Friday, April 09, 2010

Fashion Imposter

My fearsomely hip hairstylist has done it again. My last cut lasted five months and looked pretty cool (according to others) at each stage as the layers grew longer. Finally, I got too shaggy and headed back to the salon. Hip Stylist and I were pleased with the results, and SwingDaddy says it reminds him of Charlize Theron in Aeon Flux.

I’ve never disliked my hair. It’s heavy, straight and slippery, which makes updos a little challenging, but I learned to manage with lots of pins, rubber bands, and nets. Friends with textured hair (curly, slightly curly, or a little frizzy) could create really great looks for vintage hairstyles, with wisps waving gently at the napes of their necks. My hair never did that, but it didn’t bother me much. I wore it long for years, and I liked the color and smoothness against my skin.

I’ve now learned what my hair is particularly suited for. Dramatic cuts. The thick, dark, and almost entirely uniform color lends itself to showing shapes well. So, at this stage of life, I have a new little vanity. I’m not sure how long I’ll keep my hair short, but it’s kinda fun for now.

(No pictures of me yet, as explained in the footnote of this post.)


Stimey said...

My hair used to be exactly as you describe. Back in the days of perms, it wouldn't even hold perms because it was so straight and slippery. But then I had kids and got old and with every kid and ever year, my hair got curlier and curlier. It upsets me a lot. I really enjoyed the straight hair. Enjoy your dramatic cut!

mayberry said...

I bet it looks great! It's good to be able to work with it instead of against it.

Anonymous said...

I think it's great that you're finding new hair vanity. And I hear you on the updos. My hair isn't heavy, but it is extremely straight. And it really resists any efforts to change that, even temporarily.