Time for a change

For a very long time I have had very long hair. For such a long time, actually, that I had gotten really, really attached to having long hair and even got kind of teary during my biannual trims. It was truly a lot easier to have such long hair than most people thought because all I had to do was throw it up in a pony or a bun and go.

But it started to bug me that I had this long, pretty (in my opinion) hair and I never wore it down. Because when I did wear it down, it got into EVERYTHING. Our food. Our clothes. Itty Bitty’s diapers. All over the bathroom floor. As much crazy long hair as I shed all over, I’m surprised I didn’t go totally bald. So last weekend I decided it was time for a change and that I was going to get my first significant haircut since 2011. (Sad but true.) I was a little nervous because long hair has been my “signature style” for forever, if you can call long hair constantly pulled back a style.

For comparison, here’s a photo from the back before I left for my appointment:

I actually hacked off about 6″ while I was home on maternity leave 5 or so months ago, so it used to be even longer.

And here’s a picture from the back after I got home:

Here’s the front view

I brought my cut ponytails home and am going to mail them in to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program as soon as I get an envelope. (In 2011, when I cut my hair, it was to donate to this program. With my love of oncology nursing, I would rather donate to cancer patients than anything else. Also, I got a nice thank you note from them last time I donated, something I never got when I donated to Locks of Love. I’m just saying that a little thank you goes a long way.)

Now that it’s been about a week, I’m settling into my new ‘do. I can still pull it back into a tiny nub pony for running, which is great. But if I have it down, it doesn’t get in the way like mad like it used to. I don’t really know if I’m going to start growing it out again or keep it trimmed to this length for awhile. For the moment, I’m just enjoying the change from my usual routine.

A (not so) Big Change

The other week, my sister cut off most of her hair. This is a big deal, as she has had long hair practically forever. With the exception of one brief period of craziness a few years ago, when she donated it to Locks of Love. The result is really cute and fresh.

So that got me thinking that maybe I could make a change and have a really cute and fresh result as well.

However, given that my long hair is my security blanket I really like having long hair, cutting it all off is not really an option for me. ((I also donated my hair to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program in October 2010 and immediately swore to never cut my hair that short ever again. Ever.)) I decided to go the wild and crazy route of coloring my hair.

After much deliberation and the realization that I am, in fact, a total wuss when it comes to changing my hair, I went with Natural Instincts Semi-Permanent dye. Because then, if it was hideous, at least it would only be hideous for 28 shampoos. And it wouldn’t actually need any upkeep because I could just let it fade away rather than shelling out the insane amount of $5 for a new box of dye every 6 weeks or so. ((Like I’ve said before, I’m cheap. I can’t help it.)) I picked the oh-so-daring shade of “Toasted Almond.”

Naturally, the DreadBrewer insisted on getting involved in the whole process. The problem with him “helping” is that he’s such a perfectionist! You’re only supposed to leave the dye on for 10 minutes after you’ve finished applying it, but that doesn’t really take into account the fact that it took DB 30 minutes to apply the dye in the first place!

So, are you ready for the big reveal?

For comparison purposes, this is my haircolor before dyeing it.

For comparison purposes, this is my haircolor before dyeing it.

DB "helping"  I don't know why my head looks way too small for my body in this picture.

He's so thorough.

He’s so thorough.

 

Ooooh - isn't it beautiful!?!

Ooooh – isn’t it beautiful!?!

I have to say that I am slightly underwhelmed at the actual amount of change between pre- and post-coloring hue. (Although the coverage is phenomenal, due entirely to the DreadBrewer’s very professional hair color application, I’m sure.) But as DB pointed out, it’ll fade away and I can try being bolder next time. Maybe I’ll go for “Golden Dune”!

A couple people have asked if I did something different with my hair and said that it looked nice, but it’s not really obvious enough for most people to notice.

I guess I’ll just have to leave the drastic changes of appearance to my sister.