Ode to Short Hair (2)

Haidresser who is cutting hair short - Neck view
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Have you ever paid any attention to a scruffy dog who lives in an alley of a big city? The dog's fur looks dry, unkempt, and just naturally unhealthy. The dog has not been taken care of. When we don't get haircuts or trims, people see our hair in a similar way. The whole process just happens quite naturally, as when you prune a bush in your yard; it will come back healthier and fuller.
Yes, I am comparing our hair to a bush. When the bush isn't pruned, there are small unfruitful branches that become dry and brittle and eventually break off. Same with our hair. Our hair becomes dry and brittle and eventually splits. When that happens, we are really in big trouble, because the only sure way to deal with split ends is to cut above them, thus stopping the process of the splitting from working its way down to your scalp.
I have seen long hair flow all the way down to a lady's backside and it would have been a sight to behold if it didn't have so many split ends that made their way up to the scalp area. Little did this lady knew that even a haircut to her shoulders would not help the split ends that were way above. No, it wasn't fair. However, we do have many options in how we should take care of our hair, and if you haven't been following through, you can begin now. It's never too late.
Elisha Cuthbert had gorgeous long, blonde, wavy hair that fell all the way down to the middle of her back. There was a center part and long layers designed into her hair for a bit of variety. What made her chop all that loveliness off? Did she just get tired of looking the same old way? Did she get tired of the amount of time it took to style her hair?
Elisha Cuthbert with wavy short hair
Elisha Cuthbert - Photo: Featureflash Photo Agency/Shutterstock
Whatever the cause and reason, you must admit the shorter style seems lighter, brighter, and more carefree on Elisha. Going from heavy-duty maintenance to a style that is practically nonexistent has to be a lifesaving factor for most people. Although Ms. Cuthbert's long hair looked healthy, I can safely tell you that the shorter haircut is much healthier.
Sometimes, when there is a lot of thick, long hair involved, the client may develop headaches when worn up, due to the tension from the hair pulling on the clasp. When the hair is still left to grow longer, it becomes heavier and whether worn up or down, headaches are increased. Therefore, there comes a time, for the sake of health, when the scissors begin to look inviting.
Long-haired women do not want to look like their shorter-haired sisters, and short-haired ladies do not want to look like their longer-haired sisters, and around and around it goes and never the twain shall meet. Everyone wants to be an individual, and most hairstylists can relate to that and respect you for it. Hairstylists are artists, and sometimes they can be a bit eccentric in their ways and tastes.
An experienced stylist has your best interests at heart and can foresee exactly what would look good on you and what would not. They take your looks, personality, and lifestyle into account when they start to give you that life-changing short haircut.
I'm going to ask you a question, but in order to answer it, you must be honest with yourself. Who do you know in your circle of family and friends who are your best critics? Who always tells you the truth about what you're wearing and how your hair looks, whether you want to hear it or not? I'm guessing it's probably your children, your partner or your best friend, and we really do appreciate it, don't we?
I mean, sometimes we might grit our teeth a little bit while we mumble that thank you, but we do sincerely appreciate the criticism. Well, perhaps it is time to follow through with some of their advice. We do not see ourselves the way other people see us. Just because you're thinking about a new short haircut doesn't mean you have to cut it all off suddenly. Go slowly and get used to shorter length over a period of time, that way it won't be so shocking or upsetting to you while you are in the transition period of wearing your new look.
Alyssa Milano with very short hair
Alyssa Milano - Photo: Featureflash Photo Agency/Shutterstock
Speaking of short hair, Alyssa Milano went all out when she decided to get a pixie haircut. She once had long, dark brunette hair and it was curly too! To go from long and wavy to ultra short, to the tune of about 1 ½ inches of hair all over her head; completely astonishes even the most liberal-minded!
Yet, look at this girl! She doesn't seem to be longing for her long locks, but looks rather like she is full of confidence and altogether enjoying herself. I can guarantee you, she would look good in any hat she would decide to wear on the beach. No more brushing her hair into an updo, twist, or ponytail. Gone are the days of curling irons, smoothing lotions, and blow dryers! They are only gathering dust! Hot rollers are only a memory for her, and she looks happy!
She's in the shower and out and running off to her appointments. It doesn't get much easier than that. When she washes her face, she just keeps going upward. I bet she is gaining up to two hours in her schedule every day. For those of you who don't have enough hours in the day to do all of the things you want to get done, this might just be the answer for you.
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