Sunday, July 27, 2014

Personally: Amazing What a Haircut Can Do!

I mentioned I got may hair cut a couple of months ago. I went from long (for me) wedding locks to short, sassy pixie cut and occasional faux hawk. I've done this kind of massive hair chopping before...twice...but this time it made a bigger difference in my daily attitude than ever before.

Ya see, I had fallen into a funk. A funk of epic proportions. Ok, so that might be overstating it a bit, but I was definitely in a funk. And what's worse...I didn't realize I was in one until I wasn't anymore!

Once my hair came off, I didn't cringe at myself in the mirror anymore. I started playing with makeup and nail polish and clothes for the first time in a while. I'll go into it more in a separate post, but since losing 50ish pounds over the last couple of years, I've experienced a major disconnect between what I see in the mirror and the size I actually am. With a renewed sense of confidence, I started shopping to refresh my worn out, too big wardrobe. AND I started digging down in my closet for all those items of clothing I'd outgrown for so long.

Since I got my hair cut, I feel so much better about myself all the way around. I am doing more things outside the house rather than hiding and not feeling social. I'm grabbing lunch with friends and co-workers, spending time by the pool and not feeling bad about myself while I do it.


Above: Long hair (straightened during a wedding trial run) and short hair (feeling sassy!). 

At the heart of things, the length of my hair makes no difference. What does matter is that I feel upbeat, energized and a little more like "me" than I have in a while. It's easy to get lost in things like work and chores around the house and giving my all to my family. It's nice to refocus on myself a bit, and I'm letting this new confidence spread out into my writing ventures. I'm just going for it...whatever "it" happens to be.

So thank you to those of you who have noticed (and endured) an uptick in the amount of selfies on my Instagram, the "nail of the day" and "outfit of the day" posts. While I will never love books any less, I've been wallowing in this feel-good-about-me phase, and I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Have you done anything lately that makes you feel like a new you? If you haven't done it lately, what have you tried in years past that had a similar effect? 


43 comments:

  1. I totally agree with you on everything you said here. I need to cut my hair whenever I am in a funk - makes me feel so rejuvenated! I just had one this Friday and I can already feel more upbeat and excited. I love your hairstyle, btw. I didn't know it was a recent cut. It suits you really well. I want to someday try a similar style - maybe when I'm in a deeper funk and need a more powerful pick-me-up.

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    1. Thanks, Athira! Something about a transformation is always liberating. I'm glad you're feeling upbeat and excited, too! I definitely recommend a pixie cut. They're a little edgy and daring and super easy to deal with! A perfect blend.

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  2. I've definitely noticed the increase in the number of selfies you've been posting. This haircut definitely matches your upbeat and spunky personality! I'm so glad you've found yourself again :)

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    1. Haha, thanks Jenn! I'm glad, too. :D

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  3. I think you're so right in that it's so "you" and I'm sure your husband and son are enjoying the "pep," for lack of a better word at this moment, in your step. :) I know the rest of us seeing the photos and hearing about how it's transforming you, not just physically but spiritually and emotionally, are enjoying it. Maybe it can inspire us too.

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    1. Thanks, Bryan! My husband and son are definitely enjoying the change, and my son is over the moon for the hair. He thinks it's so cool..."awesome" actually. lol That's a big compliment from a 4 year old.

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  4. I'm so glad that you found something to get you out of your rut. I've definitely noticed a change, and that's just online! Maybe I need to take another foray back into the world of pixieland...it's been a while and I could use a good positive change (I actually promised I would go for a big cut when I left that horrible job and now that it's time, I just might have to do it!).

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    1. Pixieland is a good place to be, ya know! I hope you love whatever you do when you take the plunge!

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  5. I LOVE your short hair and it is so fitting to your personality. And I totally get it and am contemplating trying to squeeze in a haircut in the next week. I feel tired with longer hair. Worn out and haggish. There's just something so fresh about short hair. The only other thing I can think of that gives me a major mood boost is the change in seasons. October gives me that same refresh that a good haircut does. Too bad it only comes once a year!

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    1. I soooo know what you mean, Trish. I always felt like I looked tired when my hair was long. When I had it cut off it was like my face lifted. Even when I'm tired, I look less tired. lol

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  6. Whaddya mean hair makes no difference? Hair makes all the difference! ;) I had a friend who used to say to me, "Meredith, why is it that a haircut is like heart surgery for you?" Because a bad haircut is the WORST, and it takes FOREVER to overcome.

    I totally get your renewed vigor with your beautiful hair. Now you might like to try some red lipstick for a further kick? Only a joke, you look lovely just as you are my friend.

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    1. LOL, length technically makes no difference. HAIR totally makes a difference! A bad haircut is the worst, though I tend to be pretty "balls to the wall." I keep hold of the "it grows back" philosophy.

      And guess what? I found a red lipcolor I like! It's a lip stain by elf cosmetics. <3

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  7. I've been doing the opposite, letting my hair grow, and I have to say I do feel a big difference, attitude wise. It is funny who little changes like that can change our whole attitude towards things hu?

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    1. That's awesome! They are little changes, but they can make such a huge difference.

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  8. I’m so happy for you and I love the new haircut, so I’m not surprised that you feel so sassy :)

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  9. I'm with Bellezza on the haircut issue. I think the new do looks great!

    I used to get a very similar change of attitude by buying a new pair of high-tops. Certainly put a bounce in my step. ;-)

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    1. Thank you! High tops, high heels, a new necklace. All little things, but they add up! :D

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  10. I really do love your cut - it's so funky and fresh. And it's been fun having a peek at your outfits and accessories on Instagram too!

    My hair's about shoulder length and it's been that way for a year. With the hot weather I've been thinking of chopping it off! I'm not sure how short to go though!

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    1. Thank you! It's fun to put new combinations of clothes together. I easily get into the rut of wearing the same outfits over and over. Chop it off big time! You'll feel refreshed! :D

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  11. You look fantastic, Andi! If the inside matches the outside, that's all that matters :)

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  12. As much as I'll always love your bookish chatter, I have to say that I love seeing the other sides of Andi too! I've been loving all your selfies on instagram. I enthusiasm and self-confidence never fail to make me smile! :D

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  13. Love it! I'm also wanting to change up my hair and want something short. However, my husband loves my longer hair so it's one of those things I go back and forth on sigh... some day it will happen though, probably after we have a fight hehe!

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    1. Luckily, my husband has known me with long, short and blue hair so he doesn't have much preference. lol

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  14. I love your hair - it is fierce and totally suits you :) You look fab! And, I love all of the posts about nail polish and outfits! I think you are spot on with this post and I can definitely see how your hair cut would totally affect you and make you feel so great. I think its awesome that you are just going for it. You rock, Andi!

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    1. Thank you, Nadia! I'm contemplating buying some new nail colors and some cheap (in price) jewelry at lunch today. More pics coming! LOL

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  15. I love your hairstyle, you definitely look more sassy and I think I've said it before, but you also look very chic, so it suits you 100%. I don't mind the selfies :) I enjoy your pictures on Instagram and I think one of your "nail of the day" pictures inspired me to get out of my flu-funk I was in and I sat and painted my nails in bed. It's amazing what a little bit of spoiling yourself can do for your general mood. I am glad that you feel so much better about yourself and that you're loving spending more time playing with nails, hair and make-up. It's fun, isn't it?

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    1. Thank you, Melinda! I'm glad to know many of you don't mind the selfies and the other pics. I'm glad a new mani in bed could help spur you out of your flu funk. I hope you're feeling much better!

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  16. So feel you. I've had my hair chin-length off and on for the last few years, but I grew it very long -- way past my shoulders -- for wedding updos for my sister's wedding and my own last year. Chopping it off on New Year's Eve was so liberating, and I just cut it to my chin again a few weeks back.

    The thing is, when I gained weight? I worried my face was too round to support the shorter hairstyle I love, so I kept it long and scraggly (and frizzy, and unkempt) as a way of "hiding," I realize. When I shed 40 lbs., as you describe, I was "myself" again -- and I feel so much lighter, literally and metaphorically, than ever before.

    Go you!

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    1. I know that feeling of being afraid a shorter cut will leave less to hide behind. Or maybe it won't flatter us the way we are now. I decided to just jump in with both feet. I've had shorter hair as a heavier person and a lighter person, and I think it's just meant to be. I always feel better. Go Meg!

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  17. I completely understand the power of a bit of a make over and the upsurge in confidence that can bring. I've been going back and forth between long-ish hair and short hair for years. I'm currently in the process of growing out my hair and recently got some highlights. For me, growing out my hair and sticking to growing it out has been an interesting confidence booster for me. When I got to the "yay I can pull this back into a pony tail" stage, I felt an upsurge of power in my will and discipline to stick to something I say I'll do.

    Anyhoo, I love the short hair on you! I'm glad that it's giving you a burst of confidence. I'm excited to see where that confidence takes you!

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    1. Ahhh yes! There is a definite feeling of accomplishment once we're able to grow out the hair. I inevitably end up throwing it into a ponytail for ages and not letting it "shine" though. That's a trap I try to avoid.

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  18. So glad you're enjoying your new hair! I put (subtle) purple streaks in mine last Christmas and loooooved it, and more recently I've cut it short for the first time in ever. I like it! I liked it long too, but it's fun to try something new.

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  19. Yes, go Andi! I know exactly what you mean. I felt like this when I got both my tattoos in this past year and it has stuck with me. And I wanted to do something different with my hair, so I've found a do that I have to grow out and shave at the same time! Ha! And I'm going to dye it. It's in a weird mid stage right now, but I'm liking it already. I've been taking pics to track the progress.

    Keep up with all the awesome statuses and posts!

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  20. You are so cute, regardless of hair length. BUT! I totally get it. I'm not at all daring with my hair, but sometimes I just get re-jazzed about makeup or wardrobe changes and it can be so much fun. I, for one, love your selfies. MORE SELFIES!

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  21. I have noticed the change in your wardrobe since you cut your hair! :-) It's amazing how something so small like a haircut can change your perspective on things! Runts are horrible, but even more so when you don't know you're in one.

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  22. Good for you Andi...you look GREAT and feel GREAT and that is an awesome thing. Rock on!!

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  23. The haircut is flippin awesome, but you're right it's so much more about the attitude. I love that it's making you feel sassy and confident!

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  24. As I commented either on FB or Instagram, I LOVE your new haircut! It suits you so well. I used to wear mine that short, but I'm really missing the hairstyling gene, so I never really felt comfortable with it and always used far too much hairspray to keep it in place. Yuck! I try not to let my long hair get too long because it does make me look tired, but it's much easier to deal with (and I do wear it pulled back quite a bit), especially since I have to get up so damned early for work. Maybe when I'm retired, I'll chop it all off. Until then, my latest pick-me was a pedicure with my granddaughter. I NEVER do anything to my nails and this was such a treat. It's been two weeks and they still look perfect and pretty. :) I also bought two new tops at Francesca's and a new dress and shorts at Von Maur (similar to Nordstrom's). I usually hate to shop for clothes, but when I found this items, I fell in love and decided to splurge. It's fun to have some dressier casual clothes for weekends and getting together for dinner with friends. I may just find that girly gene yet!

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  25. I cut my hair off a couple of years ago (not as short as your but short for me) and I loved it. I kept it like that for about a year. It was so fun. I felt I couldn't do a lot of hair styles with it so eventually I grew it back. I do get in ruts though... since I don't work or really have girlfriends locally to go out with I feel like I am always in sweat pants and no make-up. So we go to the movies and I go all out with what I am wearing. Sigh... someday I will have a fun party to go to and wear fabulous outfits.

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  26. This is such a perfect haircut! But you're right - it's not really what the haircut looks like, but what it feels like. I'm so glad it's made you feel more energized and excited about everything.

    I chopped off all my hair in a fit of nerves about job hunting. My hair was so long and not looking very healthy and I was convinced that I wouldn't be able to find a job if I didn't do something and SOON. I had enough to donate, so I donated it and I ended up getting a great haircut. Plus it made me feel in control of a situation that felt so out of my control. I had sent off my applications and all I had left to do was wait. Which is so nerve wracking!

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