This one might be a post only the ladies will understand, but you never know, maybe some guys will get it too. I am forever in flux about what to do with my hair. When I was a kid, my hair was long and of course my mother would put it in ponytails and little pigtails with cute little accessories and then 1976 hit. That was the year Dorothy Hamill made a splash in the ice-skating world and my hair was chopped off into that style. It became my signature look for many years.
As I got older, I grew out my hair every so often, you know, to try something new, but it would reach a certain length and when I couldn’t stand it anymore, I chopped it all off again. Short hair became part of my look, my identity. I love short hair. It’s cute and sassy and with the right products, you can do a lot with it.
I am a product girl. There, I said it, I am a product girl, meaning I am forever looking for the right stuff for my various lengths and styles. I have gels, pomades, surf sprays, shine enhancers and my new favorite, dry shampoo. If you were to look in my bathroom right now you would find about 10 different types of hair products by 10 different companies. Some might think I have a problem, and you may be right, but it is the first place I look when I hit Ulta, Sephora and even Walmart and Target.
I was born with thick jet-black hair. It was always nice and shiny and for the most part it would cooperate with anything I wanted to do with it. Then, I found my first grey hair early and I mean early. I was 12. It runs in the family, so we all get hit early, but I wasn’t having any part of that nonsense…enter the land of hair dye. I first dyed my hair at 17.
Through the years I have been all sorts of shades and colors, a habit handed down by my mother. I remember one summer it seemed like she had a different color every week. I am not that bad, but I have tried almost everything. But I am also lazy, so there is a good chance if you bump into me, you will see my hair in a half grey half colored state, which is where I am today. I had a great hairdresser here in Hawaii for almost 10 years and she was the best. I would look on Pinterest, find a bunch of great pictures and colors and send them to her. When I got in the chair for my appointment, we would discuss, agree on something and then she just did her thing. I was always happy with the results. Unfortunately, she had to move back to the mainland, and I am lost without her.
After she left, I decided to just go natural and let my hair grow. My grey is actually a good shade, so why not. I haven’t had my hair really long in years, so I was going to just let it do its thing. For the most part, I love it. Some days it looks perfect in a messy kind of way. It is just long enough for a little ponytail with barrettes. And on the days it has a mind of its own? I am all about the backwards baseball hat or a bandana.
But here is the problem…my Google news feed if currently filled with stories about hair. The top 20 short styles for spring and summer and the best new color ideas. It’s killing me, because now I am getting antsy. Now I am in the Pinterest rabbit hole of style and color. I want to go somewhere today and come out of the shop with a pixie cut as close to my natural hair color as I can get without it looking like an old lady bad dye job. (This shouldn’t need an explanation…you know it when you see it) But I also don’t want to make a rash decision based on emotional overload. Like I said, it’s killing me.
But I am going to try to wait it out. I am going to try to resist the urge that is building up. But, if you see me on the street next week and my hair is short and colored, you will know I lost the battle. You will know I gave in to the temptation I have been struggling with for years, but know this…I will look damn cute, and everything will still be alright in my little corner of the world.
***Question for the comments…Do you change your hair style a lot? What about the color? Do you have a favorite hair care product? Let me know in the comments.
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