It is Friday night and I had not planned to blog tonight but I need to vent. I had my hairs cut today…all of them. I have come home and washed it and now I am Googling ‘how to deal with a bad haircut’. If that tells you anything. So I am going to pour myself a glass of wine and pour my heart out here. And then maybe I will feel better and look better in the morning.
In mid-June, I cut my hair. I went from this…
with a few snips of the stylist’s scissors. I wanted it short for summer. And messy because I am no good with hair. And I don’t have a whole lot of hair to be good with anyway.
I look a little like a chihuahua. But not in a good way.
See the resemblance? Would be exact if I had brown eyes.
I washed my hair and ‘styled’ it in the very loosest sense of the word. And here I am the next day.
Ever so much better. Not. But I kind of liked the change. For some reason.
Over the next few weeks, it began to grow as hair does. Even mine.
Evidently I lost an earring in the picture on the right. Or it just got lost in all that hair. I am such a fashionista.
In early August, I decided it was time for a trim. This time the difference wasn’t quite as drastic.
Or maybe I was just getting used to it.
And then today, I got a wild hair. In more ways than one. I decided it was time for a haircut.
I took this picture from early August into the salon and asked that my hair be trimmed and shaped up to look like this again.
I told her that I like to be able to wear it tucked behind my ears with that little flip on either side. And I like the bangs here. Maybe a tad short but I like them angled like that.
I should have known I was in trouble when the stylist said she was going to use a razor to clean up the back. A number 8 blade. I have never had the back cleaned up with a number 8 or any other number razor blade ever. But I thought, hey, this might be what’s been missing all these years!
Then hair started falling all around me. And to use one of my mother’s favorite expressions…she was going at (my hair) like she was killing snakes. Chop, chop, chop. Three inch pieces cascading to the ground. Then snip, snip, snip little wisps of hair floating behind the larger pieces.
When she showed me my cut, the hair was wet and unstyled. She twirled the chair around and handed me the mirror to check out the back. I couldn’t really tell much other than it was quite a bit shorter.
I came home and didn’t want to get out of the car to show PC. In the pics above, I am trying to tell Brennyn about my haircut in the photo on the left. My PC took the photo on the right. See how … what’s the word … jacked up the back is, too? I have no hair left.
I ask you, does this look like the picture I showed her? In anyway?
I have since washed it and it doesn’t look any better. If anything, it looks like it shrunk some more in the shower.
I guess there is a teeny tiny little flip behind my right ear. Get out your magnifying glass. And what are those tits of hair hanging down in the back? And why do I look as broad as a linebacker? Ok, can’t blame that on the haircut, I guess.
So, what do I do with this mess until it grows out some. For starters, pray that it does grow out. FAST. But here are some other suggestions I found through my panicked Google search.
- Everything I read says bobby pins are my new best friend. But with no hair, I am not sure what I am supposed to do with said bobby pins. Cosmo recommends “Twist a few sections away from your face and secure it with a pin to create a quasi-updo”. Is a quasi-updo anything like quasimodo?
- According to All Womens Talk, volumizing will help my short bangs. “Style them using a hairdryer and a round brush in case you want to wear them down but have no desire to look like Ugly Betty or tease and hairspray them well and through and put up in a pompadour! Even the shortest of bangs can be pinned up or fluffed to look good if volumized properly so give it a go and do share your results!” Pompadour, not feeling that. And there’s that mention of pins again.
- An article on Bustle suggests wearing hats more. Or at least wide head bands. “Big headbands look great on everyone and can cover up those annoying short layers that simply won’t reach all the way to your bun.” What bun? No bun is going to be happening here in the next six months.
- The bottom line comes from the folks at Her Campus. “Nature has to do its thing. Hair grows from between a fourth to a half an inch a month, but it depends on the person.” Stylist Benjamin Manistta at Dino Palmieri Salon in Cleveland, Ohio offers “Try to forget about it—chances are you don’t actually look like Peter Pan with the pixie cut! You may learn to live with your new style, or you may forever hate it, but in any case, you’ll see length in about a month to six weeks.” I’m thinking Peter Pan is a pretty darn good description of what I have going on.
I can try bobby pins, hats and headbands over the next few weeks and stay in a lot. And then maybe my hair will grow out to look the way I wanted it to look after my cut.
Alison Luterman has written a humorous article entitled “10 Ways of Looking at a Bad Haircut” for Salon.com. I was able to forget my misery for a few moments as I read it. But now I am sad and depressed again. Think I will go hide under the covers for a few weeks.
See you in October.
Hugs and kisses,