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The big chop

I’ve mentioned before how sensitive I am when it comes to my scalp. My hair has been growing longer and longer, perhaps longer than it’s ever been before. On its best days, it looks tousled and pretty. On its worst (read: average) days, it’s slightly frizzy and unkempt. Invariably, wearing it down means I soon try to pull it back away from my face in a casual, loopy bun. The weight of the bun has increased over time, making it so I have to obsessively redo the bun every few minutes to see if I can minimize the pulling on my scalp.

When I wear my hair up–even with lots of support from pins and so-called “scrunchies,” it starts to yank on my head and I soon must take it down. In May, I was a bridesmaid who had to wear her hair up. There was enough the drama/trauma brought into my life that day just from the bun-making process alone–suffice to to say I can’t create an up-do to save my life. But as the hours ticked on, the bun felt tighter and pulled more and more on my scalp, especially at the crown. The moment I was done with all the photographic obligations, you can bet I yanked all those bobbypins and ponytail holders out and popped a Maxalt. Ow.

It’s August in Georgia. Do any of you know what that means? August. In Georgia. 100 degree heat, very high humidity. I’m not wearing my hair down to save my life, but wearing it up means a Migraine attack.

So what did I go and do today? I chopped it.

Even if I end up not liking how the cut looks, at least I know I love the weightlessness of it!

The end.

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  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    4 years ago

    It looks great!

  • Susan Hochstetler
    8 years ago

    I always wear my hair short for that reason. I had longer hair when I was 35-40, and I often wore it in a banana clip– had tons of headaches. I find I can’t wear any weight hanging around my neck either, like heavy jewelry, a camera, binoculars, nothing. I sometimes think the weight of wearing glasses is a lot to bear on some days.

  • Tracey Wilson
    8 years ago

    I find short hair helps loads – and hey you look good 🙂

  • Sandy Bacchi
    8 years ago

    You look 1,000% better! 🙂

  • Danni GammaGamma
    8 years ago

    When I was a young girl, I sat on my hair. I had such horrible headaches I was out of school for weeks (didn’t know at the time they were migraines). Doctor came to my home (that was still when they did that) and told my Mom to cut my hair short. I was horrified but my mother took one whole day to cut off my long locks. It worked…after a few days the headaches went away and I noticed thereafter, whenever my hair got down to my shoulders or longer, my headaches became more frequent and severe. I have had my hair short now for several years, but alas, still get the migraines. But I can swear to the fact that having shorter hair does lessen their occurance….

  • Becky Sweet-Dwyer
    8 years ago

    Love the new haircut:)

  • Gina Marie Johnson
    8 years ago

    I get a migraine also when I put my hair up in a pony tail I did chop it all off last year, but I decided against short hair this year. You look good with short hair 🙂

  • Trish Tawney Otto
    8 years ago

    Love the hair. I chopped about 14 inches off of mine and I love it. I was way down pasted the middle of my back. Very thick with natural wave. I love my stacked bob more then anything and I have less headaches!

  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    8 years ago

    And the good part is – – – hair grows back 🙂 You can always change it up again later!

  • Judy Sourbier
    8 years ago

    Migraines taught me looooooonnnnggggg ago to keep my hair short. Lucky for me, I was blessed with curly hair. I like your short cut…very nice!

  • Susie Bohle
    8 years ago

    It looks absolutely adorable! I love it!

  • Mary Becerra
    8 years ago

    Looks great!

  • Cama-Lee Manfredi-Cobb
    8 years ago

    I love your hairdo!

  • MaxJerz
    11 years ago

    I keep my hair very short for the same reason. Most days I can’t even tolerate bobby pins, so that means a very short cut!

    Be well,

  • Heather
    11 years ago

    I love your new hair- so cute! It is SO HOT that I bet you are feeling better!

  • Sue
    11 years ago

    Love it. Especially if it brings you relief. It really does look great!

  • Anonymous
    11 years ago

    Very cute!! Compliments your face!

  • spud31
    11 years ago

    I wear my hair short for the same reasons – I can’t stand to pull it back and I can’t stand hair dryers. I’ve got the same sensitive scalp. Good for you!

  • Anonymous
    11 years ago

    So so so so lovely


  • emily
    11 years ago

    it does look cute, and i’m sure it feels better! i just love it whenever i can get away with not blowdrying my hair. if someone created a silent blowdryer (that really worked) i would so buy it.

  • Mary Carol
    11 years ago

    OMG!!! It looks cute from what I can tell of it. I am somewhat in shock, though…

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