If you'd told me this time two years ago that in 2015 I'd be sporting a long bob (or 'lob'), I'd probably have laughed in your face.
The impossible happened, and last Saturday I waved goodbye to my mid-length locks and hello to a shiny, new do. Truth be told, I've been thinking about chopping all my hair off for a long, long time, but was warned it would be something of a shock to the system to go from waist-length locks to barely-shoulder skimming ones.
Alas, I went for something more gradual, first doing this back in September, then this in December... by the time I walked into my salon last week, my hairdresser was mildly horrified at how much my hair had grown in length and thickness in less than 2 months. He rather enjoyed the fact that I wanted it all hacked off (my mother, a spectator of the great haircut of 2015, not so much), and after showing him several pictures of my hair-crush Jenna Coleman, he set to work.
I'm going travelling around the Caribbean and Central America for 3 months from April, so I asked him to cut it a little shorter than Jenna's in anticipation of it growing at its usual ridonkulous rate... I have trust issues with other hairdressers in the UK, let alone random ones on the other side of the world, so I wanted to make sure I wouldn't need a haircut until I returned home in July.
I'm just going to say it - I love my hair, and even my dear ol' Dad noticed I'd "done something new to it." and went as far as to say he liked it. My mother hated it, naturally, and the general reaction I've received from people I know is either: 1) sheer horror that I've cut most of my hair off followed by a rather unconvincing comment like, "Errr... it... looks ....nice..." or no comment at all, or 2) genuine approval... I'm rather enjoying seeing these extremes of reaction!
To be frank, the most important thing is what I think - after all, it's sat on my head and I'm the one that has to look at it everyday in the mirror, but I do wonder why people have such an attachment to hair; it's just hair... it'll grow back! I suppose it's a case of wanting what you can't have; I realise I'm very lucky to have a lot of hair which grows incredibly quickly, but I think this is all the more reason to experiment with different hairstyles and lengths!
I'm glad I transitioned to my lob in stages, and if you're thinking of doing something drastic with your hair's length, I'd definitely recommend you do the same thing. I'm still getting to grips with curling my hair (think I've watched about 400 'wavy lob' tutorials on YouTube), but the fact it's naturally straight means it requires minimal styling after just 5 minutes of blow-drying. I get longer in bed in the mornings, and my un-fussy hair means there's more focus on my clothes and makeup rather than the beast sat atop my head.
Best of all, my mother's finally given my haircut the closest thing to her seal of approval... she told me it was "growing on her." I'll take that... you win some, you lose some.