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The Constant Battle of the Bangs

Hey all, I’m here asking for your help today. I know, I know, I need to post about fashion…but hair is one serious part of fashion. What I need, are your votes on what you think I should do with my bangs because, despite my impending haircutting appointment, I have no idea what I want to do. I feel it is important to start by saying that I am planning to keep my hair long for the winter but beyond that I have no idea what I want to do with this whole fringey business up front. I’ve outlined the two choices I’ve been passing around most to give you an idea of why I haven’t been able to make up my mind (aside from being horribly indecisive) but if you have some other suggestion that I haven’t considered PLEASE tell me in the comments-I would adore all the help I can get on this one!

Me sans bangs-just a point of reference.

Straight Bangs: You see, I love my bangs, don’t get me wrong. They’re fun. They’re flirty. They actually make me look like I’m in my 20s. It’s all super. I don’t mind styling them everyday and I love how they look. But. I’m bored, I think anyways. But I can’t really tell. I’m one fickle pickle.

Side Bangs: I’ve also been tossing around the idea of going back to side bangs. Currently, my bangs are longer than the bottoms of my eyes (which means I’ve been getting really creative in how I’ve been styling my hair these days) so they could easily be cut back into side bangs. Buuuuuut, I’m not sure if I want to go down that path again. I mean, what if I don’t like them?! (ok, ok, I can always get them recut into straight bangs so it’s not the end of the world, but still no one likes seeing themselves with a bad haircut.)

Or, is there an option I haven’t given that you think would be awesome? I would love to hear your votes of what you think I should do with my crazy long bangs in the comments section! Thank you for your help guys…and thanks for supporting me as I continue my run for Miss Indecisive 2012.

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Stripes: Surprises and Sunshine

Alright guys, remember how big of a deal it was when I got my side-swept bangs? Well, I’ve gone and changed things up again…I went for the full on, Zooey Deschanel-esque, whole enchilada straight across bangs. AND I LOVE THEM. Seriously.

This is my favorite hair change I think I’ve ever made (which isn’t super surprising because, as a true child of the 90’s, I rocked similar bangs up until 2000 to the point that I would cut them myself-at age 4-when my mom tried to convince me I should grow them out because I have epic cowlicks along my hairline which left me looking like a crazy Alfalfa for most of that decade). Needless to say, like both of my more recent hairstyle changes, I was shaking in the barber’s chair as I watched my locks fall.

Luckily, my stylist taught me how to blow dry the cowlicks out for the most part (I still get a small gap where one lick lies, and one chunk of hair refuses to sit totally flat no matter how much I try to flatten it…I swear my hair has a mind of it’s own) and I no longer look like a slightly ugly duckling. In fact, I think this cut actually makes me look older than any other haircut I’ve ever had just in time for job interviews and trying to convince people I really am a responsible 20-something.

Shirt:Target//Shorts:A&E

As far as life goes, I’ve been slowly assimilating to my suburban surroundings and soaking up the sunshine that followed me back from the East Coast (yes, I single handedly brought the sun to the Pacific Northwest…maybe I should put that on my resume, who wouldn’t want to hire the person who controls the weather?!). My life has become a series of days spent reading, watching tv (I know I know, I didn’t used to watch much tv at all but there’s a lot less to do out here and I have about 2 friends in a 20 minute drive radius so I’m working really hard to find ways to fill my unemployed time), and hanging out with this pretty lady.

I think she has become my absolute favorite model (sorry Sequins) because she’s free to take pictures whenever I want and she never talks back…but she’s awful at taking direction. You can’t have it all, I suppose.

What’s everyone else up to this summer? How do you entertain yourself in the ‘burbs? (Does anyone even call them “the ‘burbs” or is that me?)

Stripes: The Cut

As you may have noticed in my graduation post, I cut off my hair. I did not intend to do this, until the night before my appointment, anyways. But inspiration hit as I was sitting at my computer after having taken my last final earlier that day browsing at Pinterest where one of the boards I follow had suddenly added several pictures of short bobs. Being my ever so cautious self, this was not enough to sway me, however.

The last picture of my long hair…taken on my webcam right before heading to the hairdresser.

As a soon to be grad at that point in time, I did what any self respecting college student does: I googled the crap out of “short bob” and found some celebrities who had cut it all off. Lizzie Olsen (little sister to Mary-Kate and Ashley aka My idols from age 4-13) had recently cut off her long hair (waaaay longer than mine) into the cutest little wavy bob. As I browsed pictures of her new look, a hint of confidence began to grow. I mean if the terribly adorable little sister to MK+A is pulling off this look and she’s the same age as me, maybe I could do it!

So I continued looking at pictures, not 100% convinced that this was the right move. My hair helped define me and I was on the cusp of change, why mess with something that works? However, despite my hesitation, I continued to click around the internet when I remembered one of Sequin’s favorite bloggers, Kendi over at Kendi Everyday, had cut off her hair into a shoulder length bob a couple months ago. After looking at about 100 pictures of her hair, I was hooked. The shorter length suited her so much and she styled it SO cutely. I found this post to bring into my stylist and my resolve had solidified.

…Until morning anyways, I woke up to get ready for my hair appointment and I broke down. Cutting off my hair suddenly became a symbol of cutting off my youth and college days. I’d spent the last 5ish years rocking braids, cute side ponytails, people wanting to play with my hair, and blogger buns. How could I suddenly just cut it all off? I would be a symbolic end to my youth and suddenly thrust me into the realm of adulthood: a new world I wasn’t ready for.

I was stuck on loop, almost in tears, for about 10 minutes. I realized at the time how silly it sounded that cutting off 4-5 inches of hair would suddenly make me a grown up, I mean clearly nothing else about me was really going to change while I sat in the barber’s chair, but nonetheless I panicked. But I also instinctually knew this was something I needed to do. Graduation had not felt real yet (it didn’t until I was sitting in commencement itself, by the way) but cutting my hair was as real of a change as I could get at that point in time. I would soon see the hair drop, the memories I had with it swept into a dustpan, never to be seen again and I realized, I needed this. I needed to move on and start fresh. What’s fresher than a brand new hair cut?

As I sat in that chair, explaining what I wanted, showing my pictures to the hairdresser, I relaxed and took it all in. Yes this is a new look, but it was time to try something new. I’m ready to do things that I’ve never done, take some leaps of faith, and rock a new haircut. And suddenly, all my fear became excitement and I began to relax. Two hours later, I walked out of the salon completely in love with my new hair and ready to take on the world.

And there you have it, the story behind the haircut. I admit, it is the most effort and emotion I’ve had in a style since I chopped all my hair off to donate freshman year. If I have one piece of advice it’s to just do it! Cut off all your hair, try something new, do it all on a whim, and have fun.

Anyone else recently cut off a bunch of hair? Any other fellow grads out there? Anyone wanna discuss how adorable Lizzie Olsen is?

PS- These are the first pictures we took with Sequin’s new fancy pants camera (the crappy picture from my webcam aside)!  This photo shoot was kind of a milestone for our Moosey selves.