I finally did it. It wasn’t anything major or drastic, but I took the bottom 3 inches off my hair. Actually, my husband did the majority of the work since he cuts the bottom back for me, and I finish up the sides and layers.
Why do I cut my own hair? Because I had a horrendous experience about 8 years ago where I was nearly left bald (okay, not really but she thinned my hair out too much) and I thought to myself,”You know what? I can do this from now on.”
I had been wanting to really chop my hair for awhile, but I needed a little length to work on a side project you’ll hear about this winter. But, as soon as I wrapped that up I knew it was time.
I also had tried a new shampoo and conditioner on this day that left my hair feeling dry and lifeless, so that was the last straw.
In general, this is how I felt about my hair:
It took too long to blow dry, was sparse at the bottom from damage, and overall pretty shapeless.
I pretty much resented my hair every morning. This may come as a shocker, but I try to be pretty low maintenance with my hair. I want it to style easily and be predictable. The long length was both unpredictable and took too long to style.
So I stood in the bathroom, holding a hand mirror, watching my husband comb the back into a straight section. He slid the comb through my hair until I told him to stop, and began cutting along that line. He’s pretty precise and did a great job! After he established the perimeter length in the back, I could finish up the sides and trim the layers. I wanted more “bulk” around the bottom of my hair, so I didn’t add any new layers to this cut. I trimmed what I had to help give them a little refresh, and just nicked my bangs.
*gah, the dryness kills me. I’ll share a review of this shampoo and conditioner soon–and guess what, I’m not a fan.
Not much needed to come off the front for this cut. It was mainly a weight shift from the back to the front. It’s angled towards my face softly. Sometimes I wish I went a little shorter around the back, but I wanted to hang on to just a bit of length so I can still do some creative stuff with it. I have a feeling in about a month I’ll ask justin to go ahead and take another 2 inches off back there.
I took some instapix the night I cut it. (find me on insta at K8_smallthings)
This is a good example of the weight shift. You can see there’s more fullness around the bottom, instead of wispy curls falling over my shoulders.
1. How would I explain this cut to my stylist?
Bring a picture. It’s a lightly layered, slightly angled bob. Hits the clavicle bone in the front. If you don’t want to deal with any flipping out along the back, ask for the back to be cut about an inch or so shorter.
2. Is “clavicut” a real thing?
No. I saw it somewhere, I can’t remember, and thought it was catchy. We can make it a thing though.
3. Do you always cut your own hair?
Yes. And my husband helps me with the back. I don’t color my own hair.
4. What size curling iron will you use now?
I’ll still alternate between 1.25 and 1.5 inch.
5. Where can I find other photos of a clavicle length haircut?
Check my pinterest board here!
It took a whole 2 minutes for me to fall in love with it. I’m a mid-length kind of gal. It’s easy and it works well with my texture!
Let me know if you have any other questions (the best way to ask it to tweet at me) !