kate5kiwis: hair today


“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Thursday, May 08, 2008

hair today

hair can be so revealing. today i was reading about metre-long-hair and i started thinking about my own hair journey. when i was a wee girl i had long, straight, blonde hair which looked like it was stripey-highlighted. my mummy trimmed the lengths for me and my daddy used to brush all the knots out of it evah-so-gently. since then it's gone up and down like a yo-yo, but every time i've cut it, i've grown it long again soon afterwards. it's hard to find a style i've loved.

when we moved to The Sunny Bay five years ago i dramatically cut off my tresses to the nape of my neck and dyed them marilyn-blonde. yep, classic trauma reaction. change of life, change of personality, change of hairstyle.
three months later i decided that as i was fast approaching *thirty five* i'd start growing my hair back down to my bum before i'm forty. i have a l-o-n-g way to go... to BOTH thankyouverymuch.

last year i tried not washing it. then i went all Parisienne. these days we use *organic* shampoo and conditioner, which i leave in my hair to ressurrect the curls.
it's not often that ya see the back of yer head... but Bulldog took this photo the other day:

and i have to say, i'm happy. i finally feel like *me*.
(and i'm the Bag Lady. i love my bag.)

so, what's *your* hair journey?
go on, tell me.
we chicks
secretly know we love talking about hair...


Blogger Reluctant Blogger said...

Oooh I inspired you to talk hair!!!

You hair is absolutely fantastically gorgeous and it looks almost as long as mine.

I had white blonde hair as a child and I hated the albino look. I always wanted to dye my hair black and look all Goth.

Now I am quite happy with my hair but as you know I just can't decide whether to hack my metre-long hair off or leave it as it is. I am perhaps a bit old at 42 to go for the Rapunzel look. But if I do cut it off - that will be it, I'll never have it long again will I? Yikes.

11:10 PM  
Blogger Abigail said...

i used to just let my hair be looooong cos i liked it that way, but i cut it a few weeks ago to flippy and short-ish and i love it this way... never gonna grow it long again. <3

12:36 AM  
Blogger Lutheran Lucciola said...

My hair until a year ago was EXACTLY like yours. We would look like twins from the back. I had it long for almost 20 years, after my mother insisted on it being short as a child.

I cut my hair short again, a short blond style that Jessica Alba has had, here: http://www.beautifulhairstyles.com/short/jessicaalba.html

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I LOVE it, and will never have long hair again! It frames my face better, and it's great in the summer.

I have the same wavy curls you do, so I never blow dry, just put conditioning mousse in, and scrunch.

4:23 AM  
Blogger Carnies said...

Currently in the middle of a HAIR CRISIS! Used to have white blonde long hair as a kid now it's dark (and grey - how the hang did that happen!!) Now the toss up between long and dyed blonde and feminine, or go for a hard black short sharp skinny bob (*bob* I hate that word - it's so, I'm 30 something and just had kids), or shave it off (I'm serious), to a 5ml length ... ah decisions decisions! Watch this space...

7:55 AM  
Blogger Mocha said...

Ooooohhh. PRETTY. I love that picture of you! You're beautiful (yeah, yeah back of head blah blah whatever). You even appear to have a saucy walk!

I've been dying to do a series on my hair journeys. But then I'd want to take pics and that would be so.much.work.

You were right in my comments - we get it together by our 30s. Yowza.

9:59 AM  
Anonymous BeachMama said...

I love photos from behind, they how the side we never get to see of ourselves. Your hair is just gorgeous, I wish I had some curls or waves in my hair.

As for my story. Well except for grade 3 and 9 my hair has pretty much been the same until the hair dresser chopped my hair a month and a half ago. I love long hair with soft layers. I have never dyed my hair either. It was very blonde until J was born, then it got darker, more like a dark red. Then last summer while preggers with Apple, the blonde came back, I was so happy! But then she was born and it went dark again. Hopefully this summer the sunshine will bring back my blonde roots ;).

1:44 PM  
Blogger LeighLeigh said...

I have dark curly hair, and although I really don't like colouring it, the grey bits are becoming increasingly obvious..and the deed may need to be done. I usually straighten my hair once every 3-4 days - if I do a good job, it will last to 4. I don't like my curly hair, I think it proves what a spinner I am - people take me far more seriously when I have straight hair that doesn't say "hey look I'm all over the place just like my hair"
And that's my story.

4:07 PM  
Blogger NOT Freddy Jones said...

Hmm, perdy.
Once upon a time I had elbow-length hair, but it's gotten progressively shorter over the years since then.

It was shoulder-length for a very long time, then I cut it earlobe-length a couple of years ago so it was easier to take care of for swimming. Kept it that way until last February, when I got sick of it and cut it all off, then went rather crazy with the bleach and purple dye. I've kept it blond the past few months, then got sick of it again and cut it all off again today.
So now it's short boy-short, but it's nice and brown again. :)

That's my story. No idea what'll happen to it from now on, but I figure I'll keep it fairly short.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Our Home Schooler and Jen said...

I like your hair and your bag sweet
most of my life ive had shoulder lenght hiar
when i was living with My Home Schoolers dad I HAD to have long hair
Ive had very short hair for the last couple of hairs and i like it best like it is now

5:59 PM  
Blogger Little Miss Flossy said...

Hair... yeah well mine is all flossy LOL. It was golden blonde when I was little then went brown when I was about 8. It was brown and wavy and nothingish. I hated it for 20 years. Mainly because my sisters was all blonde and straight and bouncy. Then when I got pregnant, it went ballistically curly springy. I wore it as long as yours until I had twins and they puked in it all the time! It's dark brown now, shoulder length, still springy curly which I really really like and I put a bit of gold through it to cover the grey.

Occasionally I dream of beach-blonded locks like yours...

6:17 PM  
Blogger Mrs. G. said...

Your hair is sublime! Yowza.

6:33 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I love your hair post, Katie. :)

I, too, performed the "classic trauma reaction" haircut the year my sis was dxed with cancer. I was ... hmm ... 43? I stood in front of the bathroom mirror after a shower and took out a pair of Crayola scissors (only scissors I could FIND) and chopped my long hair to about an inch all over my head. Then, I did dye it white-blond. Oh, my.

Mine is about as long as yours now. (Hey -- mine will reach the ground sooner, you Tall, Lean Girl, you!) Yours looks lovely -- tousled, sunlit-beach blond, while mine is streaked with gray.

But I'm loving the gray, honestly. I was watching a DVD of Sally Mann's work and her long, graying hair looks fabulous. If I could shop for a "look", I'd buy Sally's: Striding over her Virginia hills with her camera equipment, thick, gray-black braid unfurling in the wind behind her. Sigh. She's 56 or 57. So, I've got 7 or 8 years to achieve The Look. (What? The artistic talent? I thought we were talking hair ...)

12:36 AM  
Blogger foodietots said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! You have a lovely family!

I always think I want to grow my hair out, but once it gets a couple inches below my shoulders I get bored and chop it off again. It's a vicious cycle. :)

4:48 AM  
Blogger Barb the Evil Genius said...

I grew my hair long as soon as I got to college, because I was never allowed to have it long as a child. Sometimes it was even boy-short. Ugh.

Now that I'm getting gray, I feel weird having it too long. Especially since I have a gray streak, I'm afraid of looking like Lily Munster. Also, my mother *hates* long hair, and I'm afraid her negative influence still influences me some. Your hair looks gorgeous.

12:11 PM  
Blogger kate5kiwis said...

oh you're rather inspiring, don't ya know? i say: don't hack just yet X

but... what about the ball, cinderella? woozie has decided to grow hers for the "ball years" lol X

far out, that "jessica alba" style is the exact cut i had. though i have a bit more hair than her. i have a picture of that cut in my journal for One Day In The Next Decade Or FOUR that i might go short again... X

i say, go for it, it'll be hugely cathartic... and it'll grow back... you can always knit a beanie lol X

love your togetherness X

your hair is amazing how it changes colour!!! enjoy your summer-sunshine, dip your toes in the sea for me! X

i have said this for years, princess: there are few perfect curls in this world. 'tis a shame to straighten yours X

love your rainbow-story. all those colours huh. my friend deb has chocolate brown boy-length-hair, i think it looks incredibly chic X

it's lovely that you are in a happy place now, love that your hair reflects that X

ooo springy and flossy? sounds perfickly *perfick*! X

mrs. g.
*blush* thanks X

love your confidence with the grey/gray. i have no idea what i'll do, am tending to think i may dye it... but maybe i'll be happy to be *me* then??? love that sally-image X

thanks! lol at the grow-and-chop. it's all about being happy X

pfffft, lily munster? i don't think so. it's weird how our parents' opinion still matters so much huh. love X

6:46 PM  

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