27 Years of My Hair

If you’ve felt for a while that there’s been something missing in your life, it could be because you’ve never seen a montage of the wide range of hair styles I’ve had in my adult life. You’ll be pleased to know therefore that I’m here to fill that gap for you today. I give you 27 years of my haircuts, starting in 1987 when I was 17, up to the present day. Long, short, curly, straight, brown, blonde, red, it’s all here…

Have you had a wide range of hair styles in your adult life? Or have you tended to stick to pretty much the same style over the years?

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80 responses to “27 Years of My Hair

  1. Wow! You are lucky. You seem to be one of those people who look good in every hair style–no joking. I’ve done a bunch of different styles–from long to ultra short, from permed to straight (which is what it naturally wants to be, so I don’t fight it anymore). Thanks for sharing. I feel complete now.

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  2. This post is for the ladies, right? Because I can’t think of one guy who could publish a similar post. Don’t mind me. I’ll just go out back and make rude noises, watch football and eat some beef. *grunt*

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    • I was going to say something in the post about it probably appealing more to the ladies, but then I thought about how most of the top hair stylists in the world are men, so I decided not to make any gender points. Can you keep those rude noises and grunts down though please.

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  3. You looked gorgeous in every single one. I shudder to think of my hairspray 80s days….My hair has been super long and short many times. Also, I’ve been blonde, red, blonde streaks, cherry red chunks, auburn, brunette. Finally this year I am actually my natural color! Hooray for mousy brown!

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  4. It’s amazing how a hairstyle and color can change a person’s look:)

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  5. Wow! That really is a lot of range! Wish I had that much choice. My hair is kinda stuck now, unless I shave the lot and start again. :-(

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  6. You look great with each style

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  7. Dang, that’s a lot of hairstyles. (And you got a young Geena Davis thing going on in Photo H.)

    Throughout my life I’ve had only two hairstyles: “brushed” and “I’m in a hurry.”

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  8. Wow, you really HAVE changed things up, haven’t you? And you look gorgeous with all of them. I used to have short hair, but it’s been long and straight for years now. I’m just too in love with the ponytail to cut it.

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    • The times where I’ve had short hair, I’ve loved the ease of maintaining it, but I’ve missed being able to put it up, and I like the feel of having movement in my hair when I walk, so generally I prefer long.

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  9. This was so much fun, Vanessa. You are so cute, pretty, glamorous, and daring. I don’t have nearly as many looks. I did go short once and blonde. Also red!

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  10. Wow. Talk about a diverse selection. I’d recognize you in every single one of these. The most radical but also attractive is J. This is like a fashion show. Anyway, you look gor-ge-ous.
    Don’t you love that you can change your look by changing a hair style or color?
    I’ve been platinum blonde a couple of times. Sigh.

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  11. Cool to see all the different styles!

    I tend to go from long to short and back again. I’ll grow out my hair and keep it long for a while, then get sick of it and chop it all off at once. Then slowly it’ll grow out as I get bored. I enjoy playing with color, too, and currently I’m loving this eggplant color my sister figured out for me. :)

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    • I think it’s fun to compile things like this, to see how we’ve changed over the years, whether its hair styles or something else. Ooh yes, eggplant is a great hair colour, or aubergine as we call it here!

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  12. I love it……you look like an actress who has had to adopt many different guises for their varied acting roles…..and I can see you have embraced and lived every single one of them!

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  13. Lovely parade (no clowns!) Fun – you can almost hear the music of each time as you view the styles.

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  14. you are adorable in each and every one!

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  15. FINALLY! That empty void in my life has been filled! You pulled all these off so well. Thank you so much for that montage!

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  16. Love it! I love E & J – I tend to have a variety of versions of short hair. Much like J but with long bangs (fringe) on one side. Also I like to change it up with a variety of color from Blue Black to Fire Engine Red. I felt so devoid of life until now ~

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    • Funny, E & J are actually the ones I enjoyed having the most! E because I really liked that colour, and I had had a really good haircut at a top salon (which I never normally do!), you can’t necessary tell from that photo because it’s a bit windswept, but it just always fell into place how it was supposed to, and J I loved because it was so easy to look after, and I liked it when I made it more messy looking that in that photo. Ooh blue black is great! I don’t think I could pull that off though myself, but it’s fab on those who can (like you I’m sure!).

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  17. Wow…I don’t think I have pictures of every hairstyle I’ve worn. I’m sure it wasn’t nearly as many as you have shown. But I did once cut my hair like J. I decided to go gray but didn’t want to look old and used pommade to give it a slightly spike effect. I have been gray since I was thirty five. By the time I hit forty, I wanted to look younger so started dying it again…dark brown.

    When I hit past fifty, I got tired of dying it every two weeks…it had to be two weeks, otherwise I would start looking like a skunk. (A very bad look for anyone.) It took two years to gradually lighten my hair. Now that it’s gray…lots of white…I like it a lot. So glad to be done with dying my hair.

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    • Yes, I think dark colour dye on grey must be hard to keep up with! I like dying my hair, and I’ve been doing it for so long now, I’m not sure how it would be if I stopped completely, I guess when I get older though I might just go short again and let the colour end up as it wants to be.

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      • I did think of short as an option but for most of my childhood, my mother chopped my hair. So, as a late adult, I have chosen to have it long. Imagine long white hair…it’s pretty cool. Many people are bleaching their hair to have that silver look…so I’m not unfashionable. ;)

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  18. You have a charismatic head, so to speak! All hairstyles look great on you. I couldn’t help but notice something else though. Your smile gets warmer and bigger as the years go by and that last photo is just perfect! :-)

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  19. I was going to write this same blog post, but decided there’s only so many ways to photograph a shower drain.

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  20. Love the one with the hair over the eye, the come hither look. I actually have two favorites, though, E and N. The E hair is sassy and a little punkish, while the N hair is elegant and classy. Not that you don’t look fab in all of them, mind you. I just prefer those two.

    I do like Mike’s response. So very male. :D

    I did have spiked hair dyed a variety of colors, including poison frog green, raspberry, blueberry, and purple passion. I looked like a peacock. That was about 16 years ago right after we moved to San Francisco. I needed a change. My son can’t believe it, and I can’t seem to find a photo from those days, either. Perhaps it’s time to do it again—or not.

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    • E was definitely one of my very favourites that I’ve had, I loved the colour and the cut. The N was at a work conference so that’s why it looks less casual maybe than the other shots. Ooh I would love to see a picture with your hair in all those colours if you ever find a photo! I would love to do colours like that but I think it’s a bit late now, I should have done it when I was younger. Maybe I can do it when I’m about 80, that would be fun :)

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  21. Wow, you really HAVE had a wide variety. And you’ve looked great in every style!

    I’ve sported basically the same, chin-ish length, straight blonde bob since I was old enough to grow hair. Except my Mom added the style note of 1/2 inch bangs for the first 7 years.

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    • It’s funny, some people like me have traversed the range of styles and colours, and others have been quite happy to just keep the same basic style for years, I wonder if that means you’re more satisfied with yourself than me?

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  22. I’m very impressed. You’re pretty innovative. I’m not even 30 yet, and I’ve had the same “1950’s dad” haircut since I was 4.

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  23. One thing I know about hairstyles is that the one you have now is always the best one.

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  24. Umm, has anyone told you that you look like Geena Davis??? I can especially see it in frame H. I don’t see the resemblance so much in your current photos, though.

    You’re so lucky that you can get away with all styles, all colors. I am not a risk-taker, but I do remember getting a perm in high school because I was so sick of my straight hair. Eventually, I got tired of dealing with perms and grew it out. Now, I just keep it layered and shoulder-length. Nice and safe! ;)

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    • Well actually Mike (Heylookawriterfellow) also said that I look like Geena Davis in photo H! I’m not sure if I’ve been told that before. Maybe I could have got work as a lookie likie back then!

      Layered and shoulder-length is good! Especially if you have a really good cut and it all just falls into place nicely :)

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  25. I have, and always have had, terrible hair, Vanessa. Occasionally, I’ve had a few good days, but mostly it’s just a little ‘off’, shall we say. You’ve had some great styles over the years.

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    • Most days I feel my hair is a little off too, I’m not very good a doing my hair, so it’s only on occasional days where I like how it comes out. I think most people are dissatisfied with their hair really!

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  26. I’m so amused! I took a break from blogging and was shocked to find that break was 3 months long. But my first one back was about…hair :)

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    • You know what, I remember seeing your post appearing in my reader, I didn’t read it because I was just glancing through my reader at the time, but I remember thinking “Oh that’s funny, I’m planning a post about hair too, I must go and tell fakename” but then it slipped my mind. I shall go and read your post…

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  27. Wow! That is some serious variety. And you look veeeerrry different in each one. You could totally pull off some old school Sherlock shenanigans where you don a wig and a costume and fool everyone.

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  28. Beautiful at any age. Lucky woman!!

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  29. Some lovely smiles too!

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  30. Wow, your hair looks great in all those styles! Mine has too much of a mind of it’s own, I’m afraid. When I tried it short, it would go every which way except where I wanted. So my last 27 years have varied only in the total length—from shoulder to a few inches below. It would make for a very yawn-worthy blog post, very much unlike yours! :)

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  31. You look great in all of these, and so different all at the same time, too! :)

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  32. Very pleased to meet you, Vanessa! You and your 27 incarnations – what great fun you’ve had over they years, and they all look fabulous :) I’ve had some daring ones over the years – that time I went blonde. The time I shaved my head (not good, not good) and recently I added a streak of peacock blue, for fun!

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  33. I’m so glad I saw this …. lots of fun and a toss back in time. I wonder what is next for your head!

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  34. Very fun idea for a post! You are obviously bold and daring and not afraid to try something new. I was going to ask if you have a favorite hair style, but the one you have now would probably be your current favorite. It’s a very nice natural look.

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    • My favourite is probably E actually – I loved that colour, and I had had a really good cut at a top salon (which I never do!), and it would just fall into place every time I washed it. I’ve enjoyed the times I had very short hair because of the ease of managing it but never felt very feminine with it, whereas E had the benefits of short, but still the femininity too!

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  35. You are so adventurous! I am afraid it has been short and shorter for me. I am amazed at your variety. You are fearless! :)

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    • Up until the age of 16 I was doing ballet and taking it quite seriously, having private lessons and taking higher level exams etc. The ballet teacher I had at the time was very much a traditionalist and she wouldn’t have been very pleased if I had had my hair any other way than one length long and straight so that we could do the proper ballet bun easily. I remember feeling like I was missing out a bit by not being able to have all the wacky hairstyles that my friends had (it was the 80s!). It’s not until just now, reading yours and the previous comment on here that it’s suddenly dawned on me that maybe the reason I’ve had so many drastic changes of styles in my adult life is to make up for missing out on having all the fashionable styles in my younger years! That would make sense wouldn’t it. Thank you, I have closure :)

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