I never knew how attached I was to my hair until a hairstylist, upon my request, chopped off a great deal of it. During that time, I was a sophomore in college trying to find myself and define my style, which, at the time, was supposed to be Victoria Beckham. Cutting my hair also my act of rebellion — my way of feeling free and fun and, for once, having a drastically different haircut.
Almost immediately after getting the chin-length bob, I realized I had made a big mistake.
Although short hair looks absolutely fabulous on some people, I found out the hard way that it just isn’t "me." I like having my long hair cover my shoulders and keep them warm. I like that my long hair is easy to put up; I like the way my long hair frames my face.
So, following the cut, I looked forward to the growing-out process while I simultaneously mourned the inches of hair that I lost. I had fantasies of what it would be like for my hair to look like it used to.
But I soon realized the reality of it: long hair isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. If you’re planning on growing out your hair, listen up, because I’m going over a few misconceptions about achieving Rapunzel status.
Myth 1: It’s easy to manage.
Long hair seems like it would be easy to deal with. You just keep letting it grow and get the occasional trim, right? WRONG.
Long hair can get very knotty, take forever to dry, WILL MOST DEFINITELY clog your drain if you’re not careful, get in your face when you don’t want it to and leave you with a super-sweaty neck on hot days. On more than one occasion this summer, I’ve had the impulse to shave it all off because my waist-length hair was just too much to deal with.
Myth 2: You’ll enjoy it like women in those hair commercials.
Having it for so many years, I know I take my long hair for granted since I’m so used to it. Maybe when I first grew my hair out, I felt super-accomplished and confident, but now, not so much. My hair just hangs.
Also, that hair flip in the commercials — it definitely seems better suited for medium-length hair, since long hair tends to be heavier. I never do the flip unless it’s to make fun of myself.
Myth 3: It’ll make you look very feminine.
Long hair does have a girly-girl vibe to it, but more so if you actually decide to keep it neat and actually brush your hair. I like my hair to look more sloppy than neat when possible, so, if you’re wondering, the answer is no, I don’t think it makes me look more feminine. I think my makeup does a better job of that.
Myth 3: You’ll experiment with all these different styles.
When I first started growing out my hair, I thought, “I’m going to do all these elaborate, fun braids and updos!” That was not the case.
If you’re lazy with short hair, you’ll probably still be really lazy with long hair. I could do a lot of things with my hair, but I’ve only experimented with about 25 percent of those possibilities.
Myth 5: You’ll get a lot of compliments on your long hair.
This is true, especially if you take good care of your hair. However, you will also get passive-aggressive comments from your family and friends about when you’ll cut your hair when it reaches the the point of being to long to be considered flattering.
Fun fact: I am currently fast-approaching my too-long point.
- What is your hair’s too-long point?
- Does anyone do the hair flip? Am I missing out?