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Moms,dads,and kids welcome.I just thought it would be fun to have our own chat...have you considered cutting it all off?(I have once, and it is back!)How do you wear it ?down,up,curly,straight,dreaded,braids,etc...<br>
Why do you keep it long?How long did it take?etc....<br><br>
A's to my Q's<br>
I have long red hair with a slight natural curl.It has taken me roughly 5 years to grow it this long since last time it was to my waist I cut it to 1 inch spiked-very fun and very liberating!Now it is just past my elbows,and with almost 3 young kids I rarely wear it down.I keep it long cos dd loves to play in it and would be traumatized if I cut it.<br><br>
I think that's it-hope to hear from some others of you!
 

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Hi! I too have long hair, just past my elbows but naturally curly so a lot longer when it is wet. It's dyed kinda funky right now but naturally a really dark auburn.<br><br>
DH loves it and says he 'forbids' me to cut it off, and I doubt I would, but I kinda want to right now b/c it's a pain. It's always getting in the way, esp. in the sling and nursing, I feel bad for my poor DS who's always got it in his face.<br><br>
But I don't think I'd feel like myself w/out the long hair.. so I doubt I'll do anything... lol!
 

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nak<br><br>
i have long dark brown with a fair amount of thick white hairs speckled thru, some aged hennaing shows up in sunlight<br><br>
i have alternated between very short and long many times but have been long since ds1 was born 12 yrs ago when i grew out a #2 clippers job. i loved having short short hair when i was young and slender but now i am old and rotund esp my face and with short hair i just look too butch. i mostly wear one plait or tie it all up in a bun, no fuss, ever.<br><br>
one other reason i have not worn it short for a while is because i hate getting haircuts, i hate putting my appearance in someone elses hands and i hate that mirror and harsh lighting experience in the hair salon
 

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Hi I also have really long hair. It's a medium blond color and super straight. I do about half and half, either just wear it down or pulled back in a simple pony tail. Lily's getting better about pulling my hair, so I can wear it down more often now.<br>
About 5 years ago I hacked it off to about my ears but got tired of that and grew it back. I also like the ease of long hair, you can go months with out a hair cut and no one will know, but when my hair was short, every 4-6 weeks was a must. I just don't have the time for that or the money for hair cuts that often.
 

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Another long hair here!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
I have red hair down to my butt. It's kinda wavy. When I was growing up (my grandparents raised me after my mom died when I was three), my grandfather never *let* me cut my hair. Trims and stuff, sure, but he never wanted me to CUT cut it. So I grew up having long hair. Now I'm really used to it.<br>
Before I had my DD, I had it cut to just below my shoulders. That was soooo short for me!!! It looked really good, but whenever I'd go to hippie music events and twirl in my long skirts, I really really really missed having my long, flowing hair to dance with! So that's the only reason I keep it this long. I love going to music events and throwing my hair around and whatnot. Strange, huh?
 

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so jealous of red hair!! 2 of my brothers have red hair (one thick and carroty, the other straight and coppery) and I scored the boring old brown<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Me2. Brown.<br><br>
Though I cover mine for religious reasons ... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
DH's is about the same length as mine ... he covers his for religious reasons, too, but only the very top ... :LOL<br><br><br><br><br>
Many, many years ago (really many) I went to this hair salon in NYC specifically for long hair, called George Michael. It was a real fun experience, nice to be someplace where they didn't try to talk you into cutting it off, had all these conditioning treatments ... was a real treat. Long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.<br><br>
Now my trims are self-administered ... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> :LOL
 

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So are mine. We can't really afford for me to go to a salon anyway, so I learned how to cut my own hair. Easy cause it's curly so it doesn't have to be perfect.<br>
:LOL
 

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I have curly long brown hair down to my arse with dreads intermingled. They are 8ish years old and I'm in the process of training them OUT OUT OUT!!!! I can't wait to run a brush or comb or pick or fingers or something thru my hair again. I've basically had long hair my whole life...when I was in Jr high and went thru my punk phase, I cut it really short once, and hated it.<br><br>
Dh had his curly red hair mid back length and a few months ago cut it all off like skin head tight! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br><br>
Our oldest son has short straight hair that keeps getting darker and darker and our other boy has super spiral curls that hit around his shoulders (2 yo and no haircut yet!).
 

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Phishmamma-ds was 3 1/2 when we first cut his hair,I love the page in his baby book"First hairct;45 months!"lol!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao">
 

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Oh oh me too, me too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I have long, straight, very dark brown hair. It's just gotten long enough to touch my thighs in the back, I think that's called "classic" length or something...<br><br>
I've been growing it out since I was 18. So 7 years. Prior to that. I dyed it, cut it, did crazy things to it... but when I was 18 it got fried in a dye-removal incident and I had to cut it VERY short and I swore I would let it grow out.<br><br>
I usually wear it up in a bun, especially now that ds is here! (I got to wash my hair thursday, but its still not brushed out yet, hard to brush it when I've got a kiddo who loves nursing as much as Orion does!) But I also like putting it up in braided pigtails, or leaving it straight down too.<br><br>
I did just recently (like 6 months ago) get bangs cut in. I'm not sure if I like them or not. I like that when I put my hair in a bun it looks better (I have a round face, so the bit of bangs looks better I think), but its annoying to have to use a curling iron to get the darn things to do anything!
 

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i have long curly brown hair. when it is wet. i could sit on it if it were down. usually worn in a bun <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> dh loves long hair, but has told me (when i've been fed up with it) that i *may* cut it, lol he gave permission (not that i asked for it, lol)
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by KindRedSpirit</i><br><b>Phishmamma-ds was 3 1/2 when we first cut his hair,I love the page in his baby book"First hairct;45 months!"lol!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"></b></td>
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:LOL That's too funny! Yeah, dh already got ahold of ds#1 so ds#2 is MINE. I won't let dh come near him with scissors, shears, clippers, anything resembling something that could remove or trim those locks! I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> his long curls, even if people are starting to mistake him for a little girl, haha.
 

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Re: cutting our children's hair ...<br><br>
We don't cut our children's hair until they're 3yo as part of our religious tradition. But DD's hair I'm never ever ever cutting. It's this incredible curly stuff, and though my mother has said, "Oh, just to give it some shape," I will not. Standing firm.<br><br>
When she's older she can do what she wants with it, but for now ...<br><br><br><br><br>
Well, just to be detailed here ... when she was just about 3 (one month shy) DS#1 (who was 4&change at the time) took a scissor to one curly lock in the front of her head, the one that hung over her face. He actually intended to cut more, but I caught him in the act. Why? He said it was because "everyone tells her that her hair is pretty and no one says it about mine."<br><br>
I did hit the roof ... but then had to give him credit for the honest and open and very mature assessment of his 4yo feelings ... :LOL
 

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I probably shouldn't post here (teehee) because I just cut off most of my hair about a month ago! But I had really long hair for a really long time...<br><br>
It got heavy (it's wavy and very thick, brown), and a lot of people I know started donating their hair to Locks of love.<br><br>
So I decided to donate it.<br><br>
It took me about 6 months to actually go through with it. I told as many people as I could that I was going to do it, to force myself to go through with it!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Which is what did it in the end, I must say.<br><br>
I donated 13 inches. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I am anxiously awaiting it's regrowth!<br><br>
I never get haircuts in general, b/c they're expensive, and I never make time for them. So it won't take too long, I hope.
 

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When I was still legally under my mother's thumb and she hadn't yet taken off for the 2nd-to-last time, I had to keep my hair SHORT. I had always wanted it long and when she got in that car and left my father and I, I told him the next morning (when he asked me what I wanted to do that day) that I wanted to grow my hair long. ---OK, so I was 5. It was my little act of rebellion.--- By the time I went to live with her a year later (after she started threatening suicide to my father if he didn't send her "my baby" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> ), my hair was half way down my back. We had a battle royale for years about my long hair and, finally, when I was 10, I gave in and let her get the hairdresser to cut it short. (That day at the salon is a whole story in itself...and, NO, I still have not gotten over it. Maybe I will if I can every forceably alter something about her body, but that is unlikely since she dropped off the radar screen the last time in 1995.) The hank of hair that was cut weighed 11 pounds.<br><br>
I spent the next several years with a haircut that made EVERYONE think I was a boy....even if I was wearing a skirt at the time, unless I took a lot of care with my dressing. (It was useful, however, as I was a jock and also a student of human nature and used my appearance to pretend to be a boy and then to be a girl in identical places just to see how people reacted differently depending on if they thought I was male or female. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mischievous.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="mischief"> )<br><br>
So, when she disappeared again when I was sixteen, I make an appointment at the hairdresser's, got a perm to keep the hair out of my eyes as it was growing out and never looked back.<br><br>
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...I go there, too, every eight weeks and POSITIVELY REVEL in being somewhere where I don't have to watch what the scissors are doing. Perhaps it is a luxury to some, but for me it is also an emotional safe haven. So much of my relationship with my mother was based around the fact that she felt she was ugly and I take after my (publically acknowledged handsome) father and she both felt proud of the compliments we heard of my looks and terribly terribly jealous. And no matter how much I told her she was beautiful, it didn't help. (And she was, perhaps not "pretty" but she was handsome and beautiful and compelling to men. She always could command attention in a room and it wasn't because she was hard on the eyes.) And my hair was an issue.<br><br>
Silly, isn't it?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shake.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shake"> [edited to say that my hanging onto all this is silly, not her jealousy, though, I guess one could call that silly, too. Thing is, she was very very badly abused and part of it (the mildest part) was her being called ugly all the time. She was a lot better to me than her parents had been to her. I constantly swing between hating her guts/rage and feeling protective/compassionate of her.]
 

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I've got long brown hair just past my butt, with reddish highlights that show up when I've been in the sun for awhile. Sometimes I think I'm just keeping it long out of habit at this point, since I rarely do anything with it. It's up in a bun most of the time. No trimming-my hair hasn't met scissors in years. Heck, I'm lucky to get it brushed out (somewhat) regularly & occasionaly washed with my crazy kiddo these days, he's just getting into everything!
 

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What a fun thread!<br><br>
I've pertty much always had long straight hair, except for a couple of times when I got sick of it and cut it to my shoulders. I never felt like "me" when it was short.<br><br>
It is getting thiner now that I'm over 40, and I cherish having it long now since I don't know what age will do to it. It is has been to my waist for years but I trimed it, to even it out, and it doesn't seem to want to grow much past my elbows now.<br><br>
I generally wear it down or braided. It was always blond but has gotten darker with age. This summer I highlighted it with lemon juice and chamomile.<br><br>
Candiland, I too love to dance with my hair. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Alright, critical update:<br>
I'm thinking about chopping my hair. Not short; maybe just to the middle of my back or something.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> It's really not a spur-of-the-moment decision; I've been pondering it for a couple of months now and I think I'm ready for the change. Problem is, I know I'll love it until I go to a hippie show and see some chick there dancing with hair longer than mine<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> But when I leave, I'm sure I will like it again!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I don't officially qualify myself anymore, since I just cut my hair yesterday to just above the elbows. I just can't stand it when the ends get too ratty. It's brown with a decent amount of grey roots coming in the top few inches. Still debating if I will continue coloring them. Dd has hair to her waist no bangs.
 
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