For the past five years, I’ve been growing out my hair as long as it could go. Whenever I got a trim, I threatened the stylist that anything more than an inch would mean a painful sudden death. I was attached to my long locks like a security blanket and shivered at the thought of having short hair.
Then I read about 2013’s haircut of the year “The Chop”, popularized by model Karlie Kloss. It’s a very blunt bob that lays just a few inches below the jaw line. The difference between this cut and the angled Victoria Beckham bob, is that The Chop isn’t angled, and it’s layered upside down.
Normally, layered hair will have the shortest layer on outermost top hair, tapering longer towards the ends. The Chop’s shortest layer is underneath. To make it easier to understand, picture this: pull your hair up in a pony tail, and then pull out a quarter-inch section of the hair right at the nape of your neck, all the way to your temples. This would be the shortest layer, with each section above it cut a little bit longer, and so on. The result is a very blunt bob, that doesn’t look like a haystack.
Nicole Kidman rocking The Chop for a Jimmy Choo advertisement. Image courtesy of Jimmy Choo.
It took me awhile to work up the courage, but one day I walked in to my salon’s break room and saw on the wall a quote from Coco Chanel: “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” I wanted to change more than just my hair.
Before I knew it, that day I was cutting eight inches off my once-treasured locks, not thinking twice as they hit the floor. So how did it feel? Free. I was afraid I would regret it, but every day I wake up and feel posh and put together. Did it change my life? Well, shortly after getting The Chop, I landed a job doing hair backstage at New York Fashion Week this September. So, perhaps.
Would you try it?
A selfie of my new ‘do.