Crowdsourcing: Based On My Past Styles, WTF Should I Do To My Boring Hair?Guys, I am in a style rut. I am terribly bored with my brown hair (and wardrobe, but more on that another day) and I have no idea what to with it. I would ideally like to do something on the dramatic side, but I am unsure as to whether that is just me being so bored I am about to make poor decisions as a result, or if these are valid hair risks I should actually wind up taking.

Right now, my hair is fairly long, very thick, and a few shades of medium/dark brown. Here’s the long and short of my hair over the past couple years, so you have an idea of what I look like with a couple cuts and colors.

2009: Bright red, Ronald McDonald hair that faded to an orangey-red. The haircut was chin-length and fairly “blah.” I was a freshman in college; can you tell how cool I thought I was?

Crowdsourcing: Based On My Past Styles, WTF Should I Do To My Boring Hair?2010: Short hair with steps for my sophomore year of college and my first trip to Coachella. I have no idea, to this day, why I thought this was a good decision. Up until that point, it had been blue or bright red on and off for years. (It grew back very quickly, thank goodness, but hopefully this helps deter anyone from recommending short hair.)

Crowdsourcing: Based On My Past Styles, WTF Should I Do To My Boring Hair?2011: Blue! Blue blue blue. And it stayed that way once again for another two years or so. I always used Manic Panic in Shocking Blue, but occasionally used other colors from the brand, too.

Crowdsourcing: Based On My Past Styles, WTF Should I Do To My Boring Hair? 2012: After graduating, I decided I needed to get a job. I wound up spending hundreds of dollars and six hours on taking my hair from blue to brown. And then I got a job working online where nobody really cares what color my hair is. I’m not bitter at 2012 Sam’s decisions or anything. (Ugh.) I kept a streak of blue that faded to blonde, though.

Crowdsourcing: Based On My Past Styles, WTF Should I Do To My Boring Hair?2013 – 2014: I’ve been all brown for the past year or so, and I am oh-so-bored with it. It has a somewhat shapeless cut and the color is a sort of medium brown shade that darkens towards the bottom.

Samantha Escobar Stella Artois Cannes Film FestivalSo tada! That is a brief timeline, minus a few extra embarrassing moments and awkward phases. I am trying to decide between a few different options, all of which have some consequences and benefits.

Stay brown. I will feel bored, yes, but I could get a cute layered haircut that will allow my hair to continue growing yet give it some movement and body.

Go ash blonde. It has been a long time since I was blonde, but I very much enjoyed it. It would be an ashy shade of blonde with primarily cool and neutral tones given how pale and blue-toned my skin is. If I were to do this, I would likely cut my hair up to my chin. Something like this:

Go platinum blonde. You only live once, etc.

Crowdsourcing: Based On My Past Styles, WTF Should I Do To My Boring Hair?

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Go blue. I miss my blue hair terribly, which is silly because I have had nearly two years to mentally break up with it at this point. It has always made me feel most “like myself,” a sentiment that I realize is a little odd, and it would finally make all of my social media profiles accurate once again. Right now, they’re kind of lies. If I were to do this, I would likely make my hair a brighter blue on the top and get a sort of ombre thang going where the bottom would be darker blue or perhaps a deep indigo. Here’s a helpful reference:

So, what do you folks think I should do? Here’s a little poll to help me out:

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Let me know in comments if you have any other ideas!