Lighten Up?

So, internet, I have this hair. This thick, heavy, beautiful (if I do say so myself) hair. Every time I go to get it cut, the stylist remarks on how beautiful and thick it is, and then they immediately ask me if I want it thinned out. I’ve always recoiled in horror- you just got done telling me how beautiful it is, and now you want to thin it? No effin’ way!

But R says that it needs to be done. WH agrees. They say it’s too thick. That’s why it doesn’t hold curl, that’s why it’s unruly, that’s why I spend the better part of my life with my hair piled on top of my head librarian style, which beyond being less attractive than I would prefer, makes my neck and shoulders tight and sore. No kidding, I go through a package of no damage ponytail holders about every two months.

My hair has some natural curl. I’ve found some products that help that along, but after a few hours of drying, the weight of my hair has pulled it straight. I don’t mind straight hair, but I love to wear it curly. Except that even with a silicone shiner, it still ends up resembling a bird’s nest.

Something must be done. Summer is here, and it’s 90 for the second day in a row here in Paradise, and there is no relief in the seven day forecast sight. I’m either getting it thinned, or cut super short, shorter than I ever have before, boy-short.

Except that I’m a total hair wuss, because of the Mullet Incident- an unfortunate hair cut I received in late elementary school. No kidding here, I do mean an actual mullet.

So, internet, what do you think? Do you have any experience with this hair thinning procedure? Would I look like a total freak if I cut it all off? There’s a photo on the about tab- that hair cut was comprised of several long layers, and it had a lot of body (good body, not the rat-nest kind) at first, but then? It got more scraggly and less curly and I got tired of it, and I cut out the layers. I mean, had them cut out- that’s one hair mistake I will never make- attempting to cut this mop myself.

Girly girls, I need your magic!