Let’s Talk Hair

For the last several months I’ve been hemming and hawing about chopping my hair off, around 12 inches to be specific. In college I mostly had short hair, grew it out, and it’s been long ever since. Many of my friends have told me they prefer me with long hair, which is a big reason why I’m hesitant to cut it off. But now that I’m baking all the time the hair just gets in the way. Most days I pull it back into a bun or ponytail, and the off chance that I go out and wear it down, any styling I do it it gets flattened, weighed down and becomes a tangled mess.

More than just the inconvenience/laziness of not styling my hair daily, I’ve been using my hair as a security blanket. I can name several occasions in which I’ve literally (yes, literally!) hid behind my hair. I will say that I’m not as confident as I’d like to be in my own skin, and hiding behind my hair certainly doesn’t help. When I start leaning towards cutting it off, I’m reminded of all the people who’ve said I look better with longer hair. What does that mean about me with a shorter style? While I might be ready to leave my sad straggly locks behind, I don’t know if I’m ready to be ugly. Instead of being nervous about making a bad decision, I’m afraid of what people will think of me. I know I know, kind of sad.

Thankfully, a bigger part of me doesn’t give a shit about what they say and I’m planning on going through with it. I haven’t decided on a cut or a hair salon, so if you have any input feel free to chime in! I could honestly go on and on about hair (just ask Gary.) Should I color it? Cut it even shorter? I’m ready for a change! Oh, and if you are wondering, I am going to donate my ponytail as I haven’t dyed or processed my hair much in any way.

(photos from Rasysa)

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diana February 14, 2013 at 12:48 am

those are cute cuts! where are the images from? (i’m curious to see what other styles that website might have)

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matchboxkitchen February 14, 2013 at 4:22 am

Whoops! Thanks for asking, I totally forgot to credit the website. It’s a Japanese hair website: http://www.rasysa.com/. Huge selection of different hair styles!

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diana February 22, 2013 at 9:48 pm

thank you! (and your new hair cut is super adorable — love that pixie cut on you, so flattering!)

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Sandy February 14, 2013 at 2:10 am

DO IT! Everyone used to tell me the same thing “oh you look better with long hair.. blah blah blah”. The only person who agreed that I should cut my hair was my boyfriend (who happens to prefer short hair). I decided to do a choppy shoulder length cut to start but it eventually kept crawling up shorter and shorter. Either way– make sure you land on a style that is potentially versatile/safe with minor tweaks as it never ends up like the photo. I recommend this site: http://www.rasysa.com/pkg/style/

Also– make sure you are completely OK with doing it before you go so you can release any stress or tension about how it will look. The positive? Short hair grows– fast. So you can change it up quickly if you’re not a fan.

Good luck! And thanks for the cake last week– i finished the last of it last night. DIVINE.

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matchboxkitchen February 22, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Thanks for the advice, Sandy! I was pretty nervous the night before but when I got to the salon I just wanted my hair to be gone already.

I’m so glad you enjoyed the cake!!

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Mallory February 15, 2013 at 12:04 am

While – like you – the bigger part of me doesn’t give a shit about what anyone else thinks of my hair, for YEARS I almost always wore my hair up because I had a boyfriend in high school who mentioned how it looked better that way. I always try to be so careful with what I say about people’s appearances – even if it’s a compliment – because I know how things like that stick with you FOREVERRRR.

Now I’m off to look at hair pictures because I really need to stop trotting around with the blah hair situation I have right now and snip it all off.

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matchboxkitchen February 22, 2013 at 6:53 pm

It’s really crazy (or sad) how other people’s opinions get engrained in our heads. Thankfully, as each day goes by I care a little less about what people think of me. I could not have said that a few years ago though!

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Jenny @ BAKE February 17, 2013 at 5:25 pm

that style is so pretty! go for it, it’ll always grow back

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matchboxkitchen February 22, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Thank you! That’s my thinking too, hair grows back, it’s not forever!

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margaret February 21, 2013 at 1:31 am

no doubt, you should do it. I had pretty long hair but cut it off right after i got married. it feels great- and getting ready takes half as long. If you don’t like it- it will grow back.

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matchboxkitchen February 22, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Thanks, Margaret! I am already loving how much lighter it is.

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alexisbryn February 22, 2013 at 12:09 am

girl do it!!! i go to the establishment in silverlake, go see Melissa – she will take care of you!! <3

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matchboxkitchen February 22, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Thanks for the rec!

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alexisbryn February 27, 2013 at 12:07 am

correction: Danielle is her name :)

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