You see, when I was in high school, I had normal hair. In the late 90's it was cool to not really "do" your hair, which was kind of a winning situation for me, since I didn't actually like to do my hair. It's unfortunate, looking back on pictures of me in oversized flannel shirts, pants made for boys and Dr. Martin shoes, but at least getting ready for school each day took minimal effort. My hair was just a normal mid-length, like most other teenage girls at that time.
|My freshman year in high school....|
|My senior year in high school. Note the vast difference 4 years makes...or not....|
Then I went to college. My first year there, I stuck to my normal girl hair.
|Freshman year in college. "Normal" girl hair.|
Then, the summer between my freshman and sophomore year, I cut it. Really short. I did this, in part, because in the marching band I was in, short hair was waaaaay easier to deal with, and also, because Gwyneth had short hair, and her's was super cute. So I cut it, and I came back to school that year, and lots of people told me they loved it. I loved it. It actually made me more confident in my appearance, knowing that my hair was different than most other girls.
|This was at a Jimmy Buffett concert, so pay no mind to the leis and squinty eyes.|
It just worked for me. It was easy. I never had to "do" it. It never took me more than 5 minutes to get my hair ready every day. Well, you know that old phrase "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"? It wasn't broke, so I didn't fix it. Ever.
|At my sister's wedding, when I was in college.|
|In Key West on college spring break.|
|Here I am with the really dressy version of my hair. (Also took 5 minutes to do)|
|Sometimes it was a little shorter...|
|One time I actually tried to grow it out!|
|But then I cut it again :/|
|Our engagement picture....|
|A picture on our honeymoon....|
|Pre-baby hot air ballooning....|
|Post baby Bronco tailgating....|
|Jackson's first birthday....|
|On a cruise in 2010....|
|About a month before getting pregnant with Gavin in 2010...|
Year after year, I had the exact same hair cut. For 13 years! Then I got pregnant with Gavin, and decided to grow it out. In part because I was too broke to get my hair cut, and in part because I thought "well if I'm going to be all awkward looking with this big belly, I might as well have awkward hair too."
So I grew it out.
|(My belly grew much faster than my hair!)|
|My hair started getting longer! (Man, I was tan....is it summer yet?!)|
|Until it wasn't all that awkward anymore! (My hair, not my belly!)|
So here I am, six months after Gavin was born. 15 months since my last real haircut, and it's finally shoulder length. And I don't know what the heck to do with it! I've never actually "done" my hair before. Not on a regular basis anyway. Sometimes I try to curl it....
Sometimes I try to straighten it.....But naturally, it does this sort of not really straight, not really wavy, limp hanging thing....
|Ugh. I can't believe I just showed the interwebs my 4 inch roots and completely unstyled hair....|
The bang area of my hair always drives me crazy! It's constantly falling in my face, so I either tuck it....
Or pin it....
Or, 9 times out of 10, give up and put it in a pony tail.So, now the big question is where to go from here. I'm really thinking I should keep it long. At least for a little while longer. Although I liked having short hair, and feeling unique, I also like having hair that I can actually do stuff with now. And feeling a little more feminine. It definitely needs cut though. At least a little. And we won't even get into my roots. I'm fully aware that those need taken care of. And the biggest question in my mind (regarding my hair) is TO CUT BANGS OR NOT. I always either tuck, pin or pony, so I feel like something needs done. I'm thinking some sort of side swept bang situation, but it has to stay out of my eyes. Especially with my glasses. (Although those may be going away soon! Stayed tuned about that!) So I don't know. What do you guys think? Are bangs a horrible idea? Should I just give in and go with what works? (short hair again?) Seriously. What do you think?