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This is my friend, Sherry, on a frigid night in Denver after getting warmed up a little with a mojito. Her hair always looks great and she looks especially cute in that hat.  As my hair is getting nearly as long as hers, I quizzed her a bit on her styling methods.  Similar to me, she’s not much interested in spending lots of time on it.  Hopefully I’m not outing her too much – she often rides to work with rollers in her semi-damp hair and then yanks them out as she gets to work.  Tada! Hmmm…something to consider. Of course that’s about 2-3 more steps than I take.

Sherry

I generally avoid hats to avoid major hathead to which my hair is particularly prone.  Husband got me this sweet upcycled sweater hat for my birthday and I wore it straight for about two days. If you don’t take the hat off…you don’t have hathead, right?

Birthday Hat

Meanwhile another birthday gift showed up, this one from Sherry!  Velcro rollers – did not even know those existed.  You just put them in and they stick.  Kind of.

Curlers

Some time around then, I also got bangs.  I just couldn’t take it any more.

I’m no stranger to rollers or bangs:

Rollers and Bangs

Post-rollers, feeling a bit over-coiffed:

Soccer Mom

Understandably, after my twelve months of complaining about growing my hair out, the questions just keep coming: when are you cutting your hair? are you cutting your hair on the 1st? etc.

You know, I just don’t know.  Feels kind of dumb to just whack it off right away after all this trouble.  Let’s see what the new year brings.

This is Beth. A year later, with Liz and Michelle.

LC & BK Nov 2013 MJ & BK Nov 2013

November 30, 2012 saw the first changingthelocks.com post – Inspired by a six year old, kind of. Here it is:

The girl wanted an asymmetrical cut so we Googled it and told friends. Liz said people in Hollywood change their hair all the time, wouldn’t it be fun. . . So – crazy idea, new project: Liz and I will get new hairdos every month for a year and blog about it. Silly and irrelevant in this world of much seriousness and sadness, plus time consuming, but potentially fun, distracting, and hopefully entertaining.

short_redhead

The girl picked this pic to show the haircutter. Her $12 cut – not so short, not so red, and looks a bit like she cut it herself. But we like it.

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The boy got his hair cut too, based on this pic.

P.S. (A year later) It has been silly and irrelevant in this world of much seriousness and sadness, plus time consuming, but also fun, distracting, and hopefully entertaining. Thank you Liz and Michelle!

You probably already know that the word of the year, according to Oxford Dictionaries, is selfie. It’s been all over the news.  In some related report, I heard about variations on the “word,” including helfie or hair selfie.

I guess that’s what we’ve been doing all year – helfies…

In honor, here’s my November helfie. Please note that hair is touching my coat.  And it’s wet. And I’m wearing a coat.  Just how I roll.

Helfie

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

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

When Beth told us about her and Liz’s blog project, I was inspired to participate.  Like Michelle, I have had short hair for a long time, so I decided to grow it out.  This REALLY doesn’t feel natural to me, but I’m trying to hang with it for as long as possible.

When I first came out, I thought I had to choose one of the five lesbian haircuts.  Unfortunately, it was the 80’s, so I chose a mullet:

Resa 1

Then in 1986, inspired by Aimee Mann, I added a tail:

Resa 2

Eventually I settled on lesbian haircut #3, the short pixie.  It was easy to wash, looked good with or without product, and most importantly said “I’M A LESBIAN!”  Especially when I was single and looking for women.  I’ve had a variation of this cut for the past 20 years.  In a recent attempt at looking like a younger dyke I tried the fauxhawk, dyke haircut #1 on this chart:  http://memerial.net/2470-lesbian-haircuts  It didn’t work for me, so I went back to my usual cut which is closest to “The Modern Woman” on the chart.

Resa 3

Now it’s 2013 and my hair is growing fast.  I can’t remember the last time it was this long.  My partner likes it longer, and says it makes me look younger.  Of course, it’s possible she likes the fact that my hair isn’t screaming “I’m a lesbian” anymore.  As my hair grows, it’s wavier than I remember it being.  Here it was actually curly, but mostly because we were in humid Hawaii:

Resa 4

One of my co-workers, who is a lesbian, saw me in a meeting recently.  She said “Wow, your hair is long! And it’s… feathered.”  She did not sound like that was a good thing.  Knowing nothing about longer hair, I don’t know what I want it to look like, so I looked to the web for inspiration.  Unfortunately, this page was of no help because my hair is longer than all of these do’s: http://lesbianhair.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/heads-up/

So I just continue to let it grow and grow….

Resa 5

This is Beth. Fabulous guest blogger Michelle has been chronicling the growing out of her own and her husband’s hair here (and here). Here’s another great growing-it-out story:

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In Yael’s words:

No it is not a wig.

One of the main reasons I choose to keep my hair very short is due to my unruly, crazy frizzy, unpredictable hair, after my daughter was born I quickly got sick of her thinking it was funny to pull it as hard as she could when she was a baby.

It has been short for almost 10 years, my hair grows quickly which meant a trip every 2 weeks for a trim, to the amazing woman that has kept my mane tame. When Beth mentioned her blog I jumped at the opportunity to participate but really I just needed an excuse to grow it out and stick with it.

Month number 1 I got by with extra goo, month number 2 required a flat iron, now on month number 3 and I am at the point where I typically give  up and go get it chopped. It is big, wavy and in need of more help than I can provide, as a last resort I have raided my daughter’s hair accessories, barrettes are my weapon of choice.

I have no idea where my hair and I are going to end, my safety net is that I can always cut it short again, but not for 9 more months….. I made a promise……

 
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