Can’t live with ’em.  Can’t live without ’em.

Really, having bangs is the worst.  They are always in your eyes.  You constantly have to brush them back.  If you straighten them too much, they don’t lay right.  If you blow dry them too much, they are poofy.

But having them is also necessary.  Without them, my forehead looks too big.  T.J. thinks I look like a baby when they’re pulled back.  And they cover up blemishes (that probably wouldn’t have been there anyway without your bangs).

I remember when I was little (see pic below), I had a boy haircut.  That included bangs and lots of them.  I was always jealous of the girls at school with the long hair, pony tails, and cool french braids their moms would do for them.  All I got was this sad, boyish hair cut.

Gotta love this picture. Whether it's the gourd I'm holding, my ginormous feet, haircut, or girl scout mug, this picture guarantees a nice laugh.

[In fact, I once was mistaken as a boy and another time I was called a boy–

Story #1: Playing hide-and-go-seek at a friends, lots of people there, boys vs. girls, I was put on the boy team until the confusion was set straight and tears were shed.

Story #2: My dad cut off all my hair in 2nd grade because I had lice and Benjamin Angelo told me I looked like a boy.]

Back to the bangs, I remember when I was little and had that haircut, I would always say I wanted my hair to be “one length!”  I just walked around like a zombie saying, “ONE LENGTH, PLEASE ONE LENGTH!”  I was sick of the names, I was sick of looking like a boy, so my mom finally let me grow out my hair.

I’m not sure if you’ve ever tried to do this.  But trying to grow out your bangs is one of the hardest things EVER!  You have to pin your bangs to the side for weeks at a time, constantly brush them to the side, and use a plethora of hairspray.  It was a daunting task.

But it was well worth it.  I no longer was called a boy and my hair was indeed “one length.”

Well, I currently am trying to do the same thing.  Now that my hair is getting a little longer, I want my bangs to get a little longer and to do more of a swoop thing.  But trying to get them to stay to the side is awful!  Last night I slept with a barrette in my hair all night, hoping it would help, but they still are straight across my eyes this afternoon.  It’s gonna take a long time…

Maybe I should just cut my hair to look like my good ol’ days.

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  1. Bridget
    Bridget says:

    I think you rock bangs and you should just keep them. 🙂
    Also on your grad school post. As a grad student who went straight from undergrad I now understand why people “take a year off”. The grad school application, interviewing and testing process was difficult to complete while also finishing my last year of school.
    And as far as once you get there spare yourself the pain and cost if you don’t have to go. I love school but it is by far the hardest thing I have ever done…just some thoughts.

  2. Danica
    Danica says:

    You read my mind! I have been growing out my bangs since like May. Lots of headbands, lots of bobby pins. Now I’m here and it’s nice cuz I don’t care about my hair at all. But I have seen a lot of bangs and remember how chic they are, and I’ve been considering cutting them the way they used to be once I get back. Thoughts?


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