Ever since high school I've had a pretty similar routine with my hair. No, I'm not talking about how I wear it, I'm talking about my need to chop it all off about every year or so. The reason that I tend to have this yearly chopping festival is because my hair grows really, really quickly. At the same time though, whenever I cut it off I usually like it for about a week, then realize that short hair isn't my favorite and want my long hair back. You'd think that I would have learned this lesson by now, but nope, I always think that this time, the short hair cut will be the one.
These are both from about four years ago, I think. Once my hair gets to this length is usually the time that I start thinking about cutting it all off.
Here are some of the in-between stages (including the one on the left when I dyed my hair brown - I've only done it once professionally, but I really liked it! However, I really don't have the budget to do that very often).
But when I go short - I like to go short. This was me when I graduated from college with my mom and my sister (I'm in the middle):
And then, I decided that last December, the week after I got engaged, was the perfect time for a drastic change in hair length. And I went from having my hair as long as it was in those first pictures to this:
This was the shot that I made Mr. EB take so that we had one of us in front of our first ever Christmas tree. While it's not the shortest I've ever gone, it was a pretty drastic change from how long my hair had been. And I decided to get bangs. Like actual short full on bangs as opposed to just cutting my hair a bit shorter in front to frame my face. I thought I'd really like bangs like that. Um, no. I don't like to put the work in to make them look decent. Oh well, live and learn.
Now, my point in all of this is that I chopped all of my hair off a year before our wedding. Luckily, my hair does grow pretty fast, so it's back to being pretty long, and I think it will be plenty long enough for some sort of an up-do at our wedding. Which is good, because while I love wearing my hair down, I've always pictured myself with some sort of chignon when I walk down the aisle. Sort of like these:
Images found at Project Wedding
My goal is for a slightly more relaxed look, but still elegant. You know, woodsy-chic. Hopefully after I have a hair trial I can get a better idea of how these styles will work with my hair, which has grown out a fair amount (this was me and Mr. EB down at the Ballard locks last August), and will definitely have another couple of inches added to it by February: