The bottom layer when straight or wet was halfway down her back, and the hair from the top finally was to the length of her shoulders. Since her hair has a nice wave to it (just like mom and dads) it flips and bounces in all different directions. Usually that direction is in her plate. I figured we could just trim up the bottom to meet the top layer all around shoulder length.
I guess I thought she'd look older with a more 'styled' cut, but because of the waves and curls, she still looks almost the same. At least it's not quite so permanent bedhead.
No real surprise, but yes, the experience was traumatic.
And yes, I took pictures from the sideline while she sobbed and snotted all over dad. Not even a pink butterfly lollipop could do the trick, though she did give it a death grip and sucked it through the tears.