Life Interludes

To chop, or not to chop?

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File this one under “Late Night Tea-Fueled Photoshop Disasters” and “Images That Will Keep Me Up for the Rest of the Night”.  After coming across the top image on Pinterest the other day, I haven’t been able to get that haircut, in all of its beautiful asymmetry, out of my head. I’ve been in a self-described period of hair limbo for the past few months trying to decide whether or not to keep up with the shaved part. Although at this point, indecision has become its own decision as I’ve forgone interfering and have kind of let it, you know, just do its thing. However, now that it’s been a few months, my side ratty is looking, well, a little ratty.

And so it should seem like a godsend that this photo appeared on my screen–clearly, if you start spending this much time trying to realistically Photoshop a haircut to your head, you should probably just get it actually cut on your head–I’m not sure I’m ready to take the plunge.

Among other questions forming a barrier between me and this new ‘do: what if it looks weird? Will I constantly look like I’m cocking my head to one side, or stuck in a perpetual state of imbalance? Will I follow suit and actually start to lose balance? What about my ombré, which, despite fighting an exhausting battle against bleach damage in the beginning, has actually held up pretty well?  What if I end up looking exactly like my mother, as apparently I am wont to do anytime my hair falls above my shoulders? How will my hair look in a hat? Will it be able to be coerced back into a ponytail? A bun? What will a bad hair look like if I can’t use one of the aforementioned options? Hell, what will a good hair day even look like?

And, perhaps the most pressing question of all–Why does so much thought go into changing hair? In the end, it’s still just hair. Isn’t it supposed to grow back or something? It’s one of our most easily altered features, and–thankfully–also one of our most fixable. So why does making a change feel so drastic?

What about you–are you debating a hair change? Have you ever thought this much about hair? And please, please, please tell me if you’ve ever stooped to the level of actually photoshopping it onto your [digital] self. Maybe we can start a Follicle-holics Anonymous group.

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