The Case of the Curly Cut
Ladies, Iím talking to you here. Men, just put your fingers
in your ears while we ladies have a chat.
Men just do not understand the problems we ladies have with
our hair, do they? Oh sure, guys have their bad hair days, but chances are they
will just slick it down and go on. Ladies, however, are supposed to look
beautiful. Our hair is our crowning glory. When our crowning glory refuses to
cooperate, it becomes a disaster that can ruin your life, or at least a day of
Now, here is my problem. The other week I decided to get a
haircut. My hair has always been thick and fast growing Ė in other words, BIG
hair. I have a favorite hairdresser that I always go to who always cuts my hair
the same. Unlike most of them, she doesnít think "the shorter the
better" and try to cut it all off.
This time I decided that I would go to someone different for a
change, someone more convenient to where I live. You ladies already know what Iím
going to say, donít you? Yes, she tried to cut it all off!
"Your hair is really long! How much do you want
"Just a trim." They always cut three times as much
as you tell them to.
"It is really out of shape! Want me to shape it up for
Well, sure, I donít want my hair to be out of shape, do I?
"Do you want me to layer it a little bit?" It is
really long on top. It is going to be flat if it isnít layered."
Well, sure, I donít want to be flat on top, do I?
So, scissors snip and hair falls as I watch in horror! Soon I
am up to my chin in clippings. In practically no time at all, itís all over. I
open my eyes.
"Doesnít it look great?" she says, fluffing and
"Yikes!" Who is that person in the mirror? She is
nearly bald! My big hair is merely a distant memory now. I repress the urge to
sweep my mane up off the floor and try to put it back.
"You could wear it curly," says the hair guru.
"Just moose it and scrunch it like this!" She bends over and
demonstrates the scrunch technique.
"My hair has always been straight, unless it is permed."
I say, looking around desperately for the nearest exit.
I feel a little lightheaded. Is it merely the absence of the
excess weight of my big hair? I pay the ransom and leave, wondering how long it
will take for my beautiful tresses to grow back. I canít believe I
paid someone to scalp me.
At home my hair refuses
to cooperate. It tries to curl. Why is my hair curling? It has always been
straight. At first I try to pull it around curlers, but it is so short it wonít
stay. Finally, I give up and decide to give the curly routine a try. It is the
weirdest thing. It curls just like a perm. What did she do to my hair?
"I like your new perm," say the girls at work.
"I donít have a perm!"
"Oh sure, wink, wink," they laugh.
Itís true! My hair has suddenly become curly, after a
lifetime of being straight. It makes no sense at all. What a mystery. How can
hair change completely all on itís own just from a haircut?
Iím starting to get used to it now. Maybe I just wasnít
ready for such a drastic change. Just call me "Curly" - or
"Frizzy." I promise, if it ever grows back, Iíll never complain
about my big hair again!
Copyright 2001 Sheila Moss