The Big Chop

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter then you’ll probably know that I recently lost something I love… my long hair. I have been growing my hair ever since I can remember and in the last two years it’s finally hit that length that makes people marvel at it. Unfortunately, my long hair didn’t look sleek and beautiful like I wanted it to because I’ve been far too sick to style it or look after it properly. Not only do I not have the energy to spend on playing with my hair, the pain in my upper arms is just too severe at the moment for me to use straighteners, curlers, or even be able to brush my hair. Yes, P can now add ‘knows how to brush bad knots out of long hair’ to his CV.


As you’ve probably guessed from the photo, I decided to have my long hair chopped off. I swayed back and for between my decision until the last bath before my appointment when it took what felt like hours to wash my hair. Bearing in mind how badly baths exhaust me, it was the last push that I needed to take the plunge.  Now that my hair is much shorter, taking a bath is much quicker, and my hair looks a lot tidier, even though it is getting styled just as often, by which I mean not at all.

As much as I love my hair style (I have a great hairdresser), sometimes I get a little sad that I finally got the length of hair I wanted and I had to chop it all off. Okay, feel free to roll your eyes at me, I realise how ridiculous that last sentence sounded. In the grand scheme of things it’s only hair right? I do have that perspective 99.9% of the time, but every now and then, on particularly “bad” days I find myself thinking that my illness has even stolen my hair style. I love styling my hair and putting on make up but I’ve not managed to do either of those things for over a month. Hmph.

What I’ve decided to do is try to focus on cultivating a new style for myself. I’m in a new era of my life now that I’m no longer at university and have a rehabilitation team (more about this soon) so I should have a new look to go with that. Rather than see my new hairstyle as a result of circumstances beyond my control, I’m going to seize it as an opportunity to shake things up. Since I’ve not had shoulder length hair (that’s classed as short in my book) for six years, and then it was only briefly so this is new territory for me, any styling or hair related tips would be very welcome.

Love Katie x


5 thoughts on “The Big Chop

  1. Ok, I’m going to stick my neck out and say that I’m sorry that you had your hair cut off!! However, I totally understand why. I had my hair cut short – v short – about 2 years after I first got ill. I’m not embarrassed to say that I regretted it after a while. I really missed my hair and I felt less feminine without it and didn’t feel myself. Yep, it sounds fickle but even some cancer patients say that losing their hair was traumatic even when they were in the midst of fighting cancer. Your hair was beautiful and I’m sad that you didn’t have the energy to keep it that way. Am I allowed to say that without sounding judgemental? This illness takes too much away from us. It makes me sad 😦

  2. Hi Katie, I to have been diagnosed with cfs. Having a hard time and in older than you so can’t imagine how hard it is at your age especially when it comes to hair and make up. I think your new hairstyle is fab. I too years ago had to have mine cut when it fell out with pcos. Can anyone put sleep in rollers for you before bed sometimes. Looks like you’ve had a professional blow dry in the morning x

  3. I did exactly the same thing with my hair Katie! I do miss my long hair sometimes but every time I go to wash it I remember why it was I chopped it off. You are so right that it’s an opportunity to shake things up a bit!
    Faye |

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