Wednesday, February 15, 2006

THINKING ABOUT A HAIRCUT

This is major, major pondering for me. I've sworn for years I'd never stray from easy-to-braid, long, classic hair.... especially that I'd never go to one of those short old-lady frizzy poodle-perms, and I'm sure I'll hold to that one unless I'm in a nursing home unable to speak for myself and they do it to me.

Here's what we have at the moment, totally un-fooled with after washing. I just took this picture not 10 minutes ago. It's cut in long layers, the shortest ones about neck-length, the longest to my shoulder-blades.
However, today I saw a TV movie with Dana Delaney looking like this.

I've had my hair like that before and I liked it.

This picture was about 8 years ago, at our son's wedding. (That's our daughter's son I'm holding.) I really liked my hair like that. And long isn't going as well as it used to. I think I look like an old lady. And it's kind of frazzled from several years of coloring, then perming, then un-perming. It's just not nice long hair anymore.

But I'm chicken to go from my below-the-shoulders straight hair (which I usually braid, or pony-tail, or otherwise pin up partially or wholly) to short. Maybe I'll go for more layers first. Maybe trim the length a couple inches, and shorten the layers, with more of them, then go from there.

This is a small decision in terms of the rotation of the earth, the turning of the tides, and the future of mankind, but I've stuck to my long-hair guns for such a long, long time that it feels major. Maybe I've stuck to it for too long.

11 comments:

Downhillnut said...

Hair grows back. If it's dragging you down, let it go. If you don't like it? Grow it back. You'd look good either way - you're a natural cutie.

MUCH easier decision than, say, a tattoo ;)

Comm's said...

keep it long. BTW just saw Dana Delaney on a current show and she has hair like yours now.

nancytoby said...

I love Dana Delaney! Especially in China Beach.

I'm thinking of chopping mine off too - the only thing holding me back is that thought of having to juggle hair appointments every 6 weeks or so, which I think is a pain!

But you looked really cute with shorter hair! GO FOR IT!

Flatman said...

I say leave it long! I love long hair...

DON'T DO IT!!! (what does your husband think?)

Ellie said...

He says I look beautiful either way. (He's just saying that...)

I think more layers, for the best of both worlds, at least for now. It will look fluffier, remove most of the damage, and if I chicken out it won't be so hard to grow back.

Kranky C Dale said...

i agree with Downhillnut if it is getting in the way go for it... also i think you really like your hair shorter...your language in your descriptions gives it away ...

E-Speed said...

I went from below should to pixie cut. It is a great form of release. You just feel lighter afterwards!

Maybe you could ease into it by just cutting it a bit shorter.

I am trying to grow mine out. The main reason I haven't chopped it is because I like having the opportunity to just throw it in pigtails.

Fe-lady said...

Sometimes I miss my long pony-tail, especially when running...but I DON'T miss it when I am swimming 4-5 times a week and have to take two showers a day! It looks cute short! And when I got mine done, I said "freedom from hair!" :-)

Fe-lady said...

Notice that most of the guys say "keep it long" and the ladies say "cut it"! (Guys like long hair!)

Tammy said...

Hair is just another accessory. It grows back. 2 years ago I got the "Sharon Stone" and "Alissa Milano" super short cut. Unfortunately, it didn't make me look like either of them! What's up with that. But it was awesome for cutting down on prep time for work, etc.

Men like long hair. Some 'caveman' gene that has yet to be eradicated I think. ;)

Dawn - Pink Chick said...

Compromise. Go with the layers and keep the length. Tis what I do. I haven't been short in years. Been tempted a few times but everytime I went short, I just grew it back.