Would You Wear Barrettes?

Two weeks ago, I cut off all my hair. The good news - at least for some of you commenters - is that I no longer look like "a rabbit with curls." The
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Two weeks ago, I cut off all my hair. The good news - at least for some of you commenters - is that I no longer look like "a rabbit with curls." The
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Two weeks ago, I cut off all my hair. The good news - at least for some of you commenters - is that I no longer look like "a rabbit with curls." The bad news is, it was pretty terrifying, and now I have to figure out how to style it without looking like I cared enough about my hair to style it. This was simple with a really long, tangled, tumbling sheet of blonde ringlets, but now it's a little harder, and I've found myself clinging to things I put away in 9th grade: Barrettes. They keep the little wispy pieces out of my face; they clamp down the one curl that likes to stick straight up like a Gilda Ratner character; and - ooh - you can get little ones with hearts on them at Marc Jacobs. But there's still something infantile about the whole thing, the way my mom used to frown in high school when I wore a ribbon in my hair. Is it okay for an adult woman to walk around with barrettes? Or should I use more discrete bobby pins or even an extra thwomp of gel? [Actually, I get a little thrill out of the barrettes because they've never been able to hold my hair before - it was too long. I bought a huge pack of plastic ones at CVS yesterday, the kind with butterflies and flowers. I took the little ones with teddy bears and coated them in black shiny nail polish - but again, maybe that looks less Soho and more like homeroom...]