Sunday, March 4, 2012

BAD HAIR DAY

Medusa, I feel your pain.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini's "Medusa", c. 1644-1648
from the Capitoline Museums, Rome
Here on exhibit at the
Legion of Honor, San Francisco

OK, it seems petty to whine about not having had a hair dryer while on ski holiday, nor a haircut  in months -- not counting the ad hoc bang trims by the sink.  But, it does take extra effort, and a whole lot of tools, to get my hair into presentable, snapshot-worthy shape these days.  Far easier to present the Gorgon sister and her writhing locks instead.  You get the picture.


Gian Lorenzo Bernini's "Medusa", c. 1644-1648
from the Capitoline Museums, Rome
Here on exhibit at the
Legion of Honor, San Francisco

Actually, I really can't complain.  My inattention to my hair is plainly due to overcommitments -- and they're all wonderful, creative projects.  On the other hand, the Gorgon beauty seems unjustly punished by Minerva for catching Neptune's eye, cursing her with monstrous reptiles in lieu of her luscious locks.  (This is Ovid's perspective from "Metamorphoses.")  I doubt Medusa had wanted to spend eternity reviled for her Killer Look.  Hmmm ... the phrase gains new meaning.  I think Bernini tried to rectify that here with his sympathetic sculpture, the only representation I know of revealing Medusa's human anguish.

So, I did live without a hair dryer for a week and managed not to turn anyone to stone.  Braids and pig tails work best under a ski helmet anyway!

In braids (and helmet) all week
Ready to join the riders and skiers
outside the condo

Do you all spend a lot of time on your hair?  Or do you leave it au naturel?



29 comments:

  1. I don't spend a lot on my hair, but my curls tend do get crazy!! But, sometimes I like it straight for a change!! Love the pictures..have a great week! x

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  2. I don't have any patience with my hair. Fifteen minutes for washing and drying it is maximum Thanks to my awesome cut washing and drying is all I need to do, no extra styling needed. I love it.

    Well, poor Medusa. Bad hair days suck and having them day after day after day. Poor thing.

    Welcome back and have a great week.

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  3. lovely blog, come by and let's follow each other!

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  4. don't we all have some kind of hair woe?!
    i usually am a wash and go kind of girl..but then again somedays i really think if i were going to an office no way could i have dashed out without drying it and fixing it..looking like a beach bum in college is more acceptable!:P
    i guess the term "killer looks" fits medusa perfectly...made for her...though i get the anguish she must suffer...it still is scary when you inevitably look at her hair..

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  5. I've always found it a chore to go to the hairdresser because there's always something else I would like to do or need to do. But on the other hand, I am always so glad when I have gone,

    Time for another visit. I always know because I start feeling a deep urge to trim my own fringe!

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  6. Ha ha, I actually love Medusa (especially the black one in Firenze) and often feel like her because I spend NO TIME on my hair whatsoever (even cut it myself). Yay to braids! xo

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  7. I always thought that I look like medusa when I don' straighten my hair.
    And you are right, bernini captured her anguish and I have always been against Perseo hu chopped her head off to use her gaze as a weapon.

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  8. I always have a haircut that allows me to get it find just with my hands.
    I have a friend who used to be a hairdresser, and do my hair in her house.
    I tell her what i want done, and she does it for me, while we chat and drink tea.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  9. Love Medusa and love the post! :)

    xx

    www.sickbytrend.com

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  10. I try to go two or three days a week where I don't touch my hair. Without the break, I'd probably cut it all off. Fabulous post, love. Thanks for sharing. If you get a sec, I'd love to hear what you think of my latest outfit post. xo

    www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

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  11. Medusa and her killer look - indeed a grim and undeserved fate.
    I operate a sort of benign neglect towards my hair, in the hope it won't cause too much bother. That means very occasional trips to a hairdresser for minimal trims; wash, then condition with something heavy-duty twice a week. Slather Argan oil over the ends, comb through - then ignore.

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  12. Oh au naturel forever! I don't like to see perfect hair, perfect curls or perfect straight hair. For me natural hair looks better, love the last photo.x

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  13. I love your comparison! I usually don;t do much to my hair, I colour it enough that I shouldn't. x hivenn

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  14. This made me smile and also taught me a thing or two. I'd never heard before that Medusa was one of those unfortunate humans loved by the gods. I'd always just thought of her as monstrous. That was a beautifully written little anecdote :)

    And I agree: styling hair is a constant pain especially in the winter when it falls flat no matter what.
    xx
    Izzy
    www.misadventuresofme.com

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  15. Thrilled to have found your blog - so new and creative!!

    XO,
    Lucija
    WLL

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  16. Ooo a week without a hair dryer... Idk if I could do it... well I could, but I probably wouldn't go too far lol <3 hautepinkpretty.com

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  17. Haha: J, you kill me!

    I am probably as low maintenance as you can get and still be female. I'm really bad. My hairdresser - I mean, the guy who once cut my hair for a year or so, before I stopped getting my hair cut altogether - couldn't believe that he was seeing a woman my age who had NEVER coloured her hair. He said 'so this is what virgin hair feels like'.

    But now it's really getting ridiculous: I just came back from two weeks in Florida and some days didn't even bother to wash the chlorine out - I was in and out of the pools so often, even at night (and when I could - when there were no Portuguese man o'war - the ocean). So my hair turned blonde, especially at the ends. I really need to get it trimmed - even if I do it myself, like I have for the past two years - but now I'm kind of enjoying it being straggly. I used to blow dry it if I was going outside and didn't want to get ill, but I've discovered that a)I get ill anyway and b)wet hair under a black felt fedora has a strangely warming effect - like a wet suit.

    Where'd you go skiing? Hope it was wonderful! xo

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  18. I need to spend time on my hair or it would be all over the place and all heading in different directions. Great sculpture - nice perspective on the story. Thank you for your support while I have been on the move. Xxxx

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  19. I am super lazy with my hair. I aspire to look great, but I'm just too lazy.

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  20. i'm bald. that means that when hair conversations arise, i normally tend to tune everything out that is being discussed...ha ha!

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  21. Great shots of Bernini's sculpture. Your blog always makes me want to visit a museum.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such lovely comments. Hope to see you on it again.

    Step into Estherina's World

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  22. i tagged you in this post..let me know if you do it
    flysongbird.blogspot.com/2012/03/11-questions-tag.html

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  23. Hilarious! Poor Medusa!

    GTBB,
    http://badjoan.blogspot.com
    http://styleblenderla.blogspot.com

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  24. it is crazy amazing... love it

    xx

    www.sickbytrend.com

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  25. There are honestly days when I both feel and look like Medusa. :(

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  26. First of all, I just burst out laughing! I was def not expecting the picture of Medusa!

    I used to spend a lot of time on my hair when I had it around my waist (University days when time was there!), nowadays that its short only about 5-10 minutes!

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  27. i'll take creative projects over good hair any day!

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  28. i really love to read your posts!follow!

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