The 4 Emotional Stages of Getting A Pixie Cut (Before & After)
Last month, I finally decided to chop off my hair and get a pixie cut after years of putting it off. Why did it take so long? Well, there were many worries within me that held me back from taking action, but in the end, it was all worthwhile and I am more than happy with my hair.
On May 6th, 2017, I finally decided to chop off my hair and get a pixie cut after years of putting it off. Why did it take so long? Well, there were many worries within me that held me back from taking action, but in the end, it was all worthwhile and I am more than happy with my hair.
BEFORE THE CUT
Stage 1: Anxiety Takeover
What if I don't like it? What if I'll look like a boy? What if I regret it? What will people think of me? These were some of the main questions constantly popping up in my mind since high school when I just really wanted a Kina Grannis haircut.
Stage 2: CONFIDENCE BOOST
Over a month ago when I had gotten a new job, I was required to tie up my hair, which I hated because all of my hair volume would die after hours of it being pulled down. This was a significant factor in me cutting my hair, but most importantly, it was the confidence I built up for myself leading to the big chop.
I knew that I not only had to be in a positive headspace, I also had to be okay with how I physically looked like -- especially, with the look of my face. This meant studying all of my flaws, taking them all in, and accepting them. My face was certainly going to be a focal point, so I drank more water than I already did, I pulled my hair back and tried to imagine how I'd look like with a pixie cut, and eventually my confidence was as strong as a bullet.
Also, telling myself positive affirmations like You're cute! You're confident! You're shameless! has helped tremendously.
AFTER THE CUT
Stage 3: OH, YES HONEY
By the time I got to the hairdresser, I was more than ready to get my haircut. The hairdresser said "Oh, we're chopping it ALL off? Are you ready?" HELL YES I AM.
My initial reaction was something like Oh wow. Oh my. Okay okay, I like this. Actually no, I LOVE this. Regrets? What regrets?! She's serving Janelle Monae, art student, vintage, kind-of-mom-looking, curly realness right now and she couldn't be happier!
After getting my pixie cut, I have had moments where I feel less feminine or where I wish I had my longer hair to keep the attention away from the pimples on my face, but most of the time, I take myself out of that negative mess of thoughts and replace it with the proudness I felt when I finallydecided to make the decision in the first place.
I love this cut so much because it represents who I want to be; someone confident and shameless, as well as someone who looks like they get stuff done. The first few weeks of getting the cut, I couldn't recognize myself. Instead, I saw someone better who accomplished what she wanted to accomplish and was content with herself and her life. Here's to years of this redefined Livin'Lin.