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  • December 4th, 2006 | 2:22 AM
The hairyness and hairlessness of it all

Okay, so here's a pic of the new hair. I HATE pics of me and this was as the end of the day after wandering around Santa Cruz in the wind so it doesn't look as good as it can when it is styled. Which brings me to the one problem with it - styling. I'm dyslexic when it comes to styling hair. Sigh. That's one reason it was so long and boring for so long. I finally cut it because it dawned on me that I had it up in a clip much of the time because it kept getting in my way. I put it in a clip to drive because it got caught in the door and the seat belt. I was tired of fighting with it. But I get up for work at 5am and I used to be able to wash it, dry the bangs and put it in a clip and go to work. 

This is NOT a wash and wear style. It looks best when curled with a big fat curling iron which means the hair has to be dry. It takes me 30 minutes to dry my hair then another 30 to curl it. I don't have an extra hour in the morning and I sure as heck am not getting up an extra hour for my HAIR. Sigh. So do I love it? Sorta. I love that is much thicker now that it is mostly the same length. I love the way it frames my face. And when it is all curly I really love it. But I can't figure out how to get it like that except on special occasions. I do have to wash it every day and no, I can't wash it the night before. On top of that, holding a blow dryer and then a curling iron for so long is really hard on my bad shoulder. I'm not sure if there is any kind of a solution for any of this. And I can't my bangs to look decent no matter what I do. The stylist put product on them and lightly curled them but when I do it it looks silly. Not loving that part of it. On the plus side a female co-worker told me I looked a lot younger and that's always nice to hear.

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December 4th, 2006 04:38 am (UTC)
You have BEAUTIFUL hair!
December 7th, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
December 4th, 2006 04:45 am (UTC)
you do have beautiful hair!!!

December 7th, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks.
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December 7th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks Melodye. A pro, nope. I've never been the kind of girl who played with her hair. Never liked to. It was always long and straight. I think because for all of my skating years I just needed to be able to pull it up in a bun.
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December 7th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much. I don't do change well. :-)
December 4th, 2006 06:01 am (UTC)
Very lovely. I never get mine even as long as it is now, I always end up chopping it off. You look fab.
December 7th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
thanks. It's been a lot of years since it was even this short. Hard to get used to.
December 4th, 2006 06:33 am (UTC)
It's a very flattering cut. You look great!
December 7th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I really appreciate the support. I've been hiding behind my hair for so long that this feels very exposed.
December 4th, 2006 06:47 am (UTC)
Lovely hair. I just posted a photo of myself on my blog. I enhanced it with Photoshop, using the Orton technique. I couldn't resist applying the same process to your photo. It makes you look all artsy, with rich, reddish hair. I could send it to you, if you like. :)
December 7th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
Whew - yes, please send me the pic you did of me. What fun. Thanks! susantaylorbrown AT gmai DOT com
(no subject) - ravelda - December 7th, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC) - Expand
December 4th, 2006 07:57 am (UTC)
Love it! Much younger!
December 7th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks! I like younger.
December 4th, 2006 08:16 am (UTC)
It's a very nice haircut!
December 7th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
December 4th, 2006 10:01 am (UTC)
I like it, but I can see why it's a lot to deal with.

My hair is easier to care for when it's longer, too.
December 7th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks and why is that that long hair is easier? Seems like a weird logic but true. Hopefully I'll get the hang of it soon.
December 4th, 2006 11:48 am (UTC)
Love it!
Have you tried the big fat curlers instead? Then you can put them in and just dry your hair. Two things at once.

Might work. When I had longer hair and tried to straighten it, I used big fat velcro curlers.
December 7th, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much. That's a great idea! Big fat curlers and a hands free dryer.
December 4th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
See, this is what I'm afraid of, too. The last time I had my hair cut, it suddenly required WORK every morning. That is definitely a benefit to long hair -- you don't have to do anything.

As for your bangs...(I can't believe I'M offering hair advice to anyone, but since it looks like you and I wear our hair the same way, here goes...) have you tried drying them with a round brush before using a curling iron on them? It doesn't take long...just a couple minutes. And I find my bangs look better when I do this versus just use a curling iron on them.
December 7th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
The maintainence is a lot of what kept me from doing this a long time ago. I hate taking more time for my hair. But I have to admit that when it IS styled, I like it a lot better.

Thanks for the tip on using the big brush instead on of the iron on my bangs (and I laughed because I would be the same way about giving hair advice) I had one big round brush and it worked okay but then I bought an even BIGGER round brush and it worked better on the bangs AND it dried my hair faster. What do you know, size DOES matter!
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December 4th, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC)
You look fabulous here, and you DO look younger. There's a blow-dryer/curling brush on the market that does both -- maybe that'd speed the process for you?
December 7th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
I ordered one and I can't wait to try it. Thanks.

And especially thanks on the looking younger. I can't see it one way or the other in myself but I think that's because I don't like looking at me at all.
December 4th, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
You have such BEAUTIFUL hair. Wow. It is still super beautiful.

I was growing mine for locks and then Em, who is 12, was really, really bored one day and I said, "Want to trim my hair?"

She cut about six inches off. It was really pretty funny and giggly, but, um, I won't be posting any pictures of my new haircut soon.

I think you look lovely.
December 7th, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you and LOL on letting your daughter cut your hair. You are a brave woman.
December 4th, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)
I like your hair. I need to cut several inches off mine. I do this when it brushes the floor when I feed the cat. I'm not an engineer, but I do have an internal engineer. I don't notice when co-workers get hair cuts. I didn't notice when someone had a nose job.

Maybe a hands free hair dryer would help?

You look lovely. I hope your life calms soon.
December 7th, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks and LOL on it brushing the floor. I had the same reaction, time to cut it.

And I ordered the hands free dryer thing. Thank you.
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