I recently decided to grow my hair out. I have always wanted long hair, and I even had it for awhile, but I never thought I pulled the look off. My hair is very fine and gets stringy and limp when it’s long. Most of my adult life, I’ve had it smartly bobbed. Very practical. But I have always wanted long, pretty, lovely hair, and as part of my whole life changing/transformation/reinvention I thought fuck it, I’m gonna grow it, and I’ll just learn to make it work. Even if that means trying weird things like “product” (wha?).
I recently found this amaaaaaaaaaaaazing website that is perfect for me because it’s for women who want pretty hair with minimal fuss (she talks a lot about “sustainable hair,” makes some of her own products, and has a whole category called “Mom hair”). I bought a boar bristle brush and loads of bobby pins and have started trying fancy hair for fun. I’m doing the girls’ hair, too.
Sorry this looks weird. I used the iPad to take the pic. Anyway, you can sort of see that I twisted my hair across the back and pinned the shit out of it (my hair is dark, so no pics I’ve taken really show it off. Sigh!). It looks pretty and much better than a ponytail on a dirty hair day (my therapist, who reminds me so much of Amy Poehler that I will call her Amy, loved it). It took all of 2 min to do. Which makes it worth it. I’m also experimenting with braids. If you have enough pins, you can do it with shorter hair. If you have enough pins, you can do anything.
Like my quasi-victory rolls? It felt a little like wings but I got loads of compliments. 1 minute, pins. For real.
I got Jen in on it, too. This is a “sock bun.” Does she not look fab and ready for the ballet?
My hair is not yet long enough to do awesome buns, twists, and beehives, but I will be working on it this summer. Updos for the heat wave!
I pin-curled the girls’ hair and they didn’t really understand it. They liked the pin curls less than the look of the pin rolls. Here’s Holly as a pin-curl girl.
And here’s a french braid I did in Robin’s hair. Hers is short and fine like mine. This lasted all of 5 minutes but it’s all good practice.
In my mind, I’ll be a curvaceous broad with long hair, like a Renoir.
But in reality, I think I look more like Mrs. Piggle Wiggle.
And I’m really, really good with that. I’ve been reading a lot of feminist blogs that focus on body positivity like this fantastic, vintage, artsy blog and I’m really inspired. I can love myself. And braid my hair. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle delights in her long hair, and she’s short and curvy and has twinkling brown eyes. Now if only my house was upside down…