Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Throughout college, I tended to vacillate between long hair and super short. I was only getting my hair cut twice a year, so this was an easy habit to maintain. However, since moving to the city and landing my first full-time job (FINALLY), I am setting a new goal for myself to mix it up more often, keeping my look fresh and professional.

Unfortunately, my last two haircuts were TERRIBLE, so I decided to:

1. Spend the money for a good cut (between $40 – $60 is normal)

2. Get a recommendation

My previous cut was at a teaching salon (which was a risk) and from now on, with my hair track record, I believe it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Previous Hair Track Record: Blond highlights gone green highlights; chipmunk-cheek-inducing, too-short hair; stylists cutting their hands instead of my hair (x2); too-short, spiky, took-six-months-to-grow-out bangs.

Luckily, a friend of mine has lived in the city for the last six or so years, and she has rocked a number of different cuts and colors, so I knew her stylist was a smart cookie. I highly recommend finding someone who induces hair-envy and getting a referral. Usually the salon will give your friend a discount for the new business, and you can go to your appointment confidentially while knowing your head is in safe hands.

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Since I have had a grand total of one haircut in the last 15 months, I was overdue for a fresh look. I approached this cut with the following strategy:

1. Show off your natural hair texture. If you have any natural curl or wave to your hair, I recommend wearing your hair natural to your appointment. It’s helpful for the stylist to see what she’s working with to determine the right cut. I have natural loose, big waves, so I always get long layers. The layers keep my hair from being straight on top and wavy at the bottom, while also providing some nice texture.

Don't mind my "so college" feather extensions

Don’t mind my “so college” feather extensions

2. Have a concept in mind. Sometimes I take a picture in with me of the look I want. On this occasion, I had a more general idea, and I wanted input from the stylist. I knew I wanted to go short with some side-sweeping bangs. My stylist suggested a high-low cut, with the strands around my face longer than the back of my head, which I LOVED. She also recommended a good length for my face shape that wouldn’t give me chubby cheeks. I ended up losing about a foot of hair for this cut!

3. Keep an open mind. Although I had instant LOVE for this cut, I am well acquainted with hating a new style. The best advice I can give when making a big hair change is to stay relaxed. It’s going to feel and look weird for a while before you get adjusted to your new look. I like to play with mine and find some simple styles I like. Bonus, when you walk into work the next day, you’re the center of attention!

Don't mind the photo quality, this was right after I got home.

Don’t mind the photo quality, this was right after I got home.

From hair commentary both this time and following previous cuts, I know that I tend to look younger with long locks and a little older with short tresses. In transitioning from intern to new big kid job, it doesn’t hurt to come across a little more mature. The Boy loved my long hair and he was definitely sad to see it go, but I think he’s coming around to my current look 🙂

I’m sure I will go long again, but for now I’m delighted with my lighter head of hair! AND I’m entertaining the idea of going auburn in the fall…Thoughts?

What wild hair stories do you guys have? Give me the good, bad and the ugly.

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