Friday, January 7, 2011

Hair today, gone tomorrow....

Good morning friends!

I need your advice.

In a week and a half I have a big birthday - one I cannot believe is almost here (wasn't I just 21?!).  I don't know whether it's the new year, the big birthday or just plain boredom but I'm craving a change of look.  This happens all the time - I get my hair to how I "really really wanted it" to be and then I get bored.  

Tomorrow I am getting my hair cut.  For reference's sake, here is my hair now:
Well, this is it without any styling whatsoever...but it's long, mostly all the same length.  BORING.
Here's the kind of side-swept fringe/bangs I'm thinking of getting:
But I'm don't think I'm going that short in the length - it's high maintenance and I have a 1 year old.  I need to be able to do a quick and easy ponytail.  However, I think Nicole Richie looks her best with this style - glowing and beautiful!

I've done the side-swept hair style before - I tend to go full circle with my hair - long all-one-length and then back to the side swept fringe/bangs with some long layers for volume.  Just look at the circle in action:
September 2003 - back in my 'nearly-blonde' days
Dec 2005
Jan 2007
July 2007
Autumn 2007, with my good friend M who was a month away from having her first baby!  Didn't she look great?!
Heavier fringe/bangs - July 2008
And then I did this...
November 2008
Don't get me wrong, I loved that at the time.  But it's an awful lot of work to maintain, I couldn't even get it in a pony tail when it was that length.

I have tried a heavier straight across the forehead type of fringe back in about 2003 - my face was fuller at the time so I think it wasn't the best decision!  I'll never forget my husband (then boyfriend's) face when I arrived at Ft. Benning for a visit with my new haircut (which I was so proud of!).  It's amazing he still proposed!  ;) 
Yikes.  Sorry, R - I didn't have one without you in it.
I arrived home for Christmas to discover that my sister had also gotten the same haircut - we didn't know, of course.  Suits her much better than it did me, but it didn't stop us looking like twinkies.  Not my best hair decision, in retrospect!

One hairstyle I tried and loved was this:
February 2009
Excuse the pose.
I had slightly-grown-out short hair (3 photos above).  We were going to a formal event and my stylist did pin-curls.  I wish I could have hair like that all the time - curls are so much fun!  I know, I know...the grass is always greener.  I even asked her if I could do a body/wave or perm to get that look and she said I definitely didn't want to go there.  :(  Julie, if you're reading this, didn't you get a body-wave freshman year of college or did I dream that?  I remember it looked great!

Anyways, back to the present.  So I'm going full circle again with the long/layered hair with side-swept fringe/bangs.  Here are some more pictures for thought:

So what I really want is for you to tell me honestly if I should do this?  What style do you like?  What should I NOT do?  Should I go short again and just suck it up with the time involved in styling it or should I keep it long?  Please be honest!

I realise this is a totally superficial post :)  but I would very much appreciate the advice!!  If it's not a disaster :)  I'll post a pic of the finished product tomorrow!


  1. My favorite is the short look, actually. That short cut was perfect!!! :)

  2. Well, personally I LOVE your hair short like you had it in November 2008 but I totally get your's more hassle than its worth when you can't pull it up. So, considering that, I also really love how you had it in Jan 07. I think you should go for the same shape as Jan 07 with the same colour you had in July 07 :)

  3. I love January 2007 photo from your birthday. Thats my favorite "Grace" :)

  4. You can rock a long and short style so well, Grace!! Every time I see Reese Witherspoon's long, layered hair with side swept bangs, and Nicole Richie's adorable short cut, I'm super torn as well. But! Like you said, the short cut is difficult, so how about trying Jennifer Lopez' shoulder-length cut? If you like it, you can go shorter, and if you don't love it, you can grow it back out? :) No matter what, I'm sure it's going to look great!

  5. I think you always look amazing but I completely agree that short hair is more time consuming and high maintenance. I love Reese's hair in that pic and if I could pull it off I would. So that's my vote...with the same color you have now. And yes I had a body wave which I'm not sure I would do again unless I was really brave. Keep us updated :)

  6. You look beautiful no matter the hairstyle! I'd have to say my favorites are the Heavier fringe/bangs - July 2008 and Jan 2007 cake picture.

    I chopped my hair after my birthday last year and I'm still trying to grow it out! I wanted something "different" and I got it! :/

  7. "Anonymous Guy" says just get a trim this time around, deferring a more major change until you're sure. But then again, Anonymous Guy's favorite pic is the one from December 2005 (that looked great)!

  8. I love that you posted this, Grace. I am going through a similar debate as I approach 30! Good luck with the cute and please post pics. Happy early birthday!!!