I just wanted to share a few thoughts on hair.
My hair has always been poker straight and from about the age of 7 or 8 (except for a brief spell when I was 18) I've always worn it short. Often very short - in fact when my eldest daughter was born 13 years ago I'd had it shaved, not completely off but a number 3 all over.
This is about average length when it was short.
Then a couple of years ago when I was planning to start 20th Century Cloth I thought it would be a cool idea to grow it.
I thought I would be able to set it in pincurls or rollers and have lovely vintage looking curls and waves. The growing out was the worst but I managed to get it to a bob length with a blunt fringe without too much pain.
It then got to the stage where I wasn't setting it often and started wondering what the point of keeping it long was if I wasn't going to do anything with it. So after much deliberation I decided to get it chopped - not completely to begin with, I kept some length at the front but the back was chopped completely. I could still set it but it was much quicker and easier because I only had to do the top and sides, and not much at the back.
Then about 2 months ago I had it completely chopped - I still have some length on top but it's almost back to where I started about 3 years ago so I've come full circle but feel much more liberated. As an added bonus I can now wear my cycle helmet without ruining my 'do', so I've started cycling too! I can just about get some small rollers in the top so I can still play around with it when the mood takes me but equally I can wash it and leave it and I think it still looks fine.
By complete coincidence at about the time I had my hair chopped Rochelle of the Lucky Lucille blog wrote a great post about short vintage hair. You can read it here. I think I'm going to let it grow just a bit more than this but I've picked up plenty of inspiration from Rochelles post and am going to be trying some new styles.