Getting Pushed Into Changing (or A Story About My Hair)

I’ve had a serious love/hate relationship with my hair. When I was little, I hated how curly my hair was. And when it was cut short, I hated how I thought I looked like a boy (sorry, this is the closest I could find to a picture of me with short hair).

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I’ve been brunette, a redhead, and yes for a very brief time blonde (more like blondish). I’ve also had times where I’ve lost a lot of hair. When I was in high school, I had some decently sized bald spots. I had one behind each of my ears. Fortunately, I was able to have some shots that helped the hair grow back (I still get bald spots every once in a while, but nothing as noticeable as that was).

For a long time after college, my hair looked like this:

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Then, I decided to make a big change and get some side swept bangs.

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I loved them! I felt much younger with bangs, and I think they made my look much fresher. I’ve had side swept bangs now since 2011. They’ve been a good look for me and I’ve been very happy that the upkeep wasn’t too crazy.

I had been thinking about changing my look to full bangs for a while, but I didn’t want to deal with everything that comes with me changing my look. I have to get new headshots done (and printed). I have to update all my online casting sites. It’s a lot of work and I don’t want to have to do it too often (it’s also not cheap).

But this past weekend when I was getting my hair done, I was chatting with my friend who does my hair and she mentioned wanting to do something different with  my bangs. She wanted them to be straight instead of side swept.

And when she was done with my hair, I looked like this:

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I got the full bangs that I wanted but was scared to ask for! I’ve only had my new look for a day, but I’m already so much happier than I was with my old bangs. It might not seem like a huge change, but when it’s something that gives you much more self-confidence, it’s a huge thing.

Yes, I’m going to have to get some new headshots soon. I still look enough like my old ones for now (and I can style my hair to look more like them when I need to). But just as the last change was a positive one for me, I know that this one will only make me feel better about myself.

So thanks to my friend, who technically forced me into this haircut (even she joked about it). I’m so glad that I have a friend who does my hair and who can push me to try new things (like bangs)!

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