Going the Big Chop : The Aftermath


So I decided last week that I was bored with my perfectly nice hair do – a kind of shoulder length layered curly bob, and decided to go  The Big Chop.

I have fine hair but absolutely tonnes of it.  It’s like having very thick hair, but it can get overloaded by the amount of hair products usually required to keep curls glossy and not frizzy.  I know, I know, first world problems.

I went straight to Hair Romance for some inspiration, scheduled an appointment with my hairdresser and then panicked when I realised the appointment had been made in my diary but I’d neglected to actually call my hairdresser … phew, finally got that sorted out.




After much chat with Jyle at Stevie English Hair, I finally decided on this style as modelled by the lovely Christina Ricci.  I enjoyed a lovely chai latte (the whole mouthful of it I remembered to actually drink), and the fabulous massage chairs at the sink performed their usual magic trick.


In the salon


I did start to get a bit concerned when post cut, my hair was dried with a brush, then ironed, then ironed again, and the words “you may have a bit of trouble with the back” were mentioned.  Hmmm …


At Chiswick, day of new do


I think the fringe is a bit long, and not as separate as the look I was after.   I might need to go a bit more concave at the back, which would make the straightening considerably easier.  I don’t think I love the hair curving towards my face, but I think that’s probably more the way it was styled on the day.



All glammed up, I went out for a Festival of Kimba lunch with the Welshman at Chiswick, the hot new restaurant du jour.  Highly recommended, by the way.  Excellent wine list, gorgeous food, lovely decor and charmingly cheeky staff – a winning combination.

After getting caught in the rain (not as romantic as it sounds) on the way to our friends’  house for Champagne Friday,  my sleek straight do was looking slightly worse for wear.  It was worth it though – pizza for the kids, nibbles for the adults (we forgot dinner for ourselves), some Champagne, frenetic dancing, Boyo busting his funky dance moves, shuffling lessons, BMX at the Olympics, and a very late night for all.


Day 2


It is sacrilege to waste a perfectly good professional blow job out, but it was unsalvageable.  I had to wash and condition on Day 2.  Unfortunately, one of the things about having lots and lots of hair is that it takes ages to dry, and one of the things about using hair irons successfully (ie, not burning yourself or your hair) is to use them only on perfectly dry hair.  I wound up with a bit more volume in my hair than anticipated after tipping it upside down to dry it more quickly (will I ever learn?) even after the irons did their thing.


Day 3 with photobombing bunny


On Day 3, I deployed a bit of dry shampoo and some O&M Frizzy Logic for a curly bob on a very windy day.  A bit of a brush and a side swiped fringe with a sparkly Mimco clip, and Bob’s your auntie’s live in lover.  That’s Bolt Monsieur Lapin Princess Fluffybum Bunny photobombing.


Day 4


I washed and conditioned it again on Day 4, and then didn’t leave myself enough time to dry AND straighten, so I chucked some Frizzy Logic and some Redken Curl Creme in it, gave it a quick blast, smoothed it a little with a boar bristle brush and hoped for the best.


Day 5


I found myself at home on Day 5 with a sick child (who is not really sick but can’t go to school for two days on doctor’s orders) but actually a bit ill myself (three weeks of antibiotics will do that to a girl’s digestive system – enough said because I’m all about keeping it ladylike, not real) and just could not be arsed doing my hair again.  A bit of dry shampoo, a brush out and a ridiculous sequinned headband did the trick!




I’m not regretting the decision to cut my hair.  I’m glad I went The Big Chop.  After all, it’s only hair … and it grows back!

I’m enjoying the curls being more manageable, with fewer of them to bother with.  I think jaw length works better on my longer face than shoulder length.  It’s not long enough for a pony tail, but not too short that I can’t deploy a vintage silk scarf for a Rosie the Riveter-inspired look.  Pleased to report that my collection of hairclips, hair bows and headbands  are still feeling the love.


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I think it takes about a week and a couple of washes to work out exactly what products, styling implements and techniques are required for a new do.  Especially when you have had something reasonably radical, like 10 centimetres chopped off, and a quasi-fringe cut in (the best a girl with two cowlicks can do!).  The straightening may be left for days when I have more time, however!

Have you switched hairstyles recently?  How long does it take you to work out how to style a new do?  Or am I just a hair gumby?

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