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Wednesday
Jan122011

Do I or Don't I?

Tomorrow I have an appointment to get my hair done.

This simultaneously fills me with great glee and a sense of horror. I have not always honored the locks I was born with and I've done horrible, terrible, no good things to the grass growing atop my head.

It started off as a small child, when my mother allowed me to wander through my early years looking like a greasy haired little boy. Things didn't improve much as I ventured into my early teens.

Can we say awkward? It was no wonder I was the class dork for my junior and senior high school years. It never really got any better than that either. I went through the mullet phase, the spiral perm that morphed into a giant oversized triangle on my head and the perpetual pony tail phase.

I had hoped once I grew up, grew boobs and some self confidence, my follicles wouldn't find themselves so challenged. I was convinced one day I would wake up with luscious locks and the skills to maintain them.

I'm still waiting for that day. Not for the boobs though. Those sprouted and currently sit right above my belly button. I can tie them in a knot. You are so welcome for that mental image.

But with tomorrow's appointment fast approaching, I'm once again stricken with delusional thoughts of grandeur and high hopes for a hair miracle. I dream of walking out of the salon with luscious locks instead of the baby fine, stringy style I'm currently stuck with.

In an effort to repeat past disappointments, I decided to revisit hair styles of yonder. And share them with you. So y'all can learn from my mistakes.

Some of my hair travesties of yore include, of course, the infamous Oreo Cookie hair style.



At the time, I thought this cut was the cat's arse. Until my mother showed up with the exact same hair colour and a similar style. We were twinsies. Which made me feel less than young and vibrant. (No offense Mom.) There is nothing worse than your mother getting your very same hair style only to rock it better than you do.

There was my winged look. I don't even know what I was thinking.



But I'm pretty sure if I jumped off a cliff I'd have been able to hang glide myself to safety courtesy of my hair.

Then there were the boy looks I tried to rock for years. Because nothing screams sexy like having the same hair cut your brother and husband have.

First up we had red.



Then we had light brown/dark blonde.



And then there was my attempt at rocking the Brigette Nielsen look.



To be fair, I really liked the short hair cuts, but my husband was less than thrilled with them. He's a bit of a caveman that way, preferring his girls to have long feminine locks. I preferred being able to wash and go. But I'm a dutiful wife who lives to serve so I grew out my hair to please my man.

Stop laughing. It's true. Kinda. Okay, fine. I got tired of the constant trims required to keep it from looking shaggy and after the painful growing out period I vowed to never shear my hair that short again. Details, details.

I've been red.


I've been brown.



I've been natural.



And I've been really blonde.



But the question begs, what do I want to be now?  I have this yen to shear it all off and dye it black but my husband has this yen of not crawling into bed and finding his wife looking manlier than he does sprawled out beside him.


Personally, I think the path to happiness lies in having a little schizophrenic hair tendencies. Change is good, hair grows back.


Right?


(I can hear my husband screaming WRONG!! in the background. Even when he's not here I can't escape his opinions. Damn.)


So tomorrow I am going to march into my very favourite salon and hand myself over to my stylist and tell her to make magic happen. Magic being the code word for miracles.


Because maybe when she finds my hair style, I'll have found a little bit of the something that seems to have been lost along the way of raising and burying my children. Or at the very least, I'll have some new pictures for my gallery of hair travesties.


Blog fodder for the win!


*Share with me people. Worst hair moment of your life. Also, opinions welcome on what to do with what sits on my head. Best comment wins absolutely nothing but my eternal gratitude. You lucky people you.*

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Reader Comments (97)

Pixie. You'd look hawt. Er. Rawr.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWill

I had a Mohawk my senior year of high school for wrestling season. I was cool, dammit.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMuskrat

I know all about hair changes over the years. I was cursed with this "hay hair" as I call it. I blame it on the perm my mother tortured me with when I was 8. Anyway I too have been every colour & cut (except bald or mowhawk...) imaginable lol sometimes a GOOD change makes us feel fabulous again but the wrong one just brings up another "what was I thinking" moment LOL

Great post!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAMotherhoodBlog

When I was 14 I decided I wanted a perm. Problem is I had such short hair that I ended up looking like one of those little old ladies with the tight curls right next to her head.

It was HORRIBLE and it took months to grow out.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSunday

Let your hairdresser do what s/he wants!! I've found the best results when I do this. (And I love my short hair, but my husband has been making growling noises when I go to get it trimmed lately. Cavemen, indeed. ;) )

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

Last Friday I dyed my naturally blonde hair JET BLACK...Hubby almost had a heart attack when he saw it...lmao...Total hair fail. But it's fading to a dark brown as we speak so maybe I have half a chance at reasonably normal locks soon. That said I totally have no room to advise anyone on hair at this moment but wish you good luck!
In my paltry defense my 13 yr old daughter and her friend helped me do it! And we had a blast!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCindy King

As I sit here, I am sporting the WORST hair I have ever had:
Tricolored on top of a BAD spiral perm.

I don't even want to talk about the perm.
I was trying to "rinse" out a FEW gray hairs and ended up going BLACK (normally a brownish/blondish/reddish thing) and FLIPPED out. So, I tried to fix it-- now I have TriColored. My original (that I never should have messed with), BLACK and a not-quite-black-but-really-dark-brown.

I quit while I was behind only AFTER I cut off 5 inches worth of bangs I have been trying to grow out FOR.EV.ER.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebKas

Worst hair would be a toss-up between my two "wannabe" styles - the Dorothy Hamill and the Princess Diana. Throw in a truly ghastly 80's perm, and I'm pretty sure it's me FTW!

I have a short style now, and it happened after a friend of mine handed me a gift certificate 5 years ago and said - "please. Go get highlights and a haircut."

I went to a brand new salon, to a brand-new stylist, let her do what she wanted, and...for the first time in my life, I have people tell me, "I love your hair."

So go for it, I say!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSassyO

1984 or thereabouts, mullet with a five inch bleached braid behind my ear. The next day at school a big girl told me that I had done it on the wrong side and it meant that I was gay. I was devastated. I had to go out and buy flannel shirts and Doc Martins. Thank god it grew out and I was able to go back to boys.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa T.

um... i had wings, too.
and i also had a lion cut.
literally. i looked like a lion. and paid umpteen dollars at a manhattan salon to achieve it.
and secret confession: i still kind of think i looked awesome.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbunny

I've had a pixie cut, full-on bangs that go from temple to temple, oh, and a mullet.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersam {temptingmama}

Oh No--- So on top of bad color/perm... Full on bangs from temple to temple are also BAD???

Shoot me now.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebKas

Well, I can't pretend to be an expert (but I'd recommend natural, and long)...but I DO know you can't be a redneck if you get your hair done. You need to get your hair did.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBill

I think natural looked good. But I'm weird that way. I'm also big on maintaining the possibility of a ponytail if needed. I say...shoulder length, layers to which you can either straighten, flip out or curl under.

But I'm headed for a body wave so I don't have to do that anymore. Don't listen to me.

My worst? My worst was getting Reba McEntire's short pixie do without realizing I do NOT have a heart shaped face that is cute. Sigh. No ponytails could fix that.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

Oh, oh, oh! You don't have a picture of you sporting the look where one side of your head was longer than the other! That's what you should do!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

I have never commemted here so I just want to start by saying that your blog is awesome.

I personally cannot help you with your hair delema as I personally have really big, culry, red hair. And I do mean big and my curls are not the good kind that behave themselves.

My 12 year old daughter has VERY fine brown hair. I am not sure where she came from. Her hair is always so stringy. It looks nice for about 4 minutes after it was brushed. She wants me to help "fix" it but I am not qualified to do that. I will check back in to read your comments and see if anyone has "fix" for fine, stringy hair.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkaren

I had the tall bangs teased up to embarrassing heights, then the low bangs curled under laying just to the middle of the eyeball, both plastered with hairspray. I had the fake red too. All of these hairstyles were as flattering as a the shoulder pads and too short stirrup pants and the tight rolled jeans I fashioned. I like your hair natural color and long.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

My worst hair moment is probably right now, after taking this toque off my head. I think the one I bought was a cheap one made in China, so it electrifies my hair.

You are also a role model for woman and aging. There is no doubt that you are hotter NOW than anytime in your dorky past. I would love to meet you when you are 70 years old. If the pattern continues, you are gonna be one smokin' babe!

Speaking of smokin' -- did you ever give up cigarettes?

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNeil

I had surgery to remove a birthmark from the top of my head when I was 12, and had a bald spot for a while. That was the worst hair moment I've had.

And I vote for red. But you know that. :)

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAvitable

Now. Growing my hair out after chopping it off. I have been mistaken for Bieber and hate it.

I like your hair the way it is but I totally get the urge for change. Whatever you decide, I can't wait to see it!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Sugarpants

Well, right before the ninth grade I cut my own hair. It was so lop-sided after a self-trim, I just kept cutting and cutting trying to get it evened up. Quite short afterwards.

I say Boo will love it if you do the long haired blonde babe look. I like your natural hair picture, too. Have fun!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTonya

I think you rock the longer hair... you really look great. I am kinda partial to more alternative hair styles...You could probably rock a Victoria Beckham short in the back long in the front and it would be adorable! If you wanted to go short.

And my fail hair cut... for the WIN! http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30143090&l=e02d48678b&id=1348323610 (Thanks Mom)

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMrLadysShadow

I love your natural color, btw.

Worst hair moment: After years, perhaps decades of banglessness, I forgot why I never have bangs and thought I'd give it a try. I asked the "stylist" to maintain my shaggy layers, too. The result? My bangs were the same length as my shortest layer and looked like a dark brown bowl atop my head.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessi

"I had hoped once I grew up, grew boobs and some self confidence, my follicles wouldn’t find themselves so challenged. I was convinced one day I would wake up with luscious locks and the skills to maintain them."
Yea, I'm still hoping for that too. I'm kinda liking the 'Oreo' cut. Any chance your mom won't copy it again. As for the color I'm all about natural. But thats cuz I am to cheap & lazy to drag my butt to the hairdresser every six weeks:)

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

Before getting my hair cut, I expressly asked for no teasing and not too short. After getting teased and short hair, I was sitting in the chair looking at my hair and every close to tears. The "stylist" said to me, "I had to cut your hair like that because your face is so fat."

Yeah, and I got to pay for that. (Was much younger and not as vocal as I am now.)

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEditdebs

Worst hair moment would have to be the night I shaved the entire left side of my head and died it bleached blonde and cherry red. The night before my senior prom. Oh yes, I did.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Domestic Goddess

Oh man, in high school I was quite the bad ass so I tried it all. Dreadlocks that had to be cut off, which resulted in a mohawk, that grew into a mullet, that I then bleached and dyed every color of the rainbow. In my senior picture my hair is blond on top, orange at ear level and black on the tips past my shoulders.

I must say that my personal favorite was last summer when I got my hair professionally braided at an African salon. I did lots of weave so it was super full and long in bright teal blue, auburn, blond and brown. I really loved it and am going to do it again next summer.

I say go wild girl! Is your carpet still blue? Go for some matching drapes!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Not that my opinion really counts but, I like it your natural color, but maybe with a little blonder highlights and your face shape definitely can go short or long, so I guess it's how nutso it's driving you.
The worst thing I ever did was cut my hair short (bob length cuz I knew my husband would hate it! we were going through a rough patch!! LOL )
As I get older though (40 last nov~ ugh) I've noticed that a lot of older (ahem) woman wear their hair short, so I am gonna rock mine long, till I can't take it anymore!! LOL
Good luck and post a pic after the magic happens!! :)

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRuth Knotts

I colored my hair ORANGE! Not red, not strawberry blonde. It was Ronald McDonald orange (or is his red?)

Yeah, 100% natural curls and BRIGHT orange.

Guess what my nickname for the remainder of high school was?

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCrystalC2B

Worst Hair Nightmare. When I was about to start college (my first public school experience!) I went to get my long hair permed. I was looking for nice large curls/waves.

The lady, I realized later, was drunk.

She did something wrong (not sure what), and the hours spent in the chair turned up NOTHING. So drunk hair lady INSISTS that giving me MORE LAYERS will fix the lack of curl. That this will magically make curls appear.

My longest layer was mid-back. The shortest layer she cut, no joke, was up by my nose.

She tried to give me another perm then, to correct whatever went wrong.

When it was all over, she laid on this tremendous guilt trip about how expensive all that perm solution was after giving me two perms. So I wound up paying her a small fortune for destroying my hair.

I wanted to burn my college ID.

The best part was the answering machine message she left for me a week later -- crying and apologizing and completely wasted.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay Schultz

I did the boy short hair cut after I had my first daughter. The length of my hair before I went into the salon was past my milk-filled bubbers. Kind of drastic, but usually we make those kind of haircuts in life changing phases of our lives.

I want to do that RIGHT NOW! bahahah!

To make it a bit worse, I coloured my own hair. I was on mat leave3, hubby had a pretty shitty job, so I bought a box of highlights and decided to do my hair.

I ended up looking like a tortoiseshell cat. I called it my `money cat hairstyle`. Sans money of course.

I grew that bitch out and have not done it since.

I want to cut my hair off though. It`s AT my bubbers and I hate it. Please let me know what you do, and I`ll just copy you so that when I get home from the hairdresser, and hubby decides he doesn`t like it, I can blame redneck mommy. He`ll get instantly confused and forget about my haircut.

Good luck tomorrow, fingers crossed!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie F

Thank GOD it grows back. I have done some gnarly things to my hair over the years. In high school I tried to take my perfectly normal blonde hair platinum and messed up the mix and ended up with hot pink hair. Instead of freaking out I rocked it. My parents and my Catholic school? Not so much. I've also randomly shaved one side, permed the rest and teased it within an inch of its life. It's been boy short and waist length. Recently I went from blonde to auburn and loved it. I didn't love how high maintenance it was so now I'm in the ugly mid color trying to go back to blonde.

It always grows back. Do something fun.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMo

I too am a preferrer of short hair, married to preferrer of anything but. I am currently doing the head swoop so I can see past the used to be bangs, almost tucked behind my ear bangs, soon to be cut with my desk scissors bangs, at least multiple times every 10 minutes to show my undying love for my spouse.

Trust in a really awesome sylist at your favorite salon and let 'em have at it. They are dying for someone like you that will trust them to do to you what they've been passionate enough to choose as a career which requires them to stand on their feet for the better part of their day listening to the woes of anyone that sits in their chair.

Just make sure they are that kind of stylist and not the one like Lindsay up there had!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

In my first two years of high school(89-91), I rocked the GIANT bangs. It basically looked like I hung upside down with my face pressed against the wall and sprayed my hair until it stayed that way. It defied gravity. I loved Aqua Net. It was unfortunate that my hair had multiple personalities though- all "hair band" in the front and "Little House on the Prairie" in the back. Awesome.

I would post a picture, but I don't want to relive it.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohi

Worst haircut in my life happened when I had just started to grow my hair out again from a short butch cut. It had finally grown long enough to reach my shoulders, but I had split ends.

I asked the stylist to cut off an inch of hair, and she looked horrified and kept saying "Are you sure? It looks so beautiful the way it is now!" I thought she was nuts because those split ends didn't look great at all, so I very firmly told her to cut off an inch of my hair.

Turned out she had misunderstood and thought I wanted her to cut off everything EXCEPT an inch of hair. By the time I realized what she was doing, it was too late.

I looked like Sinead O'Connor.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatricialynn

I had BIG hair all through my teen years. I put the metal hair bands to shame. I think about doing it again now just for a laugh. But who has the time to hang their head off the edge of the bed while blow drying and using a half bottle of hairspray a day? I'd probably get a head rush and faint when I stood up now anyway.

So instead, I have 4 sections that are purple. The rest is dyed somewhat my natural brown to hide the greys. My mother despises it... Which kinda makes it all worth it. I'm nothing if not consistent in annoying my mother with my hair. (Did I mention I'm older than you?) Some things don't change through time. It also causes the other Moms at my child's school to stare. That's okay though... They like to have things to gossip about and I'm happy to offer help.

Soooo... Assuming you don't want to rock the purple like me, I do like your hair long. And you look fab as a blonde.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCc

You are brave! I think you would look nice with chocolate brown hair and side swept bangs like Jennifer Love Hewitt or something. My 2 centimes . . .

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSid @ Fête Foreign

I love your natural color! I agree with one of the earlier comments...shorter in back, longer in front...not stacked all the way in back but Posh Spice does have some great hair.

I have so many horrific hair moments...from the period I went through of having my mom put very tiny braids all over my head when my hair was wet only to let it dry then take them out - the ultimate lion mane frizz disaster you have ever witnessed. i have a school pic to prove it.
To the I want to look mature in 5th grade hair cut only to end up looking like one of the (trashy not so popular) boys in my class. Another school pic to prove it.
To the - OH MY GOD THAT'S THE BIGGEST HAIR I'VE EVER SEEN period (this one lasted way too long)
During my first marriage 2 separate times I went from very long hair to almost no hair cause I was bored...it grows back.
Hubby now, like yours, refuses to entertain the idea of me getting it cut...which I want to so bad! Just had the convo last night.
Good luck - you'll look great no matter what!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSchmooplee

Ok, once I went to get a perm. No, wait, there's more! I had all the curlers in, I believe it was a spiral perm, so there was extra juice or something, it was the 90s. Anyhow, the timer went off, but the stylist was having a cigarette, so instead of putting it out and rising my hair, she finished her smoke. This resulted in my bangs being burnt off. When she unrolled them and rinsed, they just broke right off. I looked AMAZING with my spiral perm and weird spiky burned bits poking up from the top of my head.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMommyk8

I too have tried too many funky things to admit. My worst disasters have been the spiral perm & the mohawk. Oh yes, I did. For nearly 2 years. A few years back I went from waist long hippie hair to a pixie cut. I'm rockin' the mid back layered shaggy thing now, and am torn between a trim, and shaving it back down to pixie. It is so easy to deal with, but yes, a pain in the hiney to trim ALL THE DAMN TIME. I wish you luck. God Speed, Redneck Mama.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimi B

One of my favorites was the time I chose a new salon based solely on the whimsical name ("Judy Jetson.") It was my 22nd birthday and I was going out with a huge group of friends that night and I just loved the idea of wowing everyone with a cool new 'do. I walked in the salon and was promptly subjected to a 1 hour diatribe on Michael Dukakis from a stylist wielding a razor. I walked out of there looking exactly like Eddie Van Halen. 23 years later and I still haven't gotten over it.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVelma

When I was in 6th grade I wanted a perm to give me crunchy ringlet things - all the cool girls had them! I ended up with a perm that made me look like little orphan annie. And I was too young to understand how to care for it (combing and washing and styling), so that was a waste of money. I had totally expected my ringlets to stay without me doing anything to them. Yeah, um, they turned into frizz.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLadyCiani

Worst hair moment of my life was my first perm. Yes I'm a child of the eighties.
My mother somehow decided that the hairdresser in the local strip mall was the fantabuloustest of them all (note fantabulous hairdressers are seldom found in rundown stripmalls) and that was where I must have my perm!!!
Fast forward two hours later, much burned hair, VERY tight spirals, and...it didn't take on the very top of my head. So, my hair was COMPLETELY flat on top (you know, in the 80s when everyone wantd the EXACT OPPOSITE OF THIS), but the sides poodled out beyond control leaving my hair perfectly square. Perfectly. We departed from the 'salon' to our cottage 2 hours away. Our 20year old station wagon lacked many things, including airconditioning so, 2 hours of windows down, wind pouffed hair. My brother and sister sat on each side of me watching it get bigger and bigger and fill the entire back seat...I was 14 and didn't cry. Much.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNeeroc

Oh, hair? My "favorite" subject. Let me preface my listing with the point that my mother has stick straight hair. Nary a wave or a curl to be seen. I? Have curly hair. Ahem.

My first hair disaster comes courtesy of Miss Dorothy Hammill. Everyone, and I mean everyone, was rocking the Hammill cut after the '76 Olympics. I wanted to be one of them. I entered 3rd grade looking like a boy with a bad 'fro. A very bad 'fro.

Then came the Farrah. Oh, you'd think I would have learned, but no. And see, I really thought that would work because she supposedly had curly hair. Apparently, it wasn't *really* curly because, yeah, I looked ridiculous.

Then I tried wings. Not so much. It was awful.

And then, because really, I hadn't had enough trauma, my parents up and decide to move to Florida from Maryland. Do you know what Florida has that Maryland doesn't? If you guessed humidity, you'd be right. And guess what my hair did in the humidity -- yup, went insane. There is a picture of me from 9th grade that I have attempted to burn every copy of, but somehow my mother just keeps producing more. My face seems barely visible because of all the hair in the picture. You can't see the background because of my hair. Talk about a horror show.

I can't even remember the next few years, it's a blur of scary haircuts and sad looking hair. And then I refused to cut it. Grew it out almost to my waist. Long, abundant curls that matted like a rat's nest. The poor hairdresser elected to fix that almost passed out when she saw what was underneath the beautiful top layer.

For the next several years, I let P cut my hair (yes, I know, husband's cutting hair, not brilliant). Then I found the first in a series of hairdressers who would be great for a while and then lose their minds. Actually, I just lost the first one. The second one got pregnant and suddenly decided I didn't want curly hair (note she decided, I didn't). So she cut it to suit being straightened daily. Even if I were interested in doing that, my hair would eat the straightener if I tried it (Neil Gaiman's Crazy Hair could have been written about my hair).

I now have a hairdresser and products that work for me and I live in fear of her retiring or quitting or something.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

One day, I decided that I wanted a pixie cut. Unfortunately, my hair stylish didn't tell me that the density and sheer volume of my hair would mean that a nice, flat, head-hugging style wouldn't happen. I got to have spiked hair for six months, with a multitude of bobby pins holding down the front, but even that was only possible with a handful of Dep every day. Thank got I worked in a CD store, so looking kind of punk was cool.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZoeyjane

When I was in high school I had nice long thick hair. 4 days before senior prom I get a wild hair (yes, I went there) to give myself bangs. After trimming one side, then the other to even it up, back to the first side and so on until I ended up at a hair stylist who could only cut the remaining hair in the back to "even it out", left me with a triangle shaped hair cut just at my chin. Yes....my head and neck looked just like a penis.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSue

When I read your hair tales, I recognize so very many of them.

I have had my hair short, long, blonde, red, brown and every shade in between. My hair by nature is fine, limp and it has wave that works against me. I used to think my mother caused the cowlicks (yup multiple cowlicks) because that was where she used to put the barrettes when I was little.

I started getting perms in the 6th grade - with no real style - so it wasn’t too bad. I always tried to copy the popular hairstyle, but I am just not able to force my hair into submission. I tried to get the “feathered look” with the center part - one side would look great, and the other like a blind lady styled it. Fine for some cheesy picture, but not so good for everyday life. When I was 14 my cousin and I bought something called “Flirt”, a temporary hair color that washes out in “approximately 6 shampoos”. Bah ha ha ha! I still had red hair after 6 months! And almost right after we put it in we swam in our pool - the chlorine didn’t fade it a bit.

I’ve grown out my hair a few times in the hope that I will be able to have that gorgeous hair that looks shiny and smooth - you know like you see others with. Mine always looked like it was stringy, in need of a wash and was always full of knots. I could pull handfuls of it out trying to get the knots out.

At its longest, it was halfway down my shoulder blades, at its shortest, probably 1.5 inches (I was pregnant and it was bugging me so I just kept cutting).

I just cut off all my hair in August again - approximately 9 inches. It had taken me over 2 years to grow it out, and as much as I wanted to have it looking all “Jennifer Aniston” it just wasn’t happening. I have resigned myself to the fact that I have to work WITH my hair, not against it. So now its about 2.5 inches long all over and I call the style “Organized Messy”. It requires some hair fiber putty and some hairspray. I get up at 5am to go to work and have plenty of time to do my hair from wet to finished along with everything else and be out the door by 545am so its not a complicated style. My favorite is to go to the stylist and get foils of blonde and red alternated with my natural mousy brown color.

I think you should cut it, but that’s just me. My hair was short when I met MGA (my man) so when I had it cut this summer he looked at me and said “you look like Kelly again”. He prefers me with short hair. I know that what your hubby wants is a factor, but like you say, its just hair right? It will grow out (hopefully)….

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkellyjean9

21, pregnant on my first child, walked out of the hair dressers with wet hair crying my eyes out. I still cringe everytime I think of that and it wasn't even the worse haircut I ever had. The best of luck to ya trying to find your style, I actually think with your pretty face you could carry off any sort of style.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJ from Ireland

Worst? Oh boy. When I was eight, I swore I wanted a perm. My mom, after six months of begging, gave in. Yeah..I didn't want a perm. Frizzball would adequately describe it.

I currently go with natural-ish. When too many grey's start showing up, I go back in and make them re-do my natural color. Ahem.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIssa

Whatever look you choose... you should totally be rocking it with a sucker in your mouth. :-)

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave2

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