So you've made your appointment with your favorite stylist, or maybe you just walked into a local salon intending to just have that inch or two of "dead ends" (all hair is dead, people) cut off. You have that knot of dread in your stomach that the stylist will chop all your hair off and it won't be just as long as it was anymore.
Let me start my personal hair story by saying, I spent many years in my teens with a deep brown mane of long hair. I grew it out in high school to get rid of the black hair leftover from my "goth phase". I was so proud of my length that I wouldn't do more than ask for chin length or longer layers. I always parted in the middle. For years. I was stuck with hair that always felt boring.
One February day, I got tired of the lank, tangled mess. I waltzed in a salon. The woman asked, "Just a trim?" I'm sure dozens of women sat in her chair and said just that. I didn't want to be typical, I wanted some change! "Nope, chop it off!" I exclaimed.
Now don't mistake this post for me advocating you to chop off all your hair. I've been through dozens of hair colors all shades of the rainbow. I've gotten trims to alter the shape of the growing out pixie cut. I'm now thrilled with my current a-line bob in natural henna red with pink.
But! I am sad. I read people complaining all the time that they want to, but are frightened, to try a new color or style because it might not work for them. Let me share a secret - it'll grow back. Yes, it may mean you spend some time with not your ideal perfect hair, but it may also mean you spend the next decade (or worse, decades) never knowing that another style MIGHT just suit you better.
This is my plea to try something different. If you needed a sign, now is the time to change something, do something drastic - try out that color or style you've been wishing you could. Changing your hair may be what you need to really amp up your personal style. So do me a personal favor, give yourself a chance to do something different. Even if you just take down that ponytail for the day.