Friday, February 12, 2010

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow?


I have until Tuesday night to decide if I should cut an appreciable amount off my hair or keep it this long. This is the longest my hair has ever been, I think (it was about this long at ages 18-21 or so, but I can't really remember how long it got). I loooooove having a long, swingy ponytail, particularly for running. However, I have to admit that from the front, a ponytail is not my most flattering look. I'm not 21 anymore, you know, and though I'd love nothing more than to look breezy and pretty in a ponytail, I'm afraid it's a little severe on me. And it's not as if my hair is lovely and thick. I have very little hair, for hair that is this long. Plus, all (no, really. ALL!) the moms I know have cut off their long hair in the past two years, so I can't help but consider it.

What to do, what to do?

6 comments:

Question said...

As someone who has thin, long hair similar to yours (but not nearly as nice a color), I say do whatever you want with your hair. Don't let magazines, television, friends, or whatever influence your decision. Wear it the way you want. If you want a change, cut it, trim it, perm it, color it, get bangs, whatever. If you don't, leave it. I guess what I'm saying is ask yourself why you're considering the change.

Tiffany said...

Short styles require many more trips to the salon=$$. Just a thought.

Shan said...

Tiffany: so true! Right now I only go to the salon 3 or 4 times a year! But just to be clear--I'm not thinking SHORT. Never, ever. (I've had super short hair in the past. It's a myth that short is easy! Short haircuts ALWAYS took much, much more styling time in the a.m.'s than long hair does.) But I'm trying to figure out if I should lop off a good chunk of length vs. just trim the damaged ends. I love having long hair. I'm just not sure that it actually looks all that good! Like, why have long hair if it's not particularly pretty anyway?

Anonymous said...

While we are on the subjects of hair, getting older, and Land's End: So I was flipping through the latest Land's End catalog, wherein I noticed several types of nice pants. Reading the descriptions on each style, I found the type I prefer--traditional waist, so my underwear does not show when I sit in a chair or do something crazy, such as raise a glass of water to my mouth. BUT, which model was chosen to show off such a flattering style? A 50+ preppy-looking gray-haired grandma! They might as well plaster the page with the heading: Order your Granny Pants Here! Yes, she's attractive and fit! She's beautiful! But why can't SHE wear the low-rise jeans? And, yes, I know, I do have more gray hair than she does. But, come on! You want me to buy some pants? Put the gorgeous brunette with the wind-swept waist-length hair in the granny pants, and I'll be reaching for my wallet.

Laura H

Shan said...

Laura H.--Oh, I know, I noticed that too. They always do that! You'd think some marketing person would figure out a better strategy for them! That model is gorgeous though....

Donna said...

Well, I'm probably too late with my comment here.

Personally, I think cutting your hair to a little longer than shoulder length is a good length for your type of hair and your lifestyle: long enough to pull back and short enough to not get in the way when it's down.

I've known you with both long and short hair. And honestly, I like the way both look. But, I think longer is better for your lifestyle.

(p.s. I still haven't cut my hair off!)