On Why I Have a Mullet

I like magazines.

I really do.

It’s a guilty pleasure. A guilty pleasure that used to be a wee bit out of control. Thankfully, not going back to work full time after baby motivated me to reign things in.

I do maintain one subscription to a fitness magazine. Staying up to date on current fitness trends is a rather important thing considering what I do for a living. I take mental notes on what’s hip and cool (kettlebells! yogalates! ballet core kickboxing fusion!), and gloss over the beauty and cooking sections. Actually, i usually applaud myself for being so unaffected by the overtly ‘contoured’ (magazine speak for we-airbrushed-the-crap-out-of-that-model) bodies and empty advice. I mean, I’m an evolved women. I don’t listen to that junk.

Until this month’s issue.

I was flipping through as usual when my fingers involuntarily paused on an article: Looks Guys Love (& Hate)

In honor of the month of love, the editors had posed questions on all the important female qualities – you know, hair, makeup, bangs – to a panel of men folk.

I snorted out loud. C’mon. What kind of insecure woman is going to listen to this crap? Just do whatever makes you feel good darn it! Who cares that boys don’t like fishtail braids? They have farting contests for goodness sake! Not exactly the final word on style.

Then this little segment halted my self-righteous tirade . .

magazine

See, I have very short hair. I wrote about my reasoning behind the big chop here.  I am not delusional; I am very aware that the only similarity between Halle Berry’s face and mine is that we both have a face. But I have grown quite confident without my imposing wall of chestnut locks to shield me from the world. My hair – or lack thereof- is instrumental in helping me own who I am. In owning my self. And my hubby happens to love my hair no matter what I do to it (do not get me started on women who don’t cut their hair because their husband won’t let them. Ugggghhh.) I had no intention of changing anything just because some stupid men interviewed by a stupid magazine gave their stupid opinion.

In a completely unrelated coincidence, I decided to try growing it out a bit.

It’s been a few weeks since then and I feel a bit silly (and completely embarrassed) that i allowed myself to get so worked up about not being viewed as attractive by wordly standards. To add insult to injury, I now also have one of those horrible mullets that seem to magically manifest themselves the second you attempt to grow out a pixie cut.  Ironically, the article had a side note claiming that “confidence trumps all”, which i found a bit bizarre considering they had just spent a handful of pages detailing how to dress, style your hair, and paint you nails in accordance with how to please someone else.

I have an appointment with my hairdresser next week.  If i decide to keep on growing it, it’ll be for me.

But i’ll probably ask her to hack it off.

11 thoughts on “On Why I Have a Mullet

  1. Thank you for bringing laughter and joy into my morning!!!! You ROCK:) it was just what I needed to get de- stressed ( is that a word ?)
    Love u

  2. So the funny thing is….I saw the title of your post and thought “huh, I thought she had an adorable short cut…maybe her bio pic is old.” Fitness magazine be gone……you (and lots of other women I know) can totally pull it off. Really. Happy chopping! (Oh…and you might want to send your pic in to the magazine.)

    • awww . . thank you melissa! how lovely are you?! i had a bit of a lapse in confidence but it’s coming back! i so appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. much love

  3. This topic irks me (not what you said about it, mind you). And that’s probably because my hair is VERY fine…and as such long hair simply does. not. look good on me. There was a time when I believed “men only like long hair.” And I tried it past my shoulders once…and later looked back on pics of me from that time and thought, “I went out in public like that?!?” (Even more than I do with most pictures of me from years ago. 😉 Thankfully experience has shown me: there ARE men who find short hair attractive; there ARE men who find me attractive with my short hair. Anyone who won’t approach me because my hair is short is a) shallow and b) unaware of what he is missing out on. 😀

  4. Hi there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate!
    He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this post to him.
    Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

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