Yesterday a Twitter conversation with Courtney got me to thinking about haircuts, and the fact that I’ve had many, many, MANY bad ones. The most recent was in 2006. I walked in to my nearby quick and cheap place and the gal I usually used wasn’t there! She’d actually left town! Oh noes!! So, after an internal debate, I decided to try the new girl. Oh what a mistake that was.
I sat in the chair and asked for a fairly simple cut – chin length bob, no layers, nothing fancy. I walked OUT of the salon with this ultra short, layered monstrosity. And when I say ultra short, I need you to understand that if you picked up hairs from the center crown top of my head, that grouping of hair was about 1 inch long. The entire cut ended by just covering the tops of my ears. And did I mention it was severely layered? I was kind of horrified. And stunned. But, you know, what are you going to do when it’s that short? Aside from shave it all, not a damn thing. So… I just let it go, found cute little barrettes for when it started to get longer as I let it grew out, and worked with it.
It took till just about the time I moved in 2007 (that would be July) till the layers were long enough to go to another place to get a real haircut. That top layer just took forever to grow since it was nearly eradicated from my head.
This leads me to recent times – just last week in fact – when I started to notice that I’ve got a bunch of grey. I’ve had grey for a few years now, but it’s coming in more now – I blame my old job. And my husband. Anyway, my concern is this: my mother and her mother were TOTALLY grey by the age of 30. I’ve passed that milestone gracefully (in the hair color respect, not in other respects) but I’m now wondering if I want to take a pre-emptive strike on the greys.
To add insult to injury, when I got my pre-interview haircut last week, the stylist lady tactfully mentioned highlights to cover the grey. This is something my husband has been teasing me about for years. So I’ve been considering it awhile and am torn on whether or not I want to commit to that kind of maintenance.
If I do it, I’ll go with a redder color – I actually have a fair amount of red in my hair naturally and it really comes out when I spend time in the sun. But I have this irrational fear – what if I end up with, say, pink hair? Or it falls out? I know, I’m lame.
So I have a 2 part participation survey:
1. What’s the worst hair cut you’ve ever had?
2. Do you color/highlight? How obnoxious is the maintenance?