Hair Diaries ~ My Hair Styles Through the Years

My birthday is just around the corner and I can hardly believe that I’m really going to be that old!!  It seems like just yesterday I graduated from high school…but that was 20 years ago!  Yikes!

Not long ago, I was going through a bunch of pictures and I couldn’t help but laugh at many of my hair styles and fashion choices throughout the years.  So, today I thought I would open myself up for public ridicule and share some of those pictures with you.  They say, “laughter is the best medicine”, so consider this blog post your daily dose of medicine for the day πŸ™‚

Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Sharalee who loved wearing her hair in curls….

Even though she wanted her hair to grow really long (past her waist, if possible), she decided she wanted to have bangs like all her friends.  So her mom obliged and cut some bangs for her….

Curling irons and hot rollers used to take forever to heat so when she wanted super curly hair, she would sleep on those little tiny pink rollers (anyone remember those?) and in the morning her hair would be SUPER curly….

Then in junior high, she noticed some older high school girls that she thought were beautiful with a particular hair style.  The whole top of the hair was cut short and curled and the rest was left long.  She was nervous about cutting the top part of her hair but thought this style would make her look “more mature”….

Thankfully, that style was short-lived and in came the nineties and the era of really BIG hair.  Not only were perms a big hit but the goal was to get your bangs as high as possible….

Gradually, the overall height of the bangs diminished bit-by-bit and the frizzy perm became looser curls….

At the end of her senior year, the “Bob” hairstyle had grown in popularity and Sharalee was ready for a drastic change.  The next day, her fellow students couldn’t believe she’d really chopped all of her hair off…

Before long, she decided to grow her hair out again.  Although she’d been a natural blonde all her life, her hair began to slowly darken.  Because she wanted to remain blonde, she decided to take matters in her own hands and start dying it….

It was a rather arduous process and always a little bit scary because on occasion her hair would come out looking more red than blonde.  So, after a particularly painful breakup with a boy, she decided (like most woman do) that she needed a drastic change…maybe it was time to embrace her natural color and go dark….

While the waist-length hair was pretty and the curling irons and hot rollers had advanced somewhat since the 80s, she grew tired of the time it took to add curls to her long locks and decided it was time for short hair again…

She kept this style for a number of years and then after getting married, she decided to grow her hair a bit longer because after all, “men love long hair”, right? πŸ™‚

However, after moving to Hemet, CA and enduring her first summer in 110-115 degree heat, she decided long hair was highly overrated and a drastic cut was in order.  Initially, she was going for more of a choppy, “Meg Ryan-look”…but without a flatiron, it didn’t quite make it….

And gradually it turned into more of a “Hillary Clinton-look”….

Her husband wasn’t a big fan of this cut so she dutifully grew it out again….

But after another hot summer and having to wear her hair in some kind of up-do constantly just to stay cool, she decided it was time to go drastic again.  She purchased a magazine with tons of short hair styles and fell in love with one of them.  The problem was, she’d never had her hair quite that short and worried that it might make her look like a boy.  What if her husband despised it?  It would take a LONG time to grow out.  While all of these thoughts circled through her head, her BFF decided she wanted a drastic change too and suggested they both get their hair cut at the same time.  So, while Sharalee was on vacation in Colorado, she and her BFF chopped off their locks….

Over the next 10 years, her cut and color would change from time to time.  From blonde…

…to a shorter, highlighted version…

…to somewhere in between.

While there are no drastic hair changes on the horizon, one never knows what a girl might do πŸ˜‰  

Oh, and in case some of you were wondering, my husband actually likes this style….even though it’s short, proving that not all men prefer long hair….thank goodness! πŸ˜‰

Thank you tagging along with me on this “hair journey”!  Hopefully, it was worth a few laughs πŸ™‚

Next up….how to sculpt and tone your arms with a once-a-week workout.  Stay tuned!

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