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Hair!!!

I don't know why I'm so uber-obsessed with my hair lately. It was super long in high school - at 46 inches, it was almost 4 feet long, and down to my knees - but I didn't really care too much about it. I wore it up in buns and braids, and didn't really show it off. I cut it back to mid-lower back length in my first year of college, since it wouldn't all fit under my marching band helmet. My scholarship was mainly coming from being in the band, so I had to comply, and I wasn't really upset about it at the time. Hair was hair!

Now, however, it's 36 inches long, right at 3 feet, and at my tailbone again. Not that I haven't cut it, it just grows fast! I was sitting on it in November of last year, and cut nearly 7 inches of it off, to even it up. But for some reason, now I want it to grow. (And we all know what Murphy's Law would say on this point: If you didn't care about it, it grew...so now that you want it to grow, it doesn't! *sigh*) I've been joining long-hair enthusiast groups and websites all over the net, and researching ways to make sure I don't stunt my hair's growth, such as using special oils that cost $400 per 6 oz. bottle. No thank you! It goes without saying, that as a stay-at-home mom of 5 kids under 7 years of age, I don't have that kind of money to throw around!

There's a verse in the Bible's New Testament, 1 Cor. 11:15..."But if a woman should have long hair, it is a glory to her." Some religions teach that to cut your hair is wrong. I personally, being Mormon, do not agree with that, since I don't see it written out anywhere in the restored Gospel! However, I will say that some of the ladies who do take that whole chapter seriously have some of the most gorgeous hair in the world! (Well, I do tend to prefer it to be even on the bottom, but it's pretty, nonetheless) I love that verse, and it's true, a woman's hair is her glory!

What always irritates me, now that I'm aware of my hair length, is the high school-aged teen girls who have shorter hair, but want their long haired counterparts to cut theirs off too. I have heard them discussing it! There were three girls in front of me at the checkout line in Foodland the other day, actually, and one of them had the most gorgeous long hair, it was nearly to her waist, and a natural bright red. The other girls had short brown hair with blonde highlights that barely reached their shoulders. The two short-haired girls were attacking the long haired girl with, "You should totally cut your hair. It just...hangs there! It has no style to it!"

The red-haired girl answered, "I like it long, I like the way it looks, what's wrong with it?"

The other two girls were about to answer back, but I butted in. "I think it's gorgeous. Long hair IS a hair style! You can wear it in buns, braids, ponytails, pigtails, or even just down! They can't do any of that."

The girl smiled at me, and noticing my own hair is past my waist, she replied, "Thanks, yours is gorgeous too. I want mine to be that long someday." Mission accomplished!

Some of the sites I visited online suggested keeping a hair journal, recording date and length, so it's obvious to you that it's growing.

So, ok. Today is September 17, 2008. My hair is exactly 36 inches long. (I measured it with the tape measure I use when sewing) Let's play ball!! :)

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