This time was surprisingly easy, I just used the #6 (3/4") guard everywhere except the very top/front, cut those parts by hand, and then faded in with the #6 again. The worst part of the whole experience was the super long hair ALL OVER THE BATHROOM. I cut off a mound of hair bigger than a cat, lol..
It still doesn't quite feel real. It was sort of impulsive, in that I just started thinking about cutting my hair again this morning, after being okay with the long hair again for a few months. I went through my usual pros and cons lists and tried to convince myself that I really wanted long hair. But, you know what? I really don't. I'm not feminine, the maintenance sucks, and long hair just attracts the wrong sort of person (creepy guys). I feel like there are 3 main criteria for choosing a haircut: represents who I am, easy to care for, and appeals to the kind of people I would want to date. The long hair was doing none of those things. So, while it was very pretty, I don't really miss it.
When I started getting all that attention, I remember thinking very clearly that all I wanted was to be invisible again. Pretty sure I just got my wish!
I do think this haircut will look a lot better on me when I've lost more weight, though. My body looks big in comparison to my head again now. Not a great look.