A couple of months ago I decided that I wanted a new haircut. Something edgy.
Historically, I have been very conservative with my hair.
My default has been long and straight.
And whenever I grew weary of maintaining long hair, I would cut it and wear it short and straight. Most notably when I was sixteen
and then again when I was nineteen.
I almost always immediately regretted cutting it, though, and would begin growing my hair out as soon as the initial shock and the “my head feels so light and airy!” wore off, so a lot of the time it was also medium-length and straight.
Usually when I cut my hair short, it was because I decided I didn’t want to look like myself anymore and instead wanted to look like someone else. This someone else was usually Reese Witherspoon. I spent the bulk of my college career chasing her elusive Sweet Home Alabama cut.
I say “elusive” because I was never happy with the results. Meaning I never magically turned into Reese Witherspoon.
It was on TV this weekend, playing in the background at my friend Sarah’s apartment as we and our friend Holly chatted. My heart still aches for that haircut even though it is no longer even remotely in style. Alas, I do not look like Reese Witherspoon, and I never will, regardless of how talented my hairstylist is, and I have come to terms with that. Mostly.
Anyway, as I was saying, I decided I wanted something edgy a few months ago. So I took this picture in to my stylist.
At first it was jarring, since I haven’t had bangs since I grew them out in the seventh grade because none of the cool girls had bangs. But now, at the age of 27, the cool girls have bangs again. After those first few days of looking in the mirror and seeing twelve-year-old Spring looking back at me, I decided I was pretty much okay with the result because I was ready ahead of time to accept that I will never be as beautiful as Mars Argo.
Some people have said I look like Blondie, and I’m okay with that too.
But imagine my horror when, in the middle of Meg-nificent Monday, I realized that I have the exact same haircut as Meg Ryan in the bulk of When Harry Met Sally.