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Sunday, February 28, 2010

"It's interesting"

The biggest problem with changing your hair style is "the reveal." You never know how people are going to respond, especially to a big change, and it can make you feel pretty self conscious. There are a few responses that I like the least.

1) "Oh, you changed your hair!" (long pause) "Do you like it?"
2) No response from someone who obviously notices you changed it. They just look at you and look away or ask you how your weekend was while clearly avoiding saying anything.
3) "It's interesting."

The first one is harsh because they're trying to reassure you that although they obviously don't like it, the most important thing is that you like it. While that may be true, it doesn't make you feel much better.

The second one is a slap in the face. The third one is an obvious slap in the face. So what's the correct thing to say if you don't like someones hair? I've come up with a few options:

1) Lie and say you like it. I'm pretty sure you don't go to hell for these types of lies.
2) Say something like, "Oh you changed your hair! I love changing my hair - keeps things fresh." - see, you didn't lie, you didn't pretend there was no change, and you didn't compliment. But you were positive.
3) Say, "Your hair is the same color as ..." then name a celebrity who is not hideous. Once again, you're avoiding complimenting it but you're still saying something positive.

If you have more ideas, please share. And without further ado, here is a picture of my new hair. I'm not good at the self take so it was the best I could do for now. I may add more pictures another time. I really hope the comments section isn't full of "It's interesting"'s.

22 comments:

Priscilla said...

You are so gorgeous, and I promise I'm NOT lying!! I really do like it; I love how it's lighter around your face and gets darker at the ends - it looks very pretty.

alecia said...

Lovely! Can't wait to see it in person.

Sarah said...

I agree with Priscilla - the dark ends are fabulous!! And the cut is so fresh! I've been flipping through magazines trying to find that look, and now I might just print off your picture to take in to my stylist the next time I want to cut/color my hair! :)

Robert said...

You look great Elizabeth! And so does your hair! ;) Don't wait so long on posting pics. You're fans are awaiting!

Sara said...

Looks fab! I really like the darker color and the framing highlights. And you take pretty dang good self-portraits!

lizzie mc said...

you ALWAYS look good, but this is a very flattering color & cut, but most of all, WOW!

The Lady Girl said...

I too hate it when people ask "do you like it?".

If this is a new do, which i compared your profile picture to this one several times, then I love it. Whoever did the coloring did an awesome job and deserves an Olympic gold medal : )

I'm glad you posted a picture, you're gorgeous! I can't see that tiny thing up on the left.

The Boob Nazi said...

I like it! I'm considering going brunette because I'm too lazy to go get my hair done. So pathetic.

Leo said...

hottie po-tottie! you look smarter

Drake said...

Looks great! If this were Facebook I would 'become a fan of' your new hair.

Kathy said...

Those are all terrible responses to a new hair style! It makes me cringe. (Did I do number #2?)

I also hate it when everyone gets to see how good my hair looks right after a hair appointment, and it's styled by my hair stylist. Everyone acts shocked that I can look nice. Sometimes I feel like saying, "I'm sorry I normally look so hideous to you." :)-

Elizabeth Downie said...

Yeah, I suppose I should add, "wow, it looks so much better!!" to the first list, Kathy.

And thanks everyone!! :)

Mark said...

I agree with Priscilla and Drake. Your picture looks like you are grabbing me by the collar and saying, "No, really, what do you think of my hair?" Nice frame for a lovely face.

Where's the "Like" button?

Anonymous said...

can I say pulchritudinous and the hair looks beautiful too.

An admirer from the distance. ;)

Lady Baillio said...

I got this last Friday: "It looks like Blade got a haircut too...but by a professional."

Christi said...

I don't think I can fully comment on your new hairstyle until I see it in person. You better fly out to visit!

Where to go from HERE said...

I think your new Hairstyle looks great. The highlighting looks very natural and it really compliments the contour of your face and brings your eyes out. Very Beautiful

Katherine said...

GORGEOUS!! And nice framing of the self-take, too! You look fabulous! (I even saw you right after you got it done, and think you style it just as well as she does!)

Elizabeth Downie said...

Thanks guys :) Anonymous, I had to look that word up. It was worth it - you are too kind!

Lindsey said...

I think it looks good! no, GREAT! Can't wait for Jimmy to see it in person! ;) (I'm just playin')

maren said...

Just stopping over from Friday Follow! I enjoy your writing style and will be following! A friend of mine gave me some advice that makes me snicker when I remember it, "When you can't be truthful, be vague," similar to your #2 and #3 options. Great post!

Angela said...

could you BE any more sassy? I mean, really.