Friday, October 24, 2008

Scared Straight

Having a daughter who is a pre-teen is kind of like having your own personal stylist in your home. Sometimes this can be a good thing and sometimes it can be a bad thing.

Just about every day Maddie has some sort of comment on my outfit, or my hair, or my shoes. Most days she follows up the comment with a suggestion. My clothes usually are okay with her (now that I only wear what she considers "cool" jeans) but my shoes (I have one pair she especially hates) and hair often are what she suggests I change. Sometimes I listen, sometimes I don't.

Lately she's been after me to wear my hair straight. She likes it best right after I blow dry it- before using the curling iron. I've resisted for a long time because my hair is so stinkin' fine and has almost zero body. However I got my hair cut on Wed. and it's quite a bit shorter in the back than it was before. Because of that it has a little more body in the back and so I decided it was time to try Maddie's suggestion.

So today- I went straight.

And I have to tell you that for a girl who has used a curling iron every single day of her life since she was about 12 years old- that was a hard thing to do. If I keep this up I may have to go through curling iron detox. Seriously.

Now to be completely honest- I did plug in the curling iron- in case Honey or Maddie laughed at me when they saw my hair. Thankfully they both liked it- although it is very different and so I left it. Honey told me that it made me look "hip" which made me laugh. When Maddie saw it she smiled- and that made me feel a little better.

But I have to tell you- I'm about to leave for school and I am scared.

Scared Straight Shannon.

Because when you have to stand up in front classes of 5th and 6th grade kids all day long- it's a little scary to make a change.

Because those kids- they will notice.

And they will comment.

Sometimes not always in a positive and kind way.

So, I'm crossing my fingers- and praying they don't make fun of me (How old am I? I sound like I am about 5).

I'll let you know how it goes.

Update: Y'all are so funny! I purposefully didn't post a pic this morning because if it looked horrible and everyone at school was like....."WHAT did you do to your hair?" I didn't want it on here for the whole world to see. Now that several hours have gone by and I have had a VERY positive response(sEveryone I have seen has been really excited about it- one friend even screamed! I've been told over and over again how "Hip" and "Trendy" I look which cracks me up because I am so NOT!), I'll share a pic with you. honest.........what do you think?

It's hard to tell from this pic- but the back is really short and stacked!

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  1. lol You're so silly! :o) I'm sure they'll LOVE it! :o)

  2. You are a crack up. I gave up my cirling iron when I had children. I got tired of burning myself every time I turned to answer them or check on them.

  3. You have to show us a photo of your new straight hair style.

    Come us.

  4. Helllooooo??? Are you kidding me? After all that and NO PICTURE!! That's it. I'm coming over to your room. : )

  5. Kids come up with the best ideas sometimes! Now where is the picture? I want to see you with your cute straight hair! Tease!

  6. I LOVE IT!!!!! Step away from the curling iron. : )

  7. It looks so good on you. I love it!! wish my hair would do that.

  8. It's really cute (& much less work, right?)

  9. LOVE IT.

    I have the same haircut - long in the front/sides - short/stacked in the back. I got it cut that way just a couple of weeks ago! I usually clip the front back because I am lazy. :)

    It looks really cute on you!

  10. Ok well I was slammed at work all day and never got to see this until now...

    And, I like it! I looked back at the pics from last month and compared - it's not THAT drastic a change... I can't believe you were scared! I wish we could see the back of it! :o)

  11. Wow! I can't remember when I last saw you with straight hair. It looks great!

  12. It's fabulous! I love it!! And I too know how hard it is to make a change in your appearance. Those high school kids are not afraid to share their opinions AT ALL!!

  13. I love it too! But most of all I love the goofy faces you make when taking a pic of yourself!!! I think you are awesome ;) And cool!!

  14. It looks so nice. I am glad you decided to put up a pic.