Hair evolution

09/04/2013

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I think the 7-year spiral of my life that I’ve talked about a week ago wasn’t just about re-discovering the things I used to love. In a way, without even realising, I found myself thinking of my past, my roots, the evolution of my own style and how those elements influenced my life and, ultimately, made me who I am now.

My hair, for example, went through a few changes before it got to the present stage. It all began with chopping off the long locks at the age of 16 and replacing them with a perm. To be fair, I didn’t look like a mad sheep – in fact, my curls were rather lovely and natural enough to full one of my teachers who once declared: “Look at her – she never did anything to her appearance and is just lovely the way she is!”

I guess it was in my destiny to confuse poor folks because just a year later I had another hair-related accident, now with my University tutor. After attending her lectures for about three months I came in spotting a very shot classic bob hair cut. At the end of the class she stopped me and asked to explain why I finally decided to attend her lectures having missed the first three months of them. Turned out, she didn’t recognise me.

The Uni was definitely the era of experiments. I had bobs of various lengths, went from ginger to ash blonde, then brunette that was quickly replaced with blonde and a few months later – my natural colour.

During one of my “spiral years” I even had a pixie. I loved it very much, but eventually grew into yet another bouncy bob that I kept for several years.

Then I moved countries and eventually decided that having a very Eastern European colour and length would be best. It took me a few years and several hair stylists before I got where I am now, pretty much the way nature made me.

And yet from time to time I find myself tempted to go and cut my hair off. Perhaps, not to another pixie, but a mid-length bob. I think of it, then I feel I’d regret such a dramatic change and then I see a movie or a photograph and the idea of booking an appointment feels appealing again.

The latest source of temptation was found in The Swimming Pool, one of the movie classics that’s worth watching for many reasons. When you do, keep an eye on the guests who visit the villa, particularly a girl with a short fringed bob – such a beautiful and chic style that feels very timeless.

The day that followed was spent looking at various images of hair styles and sticking the iPad under my husband’s nose asking for his opinion. After seeing a few dozens of photographs he stared at me and said: “Darling, why wouldn’t you just buy yourself a wig?!” Shocking, I know, but in a way, he did have a point – after all, trying a new hairstyle by literally putting it on for a minute is so much better visually and, lets be honest, safer, as far as cutting your own hair is concerned. Perhaps, I will try it one day. Right now I simply wanted to share the story and, since it turned out to be a long one, thank you for reading it.

Photo source: personal

19 comments:

  1. Now why does this story sound so familiar? :) I had a pixie cut several times, and a bob many more times, long hair and every style and colour in between. I have it fringed and shoulder-long now and, as I have mentioned on several occasions lately, I'm very close to a new pixie cut. But I am happy to say that I am back to my natural colour now. I've seen The Swimming Pool twice, loved it and the style in it, but I don't remember the girl with the short fringed bob.
    I'm more conservative when it comes to my dressing style and clothes, but I've always loved to experiment with my hair-cut. The wig is indeed a safe and playful solution. :)

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    1. Ada, I will check when the girl appears in the movie - it's a brief moment as she is just one of the "dancing guests". And yes this is my natural (and current) colour - don't think I'll be changing it any time soon (if ever). Plus my hairdresser wouldn't do it - I once mentioned it as a joke and he simply said "No". Knowing him, that No was more like Never as far as he was concerned. :)
      x

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  2. Is that a recent photo? LOVE your natural colour, I would never colour it if I were you.

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  3. From what I read seems you changed your hairstyle lots of time! Wow! I admire you cause I would love too but I scare too much, that's why I always keep my hair long and sometimes cut a little bit:) Lol for the story about your lecture:) It is also the first time I see a photo of you dear, looking very pretty! Kisses! xo

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    1. Lilli, I think I was too young to take myself (and my hair) too seriously. Plus I was lucky to have a great stylist/hairdresser. And thank you for the compliment! x

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  4. Good story and the wig comment just cracked me up. I wasn't expecting it!
    I definitely have to check out that woman in The Swimming Pool.
    I have always kept my natural colour but tried various styles and lengths. My current shoulder length is here to stay for some time, I think.

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    1. I'll need to watch the movie and give you and Ada the time when she appears as it's very brief. I had my shoulder length bob for a long time, too. It's such a great length and I am often tempted to get back to it.x

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  5. Забавно, а я заметила, что со стрижками связаны самые глобальные перемены в моей жизни)
    www.gvozdishe.com

    Follow gvozdishe on google+

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    1. Кто-то даже сказал, что когда женщина меняет прическу, она меняет свою судьбу... Пока я жила в России, мои стрижки тоже часто совпадали с какими-то переменами. А в Англии, пока я нашла своего мастера, большинсво причесок были связаны больше с тем, что мне не нравилось то, что создавалось на моей голове во время походов в салоны. :)

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  6. Ha ha, this sounds so familiar! Hmmm, I've definitely experimented in the past having done some work for L'Oreal so my hair has been all kinds of colours and lengths... Wigs would be so much easier for sure but it just isn't the same as a good cut and your natural hair! I bet you looked amazing with a pixie and a sharp bob! Love your natural (current?) colour too!
    I've been slashing my hair off every 3 years and donating it to the Little Princess trust - must have 8" plus I think to donate!
    Thanks for your comment sweetpea, it was a very rare show my face outing!
    x.o.x.o

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    1. Oh, I once gave a chunk of my hair away, too. Long long time ago. And thank you for the compliment about the colour - yes, it is what I've got now and this is my natural (Eastern European) shade. :D
      x

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  7. Наталия!:-)*

    Как чудесно смотрятся твои натуральные,солнецем наполненные локоны....!!!
    Просто самая настоящая весна и солнышко!

    Знаю по себе насколько интересно в самые различные моменты жизни испробовать самые кординальные изменения в своем облике....

    Хочу пожелать тебе удачной недели,

    Искренне,
    **Виолетта***

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    1. Спасибо, Виолетта! xxx

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  8. Natalia, is that you? You are such a doll!!! So pretty! Your hair is gorgeous! I'm just like you. I've had so many different hairstyles and colors. I've had a couple of hair catastrophes too! One which I've been dealing with for about two years now. I think it's fun to change things up. We all go through seasons of change. Well anyway, you are BEAUTIFUL and I hope we can see more glimpses of you in the future. :)

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    1. Kim, it is me. :) And thank you! :) I actually posted some pictures of me in the past, back in 2011... But I'll do my best to add some fresh shots. x

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  9. Oh, I've had my share of hair mishaps for sure. if you can believe it, I once died my hair blonde after an upsetting break up when I was about 19. EEEK!
    You look gorgeous in that picture, darling. I wouldn't change a thing. BTW, I'm still looking forward to your outfit photos.
    XO, Gina
    http://classyeverafter.blogspot.com

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    1. Gina, first of all, thank you for the compliment - so very kind! I can absolutely believe that you went for the blonde colour - I think every girl does it at least once. Unfortunately, that particular change of colour didn't suit me at all... And yes, I do remember about the outfits... I really really do. Just can't seem to be inspired enough to phoograph them. x

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  10. haha - you know what natalia - i think your husband has a point! x

    http://fashionandfrank.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. The comment of your husband made me smile! Maybe I'm not the best person to talk to because I just cut my hair very short and I have been longing to do that for a while...The thing is that I really like my hair, but I like to change my hairstyle every couple of years because a new cut brings something fresh in my life, or this is the way I feel. From the lovely picture of this post, it is clear that you have beautiful hair and my only advice is to do what you feel like because in any case you will look great. Take care and let us know if you decide to visit the hairdresser...Caterina

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