Tuesday, 20 September 2011

The one where I cut off all my hair.

Sometimes in life, you just know you have to do something. For the first time ever, I felt so inexplicably different on the inside that I wanted my outside to match ....  it was time to cut my hair.

I love having long hair, and have had my current style for most of my adult life. I sat at my computer the other night and uploaded a picture into this, and saw what I'd look like as Jennifer Aniston, Paris Hilton, and Beyonce. (All ridiculous on me.) Then I tried Anna Wintour, and knew I was getting closer to what I needed.

Yeah. It is no longer. It is GONE.

Yesterday, my friend Mary and I drove down to the big shopping centre at the bottom of the mountain. Talking and laughing all the way, not once was there a quiet moment. She went off to get pedicured while I went in and showed my hairdresser this for inspiration:


                                                 Ketchup.


After chatting with my hairdresser for a while, she said, "So, I've been reading your blog."


                                                Hi Emma!


Hair holds energy. I needed to say goodbye to a lot of crap I've been carrying around for years.


                                                Goodbye, crap.


Emma cut and styled my hair. Mary walked in and almost cried. Mary had her own hair cut too - she gets a number two buzz cut. One day, I will do that. One day.

In the meantime, there's this.






It's much shorter than I thought I wanted. I love, love, love it. Naturally, Dave has taken full responsibility: "I've been wanting you to get a style like this for years hon!"


             He dresses himself, at the age of three. THREE. Am screwed.

                                                     Yes.

So just like that, I am a short-haired person. I still feel as feminine as I did before ... I definitely feel sexier. Much more powerful.

Who knew that having long hair isn't the be-all and end-all of being a woman!

Have you ever had a haircut to symbolise something? (Like, one of the biggest breakdowns of your adult life or something? *cough*)

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112 comments:

  1. Love it. Watch out Uma - Eden is shizzling this hair cut.

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  2. I love it, it really suits you!

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  3. I LOVE it! You look gorgeous! (Not that you didn't before -- you know what I mean!)

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  4. Love it. And shorter to pixie is even mote liberating. I went from shoulder length hair that I wore curly long for 6 years cuz my daughters wanted me to have it long. It would take 7 hours to fully dry. I saw a photo of Halle Berry and chopped it off. My husband's reaction 'there's my Milf' my daughters reaction 'it looks like a boy' what do they know:-)
    Have fun cutting the crap out of your life.

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  5. Man that haircut is awesomeness. Totally rocks, looks great on you and if it makes you feel great. That makes it even better

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  6. OMG Eden, I love that 'do on you! Very, very hot. I have very long hair, perhaps because it was the way my mom didn't want it when I was younger. She had a longstanding love affair with the perm. Anyway, love your new look!

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  7. Gorgeous! It looks fantastic.

    I want to get my hair all cut off again (I do that every so often), but seeing all these overstyled women with their artfuly spiked and mussed hair (but just in the back!) is making me think that the pony tail is a much better alternative.

    After I had my first miscarriage, I went to an expensive salon for a hair cut and color. I came out with the same old hair that everyone gives me, and color that I could have done myself. Without chemicals - using only a week in the sun. I'm sure I wasn't clear enough about what I wanted, but I certainly learned that you can't just be someone else.

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  8. You & you're new do are beautiful!

    I once lost my job & my boyfriend so I cut my hair super short & dyed it bright red. It was AWESOME!

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  9. I see GHD's in your future. I swear you look like a different person. Love it darling. You are smoking hot.

    Almost like a grown up.

    x

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  10. You look amazing Eden. Really amazing. I cut my hair recently too and it is so liberating. I have times when I want it long again (usually when I see someone unattainably gorgeous with long hair), but at the end of the day, no regrets. You shouldn't have any either. Gorgeous.

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  11. Please tell me you are going to frame the pics of you and put them on your desk so you can gaze upon your fabulousness and never doubt it?

    We met, so so briefly, at BlogHer as I was hanging with the darling Stay at Home Babe. I have peeked in on your blog and I'm disappointed we didn't connect further.

    Now your insides and your outsides are in a fierce beauty competition!

    Cheers, lady. Enjoy the feeling.

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  12. Oooh, looks great! I keep describing this cut to hairdressers and walking out with a timid bob - next time I'm show 'em this blog post!

    I've shaved my head a couple of times. The first time I also changed my name by deed poll (my entire name). It was supposed to be my fresh start... It sort of was, but it preceded my breakdown, LOL... Second time was "new me, rebooted"... Some months on, I've discovered it also rebooted the emotional desolve button - dammit. Next time I want to shave my head, I think I'll just take up drinking instead...

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  13. OMG! I didn't think there was anything wrong with your hair before.

    But now I see this - WOW! It's hot, you look different, sassier (if that were possible). Somehow you look more 'you' than you did before. I can't quite explain it.

    But I LOVE this haircut!

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  14. Fwoar! You wear your hair sexier than Uma!

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  15. Hair cuts are liberating. I had mine cut off last week. Really short. I love it. I feel less weighed down, and it's nothing to do with the lack of hair.

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  16. Love it!

    I have a "modified bob" too ... always swore I could never wear a bob. But somehow this one is okay.

    Awesome. Go E.

    XXOO

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  17. That is one smokin' hot hair-do lady. Smokin' hot!

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  18. OMG you totally rock the new look. Hope you love if and it gives you what you want :-)
    @FMIDK

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  19. Breathtakingly hot! That 'do is so you! I love, love, love it! I also chopped my very long hair into a short bob (still got it now), I love it. So very liberating.

    You look amazing Eden.

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  20. Holy Hotness!! You look amazing!

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  21. The power of a haircut to change how we feel inside must never be underestimated. Looks amazing!

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  22. I have always said 'When you can't change anything else you can always change your hair'
    You look amazing. I hope the crap in your life takes notice of how strong and beautiful you are.

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  23. Best haircut I have EVER seen. Wow. So many wows. So damned hot - LOVE IT.

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  24. You look powerful and sexy!

    Hair does hold energy, I blog about my hair a lot. Each hair change has marked a change in me. Embrace it :)

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  25. Super stylish Eden.
    I get what you mean...New Hair New Start.

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  26. WOW!
    So cool that you can get a haircut, and show that to the world.

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  27. Woohoo - that deserves a double high five, swivel kick, ballet spin!! Looks gorgeous!!

    Go us with the Pulp Fiction hair cuts!! xx

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  28. PERFECT! I love it. You are hot and your stylist is a keeper! :D

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  29. I literally saw the pic of your new style and said, Oh my God. WOW!"

    Magnificent. HOT. xxx

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  30. Oh wow. Eden, the change is unbelievable and you look like such a spunk! So jealous, I remember when I was at high school and tried a style like that as I'd fallen in love with Pulp Fiction. With curly hair. Before straighteners. Oh, the SHAME. I still can't look at those photos. xx

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  31. Finally, hair to match your inside...FIERCE. Love it lady, well done x

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  32. Sex on legs. I've always cut or drastically coloured my hair at times of crisis to escape who I was. You might not be able to outrun your shadow, but you can easily outrun some fucked up sense of self with a bottle of dye.

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  33. OMG I LOVE IT!

    I've been thinking about giving my hair the chop recently - and I think you may have just tipped me over the edge...

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  34. Love it. Absolutely love it. You look so beautiful and somehow even more like yourself.

    Just had to chime in even though I'm in a shame spiral about the number of comments I owe you. And emails. And presents. And general fawning and adoration.

    You rock my world. Wish you were here to taste the maple ginger pear butter I have baking in the oven. xoxo

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  35. Wow, you look gorgeous! Just beautiful! And yes, DEAD sexy :).

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  36. I love it! You look amazing!

    I gave myself a homemade Mrs Mia Wallace last year for a Halloween party. It shocked the balls off everyone but I haven't been able to pull off a successful home haircut since. And it didn't have a patch on this!

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  37. The inside not matching your outside? I totally get that. I am living that now. Lots of changes and playing around. It's fun, and hard, but a different hard to the inside battles.
    I changed my hair this year too. Major change, but I kept my kength, I wrote about it 3 weeks ago on my blog. It was amazing and I definitely felt more "me" like you said.
    I am loving your new do. It's superb and suits you really really well and I can see happiness radiating from you. You sexy glamour puss, you.

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  38. You are gorgeous. And the hair cut rocks as well :)

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  39. woot woo! LOVE that do! x

    hehe. I'm now a poet.

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  40. This summer I got to spend 4 days in Paris (France, not Texas). Most of the women had chin length hair or longer. A few young women had short spikey hair. The one thing I did not see there was "convenience hair", which I define as "Hair that nobody would find sexy but people have it because they say it is easy or convenient". I think your new look is great and it isn't convenience hair. :)

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  41. OMG!!! I love it!!! And I love the color!!!

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  42. Saucy girl! You look fab :)

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  43. Hot hot hot!! I went red after all the shit with my husband. Never want to go back.

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  44. Eden - that is flamin hot.
    That's a crock - about men wanting women with long hair and big tits.
    Yes. I have short hair and tiny tits.
    A fresh haircut is a phenomenal force to be reckoned with.
    Onwards nad upwards.
    Look out world!
    :-)

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  45. Chiming in with the chorus of, "you look freaking awesome!" cos you do!! I'm going the chop tomorrow & have no idea what I want but was thinking something like what you've just had done...maybe...I will look like a copycat now of course! ;)

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  46. Ok, I am COMPLETELY blown away by such nice words. Thank you, so so much! If Blogger didn't still have such an archaic bullshit commenting system, I could reply PROPERLY.

    Thank you, Computer.

    X

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  47. It is perfect. I did that once too, and the first time I washed it I used the usual amount of shampoo which was stacks. Bubbles everywhere!

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  48. Stunning! You look gorgeous, powerful and liberated. I'm inspired by your hairdo courage.

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  49. Your hair is fabulous - style, colour, everything!

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  50. this random guy likes the new haircut on you too. a number 2 buzz cut... yeah sure, I believe you would

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  51. Loving your new hair, it really suits you.

    4 weeks ago I stopped battling with the straighteners and trying for the sleek and straight look and FINALLY embraced my natural curls, Had a restyle and recieved so many compliments it made me think WTF did it look like before!

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  52. I had my haircut in Melbourne recently when we were there for Blogopolis. Walked into a hairdressers for a shampoo and blow dry. He told me I looked like a Greenpeace Activist, at which point he was told to cut it - take everything. Colour it - die everything. GHD it - STYLE EVERYTHING. No more Greenpeace Activist.

    Just quietly, your new hair would look good under your GGM's hat, slightlt tipped to the side.

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  53. you look rockin hot as always! i had my hair all chopped off earlier this year - worst idea ever, now i'm growing it out again.

    ~x~

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  54. You look fantastic!

    Isn't is amazing how cutting hair off can be so liberating.

    I am at that sage again. Cut it or grow it. We'll see what happens...

    xx

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  55. Holy shit Eden! I literally gasped! You look stunning. NOT better - just new and fresh and (dare I say it) happy!

    You gorgeous ginger you.

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  56. holy shit holy shit holy shit holy shit holy shit.

    I can't believe we've never made out.

    This suits you more than any haircut I could ever imagine. It rules! I have tried so many times to get a Mia Wallace haircut and I end up looking like a dark-haired little Orphan Annie. NOT sexy.

    xoxoxox

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  57. you make me laugh.

    We are like fucking soul sisters or something.

    You know my hair? I wanted to do the same thing but Sebastian the wonder hairdresser who is the ONLY one that touches my hair said no. He said I would look stupid.

    You, my love, look far from stupid. You look hawt.

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  58. I've loved that do since Sarah Murdoch sported something similar in the early 90s in her modelling days. Uma clinched it for me. I dyed my hair black and copied the do a few years ago - pity my hair is waaaay too thick to rock the fringe and bob. More Katie Holmes meets Krusty the Clown.

    You look amazeballs.

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  59. Well H E L L O!
    How very grownup
    Awesome Eden.

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  60. Yes Eden - you look incredible. I have vacillated between waist length and pixie short hair for years. But the energy thing is sooo important. When I had a breakdown at 20, I cut my hair pixie short, and that lasted for around six years. During this time I needed to keep all the energy I had to myself. If you think of each hair as a 'feeler' into the universe, the longer and more you have, if you are feeling sensitive in anyway, the ills of the world can quickly become too much.

    Good on you! X

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  61. When she said I cried she means I cried in a good way.

    The photos don't even do it real justice!

    And Edes I love that Dave loves it.

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  62. OMG! You look HOT, HOT, HOT!!! I love it, it so suits you.

    Yeah when I turned 30 I wanted to go bleach blond and really, really short. I did, only my hair wouldn't go blond it instead went bright orange, I was known as carrot top for quite a while after that :)

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  63. You may have just made me a lesbian.

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  64. Hot mama! Red goes faster, you know.
    I had a breakdown when I was 15, was depressed all through years 11 and 12 then shaved my head at the end of high school. Most therapeutic haircut I've ever had. x

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  65. Georgeous! It really suits you, and I agree- short hair can still be really flattering, feminine and sexy- go you!

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  66. That looks amazing! I did the same thing after years of butt- length hair. Can't go back. My awesome hairdresser is at w'worth falls. I may have to move if she does.
    M

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  67. This 'do has brought a closet-reader out to comment...you look GORGEOUS. That hair is perfect on you and you look happy in it. Awesome.

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  68. Love it! Gorgeous cut - gorgeous woman.

    XOXOXO

    Tobacco

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  69. Owwww! You sexy thang! That is one awesome haircut! I am just about convinced to grow my hair long again so I can have an Eden bob.... Yee ha!

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  70. love it! it so suits you! so stylish!!!!!!!!!!

    I cut off all my hair when I had the twins - I knew I'd have no time for my hair!

    corrie;)

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  71. You and your hairdresser made your change of hairdo into a work of "heart" you love it & it is getting you such love back... Xxx

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  72. You were beautiful before but, with this haircut, you are stunningly gorgeous.

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  73. I EFFIN' LOVE IT! It looks so good on you. It suits your face very well.

    And If I ever see you, I am SO stealing that little jacket. That is flippin' awesome.

    I'm a big believer of starting fresh and chopping it all off (the hair, that is). I've sported both long and short and all different colors of the rainbow. I usually make a major jump in time with major upheaval in my life. It's like a "There. Done." moment, where I can let go and move on.

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  74. OMG!!! I LOVE IT!!! Doesn't a fab new haircut make all the difference in the world about how you feel?

    I've gone longer and super short. The only reason I tried going longer was to satisfy my husband's like of longer hair (makes women 'feminine' I suppose). But you know what? I look stupid in longer hair.

    I chopped it over a year ago and will never look back. I get a few compliments a week, even from total strangers, about my awesome hair. (Love you, Stephanie!)

    You groove girl!

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  75. They say hair carries energy. I cut mine off, much shorter than yours, three times in my life. One time the hairdresser refused to cut my long brown hair to a pixie. I had to go back and have somebody else do it.

    You look very chic.

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  76. Looks fabulous!

    I hope it doesn't hold too much energy since I'm losing mine. LOL! I shaved my head for the first time a little over 3 years ago to symbolize that I was coming to grips with my hair loss and that I needed to stop hiding. I still hide sometimes and sometimes my grip on everything is full of white knuckles and sweaty palms but I'm still going...it was freeing. : )

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  77. Hotter than Uma! WAY hotter.
    The short hair club is awesome although I'm growing mine to (hopefully) get dreads.
    So glad you feel better.
    xxx

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  78. Absolutely love it, it's so YOU! I'm the opposite. When life was shit I used to keep my hair super short, so the fact it's now super long means I'm a long way from that shitty past. Takes a bloody long time to grow!

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  79. The BIG question:

    WHat did DAVE say?


    I love it, of course, I LOVE IT.

    It looks like you.

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  80. Am acutely jealous because I'm growing mine for my wedding, and summer is coming and it's going to be HOT and all I want to do it chop it off... O_o.
    Looking good!

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  81. I get my hair cut every single time I have a crisis. My grandmother used to know when something really big was going on because I'd come home with my hair chopped.

    I think your haircut looks awesome.

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  82. Love it!!!!!

    Carrie

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  83. Pretty sure you have a huge ego by this point but my god, woman, you are HOT!

    This makes me want to do something different with my hair even more than I have been.

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  84. LOVE LOVE LOVE this! And can completely understand the desire to be freed of hair & the emotional baggage attached. I've done it more times than I care to count :)

    You look so awesome and I hope you are still basking in the afterglow of the new you x

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  85. Wow Eden,

    I just love ur new do, it really suits u. U look gorgeous babe. So glad Mary went with u too. Good to hear she loves a pedicure too!

    Hope u r happy, inside & out!

    Love Alisa xxxxxxx

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  86. Love it! Looks fabulous darling!

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  87. I love, love LOVE the hair!! When I separated from my abusive husband the first thing I did was chop my hair. I wanted a totally new style to go with my totally new life.

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  88. Another raving fan of the 'do here. Oh Eden, would you believe, I had the EXACT same cut done two years ago for the EXACT same "hair holds energy and it's time to let it go" reason? Of course you would. Cos that's just how you roll xxxx

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