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The Long Road to Bald

Over the years my hair has been getting shorter and shorter.  Mostly because my patience for long hair has been becoming shorter and shorter too!  In the winter months it’s fine but in the summer I hate having a lot of hair.   My hair is really fine so it tangles easily, and I just get too warm with it all hanging down around me.

I’m quickly learning that what I like the look of doesn’t always jive with what I can manage or deal with when it comes to hair.

Bus Stop

A few years ago my hair looked like this.  I loved having such long hair as it was the first time in my life I’d ever grown it that long, but it was a nightmare to manage.   I would have to stand in the shower for ages combing conditioner through it after I washed it and even then it was a pain in the arse to comb through afterwards.  

This photo was also a rarity because I almost never wore it loose like this.   Most of the time it was in a ponytail or tied up in some weird twisted knot to keep the long warm ponytail from hanging down my back.

After gradually cutting it higher and higher up my back (which I never did bother to take photos of) I reached the above the shoulder stage, which seemed hellishly short to me at the time…


After having had such long hair for so long, this seemed like nothing to me!  I felt so light and my hair was so much easier to deal with. 

I was a happy camper.

Of course, we always adjust and adapt and forget how things used to be.

Plus, then I got glasses, and this brought on a whole new issue. 

The issue of the ear tuckage.  Where there once only used to be hair there was now the arms of glasses and that started to get to be too much behind my little ears.   I tried and tried to train myself not to tuck my hair behind my ears, but as you see in both of these photos, it wasn’t working.

Perhaps a new hairstyle that would look crap if tucked might help…


That’s when the short in the back, long in the front, layered haircut came along.

I really loved this one. 

That is, until Posh Spice ruined it on me and had everyone on the planet getting the same hairstyle.

I looked like a Posh Spice wannabe, only without the Anorexia!  Argh.

Another problem was that regardless of how crap it looked, the ear tucking continued.   Also, I now had the problem of my hair being too short and odd shaped to tie back, but too long to leave down when doing things that involved sweating… like, going to the gym or in my case, pretty much any movement at all. 

I’ve kept that hairstyle for a long time.  Longer than any other I think… but for the last few months I’ve been trying to decide between letting it grow long again so it can be tied back when I need to.  Even though it would drive me nuts… or cutting it short and risking looking like a big fat lesbian.

I decided I’d cut it short and just kiss my husband in public a lot.


This is fresh out of the shower.  It’s not REALLY so 40 year old mother of two looking when you see it for real.   Ok maybe it is, but I hope to remedy that by getting some hair products and freaking it up a bit.   Not sure how that’s going to go though, seeing as the hairspray I have in my bathroom at the moment is about 5 years old, 3/4 full and has gotten all clogged up so it shoots in one hard line.   If that gives you any idea on how often I DO my DO.

Whatever, who the hell do I need to impress anyway?  My husband and mother said they love it, even though I’m pretty sure would say that even if I had a steaming pile of horse shit on my head.   They are just that kind and loving.   Also because they both know how expensive extensions are.

I wonder if this is the end though, because I’m already wondering what it’d be like to have one of those super super short haircuts.  I’d probably not be satisfied then either, and end up wondering what it would be like to just go completely bald.  Oh man that’d be sweet!

Of course, then I’d look like a skinhead lesbian and I don’t know if even my own husband would be willing to kiss me in public to disprove that!

I’ll stick with this for now, I guess.  At the moment I’m feeling like it looks pretty crap, but I must admit, it sure is comfortable!

About Tammy

A Canadian living in France with her Dutch hubby after 17 years in the Netherlands. A total TV and movie junkie who is never not knitting. She also enjoys other crafts, nail art, cuddling her dogs and general geekery. Otherwise just working on getting by and making a life for herself in her ‘new’ country.

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  1. Never had a long hair. Probably will never have either. I have such a big head which is difficult to hide. With big hair (hair spray and all) I believe I will look like a drag queen.

    I love the last two do’s. Looks great and I know they make “me” feel great and fresh.

    Job well done.
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  2. Thanks all! Everyone says they like it so I guess it can’t be that bad. It’s still not grown on me though. I think there are a few bits I want to change about it when I get it cut again. We’ll see.

    Tanya – I wish I had the balls to do what you did and just shave it off. God that must have felt so good!

    Kathy – HAHAHA oh shit I didn’t even think of you when I said the 40 year old mother of 2 thing. Frig, I’m really putting my foot in it with you lately aren’t I? :P


  4. “It’s not REALLY so 40 year old mother of two looking when you see it for real.” Talking about me again! :)
    I like it. Actually, we almost have the same cut so yeah, I do like it haha.
    It’s just so easier to manage. It’s like something the lil woman would say – once you go short, you never go back ;)

  5. OMG! I love it. I can not believe how long it was.

  6. I went through exactly the same steps!

    I had long hair before, although not as long as yours. Mine don’t tangle easily but my hair is very thick so forget about letting it lose for too long.

    Then, as I became more confident, I started cutting in my teenage years. My hair was prob. as short as yours a few years ago. I let it grow last year as an experiment but cut it again when I went to France this year. I’m happy when it’s short.

    For some reason, cutting my hair is linked to my mindset. When I’m confident and in the mood for change, I cut. When I have bad times, I let it grow, like last year.

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  7. Hey Breigh!
    Nice to meet you! And thanks for your comments on my blog. I will keep reading yours, always fun to “meet” more english speaking people here in Holland!
    Have a good day, and btw, I like your hair!!

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  8. I forgot to mention I changed my URL. This one’s shorter.

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  9. Hi Tammy,

    First time posting here. I saw your post on my blog so I thought I’d say ‘Hi’. :)

    I know how annoying it is to have long hair, especially on wet and windy days! Still, I can’t bring myself to cut it very short as it just doesn’t suit me. I think the ‘Posh Spice’ cut looked great on you but the new look is also good (you look a lot like someone I know!)

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  10. Monica Van Maanen

    Fantastic! It so suits you and doesn’t look 40ish at all.

  11. Love the new look! How’s the no tuckage going?

    Melissas last blog post… Doggy in a basket

  12. Ooohh you look great with the new do! I went in and got my wacked off too. Im sick of having longer hair while living in the netherlands…no matter what products I used the muggy weather killed all my attempts and I got sick of it. It’s a bit above my shoulders now and noone has even said wow your hair looks nice except for my husband..lol Oh well I’d rather have shorter healthier hair and be happy all around than having longer greasy annoying hair that I keep in a pony tail or some updo to keep it off my neck so you cant tell how long it was anyway! You look wonderful:o)

  13. I love it and completely understand your logic! Have fun with it!

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  14. Wow I love the new “do”. I was scrolling through reading and then came to the pic of your new hair cut. Wow it is short, and it does look great on you, I am sure when you have it all “funked/freaked” up it looks wicked.

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  15. Hey Tammy, looking good. Looking back at all those pictures from long to this new cut shorter hair suits you. Have fun with the new do!

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