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Observations from hair and there

Recently I read that as far as trends go, women's hair is getting shorter and men's hair is getting longer. This came on the heels of this month's Academy Awards, when Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence, Kristin Chenoweth, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway and other women crowned their gowns with cropped cuts. Best Supporting Actor Jared Leto's long hair, on the other hand, left a memorable image.

When I mentioned this recently to several women friends, it segued into discussions about our own hair – and that of our daughters.

Here were some observations – from them and from what I have learned through the years:

• Once you cut your hair, it's often hard to go back to growing and wearing it long again.

• Bangs look fine one day, fine the next day, but one morning you wake up and they are in your eyes, annoyingly so, as if they grew an inch overnight. Cutting them yourself is generally not successful, although you may try.

• Your daughter is the hair expert. Not you. The ponytail she asked you to braid down her back will be too tight – or too loose. You will not braid it down to the very end, as she requested. Or, possibly even worse, you will braid it in a manner that leaves a loose strand on one side or a slight hair bump on the top.

Similarly, the bun she is required to wear to dance class or gymnastics will be too high, too low or too off-center. Really, how could you?

• If you have straight hair, some days you will want curly or wavy hair. If you have curly or wavy hair, some days you will want straight hair. That's when flat or curling irons – and all those styling products – begin to take over the bathroom.

• No matter how conveniently you place a basket, drawer or other receptacle to contain elastic ponytail holders and scrunchies, these pesky hair accessories rarely will end up there. Instead, they will seem to multiply by the day. You will find them on doorknobs, bathroom counters, kitchen tables, sofa cushions and car seats. You will find them in pockets and backpacks. You will find them wrapped around hairbrush handles.

What you won't find: a favorite one.

• No matter how old you are, or even if you have children of your own, your mother will look at your hair some days and suggest you comb it.

• When your kids are young enough to allow it, you will at times find yourself brushing their hair at the bus stop, especially on school picture day. As if this will make a difference.

• Speaking of school pictures, who doesn't have at least one class portrait – probably more, grade level doesn't really matter – at which we take a look at our chosen hairstyle and ask ourselves, “What in the world was I thinking?”


On another subject: The winner has been announced from this year's White Room Challenge at the Buffalo Home Show, which ran for two weekends earlier this month in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

Laura Fulciniti of Buffalo Paint and Wallpaper collected the most votes for her Madonna-themed bedroom, inspired by the performer/fashion icon.

Members of the Interior Design Association of Western New York participated in the challenge for the second year in a row.