Hairy Encounters

I don’t know about you but I am a bit precious about my hair. This wasn’t always the case. When I was little I had very short hair. Cropped. Like a boy.

Me aged 6

Cute 6 year old

It stayed like that for a few years. And then I grew it. Just till just below my shoulders. I can’t remember why. But in Year 6 at school, we had a rule that anyone with long hair had to have it tied in a ponytail or braided and oiled. Yes, oiled. Now I know it’s common for Indians to oil their hair but I hated oiling mine! I didn’t mind having a bit of oil and then shampooing it off thoroughly straight after but hated keeping it for longer than a night.

So the rebel in me decided that the only way to ‘follow’ the school rule was this: Cut my hair!

Which I did. To a short boyish cut. Best decision ever. Except when I tried to grow it again. You know that stage where your hair gets completely out of control? Well, that was mine. It just grew all over the place and I couldn’t do much about it. Falling on my eyes. Sticking out everywhere. Not long enough to tie or cut appropriately. Not short enough to just let it be. And I got into trouble at school. From my worst ever teacher. Who yelled at me in class for having a “fashion show”. Yes…tomboy me was apparently involved in a fashion show. Consequently, I endured wearing a headband to school for a few weeks. Weeks I have repressed.

For the rest of my school years until I came to Australia, I had the same boring hair style. A short blunt cut/bob cut.

Year 10 school photo. Scary shit!

Year 10 school photo. Scary shit!

I remember my uncle would make fun of my hairstyle and its dagginess and ask me to change it. But back then, I wasn’t open to change. So it stayed. After coming to Australia though, I grew my hair. It had nothing to do with wanting a change. Just that as a poor uni student, I couldn’t afford a haircut! 😀

So it grew and grew. And it made me realise just how wavy my hair was. It wasn’t as I’d envisioned when I was young — no long and straight and smooth. It was wavy at the ends and oily. Sigh. But then, one of my housemates introduced me to one of the best inventions in 2007 — a hair straightener.

I never looked back.

2007 - the very first time

2007 – the very first time

I straightened my hair almost everyday since 2008.  Let’s face it — it was easier to manage. It looked better. And it was straight! A few months ago though, I got told off by the hairdresser when I had my usual 6-monthly haircut. She told me that there were parts of my hair that looked a bit singed.

That did it.

Like I said at the start, I am precious about my hair. And I will look after it. If that meant stopping the straightening except every now and then, I would do it. So for the last couple of months, I have in fact allowed the waves back. And you know what? they aren’t so bad. Especially when it’s tied up and I can’t tell anyway!


Look closely for the waves!

I discovered something new though. On the weekend away last month, my friend B tried something with my hair. She attempted to curl it. And you know what? For someone who didn’t like waves and hated the idea of curly hair, I loved it!

Curly hair

Curly hair

What do you reckon?

Are you a fan or long hair or short? Straight, curly or wavy?

At the end though, I reckon we all want what we don’t have! 🙂

Share your hairy stories…

***Linking with Grace for FYBF***

Until next time,


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  • Rajlakshmi
    3 April 2014 at 10:02 pm

    woww look at those curls!!! i am gonna try that for sure 🙂 I always had long hair… boring ponytails … I so loveee your hair
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  • Amrita
    3 April 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Hiya! Fun post this was. We’ve all been through the bad hair cut stages eh! I have photos of haircuts given to me by my mother who would just chop off the front bits so they wouldn’t get over my eyes (like a ghastly bowl cut!) *shudder*.
    My hair is very temperamental and I’m making peace with it. I too stopped using the iron after comments from my hair dresser. Right now I try not to abuse it (I’ve done the permanent straightening, highlighting etc.) The main woe I have is that repeated washing doesn’t work for me so after workouts is an issue. Today I’m trying a dry shampoo from LUSH!
    😀 Great reading your posts!
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  • Titaxy
    4 April 2014 at 12:12 am

    I always had long hair growing up. the oiled, braided hair all through my school years. I think I cut it a little short once I started uni. and then went even shorter when I started working. I like my short hair. I did grow it long a couple of years ago, but the maintenance of it didn’t please me, so I went back to my short hair as soon as I could.
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  • Danny Simon
    4 April 2014 at 1:34 am

    Since I have been losing hair quite a bit now… I guess you can say this worked backwards for me 😉
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  • CRD
    4 April 2014 at 3:54 am

    Share my hairy stories??? Ouch!!!

    You hurt my feelings. How come you ask?? Yo soy baldy 🙁

    You no visit me blog. CRD again hurt feeling.

  • Inderpreet Kaur Uppal
    4 April 2014 at 3:55 am

    Hey I agree with all the hair woes, I always hated my texture till i got it rebonded!! Bad thing is that it wears out by 6 months and I am dying to do it again.
    Pixie cut is good too but I don’t look good with short hair.
    Health and Happiness always.
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  • Becc
    4 April 2014 at 5:12 am

    I have always had dead straight hair and been ever so thankful for that and yet, what is the first thing I do when I have a ‘do’ on? Yep, run straight to the curling iron!
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  • Lydia C. Lee
    4 April 2014 at 6:05 am

    I have straight hair, but I love curly hair. I think it’s funny that we love the type we don’t have….
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  • Deb - An Inspirational Journey
    4 April 2014 at 6:09 am

    I went through the whole short haircut thing when I was a kid – mum made me! Once I ditched the fringe and grew my hair out a little, I was much happier. Tell you something though, I have not coloured my hair in about 10 years!!!
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  • Avada Kedavra
    4 April 2014 at 8:45 am

    Like Titaxy said, even I had long hair when I was young. I feel long hair needs lot of maintenance so now I maintain short hair and love it too. Your curled hair looks very pretty PB.
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  • Lee-Anne
    4 April 2014 at 8:53 am

    You sort of have a right to be a bit precious about your hair as it’s LUXURIOUS…

    I sadly, have fine hair (euphemism for thin) and must work hard to get the look I desire (and to be honest, I don’t really get there). 🙂
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  • Sam Stone @ A Life on Venus
    4 April 2014 at 9:30 am

    I believe I have the worst hair – thin and sparse. So I keep it really short. I love your hair! The curl is lovely.
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  • Jacqueline
    4 April 2014 at 9:37 am

    oh yes, you are totally right about wanting what we don’t have. I have had perms etc cos I wanted curls so badly, but then, after I got them I am so sad and I want straight hair again. Hahah 😀
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  • R's Mom
    4 April 2014 at 1:22 pm

    I love love love straight hair..I have wavy hair..which seem to be deserting me like rats deserting a sinking ship..gah!

    loved your hairstyle with curls..and you know what I think your class 10 photo is super cute :):)

  • Bec @ The Plumbette
    4 April 2014 at 8:47 pm

    I have so many hair stories it’s not funny! When I was in primary school I had my fringe PERMED because I had a barbie with the same style an I loved it! Took me ages to grow out. My hair is quite curly and wavy so I straighten it most days to make it manageable. To avoid singing or drying out my hair I always spray a thermal product to protect it. You suit both curly and straight hair! I prefer hair with some wave rather than dead straight or tight curls.
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  • Lisa Wood
    4 April 2014 at 9:16 pm

    your hair is gorgeous…..what I would do to have hair like yours!!
    I got mine permed last year before we went down to our second sons navy graduation. And I love it at the time….now I have gotten it cut and started to use the straighter again. Funny enough I want my curls back.
    Its kinda like the “Grass is Greener” on the other side when in actual fact I should just get used to the hair I have.
    Would love wavy natural hair 🙂
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    4 April 2014 at 9:51 pm

    I hear you!!
    I used to have boy cut hair during school time.
    Now I have medium length waves..
    Man I love curly hair though!
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  • Shesha
    4 April 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Hehe This is a cute post!!! I prefer long lengths- not very long but medium sorts, the ones I can manage. It feels girly! Though I may cut them shot sometime later in my life but right now I feel they go with western and Indian attires both. .. Curls look lovely on you… though every pic here is cute 😉
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  • Shilpa Garg
    6 April 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Wow! Love your curls!! very chic!
    I had long hair since a child and had hair which fell way below my waist! Then when my son was born, I decided to go for a makeover and chopped them a bit and since then, they are getting shorter and shorter and now I have shoulder length hair only and are usually tamed in a pony or left like that only…unruly and wild! 😀
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  • Zita
    6 April 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Love it! I tried to curl my hair when it was longer but am just too unco! Lol..
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