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What a Difference a Hair Cut Makes!

by Pennie on March 21, 2013

I grew up in the sixties and seventies when everyone had long hair.  Gals and guys.  Everybody.  Then after a while that faded away and people started to sheer their flowing locks.  Guys first of course, especially those who joined the military.  And then those who started getting “real” jobs, ones where you wore a suit or at least a tie.  The culture changed and so did we.

Women still had longer hair but it was styled, not just hanging down straight to your butt!  The first big change I remember was Twiggy, with her pixy haircut!  It was a shocker and very few women followed.  It was too dramatic a change for us.  

But then eventually, along came Farrah Fawcett.  And women (and men) went a little crazy.  I would say about 80 percent of the women I knew had some version of that cut.

My hair would never flip back that way, so I went with a version of the Dorothy Hamill.

I had it for many years, off and on.  But you know, “them young girls they do get wearied”.  So I just grew my hair out again. And for the most part kept a chin length bob or a shoulder length kind of flip.  I’ve had it long for a pretty good while.  Years, really.  And I realized I was pulling it back into a pony tail…ALL – THE – TIME.

I have 2 cardinal rules that govern my fashion outlook:

  1. Just because it fits, doesn’t mean you should wear it.
  2. If you pull your long hair back all the time, you might as well cut it off and be done with it.

So you can see where my head was.  And I wanted short hair, but really short hair.  But I don’t really have the face for it.  My last 2 stylists wouldn’t cut it as short as I wanted because it “wouldn’t be flattering” for me.  In other words, “lady, your face is too fat”!  I bowed to their superior knowledge and left it long.

But with everything going on, I needed a change.  I went on the internet (my favorite place for information) searched for stylists and found one who had multiple, good reviews.  I called and spoke to her, told her my  wants and my “issues” and she thought she could find something that would work.

When I got there for my appointment, we spent some time looking at short style books.  I showed her photos of a couple of cuts I really liked and we agreed on a look and the cutting began.  Eventually there was way more of my hair on the floor than on my head, yet it didn’t feel weird or strange at all.  It felt really good and comfortable and unexpectedly flattering.

And EVERYBODY loves it.  I have had more compliments in the last 2 weeks than I think I’ve had in the last 10 years.  It frames my face really well, makes me look younger, makes me look sassy.  It makes me feel good!  Now if I were a brave soul I’d post a before and after picture, but I’m not that brave.  But here is the cut that inspired mine, Alicia Quarles:

Lesson for the Day: Be Brave – Do something you’ve been holding back on, because it just may turn out wonderfully!


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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosemary ford March 21, 2013 at 6:09 pm

I am ready for a change too had the same style far to long going to take the plunge this spring .Haircut and color

2 April Briggs March 21, 2013 at 9:50 pm

I have done many things with my hair. Yep, did the Dorothy Hamill thing, when I was a teenager. Once, I had it cut so it was about an inch long all the way around. I’ve done the Pixie many times. I even had a tail about two years ago & that lasted for about four years. And of course, I have loved my hair long. Right now, I am letting it grow back long as I miss it but I also miss my tail. Sadly, it seems to be taking it way too long to grow back. But then maybe not. I used to get it cut off every six or seven years but this last time, I only went three years. I will stop babbling now.
Congrats on getting a cut you love.

3 Kellie March 22, 2013 at 11:58 pm

I totally agree with your rule #2. I kept pulling my hair back all the time, so I went shorter as well. But now it’s going funky on me and I want to go even shorter on the sides and back. I just have to be brave enough to go for it.

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