This may be the new mommy thing, but something had to give. It didn't really make sense to have really long hair that was always rolled up into a bun or pony so I decided to get rid of it. I didn't go as short as I was thinking but I haven't regretted the cut at all. It is easier to straighten and has bouncier curls. Love it! p.s. do you know how hard it is to get a good picture with a camera timer when you only have 10 seconds to get both kids in your lap and small back at the camera. It was the best one out of the many!