I did it!

Hey, so remember last time we talked & I told you I was ready to get my hair cut off? 


I did it!

I really did.  


So here on the left is all the hair I’d been wadding into a bun or a braid for the last five years or so.

Over here on the right is me sitting in a beauty shop for the first time in five years.  I think I might’ve just remembered that somebody was going to wash my hair for me, & how much I like that.  I REALLY like that part.  How did I forget that they do that?

IMG_5732Okay, so back to to the left, here’s where they section off your hair into ponytails for donation.  (I donated my outgrown hair to Locks of Love, an organization that makes wigs for kids who lose their hair to cancer.)   I think I donated something like 10 inches of hair.  It was certainly more than I needed.

IMG_5757 And there on the right is the end result.  A cute little bob that isn’t QUITE wash & wear, but right next to it.  And I’m delighted.  I usually have to digest large changes for a while before I’m at peace with the new normal but I don’t miss my old hair at all.


How about you?  Have you made a dramatic change to your look?  Did you have to stew about it for a while, or did you just go for it?   How did it turn out? 

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  • Helen says:

    Is he coming to visit me ?

    Have Fun

    • Actually, Helen, I”ve noticed that the rooster needs a haircut! He’s looking a little too much like a member of Led Zeppelin for my liking at the moment!

    • Susan Sey says:

      Congrats, Helen! You’ve got the bird! Anna’s right–he could use a bit of cleaning up. See if you can talk him into a trim!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Oh, lordy, we can’t have him looking like Led Zepplin!! Yikes! Helen, how are your Chook-shearing skills? Grins.

      • Helen says:

        LOL I am pretty handy with a pair of siscors I trim my granddaughters hair let me see what I can do with him can’t clip his wings too much otherwise he would have to stay with me for a while 🙂

        Have Fun

  • Helen says:


    It looks fantastic way to go I have had short hair for many years now and like you I made the decision one to get it all cut off and I have never look back so much easier to look after and bit of moulding paste and I am ready to go

    Have Fun

    I hope you have all had a great Thanksgiving I am sure the GR will be happy here with the Tim Tams

  • Amy Conley says:

    WAY TO GO SUSAN!! As you know I just did the same thing, only they took off almost 12 inches of my hair. And, like you, I don’t take changes, specially to my hair, easily. I am still happy with my hair. Usually about 3 days after a major hair style change, I am freaking out, but not this time. I will admit, today, for some strange reason I was missing my hair, but it wasn’t for long, and it was not a serious crying kind of missing it. I have not worn it in a ponytail of braided it yet, but I know I CAN if I want to and that is enough to make me happy.

    • Susan Sey says:

      See, sometimes knowing you *could* ponytail it makes all the difference. I adjust to change so much easier if I feel like I have an out somewhere, like I’m choosing the new thing instead of being stuck with it.

      That said, if I tried to ponytail it now I’d look like Miley Cyrus, so it’s a good thing I’m over ponytails for the time being!

  • Susan, congratulations on going for the cut! I love the look of the new bob. It’s scary getting all that hair cut off, though, isn’t it? I had long hair right up until after I did my four month trip to the U.K. in 2004. I battled and battled with it through all the vicissitudes of travel and came home deciding that my long hair had to go. Very good decision! I kept saying to people that I kept it long so I could do things with it, but basically all I did was a plait or a ponytail. Wow, really imaginative!

    • Susan Sey says:

      That’s exactly where I was, Anna! All I ever did was braids & ponytails & buns. I never EVER wore it down because I didn’t like it. It was always in the way or in my food or in my mouth. I like this MUCH better.

  • Jane says:

    I love your new bob, Susan. My friend tried out several bobs on me before finding the perfect one for my face. It’s been a while since I made a dramatic change to my appearance. I’ve always had long hair and then one summer I returned to high school with a pixie cut and all my friends and classmates were shocked.

  • Mozette says:

    What a great hair style! Love it! Very you! 😀

    Last year I did the same thing – had a hair change that is. I had had very long lochs for a very long time and thought it was time to get my hair done. So, I asked Mum if it was okay to use her hair dresser and she said yes… we made the appointment (and it was just after Little Miss Stevie died) and Mum took me there to get me my fresh look… 😀

    This year, I did it again. This time, I let her take more off as it’s been so very hot this time… and will get hotter. So, my hair isn’t as long as it was last year…


    So there you go… my hair all done! Don’t I look fab-ul-ous? 😀

    I love it. 😀

  • CateS says:

    Love your new style!!

  • Shannon says:

    Congrats on the new do! It looks great. Now for the new glam photos?

    • Susan Sey says:

      Thanks, Shannon! I’m not sure I’m quite up for glamour shots, but hey, you never know. You get a glass of wine in me & Things Happen. Keep an eye on this blog…

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Gorgeous new do – well done, Susan! Love it! Didn’t you get a pic from the front?

    I’m always messing with my hair, though these days usually with the colour. If I put wild streaks in it, I figure no-one will see the grey 😉

    • Susan Sey says:

      Hi, Anna!
      I love your color adventures! They always make me wish I had the sort of personal style that went with fun streaks like yours. I always look like my head & my wardrobe came from two different movies when I try that. I’m too boring in my personal dress, I guess!
      As for shots from the front, I’m sure I’ll get a few. Thanksgiving happened right after the haircut so we went full-on into a cooking frenzy & got distracted from hair. I’ll see what I can do….

  • Caren Crane says:

    Susan, I can’t believe you did it! I am SO JEALOUS of your awesome stacked bob! I loved mine and my mother was just commenting on how cute MY hair was in a chin-length bob. And it was!

    But I was thin then and could carry it off. Now I’m afraid I couldn’t! I loved it, but it involved several different round brushes and a ton of blow-drying. But it was so adorable and my hair stacks like a dream. Like yours!

    I’ve done nothing that daring in years. If I get busy and lose 30 pounds I may try it again. 😀

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Hey Susan! How CUTE!!! Because of your picture, I “see” you with short hair in my minds-eye, so its not that big of a change for me to see the new do, but….I really hadn’t realized how long you’re hair had gone!!

    I have my hair longer now than I’ve had it in years. I do wear it down, but when working it’s up in a tail or a braid. I had to LOL about your use of the word plait. Haven’t thought of that/used that word in years. Grins. Also, when my hair’s in a pigtail, I usually have a pen (or four) stuck into it. Ha! Went into the starbucks that way the other day…

    SO cool that you donated to Locks of Love too. Go You!!!

    • Susan Sey says:

      Hey, Jeanne–
      I love the word plait. My mom’s Irish & used to to say plait instead of braid sometimes. That & frock instead of dress. That said, I won’t miss my long ugly plait. It was getting icky. 🙂

  • Hey Susan!

    Love the look. I do think you look lovely in a bob. And I love that you donated your hair to Lock of Love. Lyndsey and Alison both did that when they went from long to super short!

  • Deb says:

    Susan, your new cut looks fantabulous!! Yep, both fab and fantastic! Yay for donating to Locks of Love, too!
    I get my hair cut and lowlighted in a few weeks. Same cut as the last two years because I can style it and not have to worry about it (well, not much). 🙂

    • Susan Sey says:

      Ease of use cannot be overestimated when it comes to hair cuts. Truly. It’s worth paying somebody who knows what they’re doing because you get a cut that actually looks good when you do it at home. Or don’t do it at home.

  • Cassondra says:

    Susan, you are so adorable with short hair!

    And how wonderful of you to donate.

    I made a change two years ago. From the long hair I’d had since I was in my 20s (I had hair down to my fanny when I was a kid, and began to cut it shorter until in my 20s it was really short–then I let it grow out again).

    So it’s been two years in October since I went in and said, “do it.” And it’s cut really, really short, (spikey-punk-rocker short) on top, long on one side (down to my jaw) and short on the other. (Above my ear). Hmmm…I really need to get a new author photo.

    I was totally freaked out when I did it. I loved my long hair, and I do miss it, but I think I look better with it short.

    So thrilled that you did this.

    And yes, I’ve gotta tell ya–the short hair is much more high-maintenance than the long hair. BUT…I don’t blow it dry. I let it air dry in a few minutes and then I put the product in it to spike it. So all in all, not too much more time. But haircuts every four weeks.

    • Susan Sey says:

      I would love to see a picture of your spiky punker grrrrrl hair, Cassondra. Photos??

      And you’re right about salon frequency with short hair. You’ve got to spend some $$ to keep it up. Long hair is both cheap & easy. Just not cute.

  • Kim says:

    The hair looks great. That’s how I wear mine.

    You’re lucky that you look good in long or short hair. Once mine gets past my neck, it doesn’t look good on me.

    • Susan Sey says:

      That’s so nice of you to say! I think I was looking particularly ratty with my hair skinned back every day & every year beyond 40 just made the situation worse. When your skin is 20, you can pull off anything. After 40? Not so much.

      So I am enjoying the softening effect of shorter hair around my poor, aging face. 🙂

  • What a cute do! That cut SO suits you. Sassy and chique!

    I have cut my hair twice in my life. When I was a freshman in college I had hair down to my knees. It became so much work to care for it AND do all the things a full-time student does I decided to get it cut. I had it cut to brush the tops of my shoulders. I recovered fairly quickly, but my Dad was HORRIFIED!

    I didn’t get it cut again until I was in grad school. It was down to the middle of my back and I just wanted the dead ends trimmed. But the hairdresser decided I was “too old” to wear my hair that long. She started cutting and before I knew what was happening I had this extremely SHORT what I called a “sensible shoes” cut. I was furious! I refused to pay them and walked out in tears. I hated it. I haven’t had my hair cut, except for the ends trimmed by someone I trust, since that day.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh my gosh, that’s HORRIBLE! How could any hairdresser with any professionalism cut your hair without permission?? That’s just..wrong. Wrong & mean! I hope you got her fired when you recovered yourself. I’m angry on your behalf, & can understand why you’ve avoided the salon ever since!

  • Carol Cork says:

    I love your bob, Susan. I only ever had long hair when I was about six and wore it in pigtails. Ever since, I have kept my hair short. I always found it easy to manage when I was working.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Hi, Carol–

      I think you’re totally right. Short hair is so much easier to live with than long. Long is easy to DO–quick brush, ponytail & you’re out–but short hair never gets in your way or in your food. There’s something to be said for that.

  • Love the short hair, Susan!!! I’ve actually gone even shorter than when we saw each other in Atlanta. I like it but the new stylist hasn’t quite gotten what I mean by around my ears. I need to post a new picture!

    • Susan Sey says:

      Finding a stylist who will work with your vision is SO important, Christie! Even when they don’t get it right the first time, you’ve got to feel like they’re hearing you & getting there. Would love to see your short sassy do!

  • catslady says:

    I had very long hair too for the longest time than one day at lunchtime I just went for it and had it all chopped off. When my husband picked me up he laughed and said, okay take off the wig!! nope lol. My hair grows fast so I didn’t have a problem with the change and it was so much easier to take care of. I think your new cut is lovely and what the heck, it grows back eventually lol.

    • Susan Sey says:

      I’ve been moaning about needing a new look for so long, my husband had stopped believing I’d do it, too! He was on the floor when I announced that I had an appointment for that night. He never complains about anything I try with my face, hair or body–always insists I look fantastic. Which is one of the many reasons I love Mr. Sey.

  • Kaelee says:

    Love the bob Susan. It’s great that you donated the hair to Locks of Love.

    Many many years ago I cut my own hair one summer. It was long enough that I could sit on it. I chopped it off really really short. My poor husband just about had a heart attack when he saw what I did. We had only been married about 3 years then. Now after 45 years he is used to the long then short styles I go through.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh my gosh, Kaelee, the look on his face must’ve been priceless! How long did it take him to recover from the shock? Mr. Sey is so unflappable. He didn’t quite believe I’d go through with it but didn’t blink when I did. Just insisted that I looked beautiful, before & after. That guy!

  • flchen1 says:

    That looks SO cute!!! You look amazing, Susan! (You did with long hair too, but now you’re helping someone who needs the hair, AND you get the cute new do!) I think I’ve got another year or so before I repeat 😉