2009 15/03

What reflects femininity?

On Saturday I got my hair cut. I usually go into my haircuts with no idea what I want. I leave my hair-fate in the hands of my stylist. And she rarely disappoints me. She likes to push me with my style and color. She likes to see me do different things. And I like this. I lived with long boring hair for the majority of my life. I like to try different things with my hair.

And then Saturday happened. My stylist suggested doing something asymmetrical with my hair. I said sure and she started snipping. I was busy watching my daughter get her hair cut for the first time so I wasn’t paying attention to my own or looking in the mirror. Next thing I knew, my hair was short. Really short. Shorter than I’ve ever gone. Shorter than I ever wanted. After some tweaking and adjusting, she finally got my hair into a style that I could live with. At least until it grows out a bit.

It’s not a horrible cut. And I’m sure it would look great on someone else. But it’s just not me. I’m not sure if it’s the cut itself or if it’s how short it is but it’s just not me. I told my stylist I would see how it went for the next few days, styling it on my own and all. But it’s day number two and I could still cry each time I catch a glimpse in the mirror. Real tears.

I think it all boils down to the fact that short hair, really short hair, makes me feel less feminine. Now, I know lots of women who have short hair or once had short hair and it looks fabulous on them. I see really short styles and love them. They look so fun and cute. But I guess you could say the grass is greener on the other side when it comes to short hair.

So I sit here, with my short short hair, wondering what I could do to make myself look, and in turn feel, more feminine. More girly. Obviously it is going to take some time for my hair to grow out, which is another blog topic on the painful process of growing out your hair, so in the mean time I guess I put some lip gloss on or throw on some earrings. I don’t know. I do know that life could be worse so I guess I should quit complaining about my stupid hair.

I guess what it really comes down to is that this was something I had not expected. It kind of reminds me of when you see makeovers on shows. For instance, have you seen America’s Next Top Model? The would-be models always get made over and sometimes they go from having long flowing hair to short short hair. Most of the time they cry. I just caught an episode the other night where this happened and the girl talked about how she just didn’t feel very feminine now. I get it. I completely understand what she is talking about. I get it. And, unless you’ve been there, you won’t get it. You’ll roll your eyes and think it’s silly. But I get it.

What reflects femininity to you?

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