Like many ladies, I started out with long hair. I cut it short incrementally, over the course of many haircuts.
Here's a picture of me from 2005.
I don't know how long I had this transitional cut, but I do remember what I asked my stylist for. I wanted it to look like a "less mullet-y" version of this Ali MacGraw shag.
Props to my stylist Vanessa Green. I don't know how good the cut was on me, but I do think she did an amazing job approximating what I asked for! (Just another reason I've stuck with her for more than a decade now.)