Thursday, April 17, 2008

Hankering for a Haircut

About two years ago I got a haircut I didn’t like. You see I usually get my hair cut on a whim – the feeling is strongest whenever I have to deal with split ends or have too many consecutive bad hair days. Sometimes I want to just wash my hair and go, instead of having to blow dry and style it. As soon as I get this feeling I schedule an appointment with my stylist and feverishly go through as many magazines as I can two to three days prior to my appointment to decide on a style. If I’ve learned anything from these sudden urges to get my haircut, it’s this: I regret the decision the next day, after I remember that short hair requires more blow drying and styling than long hair, which is what I wanted to avoid in the first place. After getting this haircut two years ago, which made me look like Florence Henderson circa 1972, I vowed to grow my hair out and make it stay that way for a while:

Yep that's me on the far left ,with the shag cut that took forever to grow out. In the middle is my cousin Gigi and on the far right my lovely mom.

Now my hair is the longest it’s ever been, and so far I love it:

This length is perfect for workouts because I can easily pull it back. It is also good for my morning routine because I only have to style it every other day. What’s more I can put it up in a ponytail when it becomes unmanageable or when I don’t feel like doing anything to it. So why do I get an urge, every once in a while, of visiting my stylist armed with pictures of Posh Spice or Ellen Barkin from Ocean's 13:

Rene thinks that I should get a haircut once I’ve become a bad-ass runner. One of my goals is to run a 5K under 20 minutes (around 19:45) so I was thinking about getting my hair cut then. The thing is, well, I have no idea when that will happen – it could be towards the end of summer or it could be next year or it could be never – who knows? What do you think - should I cut my hair this summer or when I reach my 5K goal? Or should I keep my hair the way it is now?

Let me know what YOU think by placing your vote on my handy dandy new poll!


Camels & Chocolate said...

Summer! My friend Holly also took a pic of Ellen Barkin in to her hairdresser, and it turned out adorable!

And I'm the same, I RARELY get my haircut. Going in for the annual event next week, and I guarantee you it will come out 1/8 of an inch shorter. Hey, it works for Gwyneth Paltrow...

Camels & Chocolate said...

P.S. If you make it under the 20-minute mark, I will be EXTREMELY impressed. Not because I think you can't do it, but because that's difficult for anyone over the age of 12, I feel. Remember when you were 12 and running the mile in PE every year and the really, really, super-fast kids only made it in 6:50? Yeah, I feel that's when we all peaked. I recently ran an 11-miler and my fastest pace was a 7:51, and that was at mile 10 so I was happy about that.

P.P.S. Just realized I owe you a return e-mail! So! Behind!