Ok, so I was not overly excited about my haircut right when it ended, but I realized pretty quick that that was because *I* had not admitted to myself that I want a bigger change. After I realized this, I was super impressed with my stylist, who amazingly did EX.ACT.LY what I asked. I'd asked for "almost the same, but better, that looks cute in a ponytail, and that doesn't take lots of product to style." I also told him I hadn't been to a salon in aaaages, which I think scared him a bit.
I kid you not, this guy meticulously worked on my face-framing layers for an hour and showed my how to style with no product - and when I say "no product," I mean not even a BRUSH. That's hardcore.
Now that I trust him, I think I may go back in time and try out something wacky! Maybe something on the short side - edgier/younger/cuter/more Asian.
Pic three is what I wore today, copied from Janet's amazing look here:
Besides the crazy cocker spaniel ears that my hair creates in this pic, I also feel a bit frumpy in it. I think it's because neither my jacket nor my turtleneck have the edge of Janet's pieces. I will have to try it again sometime. I like it, but I don't love it as much as the inspiration. Suggestions welcome!