Tuesday, January 8, 2013

LET'S TALK ABOUT HAIR ENVY.

[Current obsession: Olivia Palermo's long (long) bob.]

Confession: I am obsessed with my hair.

How much I think about my hair (and what it says about me) might be one of my more embarrassing qualities. I don't have particularly dynamic hair - it's thin, pin straight and brown - and I think that's part of the problem. I'm utterly convinced that if my hair could only be a certain way - I'd be a certain way. Have I lost you yet?

I had bangs for about eight years of my adult life, and I thought they defined me. That they were distinctly my thing. I was That Girl With The Bangs. I became nearly maniacal about their care, and  imagined that I couldn't possibly look normal without them. Really. When I finally decided to grow them out (the sticky humidity of one New York summer was enough) the process quite literally drove me to drink.  But, I wanted to be one of those carefree girls with a bohemian center part - who could put all her hair in a ponytail with nary a bobby pin in sight.

In short, I had hair envy.

I kid you not - as soon as the day came, nearly two years later, when all my hair could be pulled into an elastic, I looked in the mirror and felt a sudden and deep longing for my blunt fringe. (I actually wimper watching Zooey Deschannel in New Girl.)

It's not just my own recent hair changes that send me spiraling - and gunning for an emergency appointment at the salon. Leandra Medine recently chopped off her hair to an ultra-chic shoulder-grazing length a la francais and I can't stop thinking about it. 

A long (long) bob.

Olivia Palermo has been working this length for a while now, and so she's my latest fixation. I imagine that with that hair cut, I'll actually be more like her. How insane does that sound? 

So what's to hold me back from chopping a good six inches and channeling my inner OP? I can tell you right now that I will regret that decision within an inch of my life in no more than an hour. The moment I lay eyes on some lovely stranger's long, flowing tresses, I will probably cry. 

Here's another confession: One of my deepest fears is having "medium" length brown hair. Boring cut = boring person. (Like I said, insane.)

So, my question is this: Am I crazy!? Or, do you experience the desire for a dramatic change of a-tress, only to chicken out for fear of instant regret, too? Do you covet thy neighbor's hair? Someone, please, assure me I'm not alone over here...

19 comments:

  1. I have all sorts of lengths, colours and hair shapes in my life. It is fun, and it grows back so go with your instint, I envy no one only a better myself everyday.
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  2. oh girl, i hear ya - I'm obsessed with my hair too and constantly have hair envy (mostly of those with bangs/shorter hair like OP's here.) but just like you, I know I'll immediately regret making the change, which is why I've had the same hair for 7 years! ;)

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  3. There is no one's hair I envy more than Olivia Palermo. She is basically my daily hair inspiration and who I channel in the bathroom every morning.

    So I recently cut my very long hair into a longer bob. While I was nervous that I would break down in tears and regret it, it turns out I feel just the opposite. I love my new hair and I have way more enthusiasm for actually doing my hair now. I am not telling you to cut your amazingly beautiful long hair, I am just saying you might be surprised how much you would like short hair. I sure was! - Megan www.step-brightly.com

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    1. This is good to hear Megan because let me tell you -- I'm still deeply considering it!

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  4. I cut a semi-fringe in every SINGLE november, without fail. Completely forgetting the 10 months of growing out the unflattering thing.
    The thing is, I KNOW it looks crap, but I'll still do it again this year.
    Sigh.

    I also wish I had thicker, bouncier hair.

    My hair is shit. Ah well. Great post.

    x

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    1. HAHA -- maintenance can be such a pain but it really does make all the difference :) Basically I want to perpetually have the bounce and body of Kate Middleton.

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  5. I feel ya!! I just got my hair cut the way Alexa Chung has hers! It can definitely reflect someones personality. I'm always so fixated with people's hair and eyebrows, 2 things I wish I could change and thankfully haircuts and make-up allow that :P ugh my hair used to just to be so long with a non existant fringe. I'm so happy that my hair suits my personal style, chic and care-free.

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  6. You are sooo not alone! I always have hair envy and now I've found a cut (fringe/bangs) I really love, I'm always really frustrated that I can't restyle it (or I think I can't) as I know I wouldn't like it as much! x

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  7. omg yes! I have super curly (not ringlets) thick thick and dry hair, I used to have it long but always wanted a cute short look. So about two years ago I did, putting it above my shoulders. LOVED IT. From that high of loving it I went shorter...NEVER AGAIN! My advise stick in a range you know 100% you will be okay with...I could not even get it in a little bun...and buns are my love!

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  8. I understand completely, I constantly seem to have hair envy. I've wanted quite long hair for ages, but my hair just does not seem to want to grow. I also have a rather annoying cow lick, meaning my hair refuses to stay how I want it to. Olivia Palermo's hair is always so perfect.

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  9. I'm the same way! I think about it constantly! I have long blonde hair and I was convinced I was going to finally cut some curtain/retro type bangs (a la Brigitte Bardot) but chickened out after watching the Victoria Secret fashion show! lol! Instead I went for an Elin Kling type cut (but longer..ha!). So ya, I completely understand your issues. :)

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  10. I hear you! Hair is such a maintenance issue for me, I want it to look cute, but I don't want to spend more than 1 to 10 minutes on it. Let me know when you find the perfect do (I feel like our hair is really similar)!

    xo

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    1. ahahahah 1 to 10 minutes. Story of my LIFE. I love how my hair looks curled but the 35 minute time commitment keeps me from doing almost EVERY time. Im working on it girl ;)

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  11. Lets talk about hair envy with help of the post here. Readto know more

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  12. OP is my hair muse! I bring a picture of her hair along to the salon to get her center parted long bob. My hair is also dark neutral blonde, and this style is very flattering- - -it also shows off the color.

    When my lob (long bob) starts growing out, I ALWAYS miss this style & never feel as good in longer hair.

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  13. I am new to your blog but I just had to comment after reading this post and tell you that your hair, it looks Awesome on you!!! You can definetly pull off that "hot" pixie cut! You're Beautiful inside and out!!! Rock it girl!! For more details click to read more

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