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Stuck or Sure of My Style? What Does Your Hair Say About You?
Today I got to hit the salon to get my hair cut and colored. I’m a little spoiled when it comes to that, since my sister is a hairstylist – and a great one at that. Of course, I didn’t wait until she was fully licensed and gainfully employed to start using her as my stylist. Pretty much since she hit the start of her teen years, she’s been the one to do my hair.
When we were younger we’d head to the beauty supply store, pick up bottles of developer and buckets of bleach, tubes of color, gloves and foils. Then we’d pick up pizza, ice cream, and candy for nights of hair experimentation and 80's movies. I’ve gone through a range of colors, from something resembling my natural, childhood blonde to red, brown, and even a little blue. I’ve had pixie cuts, chin-length bobs, and long layers.
I’m not overly attached to any one style or color, although no matter what I try out I always seem to make my way back to the same basic style. Shoulder length, sideswept, and blonde. It was the style that showed up in my senior pictures, plus most of the years before that (except for the early grade school years, when I was rocking some serious, straight bangs). And once I took down the curled and sprayed updo that I sported for my wedding, it was the same style I was wearing when I said “I do”. It’s the style that I was wearing when I gave birth – both times.
So, for all of my experimentation, it seems I can’t get away from my usual. In all honesty, when your hair is so straight that even hours with the curling iron and a bottle of hairspray won’t keep it curly, there aren’t all that many options (I try to erase the memory of my truly terrible 5th grade perm – it was shockingly awful). I feel like myself whether my hair is pixie cut in platinum blonde or brushing my shoulders in dark brown. But I can’t seem to stop myself from moving back to the same old style.
I'm envious of my sister. She can make her hair look great every day. She adds extensions, colors, and curls. She is a blow drying genius. She always looks great. I always look great when she does my hair, but I haven't figured out how to make her come over every morning and style mine, so I just try to maintain what she does when I get to the salon. In the meatime, she usually looks like a model and I usually just look like me. Unfortunately our nights of hair experimentation and junk food have given way to jobs and kids. Now our hair parties involve four little ones and raisins to bribe those who aren't so excited about a new hair style.
So, depending on how I look at it, I'm totally boring and predictable, or just sure about who I am and what I like. How about you? Is your hair a constantly changing part of your style, or do you favor the same basic look? What does your hair say about you?
Sara McTigue is a secret agent, cupcake chef, award winning author, photographer, and PTA mom. At least, that is how things look in her mind. When she isn’t testing the bounds of her imagination, she is a mom to three amazing and hilariously funny children, wife to...Read More