Hairy Tales: Me, My Hair and I



I'm about to generalize but... Every woman has a hair story. When we were little someone tended it, as we grew up it became a symbol of who we are. I have had a number of bad haircuts and perms, and a bad experience with Sun-In. I've had short hair, Mall Bangs, home hair kit hi-lights, and "the Rachel." It's only recently that I've been happy with my hair, and I owe it all to my talented hairdresser. She's worth every penny.

Still me though
I could go on and on about my hair, but I won't.

Me, My Hair, and I edited by Elizabeth Benedict is a collection of essays from a wide range of women, some famous authors. Within are stories of women who've lost their hair, or shaved their heads. Women who fought with their mothers over hair, or fight with their daughters over hair.

It's not fun, whether you're the mom or kid

Political hair, sexy hair, religious hair. Hair, hair, hair, even hair down there.

Twenty-seven stories about hair. That's a lot of hair.

Despite the different cultural backgrounds of the writers, the stories tend to run along similar veins, and as a result they all kind of blended together. I guess that's telling in a way: we're all human, we have hair, we have issues with our hair. I did enjoy the essays while I was reading them, but I had to take time between them or I got bored. There is only so much you can read about hair before you've had enough. I admit that I don't have a lot of experience with essay collections, so maybe I was just overwhelmed.

I also had to pause to Google the writers to see what their hair looked like. They all had very nice hair.

Me, My Hair, and I is a good choice if you are curious about what other women think of their hair. The good thing about it is that you can pick it up when you are in the mood for it and put it away when you are not. No big deal.

If you want to see some more great hair, check out The Cut's 100 Years of Beauty series. It's impressive!


Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty-seven Women Untangle an Obsession

11 comments:

  1. Hair is definitely one thing that connects everyone... Sounds worth checking out!

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    1. And I downloaded it from the library, if you are interested.

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  2. I forgot about Sun-In!!! This sounds like fun.

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  3. I've seen this book mentioned here and there. Thanks for the review! I had been wondering how different the essays could be from one another...

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    1. Some of them are pretty interesting, but they do tend to sound similar after awhile.

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  4. I keep seeing this pop up but was never really clear on what it was about... Color me intrigued! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Oh. My. God. My fights with Holly about putting her hair up in the required bun for dance competitions...they are epic and almost always end in tears. It makes me want to shave off all of her hair and let her coaches deal with it. I know we are not the only mother-daughter to have such issues either. Most of the girls tend to cry when someone puts up their hair.

    Stupid hair...

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    1. I can only imagine. My girl has to have "cheer hair." Lots of teasing and hair spray!

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  6. I'm one of those people who gets nutty about hair. I'm not afraid of chopping it off, dying it blue, or whatever, but my hair is MY THING. As everyone knows because I drool all over my own pixie cut so often. Hair was also FREAKING TRAUMATIC for me as a kid because it was big and frizzy and terrible and unlike anyone else's I knew. So much drama. I must read this book.

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