The Greatest Hair Ever

HaircutsAs happens at least once a year, I’m thinking of changing my hairstyle quite dramatically.

As many of you probably know, my hair has ranged in length from the good ol’ boring “bob” style to just past my shoulders in the last few years.

chanelI began married life with short hair, which my lovely hairdresser at the time copied from Natalie Imbrouglia.  Of course, I was young and slim and it was a good haircut for me then.  Sadly, that hairdresser went back to London and I’ve never found as good a hairdresser since, who really did care what suited my face rather than telling me my hair was far too fine to do anything with!

AudreySo I’m thinking of going short again, now that my kids are in school and I have a little more time to spend on styling (though it must be said that I’m not *great* at styling so it can’t be something too complicated).

That’s why I need your opinion! Which “do” do you think will do?

anne-hathaway-rounded-short-haircutIn a roundabout way, this brings me to a topic I researched when writing THE GREATEST LOVER EVER. Did you know that shampooing among other remedies like steam baths was a craze during the Regency era? So much so, that the celebrated Sak Deen Mahommed who brought such practices over from India, was shampooer to the Prince Regent!

sdmHere is a priceless picture of him doing the Regent’s “do” with the Brighton Pavilion and sundry seagulls behind him. 

Mahomed opened his own bath house in Brighton and I’ve incorporated both the man and his bath house into THE GREATEST LOVER EVER, which is partly set in Brighton. Georgie visits with her stepmother, who wants to try to cure her various ailments with treatment at Mahomed’s Bath House. Georgie puts some of the techniques to good use on Beckenham later in the book. Snork!

So what do you think? Should I stay long (easy to style, can put hair in ponytail for exercise purposes) or branch out? Which hair do you like best? Are you great at styling or are you more of a simple works best kind of gal?

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  • Jane says:

    Hello Christina,
    My friend gave me a bob that easy to style and I love it. I think you should go for it and try something new. I think Anne Hathaway’s hair looks great in that pic. I think she was growing it out after shooting Les Mis.

    • Woohoo, Jane got the bird!

      Jane, the bob looks great on some people and it’s an easy style for me to wear. Whenever I ask a hairdresser for something different I always come away with a bob, so I think I’d like a change. I like Hathaway’s ‘do’ too. Pity I don’t look like her in other ways or I’d get that cut straight away!

  • p226 says:


    Always long!

    Also, I’ve always loved ponytails.

    LONG ones.


    Did I mention long?

  • Christina, I thought your hair in your wedding photos was absolutely gorgeous and really suited your face. What a pity your hairdresser left! You need to move to London and find her again! By the way, love that picture!

    • Thanks Anna, that’s kind of you! It was a great cut for me at the time and I’m considering doing it again. It’s b*gger when you’re exercising, though, you have to pin it or wear an Alice band type arrangement (God forbid). I love the pic, too. I’d love to know more about the history of how it came about, who commissioned it and so on. Having read a little about the man, I’d say SDM might have done it himself!

  • Mary Preston says:

    I’m no help. I have had very long hair for ages now. It’s SO easy to sweep up with no fuss.

    In the past I have had VERY short hair, but because my hair is dead straight I had to use so much mousse to style it each day. These days I don’t want the bother.

    • Mary, that’s my real problem–at least long hair can look OK without any styling at all, whereas with short hair, you have to do it just to step out of the house in the morning without looking dumb. Sigh. I don’t know. I’ve got a bob as an interim and I’ll think about it a little more.

  • Jennifer Tanner says:

    I love Anne Hathaway’s do! Short hair evokes confidence. 🙂 I say go for the short.

    I lucked out and found a stylist who trained at Vidal Sassoon during the sixties. He’s given me a cut that I don’t have to blow dry. Just a dab of gel and go. I adore him. He reminds me of a Chinese Elvis with his pompadour and major bling.

    • LOL, Jen, love the sound of your Chinese Elvis! That’s what I really need, someone I have confidence will give me a good cut that suits my face. I go to salons and have lengthy consultations and I still come out looking exactly the same! Sigh. Maybe I need to fly over and visit Elvis 🙂

  • Helen says:


    I loved that part in the book when Georgie takes Beckenham to the bath house 🙂

    I am hopeless at choosing hair styles I have either had very long hair or very short hair LOL and short it has been for years. I have found a very good haridresser who cuts it just the way I like it and I only have to use a small amount of some paste thingy that keeps it in place very nicely I don’t even own a hair dryer LOL I don’t have time to do too much. I am sure that what ever style you chose will look lovely

    Have Fun

    • That’s so kind of you, Helen! And your do sounds perfect for me, too, although I don’t know if I have the confidence to go very short.

      Next time you see me, what’s the bet my hair is exactly the same? LOL

  • Diana Huffer says:

    I’m having the same dilemma. My hair is as long as it has ever been — half way down my back. While I love this length, it is beginning to drive me nuts so I know it’s time for a cut. I’m partial to the Audrey Hepburn cut — short and easy to care for. But then again, I like to put my hair up every once in a while. Tough decision! I think it all comes down to how much time you want to spend on it daily. For me, I’m probably going to go to my shoulders with a layered cut; I want to be able to wash and go. 😉

    • Diana, you’re so right. I’m probably mistaken if I think I’ll have the time or inclination to style my hair every day. I don’t like using product in it either, so that limits the short hair I can have.
      Long is definitely easier!

  • Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    My hair is to my waist but I do nothing with it. The reason it is too my waist is so I can get all of it in a ponytail out of my way

    • Dianna, wow, that is long hair, isn’t it? The longest mine has been was probably to the shoulder blades. It is easy when it’s long, although I have to be careful not to let it go too long without a trim or it looks straggly.

      • Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

        It really is too long now and as you say it looks straggly. Frankly, I think I am way too old to wear it long but it is just so, so easy to pull it back, clip it up and go. I never have been one to mess about with my hair, not even when I was a sweet young thing, it never did what I told it to anyway…..LOL

  • Laurie G says:

    I need the weight of longer hair at least to my shoulders or my hair frizzes out. I have a rounder face too so the lenght minimizes it.

  • Patty L. says:

    I am struggling with the same decision. I love my hair short but upkeep can get expensive. I like my hair long mainly because it is easy. Can’t wait to hear what you decide. 🙂 interesting history lesson, just another reason to buy the book.

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    My daughter has the kind of thick, coarse hair that you can cut and style any way you want. When she was young she always wanted it long in spite of people telling her she looked best in short hair. Now that she’s older and busier, she loves her short hair. She looks so good with it that way and can do a variety of styles. I guess I would have to ask what looks good on you and what are you more comfortable with?

    • Debbie, that’s a really great question! I think the short-ish cut used to look good on me but I haven’t had it in a while! I’m scared. But I’m sure I can survive a not-so-flattering cut. Would LOVE to have hair like your daughter’s!

  • Debbie says:

    You sound a lot like me. I go short then tire of it grow it out and cut it again. Every time I finally find a hair dresser I like either they move or I do. I kept trying to get my hair cut like mariska hargitay’s when she had it really short for a few seasons. I tried 3 or 4 different times (took a picture with me) and gave up. I like the change once in awhile, it sort of rejuvenates me. I look at it this way, if I don’t like it…it will grow back…at least I hope it will, LOL.

    • Hargitay has great hair so I don’t blame you, Debbie. But you’re right, it will grow back, won’t it? My hair grows fairly quickly so it wouldn’t be the end of the world.

  • Becke Turner says:

    I read somewhere that long hair was a sign of submission, supposedly tracking back to caveman days and acting as a handle. That was the last time I ever wore long hair! Seriously. I went from mid-back to an inch long.

    So I am not a long hair fan for males or females. To me, long is good for a glamorous up do. The rest of the time it’s not really a style. It just is.

    That said, I’m all for a democracy so every woman can pick and choose on a whim. If all else fails, buy a wig!

    • LOL Becke, never thought of the wig! And I’m laughing at long hair being the sign of submission, particularly in light of P226’s comments about wanting long hair. Snork!

    • p226 says:

      I can tell you this. My girlfriend has long hair. And the word “submission” is not in her vocabulary, except as a silly little world designed to elicit a giggle. Akin to say, “clownshoes.”

  • Christina, I think short is very cute on you! I’d go with the look in the second picture on the blog. Looks easy to manage, too!

  • Christina, I always vote for what’s easy, with the caveat that it can’t look dorky. I like your longish bob, but I also think short would be very cute on you. So I recommend a short cut that requires minimal styling. Maybe like the first photo on the blog?

    I just finally picked up my copy of The Greatest Lover Ever and am looking forward to reading it when I get these revisions out of the way.

  • pjpuppymom says:

    I think you’d rock any of those looks, Christina. I like the second one a lot too (on the right, under the photo of you). Summer is a great time for trying on new hairstyles.

    I wore my hair long for most of my younger life but, with the exception of a few years, have had it mostly short since I turned 40. I have a great stylist who is always up for trying new things and actually listens to what I say. I’m lucky though that my hair grows like a weed. If I don’t like it today, I only have to wait a few weeks and it will grow into another style! *grin*

    • Thanks for the advice, PJ! And you’re so right. It will grow back! I’m sure there’s some rule about having short hair once a woman hits a certain age. Not that I tend to follow rules like that but I’m thinking I’m about to hit that age!

  • catslady says:

    One thing about hair, it grows back lol. I use to have very long hair that took tons of time. I finally cut it in my 30’s. Sometimes I let it grow out some depending on my moods. I found a wonderful hairdresser that knew my hair but she quit and I’ve not been really happy with it for the last 5 years. I don’t fuss much now and let the natural waves take over and maybe some day I’ll find another hairdresser I like.

  • Christine –
    LOL – I had a hairdresser appt yesterday and told Julie – my hairdresser for the last 20-some years – that I wasn’t thrilled with this latest do. I’m definitely a simple is best sort of person. The style I had looked good with mousse, teasing, an iron, and lots of hairspray – but I rarely bothered with all that. She changed the cut slightly- nothing drastic, so we’re going to give this a go. If it doesn’t work, I may have to find a stylist who can find something to suit my face.

    • Donna, you have great hair! But I know what you mean about not wanting to style it to the nth degree every single day. As someone now immortalized on Youtube has said, “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That”.

  • J St George says:

    I think you’d look gorgeous whatever style you had, Christina. I do like that Audrey Tautou style, but completely agree on the long being easy for exercise/putting up.

    Me, I never do anything to my hair. I’m a brush and go kind of gal. I do try a little harder when going out somewhere special. Occasionally the hair dryer comes out.

    • Hi Jen! Thank you for being so kind but it is SO not the case that I look good with every hairstyle. I have a friend who is a hairdresser (who I don’t go to because it might ruin the friendship as I’m so picky!) She tells me straight that if I want an interesting haircut I need to be able to style it. Maybe she’ll give me a tutorial, but I think the problem is I’m so impatient. I am leaning toward keeping it longer at this stage.

      You have great hair and it looks fab even if you’re not really into styling it!

  • Shannon says:

    Hair is such a difficult thing–if it’s working, it’s good, but if it doesn’t…. I’m one of those women who just looks better in short hair. I suggested growing it longer, and three friends just said, “Why?” Right now it’s pretty short. I don’t use product; just blow-dry for 3-5 minutes and brush. The hassle is that every 5-7 weeks I do need to find my stylist.

    • Shannon, when it works, why change it? I’m not sure what works with my hair as it’s so fine. But I have to go to the salon every 5-7 weeks anyway because of colouring it so I suppose I might as well have a trim while I’m there. Thanks for your input!

  • Mozette says:

    My hair is so weird … I have tried so many styles that I’m not sure what it likes to do. But recently, I did my hair in a Farrar Faucet style and it just fell in the right way, and I loved it!

    So, after all the perms, the mullets, and long hair that went frizzy, I found a great style and it’s from the 1970’s… and I love it! 😀

    I’d go with a style you enjoy, that’s easy to maintain and you find you can do lots of things with without it making you feel as though you have to maintain it too much.

    • Love the idea of the FF do, Mozette! Glad you’ve found what works for you.

      That’s such good advice, by the way. Thanks, I’m leaning toward growing it but maintaining it in really great condition with regular cuts rather than letting it get all witchy. I’m picking up running again after a hiatus and the ponytail is so easy.

  • You have such great bone structure and coloring, Christina, that almost any hairstyle is going to look great on you!

    When I started on my undergrad degree I had hair to the back of my knees, but it was so time consuming to wash, dry and braid I got it cut horrifyingly short. My Dad was devastated.

    Since then I’ve tried other styles – mid shoulder, shag, you name it.

    But after a particularly traumatic and SHORT bob I didn’t ask for from a hair dresser the day before one of my doctoral recitals I decided never again. I have long hair and I’m going to keep it. I do have a half inch or so trimmed off once a year or so to take care of the dead ends, but other than that I either wear it braided or down.

    My face is simply too round for a short cut anymore. Makes me look like a matron at a women’s prison!

    • Hugs to you, Louisa, what a lovely thing to say! But I feel that I too have a round face so when I’m carrying a leetle more weight, the short haircut just isn’t right.

      I love your hair. I think it suits you beautifully pulled back in a soft bun, braided or down. It’s so much easier than short, too, isn’t it?

  • flchen1 says:

    Christina, I bet you look fabulous with short or long hair! I tend to stick with easy, so I chop it off every few years, and then spend the intervening time growing it out and mostly pulling it back. Are you in a mood for a change? Nothing is as easy as a great cut 🙂 And with hair, it always grows back… Keep us posted, would you? 😉

    • Thanks, Fedora, that’s so kind of you! I’ll let you know what I decide 🙂

      I’m probably very similar to you, chopping, growing etc, except I haven’t had it really short for a few years now. I’m tending towards keeping it long, as long as I can keep it in good condition.