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May 6, 2011

By special request . . .

Filed under: Personal — Tags: , , — llcall @ 6:21 pm

Although it took a while for Neal to invest in reading my blog — eight months, actually, before he even read one post — it has now been many months since I made my way on to his bookmarks toolbar.  And in that time, I’ve been surprised to find that he’s become quite an avid reader.  I guess I mentioned before that he now appears to feel like something of a guardian of my blog: “No one is commenting on that topic.”  “You should write a post about . . . ”  These days it’s not uncommon to be in the middle of a conversation when he finds something I’ve said arguable or ridiculous, and he instructs me to write a post about it so others can weigh in.  That’s how much Neal values you, dear readers.  You (collectively) are like the third party in our marriage . . . or fourth, if you think our marriage counselor merits the three-spot.  Ha!

So here’s the next burning question for you, dear marriage refs, spurred by Neal’s question tonight about why I haven’t put my hair in pigtails in a long time like I often did while we were dating.  I responded, “Well, I’m so busy now.”  He busted out laughing, until he realized that I was serious.  “Oh yeah, cause it’s two ponytails instead of one, that’s tough,” he scoffed.  But I mean, two is more than one, that’s basic math right there, and thus it probably takes at least twice as long to do pigtails as a ponytail.  But beyond that, it’s the part . . . obviously, the part is tricky and takes time.  Men don’t get that, right?

Of course, that led into a conversation about how much time I take to get ready.  Because if I put my hair in a ponytail everyday and that takes me about three seconds, then the additional pigtail investment should be negligible, he thinks.  So the questions are these:

  1. Am I right that pigtails look deceptively simple?  Getting a good part is not easy, right?
  2. How long do you take to get ready for the day?
Neal thanks you in advance.
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11 Comments »

  1. 1. Oh yes! The part! Crazy hard. Especially in the back! And pigtails require time investment to get the height right, too. with a ponytail, a few inches up or down is no big deal. With pigtails, you have to put them at just the right height you’re going for and then they have to be even with one another! A flat pigtail? A low pigtail? Handlebar pigtail? Each is unique. A woman with a ponytail or bun might say “I haven’t done my hair today” whereas a woman with pigtails would never.

    2. Totally depends. Anywhere from …well, are we counting shower and stuff? I don’t even know how to answer this question. My prep time dropped after our first son, and dropped again after our second. At this point, I strive for a look that will not make me look horrible by comparison if I don’t get ready at all. haha. but true.

    Comment by Alysa — May 6, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

  2. I’m totally with you that pigtails look deceptively simple. (1) You have to be able to divide an unnumbered collection of strands into two equal portions. (2) You have to draw a perfectly straight line in your hair, and the line is where you can’t see. (3) You have to position ponytails symmetrically. These steps require a great deal of eye-hand coordination and awareness, something that few appreciate and even fewer can master. That being said, I devote plenty of time to simpler pursuits in my getting-ready process. Pigtails may be a lost cause, but six seconds hardly seems like too much to ask for considering you inexplicably made us watch that Marcel the Shell video. 🙂 There are plenty of other hairdos that look deceptively polished and time-consuming, and those are our friends!

    Comment by Elizabeth — May 6, 2011 @ 6:45 pm

  3. This is good news…so far, I’ve got two people siding with me! And one is Elizabeth Harris — a true rarity, indeed 😉

    Comment by llcall — May 6, 2011 @ 6:48 pm

  4. Lindsay you crack me up. Yes, two takes longer then one. A tip that has helped speed up the part making process in my girls hair is to use the long pointy pick side of a comb to make the part. Why I never thought of that before I had little girls surprises me. And as far as prep time goes. If I move quickly and am up for makeup and a blowdry hair-do it’s about 45 minutes from start of shower till done. That is crazy! But take into account that I am trying to bend over to put on socks everyday and that can take 10 minutes alone at times. 🙂 Good luck!

    Comment by Margie — May 6, 2011 @ 6:55 pm

  5. I agree, ponytails are not simple. T has just recently been able to put her own hair in them, and I think it takes her 5+minutes each(and then she asks me to redo them) BUT, I think our husbands like to know that, sometimes, we take those extra minutes just to look nice for them. Mine has an 8-5 job, so sometimes(a few times a month) I spend 10 minutes before he gets home to actually “do” my hair. As far as time it takes to get ready…hum. I start at around 6:45 and I’m usually ready by 8pm, or at least presentable. But there are SO many things that get done in between, kids dressed, fed, lunch made, stimulating conversations with hubby, homework check and an occasional clean up of something or other. But I can do my hair in less than a minute, twist and a clip, curl and a spray. Bam! Done! 20 min if I want it down and curly(the preferred way)

    Comment by Jolene — May 6, 2011 @ 6:58 pm

  6. I agree with Margie, it may take me a long time to get ready but that’s if you take into account the time I spend in bed in the mornings wondering whether its worth getting up before Christian does or if I should simply ponder life for another half an hour or go back to bed.

    Comment by stephencranney — May 7, 2011 @ 1:24 am

  7. 1. It takes WAAAYY longer to do pigtails, based on the reasons Elizabeth so perfectly outlined above. The only time I ever put my hair in pigtails is when I’m wearing a beanie, because then I don’t have to worry about getting the part perfectly straight!
    2. It takes me about 40 minutes, shower + hair + makeup + deciding what to wear. However, I’m one of those fanatics who washes my hair every day, and I don’t have a child. I’m sure in the future I’ll have to figure out a much quicker way to get ready!

    Comment by Kristin — May 7, 2011 @ 4:08 am

  8. Yes. The part is tricky. What I do though is get it how I want it on the top (just slightly off from my natural part) and bring my right pinky up the back till I meet the top part. Or close enough. My hair is thick enough I can check it by feel. The height is hard, although with short hair you don’t have as many height options.

    It depends. I now only wash my hair every three days. This means I either spend 20-25 minutes straightening on day one with 5-10 minute straightening touch ups on days 2 and 3 or pony tail on day 1 with straightening on days 2 and 3 or pony tail it for three days. It all depends on whether I have church or other reasons to look cute for various days. But since I hate blow drying and it’s a kick in the pants to do anyway with my crazy curly-ish hair, it saves me a lot of time to only have wet hair every three days (sometimes on day 2 but definitely on day 3 I do wash the parts of my hair that touch my face, just that front first inch because it gets to greasy). It takes a good 2-3 weeks to get your head’s oil system to be able to not wash every day without looking like a grease ball, but it is so worth it! If I straighten on Sundays, Ry can keep an eye on Katie for me, but on other days, I make time for straightening while Katie is in the bath (she’ll stay in forever!) or just while she’s eating breakfast and Ry hasn’t left yet or sometimes while she’s playing happily.

    Oh, and for days I wear makeup, I can apply mascara and sometimes eye liner in about 90 seconds or less (someday eye shadow will be a part of my life again, but I’m not counting on it for the next few years). On Sundays, I add foundation to the routine and that adds probably 5 minutes because I haven’t been doing it long and I’m not great at it yet (I do concealer first, then powder). But it’s so worth the time for my Sunday look. Have to look cute for my YW, you know.

    Comment by vblanchard — May 7, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

  9. And based on how many comments you are getting this seems to be an interesting topic, or maybe it’s because you are just popular! But pigtails are hard for me and even if I did take the time they would still not look cute on me! But for your second question I might not be helping you Lindsay, but your hubby might like my response because I am very prissy and always do my hair–not in pigtails– and make-up. Good luck!

    Comment by Christina Nelson — May 7, 2011 @ 11:54 pm

  10. Here my little girl was a great teacher: once I “did” her hair, it would last until I asked her to hop down and look in the mirror. Then my two-year-old fashionista, would pluck out whatever I painstakingly put in, and reposition it her way in 2 seconds. THAT is what Neal is asking for: try pigtails that have no part. Try a “scoop-up” instead. Forget being symmetrical, just grab a fistful anywhere. In fact, try three ponytails. If he doesn’t like the devil-may-care look, you are off the hook about pigtails.

    On the other hand, Jolene makes a terrific point about “dressing up” just for him– taking the time to do so shows he’s special. You may need to impishly point this out, in the most beguiling way, so he learns to appreciate and look forward to such creative effort. So, let your mood and time dictate, Lindsay. The choice and artistic effort is yours to decide!

    Comment by Lorie Call — May 10, 2011 @ 6:18 am

  11. I love how doing my hair makes me feel more beautiful–i never wear pigtails since it makes me appear younger and less sophisticated–if tyler doesnt notice right away, i usually point out that i did my hair or ask him to feel how soft it is. i think it is great to ask for compliments because although tyler thinks im beautiful all the time i like to hear it. I can get ready with shower, straighten hair, and make up in half an hour. I always do my hair and makeup, even if its just a ponytail, so i dont feel matronly–i like to feel put together. I usually workout in the morning so that is the finishing touch !

    Comment by carissa — May 13, 2011 @ 8:03 pm


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