Saturday, February 23, 2013

"Snaggy, Shaggy, Ratty, Matty..."

Isn't it strange how we get so much of our identity from our hair?!
I look at this picture, taken last week, and it totally does not "feel" like me.  In my minds eye I don't register having hair this short.  I'm still a bit surprised when I look in the mirror.  It's not even a matter of liking or disliking the cut - some days I like it, some days I don't.  Have you noticed when women face life threatening disease/chemo, often the first concern is losing their hair.  I get that.  I don't even think it's based in vanity, but rather in identity.

I've reached a time in my life that I don't want to spend extra time fixing my hair.  Gone are the teen days of sleeping on prickly hair rollers.  Anyone else remember doing that?  Gone are the days of harsh perms that left my hair fried in order to coax it into a curl.  Not gonna do that any more either.  Gone are the days of taking 30 minutes just to simply dry my thick hair.  No more!  Don't get me wrong.  I'm no different than you - I love my hair.  I just think I can learn to embrace having shorter locks that require a minimum of upkeep.  Mister LOVES it short - strange isn't it, as most men seem to prefer long hair.  The truth may be that he's grown tired of waiting for me to wash/dry/fix my hair.  He loves it when I can "get up & go" quickly.

Anyone remember this?
"I want it long, straight, curly, fuzzy
Snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty
Oily, greasy, fleecy
Shining, gleaming, streaming
Flaxen, waxen
Knotted, polka-dotted
Twisted, beaded, braided
Powdered, flowered, and confettied
Bangled, tangled, spangled, and spaghettied!

Oh say can you see
My eyes if you can
Then my hair's too short"

'Fess up -
How long does it take you to wash/dry/style your hair?
How long has it been since you made a major change to the length of your hair?


Anonymous said...

I think your hair looks great and yesterday when I read this post I was amazed how much you two look alike, both beautiful.My hair is short, it was long for a lonnnnng time now its short and I love it, shower, blow dry, style with a bit of styling product and I'm done!Simple is best, I'm just trying to make up my mind whether to start dying it!

Rhona said...

As you know, my hair is quite short. A couple of times I've thought I'd try growing it but it gets to just below my shoulders, annoys me and I chop it off again. Last time was last hair ut when I had about 3-4 inches cut off. However, I also remember perms and how long it would take me to blow dry it - not again thank you!

yaya said...

My hair has been the focus of my life for...well, forever! I've changed the length, cut, color, style, no style...gone from long to short to long again. My husband probably likes it longer, but always says it looks nice and sassy when it's short. It's been about 15yrs since it was long. I tried 5yrs. ago to grow it out but after a full year of no cuts, it hadn't grown as much as I thought it would and I was hating the process. So I've been short ever since. I do have a style I like when it's longer, but truly I don't think I'll ever live long enough to get there! After my friend Donna lost her long, beautiful, thick hair from chemo I truly understand having an identity change with hair. She says she doesn't feel like herself...hates the short curly style it's grown into..and the color? Well, it grew back gray and after trying to color it several times she's upset with how that looks. Yes, our hair is not as important as beating cancer....but being "us" and feeling good is also part of the healing process. As for me? Well, I'm getting nervous about who in the heck will do my hair after I'm gone since I usually let my hairdresser cut it, but I do the dry, style and color myself. I'd better die on a good hair day, that's all I've got to say! Geezz, this sounds like I've got one foot on a banana peel and the other in the grave..I'm feeling really fine, really I am!

Marsha Young said...

Talk about timing! I just cut my hair this morning, and I am not sure what I've done.

Your cut looks great. And yes, I do recall those awful nights of sleeping in rollers that stuck into your scalp like little sharp needles.

What were we thinking? :)

Terra said...

I like your new style; sometimes I consider getting that type of cut, but the thought never lingers. My hair is straight and shoulder length, and I cut it myself. I just let it air dry after a shower; how easy!

NanaDiana said...

Your hair looks great short. It frames your face nicely. My hair at that length would look like a Brillo pad...lol I have very thick, heavy curly hair...that I often flat iron. But I am a long hair person. I told the hair gal to have her way with it because of my age and she said- I can't cut it-you need long hair...and so it is-I was the kid that they said- Look at the hair on that kid and now I am the one that they say- Look at the hair on that old lady- lol xo Diana

Jeanie said...

I'm like you, some days I like my hair and some days I don't. It is a little longer than usual right now, but you have encouraged me to get it a little shorter (and easier).

nancygrayce said...

The Superhero loves my hair short and it's so much shorter than your new pretty do! Way too short this time around. My hairdresser was talking and forgot himself and apparently my hair too!

I have always had this little saying "you are your hair".....but I'm not shallow! :)

acorn hollow said...

I had curly hair so I spent lots of time straightening my hair now I have to color to keep the gray away. I have short hair husband would love long hair that was 20 years ago. I need to have it short I am also have thining hair so I have all kinds of things I do to plump it up.

Susan said...

One of the first things I did after the sudden death of my hubby...after all the family was gone and in an effort to find a new normal...was cut my hair short. I like it a lot and I think he would have also. It is so much easier and since I no longer color, it REALLY easy. One less thing to fret about. BTW I had that album, so I recognized the lyrics.

Mrs. H's mom said...

I have not make a comment on your blog before but I have really enjoyed reading it for quite a while. I also appreciate your Dink blog. It has been very helpful to me since I am going through some of the things you are going through. Please continue with it. And I like your hair. I know how you feel mine is very thick too. Ann

Handsome's wife said...

I started letting my hair grow out and stopped getting perms about 3 years ago. I'm a wash and go kind of girl. I let it dry natural and then usually put it in a ponytail. No fuss no muss.

Linda said...

I love your hair! I had long hair most of my life! I had it cut REALLY short when I was in my early 50's and have kept it short ever since!

Gracie and Bobbi said...

Your hair looks great! You are one of those people who can wear their hair any way at all and look fantastic! I so-LOVE this picture of you 2! Funny you should write this post. I had been trying to let my hair 'grow' but it always gets to that point where it doesn't lay right, it takes too long to do it etc. And so when I went in on Monday to get it cut, I almost told her to GO SHORT but I chickened out. She gave me a really good trim though... and once my hair is layered right, it only takes me a matter of minutes (maybe 5) in the morning to "do" my hair. I do not have time for much primping in the morning. Too many other more important things.

Wild Oregonian said...

Okay, I confess: I take awhile to do my hair.
After we moved to Washington, I cut it off pretty short (for me). All of my sisters have long, long, and longer hair and they are all well into their 40s. I've colored my hair since I was 14 so I'm not entirely sure what color it is- or was. Now if I don't color it, it's gray!
I love your haircut, for what it's worth. And you and Princess look lovely, probably because you are. <3

karen said...

Gimme a head with hair, long beautiful hair! "Hair" was so revolutionary in its day, wasn't it?
I haven't made any huge changes lately in my hair. For me, I fuss less when it's long, so long it is. I bought a professional dryer so it dries in about 15-20 minutes as opposed to the 30-45 it was taking me before. About 10 years ago I had my hair about an inch long all over. It took me a couple of years to grow it out, and I've had it long ever since. I am tempted from time to time to cut it, but haven't found quite the right style yet. But one of these days, when you least expect it, I'll whack it.

Teresa said...

I cut mine short last summer. Mine is just a little longer then yours right now. I too look at myself with the hair looking good first. But with me I have curly hair. It's not all that fun. When I get up and don't have to fix my hair...it's a good day. I like your hair both ways.

Nonnie said...

Hair! Been there, done all that with the hair and still trying to figure out the simplest way. My hairdresser has said I could go with a cut that would just let my hair go with the natural curl, but I do not yet have the courage. The dreaded words my husband doesn't want to hear at night, "I hope I don't have to wash my hair tomorrow."
You and Stashia look beautiful and I like your haircut a lot! Looks great.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Oh yes I do remember that song very well. Love your new hairdo!

Sweet Tea said...

I'm so glad to know you've been reading along and following both my Blogs, Ann. I hope you feel welcome to comment anytime you want - I LOVE connecting with my online friends...I'm reallynsorry you are dealing with "issues" with someone you love. I'm simply learning as I go and praying I don't mess up.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Your new hairdo looks fabulous on you. I love short hair and have the hardest time getting a hair dresser to cut my hair short.
I did get about four inches cut off the other weekend but still I want it shorter.
Like you I don't like spending a lot of time blowing drying and fixing it. Even doing makeup I want less. haha
I have a medium length bob so it still takes me at least 20 minutes to blow dry and fix.
Yours is cute love the picture.

Sandra said...

I think you look great with short hair :)

I used to have an A Line Bob, had it for quite a few years and now I'm currently growing my hair out again. Some days I think like you, I want it short so I don't have to fuss with it, but then other days I miss the long hair LOL

I don't know, we'll see how long I can stick this out before I chop it again.

Sush said...

Love the 'do' and I know how freeing it is to have a cut that takes little maintenance! You have so much going on in your life it's great you can now have one less thing to 'mess' with!
Here's to HAIR!

PS Saw that musical at the theatre in NO with my hubby too many years ago to count!


My hair has been short for years and takes just a few to fix. I personally think women over 40 need shorter hair....no longer than shoulder length. I thought you looked right spiffy with the do. Loved it.

Unknown said...

Funny you should ask this question now. I have never liked my hair and have used just about every product and hair tool known to man to make it do my bidding. My cousin used to iron my hair with an actual iron on an ironing board! I loved it, but it only lasted till the next shampoo and for some odd reason, my mother wasn't willing to iron my hair daily. :-(

After flat ironing and/or chemically straightening my hair for more than a decade, I've gotten tired (or lazy). I sit here typing this will my naturally wavy/curly hair in all its glory! I am learning to use products that will reduce the frizz and enhance the curls--and I am learning the most important thing: keep my hands off my hair! The more I touch, the more fuzzy it becomes.

I think your hair looks great. It suits you. And I can't believe that baby is almost here! How come the time never passed so quickly when I was the one who was pregnant!

Unknown said...

*that should say WITH my naturally wavy/curly hair....

Mary said...

I'm a "blow & go" girl: gel, then blow...takes me a total of 5 minutes. No styling involved...at all.

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