29 October, 2010

The Itch...

About once a year, i get "the itch".

My hair grows to the point where i need to either cut it or stick it in a ponytail for 6 more months until it's longer. The thing is - i've always wanted long hair. By long, i mean, waist-length. Just to see what it's like.

Every time i get to approximately mid-back length, i cave, and i cut it. Another thing i've been dealing with lately is dye. I was reading about the possible health risks involved with the chemicals in hair dyes and came across one paragraph in particular that literally made me have a gag reflex - not with disgust but in sorrow:

"... new studies have linked hair dye use to development of a specific type of cancer, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (Zhang et al, 2008). This study looked at groups of women suffering from this disease, and a control group. It was found that women who started using hair dye, particularly darker colors, before 1980 had an increased risk of developing the disease."  source.

My (non-biological) mom dyed her hair dark shades of brown and auburn in the 1970's and '80's, then switched to a lighter red in the late nineties. She discovered her lump which turned out to be non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2000.

It breaks my heart to think that my mother unknowingly poisoned herself and that i've been doing the same thing for many, many years. It's made me seriously reconsider using permanent colors - even though i hate my natural hair color. It's just not worth it for the sake of vanity.

The problem with growing my hair out now, is the line of demarcation that will naturally appear as my hair grows out (the line between the natural color and the dyed color) and i believe it would be far less noticeable on a shorter haircut. Not to mention, i'd be rid of my colored ends quicker. That being said, i've been researching short haircuts that are fairly low-maintenance but can still be dressed up and "styled" for just a normal day. Here are some of the ideas i've found in my research.


This (above) would be an example of "dressed up" as opposed to regular wear

and this, of course would be a "wilder" day...
(the above photo is from here, and the singer is from BYU's Noteworthy - although i couldn't find the singer's name)

I'm not sure if i'm brave enough to go through with it just yet, as i sort of like the wind being blocked access to my neck by my hair - but i would love a funky short 'do before i decide to try and let it grow long again with my natural color. I would like to have some sort of cute, chopped hairdo at least once in my life :)

but... is now the time?


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