August 10, 2010

And now for something completely shallow...

My hair looks absolutely nothing like this.

Well, unless it counts that my hair is long, dark and wavy.

(In truth, I only chose this picture because I think the model's expression is HILARIOUS. She either looks completely void of thought, or just really, really hungry. I'm going to say it's a little from Column A, a little from Column B...) (Also, I'm pretty sure that's a wig.)

So. Anyway.

Aside from a brief, year-long flirtation with a short, stacked, highlighted-beyond-all-reason bob shortly after I got married in 2002, my hair has been basically the same since 1993.

Long. Dark brown. All one length or with LONG layers (I could never pull off The Rachel).

In short: B.O.R.I.N.G.

But when I actually do try something new, like cutting it all off or dyeing it orange (the latter of which was unintentional, and has scared me away from those "no need to make an appointment we are always here and have sometimes sketchy qualifications" salons), I hate it.

If it's too short or too layered, I can't pull it back, which infuriates me. 99 percent of the time, I just want my hair out of my face. And it requires too much styling, whereas I'm from the school of "throw some product in my hair, scrunch and leave."

If it's some wonky color (read: orange; and I'm talking traffic-cone orange), I feel like it clashes with everything I wear, and it just doesn't feel like me.

Which is why I always end

Long, dark and wavy.

At this point in my life, I'm feeling OK about embracing my hair the way *I* feel comfortable with it. I'm into long, dark and wavy.

But the "long" part...well, it's getting out of hand. When it gets this long (halfway down my back), I shed like CRAZY. And it's becoming a problem.

Places I have found one or more strands of my hair JUST today:
  1. Under my mousepad
  2. In my pocket
  3. Woven between the keys of my keyboard
  4. In my dog's mouth
  5. At the bottom of my lunch bag
  6. Tangled in my husband's beard
  7. Hanging from a lamp
  8. Wound around my necklace
  9. (I'm not even counting the carpet, my clothes or the shower drain. EW.)
So I'm thinking it's time to do some chopping. And I need opinions. And possibly links to photos. (Note: I would LOVE to do Locks of Love or something similar, but my hair breaks off at a certain point, and I'd have to literally shave my head to get the required number of inches. I know I probably should do it anyway, but I work in a professional office and...yeah.)

Here's what I'm thinking:
  • Cut off about 4 inches
  • Choppy layers, possibly longer in the front, but still long enough in the back that I can pull it back (the idea of an asymmetrical cut appeals to me, but I'm not sure if I can pull off something super weird, and again: I don't want anything that needs a lot of styling)
  • Shorter layers right by my face (not really bangs, but kind of)

Thoughts? Advice? Cautionary tales? Cautionary photos?

Bring it.

4 backtalk:

Maura said...

Personally, I think you'd look outstanding in this:

Or, this, but just a *smidge* longer than in the pic:

Iris Took said...

I always flirt with the idea of cutting my hair really short and donating it. However, my hairdresser then talks me out of it and tells me I cannot have short hair. I then thank her.

I would go with something a bit shorter but nothing majorly drastic.

Have you heard of the Brazilian blow-out? It straightens your hair without chemicals - just proteins and lasts for several months. It may be something you want to try. My boss did it and she loves it.

Trophy Life said...

i was GOING to write to this post and give you some ideas, but i just got a bad haircut and color and i'm quite tainted on the whole thing at the moment.

i like your hair long and i've liked it short too. i say...take baby steps. you can always go shorter, etc.

i do know that a new do can make you feel good, so i say make a change!

wrestling kitties said...

I am with you on this. My hair parts right down the center and is just there and has been that way for YEARS.

A while back I wanted a change and got a few inches cut off (which I had plenty to spare so I could still pull it back and it was long) and got partial highlights (way cheaper and just as good as full highlights). It just felt good having the dead hair gone and a bit of color even though the style was pretty much what I had before.

However, to switch things up I have been ALL about the hair accessories of late! Head bands, clips, scarves...I feel it is a good compromise to give me something different with my hair without the real hair commitment.

We need pics...let us know what you do!

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