Shining, Gleaming, Streaming, Flaxen, Waxen

So, today I’m going to stay strictly in the shallow end of the pool – not that I spend a lot of time plumbing the depths of the human experience, but today is going to be even lighter than usual. The topic? My hair, its massive unruliness, and what (if anything) should be done about it. With a poll, no less. You get to vote on my hair!

Here is the sad story of my locks:

I haven’t had my hair cut since before I went to Egypt, so just a week or so shy of five months and I’m officially in the phase where my hair isn’t getting longer, it’s just getting wider. (If you don’t have thick, wavy/curly hair, you may not have experienced this, but it is true – at some point it just starts doubling back on itself.) In order to minimize the volume and not look absurd, I generally pull about a third of it back in a clip, which does a lot to minimize the width.  When I first started wearing it this way, I got a lot of compliments, though now the main comment on my hair is “Wow! Your hair has really gotten long!”

There are some pluses to this look – it keeps my hair out of my face and looks decent in pictures, or at least better than any hairstyle I’ve had in recent years. On the downside, I suspect it looks like a mess in the back, though I’ve never really looked. My guess is that it’s  straight-up middle-aged baby boomer/hippie, which is definitely not a look I want. I tell myself it’s more of a Rapunzel look, but when the hairiest of the fairy tale princesses is the best I can come up with, things are dire.

Clearly, it’s begging for a haircut, but what to do with it?

A big part of me wants to have it cut fairly short,  rather like it was in this post back in 2007. The main downside to having it that short is I won’t be able to get it into a ponytail, which I like for when it’s hot or when I am feeling too lazy to deal with my hair. (Which, I’ll admit, is fairly often.) Another option would be just to get a fairly substantial trim, to get it back to where it was around the time of the Egypt trip. Of course, that won’t eliminate the need to clip part of it back and my concerns associated with that.

There is one other option available to me, but it’s so… extravagant that I can’t imagine I would ever do it, even though I know it’s really what I want: one of the fancy chemical straightening processes. These run between four and five hundred bucks (!) but would make my hair super-duper straight. The downside is that most of them are not recommended for color-treated hair, so I’d have to lay off the highlights, but I might be able to live with that in exchange for a return to the pin-straight hair of my teens and 20s. The pricetag, however, is not something I think I will ever get my head around. Maybe if I won the lottery, but not until then.

So here’s the part where you get to weigh in. I can’t guarantee I’ll take the advice, but I am curious as to what y’all think, here in my tiny corner of the blogodome. Feel free to use the comments, too, in addition to the poll.

5 thoughts on “Shining, Gleaming, Streaming, Flaxen, Waxen

  1. susan May 11, 2010 / 2:23 pm

    Or…drive to my corner of the world and pay 1/3 of the cost to get it straightened…back in the day I paid $80….that was about 5 years ago, so it’s probably gone up…but still!!!!

  2. common loon May 11, 2010 / 4:28 pm

    As an owner of some fairly straight hair….I believe that my gray’s stick out more as a result of the straight hair. The gray’s tend to curl, so that helps them to stick out against my straights. Color is supposed to add volume, so strightening and skipping the color might really get you the hair you’ve wanted.

    That said, I voted for the shorter look. It’s fun and you’ll be able to put it in a mostly pony tail by July 4th.

    (I think when Sue got her hair straightened we were in the vicinity of each other at one point and REALLY looked related. Look at some of those photos of Sue and see if that’s what you want. Sue is right – you should be able to get it straightened for less!)

  3. dan May 12, 2010 / 5:52 am

    Being a guy, my first advice would be to ignore any advice from me.

    Plowing ahead irregardlessly…..

    I’m a fan of the 2007 hair. I think it made a nice frame for your face and struck a nice balance between the formal “crowning glory” role of hair and the devil-may-care. The haircut of someone who has nothing to hide.

    Also, it sure looks like it needs less maintenance, which might be almost as good as needing less maintenance.

  4. susan May 12, 2010 / 7:22 am

    I clicked on the 2007 link…I like that hair! But here’s what I’d be tempted to do…if your hair is much longer than the Egypt hair….I’d be tempted to do the splurge….then, if you don’t like it, do the 2007 hair. That’s just so you’d get rid of the “I’ve always wondered about…” straight hair feeling. As a caution, having lived through the straightened hair, the day I left the salon I would always get TONS of compliments…but it never looked quite that good when I did it myself. And it is high maintenance….I thought if my hair was straightened I’d wake up with straight hair…but there was heavy duty straightening involved in the a.m. I’d resort to doing my hair at night, sleeping on it, then touching it up in the a.m…WORK!

  5. Marlene May 12, 2010 / 7:31 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen your hair that long! I like the long hair on you, and I like the curl. I wouldn’t get it straitened because then you have to deal with it growing out, or you would have to keep it up (which would be way too expensive.) Learn to love the curl! That’s what I did, and I’ve been much happier since.

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