I have spent today getting my ASUS computer working again and trying to clear files out of my google drive so that I can get the pictures off of my phone again. Computers take way too long to do this maintenance stuff. I also downloaded an anti-virus program after reading several articles on which one is best. I chose the Avast free anti-virus software.

As I wait for my files to download from google I have paid some bills, transferred some more money to savings, bemoaned my paltry $0.18 in interest earned on my savings (it's making me wonder why I don't pay off my house as I pay 300 times more in mortgage interest than I earn on my savings), and drank some amaretto on ice from a stemless wine glass. Now, I am here, and I have decided to share a random picture.

And it is totally random, blind selection. It's from May 2014, and I finally have all of this hair and then some back again! I keep getting different styles for winter and then growing it out in the summer, when hair grows faster. This winter, though, I have kept my hair, it hangs down to just below my shoulder blades now and I got my bangs back today. Being able to put it up with a pencil is very handy.

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Comment by Anna Herrington on December 29, 2017 at 9:54am

Your hair is beautiful, P. Love that honey gold color - and it looks thick. Nice! Personally, longer hair is so much easier to take care of than short, just use a ponytail or a pencil !

I tend to leave my hair down unless gardening then go with a sloppy French twist kind of thing, like your photo but messier and then use one of those weird clips to keep it together. The biggest trouble I have is my hair is slippery so it doesn't stay in anything long, but that's hard to consider a complaint....

The biggest thing that happens here that's never happened anywhere else I've lived, is how many women do not dye their hair, so you see how incredibly beautiful undyed hair can be, such a wide range of pewters, silvers, gunmetal greys...and almost always healthy and shiny since they don't dye. It's kind of a thing, here, ageing without dyeing. It's a fascinating and wonderful subset of women's looks, personally.

Comment by Phyllis on December 31, 2017 at 8:59am

Hi Anna! Thank you for the compliment. I have the same problem with slippery hair, btw. I have used more hairspray than anyone has a right to. :D Dirty hair holds better but also makes for itchy heads. 

I wish more people accepted their hair but I can see why some don't, it really does make some people look old. Or maybe they're not willing to adjust their make up. You and I are lucky, no one will see our gray until we are.

Comment by koshersalaami on December 31, 2017 at 9:21am

Non-acceptance of hair can be a funny thing. My Chinese daughter has long straight black hair and would rather have something else. Why is a good question. 

Comment by Phyllis on December 31, 2017 at 10:18am

Personally I think it's because we are bored with our hair, it takes too much work and is too hard to change. We see other people's hair in the finished stage and think how awesome it would be to have, not realizing all of the care taken to create that hair. (I think about hair a lot.)

Comment by koshersalaami on December 31, 2017 at 10:54am

I don't think about hair a lot but, like you do here about hair, I think about process a lot, particularly when it comes to comparisons.

Comment by Anna Herrington on December 31, 2017 at 11:12am

P, you're right, the greys can vary wildly and some do look older with their grey showing.... but so do some dyed-hair women look older than they might if they stayed more natural.

To each her/his own. I just like seeing the variety around here, something not so common elsewhere I've lived...

and so true about wishing for what we don't have. I wanted wildly curly red hair, not the straight reddish-gold hair I had... now I see that color and straight-ness in my granddaughter's hair and think it is so beautiful!

(and my hair is pretty white these days. I had a blonde rinse in it years ago that was supposed to be temporary and wasn't.... it's half grown out. Silver and white. I inherited my black-haired mother's tendency to turn white early. It's a lesson in 'stand tall, shoulders back, head up' being an undyed-hair kind of woman in this world...)

And kosh, not sure about your daughter at all, but as anecdote of one girl to woman's story: my niece who was adopted from China has rejected her (gorgeous) hair as it being a sign of those who didn't want her back in China. She's rejected anything Chinese, so far, whether it's history, her looks, her birth culture, the language, all of it. She's American. 

But/also, she grew up in the midst of Chinese families at her school and neighborhood who raised their children so differently than she was raised (in a white family with two moms, a white sibling and two black siblings), and those same neighborhood Chinese moms rejected her, too, saying she's not Chinese all her life, so she agrees. And it's true on all levels other than birth genetics, which too many only see. 

Her hair has been the main point of self-focus in all this....

I share here as I find her journey to self-acceptance fascinating. (In mid-20s now, she has begun to come into her own...)

Comment by Phyllis on January 1, 2018 at 1:21pm

It's rough to be rejected for what you have no control over, it's so wonderful that your family acknowledges your niece's trials, Anna. I'm sure that has a lot to do with her confidence now. And I'll bet you're getting some gorgeous white hair. Given a choice, I'd like to skip the greying and go straight to white. 

Kosh, wouldn't it be great if we could all just accept ourselves and each other? That includes the desire to dye our hair pink and get 20 piercings as a manifestation of who we are.

Comment by koshersalaami on January 1, 2018 at 3:07pm

Yes, though I'd characterize that maybe as a manifestation of who we want to be and what kind of reactions we want to elicit. It's a mix. It's like long hair in the sixties. I guess it's one thing if you think 20 piercings look great and another if it's all about rebellion. 

My daughter is conscious of being Asian but remarkably incurious about China. And yes, she also has gorgeous hair. It's finally beginning to occur to her at seventeen that she's pretty. Which she really is, and I don't say that out of pride because I have nothing to do with that. Sorry I can't violate her privacy by posting a picture. 


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