New Year... New... Hair... Cut????!!! #ClearTheShoulders

posted on: Tuesday, 30 December 2014


There's a new hashtag trending on twitter this week and it's all about hair, and we have one woman to thank for the hustle and bustle around it - Kristin Ess. Ess is Lauren Conrad's hairdresser and the woman recently responsible for chopping Conrad's famous locks. In doing so she has started a movement on instagram with women the world over sharing their #cleartheshoulders bob cuts. It's fantastic to watch the photos roll in. Some women hold their sliced and diced ponytails high in the hair as if they have just conquered Goliath. Other women are shot only in profile, waiting for the verdict on their new hairstyle, in the form of comments,  to roll in. I must admit, I searched the hashtag and had a good time looking through the hundreds of photos that showcase a cut that has quite literally shaken the fashion world in 2014. It's bye bye long locks and hello blunt bob. Which leads me to the point of conversation today...

I've had long hair for the better part of a decade now. No, it's been longer. I think I'm going on 12 years now. Of course I've had trims here and there. After I went blonde for a summer I had to have a good four inches cut off to repair the damage from the bleach. I've toyed with layers and I've even sported a long fringe. But I've never ever toyed the idea of #cleartheshoulders. And just when I think I might want to do it - go for the chop - it seems the whole world has beat me to the scissors.

And so I find myself in an interesting New Year dilemma. Do I march into the salon on the first of the year and hand over my hair? Do I snip the ponytail and say goodbye to boring old long strands? As much as I would love to, I have minor panic attacks about the idea of not being able to tie my hair in a bun at a moments notice, or in finding myself with nothing to twist in moments of complete chaos (oh my poor tangled hair). And is short hair anywhere near as much fun when it comes to braids, tongs and random over the top updos?

I remember a famous model once saying that as soon as she found out she was defined by her hair she had to chop it all off immediately. She needed to challenge herself and her image and break new ground. It ended up being the beginning of a beautiful clean slate for her and an amazing future in modeling.

So I'm thinking that I need a clean slate in general, with my hair, my life... maybe location. Ladies, it may be time for a change. The shoulders may just be clear this time next week. Watch this space...

Anyone else making the cut for the New Year? Shall we start a new hashtag? #NewYearNewHair????

Just as a little cheat, I've put together an inspiration board on Pinterest for cuts I'm considering copying... just in case anyone else is thinking, looking or walking to a salon at present...

8 comments:

  1. Don't do it is my advice. Your hair one of your trademarks and following the trend can often mean going for a look that's just not 'yours'. You have beautiful hair so why part with it?? I went for the bob during the Summer and while it was nice to feel lighter and refreshed, I really missed my long hair and growing it back is painfully sloooow. Nothing more attractive that a full head of glossy long hair. Why not go for a graduated cut or change the style but still keep it long and luxe? xx Ali

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    1. Good advice, Ali, and thank you for the beautiful comments. I completely get what you're saying. A cut can be a blessing short-term and something you see as a big mistake in the longterm! I'll sleep for a while on it. Happy New Year! xxoo

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  2. I did it a few years ago, and donated my hair to Locks of Love. I highly recommend it, both from a feel good donation to a feel good style!

    http://www.locksoflove.org/faq.html

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    1. Jef - that's a great idea! Definitely what I'll do if I do go for the chop!

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  3. ps: Your hair is so beautiful, if I were you I would never cut it!

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  4. Do it! I chopped my super long hair about a year ago, then went above the shoulders about two months ago - no regrets! I absolutely love it.

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  5. When I came to Uni in London from the Cotswolds aged 18, I thought my new city adventure deserved a new modern hairstyle. With natural light blonde hair down to my waist I had not only had the same hairstyle all my life but also not a drop of colour. I asked friends if I should cut it all off and most agreed. Finally I asked my Mum, her advice is irritatingly always right and she said I would regret it but I have to go with my heart. The appointment was booked and I came out with off the shoulder hair and highlights. With every hair appointment the trim would cut it back to the same length and nothing really grew. I missed being me. My long hair made me happy and it's only when I lost it I realise how much I missed it. (Same with everything) To help me feel more me I wore hair extensions but again they weren't mine and felt wrong. I decided to spent time caring for it. Two year of bad hair days came, as I only towel-dryed it stopped all colour, but finally my hair is long again and I wouldn't change it.
    If you are doing it to change then I would advise it's not worth it. yes it's safe to have the same hairstyle all our lives, but with the time that has passed, it's become who I am. After-all if Anna Wintour thinks it's ok, I am agreeing with her! Best of luck in what you decide Em.

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