Friend Fridays: Flow it, show it, long as you can grow it, hair!

By IN Fashion Beauty Friend Fridays

Heidi with short hair

My most recent attempt at a short cut (seen here with my little girl)

This week for Fashion Beauty Friend Friday we’re talking about our crowning glory, our hair. And in some ways our hair is even more important than anything we wear. After all, you can remove an unflattering top.

But as anyone who’s ever had a bad hair day–or a bad haircut–knows, if your hair is unflattering, everything is.

And there’s no such thing as instant removal, short of, well, going very short (Sinead O’Connor flashbacks, anyone?).

So here are my answers to …

5 questions about hair care

1. How often do you get your hair cut?

Every 4 weeks, like clockwork. When I try to stretch it out to 5, I always regret it.

2. Do you go to the same stylist each time, try someone new, go to the cheap hair cutting chains or live it up in a salon?

I have a stylist, he rocks and I will never leave him. I have been a customer of his since he was in training at the Graham Webb Beauty Academy here in the DC area and have been following him ever since, from salon gig to salon gig, until he eventually opened up his own place (which he co-owns with his brother, also a stylist). It is the Hipster Palace of Tattooed Asian Boys ;)

3. Do you color your hair? How often? What’s your natural color?

Heidi with long hair

My hair's length now; I like it better longer

I was a redhead of varying degrees of flame from the ages of about 24 to 34. I stopped coloring my hair when I got pregnant. Then I was my natural color–a sort of medium-ish brown that sometimes gets golden tones in the summer–until I turned 40. I debated whether to start coloring it again, not to go red, but to cover the ever-emerging gray. (In fact, I wrote a blog post about my dilemma, if you can even call it that.).

About 6 months ago I decided to compromise, so now I get a semi-permanent color treatment every 3 months or so. It fades away without roots, and also provides some gray coverage without looking like Hey, I Dye My Hair. (At least I hope so!)

4. The one thing you always do to keep your hair looking great is:

Regular good haircuts. The most luxurious hair products in the world will not make up for a fantastic cut. Having said that, I just got the new L’Oreal EverSleek shampoo and conditioner and let me tell you, they do make your hair sleek like, um, something very sleek. (A mink? J. Lo’s extensions?) And for hair gel, I am a tried and true fan of Matrix Biolage. It’s firm without being goopy or crunchy.

5. What hair trend do you love and wish you could rock?

I adore a pixie cut. For a little while in high school, and again about 4 years ago, I went very short (you can see it in the first photo at the top of this post). Although it’s fun and cool and easy to take care of, it’s never as flattering on me as when I have hair framing my face (as it is in the second photo).

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This post is part of Modly Chic’s Fashion Beauty Friend Fridays.

[P.S.: Bonus points to anyone who recognizes the source of today's post headline.]

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