Anyone who has been following this blog for awhile knows that I am constantly getting my hair cut, trying new styles, semi-growing it out and then chopping it all off. I can’t explain the short amount of time I keep one hair style. I suppose that’s just the way it goes. In August I let my stylist chop my hair all off. It was short – nearly boy-short. The cut was easy to style and fun to wear, especially in the summer. My dad hated it. My mom did too, although she was sweet enough not to tell me that until a couple months later. I loved the look.
With the rate at which my hair grows it is hard to maintain a short cut without visiting the salon every 5-6 weeks. Usually by week 6 I am at wits end to get it re-styled or at least tidied up. Like I said, I grow tired of my hair quickly. But this time around, with my hair so short there wasn’t much else I could do to change the style. Instead I let it grow out and wondered how long it would be if I refrained from cutting it for an entire 6-month period, or even 12 months. How fast does hair grow when you aren’t constantly cutting it, trimming it or re-shaping it? That question set a personal challenge for me.
Crazy, I know – but it took a ton of will power to go these last 6 months without a single scissor touching my head. There were times when I almost gave up and walked into a salon I was passing on the street. There were a few days when I almost pulled my own pair of scissors out and chopped away. But I was strong. I remained firm. I didn’t cave.
The trouble with growing your hair out is that horribly awkward stage of style-lessness that seems to last for weeks of months at a time. Although, I do think part of that is your own perception. For instance, right now I think my hair is in the horribly ugly stage of growth but I have been approached several times by strangers telling me they love my cut and asking where I got it done. I don’t think they were all blind, although… maybe… One woman, when I told her I hadn’t gotten it cut in 6 months, told me she would have bet I got it cut that day. Um, really? Wow. I have to say, I think these compliments are more a product of the great haircut I got initially than anything I do. It takes a seriously amazing stylist to make your hair look good the day of a haircut and 6 months later.
So, now I am at a crossroads. It’s been 6 months. Now my hair, sorta, fits into a ponytail with the help of a headband or bobby pins. It’s tempting to pull it back daily and just walk around like that for the next several months. It’s a pain to straighten it daily to only have it look semi-mullet like. And while my hair is naturally curly, at this stage of grow-out it does not look good curly. The question… do I get it cut or keep growing it out until next August to see what a year’s worth of growth looks like? I’m lucky enough to not have ratty split ends. So I don’t necessarily have to worry about trimming it for healthier hair. And it sure saves money to not get my hair cut every 6 weeks. Oh and to complicate matters… I won a free highlight services from a local salon and will be having that done at the beginning of March. And at the end of March I am speaking at a conference. Decisions, decisions.
Other haircuts I’ve recently had:
Have you ever seen my long curly hair???