats on the new cut and thanks for inspiring us lazy people with a default style to switch it up!

  38. Leah says...

    I love switching my hair up! I feel like I’m not that attached to it. I always let it grow really long then cut it super short (like 2 inches below my ears!) and I love cutting in a fringe and growing it out over and over, haha! It’s hair, it grows back.

    • Syazana says...

      Same! I don’t take very long to think about a haircut. Sometimes I feel underwhelmed about my hair, and will just head out to get it chopped off, or trimmed, depending on the length. I also cut my own fringe when I get bored in between proper haircuts :D

  39. MyHanh says...

    Because I grew up in a family with traditional views of beauty for women, my hair has become my vehicle for self-expression. My most extreme transformations have been during moments of unrest (an abusive relationship and living situation) or when I feel out of control with something going on in my life (a work situation). Cutting my hair, then becomes a catalyst for other change. It allows me to physically change something in my life, while I wait for other changes to happen. I’ve seen this happen over and over for me. It also signals to folks that I am free of their influence or opinion, especially societal expectations. I’ve gone from long hair midway down my back to “boy” cut to complete buzz cut. It is completely liberating. The growing out process can also be fun!

  40. Rebecca says...

    Lopped off 8 or so inches, from shoulder length to a pixie under an inch in length. I do this on average once every couple of years: my hair is thick and insanely curly, and now and again I just decide it’s time for the cut. I love the drama of a transformation: the first time I did it, I did it in a long lunch break and when I went back to the office my boss asked me who I was! I have no concerns: it grows back fast, and just as thick and curly, so why not?

  41. Laura says...

    Such a fun article – perfectly sums up how every woman feels when contemplating a radically different cut!!! Ana is beautiful ❤️

  42. Fantastic!! When I’ve had short hair, I always feel so chic and the lob is chic without the scariness of being too short. She looks amazing!

  43. Jillian says...

    I went from long, middle-of-the-back length golden blonde hair to a short, fire orange/red pixie cut in one swoop. In the 8th grade. Already an awkward time of life, I had to go and be dramatic about it. Did I mention I was also the tallest girl in school that year?

    Won’t be doing that again, but I do like change.

  44. First of all, she looks amazing!! It’s a testament to less is more sometimes. Second of all, I can relate because I’ve had short hair at various points in my life and honestly, it’s always chic. Growing out is when it gets weird but with a Lob there’s no danger of the dreaded in-betweens. Well done!!

  45. Candela says...

    She looks great!
    I recently did something like this. Last year I was thinking about cutting my hair to donate, but I hesitated because it takes so long to grow. But a few months ago, I could not stand my long hair, being summer here (Argentina). So it was the beginning of February and I cut it myself haha (30 cms). It ended up being a little shorter than I calculated, but I love it. It’s the most drastic thing I’ve ever done with my hair, I’ve had the same length since I was 14 years old (I’m currently 23), I have not dyed it or anything so it was a great deal for me.

  46. Nicole Brant says...

    Love the new cut! You look fantastic!
    I’m of the unpopular opinion that once hair gets much past shoulders, it just (usually) looks stringy (it Is dead after all). This cut does totally make her look fresh & “like a boss” 😊
    PS. Am totes getting that sea mist spray!

  47. Lori! says...

    I’m so excited for this series!

    Ana, you look awesome! Way to try something new and step out of your comfort zone.

  48. Elizabeth N. says...

    I went really short in high school and it was amazing. Since then, I go back and forth between long and short, but it’s rare I get a hair cut I love. Most are just okay, or awful. Next time I get a great hair cut I think I need to over document it so the stylist has something to go on the following cut.

  49. Isa says...

    I love this new series!
    And she looks amazing!!
    I’ve had long curly hair forever, but curly-hair girls out there knoe the drama :P so maybe one day!

  50. Colleen S says...

    I love this new series already! And way to take the plunge, Ana–the cut looks great!

    It sounds cheesy, but I love the Eleanor Roosevelt quote, “do something every day that scares you.” I try to remember that each morning–a new haircut definitely fits in that category!

  51. Jill Palumbo says...

    Very cute! It looks so healthy! I’m looking into that sort of cut when I retire this summer and wondering how that spray works on fine, straightish hair. I find that as women get older, they hold onto their long hair, when sometimes (not always), going a little shorter is more flattering. I am 61 and my hair is past my shoulders and I think shorter hair will look better. It seems like women with long hair just put it up in a bun most of the time anyway, so I’m not sure it is worth all the trouble. Some long hair is gorgeous, so you ladies with beautiful long hair, don’t get mad at me!

  52. This series sounds awesome! Love her new cut! I had a drastic haircut when I was 17 when the hairdresser cut off all my hair without consent, it made me terrified of getting anything more than a trim for YEARS so my hair grew super long and I was seriously attached to it! But then last year on a whim, one weekend, after watching a video about cancer patients losing their hair, I decided to do it! My hair was down to my waist, and I cut off 15 inches of my long hair (to just below the shoulders) and donated it to a hair donation charity for kids with cancer – it was so freeing and it felt good knowing it went to a good cause! My hair grows super fast, so a year later, it is almost long enough to cut off another 7 inches (the minimum) to donate, I’m thinking it might be my new yearly tradition! :)

  53. Jessica says...

    So cute! I have the exact opposite problem, I can’t grow my hair out to save my life! I get too bored and always want a fresh look. Going to the salon is one of the great joys of my life. I used to work as a receptionist in salons throughout my 20’s and it was such a fun, creative environment to be in. In fact, this past Saturday I chopped off my mid-length blondish shag into a bright copper chin length bob! Hair grows back, have fun with it! :)

  54. jaclyn says...

    I’m on the opposite kick-trims ONLY! It’s a real life change. No more total freak outs that I ruined my hair. But…also no real thrill either. My hair is a lob. And no more dyeing all the way to the roots. I’m 32 dang it. It’s time for strong, healthy hair. I want to look AMAZING in my 50’s. That starts now.

  55. Georgie says...

    I love this! I’ve always had long (boob length?!) natural blonde hair – apart from one disastrous hair cut (just above shoulders) that I and my ex both hated. When my ex broke up with me up four years ago I longed to do the typical thing of a radical hair cut, and get my hair cut short, but thought we may still get back together and illogically was convinced that if I cut my hair it might be the thing that stopped my ex from liking me (I know, I know…). I’m finally at the point where I’m over him, so on Thursday got 12 inches taken off my hair into a graduated bob – my hair at its longest is now chin length and I love it! I feel so free and myself, that I genuinely don’t care about anyone else’s opinion on it :)

  56. lindsey says...

    gorgeous hair cut! the long locks were dreamy but the lob, so chic and refined! well done brave girl.

  57. Jessie says...

    I have been adventurous with my hair my entire adult life! I’ve had my hair long & wavy, halfway down my back, Jane Bikin bangs, Amelie bob & Jean Seberg pixie. My favorite & most daring transformation was cutting roughly 17″ off my hair in one go! It was shocking, but it’s just hair- if you don’t like it, it will grow back. My hair has also been black, blue, pink, red & now it’s recovering from bleached blond (not the best choice, since I’m naturally dark brown). I’m thinking about chopping it all off again for a fresh start & embracing another color transformation- my gray hair!

  58. Justine says...

    BTW Ana, you are a great photographer. Following. :)

  59. Justine says...

    COJ team: I LOVE that Ana has a finer hair texture. Normally hair makeover stories feature women with crazy-thick-long-awesome-season-1-SATC-Carrie-Bradshaw-Hair and post haircut the woman just has shorter-crazy-thick-awesome-season-5-SATC-Carrie-Bradshaw-Hair. Seeing a woman with fine hair rock a great cut made me so happy. And I can relate to the euphoria that comes with a great haircut. My advice to ladies with finer hair: get regular cuts. Makes a big difference.

    • Nicole Brant says...

      Absolutely agreed! What is your opinion on layers in fine hair? I seem to experience a 50/50 opinion on that one, Firmly for or against. I keep mine chin length and blunt, no layers.

  60. If you cut more than 8″ off your hair, then donate it! There are organizations (Pantene is one) that collect donated hair to make into free wigs for women who have lost their hair during chemotherapy. They like clean, never-colored hair. My daughter did it when her beloved aunt had breast cancer.

    • Blandine says...

      Great point. It can make such a big impact for someone going through cancer treatment!

  61. Mimi says...

    You look picture perfect!

  62. In high school my hair was down to my hip and I donated it, ending up with a cut at about shoulder length. It was nuts! I have super thick hair and I’d been having headaches from the weight, it felt so good to have it gone!

    More recently I went from keeping it around chin length to much shorter and even though it’s only a few inches it’s a big difference and I always get good responses from it!

  63. Sasha says...

    Megan, I love your new hair! The swingy ends are fun and sophisticated at the same time. And its so shiny. I bet it feels super soft.
    I have the same cut. I like how it feels long, but not too long. And long enough still for a pony or bun.

  64. Sasha says...

    I first cut my hair into a pixie a few months after my wedding. It was almost to my waist. I loved that “you are so brave!” reaction, I loved how freeing it is. I’ve done it five or so times since (I’m 44, was 23 the first pixie), most recently 3 years ago.
    I dont love how cold it is in the winter, or how it looks or feels under a hat. I’ve recently started cutting my own, I don’t like having my hair done, and its a shoulder length wavy blunt ended lob, which feels “like me”, but i do fantasize about a pixie again….maybe when it’s completely silver? And could I cut it myself?

    • Shay says...

      I did the same thing, 5 years ago. Went from covering my boobs length to a pixie a few months after our wedding. It felt AMAZING. So many complements. Donated about 13 inches (she cut it off at a bob length so she was unencumbered styling the pixie). I now have a bob and enjoy it. Still a fun length but I too wonder when I should cut the pixie again. Agreed on the hats!!

    • Kate says...

      I cut my shoulder length, sort of curly, totally unmanageable hair into a pixie about 4 years ago and have never looked back. It was the best decision I ever made!

  65. Isabella says...

    So cute!!

    • Sabrina says...

      I agree! You look amazing, so bright & fresh – full of energy…good for you!

  66. Cynthia says...

    Your new cut looks fantastic! I’ve had shoulder length hair a couple of times in my life, but my hair is fine and stringy and I love it short. I always feel terrific after a haircut.

  67. Rebecca says...

    Looks beautiful!

  68. Margaret says...

    I always had long, thick dark hair that I never did anything to style. I would leave it down rarely, but usually gathered it back in a ponytail or bun. My hair was beautiful but I wasn’t willing to invest the kind of time and effort it takes to make long hair look good. So at age 29 I chopped it all off for a pixie! I felt so good about it. It made me instantly look older, more confident and polished, and I get great compliments. The best thing for me though is that I do very little to style it and it still looks miles better than the old ponytail/bun standby. I think more women should consider very short cuts.

  69. You look amazing! Honestly, I love the before AND the after. You look great either way. I totally understand wanting a change though. It’s fun to switch things up. And for some reason, drastic haircuts feel very freeing. I’m actually thinking of getting a drastic cut myself, but drastic to me is like 3″ LOL! ; )

    http://hyggewellness.com/blog

  70. I love this! I chopped my hair into a pixie cut and wore it like that for almost 10 years. It was the greatest feeling once I did it. The only reason I’m growing my hair out now is so I can cut it off and have that feeling again!

    http://objectsicantafford.com

  71. Anna says...

    This is the BEST concept for a series. I’m so excited! Somehow, whenever you guys announce a topic of series, it’s simultaneously something I couldn’t have come up with myself, but also the exact thing I want to read about. I’m excited for all of the installments – who doesn’t want a trusted, candid friend to experiment and report back?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so happy to hear that, anna!!! :) :) :)

    • ES says...

      I agree – it’s a fantastic idea!

  72. It looks amazing! I am totally attached to my hair. I’ve cut it many times and each time I’m sure it will look great, and I end up looking like I’m in kindergarten. Long hair it is!

  73. Myra says...

    I love this and the best part by far was that Ana’s mom commented. I <3 it :)

  74. Sara says...

    You look great! I do this every so often (grow, cut, repeat) so I can donate my hair to a wonderful organization, Locks of Love that provides hairpieces for children. You should consider for next time around ;)

    http://www.locksoflove.org/

  75. I JUST cut 5 inches off of my hair yesterday!! Doesn’t sound like a lot but it LOOKS and feels like a lot :) I had been growing it out for a year and a half before my wedding, which was so worth it because I had the best messy-bun updo that day. But it’s been about 5 months since then, so it was time. My hair now is a bit longer than a lob, but it feels *amazing*. I also got talked into the R+Co Cleansing Foam Conditioner which is THE COOLEST hair product I’ve ever purchased. It comes out like a gel, foams up when you emulsify it, and cleans and conditions at the same time. BOOM.

  76. Kate says...

    I love love LOVE cutting my hair short! Right now it’s boy short (my husband likes to compare every few weeks to see whose hair is shorter, his or mine) but I want to grow it out and cut it all off again just for that awesome “I’m a new person, who are you?” feeling!

    • Kate says...

      Also – essentially getting a men’s haircut means PAYING for a men’s haircut, and not $30 more just because I’m a woman!

  77. Tara says...

    Ana looks great with her new ‘do!

    Over the last nine years I’ve chopped off my long hair and donated it twice. I’ve always loved the donating aspect of it, but regret having to style/blow out my wavy hair when it’s short. The first time I donated I did the old Victoria Beckham look, which, thank goodness I was still living at home because I needed my mom to help me blow it out. The second time I did more of a bob. It’s about that time that I’m starting to think about cutting it again because my long hair gets super knotty, but with two little kids the thought of blowing out my hair on the regular seems like too much for me. Decisions decisions…

  78. Rachael says...

    Love the new you! It’s so beautiful!! I feel inspired!

  79. Sarah says...

    Yessss!!! I cut off over 12 inches of hair a few years ago- one of my most drastic cuts, after all of my close girlfriends said they’d never cut their hair because they were too scared (and they really haven’t since then!). No offense at all to them, I just didn’t want to be someone who relied on my hair for confidence. Also, an aunt of mine had c-diff around that time and lost most of her hair due to malnutrition so “losing” my hair by choice seemed like a piece of cake. Anyways, I donated it and have since gone thru similar cycles. It’s fun to change things up! It’s not like you’ll ever be stuck with the same cut for the rest of your life, unless you choose to be. I hope this post helps to encourage some ladies out there to not be afraid of trying something new :) I mean, sure, there’s the chance you won’t love it, but it’s not permanent!

  80. Kelly says...

    When I was 19 and living in Ireland I went to Paris for a few days and spontaneously went into a salon and got a pixie cut! Eek! It was so short and I felt naked and spent the next few days crying about it. But then I met up with my two best friends and they ooh’ d and ahh’ d over it and made me feel so good and confident about it that I kept it for years! Yay for friends who know just what to say when you need it! :)

  81. Hannah says...

    I have really really curly hair, and a few weeks ago I spontaneously went to a really nice salon for a color and trim because my ends were drying out. The stylist obvi didn’t know what to do with curly hair, and she ended up cutting off way more than I asked her to–and with curly hair, it’s easy to go from Greek goddess to Gilly from SNL. So I left with really brassy highlights and a horrible haircut that makes me look like a mom from the 90s. I went back a couple days later and a different stylist fixed the color, but I still hate the cut. Not really sure how to fix it. The only solution seems to be to let it grow out for forever and never let anyone touch it again. :(

    Sometimes I wish I had straight hair so I could try a cute style like this! It looks so gorgeous and fresh!

  82. I love the new series! The haircut looks great! A few weeks ago I thought of starting a similar series of challenging myself to be more sustainable by focusing on something different each month. Love this idea. (And Joanna, totally go take the subway. You can bring Alex, Toby, and Anton with you for support!)

  83. Kathleen says...

    I had really long hair for most of my life, until about 3 years ago, when I got a lob as well. About 1.5 years later though, I was diagnosed with alopecia, and I’ve had patchy hair loss ever since…at worst, about 40-50% of my scalp was bald. I started growing my hair out again, thinking that if I had longer hair, it would make up for how thin it was. But in October of last year I realized I didn’t really want the SUPER long hair I’d had before, and my alopecia was getting better, so I chopped off 12 inches and went for the lob again! Then about a month ago I got a true bob, but unfortunately the hair loss is back. I’m extremely insecure about my hair because of my alopecia, but I’m trying to get better about it. Now I’d love to have my long hair again to be able to braid it and have a gorgeous ponytail like I used to, but of course we always want what we don’t have. There’s a huge stigma against female hair loss (which comes in many forms!), with people thinking you’re sick with cancer or some other disease, but I’m actually an extremely healthy individual, it just turns out my immune system doesn’t like my hair follicles. I spend so much time ensuring that my hair falls the right way to cover up my bald spots that it’s difficult to feel elegant and sexy. Even with people telling me they like my bob and that they’re impressed because they feel like they could never rock one, it’s a daily battle just trying to get along with my hair.

    • Colleen S says...

      Kathleen, I’m sorry to hear about your hair loss. One of my best friends developed alopecia after her second pregnancy. She’s a talented, strong woman who never had issues with self confidence before the alopecia. I remember her telling me, “I feel like I should just try to rock a short haircut, but I don’t want to be the sassy bald lady.” She wanted to feel sexy and feminine, and she needed her hair to feel that way. Over a year later, most of her hair has grown back, but she still deals with a fear of coloring it. So now she’s the sassy grey-haired lady.
      Anyway, I just wanted to say that I’m sorry for your struggle. And I’m sure you are rocking your bob. :)

  84. Lane says...

    1. I am also a person who has always looked the same, and I’m glad others exist!
    2. I am very pro haircut. My motto is “Change your hair, change your life.” I have had moments of regret, despair, confidence, joy, indifference, and excitement, which is way preferable to never trying anything new! Hair grows back – it’s the easiest thing to change!

  85. Love this! I’m loving the lob on you! I go in cycles of growing my hair long then chopping it off. So in the last 5 years I’ve cut at least a foot off probably 3 times. It’s always such a drastic change and then I kind of regret it for a little because I have to refigure out what kind of hairstyles I like to do with a lob, but overall it’s a really fun thing to do mix it up a little

  86. Jo says...

    I’ve had a pixie a few times in my life and I always think about going back to it! I love that there is so little daily work involved, but hate the need for frequent touch ups (my hair grows super fast) and the growing out phase is always awkward for me so I always hold back.

  87. I always had long hair until I chopped it off junior year of high school and dyed it dark – wasn’t my best decision, but I think the weird cut, the color being too dark for my complexion, and (if I’m being honest) some weight gain didn’t help. After that I vowed not to cut my hair short again, but a couple of years ago I bit the bullet and it was so FREEING! It suited my personality more (is that a thing?) and made me feel more confident (I too had been hiding behind long hair). I’ve since grown it out – you do have more flexibility with long hair, and I don’t have to ALWAYS style it – but have been thinking about making the chop again. I’m forever torn, but everyone tells me how much they loved the shorter cut.
    http://www.wonderlandsam.com

  88. Looks amazing!! I am always debating whether or not to cut my hair, or whether I chopped off enough or too much. Seeing Ana go for it is inspiring! Also immediately ordering that texturizing spray.

  89. Courtney says...

    I too have had long hair for FOREVERRRR and been waiting for a sign that it was time to chop it off and start fresh. I think i got it with this post.

    • Kate says...

      I feel like short haircuts are so freeing. I finally chopped all mine off after years of awkward bangs and kind-of bangs and frizzy stuff happening, and all of a sudden I was like “oh, this is my face! And I can’t hide it!” I felt so powerful.

  90. Love it!! What a great transformation. I’ve always had shoulder length hair or a little longer, and this past summer I chopped it to my chin for a summer trip. It was soooooo much easier to take care of, and I always felt like I looked cute, instead of having to feel the weight of my hair up in a ponytail or bun. I see a lot of other people with long hair and kind of wish that I could curl it really beautifully, but I also know that I’m much more practical and I wouldn’t actually wear it down very often if I grew it out again.

  91. Laura C. says...

    Less is more, sister!
    Last September I chopped my long hair into a boband two weeks ago I chopped again and I have a very short bob. I don’t know if I will dare to cut it a la Paz Vega (I have dark thick fuzzy hair!), and I think that very short hair is for women with more feminine features. I had to purchase a GHD iron flat in order to keep it right.

  92. I, too, have pretty much always had long hair, but four summers ago I was working through a heartbreak and decided to chop off 11 inches — and donate it. It was SO empowering. I loved the confidence boost a bold, fresh haircut gave me, and I loved helping someone in need at the same time.

    For anyone interested, I donated to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Campaign. They work with the American Cancer Society to give free wigs to women battling cancer.

    • Eva says...

      I second the Pantene hair donation program! Nothing like lopping off a foot of hair and donating it to a good cause :)

  93. Ana is THE CUTEST! The lob looks so good on her. She reminds me of a girl I took dance with when I was younger. She had gorgeous long brown hair and then got it chopped off even shorter than Ana’s! I remember her sitting in the lobby in her tights and leotard before class talking about how nervous she was to do it, but she did and it looked adorable. I am definitely a fan of the dramatic hair chop.

    I usually like to keep my hair long, but a few years ago I wanted to try a bob with bangs, and about 6 months to a year after the initial cut I had it chopped even shorter — very close to Carey Mulligan circa The Great Gatsby remake. I wasn’t a huge fan of that cut on me, however, so I grew it out and tried to get it as long as it had been when I was younger, which was almost down to the small of my back. But no matter what I did (you know, take vitamins and wait) it just would not grow that long. Then I had this upset over a guy and got upset that he made me upset, so I just said eff it–I am done with everything and my hair is going to pay the price. This time I got a bob sans bangs and I like it so much more than when I was trying to grow my hair out. Think Jennifer Aniston right before Rachel gets pregnant on Friends–that is my current cut and I love it 100%. <3

    Cheers to short hair!

  94. Tania says...

    I have always had really long hair (since I was about 12 or so). In high school, I had cancer and probably the most traumatic part of it was losing my hair. I had been too wimpy for years to get anything other than my long haircut, and when I was diagnosed, I cut it to my shoulders and then to a pixie before it fell out. After I was done with treatment, I grew it long again. I remember you quoting Susan Cernek once (another cancer survivor) saying that long hair felt like a sign of life. That felt so true for me. For another ten years I kept it long and then a couple years back, when I finished my PhD, I cut off 7 inches. One for each year I spent in grad school. It felt light and wonderful. Since then, I’ve grown it out long again (creature of habit), but there was something very freeing about making the choice to go shorter for a little while. Some people may say that it’s just hair or this only applies to women (ahem, I’d say that any balding man will tell you that hair is pretty important to men, too!) but I have always thought external transformations reflect internal transformation, for better or for worse.

  95. I’ve been overweight all my childhood/high school life but in my first year of college I lost over 40 pounds. I still felt the same though, and I realized I’d been clinging to the same hairstyle since grade school (just past my shoulder blades, parted down the middle) and thought that I needed to change that too. I was inspired by my favorite Audrey Hepburn film, Roman Holiday, in which the princess gets her hair chopped into an adorable pixie cut, and I did the same! I realized afterwards I’d been using my hair to hide my face and chubby arms, and it gave me the confidence to embrace my healthy body. I’ve since gained back the weight unfortunately (ugh desk job), but it’s been my goal to get back to my goal weight and haircut. Thanks for this post!

  96. Alexandra says...

    Lovely article! I used to have really long hair (down to my waist) and I was getting compliments on it all the time so it was hard for me to chop it off, until….I started dating a new boyfriend! It was the craziest time of my life, I was madly in love and sort of threw out my whole old life and started a new one, and was willing to try anything at that time. He kept encouraging me to do something about my hair so I eventually ….. shaved my head :). Well, he did it for me. I was afraid that I would hate myself in the mirror and everyone would say I am crazy but it was quite the opposite! When you don´t have any hair, you actually can´t THINK about it. The whole hair thing is just gone! I felt so free, beautiful and myself, that I keep saying everyone should try this at least once in a lifetime ;).

    • Nicole Brant says...

      Wow! You’re amazing! Wish I had the nerve. My husband would flip out! Lol Your bf is cool 😎

  97. Alexandra says...

    It’s all about the #lob!!!!!! Ana looks gorgeous!!!! Not easy to chop off those long locks, but it’s so tres chic.

  98. M says...

    I have short, thick, wavy/curly hair. I’ve only grown it out past my shoulders ONCE in high school. I look back in pictures and it’s just… not good. So I’ve always kept it short! Because I’ve never really changed the style – the biggest change was switching my part – I think I’m biased, but I seriously think everyone should give short hair a try once in their life. You’ll be amazed with the amount of product you DON’T use!!

  99. Janis says...

    I’m Ana’s mom and I’ve watched that hair grow for a long time. I love the new cut. I like that my “surprise” girl even surprised herself. This is a great idea for a series.

  100. Rachel says...

    I love it! The new do looks amazing! I am mentally prepping myself to get a short cut after my wedding in April….and this is just the encouragement I needed to see! You are rocking it!

  101. Christi S says...

    Great series! Love the new look! I would call it the Pretty & Professional cut. You are so brave. I am the opposite as my mom use to traumatize me with Dorothy Hamill haircuts until I was a teenager. As a tomboy, that didn’t work out so well for me so now I keep trying to will my hair to grow longer every day. :) Great piece!!

  102. Lindsay says...

    I tend to go in a two year cycle. I chop it all off, pixie cut short than grow it back out to my shoulders. I’m almost at the end of my second year growing it out, so we shall see if i repeat the cycle or try do something different. I think I might try to keep it long, or just go for a short bob instead of a pixie cut. If anyone is debating on cutting your hair, DO IT!!! Hair grows back and it feels so amazing to try something new and express yourself in a different way.

    • Jaime says...

      I do the exact same thing!! Pixie to long, then back again. :)

  103. You look amazing! It is always so liberating to make a big change..it’s like a fresh start! The best part about hair is that it grows back :)

  104. Carrie says...

    Wow! She looks good with and without the short hair! Kinda makes me want to go and get it done to my own hair. I guess you can look feminine with or without short hair, it’s just about going in with the right attitude!

  105. megan says...

    such a great, powerful, easy, positive transformation story! a little move with a big boost – the lob looks incredible!!!

  106. Lauren says...

    Oh my gosh. I’m so sick of this trope. Women’s hair doesn’t have to be such a big deal! In movies, whenever women go through some big life-changing event, they get a haircut. I recently ended a long-term relationship and everyone suggested I get a haircut. Enough! It’s just hair! Why can’t we focus on more substantial things?

    • Kaye says...

      So, Lauren–I hear you, and if it is a tired trope that you have no need for, that is fine. In my experience of cutting off all my hair, it was a BIG decision, but it wasn’t one that I consulted others about or felt like it was more substantial than the other changes I made at the same time–but, it was purposeful and was done just for me. Hopefully you have found and will find ways to fulfill whatever your expectation of substance is–to mark life events or changes (or not, your call.)

    • I can understand where you’re coming from, but sometimes certain life events spiraling out of control make you realize that you’re holding onto unnecessary weight, so whether it’s hair or something else, whatever it is that we’ve been wanting to do and not doing because of this one particular thing that has been obsessing us for an unhealthy amount of time we finally find the resolve to do, because we realize that you’re right, it’s not a big deal and we’ve been making far too much of it. I did get annoyed with a guy and then get my hair cut, actually. Though I had already been debating the cut for some time before things with him unfolded. It was more or less the catalyst that led me to finally do it. It wasn’t him so much as it was me finally getting over myself. And that’s exactly why women’s hair tends to be a prominent symbol. I certainly don’t mean to argue with you–I just don’t think it’s fair to say that this is necessarily an issue of substance or lack thereof. She simply decided to do something daring that made her feel brazen and happy. For all we know, she donated her hair to charity.

    • Roo says...

      Being interested in how you look, and having an interest in ‘substantial things’ are not mutually exclusive. And yes, it’s just hair, but we wear it every day, so it makes sense that it is tied into our identity.

    • Heather says...

      This is such an interesting perspective. My take on it is that the point is not, in a time of difficult change, to take some action to look better so you’ll feel better – although that’s fine, too. Cutting hair can be a spiritual experience – a ritual symbolizing a much larger transformation – and it has taken on that symbolism over centuries, all around the world, across religions, particularly in the context of a woman making her own choice to cut her own hair.

      Sometimes a haircut is just a haircut, sometimes it’s just about how you look, but sometimes it’s a symbolic and meaningful act.

    • Alexandra says...

      I love what Heather said on the topic – I think that in our society hair has a strong beauty/style/vanity connotations, but in fact, somewhere deep down, cutting your hair is always an act of spiritual transformation, of letting go something old, and opening up to something new. So I would argue that it actually IS a substantial matter, in a way :)

  107. I LOVE this story so much! Thank you for sharing your story Ana, I know personally how attached we can become to our hair. It’s very liberating to do what you did! Bravo and so fun and so very beautiful!!!!

  108. kayla says...

    such a fun transformation! and i’m excited about this new series!

  109. Samantha says...

    This post came at the perfect time! I’ve been talking about chopping my hair off lately, but haven’t had the guts to do it! This was definitely push in that direction! Can’t wait to see what else you do with this series.

  110. Totally odd request, do you have a picture of your hair after you used that sea mist hair spray?? I’m so tempted to buy it but curious what kind of waves it gave!

  111. You look great! The long was lovely, but you’re rocking the shorter look.
    From someone who has had short hair for years!

  112. Abbie says...

    I LOVE IT!!!! Way to go Ana! Also surprises are the best, I’m 100% with her on that :)

  113. Erin says...

    I had cancer when I was 26 and had to shave my head. All my life I had really long, really thick, really curly hair. I wasn’t as bothered about shaving my head as you would think (mostly because I was worried about health stuff). After my hair started falling out I had a big party and invited everyone I knew. I drank a couple beers for bravery and my husband shaved his head. Then my husband, my dad, my uncle, my cousins and all my male friends shaved their heads too. It was a crazy head shaving party! It ended up being a really fun day.

    I got a long, straight red wig with long bangs. I named it Joan after the Mad Men character. I loved Joan. I got so many complements wearing her!

    When my hair grew back I had a pixie, which I would never have been brave enough to cut on purpose. I loved it. Then I had a cute bob and then I grew it long again. I had it long for years but recently went back to a bob. I’ve also dyed my hair red, dark brown and blonde at various times. I’ve had bangs and no bangs and all sorts of styles. It’s actually really freeing to realize it’s just hair. It doesn’t matter. Have fun, try new things and it will grow back.

    • Rachel says...

      What a wonderfully supportive family!

    • Carrie says...

      Thank you for sharing this! You seem awesome.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      what an amazing story, erin!

    • Erin says...

      They are a really fantastic, supportive family! Thanks! And my husband liked how he looked bald so much, he kept it up! He still shaves his head to this day!

  114. jen says...

    That looks great. I had long hair until one day I went to the salon and asked for 12 inches off. My guy put my hair in a ponytail, cut the p.t. off and my hair was in a perfect shoulder length cut. Scary, but I now do the same thing for myself. Very empowering to cut your own hair.

  115. She looks so cute! I’m so glad she got to experience the thrill of a new look. I am the opposite of her. I change up my hair all the time…long, short, bangs, etc. Last time I got my haircut my stylist practically forced me not to change my hair because I had just said I loved my current cut five seconds before trying to change it. I’m so glad she did, because I DO love this cut! The only thing I don’t change is the color. Not because I’m afraid of the change, but because I’m a brunette and I know that brown is the only color that works for me.

    Also, it makes me laugh that she who loves surprises kept the same style for so long, and I who hates surprises change my hair all the time!

    • Jessica says...

      I hate surprises and change my hair all the time too! The only thing I’m totally spontaneous and unpredictable about is my hair! :)

  116. I LOVE this! I’m always scared to try something so drastic, but I love that she embraced it. And the cut looks darling!

  117. Charlotte K says...

    I have a great hairdresser now who is on my wavelength and I get it cut about once a year. But for years I’d appear at different salons with hair down to my waist and some of them would ask me about 5 times if I was SURE. I was always sure, it grows back! I think the growing out process is very pleasurable, something my “always short hair” friends don’t seem to understand.

    Good for you for giving it a try. If you decide you want long hair again, you just grow it. You look wonderful now and you did before.

  118. Andrea says...

    I recently cut my shoulder-length hair into a pixie. I’ve had a pixie before so it wasn’t that dramatic for me, but the client sitting next to me hadn’t heard my discussion with the stylist…her horrified face when my ponytail was hacked off at the nape of my neck! I had to reassure her that yes, I asked the stylist to do that LOL

  119. Cait says...

    This is my story, too! I got a long bob last Spring and loved it. Such a dramatically different feeling and perspective. I was surprised by how much psychology was wrapped up in having long blond hair for ~25 years!
    Right now, I’m taking advantage of pregnancy hormones to grow it back out. : )
    Finally cutting my hair helped me realize that my hairstyle really can be fluid and mutable.

  120. Brit Harris says...

    Love it! Such a great idea for a series, genius! xoxoxo

  121. Mariana says...

    You look great! I always used to wear my hair long, with the exception of when I was 15 and decided to cut it super short because of that Natalie Imbruglia’s “Thorn” music video…I thought she had the coolest hair! Of course mine didn’t look cool at all, I looked like a mushroom. After it grew out I used to wear it long all the time, untill 3 years ago when I became a mom: I decided to have a lob and loved it! Now I cut it like that every year after the summer (its nice to have shorter hair while wearing heavy winter coats) and let it grow out the rest of the year (because in spring/summer it’s fun to have braids and other cool hairstyles). I agree with one of the comments, it’s such a thrill to get that big haircut once a year, plus I feel so light and fresh afterwards.
    Can’t wait for the new series!

  122. Colleen S says...

    I had hair down to my mid-back in 2014, and I decided to cut off 5-6 inches. Unfortunately, my hairstylist cut off ten, and I ended up looking ten years older with hair that was hard to style. I’m hesitant of stylists as it is because my hair is naturally wavy and has to be cut in a certain way to look right, so I have to put myself into hands I trust. My current stylist is great–I stopped going to the other one immediately after that fiasco.

  123. Maggie says...

    Love the cut and am excited about this new series!!

  124. liz says...

    When I was waitressing, I went to a guy who worked out of his home and had a perm. I didn’t think it looked great but went to work the next day. One of my regulars gasped when she saw me and said “Oh my, wouldn’t they give you the day off?” I immediately went to the phone and called a legit hairdresser. My hair was so burnt, he had to give me a Mia Farrow cut. All around dramatic!

  125. So cute!

    I few years ago, when I turned 30, I cut more than 24″ off! I had worn it in a top knot for years and then, chop! Ear length! I loved it. It’s has grown back to shoulder length and I’m itching to chop it off again. I mean really, it’s just hair and grows back.

  126. When I was sixteen I had hair down to my knees, which had never been cut. Yes, I was that person. :D And one day out of the blue my mom asked if she should cut some off, and proceeded to lop a large section off. It felt so strange to have a braid that I didn’t sit on! I’ve now gone all the way up to just below my shoulders, but I’ve never been brave enough to go shorter. I love the convenience of shorter hair, but I’m trying to grow it out now because I think longish hair is super attractive.

  127. Emily says...

    It looks so pretty! I have this memory of my mom trimming my hair in the basement when I was about 9, and I got such a rush out of the experience I kept giggling and saying, “shorter! cut it again!” until she finally put her foot down. Love the feeling of making a big change (but I don’t do it often). I would love to try a pixie and am also scared bc if it doesn’t look good…you’re kind of stuck for a while. Would love to see a post on a few women with different face shapes/styles getting a similar haircut, like a pixie.

    • I would love to see different face shapes/hair styles too! I have a round face and currently have a lob which needs a trim, but I’m curious about a bob and just fear it won’t work with my face.
      Love the concept for this series and Ana’s hair!!

  128. Benay says...

    My hair doesn’t grow very well and never has (I was basically bald until I was 4!), so I’ve always dreamed about having long hair. I’d grow it out as far as I could, realize it was horrible and dry, and cut it. Now that I’m thirty (which means I’m more wise, right?) I’ve really embraced a long bob or “lob” as you called it. I love it, and with a few bobby pins, you can still pin it up into a lazy bun! :)

  129. Katherine says...

    She looks great! Her new haircut is so fresh and cool :) What a fun change!

  130. Looks great!!! Love how you are with surprises, too! :)

  131. Ruth says...

    Love it! She looks fabulous. I change my hair constantly. I’ve had everything from a pixie cut to long curls to the middle of my back. It’s just hair — it grows back if you don’t like it! :-)

  132. MC says...

    Ahhhh I have very similar hair to Ana’s before pics & I have been feeling so restless and wanting to do something different – this totally makes me think I should go for a lob…

  133. Jaime says...

    I bobbed my hair when I went to college (a la 2006 Katie Holmes), and slowly went shorter and shorter to a pixie! A pixie cut felt so scary, but it forced me to walk with confidence, even when I wasn’t feeling it. Bright lipstick helped. :) I’d recommend every woman try it at some point. Once your hair has been that short, it just feels less precious.

  134. Hope says...

    Ana, you look great. I’m the opposite – I’ve had a pixie cut since I was 16 (so, 14 years). I don’t think I would be brave enough to grow it out!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, that’s so interesting! so many people are the opposite. now i want to see a pic! :)

    • Sid says...

      I totally get what you’re saying Hope. I’ve had super short hair for 10 years now but I started growing it out 2 months ago. It’s driving me nuts (and making me nervous) but I really wanted to have long hair again (before I go grey and chop it all off forever Dame Judi Dench style). I’m also seriously looking forward to getting to re-experience the rush of taking clippers to my long hair again!

  135. I’m totally attached to my long hair, so this makes me nervous- but she looks so pretty! hmmm…

    xo, brittany
    http://www.notablob.com/

  136. Your hair looks wonderful! I love cutting my hair short after it grows out. It feels light, fearless, and sassy! I used to go shorter and shorter with the cuts (pixie love!) I get it cut a bit longer into a bob, but I still get that thrill when the hair goes from long to short.

  137. Sarah King says...

    Ana, you look beautiful! And very profesh. I am feeling inspired to do a lob myself although I’m not sure I can pull it off.

    I am looking forward to this new series, Cup of Jo team!

  138. Debra says...

    I was the same way all the way until college. My hair was down to my butt and I never wanted anything more than a trim. At this trims I would even ask them to cut “the minimum possible to keep it healthy”. So finally when I was going to college I decided to cut it all off and donate it to Locks of Love. It was a good cause and change to help the transition in life. I wanted it to be so dramatic that by the time we were done the stylist said “we would have to get the razor out to go any shorter”. I loved my hair afterwards. It felt so light and different. A new way to style it every day rather than the same ponytail or letting my hair fall how it falls. Until…my sister, leave it to family to tell you the truth, said I looked like a mushroom. So I immediately decided to grow it (and thanked the heavens my hair grows fast). I grew it again to my butt and had it this way for another 4 years and just recently found a cut I liked referencing the length I liked while growing it out. I cut it to just past my shoulders and was mushroom free. A happy medium. Enjoy the change and the freedom of letting that security blanket blow away in the wind.

  139. Leah says...

    Already love this new series!

  140. Meredith says...

    Did you donate those locks to someone in need? I bet many people would have loved that gorgeous blonde hair when they couldn’t have their own!

  141. Can we have like, 15 more articles written by Ana? She is so funny, so snappy ! love her voice and the hair. Brava Ana !

  142. Cortney says...

    You looked beautiful with long hair but the short cut really suits you! I love it! Haircuts always feel like the beginning of something new :) Every time my hair grows out I have the urge to cut it all off again!

  143. Kaye says...

    I cut all of my long hair off about four years ago and have not missed it, or looked back with regret. Haircuts are never just haircuts, amiright? Not talking bang trims, but you know what I mean.

    Anyway, I remember thinking that I just wanted to hide for awhile, and that with short hair–no one would look at me (hello hard to unlearn gender norms of beauty) but the exact opposite happened, it was freeing–totally and completely. I honestly cannot imagine ever having looooong hair again.

    If you are thinking about taking the plunge on this one, the water feels fine, jump in!

  144. M says...

    Oh, she looks great! Totally fresh and restored!

    For my whole life basically, I had long blonde hair with bangs, aside from a brief period of red hair in college which was cute but too hard to maintain. Then, after 27 years, I got sick of bangs and decided to grow them out and chopped off the rest of my hair into a “lob” to even it out. I loved it, and it’s been over a year since I got a cut and now it’s looking pretty shaggy. I think this post inspired me to cut it again!

  145. Yes! I love my long hair. I know it’s a bit of a security blanket for me, too, especially as I age–I think I’m afraid short hair will make me look older. Also, I chopped all my hair off in high school and it looked awful, haha, though this was before I’d learned to properly use a flat iron or blow dryer. I have similar texture to Ana though, and she looks gorgeous with the short hair … so maybe someday? I’m not there yet!

  146. Chelsea says...

    Love this! Very fresh and fun.
    So Joanna, are you going to ride the subway???!!! :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh gosh, MAYBE. YIKES!!!! stay tuned. eeks.

    • Caroline says...

      Haha, I second this comment!

      You can do it Joanna! It would make a great post :)

      Excited for this new series. xoxo

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh gosh, you guys…… (insert all the cringing emoji here)

    • Ruth says...

      OMG what?! Seriously? It’s one of the BEST THINGS ABOUT NYC!

    • Kaycee says...

      You get to see what books people are reading, the fashion, hear some good music and just meet fun people to talk to for a short train ride!

    • liz says...

      If you ride the subway, take a gang with you and take one of the nicer lines and go off peak and reward yourself when you have accomplished it. P.S. I’d rather ride the subway than fly in a plane!

    • Christine says...

      Wait, Joanna, you don’t ride the subway!??! Oh my gosh, hahaha. That’s baffling!

    • Caroline says...

      This totally reminds me of the post years ago about your trapeze class date and letting go of the bar (which would totally terrify me… I used to freak driving up mountains with steep drop-offs near the guard rail because I was afraid of “falling off the mountain!”).

      And the piece you did for 20/20 on elevator phobias! (confession: I go back and read older posts all the time for ideas or conversations I couldn’t get out of my head haha)

      You can totally conquer the subway ;) And, either way, I am SURE we’ll all cheer you on for whatever you choose to try in the new series :) xoxo

    • Natalie says...

      OMG Joanna you don’t ride the subway???? Wow!

    • ES says...

      Do it Joanna, go for it! Maybe take Alex for moral support?

  147. I love it! It looks so good and sophisticated. Every so often I chop it all off and then spend years growing it all out. I love the feeling of washing your hair and realizing your hand just stops where it used to all be.

    Getting older I worry that cutting it will make me look older or less feminine. It can feel hard to give up the length, but it helped seeing “Elaine” on Seinfeld cut inches off the ends over the years and still look like herself.

  148. My hair reaches my waist and its been my hair for the longest time but I dont know if I can part from it just yet. She looks so pretty after. Mine is frizzy so if its this short its going to go everywhere!