I’ve had a long history with my hair–starting with being born near-bald as an infant, literally not having enough hair to cut until I was 4, almost losing all my hair when I was 5 for using Clearasil as my shampoo (my yaya clearly did not get the memo), and growing it out past my shoulders when I was 12 because that was the only time my parents allowed me to.
I never had the same attachment to my hair as most girls in my generation had. I wouldn’t cry over hair trimmed more than 2 inches, and I certainly didn’t care much if my usual stylist took a leave the day I visited the salon. What was paramount for me was ensuring I had my trusty fringes and I didn’t look horrible.
No matter which hairstyle you opt for, there are pros and cons–whether you’re hair is long or short, colored or natural, permed or straightened. Nearing 30, I’ve decided to keep everything au naturale and as you can see, my hair hasn’t touched dye for the past 24 months, and I have never subjected it to harsh chemicals in the same timeframe. I’m pretty much your “wash and wear” gal nowadays, blowdrying it with my trust Dyson blower and then running it through a hot iron to keep every flyaway at bay.
But last year though, I got super bored with my long locks. My hair is crazy thick and heavy, and at the peak of Summer, I just wanted to get into the LOB (Long Bob) bandwagon. When I had my hair cut, I enjoyed the freedom and the lightness; I could still tie it up in a pony if I needed to go to the gym but I could just let it down on a regular day. Plus, it made me look and feel young. It took lesser time to dry too!
But what I realized is that LOBs are actually hard to maintain. Much harder than long hair, in fact. I’m not entirely sure why but maybe the hair is at a stage where it tends to be more stubborn? So I can’t really rush my styling process in the morning or else the tips will go to different directions. Usually I opt to have it straight since it’s much easier to maintain. If I do decide to go for curls, they look awkward instead of the popular beach waves.
So do I regret getting the LOB? Not at all. It was great while it lasted but I’m relieved to be back to long and plain. I wish I had more patience to style it but different strokes for different folks. It’s definitely worth a try for people seeking for change but, for the risk-adversed, it’s worth thinking twice too.
Dress, Sandals: Zara | Belt: Chanel | Bag: Louis Vuitton |