more about my hair, naturally

So everyone knows I loathe and despise my hair (and, show of hands: who is surprised by this?). I’ve been thinking for a while of getting it cut, which is sort of entertaining, since some people (cough*NotSo*cough) think that since I used to cut my hair using nothing but scissors and the force of my will, I ought to be able to pop into the bathroom and emerge looking like…if not a million bucks, then at least  a crisp $20.

All of that is true. Other things that are true? I am a) not twenty-five anymore and b) somewhat lacking in the copious and under-appreciated free time that allowed me to spend a lackadaisical afternoon trimming my hair in front of a mirror. Because when I was twenty-five, the choppy haircut was cute and a little bit punk rock. Now? Well, there’s a reason hair salons make so much money, and being able to entrust the attractiveness of your head to a qualified professional is a big part of that.

BTVS screenshotAnyway, I was (re)watching Season 4 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and decided that Willow’s cute college hair would totally be cute on my head. Of course, I am conveniently ignoring the fact that Alyson Hannigan (that’s her on the left) has straight, agreeable hair, while mine has just enough wave to cowlick all over the damn place. I hate my cowlicks. I really do. There is nothing cute about hair that insists on growing in the wrong direction.

But I could rock that look, right? Let’s assume for the moment that I don’t intend to dye my hair red (which…hey, never say never, right?). Would the flippy layered thing work, or would I just look like I was growing out some cuter, shorter style?

My big worry is that I will swerve right past cute and look something like this:

me at 12(That’s me at age 11, in case you were wondering. And oh my god, I loved that sweater.)

The point could end up being moot, since I am somewhat disinclined to leave the house these days and salons tend to prefer it if you actually, you know, show up. Plus everyone – everyone – likes my hair long. The kid is absolutely obsessed with it; he grabs on to it at night like a security blanket. Which, uh, is kind of one of the reasons I want to cut it, actually. Do you have any idea how annoying it is to be woken out of a sound sleep by someone yanking on your hair? I will tell you: very annoying.

Yeah, we’ll see. I might just shave it all off and be that aging woman with a buzz cut. Sort of like a chubbier Susan Powter. Yeah, that would be a good look for me.

4 thoughts on “more about my hair, naturally”

  1. Maybe you should send in a request for Hair Thursday.

    Also, check out the Yelp boards for stylist recs. A good one isn’t cheap, but they should do such an awesome job that your hair will grow out beautifully and you won’t need to get it cut for months and months.

    Good luck!


  2. From what I can tell with the pictures of yourself you have posted, we have pretty much the same hair, thick, wavy, and with a mind of it’s own. Willow’s hair “might” work, but if your hair is as thick as mine, it won’t lay like that. The only way my hair will even approach managable is in layers, and I usually have to fight with the hairdresser to get it right….”Are you sure? I’m sure, just keep cutting, I’ll tell you when to stop.”
    Layering helps a little with the hairs that have a mind of their own and most days it looks like you did it on purpose. Eh, hope this helps. It’s hard to screw up, even the girl at the beauty school did a decent job.


  3. I say just shave it. I did that a couple of years ago because it was just in such bad shape, and a friend dyed leopard spots all over the fuzz. Now I’m growing it out and consider hats to BE my ‘do.


  4. The only thing I can tell you about that hair style (being as my hair has just gotten past that length not so long ago) is that it doesn’t take long for it to get to the annoying length where it keeps getting stuck in your collar and if you want to keep it at that length you have to keep going to the dreaded salon to get it trimmed! I really think that cut would look good on you though!


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