Let's talk hair! I just got my hair cut shorter last week because I can't stand it on my neck in this hot, humid weather. What compelled me to do it was I'd just seen a photo of myself, taken from the side, with my hair up in a bun (because of the heat) and decided I wasn't ready to look like a granny.....even though I was holding my newest grandchild. The photo also drove home the fact that I'll never look like I did in 1974 when I wore my hair the longest it's ever been, no matter how long I let my hair grow now. . . .
Or perhaps, it's because when I was a young child growing up in Mississippi my mother would usually cut my long hair very short--just below my ears. Maybe she didn't want to bother washing it and putting it up in a pony tail. But that's OK. I don't remember caring about my hair until I was 12. It was so ingrained in me to have my hair cut for the summer I even cut my doll's hair for the summer, fully expecting it to grow back like mine. Maybe that's why I got my hair cut this summer--I'm reliving my childhood n my attempt to recapture it.
This 1982 photo shows my hair the shortest its been since I left home. . . .
Over the years I've let it grow out pretty long, cut it shorter, let it grow out, cut it shorter--you get the picture. My mind's eye--my true self--sees me with long hair, but reality gets the scissors out. When I wore it longer I'd always trim it myself--another reason to wear it long.
It's not as short as the above photo now because of that side shot I referred to above. I told the hairdresser to have it curve down around my chin(s). I wanted a functional hair cut--one that was short enough in back not to rest on my neck but long enough in front to hide my aging. If you think you're going to get to see it, you can give up that thought. I'm not thrilled with how it turned out. The humidity has made it very frizzy--not the look I was going for.
I don't think anyone should let anyone else tell them women of a certain age should never wear their long hair down. I have seen women older than my 65 years wear very long hair beautifully, so I know it can be done. Just not by me.
So my question to you this month is: Do you have more or less hair, length-wise, than when you were in your 20s? If you had long hair, when did you go shorter and why? Have you ever wanted to go even shorter but not dared because, like me, you worry you'll have to hide in your house till it grows out.
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