View Full Version : Has anyone gone for a big chop AFTER growing long?

July 7th, 2013, 10:04 PM
I have been considering cutting my hair short (like Jena Malone as Rocket) for a month and a half. At first I thought it was just a phase but now not only I'd love to have short hair but I also don't feel like growing my hair any longer would give me any kind of satisfaction. It's annoying. I haven't cut/trimmed my hair in three years because I wanted to be like Éowyn and now that I've reached hip I don't even care. I am scared I'll chop it and start caring again right afterwards though, one doesn't grow out a pixie in a day! (or a year for that matter...)

In other views, cutting my hair short would be great if I decide to grow it out again. Starting over. No old chemical damage, no poo from the beginning, all virgin and beautiful. But what if my wurls start growing upwards and I end up looking like a crazy human square? :shake: I can see that happening...

Arrghh! Currently I'm SO sure I want it short, but what if as soon as I cut it I want it long again? :brains:

(And I'm also scared as shct to have anything sharp close to my hair, it's been 3 years! It's only natural, isn't it..?)

July 7th, 2013, 10:17 PM
I went from knee to tailbone, then from tailbone to a pixie all in about two weeks. I LOVED it for a couple of years. Then I started missing my hair. So I'm back to about fingertip.

The thing about hair is that it grows back. And it should make you happy.

July 7th, 2013, 10:20 PM
Do it! You've thought about it for long enough to weigh the pros and cons. I shaved my head and enjoyed it very much. I'm growing it back out but without the obsessive attitude I had the last time. I think that is somewhat common among the members who cut and start fresh.

July 7th, 2013, 10:24 PM
I certainly went for a big chop after growing my hair for years about 4-5 years ago because long hair is difficult to manage and frankly, I just had it long for so many years that by that point I wanted a change! I personally did regret it not too soon afterwards, and especially now when I want it super long again! It's taking a while but I'm getting there again :) I don't know, if I were you I'd maybe change up my style a little bit because maybe what you want is just a change or it's a phase of wanting something different, y'know? Don't chop it all off at once, maybe do it gradually and see how you feel/whether you like it. You seem to have a second thoughts about this and I wouldn't do anything too drastic until you're 100% sure.

July 7th, 2013, 10:25 PM
I say do it! You only live once. I love short hair, and most people actually can pull it off with the right cut/style. And I'd also rather have healthy short hair than damaged long hair, for sure. Short hair is sooooo easy to take care of and most of the time you don't even think about it. But if you have long hair and then short hair, then you'll know which one you prefer and to stick to. I say do it and have fun.

July 7th, 2013, 10:58 PM
My hair was just about BCL and I cut back to hip, then waist, then BSL, and now it's about APL dry. Friday I'm getting it cut another few inches so it'll be a little below SL. I don't regret cutting it at all. I wanted something different, wanted to bring out the curls, and most of all, I didn't want to always have to wait hours and hours for it to dry. I've never been one to have qualms over cutting my hair, though. I can always grow it back if I want to, and for me half the fun of long hair is growing it.

July 8th, 2013, 12:34 AM
I've cut my hair from +/- waist length a few times in my life. The only time I ever regretted it was when I cut it not because I wanted a short hair style but because I thought shorter would be easier to care for. Turned out for me braidable hair is easier to care for.

If you are still hankering for that style after sleeping on the idea for a few weeks, go for it!

July 8th, 2013, 12:52 AM
Double post, sorry!

July 8th, 2013, 12:53 AM
I recently had a big chop. Went from below BSL to APL, then from APL to a pixie. I had thought about it for YEARS. I loved it at first, now not so much, but that has more to do with my hair not being itself due to my pregnancy then the haircut itself.

I've had short hair many, many times. All types of styles and colours and whatnot.

Having short hair can be very freeing. For some it's easy to style and manage, for some not so much. I can't say how it will be for you.

IF you decide you want to go short, here are a few tips:

Think about this: Do you want a change in your life, do you want to change yourself or do you just want a new haircut? Having your hair cut will not change your life, or you. You will still be you, the only difference about you will be your hairstyle.

You need a stylist that is excellent at cutting short hair. Don't opt for just "good" you really want an excellent stylist. Do your research.

Be aware of the fact that your hair or face shape may not be suited for the hairstyle you would like to have. You will not look like the person that has your desired hairstyle, you will look like you, but with short hair. It is a good thing to have a more general approach to the hairstyle you want, rather then to come in with one picture and go: "I want to look EXACTLY like that." Because it won't happen. This might sound obvious, but it's easy to look at pictures and get swept away.

What ever you decide to do, good luck.
(And say hi to Buenos Aires from me, haven't seen the city in ten years and still miss it from time to time.)

July 8th, 2013, 01:48 AM
Don't do it unless you're 100% sure!

July 8th, 2013, 04:29 AM
I went from knee to shoulders to get rid of dye damage. Loved it and swore I would never wear it long again. More bad hairdresser experience, stopped going and here I am at lower calf length! I say go for it, you really can always grow it again.

July 8th, 2013, 05:04 AM
I say, do it! I've had a couple of pixies in my adult life, and have grown it back to waistish again. I'm currently in a short phase (cutting out the dye and starting over), and when the dye is all gone, I'm probably going to start growing right away (but with virgin un-heatdamaged hair!!).

Yes, it can happen that you regret it and don't like it. That's life. But again, it's only a phase that doesn't last forever!

July 8th, 2013, 06:25 AM
Why don't you wear a wig with your desired hairstyle first? So you can verify if you want to have short hair or if you just want to see yourself with short hair.

July 8th, 2013, 06:29 AM
If you get the urge to cut out of the blue like that, chances are your hair is getting a tad too long for your liking. Start by trimming just a few inches off, see how you like that. Just a few inches can make *a* *lot* of difference. Then see how you go. Do this before deciding to chop it all off. You have nothing to lose by doing it this way. On the contrary!

July 8th, 2013, 06:34 AM
In November, I went from tailbone to shorter than nape. I plan on growing it back though. I just wanted to see if I could do it again, without depending on blowdryers and flatirons to get me through the awkward frizzy stages. I don't regret the cut even though I still can't manage a ponytail without clips, but I am looking forward being able to use hairsticks again. It'll be a few years though.

I will admit that longer hair is much much easier to deal with.

July 8th, 2013, 07:29 AM
I did it years before lhc mid back to a short shag.

July 8th, 2013, 08:12 AM
Make sure it's something you really want to do and not just an impulse.

Make sure you really understand how long it will take to grow back.

Make sure you really understand how DIFFERENT short hair will be and how your hair styling options will change.

Then, if you are still hyped about cutting it, cut it! Hair grows back and you should enjoy your hair every minute that you can.

ETA: Chopped from BCL stretched to pixie almost 3 years ago. Thought about it for TWO YEARS before I did it, even buying wigs to see if I liked the look before hand. But in the end I really wanted it and did it and I've never regretted the decision.

July 9th, 2013, 05:42 PM
I went from classic to chin-length a few years back. No regrets for me! However, I am growing it back out, mostly so I can wear all of my beautiful hairtoys. ;)

Since you are nervous about the cut, is there anyone who has similar hair to yours whose hair cut you like? Perhaps a friend can guide you to a sylist you'd like.

Also, consider this... if you do cut it and then regret it, is it something you can live with? I have reached that wonderful time in my life (in my 40's) where I do not really care too much what I look like, so I was able to cut with no fears.

July 9th, 2013, 06:04 PM
I've cut my hair from hip to chin length twice. No regrets for the most part, but sometimes someone will say something or you will just long for the thing you don't have now. So there will be bouts of regret. But for the most part, at least for the first couple of months you'll be exhilarated by the change :)
Plus, I'm back to waist length again, so as always...hair grows back as long as you take care of it...Do what makes you happy ...:)

July 9th, 2013, 06:17 PM
When I joined LHC I was dedicated to growing to BSL. I got there, but then I got quite ill for a number of months and my hair was thin, scraggly, and just made me sad. I asked my BF to cut it shorter and ended up at shoulder. (I was totally willing to lose a lot of length, but it was still a shock! He did a great job though.) I didn't much care for that length, so soon afterwards it turned into a chin-length bob and I was in love with it. My curls looked awesome, it was very flattering, and I had a lot of fun with it for about a year.

Then I decided to grow back out because I missed my hairtoys and braids and fun styles. Whereas I was happy with the chin-length bob, within about 7-8 months I was back to that shoulder-length cut I hated the first time around. And a year and a half after the chop to chin, I'm just creeping back to APL (did I mention all the curls?). The upshot is that since my hair is healthier, I enjoy it more and absolutely do not regret cutting. The problem is I seem to prefer pretty short or pretty long but not in between, and there's no way to deal with that except to always have short. I'm sticking with it this time and heading back to BSL and then to waist. And going on a hairtoy spree...

July 9th, 2013, 06:29 PM
If you get the urge to cut out of the blue like that, chances are your hair is getting a tad too long for your liking. Start by trimming just a few inches off, see how you like that. Just a few inches can make *a* *lot* of difference. Then see how you go. Do this before deciding to chop it all off. You have nothing to lose by doing it this way. On the contrary!

I agree, this is the best idea when you want a chop

July 9th, 2013, 06:53 PM
Why don't you wear a wig with your desired hairstyle first? So you can verify if you want to have short hair or if you just want to see yourself with short hair.

I second this idea. Recently I was considering bangs and wouldn't even contemplate that cut until I tried clip in bangs. Well, guess what? I never got around to buying those clip in bangs and got over my urge to cut. I realized I just wanted chin length face framing pieces. (still want the clip in bangs though, lol:p)

Also, I will say that in my adult life I only cut to pixie once and it was such a struggle to get it all back to bob that I said never again. Since then it's always been just off shoulder to bsl up until growing in the lhc way.

July 9th, 2013, 07:01 PM
I hit my goal of tailbone around May this year. And it was driving me crazy! I didn't think it looked particularly good, and it took a lot of time to take care of, and all that. So, in June I did a chop, and it's between shoulder and BSL right now.

I don't regret the chop, but on the other hand I intend to grow it out again. I think my ideal length might be waist. I get annoyed with my current length because I like to twist it up into a quick bun to keep it off my neck, and I didn't realize how much of a habit that was until I couldn't do it anymore. But it's as others have said...the nice thing about a haircut is it's not permanent. A little patience and I'll be back where I want to be.

July 9th, 2013, 07:23 PM
My hair history, 1993-present--waist cut to chin, waist, pixie(1997-2001), waist, chin (2006), waist, hip, fingertip... haircuts are fast and growing is slow. Change can be fun. Do what you want. I both enjoyed and regretted my short hair.

July 9th, 2013, 07:39 PM
I cut from hip length to a pixie in my mid 30's to end 30's?[many years ago],hated the pixie!!My curly unruly hair and a pixie do not match well.Never ever again will I do that.

July 9th, 2013, 11:19 PM
I've cut from tailbone to nearly BSL. It was shorter then what I wanted. I told the hair stylist to just cut the split ends out and she took more then I thought. I think I regret it more now then I did then several years ago because now I would be at my goal length. It's really what ever makes you happy. I know when I got longer then what I was use to I kept finding it weird having my hair smack me in the butt in the shower.

July 10th, 2013, 11:41 AM
Since I can remember I have started growing my hair out the day after I cut it, so for my it's not even a question. Luckily it always grows back! :-)

July 10th, 2013, 11:46 AM
Sometimes I have this fleeting thought [a very small one] that I might want to cut back to like waist or hips.. then I shake it off and don't think about it again. It probably does get boring having the same old hair.. but if you do cut it off, especially a significant amount of it, you can't just grow it back instantly.. try new updos or something.. braids. There are so many neat things to do with long hair.. the most I've cut off at once since I started growing [Aug 2006] was 1" about a month ago.. I dust the ends every 2-3 weeks, but that's it. I'm at the point where I'm just leaving it alone and letting it grow.. as it grows, I get used to the length and figure out how to manage it. When it gets to the point that I can no longer do my normal routines and things with it, I might cut it back to classic.. until then, on to fingertips [and possibly knee..]. :) :disco:

July 10th, 2013, 12:57 PM
I cut my hair from about hip to shoulder a few years ago and I didn't really like it. I let it grow to around BSL and kept it there for a while and loved it. I want to let it grow longer now. :)

July 15th, 2013, 08:48 PM
Ahhh yes... My hair had grown to about waist-length 6 years ago and I cut it to a chin length bob. I didn't regret cutting it at first, but after my hair got to the "flip length" it was horrible! It wasn't cute and short nor was it even long enough to put in a pony tail. Until recently I wasn't able to grow my hair past armpit length because I was always going to get it recut to make it look nice. If I were you I would first cut it to mid-back length and keep it for a few months, then see if you still want it shorter. In my opinion short hair is good, long hair is great, medium hair is icky.

July 16th, 2013, 06:36 AM
In the past, I would chop every few years. My last pixie cut was in 2001, and I've been growing it out more or less since then (with a couple of stop overs at shoulder and APL). I'm at tailbone length and I'm seriously considering shoulder length bob. I have a bunch of new growth after a massive shed, and I have a pretty sizeable chunk of hair that is at shoulder length right now. I used to have the "it grows back" attitude, but it does really take a long time. The upside of a pixie is that it's super cute. The down side is that if you do decide to grow it out, there's about a year of awkwardness before it settles into a manageable style. The other downside of a pixie cut is that you have to get it cut very frequently to maintain it. Good luck!

July 16th, 2013, 07:52 AM
I had it cut from tailbone lenght to BSL last year and am still happy with it. There is always the risc of regretting the chop, but i rather regret the things i did do, than the things i didn't do.

July 16th, 2013, 10:02 AM
I went from almost waist to shoulder in February. In one sense I am glad I did it. I had been thinking about it for a long time, and have always wanted to try that length. But I also found out I despised it, especially as what I wanted didn't work well with my hair type. So I really miss my length too. But this way I do get to start over fresher, as I was drying/flat ironing/curling that waist length. In short, my philosophy has always been to go for it, but be willing to accept the consequences if it doesn't turn out like I dream it will.

In short, this:

i rather regret the things i did do, than the things i didn't do.

going gray
July 16th, 2013, 11:55 AM
I cut from hip length to a pixie in my mid 30's to end 30's?[many years ago],hated the pixie!!My curly unruly hair and a pixie do not match well.Never ever again will I do that.

Yes, I've done the same thing, about 8 times, back & forth I go. Get it to my goal & then chop it all off. Now I get, that pixie cut just isn't me. My avatar photo is, going for BSL.

Be REALLY sure you want that short style. Good luck with your decision.

July 16th, 2013, 12:52 PM
Gone from hip to to chin twice in my 20s, 30s but both times growing was unconscious (neglect) and cut was a conscious choice to spruce myself up. This is the first time I am growing carefully in adult life.

July 16th, 2013, 01:20 PM
I have also done it a couple of times. Once from tailbone to chin. The important thing is just to think about it for a while and don't just act on impulse. (At least for me) But it seems like you have thought about it and still want it, so go for it if it feels right. Sometimes you need a change and it takes some courage.

July 16th, 2013, 02:32 PM
I chopped from waist+ to shoulder a year ago, shed a few tears in the stylist's chair, but have never looked back. It's one of the best things I've done. So much easier to look after, to wash, to keep tangle-free. And I've had so many genuine, spontaneous compliments about how it looks.

I chose the stylist very carefully on recommendations, and he talked to me about my body proportions and showed me in a full-length mirror the effect that was achieved at different lengths. He said my hair either needed to be at tailbone, or above shoulderblade for best effect - and no way was I prepared for the work involved in growing to tailbone and looking after it.

I can still just about use forks and Ficcares in a sort of French twisty things, but my lovely hairsticks need a lot of support in the way of elastic and extra pins to maintain the do, with the stick just being a decoration. I've weeded out a lot, but still have far too many that I'm keeping just because they're beautiful.

July 16th, 2013, 03:12 PM
You've thought about it long enough. Go ahead and do it! If it's the possiblity that your hair won't behave at that length that's keeping you from it, you could always cut in stages. That way, you'll get an idea of how your hair will behave before losing all of your length.

March 8th, 2019, 02:13 PM
I realize this thread is old but I REGRET everything.

I had TBL hair which took me 4.5 years to grow from a chin length inverted bob. I got "bored" last October 2018 and decided to do the ombre. It damaged my ends that that took so long to grow. And of course I got the ombre done all the way up to BSL.. So I finally decided to just make the big chop and cut off all the blonde ombre. It was a big shock. I am glad I got rid of the damage but I miss my long hair so badly. I regretted it the day after. I let my sister and cousin (who cut my hair) talk me into needing a change.

The best advice I can give anyone reading this thread who is debating cutting their hair. Don't do it for anyone else, only do it for yourself. The reason I colored my hair the ombre was because my family was teasing me saying I should make a change. I thought coloring it would be enough of a change.. I wish I could teleport back and say stop don't do any of it.

Sorry if I sound bitter but I am just still grieving the loss of 15 inches of hair. But now I am doing everything in my power to grow it back longer and better then before.

2 months down - Forever to go.

March 8th, 2019, 02:30 PM
I think that you should do it, for sure! But before going right to a pixie, you should try a lob, then a layered bob, then the pixie if you're still wanting that. The best thing about your situation is that you're already making the changes for healthy, long hair (no poo, no heat is also HIGHLY recommended!). So if you cut it and decide you want it long again, the new long hair will be way prettier (softer, shinier) than your hair now. It's empowering to take charge of your hair, go for it!

March 8th, 2019, 02:32 PM
I went from hip length hair to collar bone length and I immediately regretted it, and have been growing it out ever since.

March 8th, 2019, 07:46 PM
A few years ago I went from TBL to pixie in one chop. The lady at the salon looked like she was going to throw up from anxiety and asked me several times to make sure I was okay with it.
I loved having a pixie for several years, then I was over it.

Groovy Granny
March 8th, 2019, 08:01 PM
I went from Hip to Chin...when a stylist ruined my hair with a coloring gone bad :steam:

It was green and fried and breaking off; another salon had to cut off the damaged length.

I was turning 50 and hadn't seen virgin hair in 20 years, so they turned me back to my natural color at my request.

My family was shocked seeing me go from light blonde to light brown and many refused to believe it was ME...until the silver grew in :lol:

I was actually elated at being 'me' again for the 'big 5*0, and never looked back.

My hair was kept short considering I was silvering and heading to 60, but at 61 I said screw it and grew it long again :rockerdud

March 9th, 2019, 01:56 AM
I recently cut to chin after growing for a few years and got to waist length. I was in a bit of a post partum funk and thought a new look would make me feel better and it did... for about 5 minutes!

This was 6 months ago, I’m now growing again I’m shoulder length and full of regret. But my hair has never been in such amazing condition, all my new hair has no heat damage or dye (where as the ends of my hair before did have some damage from years before) so there is the up side!

Also my hair grows much faster now, since being pregnant and taking my vitamins. Also my lifestyle is much healthier now, no late nights drinking, no smoking (oops), I think this really helps as my hair used to grow soooo slow!!

March 9th, 2019, 09:41 AM
I have gone from nearly knee to pixie several times. I never regretted it bc I cut only due to headaches and the chop always fixed that issue.

One great benefit to being old is that nobody cares much so I revel in my old lady buns and pretty hair toys. I don't plan to go shorter.

March 9th, 2019, 02:49 PM
I always chop my hair to APL when it reaches waist+ because my hair was abused with heat for so many years so it’s damaged. My hair grows from APL to waist in 6 months which is a llttle time That’s why i never get impatient with it in that stage.

March 9th, 2019, 06:32 PM
Yes, i have cut my hair from BSL to SL before joining LHC. My hair at that point is dry, frizzy, unmanageable and shedding a lot. The big chop was to get my hair to a length that is more manageable while i figure out how to reduce my hair fall. I have finally joined LHC and decided to grow my hair out after figuring out what's wrong with my hair.

March 9th, 2019, 06:44 PM
I went from hip to CBL, then decided I was done with the henna so I just buzzed it all off. It was a great experience... very freeing, but I probably wont do it ever again. ;)

March 9th, 2019, 07:00 PM
After growing from pixie to almost tailbone I chopped to apl, then shoulder. I'm now growing back to apl, because I miss being able to put my hair in a lazy wrap bun, which used to be my go-to updo.

March 10th, 2019, 03:12 AM
Hmm, as a scissorhappy person who loves long and short hair I would recommend that you should try different lengths. I don't know your current length but I guess it's very long if you haven't cut if for three years. Go from hip to midback, from midback to APL, from APL to SL etc. See what length you like, even for a short time. Like a reverse growing out lol.
It's very easy to go pixie but growing out is difficult especially for wurlies and curlies. Set a date and make your decision, and do what feels good for you! Good luck and please keep us informed!