As some of you know, Mike trimmed my hair a few weeks ago, cutting off 7 inches. I love the shorter length because I can do much more with my hair and can wear it down any time I want. I like versatility! Since I've been at these before and after lengths quite a few times, I didn't see much need for posting pictures, but some of you guys are interested, so here you go:
The new length is just above my waist, though in the picture it looks like it's a bit higher. I must've had my head slightly bent forward or something. I liked the way the longer length looked on me from the back like above, but I never wore it that way. My desire to cut it wasn't that I disliked how it looked down, it was that I could never wear it down. In the before shot, my hair doesn't look very silky like usual, but that was because of no flash or much light reflecting off of it. And I hadn't even combed it out after washing.
I just realized it was only a year ago that Mike trimmed my hair to this length as well, so my hair grows relatively fast.
I've noticed that buns (when I tested one, though I've not worn a single one once since the trim) aren't much smaller than before the trim. That's because what was cut off wasn't all that much hair... in thickness that is; it wasn't much volume-wise.
Now I can wear my hair down, half-up (another style I could never do at the longer length) and in different updos. I wore a version of a French twist the other day and Mike commented on how much he liked it over the buns I used to wear. I just couldn't make pretty updos work with the longer length.
Here is an after trim side shot:
I've been reading on some of the hair boards lately how people are emotionally attached to their hair - and I can relate. I've had long hair most of my life. I grew up in the 60's when everyone wore it long and only cut mine short once because my heart had been stomped flat and I was crazy in my head (and then immediately started growing it back out). So, I can say I am very attached to my hair and I love it long. I just never cared whether or not it was super-dooper extra long. I like my hair to complement me and when it gets too long to do that in my mind, I don't have any problem adjusting the length. But I sure wouldn't like it short. I wouldn't feel like "me"... though I'm sure I would adjust if something happened where I had to have short hair for some reason. I'm not one for big changes and when I find something I like, I usually stick with it. But a little tweak now and then is good for me and I'm lovin' my new trim. I've not decided about bangs or anything else different in the "style" yet and have a feeling I will probably keep it as-is for the time being.