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March 10th, 2004
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spring fever: a poll
Poll #261094 Should Ambar cut her hair short?

Should Ambar cut her hair short?

Sure, why not? It will grow back, after all.
19(50.0%)
AIEEEEEEE! Are you out of your MIND? MEDIC!
4(10.5%)
Bad idea, but it's your hair.
12(31.6%)
I don't know why you walk around with that mop anyway. Go for it.
1(2.6%)
Other (please comment)
2(5.3%)

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From:mizkit
Date:March 10th, 2004 03:36 pm (UTC)
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For the record, that was an "AIIIIIIIEEEEE! Sure, cut it!" :)
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From:gconnor
Date:March 10th, 2004 05:12 pm (UTC)
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Looks like summer has come early this year, so hey, go for it.

Not too short, ok?
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From:tamago
Date:March 10th, 2004 06:07 pm (UTC)
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If you do, just make sure you find someone who knows how to deal with your kind of hair, not just a hack job from a wack job with scissors. I had the worst luck with haircuts until I found the secret for me is to find someone who has hair enough like mine (straight, thick) that they have a clue how it looks best. For example: local asian (Korean or Chinese) salons have been great. The place I get it cut usually now has this excellent woman who, by her license, is Vietnamese, but by her hair, is Just Like Me. You should go someplace where they understand how to work with curls and body. A great haircut is worth the price. A bad haircut, no matter how cheap, is a tragedy.

But I'll bet you knew this already. ;-)
From:ex_bellicane303
Date:March 10th, 2004 06:12 pm (UTC)

Depends...

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I have no strong opinion on your hair per se, but having had long hair, short hair, a shaved head and lots of things in between with people giving me grief about all of them, I have some experience in this area.
So...
Does your hair grow quickly? Do you like the mid lengths in between short and long? Do you look good with short hair? Do your partners like short hair? And do they have an absence of a long hair fetish? If the answer to all of these is Yes, then go for it!
Otherwise, a trip to a hairstylist to look at reducing some of the volume by styling it differently may be in order instead of cuttting it all off.
And I always recommend one visit a professional they trust and look into donating the locks of hair if they are long enough.
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From:lisajulie
Date:March 10th, 2004 06:29 pm (UTC)
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First off, I don't know you in Real Life, so I have no image of you to mentally manipulate and thus provide an informed judgement. And, I was the one who braided her hair (down to her waist) and then added an elastic to the top after about two braid crossings, then scissored the remainder off. Oddly enough, my housemate had done the exact same thing about three years before.

With that caveat in mind, it is after all, only hair, and it will grow back.

But you might want to ponder how much of your self image is formed by having "long" hair. I found that I had a strong emotional investment in having "long" hair, my self image seemed to demand it. So, I didn't cut it all that short - just past my shoulders.
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From:ambar
Date:March 10th, 2004 07:11 pm (UTC)
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If you visit www.jsd.com (bare breasts, full frontal nudity), I'm the picture illustrating "In Search of the Goddess" (as well as a bunch of other stuff on that site, taken at various hair lengths). The hair comes about to the end of my shoulderblades when dry, and waist-length when wet (it is .very. curly).

On the one hand, I'm temporarily mesmerized by the idea of having short hair which is easy to care for.

On the other hand, I look like crap in a tight ponytail (loose is okay). And while my hair grows out pretty fast, the curl (especially when it's short) makes it appear to take forever to make the leap from earlobe length to shoulder length.

Spring fever. I'm telling ya.
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From:lisajulie
Date:March 10th, 2004 07:21 pm (UTC)
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Ahh, I understand now. (nice pictures, btw)

I have very, very, straight, fine, full, hair that is a total PITA to care for when I can not confine it in some structure.

I guess it comes down to if you can tolerate it in the growing-out phase.

There's still the self-image thing which I can't get over.
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From:aekai
Date:March 10th, 2004 09:38 pm (UTC)

happy hallowe'en

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Do you want to set up a before & after photo shoot?
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From:ambar
Date:March 12th, 2004 09:36 am (UTC)

Re: happy hallowe'en

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I think scheduling that would be discouragingly difficult.
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From:tayefeth
Date:March 11th, 2004 08:23 am (UTC)
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Nice pictures!

(Is one of those pics someone whose wedding we've both been present for?)
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From:ambar
Date:March 11th, 2004 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Yep!

Someone once asked if that shot was of me; I replied indignantly that my breasts didn't *do* that. :-)
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From:eichin
Date:March 11th, 2004 10:27 am (UTC)
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Hmmm, I don't remember ever seeing you with short hair (shorter than it is now, yes, but not really short), but now that I grow mine out (and even braid it sometimes) I understand the seductiveness of the easy-to-take-care-of part in a way I never did before :-) Also, I ditch the beard completely every 10 years or so, the extent to which that freaks people out is also something to consider (not in terms of changing the decision, just in terms of being prepared for questions/comments/shock/awe...)

Really, your self-image is strong enough to do it for *you*, not for other people, do what strikes you :-)
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From:ambar
Date:March 11th, 2004 11:26 pm (UTC)
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Actually, if I wanted to go for shock and awe, I'd leave the length alone and go blonde.

I may do it anyway.

:-)
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From:tayefeth
Date:March 12th, 2004 04:47 am (UTC)
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AIEEEE!
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From:spenceraloysius
Date:March 10th, 2004 07:03 pm (UTC)
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If you cut your hair, consider donating it to Locks of Love, a charity which turns hair into wigs for children who have undergone chemo or who have alopecia areata. I've donated to this charity many times.

I would suggest not cutting your hair on your birthday because even if it doesn't bother your, whoever you choose to cut your hair will be extremely disturbed. On my 25th birthday, I went to a salon and had my waist-length hair bobbed. The hair-stylist actually gibbered at my audacity, especially after I told her that it was my birthday and that I'd had long hair since I was 15. While I had no regrets, I did end up leaving the stylist a big tip as she seemed rather upset. I've had this effect at other times in my life as well. I think I wait too long between hair cuts.
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From:mizkit
Date:March 10th, 2004 10:19 pm (UTC)
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In college, I went in to get my hair, which was bra-length, cut. I went in with a picture of very, very short hair -- like, shaved at the back of the head and cropped short and spikey on top -- and said, "Do this!" The hairdresser said, "Are you *sure*?" I said, "Yes!" She said, "Did you have a fight with your boyfriend?" I said, "No!" She said, "Are you *SURE*?"

Eventually, however, she did cut my hair. Apparently the whole chopping off of long hair is quite traumatic for hairdressers. :) (Actually, it's probably the trauma of having traumatized customers rather than the actual hair cutting, but still.)
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From:dglenn
Date:March 12th, 2004 12:52 am (UTC)
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I so wanted to check "AIEEEEEEE! Are you out of your MIND? MEDIC!", but ... well it is your hair after all.
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From:ambar
Date:March 12th, 2004 09:37 am (UTC)
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Well, I did solicit people's opinions. Doing so does not make it any less my hair. It's just indulging my curiosity. :-)
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