New Hair, New You?

I'm an overplanner. In

typical Capricorn style, I make lists for every mall outing, plan birthday

gifts months in advance, organize and reorganize my bills to make sure

everything is in line. This also makes me uncomfortable with change, which

explains why I've also had the same hairstyle since I was 12 - long and

layered. My friends have been begging me to cut it short; while their version

of this is ear-length, mine is closer to elbow-length.

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I finally decided to

start small and get bangs. I began scouring website and magazines for celeb

photos of the bangs I wanted. I even used MC's

website virtual

hair salon feature
, where you can upload your picture and try different

styles to see how you would look. After a few weeks, I decided I'd get those

great swooping bangs Keira Knightley sports - only it wasn't so great. I could

never style them right and ended up pinning them to the side all the time. I

didn't look different at all.

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A month later, I went to

the salon for my usual trim. When the hairdresser asked me, "So what are we

doing today?" I looked in the mirror, and said, "I want bangs. Straight

across." I was biting my lip as she was preparing to cut a big chunk of my

hair. But after it was all done, I loved it! I finally looked 'different' and

my friends loved the change. It's crazy how something so small can feel so

liberating. I guess spontaneity can be good - and I won't be that afraid to try

something new...maybe even a shorter style.

How do you feel after a

new hairstyle? Do you plan it out, or is it always spontaneous?

What do you think?