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On a total whim the other night, I took a pair of scissors to my hair and chopped off 6″ or so. Maybe even more! It was getting super long, and even though I was having fun styling it this winter, I felt that cliche need for a change of some kind. It sounds silly if you’ve never done it, but it really does change your life when you lob off this much hair.

The last time I cut my hair into a short bob (way shorter than this) was when I was 25—here’s evidence!

Just like the first time, I felt like I had some heavy energy to shed. Some demons to release. January wasn’t the easiest month, and I sort of felt like I was dragging the 2017 version of myself along for the ride.

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Aside from the idea of releasing energy and feeling lighter, I really like how it looks! I can wear it down with bangs or flip it over on my head for a sort of instant hairdo.

I was never really into “doing” hair or figuring out what style works for me. It has all been trial and error. Having long hair often meant just trying it up so I didn’t have to deal with it either way. Even when I dropped a fat stack of cash on balayage last spring, I had no idea how to make it work for me.

So, here we are. Short hair, happy Mishka, and my favorite hat.

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The hat, by the way, is by Lack of Color—the literal best hat company in the world. I can’t even keep up with how badly I want their hats. I have three more, but I was actually on a waiting list for this style for months. Isn’t it gorgeous?

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Shady side-eye haircut showing-off.

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Here’s me in the bathroom at Grand Central Station, flipping my hair around to get a good look. I look pretty tired!

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Anyway, it feels good to have a new look. I highly recommend cutting off a few inches if you feel stuck this winter.

If you do, let see your ‘do! Drop a comment below or on the Hey Mishka Facebook page.




Written by Mishka
Michelle Christina (a.k.a. Mishka) founded in 2008 while studying fashion design at FIT. She has since documented her love of DIY, thrifting, and joy-infused living here. Fueled by strong coffee and faerie lights, she also trains freelance writers at Freelance Writing Cafe, vlogs at Hey Mishka TV and writes digital marketing copy for some of the world's biggest brands.