Let’s talk hair for a minute, shall we? Hair is a big deal to me, mostly because about the time I turned 21 I realized it wasn’t a huge thing to just swap out hair with the seasons like you would a nice throw rug in your home. Easy, relatively painless, and the overall effect is so visually impressive it’s hard to stop.
Aside from the pastel colors, my hair has been every natural color available: red, blonde, orange, black, brown, and currently dark brown streaked with silver. I’ve also done almost every hairstyle: pin straight and long in high school, the Rachael in college (if you’re too young to get that reference, you can Google it. it wasn’t a good look, even on Jennifer Anniston), a short “mom” bob after my daughter was born, long again but with strong bangs this time, then short and layered with side swooped bangs, blonde and short like Posh Spice (again, see Google if needed), short and black (see Katie Holmes) and finally, buzzed on the sides and mohawk on top a la P!nk.
It’s funny to me, as I’m looking back at the last two decades of the evolution of my current hair style to see where I was in life when I made each major hair choice. I would imagine even a perfect stranger could spot my hair and point out which stage of life matches each particular hair style. My super tight mohawk a couple of years ago was sort of a, ‘You don’t get to pigeonhole me as a suburban Mormon mom because I’m more than that.’ It’s patently obvious I’m more than that, but apparently I needed my hair to do some talking too. Funny, that.
I’m at a stage now where my hair is more about looking good with the absolute minimum amount of time in front of a mirror and products and a haircut that make my thinning hair look effortlessly stylish and full. It’s possible, and even though it’s taken me 20 years to get to this point, my current hair style feels more “me” than anything else I’ve tried. Sure, I might decide to do some color at some point to hide the greys, but maybe not. I’ve learned a lot about myself in my hair style evolution and the place I am now is this: take me as I am, or take a hike. I love myself, I love my hair, I love my style, and I’m not really worried about what anyone else thinks. And that’s a pretty good place to be.
So tell me: have you had your own hair style evolution? Are you brave and adventurous or do you stay with the tried-and-true? I