A lot of times, I share my progress on some sort of project or another here. Knitting, often. Sometimes sewing. Painting from time to time. Stitching. Container gardens. Even home décor.
Let's go for something different today!
Still a progression.
Just a longer term and different type of progression.
Today, my friends, I'm sharing the progress of my Pandemic Grow-Out-Your-Hair Odyssey!
At the beginning . . .
This is me on March 21, 2020. It is not a great selfie, but . . . it gets the job done. You can see the starting point of my Hair Odyssey: short, lots of layers, bangs. (I'd had an appointment scheduled for a regular haircut just as everything was shutting down for the pandemic, so my last haircut was in mid-February 2020.) I'd already planned (pre-pandemic) to let my grow out a bit and see where my mood took me . . . and with no immediate option for a haircut, I decided to roll with it. Y'know. For a few weeks, maybe a month. (At the time, I assumed I might miss a haircut - maybe two - before everything was under control again.) (HAH.)
Almost six months later . . . Here I am on August 21, 2020. No haircut in sight. At this point, I could pull my hair into a baby-ponytail using lots of little clippy-barrettes to hold back the layers. I was cutting my own bangs, but wasn't doing any other snipping or trimming. It was at this point that I decided . . . Let's do the Full Monty here and grow out those bangs while we're at it!
And - ugh! What a horror that process is . . . the Growing Out of Bangs! Here I am, February 13, 2021 . . . and completely dependent on headbands, mini banana clips, tiny barrettes, and (most often) a pair of glasses-as-headband to hold the hair away from my face. Also hats. Lots of hats. (It was a good thing I wasn't going anywhere anyway. I'd never have had the patience for this VERY LONG stage of the journey at any other time of my life.) My salon had opened again, but I stayed away. (I was afraid my stylist might not be fully onboard with my hair growth strategy.)
Which brings us to today: My MISSION ACCOMPLISHED moment.
Because . . . YOU GUYS!!!!!!
I have unlocked the JUST PULL IT BACK IN A PONYTAIL achievement!
I don't need a headband.
I don't need tiny barrettes.
I don't need bobby pins or mini-clips or hairspray or anything.
It's my Dream Hair!
Just pull it back -- or not -- and GO!
And - BONUS. I've even unlocked the MESSY BUN achievement.
I am declaring my Pandemic Hair Odyssey officially "over," but that doesn't mean I'm planning to cut my hair into a different style anytime soon. I like the ease of my newly-long hair (and not having to mess with my bangs anymore). I'm planning to keep it long. I do get occasional shaping-things-up haircuts now that salons are open and there are good safety protocols in place at my particular salon, but it's just for a trim-up and to keep things from looking . . . feral.
18 months of pandemic.
18 months of Hair Odyssey.
I'm calling an end to one of those.
(And I wish it were the pandemic.)