Wednesday, 12 March 2014

hair ennui

hair wishes autumn 2014 The last weekend was a long weekend in Melbourne, as Monday was Labour Day. It was also a big return to summer heat for us here, which meant John and I were as prisoners indoors on the Sunday afternoon and the Monday, with air con and old movies for company, as well as my heat induced headache. But I had nurofen and classic films and my new husband and snacks, so it could have been a hell of a lot worse!

We caught the tail end of Cleopatra (1963) on the Saturday, and it set us up for a bit of an Elizabeth Taylor weekend, with Giant, Elephant Walk, and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof all enjoyed. And while I really liked the films, I LOVED her hair!

For weeks, or maybe months, now, I've had some major hair ennui. The kind where you start thinking about hmmm, cutting a fringe, or maybe cutting it all off, or maybe dyeing it, or or or... because I've been colouring it so much in the last couple of years, I've felt a bit stuck with the same hair length, chopping it to lighten it and then leaving it to grow to the length I want, but never quite getting there.

Right now, I am not sure which way to go: on the one hand, I want to grow my hair out, but in its natural colour (which I haven't seen for years!) and maybe just putting some very slightly blonde-y highlights in it for a tiny bit of a lift. Then I'd grow it long, and it would be similar in colour to that in the beautiful photo by Jessica. This will take ages, as I can't colour my lengths and will have to eventually chop them off. So I'd just keep re-red-ing my regrowth (say that three times!) until... well, whenever it was long enough for some chopping.

Which leads to the other hand: chopping it off now. I'm a bit of a late comer to the shorter 1950s and 1960s hair 'dos a la Elizabeth Taylor (above picture is from my pinterest) or Marilyn Monroe, and was always more drawn to the platinum 1930's short hair looks, but I really have warmed to them. Especially Taylor's. Still, they're high maintenance, a bit risky, and I'd have to grow through the awkward length I'm at now yet again. Hmmph.

So, decisions, decisions... and I know I'm not alone. What do you do – or want to do! – when you get bored with your 'do?

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I started to let my natural hair colour (which I also hadn't seen for ages) grow out a while ago. And then last week I couldn't stand the dark roots and the faded colour in the lengths anymore and chopped them off. Now I have a kind of pixie cut for the first time in my life and while I was a bit afraid that it might look terrible, I actually really like it and it's soooo practical.

Mel said...

I am desperate for my hair to grow back. I had to cut it off short as I destroyed it with too much bleaching. It's slowly growing back but I hate the in-between length right now.

When I get bored though, I try out differed colours (manic panic) and I play around with different up dos that I can wear everyday.

ELLIE said...

I'm a big believer in hanging on -- at least until it passes that excruciating middle bit. Of course, that's pretty easy for me to say when the longest my hair has ever been is a whopping shoulder-length...

Lisa said...

Ohhhh!! I totally understand your hair ennui!!! My hair is to my waist these days and I'm always tempted to cut it off to my shoulders a la Marilyn in 'The Misfits'. I haven't taken the plunge yet though...instead I keep cutting bettie bangs...that seems to help. lol! My hairdresser is tempting me to dye a streak in my hair cotton candy pink though. I have envied your pastel locks, but have known that to get hair like that I'd have to cut a lot of mine off (I'm a natural blonde and dye my hair dark brown).

So, you're not alone. I get bored and daydream of so many different hairstyles...then chicken out! lol!

Lisa.

Sarah said...

I'm in a delicious downward spiral of candy coloured hair dying, so when I get bored I usually just pick a new shade of outrageous.

I'm just in the process of growing it out from a bleach-frizz removing shave last year, and don't quite know what to do with it style wise. The trouble is, when my hair is short it looks good down, but I miss being able to put it up, and when it's longer I get to put it up, but I don't like the look of it down. Hopefully I can get a few more inches of growth out of it before cutting it all off in a fit of pique again, hahaha.

StinaP said...

I am so conservative with my hair! I had long straight blonde hair as a child, cut it off to a pixie at 15 and hated it, and then returned to long and straight. I surprised even myself with a fringe when I was 25. At the turn of 30, my light blonde hair turned darker and darker, and 6 months ago I surprised everybody even more when I turned light brown (somewhat like my new natural colour). I really like it. But I keep it long, straight and with a fringe. So I'm not the one to ask about brave thing to do with your hair... :)

Orangeplaty said...

Oh, I know these problems.;) At the moment my hair has no real cut, you could call it a bob. I bleached it the last year and started a theatre play with the bleached bob in 20s style, with finger waves.
I´m tired of the play but have to play it again April and May. On the poster and photos of the premiere I´m blond, so I have to keep it for a while. Problem nr 2: In January I bleached the roots again cause they were growing out and some strands are now broken and half as long as the others. I hope we won´t have many audience in the theatre so I can quit the play and finally finally finally cut my hair. I´m thinking about very short hair with my natural haircolor or a pixie cut in red. I love short hair, especially in summer.:)

esme and the laneway said...

Anonymous : oh that's awesome! It's great when a hair risk like that pays off :) And, yay, no more damaged dyed hair! :D

Mel : the waiting bit sucks doesn't it? The updos are clever. I love that feeling of wearing my hair up everyday for ages and then suddenly realising it's grown SO much! :D

ELLIE : haha so hanging on has been a problem then ;D Yes, this annoying middle bit is really grating :/ I think hanging on might be the best bet, and the condition is bearable at least – I'm just stuck stuck stuck with the colour!

Lisa : ooh to the waist, that's hard to let go of! Marylin's hair sounds great though, if you take the plunge please share! :D And same with the streak, you could combine them!

Sarah : haha yes the pain! Short hair is amazing in so many ways. And being able to change the colour is fun... hmmm, I think hair pieces might be an answer sometimes!

StinaP : :D but you have a signature style, the joy of being the opposite of a chameleon. And healthy natural hair... my dream all of a sudden! Yours looks gorgeous x

Orangeplaty : at least the style sounds AWESOME! And then short hair in summer will be great – so much cooler, and easier to look after :D

Selina said...

I'm constantly bored with my hair and never manage to make it look nice. I never have an answer, it's a bit difficult to manage :(

Jessica Cangiano said...

I genuinely believe that you could wear just about any hair colour, cut, style, and length and look show-stoppingly stunning, dear gal. I love the idea of you with both Rapunzel worthy long looks and a darling pixie-esque cut, the later of which I think would really work to further highlight your incredible (facial) bone structure and dazzlingly pretty eyes.

♥ Jessica

Ruth said...

I think the red hair looks amazing on you, I think its the best so far. :) But I havent seen your real color, of course. :) I also dyed my hair red about a year ago but it didnt look that great on me (mostly because my eyebrow color was too different) and trying to get it back to my natural blonde which obviously suits me a lot better is a disaster! It keeps on being orange or yellow. I just have to let it grow. And so now I havent liked my hair in over a year. Sob! (Sorry about the lack of apostrophes, the key wont work!)

The Dainty Dolls House said...

I can understand you, I am ready to chop my hair off really, it's been annoying me. I think I am going to go back to straightening it and doing bigger curls in it as I don't like my curly hair, they are small curls and it drives me mad. I think you have fantastic hair, I liked the pink when you had that. The picture on the right by Jessica would look wonderful on you, I would do that, I know growing it out can be a pain, but really that's a gorgeous look. :) xx

Natalie_vintage_girl said...

Oh I have a similar drama with deciding what to do with my hair. I don't colour it much (i usually just go between different shades of brown and purple, but I've tried a lot of shorter hair cuts. I had a really short pixie cut for a while and so i'm growing it out into more of a leslie caron thing. like in american in paris, so it will still be short and i can do more with it. I would really like to go long again, but i know that everyone i know loves my hair the way it is. and i kinda do to. to change or not to change.

Jenny Askew said...

I'm in a bit of a hair conundrum too right now. I had it long for years, but last autumn I had it cut into a bob. I like it but am now growing it to my shoulders for summer so I can put it up. But i also keep thinking about an eton crop, I have never had it that short before, so really don't know what I should do...

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