The “Two Year Hair Experiment”
Two years ago this month I embarked on a little project. After years of a short pixie style I decided to grow my hair out in what I dubbed “Project Hair Grow.” When I started, I had no real vision, just decided I wanted to see how it would go. Then I found a style I wanted to work towards, kind of a medium bob.
I finally kind of hit the length I was looking for early last year – but wasn’t 100% happy with it. I have thick heavy hair and it was feeling thick and heavy.
So then I added bangs to try and lighten things up. I called it my Taylor Swift look, ha! This was probably the toughest look to maintain.
After summer hit and I was still feeling like my hair was too heavy, too much to deal with on warm summer days I started the switch back to pixie land.
First it was kind of a longer style pixie, then I was going for a short pixie with long bangs and now, we’ve come full circle. I’m back to short, spiky pixie. And I feel the most like “me” that I’ve felt in a long, long time.
Friday last week, Jan 2017
I’m not saying these last two years were terrible. I did have a lot of fun with my experiment. It allowed me to try some things I haven’t tried with my hair in a long time. It got me back to the salon. I started playing around with color and that’s something I can do even if I have short hair.
In retrospect, I think I know another reason I gravitated towards growing my hair out – it wasn’t just because I was bored or looking for something new. That was definitely part of it. The other part of it though, was that was a time that I was in a huge transition in life. Many things around me were changing. Praise Project was ending, I was looking for a new job, relationships were changing, I was still transitioning to motherhood. So I think I was looking for something I could control in the time of great change. I often get high marks at work for “adapts well to change” but I’ll admit – I don’t handle change that well, especially when it is a number of things at once. And sure, changing my hair was still a change, but it was a change that I was in control of.
And now, things are fairly even. I have been at my job over a year and have settled in well. I’ve found a choir and adjusted to life beyond Praise Project. I’ve found new relationships with amazing people I can’t imagine life without and rekindled some older relationships as well. And well, motherhood will ALWAYS be a transition, but I’m getting better at rolling with it. So, maybe that’s why I was ready to come back to my old style.
Today, Jan 2017
Or perhaps it’s just that, I hate mornings and anything I can do to get ready faster is good. I’ll never tell. We’ll just go with the wittier, wisdom filled response that makes me sound smart.