This weekend, Joy and I had a special mother-daughter day at the salon. We both got our hair cut, she trimmed back up to her usual stacked bob, and me with a brand-new look (Carl and Grace, btw, were whoopin' it up at Panera Bread and the pet store, celebrating the fact that Grace never, ever poops in her underwear anymore, something her year-and-a-half older sister has yet to master).
Hair is hard, as a mom. Harder even than it was before kids, when I had time and no talent for it. Now I have no time and still no talent, but the last thing I want is to end up with the dread "Mom hair." So about every six months to a year, I get a new style, just to make sure I'm not falling into a hair slump.
This time, I took in a picture of Scarlett Johansson, and told my hairdresser: "Make it so."
Now, not even my wildly talented hairdresser could make me look like ScarJo. But she did an awesome job on my hair. Don't you think?
My hair drags my face down if it gets too long, but the one pixie cut I had, even though I loved it, was not very flattering to my face. So something betwixt and between is perfect. And this one is great, because I can either scrunch some mousse in, blow-dry it, and leave it (like the above picture) for a casual everyday look, or I can straighten it, even pin it back, if I want to go more elegant. And it's long enough in the front that I can pull it back partway to keep it out of my face while cooking or playing with littles.
So, it meets all my criteria - easy to maintain, not too short but not too long, looks stylish, and totally works for my writer's image.
As for the littles - Joy's stacked bob is perfect for her pixie-ish personality and penchant for preppy style.
Grace's head is a mass of curls, and it's all I can do to keep them from a frizz-fest. I've started conditioning almost every day, and only shampooing twice a week, and that helps. Mostly, I'm looking forward to when they are long enough to pull back in a ponytail. Thank goodness, her hair is still fine enough that combing it isn't difficult. If that changes, it's back to the hairdresser with you, kid, for short hair!
Whew. Being stylish - keeping three of us neat and easy AND stylish - is a lot of work. Good thing Carl takes care of his own hair.