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In which I cut off most of my hair

At Vividcon, I couldn't sleep Thursday night at all. A lot of circumstances, but by around 4:30 in the a of m, I sat up and thought, you know, I have my nail scissors, I could cut all my hair off with those. It would take a long time, but... my hair was one of many things driving me batshit, and every time I would push it all back off my neck and head, it would tumble forward again right in front of my nose so I couldn't breathe. Really, if I'd had scissors in the room, I would have hacked it all off that night. I wanted it gone for a while, but planned to get it cut afterwards, and wished fervently then that I hadn't waited.

For three and a half years I've grown it out, hoping to have one last chance at long hair before I have to descend into old lady hair. When it was long before, it was like hair commercial hair -- shiny and uniform length, falling like a long cascade of silky strands. People used to stop me on the street or come over to me on the bus to ask me about my hair. I despise my hair, but I knew it was really shiny and glossy and smooth. The thing is, it's so. thick. It's fine and limp, but so thick that you can't do anything with it. It's stick straight, and when you put it up, it just falls back down. It slides right out of an elastic. Gripper teeth lose their grip on it. Nothing works on it when it's long, either -- no amount of hair spray, creme, gel, mousse, or wax will keep it up for longer than about maybe an hour, if I'm lucky. Even though most stylists thin it, within about two weeks, it's thick again.

So today I went to the salon I've seen the most rave reviews for in Seattle, Vain (well, that has the most raves for a mid-level price). I wanted an edgy cut, something really different and modern. I called and explained my hair and they set up an appt. for me with this guy who's known for edgy cuts. Unfortunately mine did not turn out edgy. I don't know if it was the combination of running late because I have "enough hair for 8 people" and he was already really late due to a schedule snafu, and had someone waiting, or what, but it didn't quite turn out the way I'd hoped. I've seen his cuts in photos, and I know he can do this kind of angled cut, but I think he was just surprised that it turned out to be so much to cut. (Which is something that happens to me a lot. I warn people, but I don't think they ever really understand until they feel it.) It was down to my shoulders, and the last person who trimmed it did a terrible job, so there were uneven layers and such. When he was done, he said next time he wanted to go even shorter in back and more angled, so I think he knows what I'm looking for. Another thing that attracted me to this salon was that they give you a four-week complimentary trim after your cut -- so, you know, free cut, I'm there. He told them that they should always book me for at least 45 min. to an hour because my hair is so thick (just for the cutting part!). So I'll give him a second shot, but might consider someone else next time.

Unless they tell me I just can't really do a piecey style like I wanted. It's way more round and bobbed, less angled, than I'd hoped, and the front pieces are shorter than I wanted -- I wanted to have the bangs much piecier and sort of pokey-outier. It just may be something that my hair will never do. The back is really short, though, so that's good. I wish I could get a picture of the back but I can't seem to direct the camera anywhere toward the back and get an actual picture of my head, I'm so spatially impaired. I tend to get one corner of my head and the rest of the bathroom. Anyway, it's nice to have it off my neck. On the way back to the bus, the wind was kicking up and it felt so nice to have air on my neck and not have that weight on my head. It won't take an hour to dry my hair on highest heat setting, either. There was a pile of hair on their floor that was about the size of a cocker spaniel. I'm terrified of bleaching my hair, so I can't ever have one of the really cool colors I'd like, but I do like my own color for the most part.

Anyways, here's my ugly mug with the new do. You really can't see what it's like, but I'm happy to have it gone, even if it doesn't look like what I'd hoped for.


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Aug. 26th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
The cut and color are gorgeous and you are beautiful! I know it's not what you really wanted but it is a very good cut for your face shape and the thickness of your hair.
Aug. 26th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
I think it's adorable!
Aug. 26th, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
I think it's a lovely cut, and that when they see how the regrowth takes it, they'll be better able to cut it to additional hipness.

Once, when I still had shorter hair, I had a guy decide he was going to razor cut my hair.


I tried to warn him that my hair was thicker than it looked.

I think it took him an hour.

I feel your pain. ;)
Aug. 26th, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)
Maybe not quite what you wanted, but it looks good.
Aug. 26th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
I think it looks *fantastic*! You have such a gorgeous color and gloss to begin with, and I think that cut plays that up like nobody's business. :D

And if you have it adjusted, make sure to let us see again! It's too pretty to keep all to yourself. *g*

Aug. 26th, 2009 04:34 am (UTC)
You really do have the most gorgeous hair! Maybe it's not exactly what you hoped for but it looks good and it sounds like the stylist you went to has some good ideas for the next cut.
Aug. 26th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
I think it looks lovely: your eyes really stand out with this length and color. But I also agree that you'll be able to get it a bit more hip-looking over time.

I'm having the same issue in the opposite direction, as I let my hair grow out. There are a lot of "bleh" stages to go through...
Aug. 26th, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
Hey, dude, that looks fantastic! I always want to cut my hair kinda like that, but then I end up looking like a cocker spaniel in a wind tunnel -- enjoy your straight hair, some of us are cursed in-between (I envy both you AND mlyn!).
Anyway, very flattering: two thumbs up!
Aug. 26th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
I think it looks great!

And wow, your eyes!
Aug. 26th, 2009 05:13 am (UTC)
I've always wanted to go to Vain! I'd feel like I was cheating on Rudy's though! XD

You've got AMAZING hair, and that cut looks good. The next cut, and maybe some product, and it will be brilliant.
Aug. 26th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC)
The haircut looks wonderful and really suits you. I love the colour!
Aug. 26th, 2009 05:54 am (UTC)
I think you look gorgeous!! :D
Aug. 26th, 2009 07:46 am (UTC)
That's a fantastic cut -- very stylish and flattering!

I'm trying to think if I've ever seen you without bangs, but geez, my memory is such crap these days.
Aug. 26th, 2009 10:29 am (UTC)
Nice to see a picture of you! Can I flatter you by saying you look younger than I expected? The haircut looks great (though of course I don't have anything to compare it with!).
Aug. 26th, 2009 10:59 am (UTC)
I've finally realized my hairdresser won't give an edgy cut to anyone over 22 or so. I need to find a different hairdresser.

I hope your next cut is what you'd like. But this does look very nice and highlights your eyes spectacularly.
Aug. 26th, 2009 11:15 am (UTC)
Aw, I feel your pain! I once went from mid-back-length hair to what was *supposed* to be a layered bob. Somehow I got a shag, which aged me about 10 years. It was truly dreadful. The bones of that cut took about 2 years to eradicate.

At least yours is pretty, and not at all old-lady-looking!!

I know you've probably tried these, but I have to ask! There's a product called "pur abundance" from Aveda that's really cool for volumizing. It's a powder that comes in a tiny 0.7 oz bottle, and when you work it into your hair, it turns into a bit of a paste. It's basically very finely milled clay. Works to add volume on my now-fine-and-annoying hair really amazingly well -- the drier it gets, the more volume it creates.

There's also a product for creating a piecy look that's like a whipped cream ("light elements defining whip"), which I think is good. It doesn't seem like your current cut has enough layers to become very piecy, but it might be worth trying.
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)
You look really pretty! And hopefully they'll be able to change it up a bit when you go back.

There was a pile of hair on their floor that was about the size of a cocker spaniel.

Hee! I can so relate. I always warn them how much hair there is, but until I got with my current stylist nobody really believed it.
Aug. 26th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, I quite like it! I think it looks lovely. And that's awesome that they give you a free 4-week trim -- that's a really good call on their part...
Aug. 26th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
You look totally gorgeous!
Aug. 27th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
You look great--the color is so striking!
Aug. 27th, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
I love the cut, you look great with it! And your hair is so gorgeous and shiny. :)
Aug. 27th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, that looks really great! I'm sorry it isn't exactly what you wanted, but maybe the trim will bring that closer.
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