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Importance of Hair
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I used to have cute hair… funky, short, lots of product, lots of color – great, cool hair. Now I have frumpy mom, ponytail hair. How did this happen?

Well… in my previous life I had a career, a house, a nice car, and lots of time to focus on myself. I eagerly anticipated my bi-weekly mani-pedi’s and monthly haircuts—always happy to try out a new style or color. I used to have time to go to the mall just to browse and shop, maybe picking up a great new outfit here or there without having to check my bank balance first.

But about seven years ago, I quit my job, sold my house, bought a backpack, lots of Lonely Planet books and left the U.S. to travel for a year. I did this to prevent a total nervous breakdown. Luckily it worked.

Then I fell in love, moved to Hawaii, got married, moved to England, had a baby, moved to Japan, had another… and somewhere in there my hair grew. I didn’t really grow it on purpose, but hair tends to move on if you don’t stop it. Initially it was just too hard to get it cut when I couldn’t speak the language of the country I was in (I tried it once with disastrous consequences). Then I just seemed to get too busy. And so it grew and grew and grew. Happily, it now fits into a ponytail which is where it spends 9 out of 10 days. When I look in the mirror (when I have the chance) I think—lazy hair. When I look in the cabinet and find not a SINGLE hair product I think—style-less hair. When I occasionally blow it dry and wear it down and my husband complements me I think—get me to the A/C, it’s so hot on my neck!!

Now, I don’t want to sound like a whiny mom, complaining about how wonderful it used to be when I was single and how I gave up all these things to be a wife and mother, blah, blah, blah. I actually gave them up quite happily. I’d spent 30 years focusing mostly on myself. It’s actually been a great relief and wonderfully fulfilling to think about other people for the last few years. I’ve been able to pour my energies and my talents into making a family, into creating a home for us. It’s been cool.

Yucky Hair

But my hair is yucky (as my two-year old would say).

And I think maybe it’s time that I get cute hair again. Nothing that’s going to take hours to fix… but something fun and sassy and maybe even lightly colored. The kind of hair that Solomon was talking about when he said, “Your hair is like a flock of goats descending from Gilead" (Song of Solomon 6:5),—because I’m guessing that’s a good thing? Or when he wrote, “Your hair is like royal tapestry; the king is held captive by its tresses" (Song of Solomon 7:5),— that one sounds better.

Of course, the Bible also cautions us against placing too much emphasis on outward appearance, but I think taking some time for ourselves and feeling good about our appearance can actually make us better parents and spouses. I think I might actually be better for my family if I have cute hair!

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By Joelle Yamada. Copyright © 2012 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture take from the NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®.

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