Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Gimme a head with hair, long beautiful hair
Shining, gleaming, steaming, flaxen, waxen
Give me down to there, hair!
Shoulder length, longer (hair!)
Here baby, there mama, Everywhere daddy daddy

Hair! (hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair)
Flow it, Show it;
Long as God can grow it, My Hair!

I want it long, straight, curly, fuzzy
Snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty
Oily, greasy, fleecy, shining
Gleaming, steaming, flaxen, waxen
Knotted, polka-dotted; Twisted, beaded, braided
Powdered, flowered, and confettied
Bangled, tangled, spangled and spaghettied!
Lyrics from Hair--the Musical
The photo above was me two years ago.
 Then I decided to donate hair for cancer victims wigs.
I also felt that my hair was a bit long for a modern look. 
I had never cut my hair before in my life. My hair had always been long.
In trying to make sure I met the 8" donation quota for Pantene Beautiful Lengths, the hairdresser cut off 14"! It was OK though.-- It was for a really good cause.
I loved my new haircut. It required more work and attention than I'd ever given my hair before.
But it was a fun length.

Last year I took off about 4 inches and put in a lot more layers. It had the tendency to look a bit more messy but I liked the curly look it got when it dried naturally with just a bit of product in it.

I know I need to take off at least three or four more inches because the ends are dry. I'm wondering if I should do more than that? In the picture below you can see a pretty typical hairstyle for me. The only thing I've done is pull it back with a clip. The wave (and frizz) is natural.

Any hairstyle I get has to be pretty low maintenance given my lack of resources when in the village. On the flip side I don't want to look like I live in a village. I want to be look young and modern and stylish. Any ideas?


  1. I like it either way. I am a long hair person myself, but I love the feel when it first gets cut and starts growing in.

  2. Decisions, decisions....wishing you good luck and a good haircut.

    I stay undecided about my own hair, so I am no help.;-)

  3. I did hair for 15yrs plus...I think the chin length bob with a few layers, and cut short and tight at the neck line;)

  4. WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!

    I don't have any idea how you found my blog, but I'm so glad you did! I've spent the last three hours browsing all of your blog and being completely overwhelmed at the glorious work you all are doing. Truly amazing. It makes my heart smile.

    I honestly cannot wait to read more....

  5. You do NOT look like you live in a village!

    As a former teenager of the 80's, keep it simple, sister. My ways is to keep it clean and out of my face. When it gets mangy, I get a trim. Sometimes I add layers but I still have to be able to do it in under 5 minutes (minus shower and dry).

    No perms. No hairspray. Okay, maybe a little hairspray. No ratting.


  6. Yes, a cut would be good. I thought that cut with layers looked good on you....

  7. Good luck finding a hairstylist who is brave. I liked your hair after it was cut for wigs. I agree a low-maintenance hair style is the way to go.


  8. I have long hair as well. A couple years back I cut off 16 inches and it was still below my shoulders. I haven't cut it since. I am absolutely no help to you! I was just thinking these same thoughts the other day... Being 40 (for-tay!), I wonder if it's time to cut it...
    Then I put it in my old lady bun and go about my day. Can't wait to see what you decide!

  9. Do you use shampoo? I find my hair is so much easier to handle with just baking soda and vinegar rinses, and I imagine those would be easier to get ahold of.


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