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My hair is still growing but there’s nothing much new, so this month I’m focusing on silly boys.  First, my nephew.  He didn’t know it was crazy color month, Liz!


As you know, Brad dropped out of the grow your hair for a year plan a few months ago.  He loved going to his new hairdresser, though.  He just didn’t like to plan ahead and make appointments. So last month he asked me to cut it again.  He likes it a bit longer now (thanks to this experiment). I wasn’t quite sure how that would work with my handy Wahl clippers. Previously I used attachment 4 or 5 and this time I tried 7 and 8.  People, it wasn’t pretty.  It just doesn’t work for longer hair.

So, this month, again he didn’t make an appointment and came begging at the Michelle One-Style Salon.  I said, “Fine, find me a video on how to do this with scissors.”  He came back with How to Cut Your Guy’s Hair which is pretty frickin’ awesome.  I love the way she says “cut your man’s hair.”

So out come the scissors and I’m ready to go.  Brad asks if I’m nervous.


What?  You should be nervous.

I’m not.

Well, you should be. I am.

I would think you would be glad I’m not nervous.

Did you watch the video again?

No.  I got it.

I would watch the video again.



This picture doesn’t do it justice. Great tips for a nice cut.  He was pleased. I was pleased.  And then…

He had to surprise me with this nasty little thing he found on the road in the park.  Silly boys.

Month six: a couple of silly girls growing their hair out with no real plan… See Resa’s post

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Michelle here at month four, a third of the way through this year of growth.  This month comments ranged from “your hair got so long” to “I thought your hair would be a lot longer.”  So, let’s do a check-in.  Here is what I looked like in January.  Please note the beautiful weather…


Here’s what I look like now in snowy cold April.  That’s some pretty serious hair growth.


Brad is maintaining. He’s reluctant to go further but it’s unlikely he’ll return to the super short hair of 2012 and before.  Look at those lovely locks.


It’s still not all rosy.  I look kind of crazy in the morning.


And sometimes when others say it looks great, I do things like this: hide my hair under my scarf and say “I look like a babka.”  And my friends correct me, “No, a babushka.”

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Anyway, I’m having fun and I’m sticking it out. My hairstylist Lynette went back to bald:


Is this me in January 2014?

This is Michelle.

Month 3: Not as bad.  Really.

I mean – there were some days like this.  It’s true. 

But there were some days like this, too.  That’s a style, right?


This pic was taken in Chicago.  Kind of a funny story – now.  I was there one week without hair product…while growing my hair out.  When I unpacked, I turned my suitcase upside down at least twice looking for it.  Yes, it’s humid in Chicago.  I live in Denver, very dry.  And, I have straight, fine hair.  I was participating in an intensive one-week workshop with no time for shopping.  Luckily, I was staying in a very interesting, old school kinda place.  The kind of place that has old school kinda hair product in the public women’s rooms (and cuticle sticks and mouthwash – I’m still pondering this combo).


Every time I was alone in the restroom near the meeting room, I’d shoot this stuff all over my head. Wow, that stuff seems toxic.  It was pretty awful but I was desperate to keep my hair off my face and out of my eyes.  And it worked!

So, what’s the plan?  This was the early – mid-term plan but I don’t think I can pull it off. More bounce than my hair has.


Here’s where it is today. Pretty long for me. My hairdresser who is essentially bald and appreciated my pixie very much thinks I’m doing great. She says I’m strong. I’ll carry on.


My man, on the other hand – we’ll see.  He got a haircut early in the month and took a bunch off and he’s been talking about going for another cut every week since…he’s pretty cute but I don’t think he’ll have long hair come December.


Michelle, with my monthly check-in. My hair is long. My hair is heavy.  It takes a long time to wash.  You laugh. It’s not funny.  The last time I saw the hairdresser was December 21 and I swear she only removed about 3 strands.  I go in on Tuesday for a trim and I’m looking forward to this like it’s a massage.  Those of you with short hair know you gotta get your hair cut about once a month. I used to stretch it to 5-6 weeks by getting one short (free) cleanup in between.

It’s been a month of hats and barrettes, a couple good hair days and a few very bad hair days. I’ve never worn a hat into a restaurant before (why is this OK for women but not men?).  Here’s us on a good day, truthfully about a month ago already.  We’re not that cute right now.

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Barrettes and hats:


What do I notice most?  Color.  Both of us are getting darker as we let it grow.  For Brad, that’s good. Look at that band of dark at the bottom. For me, not so much. It’s interesting, though.  Also, Brad’s hair is still kinda curly.  And we are saving money. Feel I should contribute to the hair funds of Beth and Liz.


Bonus pic:


OK, my hair has been getting darker awhile now…

This is Michelle.  I’m not one of the 24 dos duo but I will be writing occasionally.  When Beth told me she was doing this, I immediately thought I should grow my hair out. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a new do. I told my husband, Brad, and we agreed we might try it together.  Why not? Someone said, “It’s just hair. You can always grow it out.” Well, in our case, you can always cut it off. And that, of course, is the first question: Can we do this? Will we last?  Frankly, it’s already a bit painful.

Here is what we looked like recently.  Picture us without the fancy garb and makeup and that is pretty much who we are.

Late 2011 Look

We’ve been growing our hair beyond the maximum of our normal length for a few weeks.  This stage is not always pretty as anyone who has grown short hair out knows.  I alternate between Dennis the Menace and what I call Rooster looks.  Today I kind of like it – spiky and messy.  That’s my style, which with my hair is much easier super short.

January Look

Some people, maybe even some of you, say we look alike or we go together.  I’ve heard that if you are together long enough you’ll look alike; there are even studies about it.  In these two pictures, yeah, I think we do look alike.  But we haven’t always.

In this picture from over twenty years ago, we look pretty different but happy! Look at those young pups.  In a year, will I have long golden curly locks and could Brad have brown hair again?  This seems unlikely.


Note: Beth took this photo, my favorite from our wedding day

Questions on my mind today:

  • Again, can we do this?
  • How will the greys look when longer?
  • Does Brad still have curly hair?
  • Is there a guy’s long hairstyle that looks good?
  • Will we save money?
  • Whose hair will grow faster?
  • Why are we doing this?
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