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Back to School

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Summer’s winding down and I head back to school in just over a week. I want to get a haircut before I leave (and chop off the rest of these split ends before they actually drive me insane!) since there’s no Hair Cuttery in sight where I go to school.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately (my mom and my sister can certainly attest to that!) and I think I want front bangs – something I haven’t had since I painstakingly grew them out in the third grade. Truth be told, I wanted to get them when I went to the salon six weeks ago, but I decided I didn’t want the funny tan line on my forehead from being outside during the summer, so I stuck with my longer side bangs that can be easily clipped up and out of the way.

I have a round, somewhat oval face shape, so it’ll be up to my Stylist to decide whether I can pull this style off or not. My hair inspiration for the moment is Alexis Bledel (as Rory Gilmore) in the last two seasons of the television series, Gilmore Girls (any other fans out there?).

I’ve also been leaning towards coloring my hair again, something I haven’t done since April of my senior year of high school. I’m a natural brunette, but in the sun my hair gets a reddish tint, and for some reason I really want to go red! I’ve been blond, blonder, a golden color, a very dark brown and just about everything in-between, but I’ve never gone red before! I’m having trouble deciding on a shade, but I’ve been thinking more of an auburn color to start.

How are you getting ready to go back to school? Anything new that you’re considering trying out? Stop by Hair Cuttery for a new look and to boost your confidence before that stressful first week starts! Especially if you’re like me, and you go to school over 100 miles away from any Hair Cuttery…we really need to open one in Blacksburg!

Update: I did it! The day after I wrote the first half of this blog, I paid a visit to Mai Lee at the Franklin Farm Hair Cuttery (one of our Top 25 Stylists in the company!). She was absolutely adorable and did exactly what I wanted.

Here’s a before shot taken on my phone (at a red light on the way to the gym…sorry for the quality!) and an after (taken in my cubicle under the fluorescent lighting at the Ratner Companies Resource Center…sorry for the quality again!).

You can’t really tell from this picture, but my color is a darker brown with a lot of red in it in the light, and I love it! What do you think of the bangs? Post your own before and after pictures on our Facebook page at!

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