The Hair Thing. (Part I)
I went to my "Heroes" audition today. The Casting Associate introduced herself, and I introduced myself, to which she immediately replied: "Oh, you look different!" I told her "yes, I've been letting my hair grow for the past six months, and am still in the process of trying to figure out what to do with it." She looked at my headshot, and nodded. Then she told me that she just saw another actress who didn't look like her headshot either. Ouch.
But there's not much I can do right now - I DON'T know what I'm doing with my hair. I realize that this is a business, and people need to know what product they are buying, but I need a little bit of time to work this out. I've booked 3 jobs with 3 different hairstyles in the last 3 months, so hopefully I'll be okay for a couple more.
I've had the same hairstyle for 5 years (short & curly), and, though it's inexpensive ( I do it myself), and easy, I'm tired of looking at it. I tried to dye it (red) in March, and all I succeeded in doing is lifting my hair to a rusty-looking auburn, and damaging it in the summer sun. I've been letting it grow, but because the ends (the part that was dyed) became so damaged, that over the last few weeks, it required every-day deep conditioning, and was so tangled that I couldn't even comb through it without conditioner on it. This past weekend I flat-ironed it straight so I could see exactly how far up the damage went. It went up about halfway. Convinced that I was going to have to get the damaged portion cut off, I found a salon that could help me with it, and perhaps give me a different style to wear while I grow it.
I like it, but this is only day two and I can tell you that this relationship isn't going to work. It took me 20 minutes to do my hair this morning. No ma'am. And I had to use a curling iron (isn't that antithetical to hair-health?). Double "no ma'am." I've gotten spoiled over the last 9 years, and will not be doing that everyday. PLUS (and this is the worst part) I haven't been to the gym b/c once my hair gets wet (sweat), all of these styling efforts (and my $$) will go right out of the window. Now I remember why I cut it short to start with. It's like caring for a pet.
So sometime between now and the end of the year, I will figure it out. THEN I will get new headshots. This is just one stop along that journey.
--Nicole J. Butler
P.S. - If anyone has suggestions that don't involve relaxers, braids, or weaves, I'm all ears. Plus it can't prevent me from going to the gym. And it has to be low-maintenance. lol