This is Beth. Reporting on Mohawk Month. I liked it. Others seemed to like it too. After the first day of feeling a little self-conscious on the elementary school playground, I settled in and enjoyed it.

At the bar:

mohawk bar

At the ball:

October party hair

With a bow:

mohawk bow

Boring, down:

mohawk down

It grew out a bit and I played just a little with styling. At the beginning of the month:

mohawk early

Toward the end of the month:

mohawk wave

And, the result of wearing a Little Cat B (cat-in-the-hat) hat on Halloween:

mohawk hathead 2 mohawk hat head 1

Comments:

From the girl-child the first day – “It needs to be spikier.” And, “Wear a skirt so you don’t look like a boy.”

From people at work – “You look young enough to pull it off.” “Flock of Seagulls.” “It’s the middle finger of haircuts.” “Girl on fire.” “Movie star.” “Billy Idol.”

I got a lot of positive comments about the color. Monica’s an artist.

After riding the elevator up to the dentist’s office with a woman and a teenager I encountered the woman a few minutes later in the bathroom. “I love your hair,” she said, “I didn’t want to say it in front of my son.”

The day I wore it down a friendly mom on the playground accused me of cheating. She was right. The following week she asked me where I work. When I told her she replied, “I knew you had a cool job!” Yes, yes I do – I’m a very lucky girl.

This is Beth. Sharing photos by fabulous photographer Neal Wallace who brought his professional equipment to work, set it up (twice), and captured the memorable mohawk. Thank you Neal!

mohawk pro pic 1 mohawk pro pic 2

So, it’s October, month 10.  I haven’t caved yet but there are days…  Due to my lack of interest in styling my hair, I’m still struggling with the awkward growing out stuff.  I have purchased a brush which I have used once – with a blowdryer! This is big stuff for me.  I also bought some root lifter product, also used exactly once.

Each visit to the Dollar Store (I buy my dog’s Pepcid there and thus a frequent visitor…), I have spent about a dollar  on a new accessory, most of which I still can’t use.  Beth, probably tired of hearing me complain about my hair in my face, bought me this adorable bejeweled headband shown with some of my Dollar Store finds.

Accessories

My version of styling – wash (or not), if washed, part with hands, air dry:

Wet   

Which results in this later in the day – hair in face:

In the face  

Which leads to a headband the moment I get home.  Add that to my ritual of immediately removing all jewelry and donning pajamas as early in the evening as possible.  It’s a good look.

For those who think my hair isn’t growing fast, check out a pic from last year’s Booklovers’ Ball and one from this year.  And yes, someone else did my hair.  If she had seen the before picture, she wouldn’t have kept asking me if she was making it too short with all the curls!  Yeah, right.

Late 2011 Look  20131019_180805

The friendliest guy at work.

Before:

caleb long 1 caleb long 2

After:

caleb short 2 caleb short 1

P.S. Go for the cinnamon caramel latte, stay for the infectious good mood.

Liz here,

October and autumn are here, and the leaves are starting to change colors.

In honor of fall colors, this month is red, short, and once again curly!

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It reminds me of that red that goes with cinnamon flavors:

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But everyone has different associations. My mother thinks I look like Little Orphan Annie:

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People at work said Carrot Top and Ronald McDonald :

carrot_top  McDonald's Characters

As always, there’s a k-pop connection for this month’s hair. Rapper P.O. from the group Block B, showed up with this hair style at their concert on October 3. I got m hair done on October 3. Time zones, yada yada, but I’m going to say that I set the trend this time.

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Mostly, I’m very excited that my hair is capable of curling again!

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This is Beth. And it’s October.

1. The do—Mohawk.

Inspired by fine female celebrities:

mohawk 1 demi moore the 2008 American Music Awards mohawk 3 kesha Nickelodeon's 26th Annual Kids' Choice Awards - Arrivals 2010 Lollapalooza - Day 3 mohawk 6 janet-jackson

And these guys:

mohawk 7 jim carrey mohawk 8 david beckham Exif_JPEG_PICTURE mohawk 10 mr. T mohawk 11 de niro mohawk 12 broderick mohawk 13 dog

My mohawk. . . well, you gotta see it. Monica’s an artist – she dyed and cut and coached me on how to do the do.

2. Music (what was playing at the salon during the doing of the do)—Couldn’t make out the music most of the evening, but by the end of the night heard the Ramones, including a nice version of “What a Wonderful World” by Joey Ramone. I learned from Wikipedia that it was released in 2002, after he died. Thanks Joel.

3. Drink (what I sipped at the salon during the doing of the do)—This month, whiskey. Just whiskey.

Oct drink

4. The Theory—From nymag.com: “Back in the seventies, the British punk-rock crew adopted the audacious spiky haired look to signify their rebellious, anti-establishment attitude. But now, everyone and their mother — literally, like Gwen Stefani and her son, Kingston — will sport a mohawk to say, “I’m so tough, you guys.” Athletes do it to look more fierce on the playing field (David Beckham, Andy Roddick), ex-members of boy bands do it in a sad attempt to appear less Teen Beat (Lance Bass, Joey Fatone) and Ke$ha does it because Ke$ha does as she pleases. In all cases, the mohawk (or more commonly, the faux-hawk) is deployed when a celebrity or a character in a movie wants to make a statement.”

More, from Wikipedia: “While the mohawk hairstyle takes its name from the people of the Mohawk nation, an indigenous people of North America who originally inhabited the Mohawk Valley in upstate New York, hairstyles bearing these names more closely resemble those worn by the Pawnee, rather than the Mohawk, Mohican, Mohican/Mahican, Mohegan, or other phonetically similar tribes. The association comes from Hollywood and more specifically from the popular 1939 movie, Drums Along the Mohawk starring Henry Fonda. The Mohawk and the rest of the Iroquois confederacy (Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Tuscarora and Oneida) in fact wore a square of hair on the back of the crown of the head. The Mohawk did not shave their heads when creating this square of hair, but rather pulled the hair out, small tufts at a time.”

5. Reactions—I’m so tough? Probably I’ll experience reactions more in the realm of this random blogger writing on mohawk theory: “When you are middle age. . . we will call it 40 – 60. . . a Mohawk makes you look like you are trying too hard. You usually bring a smile to someone’s face, as they contemplate how silly you look.”

Oct 1

P.S. Title song – The Mohawk Song, Future Stars featuring Olly Girls.

This is Beth. Reporting on the short bob, also called a shingle bob.

A classic:

sept end shingle sept end shingle 2

sept end hist

I wore it straight a few days:

sept 1 crop sept 3 w mrj crop

But mostly kept it curly:

Sept end 2 Sept end 4

Most of the time I tucked the bangs back with a bobby pin.

Folks said they liked it. Mostly I felt like I had puppy dog ears.

Month nine notes – Dos converged for me and Liz:

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And Michelle’s surpassed mine in length:

Beth and Michelle

P.S. Comb of the month pics:

sept comb dome comb

This is Beth. With more hair stalking. Admitting that the do Liz accidentally imitated:

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sept two hats

I copied from the girl:

(before)

girl before 1 girl before 2

(after)

girl after 1 girl after 2

Who copied from (who copied from):

jj ld 2 cm copy

P.S. More mimicking – ponies:

pony 1 pony 2

Remembering summer with more pics from a friend who took a comb along on vacation.

Book store. Where else would the historian be?

aug erin comb 1

And cheese factory, overlooking hair nets.

aug erin comb 2

Michelle here.  Oops, skipped a month.  Month 8 was pretty much like month 7 and month 9.  Hair is getting longer! Shocking, I know, since I’m growing it out.  In fact, it’s now longer than Beth’s and Liz’!  So there.  We’ve finally switched places.

Beth and Michelle

I’m still wearing a lot of headbands in the heat.  Our state is now experiencing a crazy amount of rain so I fully expect to be wearing this headband for the next few days.

Mae and Michelle

Hopeful that in month 10 these new little bands will come in handy.  I’m prepared.  I’m ready for a ponytail!

Little hairbands

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