15 November 2007

Hair today, gone tomorrow

"Give me a head with hair, long beautiful hair.
Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen.
Give me down to there hair, shoulder length or longer
Here baby, there, momma, ev'rywhere, daddy, daddy.
hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair.
Flow it, show it, long as God can grow it, my hair."
--James Rado and Gerome Ragni

I have always wanted and liked long hair. When I was about 6 years old, I had hair down to my waist -- beautiful blondish ringlets. I guess I cried too much when it was combed because one day, Mom marched me down to the beauty shop and it all got cut off.

Ever since then, I've been trying to grow it out long again. Which is really pitiful, because I get headaches from the weight of all that hair. And, really, it's not that flattering. So I called up my stylist and said "Let's cut it off." Now I have this earworm.


  1. Hehehehe -- I can totally sympathize. I've had the same fascination with long hair. Stems from my mother getting my hair cut when I was a kid -- I thought a trim meant they took off 2-3 inches! (and we won't mention the trauma of my friend's uncle asking her who the little boy (me) was she was playing with). Then again -- it's easier to deal with when it's short.

  2. My mother did the exact same thing at about the same age with my curly, long hair. I had short hair after that (though periodically trying to "grow it out") until I was over 30. Now it's long, past my shoulder blades, and I'm living my long hair dreams. I think of cutting it every now and again, but I'm too chicken!

  3. Moms were different back then (?) - mine did the same thing to me! She whacked mine after I hit a car on my bike while admiring my freshly curled long long hair!!

  4. I think that all mother have done like your.

    now my hair are medium.......

    ciao ciao

  5. Ditto! I looked just like my four brothers in our family photos. What was my mother thinking? No clue, really. I think she just plopped a bowl on our heads and chopped around it! Fast and easy. Would you guess that I have long hair now? I do and I like it! I must have been traumatized...I never made my girls cut their hair off.

  6. I too had very long hair. It got tangled up around me at night, so I braided it. I have shoulder length hair now, much better.

    When I was little, it was very long, always in ringlets. I kicked and fussed about all those curlers every night, so after I went to bed, my Mom would put them in anyway!! I must have been a sound sleeper.

    Yours looks good now!!

  7. I feel the same way about my hair. I get it cut to my shoulders too, then let it grow out again, and repeat the same process. I don't remember any traumatic hair stories from my childhood though, not any that involved my Mom.

  8. I'm sorry for your loss. It will grow back, it does look really shiny and healthy!!

  9. I haven't had long hair in so long! It gets to my ears and gets fuzzy. By the time it is almost to my chin I have an official mop on my head. I give! I keep it short and curly!!!

  10. Oh there you are Paula...I didn't recognize you with the short hair :)
    Your blog used to be right after mine in the Stashbusters ring and it took me until today to find you again!
    I know your son will LOVE his new black and white quilt!

  11. Ever since I chopped my long hair off in Jr. High - I'd been trying to grow it back . . . finally I got the idea to grow it for 'Locks of Love' and that got me over the hump. Once it was long - HATED it. It was heavy, limp and all I ever did was put in a pony tail. A nice little longer than chin length bob is where I plan to stay *s*

  12. Maria4:34 AM

    My son is growing his hair now and it is quite long but you can still see that he´s a boy! But, in school he has a friend who is really girly but doesn´t seem to care. According to my son he was teased in the beginning but he seemed not to care. That´s amazingly strong because we all know about group preasure.
    The other day, I saw this boy in school when picking up my son and I could hardly believe my eyes! I haven´t seen him for a long time now and he was not recognizable! The most beautiful long and curly hair you can emagine! Not only that it was extremely long (all the way passing his bum!), it was so girly! A fantastic cascade of blond wavy hair embedded him and on top of that, he wore a girl´s coat! Yes, he was very sweet and he seemed all happy about it! The girls around him cued to comb his hair - I guess they envied him!
    But, as I said, very, very brave of him to withstand all the looks from others just to be himself!