I am sure that each and every one of you read Whoorl and her Hair Thursdays. The girl was in the NEW YORK TIMES last week! I am so very, very proud of her.

When she first posed the question as to whether or not she should start the series, I fully encouraged her. I did not, however, sign up.

This had nothing to do with what I thought of her ability to choose hairstyles. She is gifted in that regard.

The issue is my hair. I am limited with my options.

Let me show you.

I have naturally curly hair, that is thicker than all get-out. Seriously. It weighs about a tonne. No kidding.

I am actually quite thankful that I have curly hair. Why? Because for the first twelve years of my life, my hair was straight. No curls to be seen. I envied my sister Mel, for she had a head of corkscrew curls that begged me to pull them daily, just to see them spring back. My hair was 90% straight, with 10% frizz. See?

Me In Grade Four

Oh, grade four. I was so cute(ish). Then grade five hit, along with the ten-year awkward phase.

Case in point, from grade nine (Posted before, because it is classic).

Me In Grade Nine

This photo also proves why I cannot do bangs. They stick up regardless of what I do. Add a little Ice Mist and BAM! Instant height.

I once bucked my hair off, to barely below my ears. The year was 1998. I was about thirty/forty pounds heavier than I am now.

Me. 1998.

I was also apparently a fan of the mumu. IT WAS THE NINETIES. I refuse to take the blame for that dress.

I loved that haircut for about…a day. I promptly decided to grow it out, which was a (rhymes with) itch.

It got to a length where I could rock the “friends” hairdo, as it was the times I was living in.

Me in 1999

That is me on the left, and my friend (and college roommate) Tanya on the right. I was still a porker.

The hair finally passed the awkward length and I reverted back to the long and curly.

I got fit, met and married Honey and we had a baby. Graham. In my post-partum glory, I thought I should cut my hair. Not short short, but short. It was a bit shorter when it was first cut, but there were only about three photos taken of me that year. This gives you an idea.

Me and G in 2003


Back to the hair.

I liked that length. Sort of. I felt cute. But not pretty. I vowed never to go that short again.

On the drive to my hairdresser’s yesterday, I pondered my options.

Bangs were out.

Short short was out.

Straightening my hair every day? WAS OUT. I am lucky if I make it out of the house fully clothed and in my right mind. I HAVE NO TIME TO MESS WITH A STRAIGHTENING IRON. Besides, I tried “poker straight” a few years ago and aged twenty years in the matter of minutes. This face of mine? Needs hair with BODY.

I have done a variation of the same theme for the past five years. Long layers. That’s it.

So what could I do?

My hair has gotten all funky lately. Blame it on hormones, aging, or the jet stream. Whatever the reason, the underneath layer of my hair (which used to be the curliest) is now the straightest. It was hanging there all straight and frizzy. Three inches below the curls. HAWT.


I also found that the super long layers that I had in the front were not conducive for pulling my hair back and leaving wisps of hair around my face. The “wisps” were eight inches long. At least.


So? Jenny cut at least three inches of nastiness off of the back, and gave me some super short tendrils around my face. Those short pieces do not even reach my chin. When I pull my hair back, I have the curly-haired version of ponytail “bangs”.

My hair is still layered, and longer at the back than what you can see at the front.  This photo does not give it justice, but I like my new ‘do. A lot.

Me.  Yesterday.

I feel lighter, fresher, and springier. Here is hoping the weather follows suit.

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  1. Christina April 23, 2008 6:44 am edit

    I think my hair IS your hair. I was born with curls, but then my hair went poker straight for quite a while… according to my mother, I would scream and cry when she tried to brush it out, so she had it all chopped off and permed. SUPER HOT. I looked like a small boy for many, many years. I let it grow out again, around 5th grade, and it was super straight still… and then in 8th grade, apparently the hormones took over, and it went crazy curly again. It’s been curly ever since (very similar to yours – a medium curl, not too tight, exceptionally thick and heavy, etc)… however, this totally straight under-layer that you speak of? Yeah, I have that. Always have. It is super awesome, no?

    Anyways, your new cut is SO cute… it frames your face really nicely, and it looks like it’s bringing out the best in your curls, too. Well done :)

  2. ali April 23, 2008 6:50 am edit

    you are stunning. and so is your hair! looks like the perfect length for you!

  3. Erin April 23, 2008 7:01 am edit

    You look lovely! and MY are your eyes BLUE!!!

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  4. Barb April 23, 2008 7:07 am edit

    You look gorgeous… wonderful cut and looks great.
    I always hate trying to do something with my hair…its very thick and doesn’t want to ever do what I would like it to

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  5. sizzle April 23, 2008 7:13 am edit

    It’s very pretty!

    Even at your personal heaviest, I would never ever think you were a “porker.” You don’t even look heavy! But I am glad you have a body you love now. :)

  6. Beth April 23, 2008 7:17 am edit

    love your new ‘do!

  7. Amanda Brown April 23, 2008 7:28 am edit

    Hot cakes! Lookin’ saucy!

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  8. songsinblue April 23, 2008 7:37 am edit

    This is my older sister, people, isn’t she sexy? I know, HOT!

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  9. bethany actually April 23, 2008 7:43 am edit

    I was going to say exactly what sizzle said.

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  10. Rhi April 23, 2008 8:01 am edit

    I like it! I have super curly hair too – and I recently got it cut a bit too short for my curls. To wit: http://flickr.com/photos/rhirhi/2434262426/

    Rhi’s last blog post..Mother Earth, I kinda like you

  11. Sharon April 23, 2008 8:05 am edit

    It looks fantastic! I love it!

    I’ve been blessed with the curly haired gene as well. When I was younger, I absolutely hated how many curls I had. I wanted to be just like all my other friends, who all had incredibly straight hair. Older ladies used to come up to me, and gush over how gorgeous my hair was, but I hated it.

    Over time I grew to love the curls, and now I embrace them fully. I do get the frizzies at times, but for the most part I’ve learned how to manage it, and make it look halfways decent most of the time.

    I’ve straightened it a few times, and while others thought I looked great, it just didn’t look like me. In the pictures I have, it looks like my face and body, but looks like someone Photoshopped a different hairstyle over top of my head. ;)

    Sharon’s last blog post..A new adventure

  12. Mrs. Wilson April 23, 2008 8:09 am edit

    You look absolutely FANTABULOUS!! And the porker picture? Not so porky. In MY opinion anyway.

    And that picture of you and Graham? So SO cute!!!

    Mrs. Wilson’s last blog post..Ode to my Family: My older younger brother

  13. hills April 23, 2008 8:13 am edit

    yay for getting a haircut you love!
    I always hyperventilate at the hairdresser (one day I will work up the courage to cut off my long hair … just not anytime soon.)

    hills’s last blog post..Got Cheap Babble, Cheap Talking Free

  14. LVGurl April 23, 2008 8:31 am edit

    I had all sorts of comments, and then I saw that picture of Graham… now I can’t think straight. What a cutie!

    How funny, I was getting my hair cut (and colored…*shakes fist at grays*) yesterday! I like you new ‘do!! :)

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  15. Kerri Anne April 23, 2008 8:50 am edit

    You look beautiful, in every single one of those shots. But I love the new ‘do. Very YOU.

    Kerri Anne’s last blog post..Ain’t No Use In Callin’ Out My Name, Gal

  16. 180/360 April 23, 2008 8:55 am edit

    It looks great! My hair has been getting progressively wavier and wavier. It’s kind of freaking me out. I also have a ton of hair and a LOT of body.

    180/360’s last blog post..Green Thumb

  17. Holly April 23, 2008 10:06 am edit

    aie, you are definitely not a ‘porker’…
    isn’t it great how a new do can perk ya up? looks good!

    Holly’s last blog post..Idol Update: Next Theme Is?.

  18. Jen April 23, 2008 10:40 am edit

    Looks fantastic! I’m thinking of getting a new ‘do myself. :)

  19. K April 23, 2008 10:42 am edit

    I think it looks lovely… I am also in love with your necklace in that last photo.

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  20. Mel April 23, 2008 10:46 am edit

    New do looks great Ange. Why is it that we always seem to do the hair cut thing around the same time. I did mine about 2 weeks ago. Too funny!!

    Mel’s last blog post..Private Screening

  21. Lee April 23, 2008 10:53 am edit

    It looks a whole bunch lighter, great look!

    I remember your “poker straight” attempt. Your boss at the time couldn’t figure out what was different :)

    My hair has really changed since the boys, I have to now straighten mine everyday, otherwise it looks like I stuck my finger in a light socket!

    Love the posts!

  22. Moose April 23, 2008 11:00 am edit

    This post makes me remember the days when I longed for curly hair. And a different nose. My nose grew less turned up, but my hair grew no more curly.

    Love the new cut. Looks great on you.

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  23. Hannah April 23, 2008 12:10 pm edit

    Love the new “do” … you look hot!!

    And OHMIGOSH you were NOT a porker!! If you were, then I’m an elephant.

    Hannah’s last blog post..Chicken Stroganoff

  24. Kristin April 23, 2008 12:41 pm edit

    Lookin good, and best of all you like it!
    That shirt goes well with your eyes too. :)

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  25. Kristabella April 23, 2008 1:30 pm edit

    Looks great!

    And no, you were never a porker!

    Kristabella’s last blog post..She’s BOSSY

  26. Loralee April 23, 2008 1:42 pm edit

    I would kill for your hair.

    At least you never sported the same do as Beeker from the muppets, because let me tell you…Orange is never flattering on ANYONE.


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  27. Anna April 23, 2008 1:46 pm edit

    Oooooo, best hair ever! I love it. It is soft yet stunning and so flattering, whit-whew! (whistling)

    Anna’s last blog post..Potty talk

  28. Jazz April 23, 2008 2:51 pm edit

    You are HOT! Can’t wiat to see it up…

  29. Teej April 23, 2008 3:16 pm edit

    You look great in blue, it makes your eyes really look blue and sparkly.

  30. Sue April 23, 2008 5:55 pm edit

    You are so gorgeous! I have a theory that every woman has a Drop Dead Gorgeous phase in their life. Mine, unfortunately was when I was a toddler, but you, well, you are just hitting yours. All your pics are beautiful, but now… well, you’re HAWT!

    Sue’s last blog post..Teenagers Rock!

  31. Kami April 23, 2008 7:01 pm edit

    Okay so this comment will have little to do with your hair but the irony is amazing. I was in the middle of reading your post… on hair when the phone rang. Guess who?

    My hair stylist that’s who.

    I was 10 minutes late for cut and colour!!!!!!!

    Me, who never forgets about anything.

    First sign of dimentia?



    Are stunning.



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  32. Meg April 23, 2008 8:57 pm edit

    I LOVE having short hair. I have wavy hair, and I love when it’s short and sticks up all over the place!
    I love that cut on you, it looks really good! I think we need a ponytail picture!!
    Also—Emily looks SO MUCH like your little-you picture! Same big smile and cutie-patootie-ness!

    Meg’s last blog post..Happy Earth Day!

  33. Red Lotus Mama April 23, 2008 10:08 pm edit

    Great hair cut! You look gorgeous. I am in desparate need of a new “do”. I have asked Whoorl for help … let’s see what she and her readers come up with!

  34. Michele April 23, 2008 10:31 pm edit

    Oh my goodness, does Emily ever look like you when you were younger! And how cute are Grahams rolls?!? Don’t you love looking back and seeing all the “styles” that you fell victim to? I think your hair looks awesome!

  35. Kaili April 24, 2008 12:35 am edit

    Cute! Hope it helps spring return!

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  36. metalia April 24, 2008 2:58 am edit

    You look beyond gorgeous. The cut is perfect. Now, let’s try to overlook the fact that I think we BOTH had that same hideous floral print muumuu dress in the early nineties. (It wasn’t our fault! It was the FASHION!)

    metalia’s last blog post..All Over The Place

  37. Marla April 24, 2008 4:22 am edit

    Your hair is gorgeous! I don’t know how much I’ve spent on perms over the years trying to get my hair to look JUST LIKE YOURS. TFS!

    Marla’s last blog post..Faux Cloisonne

  38. Indygirl April 24, 2008 5:01 am edit

    You look fantastic. LOVE the picture, love the style.

    Indygirl’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday – Tulip Tree

  39. skiplovey April 24, 2008 8:42 am edit

    Your hair looks great. I so wish I had curly hair (I know, grass is always greener).
    You look fab!

    skiplovey’s last blog post..Out, out and over

  40. Kristie April 24, 2008 10:55 am edit

    The hair looks great! I have similar hair, but it goes flat by the 3rd hour so I either straighten it or powere thorough flat frizzy hair.

    Kristie’s last blog post..My newest celebrity crush

  41. Heza Hekele April 25, 2008 12:45 am edit

    New haircut looks great. Baby Graham was a stunner! So cute!

    Heza Hekele’s last blog post..The Cost of Children

  42. Missy April 25, 2008 1:18 am edit

    I love the new style. And if you’re happy with it, that’s all the really matters.

    Missy’s last blog post..Study Day

  43. Karla April 25, 2008 4:10 am edit

    Vavavoom! You sure know how to rock those curls girl!

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