Not As Fast As Chopping It All Off

Many times in the last few years, I’ve thought about growing my hair out. And every time, I get to a certain point where the hair enters the ugly-times, and nothing can be done to style it, and I get frustrated as heck and cut it back down. I just don’t see how it can be done!

But on the flip side, maintenance of hair this short is a constant process. I cut my hair probably once a month, and it can get really shaggy-looking really fast. Plus, I get hair all over the place.

Yes, I cut my hair over pages of old magazines next to the bathroom sink. I’m all about the glamour, baby.

The killer is, I know I’ve grown it out before. I just don’t remember what the heck I did, or how I put up with the torture. Of course, it’s probably been 10 years. But you’d think that would stick with someone.

Anyhoo, I’m seeing super cute chin-length A-line bobs everywhere now. With the absolute cutest on Allison Scagliotti, part of the Warehouse 13 team. Dare I say it–since Joanne Kelly’s hair is straightened this season–Scagliotti has the best hair on the show.

See? SO CUTE. So I’m going to try to grow my hair out. And stick it out through the tough ugly times.

By posting it here, hopefully that’ll give me the gumption to stay the course.

After consulting the internets, I think the most important thing is to avoid getting mullety. So I’ll be trimming the back of my neck regularly as the top grows. I’ve also done a little light trimming on the sides, so the little sideburns don’t turn into sidelocks.

Here’s where I’m at as of August 1:

Keeping the back really short (I think my hair grows farther down my neck than most people. Seriously, it’s like I have a case of werewolf neck.) and letting the top grow.

I have bobby pins and some headbands at the ready to tame the beast. And since I’m a couple of weeks past my usual haircut time, it’s already getting a little too long for short-hair styling. Which you can really see when I show you how it likes to stand up in the morning:

Go, hair, go!

(By the way, the manga-style avatars at the top are from Face Your Manga, my personal favorite cartoonerizer on the web.)

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  1. Based on Manga-Missy, I think you could totally rock either of those longer styles. But I so get where you’re coming from with the “ugly stage” of hair growing-out-ness, so I wish you patience in your process. I’m ready to chop mine again; when it won’t stand up in a faux-hawk with strong gel, it’s too long! (Not that I wear it in a faux-hawk at all, even… I’m a little too conservative in my appearance… but I do like the “choppy” look, so the faux-hawk is just my measuring tool)

  2. I’ve always faced that tipping point when growing my hair long that I can’t get past: It gets down to the end of my nose in front and just curls up and slows down, so it never gets long enough to pull back or to the sides. And I can’t go the mullet route either, so I end up just cutting it short again.

    Yeah, I’m a guy who tries to grow his hair out sometimes.

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