The recent thread about short hair on women got me thinking about mine. I had pixie cuts intermittently between the ages of about 15 and 22 and loved them. I’m 33 - nearly 34 now - and my hair’s not changed much in the last few years, generally variations on a layered bob. At the moment it hits my shoulders, and is pretty low-maintenance. I wash and condition about twice a week, and style it with a hot brush, which takes about 20 minutes. When I’m really pushed for time I just run some serum through it and leave it, but it tends to dry a bit limp and fluffy when I do that - there’s a lot of it, but it’s very fine, and has a lot of natural wave.
I have a 6 month old daughter now, and most days even that level of maintenance is beyond me, so there’s something attractive about being able to just wash and go, and I know it used to suit me. But I’m older now, and a bit bigger (not huge - I was maybe a US size 8 then, and I’m a 10 now, but everything was firmer and more in proportion pre baby!) and I don’t have time to put on make up most days, so I’m worried that a combination of those factors will make me look older and fatter and like I’ve stopped caring.
I don’t have any pictures of me with a pixie cut, as that was pre-digital camera, but here are some recent ones of hairstyles I’ve had lately:
I’m not generally precious about my hair - it’s hair, it grows - and I’m happily married to a man who doesn’t mind what I do with my hair, so the contingent of men who will find me less attractive with short hair bothers me not at all. But I would hate to look dowdy and mumsy, even though I am one.