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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Me and My Hair Battle

I have thick hair. Really thick hair. When I was younger, I had the dreaded bowl haircut. I had a perm (didn't know I had naturally curly hair until I was older) and I had the Kristy McNichol mullet. In high school, I had the "body wave" and wore it long and feathered. By senior year, I started wearing it curly (figured out I had natural curl). Freshman year of college, I had an unfortunate habit of wearing a white bow in a ponytail on top of my head. Even as I write that, I am embarrassed. At what point did I look in the mirror and think that was a good look? Maybe my boyfriend at the time wanted to make sure no guy ever looked at me while I was away at college so he told me it was cute. I don't know but I've seen pictures and it was not a good look. Funny enough, that was when I met Leo...during the bow stage...and he has stuck around now for 23 years so maybe it was cuter than I remember. My college hair could put Snooki to shame with the height I had going. I have had perms since then to boost my sad sack of curls (one salon had to dust off their perm stuff in the year 2000), I have had shags and layers galore. I have had short hair (twice since the bowl haircut), medium hair and long hair (mostly this). I have had bangs (my forehead is about an inch wide so though I want bangs, I can't wear them) and hair that was all one length (and heavier than Hell). One thing is for sure...I am very indecisive with what I want to do with my hair and can never pull the trigger even when I settle on it. Evangeline Lily in Lost and Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City hair continues to escape me.

As I have gotten older and after I had Gia, my hair has completely changed. It will no longer do what it has done for the last five years. It is unruly. It is frizzy. It won't curl but it's not straight. Every morning I wake up and I swear it laughs at me. It says, "Ha! What do you think you are going to do with me today? You think that even with the 50 hair products you have to try and tame me, I'll behave? Think again. A ponytail? Ha! Nope! You can try but I guarantee that it will look like a nuclear mushroom cloud on top of your head." I start my day crabby because my hair mocks me. I know that when I got my hair cut the last time, my hair stylist did not give me this style but after a month, I now have a shag-mullet thing growing on my head and it is NOT a good look. And have I called my friend to get a haircut? No, I have not. Why? Because, no surprise, I don't know what I want to do with it. A part of me is curious to see what it will do if I just keep growing it out. After all, I didn't think a shag-mullet was possible and yet, here I am.

If I had a working scanner, I would give you the luxury of seeing me at every stage of these hairstyles (and what a laugh you would have) but like the curly hair that escapes me, so does working technology.

So maybe you can help, who has cute hair right now? Or share some of your bad hairstyles so I don't feel so challenged.


At April 26, 2012 at 8:39 PM , Blogger Kimberly said...

I think you and I are twins. I have insanely thick hair, which was naturally curly and super frizzy. Then I had my kids. Now my hair doesn't curl like it used to but it's definitely not straight either. Every morning I'm mocked when I get ready too. I'm at a loss with the styles too. Maybe we can both get some answers from this post!

At April 27, 2012 at 4:57 AM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

I love that I am not alone! I always hear how lucky I am to have such thick hair but I don't feel very lucky at the moment!

At April 27, 2012 at 5:21 AM , Blogger Adrienne said...

I love the last line about the shag mullet. Funny! Love the new design! :)

At April 27, 2012 at 6:11 AM , Anonymous Heather@ Creative Family Moments said...

As a fellow thick-hair lady (I would break ponytails in my younger years!) I went through every single hairstyle too, and now, after 3 kids my hair is doing the same thing you described. Thanks for the laugh. If you find a solution, let me know!

At April 27, 2012 at 9:14 AM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

Adrienne, thanks for the kind words and the follow! :) If I can get someone to take a picture of it, I'll post it so that you know I am not exaggerating.

Heather, I'll let you know if I come up with anything. :)

At April 27, 2012 at 10:22 AM , Blogger Shell said...

I have long, thick, frizzy hair. I want to get a straightening treatment!

At April 27, 2012 at 4:30 PM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

Shell, I would never have guessed that! Your hair is so pretty in your profile pic. :)

At April 30, 2012 at 6:21 AM , Anonymous Amy Gay said...

I have straight, yet frizzy hair. It just hangs, but it kind of fuzzy. GREASY, too. I can't do anything with it. My mom and aunt solved the problem by a super short, almost man's hairstyle. But at mid 30's, I'm not ready for that!!!

BTW, I wandered over here from the SITS page!

At April 30, 2012 at 9:18 AM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

I feel your pain! I'm not ready to chop all of mine off either. Still praying for a good ponytail. Thanks for stopping over. Hope you decide to stick around. :) I'll be sure and check out your blog right now!

At April 30, 2012 at 9:29 AM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

Amy, I tried to leave you a comment but it wouldn't let me. Loved your blog. My computer isn't letting me see images so I am going to try to view your blog again tonight with my husband's computer.


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