I first cut my hair dramatically short in August 2011 (actually, I had a bowl haircut when I was 7, but that was a long time ago). I needed a change. Coming off a stressful month that ended in a somewhat risky job change, I needed to feel empowered and in control of my life. The pixie cut achieved that, and I’ve enjoyed coming to appreciate my face and neck in all of its exposed glory. I also like that shorter hair provides instant polish to any look.

That being said, I yearn to change my hair often. It’s one of the few alterations you can make to your body that corrects itself over time. I’m not a risk taker by any means, but I do like to take a few risks with my hair (example: dyeing it yellow-blonde this summer).

I’ve (tentatively) decided to grow my hair out, and by “out,” I mean to chin length or mid-neck length. My fine, thin hair looks best kept short. The growing process itself will make for some painfully awkward transitional hair moments, but that’s the price I have to pay for a different style, so I’m finally working up the courage to get through it.

I’m leaning toward a bob-style haircut that naturally curls under. My hair responds well to the length and style. I also want to dye my hair a natural shade of red. I’m leaning toward the top or bottom left shade and the top right cut. What do you think? What hair risks would you like to take?

(sources: 1, 2, 3, 4)