Flapper Girl

I've been thinking about making a drastic change to my hair.  If you know me in real life, you may or may not know that I have super long hair.  Super long.  Super duper long.  I once cut 18 inches off my hair and people still commented about how long my hair was.  I love my long hair.  I've had long hair my whole life, and I'd say it's one of my defining characteristics.  Well, it's one of my defining characteristics if you happen to see me with my hair down. Which is about as often as spotting Bigfoot.  I almost never wear my hair down; it's always in a bun.  Partly because it's inconvenient at work (I can't exactly have my hair hanging down all over a client), partly because I prefer to have my hair pulled back, and partly because I have no idea how to do my hair.  I have two good hair days a month:  the day I get my hair done, and the day after.  If I break out the blow dryer I can pretty much guarantee there will be tears at some point.  So I'm thinking about chopping it all off.  And I. Am. Terrified.

our wedding day; my hair was pulled up and curled; it's usually a little longer than this
I'm visiting my Mom and this is the only pic of my hair I could find on her computer

I keep seeing the trailer for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby and I feel really drawn to the short bobbed hair of the 1920's flapper girls.  It's so incredibly cute, but it's SO SHORT!  I even love the reason so many women were chopping their locks in the 1920's--empowerment!  What would I do with myself if my hair were that short???  I think I'm still on the fence about taking the plunge, but I can't get the idea out of my head.  I've made a list of pro's and con's to chopping off all my hair, but who know's what decision I'll finally make.

The Great Gatsby

Pros:
  • I don't do anything with my hair now.  Short hair would force me to do my hair
  • It would be totally different than anything I've ever done with my hair
  • I may end up ahead of the curve of a fashion/hair trend instead of a follower
  • It will grow back; my hair grows very fast
  • It will grow back (yes, I had to list this twice to remind myself)
  • As my hair grows back I will slowly learn how to better style longer hair (I'll be "earning" my long hair, if you will)
  • Dennis thinks it will be cute
  • Having short hair will force me to get used to not pulling my hair back
  • It will be liberating
  • It may motivate me to workout to loose the double chin

Cons:
  • I hate change
  • Even if it looks cute, I will hate not being able to pull my hair back
  • Change is scary
  • What if I don't even like the way it looks?
  • I will miss my long hair
  • I will actually have to do my hair
  • I don't want people to think I cut my hair because I had a baby
  • Will it accentuate my double chin?
So far it sounds like the pro's outweigh the con's.  What do you think?



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I deviated from today's topic, since we don't have Bank Holiday in the US, but if it means a long weekend, we should definitely hop on that train!  I should note that I am in my hometown (Shreveport, LA) with Jack to visit my Mom, so I'm sorta on a long, long weekend)

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  1. Another pro could be donating your beautiful hair to Locks of Love. That was the reason I started growing out my hair :)

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    1. True. I actually have another pony tail that I need to donate, just sitting around somewhere, lol!

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  2. Hi. I can give you some perspective. I went from waist length hair to hair that was just above my shoulders. It was a shock and I had some adjusting to do, but I had a good cut. That led to even more severe cutting and I ended up with 2" spikes and shaved back of the head action. I was butch. And then I realized that although the stuff was really easy to take care of and really nice and cool in the summer, I felt butch. Wearing feminine clothing didn't feel right to me. I could not shake the feeling that denim and button downs were the way to go, but I'm not that kind of girl. I cut my hair really short because we were riding Todd's bike a lot and it just made sense and I was kind of at a loss of what to do with my hair. In the end, I just couldn't be that short haired woman. I'm a butchy fluff not a fluffy butch. SO, the hair grew out again and now it won't get as long as it once was. :-/ I have learned a little more of how to take care of it and style it. Maybe you should look into finding someone who will work with you to learn to style it in different ways. I can suggest a kind of pin that works wonders for holding your hair all day with no sprays. I can also recommend the marcel wave. It works great and looks beautiful. It takes time to do, but it's awesome. So, to wrap up, I urge you to think really hard about the plunge. Sure, it grows back, but can you live with it until then?

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    1. Those are really good things to think about. On FB a friend also pointed out that I have some natural wave to my hair, and it could get really bouncy and frizzy in Houston weather if it's that short. I think if I do cut my hair, going all the way instead of bit by bit would be the only way I could do it.

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  3. Oh wow, that is quite a drastic move for such long hair. I'm not sure what I would do in that situation.

    Ohhh The Great Gatsby looks awesome! :D Thanks for sharing that.

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    1. Yeah, I didn't realize how much I'm looking forward to seeing it! I just started the book since I've never read it, and hopefully with a baby I'll be able to get through the whole thing before I see the movie.

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  4. It's okay to be different but don't cut corners on where you go. A good cut like that will cost you, so go to a really nice place. Treat yourself and stand up for what you want. -Tara Imig

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    1. Luckily I go to a really great hair guy that I trust 100% to give me a great cut if I decide to chop it all off. I do think I'm leaning towards The Big Chop. It will grow back, after all.

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  5. First: you wedding day photo looks AWESOME!
    Second: Short hair is really super cute, if you get it styled correctly. I have curly hair and and to try to avoid "triangle hair". I almost always have my hair pulled back, because I have no clue how to "do" my hair, but I remember loving it short, when the curls behaved. Which was not very often. If you have straight hair, I think that short hair would be easier.

    Take the plunge! Hair grows back :) I think it's worth it do do things that scare you, when it comes to things like hair. You are not your hair! (Even though it is super gorgeous in the wedding pic)

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    1. Thank you! I know I'm not my hair, but sometimes I feel that way. I think cutting it would help me realize that I am more than my hair, especially when I only ever seem to wear it up anyway. I think I can count the times I wear my hear down per year on one hand.

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  6. Your hair is beautiful in your wedding shot. I've always wanted that ultra-short 20's style bob myself, but haven't yet gotten the courage to do it. Building up to it....

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    1. I'm pretty sure I'm going to go through with it.....yikes!!!!

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