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...

17 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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