Friday, May 14, 2010

The Two Week Rule

If you're like me, you may often want to change your hair colour or style on a whim.  So many of us do, enjoy it for a while, and then regret it.

I recall a few years ago, I suddenly felt the need for change, and I impulsively got a lip-length bob.  My hair had been well below the shoulders, and it was before I became conscious of good hair care, so my hair was not looking its best.  One day, I flipped through a hairstyle magazine, saw that lip-length bob and the very same day I had it cut.  I even remember the stylist asking me if I was sure I wanted that much hair cut off.  Of course I said yes.

While I really liked the light feeling of the shorter hair, and I did like the way it looked, it didn't take long before I realized that it really wasn't me and I'd already grown tired of it. So then I had to wait a very long time until I had long hair again.  Fortunately, it was an easy cut to grow out, as there were no layers.

I have done some really impulsive colouring in the past as well, even as recently as three years ago.

If you ever look at any of the long hair forums on the Internet, you will hear about something called the Two Week Rule.

The Two Week Rule is to be implemented whenever you have thoughts of cutting your hair, colouring your hair, getting a fringe/bangs, or anything else that will either cause further damage to your hair, or cause regret.

I recommend that anyone who is serious about growing their hair uses the Two Week Rule, no matter what your ultimate goal length may be.

It's very helpful to not only invoke the rule with yourself, but to tell someone else. That will make you feel more accountable and less likely to be impulsive.

I will admit that it took me a while to have the patience to use the Two Week Rule, but since I have, I have saved myself from a few regrettable chops.

I hope that you will use it too.


  1. For me, I agonize for months and months and still usually end up regretting it. I think this last time (I'm short again), it is the first time I haven't regretted it. My hair was just looking so bad (no damage, just bad hair) and it needed a new, fresher look. I just got told yesterday that I looked much younger now and even Michael said he likes the cut. Me? We'll see when I wash it tomorrow...

  2. I've tried the two week rule and still end up doing things that I regret.


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