August 15, 2013

The Evolution of My Hair

I have decided that today is the day.  After over three years of growing out my hair (right now it's to the middle of my back) it's time to make a cut.  A big one!  Change is good, right?

I sometimes have a love/hate relationship with my hair.  I love that it's naturally wavy.  But on super humid or rainy days, I kind of hate that it's naturally wavy.  I get a TON of split ends.  But my hair does grow pretty fast so I can always cut them off.  My hair has changed a lot over the years...blonde, brown, red, short, long, curly, straight...I've had it all.  It's been red since 2009 and growing long since 2010.  I've thought long and hard over the last couple months about cutting it again.  Last time I went short, I got a cut that was an odd shape and way too layered and while it looked ok straight, whenever I let out my natural curl I kind of got triangle hair.  Sort of like this:

Not flattering!  Ok so it wasn't quite that bad, but I did NOT like it.  Needless to say I was not keen on cutting my hair again anytime soon after that.  But enough time has passed, I've chosen my stylist carefully, and I'm quite excited about the cut I'm making today.  I'm headed to the salon in about an hour, so I thought I'd take a little trip down hair memories lane to reminisce.  Also, big thanks to Kylie over at Lip Gloss & Lunges for inspiring me to write this post! :) 

Ok here we go....

Awwww!  I think I am about 4 or 5 here.  Natural blonde!

 Skip on up to I think 7th grade, my hair is a little darker and niiiice and short.  This was 1990 so yes, I had teased bangs.  And this isn't even as bad as it got!  But I will not be showing you those pics! :)

Here I am on the last day of 8th grade.  Perm and some weirdo bangs.  Yes.  I think I may have dyed it brown in 9th grade, but I couldn't find a photo of that year.

Jump ahead to my early 20s (high school hair was pretty much like this, except for darker).  Mega highlights!  I think this is the lightest I ever got.  I'm about 23 here.

In 2006 at age 28, I decided to go short.  And get bangs again.  I was just ok with this cut.  Once the bangs grew out a little, I liked it better.

Grown out bangs and curls, later that same year.

Here we are in 2007, a little longer, and dammit if I didn't try to do bangs again.  I remember having SO much trouble styling my hair for this night out in LA.  I just couldn't get them to do right!

Here I went a little darker (and grew out the bangs!). I think this was spring 2008. 

Then I went back light and, oh, hello bangs!  This was the first time I really liked the way bangs looked on me.  Thank you (my hairstylist) Brian!!

Grown out, even more blonde, and curls! Summer 2008

May of 2009, my first photos as a redhead!  I'll probably never forget this night, I went out for a birthday with a bunch of friends and they were all going crazy over my color change!  It was so much fun!  I felt like a totally new person.

Here in 2010 I went to a deep auburn color.  This is that weird cut I was telling you about earlier.  It looks fine straight but man did it pouf out when it was curly!  I really loved this color though.

By 2012, I had grown my hair out and lightened up the color quite a bit.  I just got kind of tired of going to the salon every 4-5 weeks to get my color done.  I should have been born a redhead!  I mean, my dad, my grandmother, my cousin, both my half siblings...they all got the natural red hair and I missed out!

And this is me just last month.  A little darker again (I couldn't give up the red!) and long.

Well wasn't that fun?  It's kind of crazy to see all these hair changes lined up together.  And also, to see how much my face has changed over the years.  Man I look like a baby at 23!  Ah well, I wouldn't trade what I know about myself now to be 23 again, but I would maybe go back and tell that younger version of myself a few things!  With age comes wisdom, so they say.  So, here's to my soon-to-be sassy new shorter 'do.  I'll let you know how it turns out!

xo :)


  1. I love it!! I think the red is my favorite! :) So glad you joined in on the evolution of hair post! It's so fun to see other people's transformations since I have never really had one!

    1. Yeah, it was fun to see all those pics together! Red is my favorite too. If only there was a way to change my hair DNA so it'd just grow out that way! Haha :)

  2. I have to say, I love the 2nd to last picture with your curly hair. If that is how your natural hair looks, then it is beautiful.

  3. Your evolution of hair was cracking me up because I had almost the same styles as you! My early 20's was when my hair was the straightest and the blondest, and that was without the use of a flat iron! How was that possible?? I absolutely love your new 'do, though! It's super sexy, flattering, fun and will be a great transition haircut into the fall.

    I'm not sure an evolution of hair post would be suitable for my blog, but I'll have to see if I can dig up some pictures of my own. I'm sure we'd have some good chuckles. ;)