Totally Ridiculous; Totally Awesome

 The way women wear our hair tells a story about who we are at a certain moment.  A slick ponytail may mean you are sleek and sophisticated, you just left the gym and had no time to shower, or maybe you need your hair out of the way because you’re a busy gal.  Shopping is harder to do when there’s a piece of hair in your face.  Bad hair day?  Would I tell you if it was?   A short spiky purposefully styled cut might mean you are a punk rocker at heart, even though you’re nearing 40,  you like to live on the edge, you like to stand out, you have something to say and it’s against what Barbie’s gorgeous mane supports.  Or maybe you like Barbie’s look, and you wear it long and flowing, looking for supermodel status or a look that’s exotic and mysterious.  When half of your hair is intentionally covering half of your face, of course you look mysterious.  Who wants to see the world from one eye?  Who doesn’t?  It’s sexy.

Let me speak to those of us who can spend an hour straightening our beautiful waves or curls.  For every hour we spend doing our hair, that’s one less hour in our lives that we are doing something that really matters.  In that time, we could be having a meal with our mothers, talking on the phone with our sisters, learning a new craft like knitting, reading, painting, playing with our child(ren), giving our spouses attention.  At the same time, we are trying to erase the memory of our hair follicles.  We are asking our curls and waves to go into hiding.  We don’t want frizz.  We want smooth.  We don’t want untamed.  We want  perfect contours.  Now, after 20 minutes, do your shoulders hurt?  Your back?  Spending that hour will tense your muscles in all the ways that will help damper your mood. 

We wish we could wash our hair and have it dry naturally in a perfectly stylish way.  Well, it does.  Each strand of hair is meant to be exactly the way it is.  Imagine what that says about us when we can walk around wearing our hair the way it is meant to be, or at least, not totally damaging it with heat and chemicals?  Naturally wavy hair, means, wow, you understand that real beauty should not be masked with the ideal of the All American Girl.  Naturally curly hair neatly cascading, wildly flying, means you trust your follicles!  You love your follicles!  It means you spend your time wisely and you care more about the way you live life than the way you look in life.  Our hair tells us stories about who we are at any moment.  What story does your hair tell about you?

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