It’s been an ongoing tug and pull since college. I whack my hair off short enough to reveal the hair line at the top of my neck, and then many months later, when I get tired of keeping hair off my face, I grow it out long enough to put up in a french twist and then let it keep growing because going to a hair stylist every 2 months seem like a hassle. I never ‘learned’ to really style my own hair. When other teen age girls started blow drying their hair in high school, I didn’t know how to do acrobatics with my arms, and handle a blow dryer and a large brush.
So 2 years ago, shortly after the wedding ceremony, my hair was long enough to donate to Beautiful Lengths, where hair donations would be made into wigs for women cancer patients. That was very important to me, considering my mother’s history. I’m not sure what possessed Dan and I, but I let Dan cut my low pony tail off. Of course it was a rough cut with the biggest scissors we owned. When I walked into the salon, the woman who’s been cutting my hair for 3+ years, hurried up to me from her current client in her chair and said in her strong accent, “What did you do to your hair!” I told her, and described what short cut I now wanted, and she said, “well, that’s all I CAN do with this hair, next time, don’t let your husband cut your hair!”
I had a good run with the short hair. It was a mind relief to wear one style for 2 years, and not think about what my hair is going to do in the morning. My hair is now barely long enough to tie back. But not all that legitimately. In a few weeks, I’m in a grooms party, wearing a black dress, standing in front of a lot of strangers. Shortly after landing from a flight that I may not have time to get my self all that freshened up. What am I going to do with this in-between hair length now?
I miss my short hair… but I miss being able to pull my hair out of my face, and going on with my life. Darn, what do I do now?
Boston summer skyline.
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