Those of you who have followed me for a while will know i’ve always had long hair.
I can’t remember a time I didn’t have long hair.
Over the years i’ve dabbled with a bit of under the shoulder length, but most of the time i’ve preferred the long and luscious life.
There’s always been a part of me that’s wondered what it would be like to go short, from rolling my hair up in a makeshift bob to dodgy photoshop face swaps with gorgeous celebs, the thought has often come up.
But my wondering has been where it’s ended, until now.
The thing is, I always just felt like long hair was so easy to style. When it’s long surely there’s so much more you can do with it?!
I also felt quite lucky because I do have quite nice thick hair which dries wavy, so I never had to use to much heat on it.
Recently, i’ve been seeing so many beautiful LOB (long bob) hair cuts. On celebs, bloggers, friends, it really seems to be a hot trend at the moment and I am all for it.
I absolutely LOVE Abi’s hair. Since watching her Barcelona vlog and of course keeping up with her on Insta i’ve adored her LOB.
The way she styles it is so effortless.
Although I’m not a huge fan of too much of a side parting (long gone are the secondary school days of ridiculous side fringes), I like the length and curls of Zoellas LOB.
I think she’s now gone quite short, but I love the bouncing shoulder length here.
A new connection of mine on Instagram and my absolute hair idol is Saf. Her style is effortless and her LOB is the perfect length and style.
I honestly think she is part of the reason I decided to go for the chop.
So as you can see, during 2018 and the year I started blogging, i’ve been surrounded by some pretty influential gals with stunning LOB’s.
Then the thought started slowing trickling more and more into my head…is it time for a change?
Honestly i’ve thought about cutting my hair now for a good six months and only now, finally, have I got round to actually doing it.
The deciding factor for me, and one of the reasons i’m actually so glad I waited this long is I found out I could donate my hair.
The Little Princess Trust is a charity who provide real wigs free of charge to young people who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment or other illnesses.
An absolutely incredible cause.
As someone who has always been incredibly lucky with hair, and I’m sure many others feel the same, I can’t even begin to image what it is like to lose you hair, so I think this charity is absolutely amazing.
I had no idea how much real wigs actually cost until speaking to my hair dresser at Toni and Guy. We’re talking thousands for a real hair wig!
Once I found out my hair was long enough to donate, I booked my appointment.
It was the deciding factor for me, If I can help someone out in this small way I am more than happy to chop off my locks.
After all once my hair is no longer attached to my head, I don’t have much use for it!
This was my hair on the day it was getting cut.
You can see obviously the ends are pretty knackered, but that’s bearing in mind I hadn’t had it cut for probably over a year.
One of the great things about donating my hair, was that I didn’t have chance to feel nervous.
Ok maybe in the exact moment the hairdressers held the scissors up to the top of my plaits, but after she’d chopped them off that was it, it was already done.
Once the plaits were chopped off, I had my hair styled. It’s currently all one length with a few longer bits at the front. Considering how much hair I have, it didn’t take long at all.
Once my hair was styled, I took my plaits away in a bag and it was done! I did feel very strange wandering around Cambridge with a bag of human hair, but part of me was too excited about my new do to even think about it.
The process fo donating is super easy, so if you’re thinking of getting your hair cut check these guidelines to see if you’re eligible:
“If your ponytail (plaits are acceptable but ponytails are preferable please) measures longer than 12”/30cm, it will most likely be blended with similar hair and made into a lovely, long wig for a girl. If you’re having your hair cut with the specific intention of donating it, please hang on and grow the length so that it exceeds 12”/30cm.
If your hair measures between 7-12”/17-30cm, it may be mixed with similar hair and made into a shorter wig possibly, when required. Incredibly around 4”/10cm is lost when a wig is made because of the knotting process.”
Now i’ve cut my hair, I can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner. I absolutely love the length and contrary to what I previously thought there’s actually a lot more I can do with it.
I’m still trying to master the diddy braids, but hopefully I can get there soon!
If you’re on the fence about getting the chop, DO IT.
Just remember, it will always grow back!
(That was my thought process throughout the whole experience, just in case I hated it!)