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A Reader CHOPS OFF Her Hair

Recently one of our readers decided after reading 9 Haircuts to Try Before You Die, to take the plunge and finally cut her shoulder length hair down to less than an inch of her scalp. Brave lady. She sent me her dramatic before and after pictures and I begged her for her thoughts, feelings, and reactions to such a drastic hair makeover because I loved it so much. Here are the pictures and what she had to say about the experience:

Total Beauty Reader Brynne"Firstly, I’ve always gone back and forth between shoulder length hair and chin length bobs. I was not new to relatively short hairdos. I was toying with the idea of doing something drastic with my hair when I read the TB “hairstyles to try before you die” article. I wanted something new that was edgy and sexy, but I also wanted something low maintenance. At the time however, I didn’t have a stylist I could trust and I didn’t know who could honestly tell me if a pixie cut would look decent on me. I’m Mediterranean so my hair is very thick with a slight wave and I don’t want a cut that will be reminiscent of a frumpy “mom cut” when I’m in my 20s. Having an honest professional opinion was the most important thing on my list. Fortunately, my coworker who also rocks an awesome short haircut told me her long-time stylist, Nikki at Sugar Hairsalon, was honest about styles, and could cut a mean pixie cut, so I made an appointment. 

 I never get nervous about a haircut, but this one did have me feeling like I might be making a mistake. I brought a picture to Nikki and she assured me that I have no reason to be nervous, and that short hair will look great on me. I trusted her, and she kept reassuring me throughout it all that my face shape, bone structure, and hair quality would make for a great haircut which was such a relief. After it was all chopped off, I was shocked, surprised, delighted… I felt very confident and excited about my short hair. For the next few days I’d catch myself off guard when I looked in the mirror and saw how drastically a haircut can change my image. I definitely felt sexy and a little bit more awesome. The haircut also changed how I looked at all of my style choices. I’m more excited to play around with different fashions and makeup. I feel like dramatic hair also calls for a more dramatic face and wardrobe. It’s also nice to have a great haircut that requires almost no maintenance aside from a little texturizing paste. It’s a real get-up and go kind of style.


I was initially nervous for the reaction I was to receive from my boyfriend. He was a little skeptical about how I would look with the new haircut, which was understandable. I’ve found that a lot of men prefer a girl with longer hair, but when I showed him he was in awe of how great it looked, and how sexy it was. He loves to run his fingers through it now. I knew my friends and co-workers would like it, but every time someone new sees it, they have to do a double take as most people don’t even recognize me! The hair cut has definitely been received positively and I’m excited to show it off." Total Beauty Reader Brynne's Haircut Total Beauty Reader Brynne's Haircut

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looks great! brave decision

by aly7 3 years, 3 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

Wow, it looks great! Very brave decision to chop off so much, but it definitely turned out for the best. 

by kbailey 3 years, 5 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

What an AWESOME haircut! Love it! Good for your for taking the plunge. Not only that, but it looks even better on you than your previous do.

by CeeNee888 3 years, 5 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

Amazing! Wish I had the cojones to do that. She looks fierce.

by Kristen_TBeditor 3 years, 5 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

It is GORGEOUS!! I've been considering chopping mine off too, had it short when I was younger, but it's SO long now, and I hate the in-between phase of going from short to long... My hair is too frizzy and poufy to look good at shoulder length! So the only thing stopping me from chopping is the fear of THAT... lol! :) YOU look awesome with the pixie!

by jadenb 3 years, 6 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

Wow, what a major difference!!! How do you like it???? Let me know how you feel about it in a couple of weeks. PLEASE.

by bcript 3 years, 6 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

Brava, Brynne, BRAVA

by annatotalbeauty 3 years, 6 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

Wow. I love this look. I wish I had the courage to do it myself. Rock on!

by TracyTB 3 years, 6 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

Super hip and spunky! Love it.

by molly_roemer 3 years, 6 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

O.M.G. that looks so freakin' good! I love that you were inspired by the haircuts to try before you die, you've got one checked off the list! Are you going to go for the rest of them now? :) I've always been afraid to try a pixie cut but yours looks so totally sexy and cool, you have me rethinking my position. Plus, I love the idea of a low-maitenance look that's this cute!

by scarrillo 3 years, 6 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

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