I cut off ten inches of my hair last week. It had gotten so long out of neglect more than anything and the ends were ratty and thin, plus I was wanting something more lightweight for the summer. I am not well-versed in the art of the self-portrait so please excuse my awkward attempt at modeling.
If my hairdresser, Mallory, is reading this post she is probably horrified–horrified!–because I did not follow her explicit instructions to use a 1.25″ curling iron to create smooth waves after it was dry. I went to Sally’s and had every intention of buying one but just couldn’t bring myself to spend $25 when what I really want to do is embrace the natural texture of my hair. I bought some velcro rollers instead to use when I’m feeling fancy, but I think I bought a size that’s too big because they mostly just make it poofy. I have been applying the product she recommended (phomollient styling foam) but I wish I knew of something that would do a better job of preventing frizz (without any actual effort from me. I’d rather have frizz than spend more time messing with my hair).
My hair routine is basically to wash it only once or twice a week, blow-drying my bangs and letting the rest air dry. I use dry shampoo as needed between washes. I only put on makeup if I’m going someplace.
I have a pretty strong cowlick (can’t believe that’s actually the proper term for it) near the front of my head and for the longest time thought I couldn’t have bangs. But circa 2008 or so my regular hairdresser was booked so I saw Mallory and she said she could make bangs work for me. Total lifechanger! Six years later I still love my bangs and am fiercely loyal to Mallory. Those bangs are the only reason I own a blow dryer at all–they must be blown dry to lie down.
I’ve always admired girls who can pull off a short bob or pixie cut. I don’t think I have the bone structure for it but they are adorable and the lack of fuss appeals to me. And so cool in the summer! I don’t think I’ll be going shorter than my shoulders anytime soon but a girl can dream.