A Haircut

Three years ago I cut my hair short, as short as it had been since childhood when I lived with a permanent pixie cut.

This was my Princess Day, as declared by Miss Munchkin in March 2009.

I loved the cut, but it just never felt like me. I’m a long hair person, who is never quite sure who she is when looking into the mirror and seeing short hair! So I proceeded to grow it, and grow it, and grow it.

Yesterday morning it looked like this:

Sorry for the blurriness. Holding the camera out at arm’s length and holding it steady at the same time is quite a stunt!

So, that is what a bit over three year’s growth looks like, with only a couple of trims in that time. Unfortunately, my hair’s texture is changing as it goes grayer and it tangles more easily and also is a bit more prone to breakage. You’d never believe from looking at it that I experienced a drastic hair loss last winter (the doctor says due to stress, if you can imagine that!), losing perhaps one quarter to one third of the thickness. I really notice the difference when I go to scratch my scalp. I have to be careful, as there is not nearly the amount of hair there to dig through to reach the scalp!

Anyway, I decided it was too long, too unmanageable. All I did was keep it in a single braid or up in a pony tail, 24/7.

And it was too warm for my hot flashes/night sweats! So I made an appointment for a haircut and forewarned Bill that I was getting it cut. Shorter. Not short, but something more manageable and cooler.

Yesterday was the day. She cut and snipped and cut and snipped. The pile of hair around the chair grew larger and larger. And then she used the blow dryer and the curling iron, two items that I have not owned in many, many years! I loved it, but wasn’t sure it was quite me, with all the puff and curls. But it was definitely cooler and I was able to run around town for two more hours completing errands with my hair loose and free, which was great. When I got home, I took these pictures (again, a bit blurry at times):

And it is still long enough to put up in a pony tail, which is vital!

Best of all, I slept with it loose last night and didn’t wake up every time I rolled over to move hair out of the way or flip a braid up out of the middle of my back. Wonderful!


  1. Roberta

    Very nice cut. Actually the curls look good, especially in the pony tail. A lot of work, I know.

    • Karen

      Thanks! I am really liking it. And my hair has quite a bit of natural wave in it that the curls sort of show up anyway when it is in a pony tail.

  2. Carol

    Yeah for a better night’s sleep! I’m like you, not feeling like me with a short hair cut. But this new look isn’t super short and I bet you’ll love it. I’m planning a similar length trim when I next go to Maine.

    • Karen

      I do love it! I realized that I always like it this length and then I just get lazy and let it grow. I am going to stay on top of this and not try to save money by avoiding the salon for upkeep cuts.

  3. Missus Wookie

    Looks cute. Glad you can still put it up in a pony tail. It was something that was vital for me for ages… not now obviously! 😉

    • Karen

      Yes, a pony tail is vital, although this cut is cool enough and I guess that I’ve previously lost enough hair that I am able to wear it down a lot more than ever before.

  4. Cee Gee

    I actually like all your looks. The new cut is fresh looking, though. You look fantastic!

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