Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Mom hair

I think one of the first things I said when I found out I was pregnant, after the "holy shit" and "is it normal for meat to smell like dried cat vomit?" was "you will see me eat dried cat vomit before I get mom hair."

I had seen too many fallen comrades, former long haired glamour-pusses who birthed that baby and marched straight to the salon for a whack job. It wasn't having the baby that made them a mom; the extermination of long waves and sheets of hair that blanketed the shoulders sealed the deal. My sweet little naive self assumed that I would do things differently, as if it had never even occurred to these poor, harried mamas that they could actually keep their hair.

I have had long hair since, well, I don't really remember a time that it wasn't. Over the years I've flirted with the idea of cutting it off and was always admonished by the stylist for being silly. A curly haired girl like me? If I want to look like Pat from SNL? Sure, go ahead. And then there was the whole Samson, hair = power thing. I have always been identified by my hair. My very big curly hair. Would I still be pretty? Confident? Would the guy standing behind me in line be curious to know the face under that short 'do? (Yes, my vanity knows no bounds)

And then I was photographed yesterday looking like this:

I called Grace and booked my appointment.

Nearly 15 months postpartum and living in a city that feels like the inside of an exhaust pipe spewing vaseline, I owe an apology to every mom I judged for going under the scissors. It is just too much work for so little payoff, and honestly, I was just too curious to see what I might look like, Pat be damned. I marched over to Hi Gorgeous, and with my heart in my throat, I ordered her to cut it off. I emerged air conditioned, lighter, more than a little freaked out. But here it is, all freshly blown out and bang-y.

I have now been corrected several times that my hair is technically still long, but that shit is straight, y'all. I have yet to do the whole wash and go curly 'do where my hair shrinks up about 3 inches.

Even more vanity, originally uploaded by medusahead.


Beverly said...

I know I am getting older, but I did not even notice your short hair at the Children's Museum???!!! I was probably looking at that cute baby you had there!!! But, you know once you have a baby, all the attention goes from the hot mama to the cool baby...

Chip said...

Wow, looks great!

I'm wondering why guys don't have a dude/dad hair distinction. Do dads have shorter hair too?

Stacey Greenberg said...

my baby daddy doesn't!

looks great melissa! i need to lose a few inches too, i think.

Anonymous said...

Don't you just love calling and hearing, "Hi Gorgeous! Can you hold please?" (Well, of course I can hold, you just called me gorgeous!) :)

Anonymous said...

melissa i chopped mine after the first 3, no lie, and i'm so close to doing it again. bec has ripped, literally, all of the hair from the nape of my neck. so i have all this long hair along with these weird tufts. it looks real nice! this is ann-marie by the way

Lithium Holiday said...

Did you notice that your child has their finger up their nose in your photo of you two?