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On Beauty Q&A: Cheap Creams, Jeans, and Long Hair Dreams

Dear LW3

I have recently undergone the transition from pixie to longish bob, and because I’m not into fake hair, it took about 12 months all up. Here is my advice:

1. Get an awesome supportive hairdresser who knows what you want to do, will hold your hand through the process, won’t let you get frustrated and chop all your hair off again, and will say encouraging things when you come in like “oooh look how long it’s getting!” (when its actually just grazing your chin).

2. Get regular haircuts, every 6 weeks. I know this sounds counterintuitive, but there is unavoidable awkwardness involved in growing out a pixie, and if you just let your hair do its own thing it will grow into a horrible mullet-y mess that will depress you, and tempt you to throw in the towel and chop it off again just so you can have a nice haircut. Plus, you want your hair to be long but in nice condition, right?

3. The hardest part is getting the hair on the very top of your head to be long enough to reach the back of your neck, and then you can get it all chopped into the same length to form a bob. Once you reach that point, hard part over! But it can feel like you take a big backward step because you have to lose some length from the hair at the base of your head so to meet the length of the hair at the top. You will go from ponytail-ability back to none for a couple of months, but at least you have an actual haircut that people walk into the hairdressers and request, rather than what is clearly a growing out pixie.

4. Get a fringe. When you have something interesting going on up front, you don’t notice what’s happening at the back so much. Seriously, this was the best bit of advice my hairdresser gave me.

5. Biotin supplements – I don’t know that they actually make your hair grow faster, but I felt like they made mine thicker and less breaky.

Good luck!

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 7:46 pm 3

On Beauty Q&A: Cheap Creams, Jeans, and Long Hair Dreams

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On Oh, Pandora. Where Art Thou?

@Verity
Do you weep, Mrs Thatcher, do you weep?
Do you wake, Mrs Thatcher, in your sleep?
Do you weep like a sad willow?
On your Marks and Spencer's pillow?
Are your tears molten steel?
Do you weep?
Do you wake with 'Three Million' on your brain?
Are you sorry that they'll never work again?
When you're dressing in your blue, do you see the waiting queue?
Do you weep, Mrs Thatcher, do you weep?

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On The League of Ordinary Ladies: I Can't Believe It's Almost April

@reburkel I went to a wedding in India recently, and found all of the other Indian guests to be incredibly good at saying at the natural lull in conversation "Ok, it was nice talking to you" and then walking away. I tried so hard to bring that home but us Australians are terrible at being direct (my Chicagoan boss always shouts "just say what you mean!" at us) and so it always came across as really rude and abrupt. I'm going to stick it out though! I mean, it's just a more honest way of saying "Ok, I'm going to get a drink/go to the bathroom now". When my little brother was like 3 years old and he got sick of being engaged in conversation, he would just say "Stop talking to me now". THAT is something I would love to see become a thing.

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On Finance 101: Shoebox Savings and Baby Bonds

@meganmaria oh I'm talking australia here. but yes, wasteland.

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On Finance 101: Shoebox Savings and Baby Bonds

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher imagine if I could! You would be a national hero. 'Don't worry everyone! in 10 - 14 working days, everything will be sorted!'

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On Finance 101: Shoebox Savings and Baby Bonds

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On The League of Ordinary Ladies: Hobbies, Bathers

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On The League of Ordinary Ladies: Hobbies, Bathers

@Minnow agreed! Bathers sounds way cuter and old-timey, like something you would wear to a sea bath that would have ruching, rather than something you would wear in an olympic swimming pool that would have "technology". Don't get me started on toggs and/or cossies.

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On The League of Ordinary Ladies: Hobbies, Bathers

Logged in to say how pleased it made me to see the word "bathers" in writing on a US website. Bathers!

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