Thursday, September 4, 2014

Throwback Thursday: That Time I Had a Pixie Cut

Jamie Allison Sanders, Throwback Thursday, #tbt, hair, haircut, hairstyle, pixie cut
So, here's the thing. I've always looked young. And now that I'm in my 30s, I think that's a blessing. But when I was 18? All I wanted was for people to think I was old enough to be in college -- or, better yet, for people to think I was over 21, but I didn't want to be greedy. I basically looked like I was 12 years old until I graduated from college, so I tried everything I could think of to make myself look older. And what I really thought would do it? A pixie cut.

So, get a pixie cut I did. Pretty much right after high school graduation, I chopped off all my tresses -- and then went even shorter the summer after that. I was originally inspired by Gwyneth Paltrow's short haircut in Sliding Doors -- I just loved how chic she looked with that pixie cut. And although her actions in more recent years may have turned me off, back then I thought she could do no wrong.

The picture above was taken when my brother accompanied me back to Indiana University for my sophomore year (isn't the setting gorgeous? That's right in the middle of campus). I had started along my neverending path to finding the best red hair color by that point, too.

I honestly loved everything about this haircut -- how easy it was to style in the mornings (I would just wash and go), how grownup I thought it made me look, how it accentuated my jaw. This was probably the most difficult haircut to grow out, since it turned into a pretty unsightly mullet for quite some time, but while I had the cut? LOVED IT. And, actually, I ended up growing it out and then cutting it into a pixie AGAIN right before I moved to New York in 2002. Once just wasn't enough! (That second time of growing it out? Even worse than the first. Definitely cured me of wanting to try this a third time.)

What was your favorite haircut of years past? Let me know in the comments!

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