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.


 Click here to find out how to make one yourself


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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  • Suzie ~ styliseme.blogspot - 19 August 2012 - 9.14 pm

    New cut looks great chick! A change is as good as a holiday I say! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 20 August 2012 - 7.31 am

      Thanks, Suzie. I think I’d rather have a holiday, plus my new hair would be so easy to take on holiday! ๐Ÿ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • Rachel from Redcliffe Style - 15 August 2012 - 7.46 am

    I looks great. I am not loving my cut at the moment. It either needs to be shorter or longer ๐Ÿ™‚ Rachel xReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 15 August 2012 - 10.37 am

      Yes, I get that. I’ve had that before too. Shorter would be fab, and it won’t be long before its longer again if you’re not keen! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • BossyMummy - 15 August 2012 - 12.53 am

    You are brave – love the result! we have Champagne Friday too – what a great tradition ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 15 August 2012 - 10.38 am

      Thank you! We haven’t done Champagne Friday for a while. Definitely time to get it started again. ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Jess Newman - 14 August 2012 - 10.18 pm

    I went the big chop in March but haven’t had it done since. I’m letting it grow now.

    I really like it, though I have to say, day 5 was my favourite; it really suited you. ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 15 August 2012 - 10.39 am

      That’s the fab thing about hair. It grows back if you fancy another change! Day 5 worked for me too, not least because it took under 30 secs! ๐Ÿ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • Lara at This Charming Mum - 14 August 2012 - 9.57 pm

    Good on you! Very brave. I’m always debating going the chop but I never quite get there. I have curly hair too – those first few hours of salon-dried straightness are so precious! ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 15 August 2012 - 10.41 am

      I did manage to straighten it today but what a saga. Combed hair oil through wet hair, then wrap dried with a Denman and a hairdryer, then sectioned, then ironed. Boring! Some people want curls. I’m going to celebrate mine (plus it’s so much easier!) ๐Ÿ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • Sonia@ LIfe Love and Hiccups - 14 August 2012 - 9.20 pm

    I LOVE your new do hun its very glam and I actually really like it curly and short too like at the end. The last time I had short short hair I was 21 and I it was bleached and short and I loved it. I am too much of a wus to cut it all off these days…then again you may have inspired me. xxReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 14 August 2012 - 9.38 pm

      Ooh, I think we’re going to have to do a hair do over the years blog hop! ๐Ÿ™‚ Would love to see that. X. Oh, and thank you! ReplyCancel

  • Yvette - 14 August 2012 - 8.41 pm

    I put in a lil fringe at my last haircut and its great.. ive had it short and ive had it long – now its inbetween.. its soooooo thick that no matter how much I have it thinned out it still takes ages to dry! We shouldn’t complain though – we can do so much with it. if we had the time, energy and knowledge ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 14 August 2012 - 9.37 pm

      Yup, all those people with thin hair are shaking their fists at us for whingeing! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • MsMandie - 14 August 2012 - 8.37 pm

    Loving the shorter do on you! I am naturally dark blonde and my hair has been long and dyed quite blonde for years. This winter, I got it cut into a bob and dyed it dark brown. People actually didn’t recognize me! ReplyCancel

  • Yellow_Dandy - 14 August 2012 - 8.17 pm

    I always find it takes me about a week for a new haircut to feel right, and for me to learn how to style it properly. I think your new do looks great!!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty - 14 August 2012 - 6.24 pm

    I have had the same hairstyle for about the last 5 years or so! I really want/need a change, I just don’t know what! I think the shorter style really suits you. Especially on day’s 2 and 5! Think i’ll go and google hairstyle’s and see if i can find something ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Tamsin Howse - 14 August 2012 - 4.26 pm

    Yes! I chopped mine (pics here: http://www.tamsinhowse.com/blog/2011/11/cut-my-hair/) and it took about 3 weeks to get the hang of it. Then, if you look at any recent pics of me it will be obvious – I grew it back out again. But I didn’t really want short hair, I just wanted to chop it ๐Ÿ˜›ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 14 August 2012 - 5.08 pm

      That link didn’t quite work, but I think I found the right one. I think it’s cute that that is short for you! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • workingwomenaustralia - 14 August 2012 - 4.25 pm

    Oh I love the new do! On day 1 and every day afterward it looks gorg. The style really suits you, and I love the fact that no matter what you do with it, it’s a little different each time but still pretty. ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 14 August 2012 - 5.09 pm

      Thanks Kim. It’s different every day because one day I’m running late, one day I wash it, one day I forget to put product in whilst it’s wet … ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

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