I suppose this is kind of a self-centered post, but I thought that it would be fun to go back through some of my old photos and look at how my hair style has changed through the years. I’m feeling ready to change things up again, and I think that looking through these photos will help me decide what to do with my hair next.
My photos only go back as far as 2006, because that was when I got my first digital camera. I wore variations of this style (mid-back length, with or without bangs) for several years anyhow, so it was more or less similar in 2005.
Pros: I enjoyed having my hair at this length. There were a lot of ways that I would style it (braid, bun, hair clip, etc). It required very little to no product. Blow drying and using a flat iron were optional.
Cons: It took forever to air dry. I had to wear it up to keep it out of my face whenever I was reading, crafting, typing, etc. My hair is really thick, so during the summer it was really warm, and I had to wear it up constantly.
Just a little shorter, with quasi bangs. I’m really not crazy about my hair at this length. It feels too “in-between”. All the previous pros and cons still apply.
In 2008, I chopped my hair off into a basic, boring bob. I didn’t really understand how to style it, and it didn’t really look that great. It was easier to dry, but it still got in my face a ton.
Highlights. Blerg. While this cut was okay, it also helped me realize that I love my natural hair color. I don’t think I’ll ever dye my hair again. At least not until it starts going gray.
I liked this cut a lot. It’s actually pretty similar to what I have now. It was easy to style, more or less stayed out of my face, dried easily, etc.
I love the thickness of my bangs here. This cut was great. It required more maintenance than many of my previous cuts, but it was a lot of fun to wear.
I loved this bob. It looked fresh, modern and stylish. But oh, it took a lot of work! 20 minutes of blow drying my hair with a round brush, plus a lot of product. If I didn’t take that much time on it, it only looked so-so. While I enjoyed this cut a lot, I really don’t like to have that much maintenance.
Annndd, the pixie. I have really been loving this style. It is super easy to maintain, I can use a lot of product or none at all, I can air dry or blow-dry. It’s cool in the summer. I think that I might like it even more with thicker bangs. Cons: Not a lot of variety in how I style it. Other than using product or not using product, it pretty much looks the same all the time.
So, after all that recap, I’m now trying to decide what to do next. I’m thinking about thick, short bangs somewhere in between Amelie and Bettie Page. I’m also debating growing my hair out to the length that it was back in 2006. That will take a few years, but I think I might like having it long again. We’ll see if I can commit to that. If I get tired of growing it out, I can always chop it back into a pixie again.