for the big chop, i actually went to a new stylist who was referred by my friend kristina! (you'll learn more about kris later because i'm going to do a feature her and the lovely ladies of handbago as soon as the holiday craziness passes) in the meantime stop by their website http://www.handbago.com <-- not a sponsor just a friend :)
anywho, i definitely recommend my new stylist, christi, if you live in the LA area! she is amazing, and if it hadn't been for her making me feel so comfortable the entire time, i might have backed out. she did a great job explaining what she was doing and using, and she is one of the first stylists i've had in LA that i loved talking with. totally rad chic. :) you can check out her info & schedule appointments here. the salon is next to the beach in santa monica which is a bonus for me considering my mermaid status!
on to the chop:
*forewarning: i didn't plan properly, and my camera died during the process so half the pictures are iphone pics. big time boo.*
here are two of my before shots ~ in the first photo, i was trying to get a good full picture, but i realize you can't really see how long my hair is so i included a back view too. p.s. i hate how it's all pointy on the ends. i was clearly in need of a cut regardless of if i was doing a hair donation or not.
going in i wanted to cut a 8 1/2" ponytail, (8" is the minimum for donating to pantene beautiful lengths.) but when i got there for some reason i was feeling really fiesty and told her to cut 10". eek!! thankfully she and the mister both convinced me to only do 8 1/2" because after the cut, she would still need to trim more to even everything out.
my faces in the mirror reflections = fear! hahaha
after all was said and done about 9-9 1/2" are gone, and even though my hair looks really healthy... i miss my length. i don't need it to be as long as it was, i just want 2 more inches back and then i will feel normal. i decided to skip on crazy highlights and layers this round, but once i get used to things i will definitely need to spice it up.
as i type, my ponytail is now in a bag, waiting to be shipped. i am grateful that i was able to do this, and maybe in a few years i'll do it again! :)
i'll try and take some prettier pictures soon so you can see the new do a little better! until then...