The journey – letting my hair grow out!

Not for the faint of heart – after 12 years of short hair, I decided to let it grow! I made the decision right after I cut my hair in late April. Oops. and I do have a rationale. My hair is very curly and wiry, more so since I let it revert to its natural white color. More and more, on its best days, when short, I needed to use products to dampen the exuberance. I despise and abominate hair products, just not for me.

The rest of the time my short do was not my favorite thing. Actually it got to be a bit depressing! I wanted to let it grow wild and free, kind of funky ๐Ÿ™‚ Back when I started working, my hair was natural and very curly, as in the drawings I did in the ’70s, below. Remarkably, as I progressed in my career, I was under subtle pressure to tame down the beast…

Artwork, Lydia

This spring, I was inspired by Marilyn Davis, @Mazamattazz on Instagram. Gorgeous hair, go look.

So, pics along the way:

Looking over my photos in this period, I have been amazed at times by how many wrinkles I’ve managed to accumulate! But my wrinkles are all mine, and I definitely embrace them (I think…).

Ciao from hair grow-out central – Coco

31 thoughts on “The journey – letting my hair grow out!

  1. For some reason your posting of 11.3.22 (I think) about women’s health won’t open. I don’t know if you can fix it but it would sure be welcome if you could. I have tried several different ways to open it but none were successful.

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  2. Mine is super short, and, like you I just want it to be wash and go, but it has become wiry and more curly as the gray increased. (Im)patiently waiting for the beautiful white color the rest of my family has and then maybe I will let it grow. Love yours any way you style it!

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  3. Your hair looks great, any way you wear it. And you should wear it the way YOU want to, not how society tells you to. Mine fluctuates longer and shorter, straight and curly. Can’t make up my mind. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. When Covid hit and I could no longer get my ‘every 4 weeks’ trim for my pixie cut I decided to let it grow and stopped the coloring. That was summer 2020. My hair grows SLOW and is thin and very fine. Today it is at my shoulders and getting ready to punch through the line of going past my shoulders. Took it long enough. I am pleasantly surprised at the color I ended up with. Although it instantly says ‘old’. I have always envied those with curly hair as mine is the exact opposite. But, I kindof like what I have now and will embrace it. Your hair is looking great and ‘free’.

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  5. I like the longer look. Your sketches are charming – no wonder you make such great choices in fabric and patterns.

    My first retirement project was to let my hair grow out so I could see what color it actually was. I wore hats for many months. ๐Ÿ˜†

    Did the hurricane hit your area directly? The videos of damage and flooding were horrific. On the West Coast, we experience earthquakes that are quite unsettling but they donโ€™t last long. I canโ€™t imagine how stressful it must be to wait for the disaster to reach your area and then how long the cleanup takes.

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    1. Hi Linda. Ian eye went 15 miles south of me, cat 1. A mess, but nothing comparable to what friends in Ft. Myers/Cape Coral are going through still. Hair and hats – going white was awful, my hair was yellow/red/brass for ages. I just acted like it was a thing….:-)

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  6. Love your new look.
    I too am growing my hair out though Iโ€™m a bit further along than you areโ€ฆmine is past my shoulders. Iโ€™m not sure where I plan to stop but I guess Iโ€™ll know when I know ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ
    PS – Mine hair also got curlier when I stopped dyeing it ๐Ÿ™„

    Stay safe ๐Ÿฅฐ

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  7. Your hair looks great growing out. I have a massive amount of thick wavy/curly hair and it gets wider before is ever gets long. I’m more than slightly jealous of your hair! Keep up posted.

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