So, I did something crazy on St. Patrick’s Day; something that took 3 years to accomplish and only minutes to erase. More specifically, 3 years to grow and then minutes to cut. We’ve talked about the Great Debate, but now there is another epic battle of the mind that seems to come along with motherhood. Here are a couple photos of the aftermath of my decision:
|Oh, the horror – ahhh!|
|It’s amazing how long my beard was…. wait, what?!|
Before getting pregnant, I had three personal goals:
First, I wanted to be in a regular exercise routine. I took a Yogilates class (yoga + pilates) as well as a Zumba class (aerobics disguised as salsa/regaetón/hip-hop dancing).
Second, I wanted to give up caffeine. I was able to drink a big cup of coffee, loaded with caffeine, right before bed without any affect to my sleep. I figured it would make things a whole lot easier if I didn’t have to cope with caffeine headaches along with the usual dose of pregnancy symptoms. After two weeks of being an absolute crank going cold turkey, I kicked the habit.
And finally, I wanted to have long hair. There is a stereotype that all women who have babies get “mom hair” which is short, unsexy, uncool, and lame. Now, this isn’t to say that short hair or women who are moms and have short hair are any of these things. I’m just stating the stereotype. For me, in my oh so naive mindset, I just wanted to stay clear of short hair so as not to fall into the dreaded grasps of the stereotype. Needless to say, I have a much better understanding of why mothers choose to cut their hair short, and I found myself staring down short-haired strangers and friends to see how they styled short hair and made it look so good.
Let me preface the Big Reveal with a few explanations:
1. I’ve Been Jonesing for a Change.
Ladies (and guys too maybe?) – you know the feeling. When you sit down and the stylist says, “what would you like to do?” Your original intention was just to get a little trim off the ends but what comes out of your mouth is, “let’s do something drastic”. That’s what I’ve been craving. I’ve had a few styles over the years:
|Platinum Toothless Hair|
|Brother Matching Hair|
|Dark Brunette Hair|
|Red + Blonde Hi-lights Hair|
|New Mommy Hair|
|Bears & Dogs – oh my!|
|Resident Munchkin, ER Staff|
3. Growing out bangs is boooooooooooring.
|Bang grow-out drama, ugh.|
Nobody likes to grow out bangs. You are forever trapped in a haze of awkwardness, punctuated with hair clips, bobby pins, headbands and hair in your eyes. Why not create a compromise between your whiny bangs and your overly mature long hair by cutting your hair a bit closer to your bang length? That way, everyone wins.
We first need the Before Photos:
|Front, Side, Pony, yeah.|
|… and it even lulls babies to sleep!|
I opted for chopping. Got any epic battles of the mind? How did yours turn out?
Wishing you all a Happy Hair Day,