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What A Difference a 'Do' Makes!

Updated on December 23, 2012


Graphics by Nellieanna
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I like to think of a 'do' in several contexts. 'Doing' a 'do' which activates good intentions and ideas commands my respectful attention and definitely makes a significant difference. That's not the 'do' to which I refer here, as the photo should clarify! This is light-hearted, non-life-changing (shouldn't be!), of minor importance, except when too many 'bad hair days' loom, as happens when the 'frizzies' are a problem with my naturally curly, moisture sensitive, early-graying, progressively thinning mop.

A wonderful hair-do can work magic for any gal, especially one with my genes! OK, - so each, here, is merely a virtual 'do' I could only duplicate with a wig (not my plan); yet fun to visualize via cyber magic! Join me!

Imagining different hairstyles without committing to them is simply such fun!

This zany hub was inspired by Katie Couric's show all about hair, on which opportunities for online try-outs were mentioned. So - why not? I tried them!

And just zany enough to share!

What a transformation!

OK - I haven't had that much hair iN YEARS!. Maybe not that much fun, either! What fun to see that if I did, all kinds of glamour 'dos' could be mine! It's enough to make me think about wigs, except they'd be too hot in the summertime! These days, comfort outweighs vanity any day!

This is my real hair.

The profile picture I took last week. A poor 'hair day' even for now!

All the more fun to play around and see how it would glam up!

So be aware: this is a fun thing, not intended the least bit serious! Just 'trying on' hairdos and getting laughs from it to share with my friends. May even be an idea for Halloween! I could just add a witch's hat, with or without one of the 'wigs', which admittedly are brassy! Blonde was the gentlest color choice! Even the glaring silver dazzled! I can better appreciated my natural sterling silver!

A favorite glorious song performed by an all-time favorite singer!

( I might be able to achieve his hair style!!)


Which styles work best? Any of them? :-)

~It would take more tools than these to accomplish any of the makeovers!~


I'm amazed how much style #9 reminds me of my daughter!

Ahem - au natural, sans wrinkles!

My daughter's getting a kick from it,

Praises my comedic schtick from it!

Says: "You need the leather mini skirt, crop top halter, with Antonio Bandares on Harley to complete the makeover!"

Thinks I could pull it all off, with the stares,

That I'm a foxy great grandma!

I'm thinking my granny image's crashed,

My dignity's been thoroughly trashed;

If the truth is unvarnished,

My image is tarnished,

And I'm honestly wondering: - who cares?

______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Terse Verse

My hair is fuzzy, I feel frumpy.

My makeup runs, I feel grumpy.

Pantyhose, sticky; I feel icky.

Food, too heavy, I feel sicky.




Sticky, sicky

Dumpy, Lumpy!

August in June!

Poison ivy, weeds, seeds, misdeeds,

Mosquitos, flies.

Humidity, stupidity, cupidity,

Heat, tired feet,

Thunderstorm sweeping the skies.

Boiling tainted water, cooling it, freezing it.

Hay fever, weeds, sinisitis,

Blowing and sneezing it.

Hot air blankets the Earth,

Blasts like a furnace,

For all that it's worth.

Listlessness, apathy, nausea,

Ground that could burn us.

August in June

In the miserable, hot, humid

Ohio Valley!

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

June, 1971 - Eons ago; same hair; a different life!

To lighten up the mood . . . who better than . . .

Thank you, dear friends for indulging me and letting me indulge my fantasy!

It's fun and silly, but what are friends for, if not to share fun and sometimes even to share silliness? Mhwaaaaaa!

Nellieanna's hair at age one.
Nellieanna's hair at age one.


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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Humidity always makes it frizzy and fuzzy. Not necessarily static. It just goes berserk with the frizz. Dry air relaxes it.

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      shanmarie 3 years ago

      Haha. If your hair is anything like mine, humidity will sometimes make it frizzy, much like static electricity. One day when we were expecting rain, I went to work feeling as if I looked like I was touching one of those electrostatic machines. Haha. But I suppose that is better than really dry air, which truly does cause enough static to shock! One day I made a customer suddenly laugh when I told him I was glad he did not have a shopping cart because whatever it was that he bought, I could feel the static start to build. I was hair on my head and arms. And the metal carts usually shock. I just knew that would have been a whopper of a shock! LOL

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes 'they happen' - still do - all over the place. I'm working out a system for handling with the least amount of backlash to my psyche, time or bandwidth. haha

      The hair style most vulnerable to humidity and storms? The one referred tp as "my real hair"! ;-)

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      shanmarie 3 years ago

      I suppose that they happen from time to time. Can't even escape those pesky human emotions of annoyance at nature or circumstance. ;) I can almost imagine the setting, though, from your verse. Which one of those hair styles do you think the humidity and thunderstorms had you wearing? hehehe

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      I'll explain that elsewhere.

      About the Terse Verse - that was an amusing comment about it. It brought me back to the actual time when I wrote it - 'way long ago. As I recall it - it WAS a terse moment! haha.

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      shanmarie 3 years ago

      ok. if you wish. :) its your hub.

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      shanmarie 3 years ago

      I'd forgotten about this! Haha. But I got a notification. In reading my comment and your reply that I apparently missed, I meant the verse was terse in the sense of grumpy agitated, but not so short, abrupt, and dismissive as a terse expression of aggravation often is.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Thanks for visiting, Shan.

      Yeah, how about #8? "So much" implies some contrast with some other tenseness.

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      Don't know what brought me here at this hour to this random hub, but thanks for the chuckles! How about number 8? ;) I like your "terse verse"; it doesn't flow with so much terseness.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hi, Patricia! Thank you for the visit, comments and lovely compliments. Your auntie sounds beloved. I don't really change my 'do' these days. I was born with naturally curly, very independent hair. It responds contrarily to both humidity and dryness - becoming fly-away! Now it's scantier and dictates what it can be asked to do and what it will do! When I was very young was in the Shirley Temple era and sometimes my ringlets were compared with hers, though my hairdresser (Mother) could not have been compared with Shirley's! Mother was not a 'hair person', but she "rolled" my hair after shampooing on the long twisty-type devices uses to roll up coffee bags & close them.

      Just for fun - and for you - I just posted a picture at the bottom of this hub of me at age one with my curly/fuzzy head.

      And - OH - congratulations on scoring 100!!

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      How cleverly composed this is. A 'do' do make a difference and the different looks of Nellieanna are just great. You remind me of dear sweet Aunt who left the planet many years ago. She had the same lovely features you have however she was not one to play around with her hair do so much. It was a sea of small curls that accentuated her precious face. thank you for sharing this ...sending Angels your way : ps

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hi, Dolores - I had more fun with this - and, yes! - Some are pretty hilarious - or ridiculous! The spikey is surely the furtherest from my natural style, with curly hair, and now not that much of it! But 'trying on' these styles is just plain kicky! Thanks for the fun comment!

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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Nellianna spikey hair does it! You look so cute in that style! I did this one time and had a ball. It was so much fun to see myself in all those different hair styles. But I must confess that I laughed my head off - some of them wind up looking hilarious.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      I'm sorry TT. What a shock, huh? The reason for chemo is bad enough without having it result in a whole different kind of hair! Straight hair is round, you know. Curly hair is flat. Round has no other direction to go but straight; while flat is like curling ribbon when its texture is flattened out.

      I've had a lifetime - 80 years to get accustomed to mine. I was born with my curly hair, with a mind of its own. I can't remember when I didn't have a halo of wild little hairs defying whatever the 'do', from my pigtails and long ringlets of early youth, through attempts to be with-it with high school styles, till this day of making the most of what hair I have.

      Once when I was about 8 and my little neighbor friend was 6, I retaliated against her perfect hair without a stray out of place. I christened it with a coffee can full of unbaked mud-pie. (The old type of fat, short coffee cans, great for mixing mudpies.) Fortunately she forgave me (and her mom did, too). No more mudpies for or on pretty hair for me.

      I did go through a time of using a professional or two. One very famous one came to the store where I worked to do demonstrations for its salon staff. He chose me to be his first demonstration & gave me a wondrous cut and do. It became my 'look' when I learned to 'do' it myself for a number of years. Many years later I found another hair stylist who actually understood more than just curly hair, but mine, which is in its own category. I'm Aquarian, you know. I did it myself between infrequent visits to him.

      Later I went to another pro who was surely not all that pro. She decided to thin my hair without mentioning it to me. My hair was never all that abundant and certainly did not need thinning. That was about 28 years ago and was my last hair professional visit, ever, though I've tried products to try to repair the damage she did, none completely successfully. But my own haif care and hairstyle do what can be done with it.

      If your pro is able to handle yours and please you - more power to you! Hang on to him/her! Hugs.

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      When my hair grew back after chemo it came back curly. After 50 years of straighter than straight hair it was a conundrum, so I turn to a pro. :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      TT - I love your comment! Yes, frumpy, grumpy is the day the weather gets its way with my 'do'. Matters not if I've just done it perfectly and used every product known to woman to control iti -- s-w-o-o-s-h goes the 'do' where I do-not want it to go! Have to start over from scratch and pray for congenial weather (meaning the grass dries up) or live with it till I can hide-out in A/C or heat enough to counteract it. With utility bills being what they are, it's mostly living with it till such time as it settles down. If an occasion arises when I must look good in the interim, I can start over then and pray for weather to cooperate during that. The fun-o-meter is often behaving erratically then.

      Good luck Tuesday! I gave up on professionals some while back.

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      You hit the nail on the head. Frumpy, Grumpy. I have an appointment on Tuesday and I can't wait. Fun hub!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes, it was heaps of fun to do. I probably should have tried a brunette 'do' or two!

      I would love to be able to wear my hair like #10. But, alas. Some hair makes up its own mind! Mine always has! A really good hair cutter with a keen insight & sense of individual hair can do wonders. But they are few between. My own cutting is better than most of the pros.

      Thanks so much for dropping by and leaving your response!!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      That does look like a lot of fun! I really like 14 too, but 8 and 10 would be great for regular use.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      It is fun, Agaglia! Now I know why I like #14 - it's type-casting! :-D

      Thanks for the visit and comments!

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      agaglia 5 years ago

      Well, Nellianna, this was a fun hub. I too, like Rod Stewart. and the hair thing is so fun, isn't it. I did like numbers 10 and 12, and for the 'older' look, 14 with the braid.

      Thanks for a fun read.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      hehe - yup - #8 is a hoot. I love #10, though my hair would never do that. The braided one is the one to which I'm most partial; - may be my Swiss/German heritage. :-) Thanks, Alexandra!

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      SilverGenes 5 years ago

      Oh my! There are so many choices here, it's hard to decided! I must say right off the top that #8 cracked me up! I'm rather partial to #10 - it has a slightly mischievous quality :) Then again, the braided 'do' is perfect for Octoberfest! hehehe

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Vincent - thank you, m'dear! It was all in good fun. I'd have tried on the styles in the silver mode, but - believe it or not - it was greatly more garish than the light blonde, which was the least brassy of all the color choices. haha. And I've worn my hair blonde a lot of years, though not that bright a version! Time didn't wait to change mine to gray - it began when I was still in my 30s. My mother's - whose black hair never got very gray - advised me to color it. Since she was in her 70s at the time, I figured I should! Didn't want to look like HER mother! :-)

      Other changes wrought by time, though, have made differences in colors and styles. I'm just happy that I have a style that works. Thank you for the vote of confidence!

      Nothing pleases me more than to bring smiles and a good laugh to you! Laughter really is good medicine! Hugs, dear friend!

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      Oh my, you let loose with so much fun here. I had a smile on my face throughout the whole read and view of different hairstyles. Nellieanna now matter what style you choose. You are stunning in all styles. I especially love the way you wear your hair now. Being blonde was so much fun for you I can see that, but time changes and so do colors and styles. And you know I love your STYLE completely as you are. Hugs. I'm still smiling here, you made me laugh so hard and I needed that..

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      It really has been a fun project. Yup - the grass is always greener. . . We idealize the 'other' side. I imagine that naturally straight hair is always thick, glossy and aristocratic looking, like gals' who have horses, English saddles and riding habits. haha. I'm sure there are times, it may get stringy and limp and drives its owner wild.

      Likewise, curly hair (viewed from the other side) may seem always to be smooth, glossy curls & waves that can be arranged in many ways from sexy-easy-breezy to Jen-Lo's to Marie Antoinette's style. There are more times (in my case, most times) when a 'halo' of fuzzy bits sticks out everywhere, which will only stay tucked in or managed for moments, and the direction the curl chooses is grotesque & unflattering.1% of humidity sends it into fits. haha.

      #12 is a lovely 'do', the 'do' dreams are made of for someone like me. IF (and it's a very unlikely if) it could EVER be that calm, maybe for a moment, it would soon begin to 'do' its own thing and the lovely qualities would revert to how my hair (mis)behaves, - not like that. haha.

      One of George's nieces, whose hair is white fairly prematurely, has that hair style. I love it. When they visit, she can shampoo, step out of the shower and into clothes and come downstairs just shaking her quite moist head and maybe combing through it a bit and it dries perfectly. sigh, Hers has all those adjectives you used! Thank you for visualizing the style looking "Nellieanna" - - if only. . . . ;-)

      Thank you especially for the visit and thumbs up, Genna! Hugs.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      You are sooo lucky to have naturally curly hair. I get so annoyed with those hot, curling brush thingies; I often throw my hair up or wear it in a pony tail. (Oh well, the grass is always greener.)

      I really like your natural hair. But if I had to choose among the photos, I would pick number 12. There is an unpretentious, soft elegance to the style, as well as a kind of straightforward and playful energy that says Nellieanna. It also brings out your eyes and your smile.

      Such a fun hub! :-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      DrBJ - You're so kind & dear. I agree that the braids are most flattering and suit me best. I'm just glad I don't have to fool with that hairstyle, though!

      This was strictly for the fun and I'm glad you share it! The terse verse was autobiographically written in the real circumstances. But it's funny and fun now. Hugs.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      You are beautiful in every one of the hairstyles, Nellieanna, but the one that flatters you the most - in my opinion - is the braided do. Thanks for the fun and the terse verse, too.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Mary! I'm pleased you enjoyed my romp with the wigs. haha - It was fun. I'm glad you prefer the 'real' me, though! That's what all are stuck with having and I, with being! Hugs.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      This was so much fun Nellianna...your cyber stylings were great but we all know and love the one and only original Nellianna. Your poems were full of joy for every girl and boy, bringing laughter filled with joy.

      I voted this hub up, useful, funny and interesting.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Amy - What a lovely thing to say! I'm not likely to change much but you give me quite a boost for the way I am! When my hair began to thin, I considered whether or not a wig was a valid choice and realized it was not for me for many reasons. Instead I found a 'do' of my own that works. I wouldn't consider any cosmetic surgery, either. I'd rather do a little more to care for what I have. So I'm sure I'll live out my life with all the original parts, with the exception of some crowns on some teeth. haha. I like that braided do, too, but it would be out of the question for my hair & my routine! Too complicated. I like simplicity. If there is any elegance to simplicity, I may have a chance - otherwise, nope. I wear a minimum of makeup, too, though what I do wear, pleases me. Hugs and thanks!!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, yes - I certainly did have fun with it, Gypsy! Kind of like going to Neiman's couture department and spending an afternoon trying on high fashion clothes ,- which I haven't done since a friend from California visited in 1976 and wanted to see "The Store". We went to the REAL one downtown and she tried on all sorts of lovely things. She fell in love with a Valentino, so i made her my Valentino copy of it. All for a lark. ;-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Sally - Thank you for your lovely comments!

      Yes, I even had trouble selecting the category and tags for this hub. It really doesn't fit any!

      How absolutely right you are that this is not really about hair, but adventure - experimenting, playing with possibilities, loosening up extraneous inhibitions, 'trying on' outward expressions of inner selves without causing a riot or endangerment to self and others! haha.

      It's also a demonstration that refreshing change is subjectively created, anywhere, any time, under any circumstances. If we drag all our rigid fixities, sacred cows, old tapes and heavy luggage along, it's hard to get off the ground, no matter where we begin or go to be refreshed.

      I hoped it would be noticed, as you did, that it was a romp on a magic carpet, not a serious visit to the hair salon! That was my inspiration for doing it. It was fun for me to see these various possibilities - I had to laugh a little. So I thought it could be fun to share too, which it is!

      The only time I let my hair down is when I'm shampooing it and when I sleep, though. I dislike the feel of it around my neck. That may be partly an old tape. My eldest sister, who was so bossy, was always chiding me about my hair when it was long. Mother kept my hair long when I was little, to protect my neck from West Texas freckles, but she hadn't considered that when my older sisters were young.

      The eldest, with fair skin like mine, had a neckful of freckles! But for whatever reason, she disliked my hair being long and was always thinking of bribes to get me to let her cut it. One bribe was an album of "South Pacific" she got at its 1949 premier Broadway debut on a visit to New York. I was so impressed by this offer that I agreed to the haircut, especially when she threw in a big straw sun hat with a huge red poppy on it. There were other occasions when my hair became a major issue of our relationship and it had to be cut to keep the peace. haha.

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I wouldn't change a thing about you Nellieanna. You are aristocratic and have a "ballerina" quality that is classic, ethereal and elegant. I think the wigs look silly and detract from your beautiful bone structure. If I had to choose one, it would be the "braided do" because it is closest to the elegance you already have. This piece was a lot of fun! Thank you

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      Gypsy48 5 years ago

      Entertaining hub Nellieanna! It looks like you had fun with this hub, well done:)

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I love your presence as I've come to know you, and hair has nothing to do with it. But a "do" is so much fun for girls no matter where they are in their lives.

      I like all of the renditions you presented here, because I think all of them speak to different aspects of you. But number 9 would be my favorite. It just looks like you let your beautiful, natural hair, down, like you do in your poetry and art.

      This is an awesome hub about adventure, not just into a different look, but also into putting yourself "out there" to show women how to try on different aspects of themselves in a public arena. I'm so glad you did this and shared.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Sandra! Thank you - glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the vote and sharing, too!

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      What fun! I love it. Voted up and shared.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      I come unarmed!! :-)

      Thank you for replying, Alan, and giving it more time than you probably have to spare! It has elements of a valuable discussion, really. I've feel that being in the human fraternity is preferable for me to being in the exclusive female fraternity/sorority, which leads me to notice things which either mitigate or fuel a strict, rigid division, which can be fed for good or not by types of give and take among them.

      Some things are 'given' gender traits and can't & shouldn't be avoided. Viva la difference!!

      I can't imagine a guy even considering posting pictures of himself with various hairstyles, for instance. But he might ask his best friend or wife for an opinion. For myself, it's a departure to 'take a poll' on anything I decide upon for myself. But if I do, it's in good faith - along with a degree of humor.

      Some things are really matters of basic gender traits. Then there are ingrained, conditioned, underlying attitudes which often tend to build walls instead of bridges between the genders, especially when they're cultivated or substituted for approaching each situation individually.

      I happen to find natural male characteristics & preferences remarkable and delightful; and perceive that many men find basic female characteristics and preferences equally remarkable delightful, too.

      It's the undermining attitudes toward the other gender which arouse counteracting attitudes & become vicious circles, I think, and that is sad.

      So I wonder if 'women' in general are to be attributed with the attitude you mention, any more than 'men' in general are to be attributed with attitudes and habits of a specific man who exhibits them? And I wonder how much one's own conditioned responses to another's conditioned attitudes propel the empasses into perpetuality?

      I'm not being facetious when I say that the attitude you mention isn't among mine. I don't assume that selecting a choice of one 'preferred' thing implied a dislike or rejection of all other possibilities! That seems unrealistic and unhealthy. People have spectra of preferences, and usually a totally obnoxious choice would be rarely implied and surely wouldn't be piggybacked surreptitiously on the back of acceptable choices being offered, - would it?

      If a choice of several pleasant things is offered for preference, it should be and should be taken as an honest offer. If I prefer the color green, it doesn't mean red is anathema to me. If I honestly look better in yellow, it doesn't suggest underhandedly that I'd be a disaster in purple. So If I ask which you prefer, I don't automatically assume the other choice is detestable. I can't even imagine giving it that 'twist'. There are actual degrees of what one subjectively prefers, not just 1) OK or it must mean 2) NO WAY & YOU'LL PAY. "Thumbs up" doesn't imply "thumbs down" on everything else. Preposterous assumption!

      But what do I know? I'm just this one woman out of the millions of other types walking the globe!

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      arb 5 years ago from oregon

      Which looks best elicits two answers really. 1) the one that does and by default, 2) the one that doesn't. My experience has taught me that she will not hear #1 and her response will verify that that what she heard was, I did not like the other. When a women offers you a choice regarding her appearence, there is no right answer for the right is countered by the implied and prevelant wrong and the wrong is implanted in her memory like moss that clings to the shady side of the tree. My wife remembers what time of the day 30 years ago I uttered the wrong answer. No, I've been shot too many times to stand before the loaded gun!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      My dear Alan, I'm honored that you took time when you're so busy preparing for your trip tomorrow! Before I thank you properly for your visit and comments, first I simply must say HAHAHAHAHA! You could make them into another of your marvelous Venus-Mars type hubs with such humor and subtle pinions strategically placed.

      Your choices of replies and exquisite wording here are simply superb, especially in the face of such latent danger and possible censure if they fell short (such as, if it were my nature to inflict such retaliations), even though, in all honesty and perhaps for future use, explaining your reasons for settling upon a glowing, but dodging reply inevitably somewhat mitigates the full effects of a lovely compliment.


      However, I truly appreciate both the conditions which drive a man to adopt and to polish such a self-protective habit, plus his sly use of an explanation which preserves & reserves honesty & actual control of his own opinion and choice of when & if to praise unconditionally, without fully mitigating the dodging compliment. Your wisdom & experience stand unequalled!

      For my part, the question was not how I look, but which, if any, of the styles "work best", for evoking an objective, comparative judgment with no 'wrong' answer built-in, rather than a declaration of absolute personal approval. If none works, simply selecting the one with my own hair would be foolproof. ;-) It's similar to the ploy-principle of asking the prospective buyer his preference of which of two choices he prefers, either of which leads to the sale, rather than asking for bare-faced agreement to take the item being spieled when he's hesitating. hahaha.

      Example: If your wife asks whether a pair of jeans she's modeling make her look fat, a booby trap any way it's viewed, presenting you with only poor choices of replies, - if, instead, she asks which of two pair are the slimmingest, you've a fighting chance to come out OK, with your truthfulness and your relationship intact, the way a mirror does. Rarely they are smashed for their honesty, y'know. Women are more resilient than might seem.

      I can tell you've honed & toned the dodging skill of self-preservation to a fine point! I've seen you in operation, and it's always with folks you truly esteem. So I'm truly impressed and flattered that you value me enough to apply your expertise with a most lovely compliment which only you could author! (How's that for distilling the diamond from out of a chunk of coal? ) Hugs.

      You're loved, dear Alan, because you're YOU. Thank you for it.

      Wishing you a lovely vacation!! Will eagerly anticipate your return, fully refreshed and full of lovely images to share!

      (BTW - this is an example of what I call my 'zinger sandwich' technique when delivering one.)

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Christopher - thank you, dear heart. After reading Alan's (arb's) comments, I'm inspired to praise your diplomacy, as well as your kind compliments!! :-)

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      arb 5 years ago from oregon

      My years in the male fraternity have taught me to stay away from any question that any women ask concerning how I think she looks. It is certainly not a place where honesty would serve me well and if I lie, her silly intuition will confirm it so. I've often questioned why, in a world where mirrors are so strategically placed, why women ask of us any opinion regarding how they look. Obviously, the mirror has learned to keep its silence. I should learn from the wisdom reflected there. Which one do I think fits you best? Obviously, the reply is, " I am amazed at how ordinary hair styles are until you sit beneath them." I am much wiser than ther mirror!

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      Christopher Antony Meade 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Lovely hairstyles Nellieana, but it is the beautiful smile that makes the pictures. As always, your inner you shines out and lights the room.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Mhatter - 'Funny' will 'do' just fine! "Fun' would fit perfectly, though! :-) Thank you for smile, visit and comment!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      This was a lot of fun, which they didn't have so I had to pres funny. Thank you for the smile.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Jackie - Thank you! I'm glad you think I'll 'do' as I am, because there's negligible chance of any real change. I'm lucky to have a 'do' (or 'don't) that works!

      It was the artist in me that wanted to 'try' other looks for the fun of it, not that I wouldn't consider one if it were possible. But it truly isn't. Numbers 12 and 14 would be fun, though! I'm partial to 14, since either one is as out of reach as the other, so no need to consider how much trouble that one would be!

      I'm with you! I just twig mine up in a 'don't which does require enough length to do so! haha. Love your clever terminology!

      Glad you got some fun out of this, too! Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Jaye - I'd probably gladly commit to one or two of the hairstyles if my hair would cooperate! No such luck. haha.

      Looks like Theresa, you & I have a similar tastes in hair styling principles. Even so, most of my preferences would always have been difficult for me & my hair! Hairspray just assures that my hair's own behavior will get stuck in its odd way, rather than as intended, so I use it very sparingly the few times I ever use it!

      Indeed #8 looks somewhat like Rod's! I could never wear spikes, though, and whenever I've ever tried to wear bangs, like in #12, they'd become wavy or something other than smooth, though I love styles with SMOOTH as a feature. Naturally-curly sets its own rules, though. sigh.

      I would never laugh at giving oneself home-made haircuts. For about 80% of my life, that's my practice and has been exclusively so for the last 25 years. For most of the first 40 or so, it was, too. For several professional years I did get professional treatments, but never a weekly fix; only for the big things, - cut, color, style updating. Then I took care of it the weeks between times. It was unusual to find a hairdresser who had the slightest idea of what my hair would and wouldn't do. When I found one I could trust, the relationship lasted during my work in which appearance was vital.

      I've never had a perm, though once I tried to give myself a straightening - disastrously! I use very good scissors for my home cuts: - Gingher embroidery shears. My hair in back is long enough that I can pull it to each side for some trim, and then hold it straight up to check for any 'orphan' wisps. I don't dare cut the top and sides. They just don't grow, haven't' for years. When I shampoo, I just brush it into place, pull it back with a clip, and wind the 'pony tail' around a single curler to dry, so it has some discipline. Like I mentioned to Theresa above, - my hair and I've become allies over the years - so long as I behave and respect it! ;-)

      You'd get a kick out of playing with the different looks, Jaye. Try it! It beats jigsaw puzzles as a little break! And you'll surely find a look that suits you which you could implement!

      The stylings on this hub were all made at:

      I also visited another site featuring celebs' hairdos to try on. I tried one and put it on my Facebook page, which is where my daughter saw it. It's Jen-Lo's, so perhaps her comments fit that more than these ohers!

      This is its URL:

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Theresa - thank you. I'm fairly fond of my hair, after all is said and done. Its style is dictated by what it will and can do. My hair is truly Aquarian; has a flyaway mind of its own and grows in a whole-head cowlick, too! We've become allies over a lifetime, though. :-)

      I've always sketched and doodled, and, when young, frequently sketched ladies' profiles with their hair up in a style as I wear it now, since I also liked ballet, and it reminded me of a dancer's 'do'. Who knew my own styling choice would narrow down to it!

      It was just a lark to do these cyber stylings, offering a chance to break out of the mold, if only in fantasyland! Once they were done, it seemed OK to share, just for the fun of it. You're so sweet to go along with it.

      I like the styles you mentioned, too. A sleeker, more controlled 'do' would suit me best, if my hair would ever agree.

      My favorite 'fantasy do' is the one with the braids. I'd LOVE to have that much well-behaved hair and to be able to do that with it. As a child, I usually had long curls and sometimes had braids, always a bit flyaway, though we lived in a dry climate!

      I appreciate your visit and comments!

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Fantastic but I think you will "do" just as you are! I have to have enough length on mine to twig it up in a "don't". Hair is such a hassle isn't it? I liked number 12 best for you though, but 14 kind of elegant, if you have to have one, lol. This was fun. Up and sharing.

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      What a fun hub, Nellieanna, and such a delightful way to get a "makeover" without the commitment! Though your "real" hair looks good, and you have an elegant look, several of the styles you tried digitally are becoming: #6, 8, 10, 12, 13 and (possibly) 14. Actually, #8 does have a certain Rod Stewart look about it!

      My hair's going through a season of shedding more than usual--at least, I hope it's only temporary and that it will grow back. I'm letting it grow a little longer on the sides. You will laugh when I tell you that I give myself "home-made" haircuts. I've been grabbing the scissors and cutting my hair for years. I cut the back by "feel", but usually get it fairly even. I could probably use a makeover. Can you share the link to the website with the "pretend" hairdos?

      By the way, your daughter's lovely--those great genes of yours passed down.

      Loved the verses, too. You ARE a foxy great grandma, and I can just imagine you behind Antonio on the Harley!


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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Nellieanna- I like your hair just fine...wearing it up is rather queenly, aristocratic if you will. :) But since you are having fun, my favorites are 6, 10, and 14. After looking at them, I realized I chose three that show more of your face, so in those three pictures you look ore like the Nellieanna I know. :) I have always thought braids criss-crossed like that were beautiful, but I have never been able to pull it off. W

      What a fub Hub! :) Sharing. ~~ Theresa


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