The End Result with My Hair: Tips for Deciding Whether or Not to Cut Your Hair

Happy April to you! So glad we made it to spring, although Iowa is still trying to stay consistent in its spring temperature habits. You know, snow flurries one day, then 60 degrees two days later. 

As you know, I blogged about my hair boredom in my last post (happens about, oh, once every season…), so in this post, I wanted to explain why I made the decision I did and styles I tried out that eventually shaped my decision.

Here are some questions that I asked myself as I thought over my decision. I hope that if you’re in the same spot, you can ask yourselves these, too:
1. What am I truly unhappy with about my hair?
Color. I have been trying to achieve the ombre look, and I have been growing out my roots naturally to achieve it. I started in September. As my roots grew out, though, I noticed that my natural color was pretty bland/mousey. 
Cut/length. I honestly do not remember my last cut/trim (I want to say November/December), and by the start of April, my hair would not stay straightened. It was pretty unmanageable in terms of weight/volume. I have to get my hair thinned every time I get a trim, so while I was happy to see my hair growing, I was not happy with the fact that my hair would not stay straightened for more than a few hours. By that time, I was looking a little adult Simba-ish.
2. How can I make my hair different without cutting it? 

I decided to do a week of different styles to see if my length was something to be coveted and kept. Truth be told, on most mornings, hair is my last priority, and that usually means a topknot in less than one minute. Though I have great love for the topknot style, I was getting super bored with it. In all honesty, knowing I would be posting about my hair each day forced me to spend an additional 10 minutes on my hair. Nearly all of the styles (with the exception of “down and straight”) took me less than 10 minutes. 
3. What will I lose if I cut my hair?

By cutting more than an inch, I would lose out on a fullness in my topknot that I really like. Since I have a larger frame, I don’t want my topknot to be so small that it doesn’t work with my face shape and my overall body frame/figure. 
4. What will I gain if I cut my hair?

I have always struggled with the notion that I’m not an official adult woman until I have a shorter cut…it sounds silly writing that idea, but it really does bother me at times! I thought I would gain more of an “adult” look if I had shorter hair. But then I thought more about it and realized how silly that idea was. For instance, my mom looks great in short hair. Some just don’t, and I am one of those people. So I ultimately came to the conclusion that no matter how many times I try, I will never like my hair short as much as I do long. 
5. What is my hair personality? 
I like to change it up. Five out of the seven days during the week in which I tried out the different styles, I wore my hair up. I like to try different styles and decided I did not want to be married to a cut that would not allow enough hairstyle freedom. 
So without further ado (and if you follow along on Instagram, it’s no surprise!) . . . here is the final decision.
1. Color: I dyed my roots two shades darker than my natural hair color with the understanding that the dark would wash out. My hairstylist, Meganne (at Jiva in Cedar Falls), used a comb to naturally blend the dark into the blonde and also used saran wrap to ensure the brown would touch the blonde only where we wanted it to. She was meticulous, and it took her about 2 hours (or a bit more) to finish the darkened parts. I actually apologized to her for being so difficult, but she is amazingly patient. If I didn’t think she could do the color, I wouldn’t have suggested it. 
To be honest, I was shocked to see the dark on my roots, but after I styled it and washed it a few times, I can honestly say I love it. It gives me an edgier feel (a true ombre), and I think I will fix it/wear it down more because I like the dark brown fading into the blonde. 
2. Cut: I kept the length for all of the reasons outlined above. I cut a half inch off the ends (just to eliminate split ends) and had Meganne thin it out. What I have realized about my hair is that I can go a while without an actual trim but cannot avoid a thinning out all together due to my volume. I have decided, then, that going forward, I will need a thinning out every time I get my hair done, which is about every 8-9 weeks.
SIDE NOTE: I am not a hairstylist, so my terminology is pretty much layman’s terms…HA. I am just a normal woman with little to no technical knowledge about hair fussing about her hair.
As promised, here is a breakdown of the styles I tried out before the hair appointment. Now these styles were all done BEFORE the hair appointment.
Style 1: Side-braided pony
This one was covered in my last blog. To read the tutorial, click HERE.
Style 2: Upside down French braid into a bun

Difficulty: Intermediate to advanced
Time: 5-7 minutes
1. Flip head upside down and French braid down the middle.
2. Secure French braid with a clear elastic.
3. Pull all of the hair into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic.
4. Twist ponytail and wrap/swirl the hair around the base of the ponytail so a clean bun is achieved. Secure the ends with bobby pins. 
Style 3: Double ponytail

Difficulty: Easy to intermediate
Time: 5-7 minutes (not counting straightening time)
1. Straighten hair or curl hair, depending on the look you want.
2. Section out 1/4 of your hair from the bottom. Secure it in a ponytail with a clear elastic.
3. Take the top 3/4 of your hair (not in the clear elastic) and secure it in a ponytail. This ponytail should be right on top (within an inch) of your bottom ponytail. This style creates the illusion of longer hair! Sometimes it is a bit easier to try this style with curls since the curls hide the second ponytail. I can wear this style with straight hair, too, since I have so much hair!
Style 4: Down and straight

Difficulty: Well, with my hair, ADVANCED
Time: 15 minutes
1. I section off my hair and only straighten 1/2-1″ sections at a time, starting at the bottom. 
2. I end by straightening the top pieces. 
3. I use Biosilk on the ends after straightening, and I use a CHI straightener. 
Style 5: Half-crown braid

Difficulty: Advanced
Time: 15 minutes
1. Section off two pieces (one on each side of your head). Be sure they are even in thickness. 
2. Dutch braid both pieces and secure each with a clear elastic. Be sure you braid as far down as you can go so you don’t have random longer ends sticking out. (Trust me. Been there, done that.) 
3. Swoop one piece around the crown and pin with a bobby pin (or multiple bobby pins). Swoop the other piece around the crown in the opposite direction so it is on top of the first braid. 
4. Secure with bobby pins, and try to hide the bobby pins in the actual braids. 
Style 6: French braid into low messy bun

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5-7 minutes
1. French braid hair until you are about 2/3 of the way down your hair. 
2. Secure French braid with a clear elastic. 
3. Take a ponytail and style all of the hair on the ends in a messy bun (there are about a million ways to do the messy bun – go with the easiest option for you). Secure loose pieces with bobby pins throughout. 
Style 7: Fancy chignon

Difficulty: Intermediate
Time: 8-10 minutes
1. Volumize hair at the crown. Leave a few face-framing pieces out to soften the style. 
2. Pull hair into a ponytail at the nape of the neck, but only pull hair halfway through. Fluff the bun out a little bit.
3. Take the ends sticking out, and pull them around the elastic so the elastic is hidden. 
4. Secure the ends with bobby pins below the bun so they are hidden. 
Hopefully these styles make sense to you and help you in your hairstyling rut! Have a blessed week!

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