My Extreme Haircut

Posted by Aaron West at 11:02 AM in Photography, Personal

I've had long hair for the better part of 15 years; it's been part of who I am for a long time. But, I decided I needed a change recently so I secretly scheduled an appointment with my stylist. I say secretly because I wanted to surprise my wife with the new cut. The four braids of hair I cut off were just long enough to send to Locks of Love, so they'll be mailed soon. To chronicle the experience I took before and after photos and shot some video. Click any photo thumbnail below to launch a fullscreen photo browser or play the time lapsed video. What do you think of the new "do?!" Note: All photos and video were edited using only Adobe CS4 products.

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This entry was posted by Aaron West on May 30, 2009 at 11:02 AM. It was filed in the following categories: Photography, Personal. It has been viewed 12652 times and has 12 comments.

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  1. Aaron,

    Love the video. Love the look. Were they long enough to donate to Locks of Love?

  2. Dee Sadler

    LOVED the song! Perfect choice, and made my Saturday mid-day. I like the haircut too. I was a stylist for 24 years in upper-scale salons and day spas, and I am jealous of Jessica. Always loved when someone came in and did something drastic! You look good Aaron. I've already adjusted to you with short hair. :) Great video!

  3. @Bob - Yep, the 4 braided strands of hair were just over the 10 inch requirement. I have them in a plastic bag and will be mailing them to Locks of Love. I should've mentioned this in the post (I'll update it).

    @Dee - Jessica really enjoyed it I think; she said I made her week. I've already adjusted to it as well. Loving it so far.

  4. I haven't seen you look like that since the days back at HS! WOW!
    Did G recognize you without all the hair?

  5. @Michele - Yea he recognized me for sure but he could tell something was really different. I told him I got my hair cut like his and that's what he has been saying since: "Dada hair like me!"

  6. Extreme indeed. Looks tight dude. Can't wait to see it in person. One thing to mention...if your hair is more than 5% grey, Locks of Love won't take it, but Pantene will:

    Sadly when I got my hair cut, I was over the 5% threshold.

  7. I did the same thing about 6 years ago. I grew my hair out after getting out of the Navy in 1994. It was about as long as your WAS. It's a big change. I donated my hair also. I haven't gone back. Your new do looks great.

  8. Wow - Aaron you'll forgive me if I walk right past you at Max/Summit, right? :-)

    Jessica is cute... you think she'd come down to Mississippi and cut my hair for me? Oh wait - that means I'd have to grow some. Not likely in summer down here :p

  9. @Steve - You may not even have the opportunity to walk right past me at MAX. Unless Adobe accepts my proposed BlazeDS/CF/AIR talk I seriously doubt I'll be going. =(

  10. @Steve - Well, it looks like I will be at MAX so you'll have the opportunity to walk right past me and not recognize me. =)

  11. It takes a lot of balls to go in there and get it cut! I had uber-long hair for almost 10 years too, and finally did the same the thing a few years ago - I sent in over 12" of hair. I've noticed a lot less crazy stares since then :) It'll take some getting used to, but you'll love not having to fool with it. They did a good job with yours.

  12. Anna

    Your new image is excellent. There is a saying: "If you want to change lives- change their image." You probably want to change lives?