Cole’s Hair History

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I’ve been dying my hair since grade 6. When I was 12 my mom let me get blonde highlights put in and I’ve never looked back.

My hair history is kind of funny and even embarrassing. It wasn’t until my late teens/early 20s that I actually liked me hair! Between the ages of 11 and 13 my hair was a frizzy mess. I blame puberty entirely.

But when I was 14, and the frizz seemed to magically go away, I had a lot of fun with my hair. It’s been red, purple, pink, blue, green, turquoise, yellow, orange, brown, blonde, black, and many combinations. I’ve had long hair, no hair, short hair, big hair, bob cuts, bihawks and chelseas.

Needless to say, I’m not afraid to make big, bold changes when it comes to my hair.

And today, I’m going to share a timeline of my hair changes, the good and the downright fucking ugly.

Let’s go in chronological order.

Cole’s Hair History

Way, way back in the early 90s a freak was born with dirty blonde hair. (Plus, check out my ma’s perm!)

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hair 1993 I’m the little blondie on the right. The brunette is my cousin, Alissa.

I had wavy hair until I turned 11 when my hair decided to become unmanageable and every day was a bad hair day.

hair 1996

In grade 7 my mom allowed me to dye my hair an unnatural colour for the first time. However, without my mom’s permission I dyed my entire head of hair purple, rather than the agreed upon streaks. So the purple hair did not stay. I didn’t even get a picture of it.

But my determination to look alternative in middle school prevailed, and so my frizzy locks were dyed a natural red and black, and the most embarrassing pictures of me ever were taken, including my grade 8 grad picture. Looking back, I really wish my mom had been more firm on saying no to my fashion choices.

I look like some creepy goth boy who was trying way too hard to look like Ozzy Osbourne, who I loved back then, so really I was just a creepy goth girl who was trying way too hard to look like Ozzy Osbourne.

2003

From then until grade 9, my hair remained long, frizzy and brown.

But then, I decided to get my hair cut by myself for the first time. I took in a picture of the ever so stylish ’04 “emo” hairstyle, only to leave the salon with a mullet that more resembled Joe Dirt than the cute emo kid I was going for.

There was no saving my hair without cutting it all off, and at 14 I had never had really short hair and I was too scared to go for it. So my mom, who was willing to do anything to make me feel better, finally let me use bright hair dye.

2005 See the girl with the lip ring and the cute mohawk? Yeah that’s not me. I’m the one with the awkward mullet.

While I waited for that awkward mullet to grow, grow, grow, I was finally allowed to do whatever I wanted with my hair and ended up dying it many colours. Until, finnnnally, it grew out.

When I was 15 I was really into horror-punk and super obsessed with the Misfits. I kept my hair a bright red, and teased it as high as I could. I also drew my eyebrows on and wore really dark eye makeup. During that time I took a lot of pictures now known as selfies, and ermagad, like a million webcam photos, for my many online accounts including LiveJournal, MySpace, Vampirefreaks and who knows what else. Back then we were taught not to share our personal info online and so I never used my last name, or else I’d probably be able to find those old accounts.

And I never say this, but I looked damn cute back then. Unfortunately, you’ll just have to take my word for it because those pics are all trapped on my old laptop which is broken. Until the day I finally take my hard drive in to rescue the lost years, this photo will have to do:

Just thinking I'm all cool and shit.

So 15 was when I finally enjoyed having hair. I was given a hair straightener for my birthday and found the best hairspray ever, Got 2 B Freeze Spray, and the best hair dye ever, Special Effects Hair Dye -Nuclear Red!

Eventually the whole creepy horror kid phase started to wear off, because I fell further into a different sub-genre of punk music known as anarcho punk. And voila! I got a bihawk. (These are also lost on my old laptop, so we’re all just gonna have to deal with the terrible photo quality.)

bihawk

So get this, my mom hated my bihawk and it only lasted all of two weeks. But truth be told, I had never really wanted a bihawk; I wanted a chelsea. However, my parents told me that shaving most of my hair off would make me look ugly, but I didn’t care. I had to do it. So when I came home from March break with not one row of fanned hair, but two, my mom immediately booked an appointment at the salon to get it buzzed off and my beautiful plan landed me my dream hairstyle.

chelsea

Being 16 was a weird time for me. My parents were going through their own drama and leaving me alone more and more, and I finally got the freedom I craved.

Eventually I grew my chelsea out into a pixie cut, and bleached it blonde.

hair 2006

It stayed like this for a few months until I decided to buzz it again. It was summer and I felt the need to have no hair. What can you do, right?

And then something magical happened; I dyed my hair black for the first time.

hair 2006

By autumn I had bought two wigs. Who knows why, but I loved wearing them out in public and anyone who didn’t know me already, or hadn’t seen me all summer, thought it was my real hair.

These guys are still my buds but I'm not sure they want their picture on here. So meet the masked weirdos. These guys are still my buds but I’m not sure they want their picture on here. So meet the masked weirdos.

2006

By the end of 16 I went back to red. And fell in love with this guy.

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At this point, you might be thinking, geeeez, are you done? The answer to that question is no. We’re only halfway.

By the time I turned 17, I found out I was pregnant, but being 17 and all, I kind of thought that as long as I dyed my hair outside in the fresh air it was okay so I went back to black. AND THE DAMN FRIZZ CAME BACK! I swear it’s caused by hormones.

2007

And then I went purple for the second time, but this time it was allowed to stay.

2007

And speaking of hair changes, check this guy out. Went from liberty spikes, to some kinda hippy weirdo, then got himself a sexy red mohawk 😉

2007

Right after Sidney was born I dyed my hair red. Again.

2008

Somewhere in between the red and the black I had brown hair. I felt weird having red hair as a teen mom, like I was already being judged enough and it made me feel awkward. That feeling only lasted about a year.

By 18 I had a black bob. Check out that digital camera, yo. MIRROR SELFIE. LOOKING GOOD, I KNOW!

2008

Poor Nick had to shave off his mohawk for work, but then the guy who was known for his crazy hair fell in love with having no hair. I guess it all worked out in the end.

2009

And then I turned 19 and got a chelsea again. Whhhaaaat?! Yeah, you know I did 😉

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So those stilts are way harder than they look, and my daughter always cried whenever I tried to get a nice picture with her. It’s a wonderful life, man.

2009 3

Moving on … to the time I shaved my head completely at age 20.

2011

I grew it out right away, but in all honestly, I LOVED having no hair! One day, I’ll do it again. (Here are a few reasons you should shave your head at least once in your life!)

2010

After that my hair was super boring for a while. I stopped getting it cut and it grew and grew and grew … Of course, there were a few awkward lengths, like the first time I met Sarah at work.

2012

And dragged her out for her 19 bday to the only fun bar in KW, which is now closed, but back then retro night was the best! Except for Sarah getting hit on by older men. I think she secretly loved it though 😉

2012

By my 25th birthday, in 2015, my hair was long and beeeeautiful. So beautiful I have to share 3 pictures!

2015 5

After having a lot of hair for about a year or so, I got it cut and dyed the front purple.

2015 6

Or at least I tried to and got it cut even shorter.

2015 3

Which finally brings us to present time. My hair is medium length and black. For now…

cole back to school hairstyle

What kind of crazy hairstyles have you had over the years?

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9 Reasons Every Woman Should Shave Her Head

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When I was a teenager I went against my parents rules and got a bi-hawk, which is like a mohawk but there are two rows of hair.

It was during March break in grade 10 and I was spending the week between my cousin’s house and our friend’s house when I decided to just go for it. I booked a hair appointment and later that day walked down to the salon with my group of friends and a picture of a really cute girl sporting her own bi-hawk. Safely hidden at my aunt and uncle’s home and a clubhouse where we spent more nights than I can remember, I was free to fan my six inches of awesomeness.

Of course, when I finally did return home a week later my parents flipped out. My mom made another hair appointment for the following weekend and my beautiful locks were doomed to die at just two weeks old. But something else exciting happened, I got a chelsea in it’s place.

Started by the skinhead movement in the 1980’s, the chelsea haircut is quite beautiful with the back shaved or buzzed and a fringe in the front.

I’ll never forget that day, the excitement of watching my hair fall to the floor and then, finally, the sound of the clippers buzzing away what was left in neat little rows. I kept my head buzzed for years, alternating it between a cute bob, then shaving it again into a chelsea. Finally, after growing it out for a few months I got the urge to just take it all off and I did.

I think every woman has thought of shaving their hair off at least once in their life. I know that when I went around bald and proud, women of every age and style would come up to me to admire and compliment not only my bold hairstyle but my bravery. When you have no hair on your head, there’s nothing to hide behind, your entire face is out in the open and there’s something about that that just made me feel good.

So, I feel that every woman should shave their head at least once in their life and here’s why:

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1. Confidence

A lot of people fear that having no hair will make them feel too exposed or “ugly” but I know from experience that is not true!

I’ve always had bangs because I’m self conscious of my larger forehead, and I’ve always worried that having a shaved head would emphasize that. Well, once I got over the shock of not having anything to cover my forehead with, I found myself feeling a lot more confident. I walked taller, I talked more freely with strangers and I felt really good about myself. There’s a sense of power that comes with having a buzzed head.

2. Low-Maintenance

I think the obvious benefit is not having to spend time fixing up your hair! It seriously saves you so much time in the mornings or getting ready to go out when you don’t have long hair to fuss around with. Plus, it gives you extra time and attention to play around with your make-up and wardrobe.

As a bonus tip, if you’re going to sport a bald head make sure to add some girly flair to your overall style with some sexy outfits and gorgeous accessories.

3. Save Money

You save quite a bit of money by not spending a fortune on hair products, shampoo and hair dye when you have a shaved head. No more hairspray, pomade, serum, conditioner, dry shampoo … etc. etc.

4. Healthy Hair

Say goodbye to your dead ends, frizz and kinks and hello to new, healthy hair. If you’re like me and you enjoy experimenting with your hairstyles and hair colours you’re bound to cause some serious damage. Shaving your head can help you start fresh!

Plus, when it does start to grow in you can finally see what your natural hair colour is again! I was shocked to learn my hair is still blonde.

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5. Donate

If you already have healthy hair you can donate it to make wigs. I know of a lot of wonderful people out there who do this frequently and it’s such an amazing gift to people who can’t grow their own hair.

6. Fundraising

Speaking of donations, you can shave your hair off to raise money. This style of fundraising is done quite often because it works! Start a fundraiser by raising money leading up to your public head shave and your co-workers or classmates are bound to help out.

7. Perfect for Summer

Having no hair in the summer is just about perfect: you can swim without worrying about chlorine or wacky beach hair, it doesn’t stick to the back of your neck when it’s hot, and hats and helmets won’t leave your hair flat and funny looking.

8. Different Lengths

Finally, when you are ready to grow your hair out again, you get the added benefit of trying out different hairstyles at different lengths. Once you get a couple of inches, you can get it trimmed into a cute pixie, then a bob, a layered shoulder length hair-do and so on. It’s really a lot of fun growing your hair out. Even during those awkward lengths you can play with different styles!

9. It Feels Awesome!

And of course, buzzed heads just feel really cool! I mean literally feel, with your hands, as in touch. After you shave your head you’ll want to rub it all the time!

It’s been a long time since I’ve shaved my head. Now I’m on a new hair adventure and for the first time in years I’ve actually grown my hair long. It’s now down my back. But I’ll always daydream of those blissful days when I had no hair and it was fucking awesome!

Have you ever shaved your head fully or partially? What did you like best about it?

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