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Another hair post
I did a post about long hair awhile ago, but today (while on the T for my annual July 4 wandering) I finished reading Rapunzel's Daughters, a book about women and hair. I was just going to e-mail the author, but I couldn't find a contact, so you all get treated to more blathering about my hair, as well as the book. I'll do my July 4 patriotic post during the fireworks, I think.

First, my reactions to the book itself were mixed--on the one hand, its central thesis about how completely a part of a woman's identity hair tends to be rings true to me. My attitude toward my hair is quite a lot like the attitude of a lot of second amendment activists toward their guns--you'll take my long hair when you shave it from my cold, dead head. I can't explain it in any rational terms. It's absolutely a part of who I am and how I see myself. On the other hand, the book spends a lot of time talking about how this importance causes women to spend a lot of time and money in salons and and trying to keep up with the latest styles, or whatnot, and that doesn't apply to me at all. I go a salon about once a year to get my ends trimmed, not because my hair isn't important to me, but precisely because it is.

My grandmother had her hair short and permed and kept regular appointments, and my great-grandmother did when she got older (though she was a long-hair as a young woman), but for the most part, I was surrounded with women who had long, straightish hair. One aunt cropped her hair when one of my cousins was born, but that was the last time. The other aunt kept hers mid-back length. My mother is a long-haired hippie-chick with a tapestry dress and love beads, who took me in my stroller to anti-war marches in the early '70s. She wore (and still wears) her hair down to her hips, in a braid if she's working, loose for church or special occasions. I remember as a child that if we were in a crowd, I could just grab her braid if her hands were full to keep from getting seperated.

She has strong opinions on everything (a trait which I of course have inherited none of ;)). She doesn't object to me disagreeing with her--strong opinions were expected, and she just responded to them. "I'm becoming Jewish" ("If you think it's best for you and fits what you believe"), "I'm moving to Boston" ("Be where you need to be"), "I'm not interested in medicine" (:bafflement:), "I registered Republican" ("WHAT DID I DO WRONG????"). On the matter of hair, her opinion was simple--there were two kinds of hair, pretty hair and hair that had a lot of crap in it. "Crap" could refer to spray, gel, dye, perming stuff, nearly anything beyond shampoo and conditioner. On this matter, I never rebelled. I took some mild steps, and as usual was allowed to do so (with a wince and the distinct psychic message, "On your head be it")--I permed it twice, and now and then scanned rows of hair dyes before deciding not to. I think I owned some hair spray during high school, and I tried mousse once or twice. But on the whole, I was happy with the "cut the crap" theory of hair care, and it's served me well. My hair is still healthy and strong, and I pay almost nothing for it. My only indulgence is using Pantene products instead of Suave, and that's mostly because I like the smell. Mom goes for the Suave, and her hair is in no worse shape than mine. I don't have The Most Beautiful Hair In The World--it's brown and kind of wavy and not something that everyone in a ten mile radius stops to look at--but it's good. I enjoy it.

The book goes on about the reasons women do things to with their hair, and most of them struck me as giving way too much power to other people or impersonal forces. Women felt liberated when they cut their hair to get back at ex-boyfriends who liked it... hello? If you didn't like your hair long, why were you wearing it long for the boyfriend to like in the first place? And if you did like it long, then isn't it hurting you more than your ex to chop it? There's the sensible comment that it can have an impact on job opportunities--long haired women aren't taken as seriously in the job market. But I'm surviving--I won't play into this notion that women have to make ourselves into honorary men to play the game. If an employer doesn't like my long hair, he can kiss my girlie posterior. As to men? I can't see that my hair has had any impact on my love life one way or another. I wear my hair the way I wear it because it's mine and that's how I like to do it. Then again, romance has always been pretty low on the radar. I tend to think of it as an exotic hobby that other people do, like yachting or polo, which I'd engage in if I had the time and resources--or if an opportunity happened to drop in front of me out of the skies--but can't really imagine putting a lot of effort into it or importance onto it myself. Changing my hair one way or another for a guy strikes me as far outside my ability to conceive of a relationship. Either he likes me or he doesn't; I'm not interested in being someone's fixer-upper.

Which is off-topic on my hair, sort of, except inasmuch as my hair is the clearest and most obvious element of my appearance. I mean, if I decide to change my hair (not likely), that's one thing, but... Why would I let someone else tell me what to do with it? I don't even let hairdressers do that, and it's their specialty.

Sigh.

Anyway, to me, my long hair is about stability and continuity. It takes time to grow, and you can't change it every time fashions change and still keep it long and healthy. I may get bangs from time to time (and, like I mentioned, a perm on two occasions, and cut it up to my ears in seventh grade), but mostly, it's a straight line from the time I was a little girl until now. It connects me to my mother and my aunts, and generations of women in photographs with their hair in braids and buns. It's a way of not acquiesing to the expectations of the fashion industry, or the odd and shifting expectations of the business world. It's a statement of permanence, giving the finger to transient whims. (I've noticed that long, untreated hair is much more common in fandom than it is in the mundane world, and I think there's a connection--sf/f also tends to deal in the non-transient.)

Also, more prosaically, it's really easy to look after. At the moment, I have it very comfortably up off my neck by twisting it up and clipping it with a claw-clip. I stick in a headband or a barrette before going to work. It needs combing regularly, but it detangles pretty easily. I can play with it when I'm bored. And I love to let the wind get it all tangly, which I did on a Harbor tour today. And it's me.

I guess that's it.
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From: sleepingfingers Date: July 5th, 2005 01:07 am (UTC) (Link)
There's nothing more I can add to the post; it mirrors my sentiments exactly. Everybody I know believes that keeping my hair so long (a bit past waist-length) is a chore and requires a lot of time to take care of. The opposite is true, really, especially since my hair doesn't get tangled up very often so cleaning and brushing it is very easy. I need no more than a minute with it each school-day morning, which is more than can be said of my friends. :)
darreldoomvomit From: darreldoomvomit Date: July 5th, 2005 01:27 am (UTC) (Link)
i had long hair my entire life, (except for an unfortunate incident with lice in grade 3) until i dyed it all blue to stop a friend from piercing her eyebrow. then i cut it all off because it was, well, hideous. so, i have slowly been growing it out and chopping off the blue bits. my most recent haircut got rid of every last strand of barf blue, and i got it cut professionaly for the first time in my life, for prom. i gave all control over to my friend, and closed my eyes. it was fun, but i never want to do it again. i am going to let it grow out, and have my mum trim it every few months so it doesn't get nasty. my hair history in less than 200 words.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 5th, 2005 01:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Blue? That's a sacrifice for the sake of friendship!!!! Yikes! ;)
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 5th, 2005 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm the same way about hair, it's the only part of me I really like. I only put chemicals in it to keep down frizz occasionally, and find it funny that my brother spends more time styling and throws more junk into his haiur in a week than I do in a year. I used to have long hair, then cut it, in theory to donate it. I think that's a good comprimes between being practical and doing as I please with my hair, cause the lenght was a mess. Growing it out again though so maybe I could donate the next time.
story645 From: story645 Date: July 5th, 2005 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)
that was me, evil not being logged in.
dreagoddess From: dreagoddess Date: July 5th, 2005 02:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I would love to have long hair, but unfortunately mine does tangle extraordinarily easily, so I've never been able to wear it long. I had it to about mid-back when I started college, but I only had it that way for less than a year before chopping it off again. I tend to wear it approximately shoulder-length. Good compromise between wanting it long and the convenience of it being short. ;) I use mousse in it, just to keep it from being frizzy, and that's it. It's very straight and is pretty much always worn down, although when I'm working I like to twist it up with a clip to get it out of my way. Oddly enough, right now I'm wearing a snood. I usually only do that for Ren Faires, but it was sitting on my desk and I didn't want to get up to grab something to put my hair up. *g*
kat_denton From: kat_denton Date: July 5th, 2005 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I've had my hair long and I've had it short and I've had it every length inbetween.

I like it best long. It makes me feel sexy, and being an almost 50 year old widow, there's not a lot in my life that I can feel sexy about right now.

Mine is almost tailbone length right now, but I'm going to cut some off in August - probably to about bra strap length. This will be my symbol to myself for the end of a year of mourning. Weird, I know, but I feel the need to mark the day some how.

threnody From: threnody Date: July 5th, 2005 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I've had uberlong hair at least half my life. Actually, my younger sisters and I all did, until we hit about 15. They wanted to be more trendy, I *had* to get it cut because the weight of it was aggravating my headaches. Now I keep it supershort (for me, which means just shy of shoulder length), because my hair has thinned and it looks retarded when it's long. But I digress. It was something my mother liked and people complimented her on. It was part of my terribly old fashioned upbringing (no nail polish, no makeup, no dangly earrings, no wearing my hair loose, no pants- though that one lasted until I was all of seven), and I guess in that way it helped me feel that link to the past. The women in my family have all had short hair forever, but I remember the day my grandmother saw me putting my hair up, and cried because it was exactly how *her* mother used to do it.

Also, I liked it because, dude. Leia's braided crown-y thing from ESB and ROTJ? Is how I looked most of my childhood. :D
From: magnolia_mama Date: July 5th, 2005 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)
My hair has seen many different incarnations during my lifetime. It had been down to my hips until mid-April, when I had most of it shorn off and donated to Locks of Love; I loved having it so long, but it is so fine it can't even hold a barette, much less a braid, and after growing it for 3 years I was ready for a change (plus my son was tired of getting a mouthful every time I bent down to kiss him goodnight). I rarely stick with any one incarnation for long, though I do often return to the shoulder-length bob look, so provided I can survive the growing-out stage without going mad it'll probably be past my shoulders again by Christmas. I rather like the wash-and-wear simplicity of long hair; having to hassle with mousse and a hair dryer just to look presentable with my current short, layered 'do is more trouble than I want to bother with.
barbara_the_w From: barbara_the_w Date: July 5th, 2005 03:47 am (UTC) (Link)
My hair's about brastrap length and I braid it up during the day and put a few hairsticks in it. It's neat, professional and easily transfers to medieval and other historical styles :)

I move between two worlds and my hair reflects that.

I am, however, a dyer. When your mother calls your hair "sh*t brown" it's time to do something about it :D
chienar From: chienar Date: July 5th, 2005 03:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I vividly remember someone *stare fern* wondering about me getting my hair cut "backwards"

I still do *grins*

I gave in once again to the gods of hairspray... and the wonders of whipped wax!
laureate05 From: laureate05 Date: July 5th, 2005 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Hair is such a weird thing. I've worn mine short for more of my life than I've worn it long. Until last year, I had forgotten my natural color because I had been altering it since I was 10 (I'm almost 21 now). I always thought I had the attitude of "it's just hair, and hair grows" until a few months ago when I got a Bad Haircut. Not just, "aw, now I have to style it all the time." Not just, "those bangs are too short." It was the worst haircut of my life since I had cut it myself at 4. But still, my attitude is "it's just hair, and hair grows, but so help me God if I ever let a 'stylist' have free reign again."

But in a lot of ways I understand your view on hair. Just as your hair is a link to the past and a symbol of continuity, I see mine as proof that I can change myself. Improve myself. Be a different and better person by adapting and trying new things. Even if those things don't work out, I still learn something.

On the other hand, I want to try to defend women who keep or change their hair to please men. To me, yes, it's dumb. I personally gave me father the finger when he objected to me cutting off my long hair to donate to Locks of Love. He shrugged and moved on because he's a decent guy. But my male friends weren't so accepting. Every male whose opinion I sought on the subject insisted I keep my hair long. I had already made my mind up on the matter, so I didn't care what they thought, but I can see where other women would. It's hard for people to rebel against the dominant paradigme. That almost always reads as stupid to an outside party, but everyone acts stupid sometimes. For example, I also dyed my hair blue. ;)
riah_chan From: riah_chan Date: July 5th, 2005 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I grew my hair long(er) for my husband (it's about shoulder length now) as an experiment because I've never had it this long. He loves it. I hate it. I'm going to cut it. Long hair isn't me and I know that for sure now.
purple_ladybug1 From: purple_ladybug1 Date: July 5th, 2005 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I love my hair and have always considered it my best feature. It's very thick and curly/wavy (depending on the length), has natural highlights and lowlights, and is a pretty medium brown with red undertones that never fail to attract attention. Once my mom let me start growing it out in the 5th grade, I wore it long and natural. In the 8th grade I cut off about six inches, permed it to be extra curly, and dyed it red for my role of Annie (no way in hell was I wearing the hideous wig the drama teacher showed me from the prop catalogue). After my part, I basically grew it out, sometimes cutting off a whole two and half inches for a "dramatic" change. Only until about two months ago, when it finally started driving me crazy did I cut it really short. Now it's short and layered, with the longest layers still shoulder-length. I love it because all I have to do is wash it, scrunch a small glob of mousse through it, shake it, and I'm ready. I've actually switched from being a night showerer to a morning one because it's faster for me (I used to painstakening have to comb it through or it would be a horrible mess of knots within an hour).

My hair history. Just thought I'd share.

Oh, and actual thoughts- a girl should never change her hair to please someone else! I fought my parents on and off for seven years. They've wanted it short the whole time. When I was heavier, I gotta say the long hair worked way better than short hair would've. And all my friends loved playing with it. I refused to give it up. And if I want to cut it, that's my choice, mine mine mine. My hair is my hair, and women should always see it like that. Their hair is theirs, no one else's.
galaxianomiko From: galaxianomiko Date: July 5th, 2005 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)
It's several kinds of wonderful, actually, to read about other people to whom the length or style of their hair is an integral part of their self (or how they present their self to others). I get teased for being so fiercely attached to my long hair. :) I've done other things with it--permed it, dyed it red, cut it short--but I always end up feeling like someone else if I make a major change to it.

I still wonder why my mom (who hasn't had long hair herself in decades) let me keep my hair long when I was little. It looked godAWFUL. Like no one bothered to brush or style it. This is probably why I have no idea how to do even the simplest braids in my own hair.

(Is this my first time posting in your journal? *facepalm* I've gotten far too used to lurking!)
riah_chan From: riah_chan Date: July 5th, 2005 05:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I have never had long hair... when I was younger, if my mother wouldn't cut it, I would do it myself (with interesting results.) I've been growing it long as an experiment because my husband likes it. (I've never really gotten it long enough to know whether I could deal with long hair.) Between this essay and a conversation with my sister, I've decided to get it cut again because that is the way I like it and that is the way I identify myself with it.

Thanks!

Riah-chan
chicleeblair From: chicleeblair Date: July 5th, 2005 05:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Mine's long. The longest ever was down to my waist in seventh grade and I cut it to donate it, though I hated it short. It's long now and hopefully for good. I may dye it one day, but only after I move out. haha.
gentlespirit From: gentlespirit Date: July 5th, 2005 07:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I enjoyed reading this. I haven't thought as much about hair length for me personally, except sometimes looking at old pictures and noting differences. For me, it's been more about dying my hair.

I don't get along with and seem to have little in common (in terms of physical traits as well as personality) with a lot of people in my family. It was the summer after I finished elementary school, I beleive, so when I was around 11 that I first messed with hair dye. (Thinking back on it, I have no idea why I was allowed to, or if I had been given permission, even) and I dyed my hair closer to a common color in my family. It took me a while to realize how ridiculous I was being, and then I started dying my hair for me--finding colors that I felt suited me and that I liked to see on myself. I started playing with differnt kinds of red, and spent almost all of highschool somewhere around a strawberry blonde shade. I left for college and still dyed my hair. Sometimes it was whatever was on sale, sometimes it would be just something that I thought looked fun.

As crazy as it sounds, my hair color has shaped my life in various ways, only some of which I am aware of. When I have darker hair, I am more bold. I now tend to dye my hair a day or two before important interviews or events where I need to be able to talk to people I don't know. I got my first apartment post-dorms with a girl that I met because she was wearing pink shoes and I had pink hair. I've done purple, I've done blue on a temporary basis. But no matter what I do, I tend to keep coming back to shades of red. For about two months I dyed my hair a rich brown color, and the funny thing is that people I had known for a while still described me to others as having red hair. And people I've known since second grade or so insist that I've always been a redhead.

Even if it's not natural, I feel like it's part of who I am, and I am proud of it. I like it when people will call me a "sassy redhead" or something....but mainly, I LOVE my confidence level when I have a good red shade going on. When I talk about it, I admit that mostly it's all in my head, but I would argue that people also have expectations based on things like color.

On the surface, hair sounds like a frivilous thing to discuss, but I do think that it has a large influence on more important matters.

Aside from dyes, I'm with you on the products, though. I'm much more likely to put my hair in pigtails using penguin ties than I am to spend a lot of time trying to style my hair. I hate gels and moose and anything that makes my hair feel stiff or sticky. I want my hair to please me, and right now it really does.
And although this is my current default icon, I would chose it even if it weren't.
stephantom From: stephantom Date: July 5th, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like my hair pretty well and I don't want to put weird things in it, or even dye it because I like it the color it is... But it doesn't honestly matter much to me how I wear it. I grow it long, I chop it short (well, these are both relative terms, long=halfway down my back, short=at my chin) basically on a whim, usually due to the changing or seasons. Or boredom.

Bust mostly I just leave it as is. And there isn't a good reason for it like you have. It's more like laziness. I just don't bother to put my hair up or style it or whatever. It's fine as it is.


This isn't really related at all, but I was randomly thinking about hair the other day also. And Star Wars. It seems so random if you think about it, that women grow their hair long and men cut it short. When was this decided? It seems to be the same way in Star Wars, but there's so many different cultures (Earth times like a million) that you'd think there'd be lots of variation in that sort of thing.

Now, on the front cover of a Jedi Apprentice book, it shows Siri Tachi, as a Padawan, with long hair. And I think that's just incorrect. Why would female human Padawans be exempt/excluded from the traditional style? They wear the same uniforms and weild lightsabers and seem to be treated and viewed exactly the same as male Jedi. So why would they have long hair as Padawans?

(I think the illustrator just didn't think about it actually. Also, they showed pre-Padawan Obi-Wan with cropped hair, and there's no reason to assume he didn't have longer hair before going with Qui-Gon either.)

It seems like a trivial complaint, and it is. But the more I think about it, the more I dislike the JA series... even though I enjoyed reading them at the time. I could go on, but perhaps I should stop.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 5th, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, our military allows women to have longer hair than men as well (not long long, but I actually was considering it for awhile--until I forgot how bad I am with taking orders--and I read the regs, which allowed women a few inches of hair), so that doesn't faze me much. Heaven knows why, but men are thought to be more interchangeable in the hair department.

I notice that Qui-Gon grew his extraordinarily long, Obi-Wan had it shoulder length for awhile, and Anakin's had a healthy growth before it got burned off.
stephantom From: stephantom Date: July 5th, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I noticed that too about the guys' hair. I imagine it must be nice to grow your hair long after reaching Knighthood, simply because you can now. But for girls it would seem so much less ceremonious, if your could have your hair however you wanted it the entire time. Even if there was some difference, as in our military, that would be understandable, but I think there should be something that identifies her as a Padawan.

I still think girls should just get the buzz-cut with pony-tail and braid same as the boys. I mean, they've been raised as Jedi, so it wouldn't seem strange to them if that was their culture. It's not like American women going into the military. If it was the norm for teenage girls to have shaved heads, then... well... it would be normal. The Jedi are selfless, dutiful and not prone to vanity. Plus, they're celibate, so why worry about looking attractive?

(I'm still feeling the need to rant about JA. However, I'm also thinking this isn't the place to do it.)
naomichana From: naomichana Date: July 5th, 2005 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think my hair is shortish-growing-out right now, which is to say somewhere a little past shoulder length. I had long (at least bra-strap, usually longer) hair till midway through college, and I enjoyed having short (between shoulder- and chin-length) hair during most of grad school, but I've always sort of missed long hair, and somehow when I realized I was getting married last month one of the first things that occurred to me was that I'd like to grow my hair a little longer. So I did. Now I think I'll see how long it can get (with occasional trims to keep it tidy) before I get annoyed with it.

On the family front, my father is the one who brushed and braided my hair as a child -- he used to do his little sisters', and my mother has entirely different-textured hair that she keeps in a short layered no-work cut. I can't stand "crap" in my hair either, and it tends to slip out of sticks, but I can easily do a braid or a jaw-clip.
akashasheiress From: akashasheiress Date: July 5th, 2005 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have thick, wavy (sp?), darkish blonde hair. People seem like it: when I was six, I was in Sardinia with my parents, and not a day passed without perfect strangers coming over to touch my hair and saying ''bella bambina!'' I was very annoyed by it back then.;) I've also suffered through having other girls constantly wanting ''style'' my hair.

Now, however, I actually love my hair. It rarely need any work (except brushing) to look good.

harriet_wimsey From: harriet_wimsey Date: July 6th, 2005 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)
"Over my dead body" is pretty much the way I feel about cutting my hair, too. People are always trying to get me to let them do things to it, cutting it or dyeing it or putting in highlights, and I refuse point-blank. I don't even go to a salon--my mom trims it just enough to keep the split ends at bay, even and straight. Mine's not quite as long as yours, I don't think--it's somewhere on my shoulder blades, not quite the the top of my bra strap, and I no longer want it down to my waist (Mom would never let me grow it that long, because I refused to let her brush it and it tangles horribly), but it's not getting any shorter, either. I don't care if current styles point towards short hair or long hair--I'm defiant enough, actually, for that to make me even more determined. You seem to have struck a chord with this post!
dadaginny From: dadaginny Date: July 6th, 2005 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Kudos to you on your long hair. I get tired of my hair being long and I chop it. I never really do much with my hair, maybe a perm here and there, but no mousse or anything. I have extremely thin, fine hair (like a baby's hair) and it is hard to grow it long as it tangles so much.

My major thing is Dye, as a lot of others here.

Make no mistake, I love my blonde, but it gets to the point to me that it just stops looking right. My eyebrows are dark, and red actually looks more natural on me than my own blonde.

I don't do it because it is in style, I just do it because I like it that way. However, most of my family hates it for some reason (it is all right for my sister to change her hair color, but not me).

I hadn't dyed my hair in a while, however, and I have found that the quality of the products has gone down. My hair is not shiny anymore. I'm going to give it one more try, and after that if it does not look good I am going to let it stay blonde for a while.
redbrunja From: redbrunja Date: July 6th, 2005 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)

hair

I have been letting my hair grow since I was 12. It's now past my waist, and has been for some time. I love it, getting comments on how thick it is, or how long, but I've always known that sooner or later I would cut it and donate it to locks of love or some other charity. (Frankly, talking about it really makes me want to do it. I just graduation HS, and, I dunno, the timing is starting to see right.)

I think hair is really personal, and every woman (and man) should where it the way they like it. I'm always really impressed by the stories I hear about woman who go through chemo and really start to feel empowered and gorgeous with a bald head.
danaedark From: danaedark Date: July 7th, 2005 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)
When I was in high school I spent huge amounts of time fussing with my stick-straight hair (perms, curling irons, hot rollers, pin curls) mostly because that's what my mom wanted me to do. Once I got into college, I cut it completely off (the stylist used a long razor) and I LOVED it! Since then, I've only grown my hair out once and that was for a wedding. I love the way it looked long, but I just hate putting any work into my hair and it's so thick it gave me headaches. I agree with your feelings about not letting other people say what to do with your hair, but I feel that way mainly because I don't like other people telling me what to do *period*. My hair -- eh, it's just hair. I guess because I'm lucky to have fairly thick, healthy hair, I don't much care about it. I let my stylist do whatever she wants to it, as long as it's low maintenance, because I figure if I hate it, I deal with it for a couple of weeks and it'll grow out again. As for length nowadays, if it gets long enough to pull back in an itty bitty ponytail, it's time to get it cut!
missfahrenheit From: missfahrenheit Date: July 7th, 2005 08:23 am (UTC) (Link)
When I was about seven, I read an article about the 1920s in the Young Telegraph and it mentioned lots of fashion and stuff and I decided I wanted a bob. And my hair hasn't really been any longer since then. I cut it myself (I've yet to find a hairdresser who can cope with exactly what I ask them for), and it's all funky-scruffy-flicky-kinky, which all fits with the fact that I'm a very scatty and erratic person.

In September it's going blue. I've wanted it blue for about four years now, and this is the best chance I've got of doing it- previously there would have been trouble with my employers and Sixth form and so on not being happy, but right now there's nothing to stop me.
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