What’s the difference between having a signature look and being stuck in a rut?
I’m guessing it depends on whether what you’re doing is working for you and if you like it. I think my pixie cut looks better on me than any other hairstyle I’ve had, and after almost five years, I still love it; and yet, I’m starting to wonder if I should change things up just for the sake of change.
I love change. I was always happy to switch schools, I don’t like being in the same job for more than a year, and if I could, I would move to a new city every spring.
This translates to my style, too. I don’t have a signature look; one day, I’ll be in all black and the next, I’ll be wearing an incredibly twee dress (much like the one you see me wearing here). I’ll wear red lipstick for a week, convinced that it has become my thing, and then I’ll go without makeup for two weeks.
The only constant part of my look for the past five years is my pixie cut, and even that has been through a lot of different permutations: shaggy, close-cropped, curly, blonde, white, black… You get the idea. I’ve been willing to do a lot of things to my hair, but growing it out is one option that was never on the table.
My pixie cut suits my face and my extremely lazy disposition. Other than washing it two times a week, I don’t do anything else to it right now. (When I was blonde, I put coconut oil in it, but it’s not necessary now that I’ve given up the bleach.) I keep meaning to find the perfect product to style my hair, but for now, I just run my hands through it in the morning. If I have a bad hair day I wear a hat or go get a trim.
Also, I hate to be one of those girls, but my boyfriend loves my short hair as much as I do. I didn’t even tell him I was going to cut my hair off; I just showed up one day with a pixie cut and he loved it.
This means a lot to me, simply because of how many men have told me I’d look prettier with longer hair. Josh doesn’t care if my hair is shorter than his sometimes. Once, over drinks at our favorite bar, we were trying to see whose bangs had gotten longer, and our waitress came over to find both of us with our hair plastered down our faces.
GAH! I’ve made so many great memories with you, pixie cut!
Still, it might be time to say goodbye to my pixie. Very, very slowly. And only for a little while. I’ve been considering growing it out to a chin-length bob.
Right now, my master plan is to grow my hair out to chin-length, then bleach it and have fun with a blonde bob until I get tired of the roots and upkeep. Then, with a joyous snip-snip, I’ll cut off all the hard-earned but damaged long hair and go back to my true love, the pixie cut.
It’s sort of like how guys break up with the girl they’ve dated forever to “experience the world” (read: bang other chicks) for a while and then come back after a few months and propose. I swear that’s a thing.
So, should I really go for this? Maybe I’ll let you guys vote on the whole bob thing.
I know it’s not as drastic as cutting or dyeing. If I start to realize that my hair looks awful once it grows past my ears, I can just give up and trim it.
I’m also curious because after years of having short hair and doing all manners of things to it, I have no idea what my hair will do at a longer length. If it’s anything like my poofy triangle hair from my senior year of high school, you have my word that I will abort the experiment immediately. If it goes well, however, I promise to take pictures of the growing-out process and share whatever tips I glean from the experience.
So, what do you guys say? You know I love being your guinea pig.