4.30.2008

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

I've been growing my hair for about a year-and-a-half. The last time my hair's touched my shoulders, I was in college.

Today at 3:00, it was well past my shoulders.


And at 3:30, it was not.


I went to the salon, plopped down in the chair, said, "I want to cut eight inches," and sat back to enjoy the ride.

Originally, I'd set out to grow a nice wig for Locks of Love. I began rethinking this right around the time the weather started to change. See, LoL requires ten inches of hair for its wigs; I could maaaaaaaaaybe eke out nine, if I didn't mind getting a Moe.

As it turns out, I DO mind.

Also, for the past week, I have gone to school with wet hair; it just DOES NOT DRY. I mean, it probably could if I committed more than five minutes to the hair dryer, but I need those five minutes to make breakfast iron my clothes sleep.

Several months ago, Hilary Swank let Oprah cut her hair for Pantene. They only require eight inches. I could totally do that!

My better self, who doesn't often get a chance to speak, told me that I could stick it out for another month and get a good, quality nine-and-a-half inches to give to the wig-makers. But my other self, the one who's tired of carrying all this hair around and spending billions of dollars on shampoo and whipping herself in the face with her ponytail--that self refused to wait another second.

I went over to my parents' house to show off my new haircut, and here's how observant my dad is: he didn't even notice until I practically shoved my disenheaded ponytail into his hand. "DAD," I said, "You looked me straight in the face!"

"I know," he replied. Old people, geez.



"It feels ... kinda gross," he said, which is exactly what I said when I picked it up off the counter at the salon. It's very weird, handling hair that's not connected to a head. It just doesn't feel right.

I would like to turn your attention to the thickness of my (former) ponytail.



It was a lot of hair for my neck to be holding up all day, is what I'm saying.

And now it's gone. Am I sad?



No way!

6 comments:

Marsha said...

The new 'do looks great! And thanks for letting us know about Pantene's eight-inch requirement. I'll keep that in mind for the next time I have long hair and am looking for a drastic change.

Joon bug said...

I like it, I like it! It makes your face look thin. (I'm sure that's what mom said, huh?)Also, thanks for telling me you were getting a haircut today. FURTHERMORE, thanks for showing US! Why does dad get the special treatment? ALSO, you didn't comment on E's video.

Mei said...

Thanks, Marsha! I think eight inches is a much easier goal to work towards; I might have to do it again ... some day.

Joon, Mom hasn't seen it yet, and Dad was on my way home anyway. P.S. Just to keep you in the loop, I'm getting a tattoo next week, so don't say you didn't know.

Cindy Swanson said...

I love it, Mei! And it's nice to see what you look like. :)

Anonymous said...

I love your haircut! I'll bet you lost 10 pounds, too! I'm jealous!
Your uncle Ron says he likes it, too and says hi.

Love, Mom

J said...

you look great, love the new style!

 

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