chop chop! // my new ‘do for autumn & my long-time hair adventure

y’all are pretty familiar with my face on here ๐Ÿ˜‰



you have also probably witnessed (some) of my great hair adventure…
I’ve had a long history of chopping off my hair, growing it out again, only to chop it off into a quirky, short ‘do once more. I did that again yesterday, which you’ll see towards the end of the post!
I figured I’d compile it all together for you here, in case you care at all ๐Ÿ˜‰ but perhaps it will inspire you to try a new ‘do this autumn!!

2007 | long, long hair
in seventh grade, it was my first year in public school, and towards the end of my long hair. I have had my hair this long only once since then! I was growing it out to donate it ๐Ÿ™‚ in this photo, I was backstage after our school presentation of Aladdin โค I remember often hiding behind my hair (metaphorically and literally) because I was so shy and nervous and unsure of who I was (it was seventh grade for crying out loud!). that long hair was definitely a crutch for me.

2008 | a little trim
back in homeschooling, which was familiar to me, I trimmed a bit off the end of my hair. still hanging near my shoulders, but no longer hiding my face or… me. ๐Ÿ™‚ and of course I was sporting the classic middle-schooler kissy fish-face that began in and defined the late 2000’s!

2010 | the chop
my hair fluttered between those first two or so for the next couple of years until I joined a theatre group my sophomore year of high school. after doing my long hair up in 50+ curlers and hairspray for a full weekend of shows, I couldn’t take it anymore and decided to take the plunge and go short! ๐Ÿ™‚ it was also a statement of frustration and just being done– with not just my hair, but with lots of things– as the realization of having an anxiety disorder flooded me.

2012 | grown-out pixie & my first color
in the fall of 2012, at ABC (Appalachian Bible College) there was a gal in my dorm who was a hair stylist. as I finally stopped trimming my pixie (from 2010) and just let it grow out, I had her trim it up a bit to make it look less sloppy, and dye the under-layers and tips black. I loved it. ๐Ÿ™‚ it was definitely a statement of “let me be me!” in a time where I was feeling suffocated and depressed.

2014 | long red hair
I kept growing that hair, and after trimming off the black, I decided to dye it a deep, pretty red. I’m thinking I might have to go back to that, because it was definitely a favorite of mine ๐Ÿ˜‰ the red was almost a declaration of freedom. I had overcome a lot of my anxiety, made great strides, and was engaged to an amazing man. โค

2014 | the 1920’s chop
although others didn’t have the greatest opinions of this super-short chop, I really loved it. it was tough as it grew out, but I loved it when it was first done! ๐Ÿ™‚ it was definitely a desperate attempt to get down to basics and minimalism as the weight of my anxiety came crashing down once again, unexpectedly.

2015 | the grown-out chop & amateur ombre`
my unnaturally fast-growing hair was already long again by summer of this year! eep! so much hair! Joey loved it, so I tried my best to put up with the in-my-face-ness and lack of styling ability for as long as I could.
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2015 | the asymmetrical bob
if you’re married or in a committed relationship, you might recognize the old “Oh, don’t cut your hair, I like it long” statement. this is my husband. he loves my long hair, but I… just don’t!! so this is my compromise ๐Ÿ˜‰ it also just felt like time… with so much changing inside of me, it only makes sense that the outside would change as well. so here it is. ๐Ÿ™‚

so that’s my hair journey!

what do you think? do you tend to change your outward appearance as your inner self changes? do you think that focusing on how we look can distract us from what’s going on inside?

what does YOUR hair journey look like? ๐Ÿ™‚

which ‘do of mine was your favorite? ๐Ÿ™‚

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