(Closed) Post Wedding Chop! Should I hack it all off??? (Show your before and afters!)

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: What are your experiences with drastic hair cuts?
    I have always had really long hair and it's staying that way. : (26 votes)
    20 %
    I cut my long hair to a bob and regretted it. : (23 votes)
    18 %
    I cut my long hair to a bob and loved it! : (26 votes)
    20 %
    I've always had short hair. : (5 votes)
    4 %
    I change my hair all the time so it's no big deal. It'll grow back! : (37 votes)
    29 %
    I never change my hair, so I understand your fear. : (12 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    4014 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I have really long hair as well! People comment on how long and pretty it is quite a bit but honesty? Its gotten super high maintenence as of late. I’ve been keeping it long for the wedding (29 days!!) but I am so tired of it. It tangles at the drop of a hat despite regular trimmings and gets in the way all day every day! I dont even do anything with it anymore because its too much work!

    I’m totally doing a post wedding chop and I am counting down the days! I’ve had a short bob like you are describing done and got a lot of compliments on it so I think yours will look fabulous! Maybe check out some articles that give you advice for hairstyles for your face shpe or post a picture of you here so we can see your face shape! If you’re afraid of going too short maybe go for a long bob first and see if you like it? That’s what I’m doing come November!

    Post # 4
    3039 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @OnceUponATime: I’ve had really long hair and chopped it of to a page twice. I’ll never do it again. Every time it felt like such an adventure while at the hairdresser, out on the street I felt like a plucked chicken. Total trauma. Worst time was about 7 years ago, I went home, put on Grieg and cried for two hours until my best friend came over, turned on ABBA, got me drunk and forced me to go out dancing. 

    Seriously, I teach at uni and I don’t look that much older than my students. I guess that a shorter cut would make me look more mature, but you’re only young/moderately young for such a short time – better embrace it! Also… You might want to ask you husband what he thinks. He might be into the long, I know mine is. Two photos (not at each end of the bell curve, but this was what I was able to find):

    Short (2007)


    Long (2011)

    Thing is, I always feel so much softer with long hair! Softer and more feminine.

    Post # 5
    1833 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I chopped off my long hair into a cute bob about 3 years ago and although I loved it at the time, I’m happy that my hair is long again. I found it to be quite high maitenance because you can’t just throw you hair into a bun/pony tail/braid on those lazy days and if you don’t blow dry it nicely it just doesn’t look right. 

    I’m planning on cutting my hair a few inches after the wedding, but it will still be a bit below shoulder length. 

    Post # 6
    5176 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I am currently growing my hair out for my wedding (it’s already pretty freaking long) and I CANNOT WAIT to chop it off, lol. My hair doesn’t look good just brushed, so I always blow dry/straighten it and it’s just starting to take WAY TOO LONG! About two years ago, I chopped it all off but I missed long hair then. Then again, I am already thinking about chopping it all off like that after the wedding (just maybe a little longer than last time)!

    Post # 7
    1769 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I chopped mine 4 months after the wedding. So happy I did! I’ve always been told how young I look and I think the shorter hair makes me look a bit more mature.


    Post # 8
    4682 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    My hair has not been shorter than shoulder length in many years. I’ve also never let it grow really long. I’m planning to let it grow to my waist, then I want to get a big chop before I’m 30.

    Post # 9
    839 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @OnceUponATime:  Honestly I’m not really sure how you expect people to advise you if you don’t post any pictures. 

    Post # 11
    577 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I cycle. I grow mine out and then chop it all off every 4ish years and donate it. My hair was long layers when I got married last October, the shortest layer about an inch below my shoulder, and the long layers in the back about midway down my spine. It had been 5 years since I had a drastic cut and I just decided it was time to donate again.

    Short hair is way more work for me. With long hair, I only wash/dry/iron it every 3rd day. With short hair, I pretty much have to wash and dry it every day because it goes in all directions if I don’t tame it. I like the way I look with short hair, but I prefer long hair because there are more styling options. My husband is a fan of the short hair. It’s nice that it only takes 10 minutes to dry instead of 30.

    I say go for it. It’ll grow back!

    Post # 12
    1999 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @OnceUponATime:  You’ll probably think I’m a complete nutcase but I vividly remember my mother cutting off my long hair when I was less than 2 years old. I was traumatized and cried for days! After that, my mother promised me she’d never cut my hair short again, and I never did it either when I grew up, the shortest I’ve ever had was shoulder length – and I hated it!

    I look a bit like you, a short blonde, nobody ever takes me seriously because they think I’m no older than 20. Still, I’m terrified of cutting my hair short and I’m not tempted to change it – I’m even afraid to get a fringe! lol A few years ago, after a bad breakup, I did consider chopping my hair page-length though. I was a little afraid so I decided to do shoulder-length first. I ended up hating it, like I said, so I was really glad I didn’t go shorter. 

    How about you try the same thing, go shoulder length first? It’s not such a dramatic change and if you like it, you can always take it a step further! 

    Post # 13
    1409 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    I cut my hair to a bob about 3 years ago and totally regretted it, still trying to grow it out to where it was before. 

    Post # 14
    4687 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

    I always regret cutting my hair. Not doing it!!

    Post # 15
    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I haven’t had a wedding, so there is no post-wedding chop for me, however! I always said I would have extremely long flowy hair for mine. Well, I got sick of waiting around, and in April of this year, I went from super long hair to a pixie! I love it!! But now that we are planning on getting married next fall, I am trying to grow it out to a bob.










    Sorry for huuuge pictures!

    Post # 16
    1849 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I had to cut my hair due to excessive heat damage that accumulated after I started using new heat styling tools with a little too much enthusiasm. I had very long hair and it got chopped to just above the shoulders. I remember thinking I might cry. I even warned the stylist. As it grew out, I treasured every new inch of growth, and I was so jealous of girls who had the long hair I used to have. 

    The chop was necessary, and I needed it to help turn my hair around, but I would never do it again. Other people said they loved it on me, but hair is about more than how others see it. It’s what frames your face and tops off every outfit, so you have to feel good about it. My hair is now finally back to the length it used to be, and I’m long overdue for a trim, but I don’t even want to to get one…

    For what it’s worth, styling my shorter hair was not any easier or less time consuming than my long hair. I have an excellent hair dryer and have gotten the approach down to a science, so my hair takes me 10-15 minutes from wet to dry and styled no matter what length it is. 

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