Yesterday evening I decided is was hair salon time. It’s always salon “annekata”, because I don’t like proper haircuts, which I’ve talked about before.
I think haircuts are a lot like shoes in the sense that one is always on the lookout for the perfect pair. One that will be comfortable and stylish at the same time and go with everything from jeans to summer dresses. However, the perfect pair doesn’t exist and that’s why I own many shoes, most of which lead a totally sedentary life in my closet.
With hair, it’s much the same. I’m always looking for the “perfect cut”. The one that fits my face, reflects how I feel and is unfussy. I’ve been wearing some kind of a bob since my 20’s, but now it is more layered and not the Louise Brooks type that I favored at the time. But even with layers, I’m afraid that a bob might be a too childish haircut for me, especially with my greys coming in.
Here’s the question: Shall I grow out the bangs, will grey bangs look cool, or just plain ridiculous? Should I dip dye them green when the time comes?
Getting older has its challenges and there seems to be two ways of going about it. First there is the “I ignore my age and dress and style myself the exact way I did when I was 30″ or “I re-invent myself and dress myself entirely different to reflect the older me”. I guess I’m somewhere in between.
Have you ever changed your hair style dramatically and has your age something to do with it? Do you wear bangs now and haven’t before? Bangs are supposed to make one look younger, isn’t that true?
Isn’t it interesting how much hair has to do with how we feel? After all, graying hair make us aware of the passing of time. And besides, one can think perfectly well about the world economy in the morning and wonder about (grey) bangs in the evening.
Of course, the French are exempt from getting old, I think they become timeless and seamlessly transition to icons of style. Look at Isabelle Huppert on the left, without and with bangs. I think she’s in her late 50’s in these images. Same for Ellen Barkin, who is not French, but whose wonderfully crooked smile I’ve loved ever since “Diner“. I’d say no to bangs for either of them.
Women seem to constantly change their hair style, even if just a little. They part their hair right, left or in the middle. Last year, Radiolab broadcast an interesting episode “Desperately Seeking Symmetry“. It included the feature “Mirror Mirror” about mirror images and right handed and left handed molecules. A sweet man named John Walter explains how changing the part in his hair subsequently changed his life. It was intriguing and prompted me for the first time in my adult life to change the part in my hair from left to right for three months. My life didn’t change, so I changed it back.
Men don’t seem to experiment much with their hair except maybe Brad Pitt and Donald Trump. Most of them seem to adopt a hairstyle and then keep it for the rest of their lives (until it falls out).
What do you think? Bangs or no bangs or long bangs, that is the question (but only for today).