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February 27, 2005

Hair, Hair, Long Beautiful Hair

Barry at Alas, A Blog has an interesting post up about how people wear their hair, and the kinds of perceptions their choices have led to. There are some people in the comments who discuss how people's treatment of them changed from when they wore their hair very short and then let it grow out as well as people (like me) who have long hair and how they are perceived. Coloring hair has also led to some interesting discussions regarding how people are treated. My hair is much longer now than it was when I first got out of college. I had shoulder-length hair that I was told by job recruiters to wear pulled back on job interviews because big hair was seen as unprofessional. My hair now is nearly to the small of my back. I usually wear it down, but if I'm in any kind of professional setting I wear it either in a ponytail or in a french braid. It's auburn, but sometimes I dye it to bring more of the red out. I always get lots of compliments when I dye it. I guess people just like red hair. It's interesting to see how people's first impressions are made based strictly on how someone wears his or her hair.

Posted on February 27, 2005 at 10:40 AM | Permalink


I once had waist length very wavy to curly hair, but I got a itch to cut it after I got married and my new, and amazingly still, husband said I couldn't cut my hair. Needless to say the next time he saw me I had very short hair, it took years to grow it back out, and then I cut it off again about 2 years ago, very short and spiky. I too have auburn hair that I sometimes dye to bring out the red, and decided recently to let it grow out again, I miss ponytails and I shouldn't because I have two daughters with waist length hair.

Posted by: Rugo at Feb 27, 2005 11:57:27 AM

I wanted long hair since I was a child since my best friend always has had waist-length hair. It took me until now to grow it out that long. When I was a teenager, I was in the Civil Air Patrol, and it was just easier for me to keep my hair short in compliance with the uniforms. Now, I wear it long most of the time. I love the way the wind blows through it. ;)

Posted by: Trish Wilson at Feb 27, 2005 12:20:43 PM

Rugo, do you get comments from people when you dye your hair red? I sometimes do. It's very flattering.

Posted by: Trish Wilson at Feb 27, 2005 12:21:16 PM

Yes I get comments when I dye it red and it is flattering, makes me wonder why I kept bleaching it blonde as a teenager. One of my daughters has auburn hair I keep telling her that she should be grateful for the red, she doesn't believe me yet.

Posted by: Rugo at Feb 27, 2005 12:52:12 PM

I used to get a lot of compliments from strangers when I had my hair colored auburn.

Honest to God, Trish, I'd die if I had hair as long as yours. I can't stand having my hair on my neck and in my face.

Posted by: zuzu at Feb 27, 2005 1:03:11 PM

See, if I'd have titled this, it would have read "Hair, hair, long pain-in-the-ass hair." LOL! I'm in the process of growing mine out long again, for a change of pace, but I know as soon as the weather gets hot I'll be cutting it short again, for comfort (and frankly, it looks better that way...no hard hat head! and the waves spring out more when it's layered and all that weight is gone).

That's the thing that gets me when folks talk about all the choices available to women concerning our appearance. There's no simultaneous recognition that every choice we make about our appearance is supposed to be some grand sweeping statement about ourselves or the state of the world, or whatever. When I have short hair, it's not a deep running commentary on how I regard femininity...it just means it's hot outside, and I don't feel like wasting valuable summer daylight looking somewhat presentable (as opposed to looking like I've been a recluse in a cave for ten years). When I've got long hair, it doesn't mean "see! I'm not all tomboy!"...it just means I got bored with the lack of flexibility of a short cut and just wanted a change of pace for a while.

Sometimes, hair is just hair. ;-)

Posted by: La Lubu at Feb 27, 2005 1:25:20 PM

Zuzu, my hair tends to hang down in the front, so I pin it back on the sides with clips. I don't mind the hair on my neck that much. I use gel in the front and sides to pin it back but my hair is so heavy that the gel doesn't support it for long. I'd have to spray it to force it to stay put.

I used to like dark brown or black hair but over the past ten years I've liked the red highlights my hair naturally has. Like everyone here who has dyed her hair red, I always get compliments on it. I've dyed it dark before but my skin is too pale. It was fun being goth for awhile. ;) Actually, since I wear a lot of black, I'm still sort of goth, and the black emphasizes the red hair even more.

Posted by: Trish Wilson at Feb 27, 2005 2:24:51 PM

Guilty as charged - I'm more likely to remember someone's hair than the clothing they wear.
Damn, that wasn't supposed to rhyme, honest. haha.

At any rate, whoever said Big Hair is perceived as 'unprofessional' should really talk to all the tv anchorwomen at local news stations.

Posted by: Chloe at Feb 28, 2005 4:35:10 AM

Zuzu, my hair tends to hang down in the front, so I pin it back on the sides with clips.

I was doing that on my last adventure in growing out my hair until I looked in the mirror one day and realized I looked just like I did in my kindergarten class picture ca. 1973.

Posted by: zuzu at Feb 28, 2005 11:46:26 AM

I've let my hair grow for the past dozen or so years, and I plan to have long hair when I die. To me, long hair ties in with a natural, non-consumerist, earth-friendly, self-reliant lifestyle. It also makes me feel more connected with the native American portion of my ethnic heritage.

But my hair grows so slowwwly that my husband's hair is several inches longer than mine, and his started with a crew cut. Something about those hormones that makes him hairier, I guess.
Interesting thread.

Posted by: Z*lda at Mar 3, 2005 8:40:02 PM

my hair is too short ,that my husband looking out me.
please advise me how can i get long hair&nice hair

Posted by: Mar at Mar 21, 2005 1:26:44 AM

i have red hair and brown eyes sometimes its anoying because pepole take the mic, but im red and proad, and so i should be!

Posted by: laura at Apr 30, 2005 4:42:00 AM

When I was a little girl {ABOUT SIX OR SEVEN} I had knee length hair and when I got lice my dad had to cut it to my chin and the lice went away but my heart was just broken and I cryed and a few years later my hair was waist length and I loved it so much but I got gum in it and had to get it cut to my shoulders then for the first day at my new school I got it cut up to my ears and now my hair is about half way down my back and I am sooooo happy.

* If anybody is trying to grow their out use Main & Tail shampoo and conditioner, Garnier Fructis long & strong for split ends, and Hairtopia vitamins it really inproves the growth of your hair

Posted by: brittany at Jul 10, 2005 12:02:09 AM

Another way too make your hair grow faster is by eating tuna and bread it worked for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: brittany at Jul 10, 2005 12:09:55 AM

heloooo jus wana say that i think that havin long haor looks absolutely beautiful and plus it never gpes out of fashion. So if u want ur hair long and beautiful treat it like silk with a gental touch. And dont forget to eat healthy foods. BYE xXxxxxxXXXX

Posted by: iqra arain at Aug 9, 2005 9:38:24 AM