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May 25th, 2006
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Poll #735841 Hair!

Tick all that appeal

Pick one

Fringe?

Yes
6(9.0%)
No
20(29.9%)
Shrug
32(47.8%)

Tick some boxes

Stop procrastinating!
2(3.1%)
Cheap psychological tricks like changing your hairstyle won't actually make you feel happy and more in control
0(0.0%)
It takes a long time to grow it and only seconds to cut it off
2(3.1%)
You should concentrate on how you want to look to please yourself and less on how your looks will please others
0(0.0%)
Even if you hate it it'll grow back eventually
2(3.1%)
This is a physical denouncement of your reckless youth and an acceptance of the responsibility of jobs and matrimony.
0(0.0%)
It doesn't really matter what you do, your hair will always look like someone dumped a frizzy mop on your head.
0(0.0%)

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From:robert_jones
Date:May 25th, 2006 12:00 pm (UTC)
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I'm not at all sure what all the hairstyles you refer to mean, so my vote is a bit random.
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From:atreic
Date:May 25th, 2006 12:01 pm (UTC)
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Well, that's why I made links to pretty pictures. Well, and to show off that I'd worked out how to make links to pretty pictures. You can always vote again :-)
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From:emperor
Date:May 25th, 2006 12:03 pm (UTC)
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I vote Ecclesiastes 1:2 ;-p
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From:senji
Date:May 25th, 2006 12:11 pm (UTC)
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Ecclesiastes 6:11
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From:rjw76
Date:May 25th, 2006 12:04 pm (UTC)
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I'm not going to vote, but looking at the texture of your hair on the wedding photo (which is absolutely gorgeous, by the way) I suspect that, like mine, any short style would go *sproing* and look like a fuzzy mop unless you spent ages styling and putting goop in it. Which I'm fairly sure you (again, like me) couldn't be arsed to do.
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From:flats
Date:May 25th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
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Word. Heated hair straighteners are essential for short style + wavy hair; bobs in particular depend on looking sharp, and wiggly hair doesn't tend to do that unless bullied into it. Long hair much lower maintenance.

Shave it all off is cool, but are you prepared for the extreme reactions it'll generate? Young women with short hair also get assumed to be lesbians, although if you flash that wedding ring this might be less of an issue for you... (On the evidence of me & a mate's experiences, plus polling various friends.) Suddenly, though, women get to 35 or have kids or whatever it is, and suddenly short hair starts getting read as the default norm, not dykey. Weird.

The other issue with buzz cuts is that, probably, you'll want to grow it back one day. At 6" a year that'll take a long time, particularly given that you'll need to keep getting it styled whilst growing it out so it doesn't look daft. Additionally, are you prepared for the maintenance of very short hair, i.e. shaving it regularly? Cuts 1 & 2 need monthly maintenance at a minimum, I reckon.
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From:piqueen
Date:May 25th, 2006 12:10 pm (UTC)
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I want mine as a chin length bob (I think). I'm achieving this by cutting it off 4 inches at a time and giving myself time to think about it. I may never get down to chin length but I feel sure it will be less of a shock/mistake doing it this way.

But you shouldn't listen to me - I let J cut my hair.
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From:ilanin
Date:May 25th, 2006 12:14 pm (UTC)
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With "...when you've spent longer than five minutes outside in any appreciable wind" tacked on to the last tickybox.
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From:lavendersparkle
Date:May 25th, 2006 12:16 pm (UTC)
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I don't think I've had my hair cut in over a year. I found that it went through the "Boy, I really need a trim" stage and into "My, what interesting layering" stage. Of course this is probably more self delusion than objective hair advice. What is an objective fact is that I've saved the time and money it would have taken to get it cut. I also occasionally snip at it when I'm bored and left alone with scissors.
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From:mostlyacat
Date:May 25th, 2006 12:18 pm (UTC)
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Ooh it's quite fun to try to imagine you with different hair styles. ;-)

Perhaps generally neater or artier would be good but I'm no expert. You could do what Elly did and start with a grade 2 all over then let it grow through lots of possible styles. Hmmm perhaps there is software to do the same thing in a few minutes of clicking.
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From:simont
Date:May 25th, 2006 12:27 pm (UTC)
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I like short (boy-hair short) hair on women, and I like long hair on women, and somewhere in between there's a length I have relatively little time for. Not sure why.

I note that the first question's results (as of now, at least) are clearly strongly correlated to length; there seems to be a general feeling that longer is better, or at least more widely acceptable. But the second is much more randomly distributed in details, and mostly seems to be emphasising the idea of not fixing it if it ain't broken :-)
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From:ashfae
Date:May 25th, 2006 12:37 pm (UTC)
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Actually I do think psychological tricks like doing something neat with your hair can help you feel in control. Bad thing to take to extremes, but a good trick in small doses.
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From:lnr
Date:May 25th, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
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Shorter hair is nice in summer.
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From:lnr
Date:May 25th, 2006 12:53 pm (UTC)
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Oh and I voted for what I'd go for on you, not so much what I'd choose for myself.

Mine's usually a mess, but you can see from the icon that blowdrying it straightish works well on shortish styles.
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From:wildeabandon
Date:May 25th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
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Cheap psychological tricks like changing your hairstyle won't actually make you feel happy and more in control

It worked for me.
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From:feanelwa
Date:May 25th, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
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How short hair will work depends very much on the shape of your head and the set of your face. If you have a big nose or a high forehead, for example, short hair can look mildly silly; I can't remember what your nose or forehead look like from an angle where I can tell, though!
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From:feanelwa
Date:May 25th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC)
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Also a good way to tell what you will look like with short hair, is to put on a swimming cap or wind your hair round your head and put a stretchy hairband over it. If you look a lot like Mrs Potato Head in a swimming cap, you will look a little like Mrs Potato Head with short hair. This is based on having met several people who didn't take this into account and then looked at themselves with short hair and said, oh, I wish I'd thought of that.
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From:satanicsocks
Date:May 25th, 2006 02:34 pm (UTC)
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Boy hair is great -- buy Nicky Clarke hair clippers for £17, save mucho money on haircuts over a couple of years (hell, a single haircut is more than £17 most places for women these days). Mind you, I'm voting for dreads! ;)
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From:king_of_wrong
Date:May 25th, 2006 03:00 pm (UTC)
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[X] Tickybox!
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From:ptc24
Date:May 25th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
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A good hairstyle change does actually seem to be a decent way to get the ball rolling on other changes to life and your attitude to it. Well, it's been known to work for me. In fact I've been waiting for inspiration to strike for a new hairstyle for me, but it hasn't yet. Ho hum.
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