I Chopped 13 Inches Off My Hair. Have you ever gotten a dramatic haircut? Today, we’re introducing our “Tried” series. The Cup of Jo staff and friends will be dipping their toes in uncharted waters, testing out curious beauty procedures, making lifestyle changes, switching up work habits and more. Photographer Ana Gambuto, who has had long blonde waves since the age of five, is kicking things off…
30 years earlier: “I’ve had the same long hairstyle since I was five years old. I’m one of those weird people who has looked exactly the same my whole life — just a little older. I always thought I wouldn’t feel feminine without my long hair. It was a security blanket, and I was afraid to lose it.”
Three months earlier: “Once I became a photographer, I ended up pulling my hair into tight bun. It’s half-laziness and half-convenience. Recently, though, I kept going on a photoshoots and seeing all these women with great short cuts. Then someone told me there was a thing called a ‘lob’ — or long bob. I had no idea, so I googled it A LOT. Then I made a hair appointment only two days in advance so I couldn’t chicken out.”
The night before the cut: “I decided not to tell my husband what I was doing, and set up a dinner reservation that night so I could surprise him. I am actually obsessed with making things into surprises, to the point where it might be annoying. You know that SNL skit with the woman who loves surprises, that is totally how I am, 100%. Needless to say, I was excited.”
The cut: “I felt really nervous and emotional all day. I couldn’t eat because of butterflies. The salon was behind schedule, so my stylist was a bit rushed. She does this every day, but I was freaking out, so I said: ‘I’ve never done anything like this before. Can we just take a breath? I need a moment.’ After that, I felt much better as she chopped 13 inches right off!”
Immediately after: “After the cut, the stylist gave me the most amazing blowout ever. I left feeling like a million bucks. I was walking on sunshine, waving to strangers, kinda skipping. I kept taking selfie after selfie. There was some corporate event happening in the same building with random dudes in bad rumpled suits milling about everywhere, and I was just like whatever, shameless.”
That night: “When my husband walked into dinner, he was late and flustered, and didn’t immediately notice. I was like, ‘Uhhh, what? Did that just happen?’ But once he took off his coat and sat down, he got it: ‘I LOVE IT! You look so great!’ Smart, smart guy. I think he does really like it, though; now when I walk by, he’s like, ‘Babe, you look so cute! So refined.’
A week later: “A couple days afterward, I had to blow dry it myself for the first time. I used a large round brush and ended up looking like a straight-up Texas newscaster. The next day, I air-dried it with this spray instead. It gave me the coolest non-sticky, thick-feeling waves with no frizz. This will legit be my new lazy day routine. Short hair feels like a new chapter. I like the idea of being a fresh version of myself; I’ve always loved New Year’s — the flipping of one year to the next — as a reward for hard work. I feel professional and powerful, like a boss.”
Do you feel attached to your hair? What has been your most dramatic cut?
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