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Should I Cut My Hair?: Mickey’s Perspective

Posted by Mickey B.

The other day one of my long-time clients blogged about her dilemma whether or not to cut her hair shorter. She is terrific and this story ultimately had a very happy ending.

But it raises a bigger issue that comes up a lot so I wanted to write about it. The issue is this: what to do if you are suddenly gripped by an impulse to do something drastic with your hair that involves scissors–with or without a hair stylist accomplice.

Seriously. This is a question we hairdressers face on a daily basis. Most of the time it is an easy question to answer. There are, however, those times when it’s not so easy to help clients in deciding whether to cut their hair off or not.

Let me take a few moments and give you some of my advice.

In my 26 years of cutting hair, I’ve been witness to who-knows-how many spur-of-the-moment changes; sorry, folks, but they rarely work out as hoped. Having a bad day? Bored to tears? Getting out of a relationship? Bracing yourself for a high school reunion? … any of these things and a hundred more can easily put you in a place that longs for a change – any change. Think it through really hard before involving your hair in that decision.

Try a new nail color. Go shoe shopping. Take up martial arts.

Okay. I’ll own that my own professional survivor instinct and rights are asserting themselves here because 9 times out of 10 if the impulse haircut doesn’t work out, it is yours truly with the scissors that gets blamed. I’m just sayin’….

So here are Mickey’s tips:

  • Don’t make a big change on the first visit with a new stylist. Building a relationship and trust with a new stylist will pay off big in the end when making decisions that involve change.
  • When deciding on any new look give your stylist some visuals of what you have in mind. You may not find the entire look in one picture. You may like the length of one picture, the bangs of another, or the choppiness of yet another. Show your stylist what you like about different looks to customize the perfect look for you.
  • Remember: the shorter the hair the more visits to the salon to maintain it.

Cutting your hair is a very big decision. Make sure you are ready and remember these final two things about hair:

  1. It is the only accessory you have for your whole life.
  2. It grows back.

Have fun with it!!!!!!


Read Chelsea’s blog post here. And whether you’re looking for routine hair services or a change in hair style, color, length, or overall look, give us a call. The trained and friendly stylists at Michael Anthony Salon will work closely with you to find a solution that really works for YOU!

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