A change of fortune

Sunday, March 06, 2011


My mom told me a few years ago that cutting your hair will turn your fortune around.  I don’t know if this is true or not, but I did trim my hair several times within a 3-month period and that period turned out to be very rollercoastery. 

When I was younger, I l-o-v-e-d getting haircuts.  I had the blunt bangs when I was a wee one, then had a plain Jane hairstyle until I was 12.  Just a week or so before I started junior high school, I chopped my long hair off into a bob.  Later, I would look back at that cut regretfully. 

I got side bangs when Britney Spears came onto the scene.  I threw a fit during the car ride home when a hairstylist gave me “the Rachel” years after it had gone out of style.  I chopped my hair off to just-above-shoulder length just after September 11th.  (Best haircut ever?)  I took a family friend’s recommendation and was berated by a hair stylist before I was made to look like a Japanese male rock star.  I cut my own bangs after I went away for college. 

And then I really did cry when I gave a stylist full control and she gave me a plain shoulder-length haircut. It was the week of graduation and I had so many pent-up emotions about letting go and moving forward that, in the end, another element of change was just too much to bear. 

I still love the idea of getting my hair cut, but it’s apparent that the older I’ve become, the harder it has become for me to adapt to what comes after the hair cutting experience and to live with the result. 

A couple of falls ago, I let myself get a bob (still can’t believe I did it) and it didn’t look half bad.  But being the practical girl I am, I couldn’t stand not being able to tie my hair up.  I haven’t significantly changed my hair since and I’m ready for something sleeker.

I’m also looking for a change of fortune.

As with the state of my room, sometimes I feel the state of my hair reflects how I am feeling inside.  And right now, that is raggedy, parched, tired, stubborn, dull and most times ambiguously-shaped. 

If I could have any type of hairstyle, regardless of the shape of my face or the texture of my hair, I'd choose Jane Birkin's.  The blunt bangs and hippie hair give me the impression of the person who I want to be: carefree, youthful, maybe a little forward-thinking.  

Alas, I've been told my forehead is too short and my hair too thick to handle a straight-across cut as hers.

And I've been enamored of Audrina Patridge's hair pretty much since the day she first appeared on The Hills.  She has much finer hair than I, but maybe I can work something out.  Long layers are optimal in my case anyway.

I'm excited now, but we'll see how it is to be on the other side of the haircut!

    


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