Last year, I wrote a post to communicate my belief that women have a duty to change their hairstyles. Frequently.
Think about it: the mighty Lord gave us menstrual cycles, unwanted leg hair and varicose veins. But He also bestowed us with lovely locks – and for most of us, we’re blessed with the choice of how to wear our hair… short or long, layered or blunt, blonde or brunette, straight or curly… the list goes on. So, to be stuck in a hair rut is simply unforgivable!
You May Be Stuck in a Hair Rut If…
1. Your husband knows the brand and number of your boxed hair colour.
2. Four out of five friends would describe your ‘do as “The Rachel.”
3. Your hair salon is a barber shop. With a spinning pole outside.
4. Your hair styling routine includes wash, air dry, ponytail, repeat.
5. You wear your hair long because you believe men like long hair.
6. Your stylist uses a rubber cap and knitting needle for your highlights.
7. You never make an appointment to cut your hair – walk-ins welcome.
8. The labels on your styling products say “Aqua Net” or “Dippidy Do”.
9. You truly believe that there is such a thing as wash-and-go hair.
10. You own a banana clip… and use it.
I have fine, frizzy hair… decidedly the most unsexy texture known to womankind. But I battle Mother Nature with a gusto normally reserved for fighting world wars and banishing whale poachers. Because let’s face it – I can’t change my face (for less than $10,000), my skin colour (unless I try out a new age bleaching cream) or the fact that I’ll always be 4 inches too short to reach supermodel status (and 20 pounds too heavy) – but I can change my hair.
And change can be a wonderful thing! A simple thing like taking a few minutes to curl your ends, back-combing your crown for volume or even switching the side you part your hair on can boost self confidence and make you feel like a new person; often for little or no expense. Add a slim hair band or twist your hair into a low bun, and you’re rocking a new ‘do in no time.
So, it’s about that time of year… the time when I start to itch for a new look. I’ve been sporting the same long, highlighted hair for far too long now – probably about a year – and coming from someone that usually changes it up every 3-4 months, that is quite the commitment.
I’m currently caught between two options: short and light or long and dark. My husband, bless his heart, is a huge fan of short and dark, and has been trying to convince me to cut out both the peroxide and my hair. However, that’s just a little to adventurous for me at the moment, so you’ll just have to hear my arguments for each look:
Short & Highlighted
Having the aforementioned fine, frizzy hair, a short cut would work wonders to cut down my blowdrying time. Plus, after a year of being subjected to bleach, it would be great to lop off about 6-8 inches of comatose hair. Finally, I’ll be going down south in the fall so I’d love to keep my locks bright and breezy for the trip, and the light hair would show off my tan marvelously.
Long & Dark
Sometimes, simply abstaining from using bleach is as good as chopping off hair, so a nice, chestnut gloss would be just the ticket to boosting the health of my hair. Plus, with fall around the corner, it would be nice to darken up for the cooler weather, and keeping it long gives me more style options.
To prove that I practice what I preach and DO NOT allow myself to get caught in hair ruts, here is a timeline of my hairstyles from the past four (4) years:
I’m so confused! What do you think? Short and light or long and dark? Or… should I keep the status quo, and keep it long and light? My appointment is on Saturday – need your help peeps, please & thank you!
EDIT.… less than 3 months later, I’m back to being a highlighted blonde. I KNEW I couldn’t stay a brunette for long! Change is in my blood – I embrace new looks, and never look back! However, you’ll notice that my hair is a good 6 inches shorter… I made good on my promise to chop the length! Until the next makeover…