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Snip with no Snap and Snur [Apr. 24th, 2007|09:29 pm]

The day before picture day my sophomore year I was following my mother around the house, insisting that I needed to get my hair cut. Annoyed at my pestering, she snapped, "A haircut is not going to change your life." I, of course, insisted that it wasn't my life I was trying to change - just my hair.

Like everything else my mother said to me during that time, her words were true. Many years later an occasionally wise man once remarked, upon noticing that I had whacked about ten inches off my locks, "When a woman wants to change her life, she always starts with her hair." I've found those words to be true, as well.

I have had a love/hate relationship with my hair my whole life. When I was very young, my hair was very long - down to my waist. I remember it getting twined so tightly in the chain of the swingset that I couldn't move my head. I remember my grandmother rolling it on rags to make what we called "banana curls". I remember the day I swallowed a chunk of it that had gotten somehow stuck in the peanut butter of my sandwich, and my mother wrapping it around her finger to pull it back out of my throat. And I remember how, the next day, we first visited a photo studio, where the photographer posed me looking over my shoulder, the curls streaming down my back, and next visited a beauty salon, where after the hairdresser carefully clipped my curls and handed them to my mother, she gave me what was then known as a "pixie cut". It was the last time in my life I had what could be described as a popular, trendy haircut.

When straight hair was in style, I had curls. When short hair was in style, mine was long. When big hair was in style, mine clung to my head. 

But, it wasn't all bad. When I was too skinny and gangly, all buck teeth and freckles and squinty eyes, old ladies still stopped me in the grocery store to comment on my hair. I once had a classmate sneak up behind me and yank it hard, convinced that I must be wearing a fall. I found, as I got older, that a certain percentage of the male population had a "thing" for redheads. Which was not a bad thing.

I'm bringing all this up now, because I cut my hair again this evening. Not because I want to change my life, but because my hair was bugging me. As you may recall, I recently gave myself poodlehead. Since then, I've cut it two more times, and for a while it was behaving rather nicely. But my hair grows quickly, and unevenly, and was annoying me, so tonight I took the scissors to it. In bits and pieces, during the American Idol commercial breaks.

Probably not the best idea in the world. According to Middle Daughter, I now have "Mom Hair".


From: (Anonymous)
2007-04-25 04:19 am (UTC)
(No pics? C'mon! Bust out the camera and scanner and illustrate this baby!)

Having seen your hair up close/in person there is but one word to describe it: Gorgeous. Really, it is the prettiest shade of red I've ever seen in my life.

I don't know what "mom hair" is, which probably indicates I'm wearing it as well.


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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-04-28 03:37 am (UTC)
I have "scan old pictures" on my to-do list. I think it's number 65,923,471.
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From: blissonbliss
2007-04-25 06:06 am (UTC)
Hello? Pictures please? I can't tell you how much money I've spent over the years trying to get exactly the kind of curl you have naturally. I'm going to have to find pictures of my bad perm jobs. I would love to see what the curls look like when you wore it long. Also, what's a "fall?"

This is so OT, but when Britney shaved her head, I think I understood. About the change of life thing I mean. I did the same thing post separation. Not shaved my head, but lopped off a great deal of it.

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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-04-28 03:39 am (UTC)
A fall is a long hairpiece - they were popular in the 60's.

I can't count the number of times I've been seriously tempted to shave my head.
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From: misty_bay
2007-04-26 02:42 am (UTC)

Did you have to go here?

You have NO idea the angst my hair gives me. Imagine, every morning, having to style your pubic hair, and it would be a glimpse into my world. I also cut my own. Only because the last time I got it done at a snazzy place, it cost me 40.00 to look like the Flying Nun. I kid you not. It was hideous. Sure...she has a 150.00 straightner, and a fortune worth of goop....did she have to use it all on me? And she wanted 'fun'. I wanted 'tame'. And because I am an idiot...I let her do what she wanted. It was not fun.

Oh...did I mention my hair doesn't grow 'down' like normal peoples...it grows 'out'. Boy...does it grow out.

Is it mom hair? Only if your mom is the product of Gilda Radner and Ronald McDonald.

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From: blissonbliss
2007-04-26 02:52 am (UTC)

Re: Did you have to go here?

LOL! Annie, you totally crack me up!
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-04-28 03:43 am (UTC)

Re: Did you have to go here?

Ha!! Believe me, I feel your pain. But do I really have to imagine stying my pubic hair?
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[User Picture]From: aims814
2007-04-26 01:21 pm (UTC)
Being a hair stylist, you know how much I LOVE this story.

I have found that it's true about a lot of women; Change my life, change my hair. I don't know, it somehow gets the show on the road when you want to change. All the photos I've seen of you, you always looked nicely coifed. Love the red curls.

At least she didn't say you have grandma hair. Then, I'd be worried.
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2007-04-28 03:44 am (UTC)
LOL at grandma hair! I guess I should be thankful for small favors.
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