Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Where the Heck is your Hair?

Hi guys,

so this morning when I woke up, this was my hair.


Long, limp and, to be entirely honest, in desperate need of some TLC.

I have had waist length hair since I was twelve years old. I’ve been dedicated, and grown it out completely all through high school.

I will be the first to admit, waist length hair takes some maintenance, and nonsensically thick waist length hair even more so. Styling it takes hours, it’s heavy so won’t hold a curl. You have a permanent scarf, no matter how warm the weather – like, seriously, in the middle of the occasional hot Scottish summer (yes, I admit these are pretty rare) thick, long hair sticking to your neck and back is not a pleasant sensation.

And don’t get me started on washing and drying it.

Washing and drying my hair requires at least two hours of my day. Washing it, even a quick wash, takes at least half an hour. Drying it takes forever, and I can never do a proper blow dry, because my wee stumpy arms can’t reach the ends when drying it above my head. But letting it air dry takes years, so that doesn’t happen very often.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve listed many of the negatives associated with really long hair, but I absolutely love my hair. People compliment it all the time, there are so many different options for the hour long styling sessions, and it makes me feel like a princess with my long medieval hair. I love looking in the mirror and seeing my hair hanging right down my back, or being able to play with braids because they’re long enough to hang right over my shoulder.

However, much as I may absolutely adore my long hair, having the same hairstyle for so long does get a bit stale. To mix things up I’ve tried adding layers and a fringe, but today, I decided enough was enough.

Fringy fringe fringe!


Where’s it all gone?! It feels so short (although, yes, I know by normal standards it’s still pretty long)!

But you know what…I bloody love it! It feels so much lighter, it feels great, and the fringe is just an unintended bonus. I asked to thicken the fringe I already had, and realised I could dry it in a proper full fringe! It’s so cool (who says cool anymore?)! I can even reach the ends with ease, so a blow-dry is now possible!

What do you guys think?

  • Kathryn Grace

    Congratulations on taking that first step to shortening your hair. Scary, yes? Your experience reminds me so much of mine when I was a young mom. I braided my hair while it was wet then, because it was easier to handle that way. Each braid was three inches wide! Washing and braiding took one and a half hours. If I did it early in the day, I could take the braids out after supper and my hair would be nearly dry by bed time, if I remembered to fluff it frequently. Your hair is beautiful in all the pics, long and short.

    • Lauren McKinney

      Thanks! I do love my new cut, but I'm growing the fringe back out. I have a slight cows lick, and when I don't dry my hair properly it just refuses to sit right, and it can be a bit of a hassle. Three Inches! That's a lot of hair! And I know the feeling, three days to dry, only to need to wash it again, not fun!

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