You know how when you get a new haircut, it takes a while for it to “settle in”? (I make it sound like moving into a new neighborhood or starting a new job, hahaha.)
But you know how there’s usually that period right after a new cut when you and the new hair are getting to know each other better on your way to eventually figuring each other out?
Well, mine’s finally settled in, and I love it.
It feels so great having hair graze my shoulders again and not feel like it’s just in the way. It’s also really nice to have an actual style again, too. I finally feel like my hair isn’t in transition to something or somewhere in the between stages. It’s like, finally! — I’ve made it to point B.
The style is called a long bob, or a “lob” for short. There’s a little bit of layering, but not a whole lot, and that’s on purpose. I have a slight wave on the top layers, and I know from having many, many terrible haircuts that if there are too many layers when my hair is shoulder length or shorter, I end up with an unintentional mullet.
Side note: If you’re gonna rock a mullet, best be damn sure it’s intentional; otherwise, you’re in for a world of hurt. I’M JUST SAYING.
If you have wavy, textured or curly hair and you’re thinking about chopping off a significant amount, I think it helps to consider these few things…
1. Squirrel away 4-6 inspirational photos (not just one!)
First, before you do the deed, it helps to collect a few style inspo pics on your phone or torn from magazines.
I repeat: not just one. I think the sweet spot is between 4-6 pics, all on different people, and all with a similar vibe.
Why so specific, K-Dawg?
Because this way both you and the stylist can more easily identify what it is exactly about the style that you like.
I think it’s also key to remember that if you’re giving a stylist examples of someone else’s work, they’re going to interpret the haircut in their own way. Hair stylists are artists, after all, and each person will put their own stamp and special sauce on the cut.
These are the pics I brought to my appointment. They’re all by I found on Instagram.
2. Jot down everything you know (and want your stylist to know) about your hair
Unfortunately, this is a lesson I learned the hard way over the course of many terrible haircuts!
So…your stylist can’t read your mind.
And just because you give them a few pics doesn’t mean that’s what you’ll end up with. In my experience, the more information I give a stylist about my hair and how it behaves, the better off I’ll be in the end.
You can bring a Post-It, or type everything into the Notes app on your phone.
Here’s the list I took to my appointment…