I have curly hair. That is not a complaint, just a statement. I rather like my curly hair, actually. That's not true -- I love my curly hair. It seems like women are not supposed to say that, but I do. My hair has character and zest -- I have a curly-haired personality and my hair suits me. I've never wanted to straighten it because I like it for what it is, and also because my long narrow face benefits from the volume around it.
My hair reached its maximum length in my late 20's, when I was living in New York and too lazy/broke to get it cut regularly. There was a point at which it reached almost to my waist.
There was even a point when I lived in the city that I got braids:
Honestly, I loved this. It took forever, it hurt like hell getting them done, and taking them out was a nightmare that nearly cost me my best friend's love, but it looked soooooo cool. Trouble was, it wasn't cool -- I had it done in summer and there was probably more artificial hair in there than real and it was hot. Also, while my hair is curly and there's a lot of it, it's also quite fine, so it didn't hang onto the braids for very long -- they started sliding out after 3 or 4 weeks. I actually left one floating in a swimming pool in the Hamptons, if you can believe that. It was like a scene from a BiIl Murray movie.
My stylist has actually backed me off it for a while now -- I'd go in & say, "Whack it all off!" and she'd talk me down. But Tuesday I went in & stood my ground and whack she did.
A couple dozen people who know me saw me yesterday post-haircut and only a few of them even mentioned it, which worries me a little. Not that I live for the approval of others, but it seems like it was a pretty dramatic change and I'm afraid that people don't have something nice to say and so they're not saying anything at all. I may want to get the sides thinned down a little to make it rounder & less wedge-y, but I'll have to give it a couple more days to be sure. My weird curly hair suffers from CHSS -- Curly Haircut Shock Syndrome. Do any other curly girls experience this? The way my hair looks immediately following a haircut is not necessarily the way it's going to actually look -- it's like it goes into shock for a couple of days after it gets cut, and I have to wait for it to sort of settle into its final form.
Anyhoodle, as Plumcake says, I'm wanting y'all's opinions. Don't worry about hurting my feelings. I don't think it's a BAD haircut, and my stylist is very cool about me calling up & asking for revisions. Also, my hair grows like Jack's beanstalk, so if I decide I don't like the short all I have to do is wait for a few months and that problem will solve itself.
So whaddya think about my new hair? I'm shooting for chic or (or charmingly gamine at the very least -- or am I too old to be gamine?) but I'm worried I've missed the mark. Let me know what you think!