June 21, 2005

Can I Get Up Now? Or The Haircut That Nearly Did Me In

I'm not a long haired person. My hair has almost never been long. My mom kept it cut short, because she didn't want to or know how to deal with fixing hair. As a small girl, I envied all the girls with long hair, braids or most especially small versions of Princess Leia hair. There are far more pictures of me as a child with short hair looking almost like a boy than there are of me with even semi-long hair.

As I grew older, I had longish hair and I have one picture of me from my sophomore year of high school where my hair would actually pass as long.

Most of the time though, my childhood of short hair has stuck with me. I start getting really antsy if my hair gets very long. I always threaten to get a pixie cut, but lack of assurance that I wouldn't look really stupid has made me hold off on that. I tend to opt for a short bob.

The only problem with short hair is that it grows out -- quickly. And I never seem to have enough time to go get it cut. Add to that, that the beauty salon I go to starts with Super and ends with Cuts, so I don't have to make an appointment, so I can always put off a hair cut one more week.

By this past weekend, I'd been talking about getting my hair cut for weeks. I hadn't had it cut since early March and it was getting down past my chin. Definitely driving me crazy.

Saturday morning, I left the kids at home and took off for the nearest Supercuts. I got there and there wasn't a big crowd. Both stylists were finishing up and there was only one guy ahead of me. I probably got in the barber chair within five minutes. And then the torture began.

My hair stylist was either new at it or a perfectionist or both. I never thought I would say I didn't want a perfectionist cutting my hair -- afterall, even if I go to the cheapo shop, I still want a decent cut -- but I can firmly say after having this guy work on my hair to take it from a chin length bob to a jaw length bob in 1 1/2 hours that I can do with out perfection. When the other stylist called back the fifth person since I had sat down, I nearly screamed that if he's just give me the scissors I'd finish the job myself.

My hair looks fine now (though not so much after a long day and when you let a five year old take your photo), but my rear end may have suffered permanent damage.


Your haircut is so cute. I love it! I always have to keep my hair short as well because if it gets much longer than chin length, it goes from bouncy and voluminous to stringy and thin.

Posted by: Chez at June 21, 2005 11:10 AM

I am the same way when my hair gets too long.

The worst is when the stylist argues with you about what you want done.
I don't go in for a makeover, I go in to get my hair whacked off.
This last time I cut it myself and guess what?
it took all of 10 minutes and is exactly what I wanted!

Posted by: Mary at June 21, 2005 11:24 AM

I got my hair cut a few months ago, thinking it wouldn't be pulled quite so often, or at least if it were, Jay would be pulling whole locks instead of the 10 hairs hanging down from the nape of my neck or otherwise escaping from bondage.

I hadn't paid anyone to cut my hair in years, so I was pretty clueless as to what I wanted, and the stylist kept showing me photos of women with straight hair. I kept telling him my hair wouldn't do that. Turns out, he thought I was in denial 'cuz my hair dries pretty straight when it's up all the time, and that's all he was seeing.

Anyway, not a great cut, but probably better than spending forever in the shower and having to put up my hair all the time...

Posted by: Lenise at June 21, 2005 01:41 PM

:;sigh:: Everyone beat me to it. But I think it's cute, too.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at June 21, 2005 02:27 PM

I think your haircut is adorable!

I am the opposite.Shoulder length is as short as I have ever gone.

Posted by: chris at June 21, 2005 06:08 PM

I, too, am joining the crowd on this one....your hair is SuperCute (heh heh)! I would LOOOOOOVVVVEEEE to cut my hair to my jaw, but the hubby has only one request and that is for me to keep my hair at least shoulder-length. So I have graciously abided by that (!). I've gone a bit wild in recent years by having it layered, but I only get it cut once a year, so going wild is not such a bad thing. Now, if I can just figure out how to keep it from falling out (and we're talkin' handful after handful at a time), we'll be in good shape!

Seriously, your haircut looks very good on you! You wear it well!

Posted by: angie at June 21, 2005 07:01 PM

This is why I go to Yuriy the Barber, who always gives out a big CHALLO, CHOW ARE YOU (use the guttural), pulls out the 'lectric clippers and says "Vat number, plizz?"

Zip zop, a bit of touch up with the scissors, 20 minutes, ten bucks and you're on the road again.

Though I suspect not having much hair to begin with helps.

Posted by: skinnydan at June 22, 2005 07:30 AM