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  1. Solidarity sister! I so relate to your hair angst! I had the same hair- straight as spaghetti – til I started perming it at 15. Ugh! Then kids and the whole texture changed….now I long for that straight hair! Still get bored and need to shake things up every now and then…cut it off a few months ago and now want my old hair back. :-/ It’s a never ending cycle.
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  2. I think you should do the Carol Brady look again. : ) Oddly, my junior year photo was the only good school photo I took, but I didn’t buy a yearbook that year. I went back a year after I graduated, and asked the yearbook teacher about it, and he said he had a few blemished books from that year that I could have for free. Ironically, the only flaw in the whole book is that one page, the page my photo is on, is blank. Now my daughters will never know that I once had it going on.
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    • I’m telling you, the Carol Brady will come back in style one day.
      And your junior photo will have to be the stuff of legend, I guess. Don’t let them forget that you were once a mythical looker.

    • Yeah, I’ve done the self “trim,” which was a disaster. I think the most crazy thing I’ll do right now is perhaps Princess Leia buns? I don’t think I’m emotionally healthy enough to be around scissors.

  3. Oh the junior prom photo. My, you are brave!

    I always hate my hair in the winter. Brown, boring, straight, thin, and alternately plastered to my head or flying away due to the dry air and static electricity. I am always looking for the perfect haircut to save me and give me wavy hair full of body that I never need to style, just wash and go. I know your itch to do SOMETHING but I think you’re right to resist it.
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    • Yes. I always want full, wavy hair, and no amount of haircutting will transform my hair into anything other than straight. When they invent the wash and go look for straight hair, I will sign right up.

  4. *grinning* You are so funny, AND ballsy to post the “awkward” photos that are actually pretty adorable. Loving your Cosby sweater, btw.

    I agree. I love it long and brown. If you want a change, do long layers around your face do well for you?

  5. DO NOT CUT IT ALL SHORT! Cos I did that. And it was a dizAAAAAAHster. Really, really tera-bad.

    Long is nice on you, but if you’re bored, have you done the whizzy, sharp haircut which works GREAT with straight hair of having it short at the back, then sharply down diagonally to longer bangs in the front?

    I have no idea about hair. My hair lives bundled up on the back of my head, and has done for most of my life because I’m so clueless about it.

    I KNOW!

    Get a hat.
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    • Why yes, I have had that haircut. I would do it again, but it requires blow-drying, and I know myself too well.
      And that’s a good idea. I have a jaunty cloche that I think I’ll pull out.

  6. I am old enough to have had both the pixie and the 80s big perm. Plus, I had all variations of short I never intended when it was growing out from the chemo. But now I have boring hair. I like to be able to pull it back when I exercise, so it has to be a certain length. Plus, I can not spend more than 5 minutes styling. Can not. So, not doing anything bold any time soon.
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  7. Hmmm, as a guy I wouldn’t normally comment on a woman’s hair post, but now that I’m out of the Navy and growing my hair, I’m finally facing the dilemma of how to style it. I want go for the Jesus look. Kellie has vetoed that idea.
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  8. I love the pictorial of your hair styles. Soooo cute. I’m going through the same dilemma right now. I need some shape but I’m growing it out. I won’t spend more than 5 mins styling so, my options are limited. It’s funny the rash of pixie cuts right now. They look fantastic on some people and actually really transform a woman’s look. But I did that in 1990 and probably would not go there again. Show us a pic when you get your cut or color done!
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  9. I am totally hair obsessed and when I get bored I do things that have been disastrous and some things that have luckily worked out. I will not be much help in trying to dissuade you from changing your look, exactly the opposite. I think you would look nice with a short pixie cut with sweeping bangs. But definitely go to someplace like total beauty.com for a virtual makeover first. Those virtual makeovers have gotten me out of a lot of potential pickles.
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  10. You’re hair looks great compared to what mine looked like over the years. and I’ve learned my lesson like you have to not bother it when you really feel like you want to. I use to do drastic hair measures when I’d go thru bad break ups. I’ve had my hair fire red. also had it hot pink 2012. then I cut it short and now i’m growing it back out. had it long and it was down my back. now its just below my shoulders.

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  11. Natalie, I love that you used your hair as a means of experimentation and expression! At least, that’s one function of hair that I appreciate. I dyed it black the second my mom allowed (when I was 18). What rebellion. Now, it’s super short most of the time, which many people have an opinion about: http://laurenkells.com/2014/01/03/i-like-your-hair-long/

    Yours was the first Moonshine Grid post that I read and it inspired me to choose one about hair, too. Thanks!

  12. What a great photographic journey of you and your hair. I learned that boredom only leads to bad things when it comes to my hair. My hair is straight, thin, long, and brown – except for a silver streak that I don’t color because my grandmother had it. On Christmas Eve, we went to my cousin’s house. I pulled back my hair to show off the streak. In photos, I look like I have a huge bald spot. I am leaving the streak, but I don’t think I’m going to pull my hair back to show it off when there is a camera pointed at me.
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  13. Oh, I think I have stumbled into a Chicks Only page. But, I’ll comment anyway. I think you looked great no matter what the style, as I took a walk down your memory lane. I saw a kind of Jody Foster vibe. If you are asking, I’ll put in a vote for red, and yes, the last photo is hot.

    For your next ‘selfie’ be sure to look at the mirror… and lose the sweater.
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  14. Perm it! Perm it! Perm it!

    No, but for reals, my go-to boredom fix when I don’t want to actually cut off my hair is to either get some side-swiped bangs or highlights…or both. And since you have straight hair, you could have some awesome looking side-swiped bangs!
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  15. The grass is always greener, isn’t it? I have curly hair and I usually like it, but there are days where I would kill for straight hair. To be able to actually use a brush? I can only imagine. I enjoyed your hair history pictorial, Natalie. And since I’m over a week late on reading this, I’d love to know what you decided to do!
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  16. It has been some time since you originally posted this – what did you do?

    As a guy with curly hair, I’m no stranger to “limited options”. My choices are shaved, buzzed, short & curly, or long & curly. There are no other options so I get where you’re coming from.

    I stumbled in here via a link of a link of a link but you have a great way with words. I’ll be back –
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