Tomorrow, though, I am going to the big city*, to the posh hairdressing saloon to get myself beee-yoo-tee-fied. I am facing a dilemma, albeit a small, petty, over-indulged middle-aged woman one.
Should I have my hair cut short, or should I keep it long? I've had very short hair and very long hair over the years, although not at the same time. That would mean a dreadful gravedigger or mullet stylee. Cute on biker dudes, dreadful on women. Yes, even you, lesbian sportswomen.
I quite like my hair, there's lots of it and it isn't grey yet, and it tends to look pretty good most of the time, despite my dreadful laziness and non-use of "products" on it. It gets washed, it gets blow dried upside down, it gets a brush and it's ready to go. Job done.
Hair, long, brown, wavy, for the use of.
However, I've been looking at the smart London ladies I see around the place when I am in town, and feeling just slightly intimidated and scruffy.
Maybe I should wear a funky French plait? I can do them on other people but not on myself, which isn't much use.
Or a proper bun, all strict and dominatrix-y? Although I think I am still far too chunky to pull that look off convincingly quite yet.
Even a bit of proper blow dry styling might help, although that tends to make me look like Nerys Hughes in the Liver Birds**, which is not the smart, professional look I am aiming for.
As you can see, this train of thought is interminable. And, inevitably, it leads me to the "ooh, I could get it all cut off again!" idea.
I've done that a few times over the years, and whilst I do like the dramatic effect of going from long hair to very short hair (why, Mrs WithaY! You look ten/twenty/thirty years younger! I'd never noticed what lovely cheekbones/teeth/ears you have!") it is a lot less versatile, and I get bored with it quickly. Then I start to grow it out, which takes three years, and I whine regularly about having had it cut off in the first place.
So. What to do, what to do.
I think I might look at hairstyles on the internet and then at least be able to offer an idea of what I want, rather than falling back on the trusty "Just trim it a bit and take off any split ends please," approach I usually adopt.
Hmm, let's see...
I like this, but it looks like a LOT of work. Plus I grew my fringe out and am not sure I want another one.
This one is mental, but interesting. A bit Veronica Lake-y.
This one gives me flashbacks to being at school in the early 80s...that fringe must take a LOT of hairspray.
This one is completely bonkers but I reckon I could carry it off.
It might be a bit awkward on the Tube though.
I'll let you know how I get on.
*Salisbury. Hey, it has a Marks and Spencer. And a cinema. And a Lakeland. No Long Tall Sally though, sort it out, Salisbury.
**Google it, American readers. And anyone under 35.
Pictures nicked from here