Hair: Another Obsession

As any of you who read my blog already know – I am obsessed with my body.  How bad it is. How flabby.  How wrinkled and aging.  Lest you think that makes me one-dimensional, shallow, know that  what I haven’t written about so much is my nearly equal obsession with my hair.

When I was young(er), I hated my curls, I wanted them GONE.  I used an actual iron in the the basement of my childhood home to damage straighten them out.

By college, I had learned to embrace the curl.  Besides, it was the 80’s and big hair was in. Mine was big.

I stayed curly for a while. It’s interesting about curly hair, women (all of whom have perfectly straight, silky, shiny hair) will tell you how great your hair is.  Men.  Not so much. Still, I grew to accept and even like my curly do.  Just in time for it to go away.

When I was pregnant with my twins, my hair straightened out.  But did it become straight?  No!  of course not.  It just got wavy/frizzy.  The kind of hair that, if you have a stylist following you around all day could look wild and tousled and sexy, but if you don’t — if you’re me that is, you just look like you’ve been mildly electrocuted.

I fought it again.  Not straight.  Not wavy. Big bummer.

Then I discovered Deva Salon and products.  Back to embracing the curl.  I liked my Sarah Jessica locks. It was working for me.

That’s why, last week, I decided to cut it all off.

I don’t know what I was thinking.  It’s gone baby gone. Mid-neck length. I don’t dislike it.  It’s just weird.  Thank goodness it’s hair, and it will grow back.  Then I can start the struggle all over again!


  1. says

    You are my hair NEMESIS!

    I have had straight, I mean limp, not a bit of body to be found, hair since birth.
    Oh, except for the 80’s. Then I had curly Sheena Easton style hair.
    Prince Purple Rain kind of hair. That was after the Farrah Fawcett Charlie’s Angels hair, which of course, I never got quite right because, that’s right, no body to hold the curls from the curling iron. Even after a bottle of aqua net.

    I, too, now have shorter hair. It’s easier with it straight and I get a razor cut so I have some texture to make me think there is some body there. And the root booster that I use. That helps too.

    I still envy anyone with curls or natural body in their hair. You will never look like a drowned rat with limp hair. Be glad, be very glad. It’s not a good look, believe me!

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