Wait! before you pick up those shears….

I have a little insight to share with you. It seems appropriate talk about what I like to call ‘impulse cutting.’ I am very guilty of this myself. I cut my hair when I am bored. I cut my hair when I am sad. I cut my hair when I am PMSing. I especially cut my hair when I get a no-show at work and I’m sitting there with my shears in my hand in cut-mode. I have been growing my hair out for 20 years but its barely passed my shoulders now.

I have impulse cut my hair into some pretty cute ‘dos to be sure, but more often than not, I regret it. So, I have come up with a list of questions that I must ask myself before I am allowed to cut my own hair. I am happy to pass this on to those of you who can’t help yourselves sometimes;)

  • I always have a hair goal that I am working towards. Does cutting my hair right now help get me closer to this goal?
  • Have I gotten out enough lately? Maybe I’m just restless and bored. This is not a good enough reason to pick up my shears.
  • Am I waiting for something? feeling anxious? Looking for a distraction? Fretting over my hair after I’ve impulse chopped it is not a good feeling in this situation.
  • Have I been drinking? Especially whiskey? This one’s a no-brainer.
  • Do I just need some drama in my life? Get on facebook instead. I will soon be sufficiently distracted.
  • Am I just having a blue-sy day? Go on a walk or call a friend. Eat some chocolate.

I take a couple minutes to ponder these questions. Often, after giving it some thought I’m relieved that I didn’t just go for it. I give myself a little pat on the back for showing some restraint.

But sometimes, sometimes, an impulse haircut will happen that makes my life significantly better. It was just what I needed and I feel like myself again. The moral of this story, my dears, is don’t be afraid to be sponaneous and adventurous with your hair, but don’t make thoughtless and rash hair decisions. Your hair deserves better than that!

I would LOVE to hear your stories of spontaneous tress distress and DIY haircut magic, send ’em to info@howtohairgirl.com.

9 thoughts on “Wait! before you pick up those shears….

  1. I had hip length hair and one day I woke up and decided that I needed a pixie cut. I love, love, loved it! and have enjoyed the growing out stages. But now I’m missing my long locks and want to grow my hair to hip again. The problem *le sigh* I am currently at shoulder length (not a fan of shoulder) and am getting so tempted to chop. I shall now memorize your list and repeat said list to myself multiple times a day until I get past the dreaded limbo stage of shoulder length hair.

  2. this is why the left side of my hair has been 2 inches shorter than the right for the past year….

  3. This is a great list. I love diy cutting my hair late at night when I’m bored and had a glass (or2) of wine. This list may slow me down. That said, if I could figure out how to diy a boxy cut I was happy with I’d lock myself in the bathroom right now!
    Love your site. Have a great night. Iris

  4. i had long curly locks and had recently seen a picture of an adorable pixie cut i figured if i wait too long i won’t want to do it anymore so i went in and had my hair chopped off sorta of wishing i hadn’t done that and its only been two months your site has helped me out though as i now know there are so many natural ways to help my hair grow faster

  5. Up until I was about 23 or so I had always had long hair -waist length at the longest to just above mid back at the shortest. I never thought I would cut it, it was such a huge part of my identity… But life happens and I walked into a hair salon and got a gorgeous pixie cut. I loved it!! Now, I try pretty much anything with my hair, color or cut. I never realized how much I was missing out on (or how restrictive it was) by having long hair and being so scared to cut it. I do still occasionally grow it out, but I usually chop it right back off. 🙂

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