I noticed a woman at work with a new do, shorter, and she said it was because she didn't have time to fuss with it anymore. I said I am following the Hillary Clinton model of growing it out so you can wear it up or in a pony. She said, yes, that was a good plan, but she didn't have the patience to grow her hair.
Well, I survived the growing out stage. It's long enough to wear up in a variety of ways, and I am enjoying it. Once again thinking about my bangs -- maybe growing them out, but I always change my mind. It's not a lack of patience. It seems like I always end up deciding I look better with bangs. I also like that they show deliberation -- bangs sort of demonstrate that I didn't forget to cut or dye my hair. I made a choice. However, bangs are higher maintenance, and maybe it's time for a change.
Another woman I noticed at work -- a youngish fast-tracker female attorney -- was wearing a claw clip. They are also called jaws. Hillary wears them, but she's the national icon of hair accessory change agents. I have never worn one to work due to some ridiculous rule I read somewhere about it being uncool. I have them at home, of course, as seen above on the left, because they are easy and securely hold hair out of the way. I can usually get a little height at the crown using a claw or jaw, and that's another plus in my book.
That said, I use my french twist comb as observed on the right, for my career-worthy updos. But dag, I love those claws. If they are good enough for a high-powered attorney, it seems like I ought to be able to get away with it. The barriers are only in my head.
In related news, blogging friend Lisa at Privilege strikes a lovely pose in a stunning biker jacket and what appears to be a scrunchie (or some variation thereof) in her long gray hair -- and I love it! Great inspiration, Lisa! Thank you.
After all that, I say we just do what we want. Let's be hair accessory change agents! I personally will be investing in a new claw clip (oops, my hair isn't brown anymore). Oh, and perhaps a scrunchie.
For stunning hair accessories, check out:
Stone Bridge (they don't ship to the U.S.)