Mom Hair

I have a bit of a confession to make…please don’t judge me.   I hate messing with my hair.  It’s way down there with making a bed…you have to do it every day and then it just gets messed up again.  Sigh…

It had been a while since I had my hair cut.  A long, long while.  Long enough that my doting husband went from making subtle hints to outright  asking me if I was getting my hair cut anytime soon.   I could say that I was growing it out in an attempt to grow beautiful long, thick tresses  like my daughters (and heck, even my mother) have…but the truth is, I simply don’t want to be bothered with it.  I’ve accepted that I will never have beautiful hair.

The other night as I was driving past one of the strip mall haircutting  places, I found myself parking in front of it walking in.  The moment had finally come for me to do something with my poor bedraggled locks.  It just so happened that the stylist I ended up with had a true passion for working with hair.  We discussed what I was wanted (which for it to look decent with no effort at all on my part) as she circled around me making thoughtful noises.  She suddenly had an inspiration and  started to describe it to me.  Despite fearing that I would end up looking something like Kate Gosselin, I agreed to let her do whatever she wanted.  (Honestly, it couldn’t hurt!)

As my hair was being blow dried, my stylist started jumping up and down with excitement, (I told you she had a passion!) she told me I was going to love my style.  Of course she was right, I did love my new look…my only complaint was that I wanted a bit more height on top which she quickly fixed with a bit of product. 

The next morning, I showered and quickly styled my new ‘do so that I could make my grand reveal. My family raved about great it looked.  (That would be another bonus to waiting so long in between cuts) Mimi kept looking at it with a strange expression on her face.  Clearly there was something she wanted to say, yet felt that she shouldn’t.  It didn’t take to much to draw out of her what was bothering her. 

Apparently all my efforts at creating height and fluff out of my new style had resulted in the dreaded “Mom Hair”.  (Is it bad that I didn’t even know there was such a thing?)  Mimi ordered me to come with her and I was introduced to her hair straightener.  My youngest daughter quickly smoothed out every last little curl and bit of height on my head.  With a small nod, she finally pronounced my new cut to be really cute. 

When I stopped to chat with Shaun a few minutes later, he just stared at me with a  puzzled expression on his face before asking what happened to my hair.  He said that it looked funny and…flat.  I explained how Mimi transformed me from the queen of Mom Hair to the chic and highly fashionable person standing before him.  He merely grunted and mumbled something about liking it better the other way. 

I hate to say this, but clearly,  we like Mom Hair…please don’t judge us…


Never fear, despite all the potential  fun of humiliating my teenage daughters with the  80’s Big Hair aka Mom Hair, I now wear my hair in a socially acceptable manner.  I also plan to get it trimmed again in six weeks…or so…

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16 Responses to Mom Hair

  1. Choochoo says:

    I decided a long time ago to never make my bed. After this I feel like I made the right decision. I do mess with my hair, although it always ends up doing whatever the hell it wants anyways.

  2. Jay says:

    Oh no! Not “Mom Hair!!!!”

    *goes to google “mom hair” to find out what that is. 😉

  3. del says:

    I rarely get my hair cut. Once or twice a year in a good year, if I am lucky. I am extremely lazy and having my hair shorter would actually involve me doing something with it, therefore my hair is always long enough to tie back. I would like to say that I just brushed my straight hair and walked out the door but I would be lying. Most days I just have a hair band around my wrist to get my hair out of the way if I need to and consider the job done. That said I think my greatest fear of getting my hair cut and styled is waking up one morning and having mum hair. EEEK! So long and lazy it is for me.

    PS – do we get photos?

  4. Lynne says:

    tee hee, Susie!
    Photos, yes, please!
    P.S. Folks, I think her camera is broken, really I do!

  5. I do not have mom hair, but I still need that little bit of height, so I use both a straightener and do a wee bit of backcombing. I am a faithful, every 6 weeks cut and color gal. You so do not want to know how much I spend on my oh-so-fine hair.

  6. Hilary says:

    I think we need to see some photos..

    My hair is long and I get it trimmed about 2 to 3 times a year. My hairdresser neighbour does it for $20 and great conversation. I never give it much thought aside from that.

  7. Patti says:

    I have to admit, I now go to my mom’s hairstylist who has been maintaining her “Mom Hair” for at least 30 years. She isn’t trendy and knows what “just trim it, please” actually means. I really, truly don’t like to hassle with my hair.
    A friend gave me a gift certificate for Christmas for her “beautician.” Of course, I get the not-so-subtle hint.
    I want to see pictures!

  8. Kathy Ariano says:

    You’re very brave to make such a drastic change! Would love to see before and after photos.

  9. Brandt! says:

    oh I laughed … I had the virtually the same experience!!! Having a little relationship issues, I decided to cut off my hair, because I wanted to. I have known my hairdresser for 10 years, so I told her “make me sassy..”. Now mind you, I’m wash and wear, please no fuss, no muss with hair .. when I walked out of the salon, my girlfriend (who proudly wears four different products in her hair) loved it. The following 3 days I struggled with the haircut and style .. finally I went back to my hairdresser, and she had to physically SHOW ME how to style my hair … !! I walked out with 3 hair products, and a sense of ‘how-to’ ..
    My loving daughter … “Mom, you look old … ” ahhhh!!
    I did end up seeing my person for drinks last night .. he couldn’t stop complimenting me .. mission accomplished …but that is another other story!!!

  10. Patsy (mom) says:

    I like your hair cut very much; and this is one mom that should know. Next time tell Mimi, thanks, but no thanks. As you know, I wear my tresses long and natural (right out of a bottle) and and rubber hair bands are the way to go for me.

  11. Coffespaz says:

    LOL – “mom hair”!!

    Sounds like its really cute!

    Funny that I and a couple of other friends got the same inspiration this week. Is there something in the water??

  12. Pamela says:

    photos photos photos.

  13. Frances says:

    Sweet new site & web addie – who would have thought that it would be available?
    Must shout it out to the group.
    Waving at you wildly from New York

  14. sinkuenta says:

    I agree that we should see some photos of your new look. I couldn’t help laughing while reading your account, haha. I’m sure you look great!!

  15. Molly says:

    Hi Susan,
    I have the day off so I am visiting old friends. I can identify with your post. My hair goal for many years has been “clean.” Also, I usually cut my own hair. Recently, as a result of a silly bet, I did have my hair professionally cut. I envisioned my results to look like the lovely mature Joan Baez. Instead, I paid a lot of cash for a poufy “Grandma cut.” At least , my home cut is free. I may try one of the strip mall places next.

    I like your new site.

  16. lori says:

    Good thing we have daughters to tell us when we look my moms! My 16 year old always let me know when it’s time to color. She’s gives me a sad look and tells me I look old. That’s when I call my sister and hairstylist to take care of me. I go way too long in between hair care sessions too.

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