The hair is a mixed blessing, however. Mine is very thick and wavy, and is riddled with awkward cowlicks. It took me for-eh-verrrr to learn how to tame it in the slightest, which was especially difficult at a longer length. It soaked up hair products like a plant that hadn't been watered in weeks. The natural body and texture can at times make my hair poofy; the cowlicks can make it difficult for stylists to cut. That said, I have had many different cuts ranging from almost elbow length hair with terrible bangs curled under with a 1" curling iron to collar bone length hair with a center part (bad choice!).
Here, follow me on an adventure through styles past:
|This is the natural texture of my hair, y'all. And yes, I do miss having hair this length sometimes. I kept this angled bob for a while in my last year of undergrad.|
|Here I am making an awful face, but my hair is straight. I had just moved to the east coast to start graduate school and was spending lots of time alone reading, hence the terrifying facial expression here.|
|This was essentially the same cut as above but with my hair straightened. Why, yes! Those are fox "ears"!|
|Every time my hair grows out a little, it gets what I lovingly call "flippy things" around my ears. In fall of 2009, I was decidedly dealing with hair of a flippy nature.|
|And this photo begins the quick progression (regression?) to ever shorter hair. Once I made it here, all I wanted was shorter hair for the ease of styling it.|
|This photo documents the shortest my hair had ever been (up to that point!). I loved the ease of getting ready but was admittedly self-conscious about exposing so much of my face.|
|My hair vacillated in between the length in the former photo and what you see here for quite a while. Around November of 2011, I decided to see what growing out my hair would yield...|
|And this was as far as I got before deciding that I hated it. It didn't suit the aesthetic I was going for in my style at all, and despite compliments I was getting from folks, I chopped it all off again in June.|
I am not sure if I will get bored and try to grow it out again in the future. I cannot imagine cutting it shorter than it is now, but we'll see...