Women and Their Milestone Hairstyles

For many of us, reaching a milestone in life also means thinking about a new hairstyle. It usually starts with graduation... many opt for a cute, short haircut that's as professional and polished as a new resume. And then there's the infamous date with your stylist following a bad breakup: The result? A drastic new 'do that screams, "I am woman, hear me and my hair roar!" Fast-forward a few years later and the only thing screaming is a newborn, which means a brand new, looks-good-even-with-no-sleep style is in order.

At this stage in my life, I'm considering a new 'do to celebrate a recent weight loss. Although I'm excited about the potential for change, it's not always easy to decide what will—or won't—work. Will I be too impulsive? After years of hiding behind my hair, am I ready to shed it all? According to Heidi Casler of the Denver-based Yacht Club Salon, it's time. "Get your hair off your face and try a smooth and sleek look to mirror your new body image. This is a great time to play with bolder coloring to get more attention."

As I mull over what my "low-fat tresses" will be, I invite you to peruse through other women's milestone hairstyle stories, and find some inspiration to fit where you are...

The New-Baby Bob

Shortly after giving birth for the first time, Alexis Rodrigo (now mom of three), opted to chop off her locks. "It was symbolic of giving up my carefree, self-absorbed days," Alexis recalls.

For some women, going shorter can be a great option, but it's not the only one, says Ashley Stone, hairstylist and owner of Salon Alexander in Connecticut. "That short, cropped style may be cute and easy, but can you come in every five weeks to maintain it?"

Heidi encourages new moms to play with color instead. You spent all that time choosing a color for the baby's room—why not spend a few minutes on yourself? "Consult with your stylist and trust her advice based on your hair type and texture," agrees Ashley.

For Alexis, the look was just right: Though her "baby" is now 15, her hair is still chin length, and she loves it.

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