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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I was in a large salon in Phoenix this past week. I can't remember the last time I was in a place like that. There were at least 15 people doing hair and nails. My hairdresser is in a smaller place and she was on her own before that so it was rather alien to me. LOL Anyway, Kara was getting her hair cut and I was people watching. I realized that we all want our hairstyle to say something about us. There was a girl with hair dyed purple and cut in a really stark way. She sported huge tatoos on her arms and body piercings everywhere. Her hair continued to proclaim that she was her own person and would rather shock someone than cause admiration.

Then there was the girl with the super hip cut. I actually admired it and realized she was saying that she was on the cutting edge of fashion. There was the older woman who had her hair cut short. It told me she didn't want to bother with any frou frou stuff if she didn't have to.

I decided my hair was saying I wanted to look a little younger and like I might actually have some style. LOL What do you want your haircut to say?
Colleen Coble  
posted at 11:59 AM  
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At 12:28 PM, Blogger Tiff (Amber Miller) Stockton said...

Hmm, I'd say I want it to show my fun and carefree approach to life, demonstrate that I embrace my partial youth LOL!, but also say I'm a professional and might just say something brilliant at any moment.

At 12:29 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

That's what I want to say! LOL

At 3:11 PM, Blogger Megan DiMaria said...

Well, that's a loaded question, Colleen.

I've actually changed the way I style my hair (a bit) in the past few weeks. It's still about down to my shoulders, but now it's got a flippy thing going on in the back.

I hope my hair says I'm contemporary, still very involved with life and still looking forward to the future.

Wow. That's a lot for hair to say, isn't it? LOL Whatever.

A prisoner of hope,

At 6:23 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I don't want it to say self made mullet, but my hairdresser says I have two haircuts to go before it grows out : )

At 6:54 PM, Blogger Deborah Raney said...

Well, my hair's not talking. Or at least it won't say what I want it to say. I think what it says instead is that I'm tired of trying to make it something it's not and never has been, with perms and hot rollers and curling irons. I want curly hair, darn it, but I've finally reconciled with the fact that my hair is stick straight, baby fine and not as blond as it used to be. I have the best cut possible if ya gotta live with stick straight and baby fine. And I get the help I need for the blond part. ; )

Even so, can you believe it takes ELEVEN items to do my hair every morning?? That's just ridiculous! Here's the countdown in order of use: shampoo (EVERY day), conditioner, detangling comb, hair dryer, round brush, regular brush, curling iron (just for the bangs), teasing comb, hairspray, smoothing comb, finishing spray. All that to look "natural." LOL!

At 6:55 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Deb, I'm shocked! I would have guessed a blowdryer and a curling iron for the bangs. Your hair always looks perfect and I thought it came that way naturally. LOL

At 7:49 PM, Blogger Gracie said...

On a good day, my hair says I'm carefree, flowing, and a bit bouncy. On a bad day... it screams that I ran out of conditioner, and this frizz is the result.

What I find funny is that curly haired people want straight hair, and straight haired people want curls. But no one wants wavy hair. Guess what I got? LOL. The waves are nice, when you can actually see them beyond the frizz and "volume" that comes with it. ; )

At 10:00 PM, Blogger Krista Phillips said...

Oh my goodness.

My hair says different things about me. Some days, when I throw it up in a pony-tail and just truly don't care, it says just that. "She's a mom and could give a hoot about her hair, cause other things are more important." (that is about every other day)

On the off-days, I go into work with my hair wet. I rarely blow dry it (it takes time... which I don't have much off) I get in almost an hour before anyone important enough for me to care (aka my boss) so it drys by then. LOL. Then it just... lays there. Thankfully I have very healthy hair (aka I don't blow dry it...) so even though I do NOTHING too it, I'll get 'wow, you have such great hair'. They are complementing the HAIR though, not the style. LOL

I have it long at the moment because I am trying to be a Biblical wife. (aka, my husband likes it long...) I liked it shorter, it was even easier to do, but this way I can throw it in a pony tail and it doesn't look quite so bad, LOL.

As you might can tell, I don't have a lot of patience for my hair!!

Deb, my daughter has that hair too! It is thin and straight and blond as can be! (which is wierd because my husband and I are both brunettes..)

At 10:17 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

Most of my life my hair has said "this hairstyle worked for me when I was four, and I'm not giving up on it yet." Long curly hair and bangs, which is not flattering on me anymore.

Recently though, I decided that even though a haircut for $7 does come guilt-free, the "ugly days" that come with are not worth the frugality. I started going to a place where the haircut alone costs $40 and that doesn't include the highlights I decided I needed as well. My excuse: I work full time and have no children to deprive, only a low self-image to combat, so the expensive haircut is actually not so unwise. I think my mother hyperventilated when I finally confessed how much my haircut cost. She has been known to self-inflict bad haircuts to save money.

But hopefully, now my short and flipped out hair-style says I'm stylish in a classic sort-of way.

Oh, and I do have to be grateful for an uncomplaining husband. Though he is cheap, he admits the lack of whining about my hair is worth the extra cash, so long as we can afford it. And he loves when I change up my look. I've surprised him with short hair, red hair, etc, and he just grins and says "cool." He doesn't like us to "get in a rut" as he puts it. Consequently, we also rearrange furniture as often as I'll let him. Yes I know. We live such a wild life.

At 10:30 PM, Blogger Ausjenny said...

Deb I have the same problem fine, thin, and straight. I always wanted it longer but it wont grow long.
mine says carefree and cant be bothered with extras.
I dont even own a blowdryer etc.

At 9:14 AM, Blogger Kay Day said...

I want my hair to say "fun". And I usually like for it to be different from everyone else's. Nothing strange, just different.
But right now I am trying to grow it out and I don't even want to think about what it is saying!

I think my next style will be something more common. Just a regular bob, probably. My family likes it long and it's a little harder to go "different" with longer hair - I usually do something fun with the color when it's longer. But not purple - yet.

At 9:19 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

My husband likes long hair too but I'm too old for long hair anymore! LOL

Megan, I've got a flippy thing going on too. We HOPE it makes us seem younger and more hip. You girls with frizz, I deal with that too. Sigh. When summer comes to Indiana and brings that darned humidity, I'm always struggling. Gracie is right--I always wanted straight. LOL Then I could be like Jenny and not own a hairdryer!

Sarah, a good hairdresser is worth any price! I travel to Ft Wayne and pay $30 which is a lot around here but she is so worth it!

At 9:27 AM, Blogger Kay Day said...

Colleen, when I say long, I mean about the length of yours. Not sure if that's what my hubby considers "long" but it's long enough for me.

At 9:28 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Kay, my hubby would say mine is short! LOL

At 9:55 AM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

I love this conversation and I, too, am shocked at how much trouble Deb's hair causes her!

At the moment I think my hair says, "I'm here. Now what?!"

More than the hair on my head, I'm concerned about hair growing where I do not want it to.

And remember when women used to wear wigs for fashion? Only Dolly Parton and Cher do that now.

I would love to have wavy extensions and deep auburn color, but my husband likes it just the way it is--blonde and poofed, when I use hot rollers. Eee. Fun topic, Colleen, and neat observations.

At 10:04 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I had a wig when I was about 16, Crystal. I had long hair at the time and the wig was super short. It was fun to wear to school and shock everyone into thinking I'd cut it. LOL

At 10:46 AM, Blogger undoubtably_me said...

How do you fit all that long hair under a short wig? I've been tempted to buy a blue wig and wear it to the in-laws, who sometimes don't get my crazy humour. :)

At 10:47 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

That wig just flattens it all down somehow. It's got a tight netting and you just cram it up in there. LOL

At 10:53 AM, Blogger Tiff (Amber Miller) Stockton said...

I'm another in the camp of 'shock' about how much it takes for Deb to look natural. I also have fine hair, but it's not thin or straight. Not curly either. Just soft waves.

The frizz occurs when I don't apply the leave-in conditioner. But I have long hair, near the middle of my back, and it works for me. Layers can help make it appear shoulder-length when viewing face-on, so I can get the best of both worlds.

Hubby loves the longer hair, and I don't have the face for short hair, so we both win. :)

Oh yes, and it's also red (or strawberry blonde as I call it), so a lot of women want what I have. When I get asked what color I use, I tell them "God 77." :)

At 10:54 AM, Blogger undoubtably_me said...

I let my hair grow out before my wedding last year, and then was so sick of it that I got it cut as soon as possible. It's now just shorter than shoulder-length and I love it! A lot less maintenance needed, and it holds styles better than my long, thick hair used to.

At 11:27 AM, Blogger Deena said...

I'd like my haircut to say, "I'll fix myself, Deena. You take the rest of the day off!" LOL!!

Actually, carefree and breezy is what I truly want...but too chicken to go for it:-(

At 6:01 PM, Blogger Jenny said...

My hair definitely says "Stay in the house!". It's so straight and lifeless, so I usually just put it in a ponytail and go.

After I had my second dd in 2006, I got it cut really short but as it grew out (hubby likes long hair - grrr!) my dreaded childhood cowlick came back to haunt me and it has taken almost two years for my hair to finally grow past that awful stage.

I'd love to have a nice trendy cut, but I have a terrible case of "buyers remorse" when I get a haircut (I would rather go to the dentist than get my hair done - LOL) and I think I would probably hate it the minute I walked out of the salon.

At 10:06 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I want to show my fun and carefree approach to life, too, Tiff! Only, it's hard to do with five hairs.

At 4:20 PM, Blogger Chelf said...

I want my hair to say that I am easy-breezy. I want to "wash-n-wear" my hair. No hours of blow-drying, curling, moussing, teasing... just wash, towel dry, brush and go!

I would like it to be long enough to put in a pony tail if I get lazy, but short enough that it doesn't look stringy.

And "hip" or "chic" wouldn't hurt my feelings, either.


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