A while ago when being unhealthily underweight was the norm in Hollywood, a lot of people compared starlets like Nicole Richie and Lindsay Lohan to Bobblehead dolls, because their heads were enormous next to their bony little bodies. This is an unfair assessment of Bobblehead dolls.
Most Bobblehead dolls actually have pretty sturdy little bodies, not lollipop sticks. And thus, I venture to say that I, dear reader, look like an actual Bobblehead.
See, I have an enormous head. Actually, let me rephrase that. I have an enormous head for someone my size. I’m short (roughly 5’0″, possibly a little bit less, but this is what I put on my driver’s license to feel good about myself) and have relatively long legs for my stature, so my head looks huge in comparison with my torso and height. If you look at me in photos with other people, most of whom are significantly taller than I am, you (or at least I) can see it. And if I’m wearing flat shoes it’s even more obvious that the skull to body ratio is completely whacked out.
That said, hats still fit me (and often look cute with my bone structure), but they just draw more attention to my noggin, so I avoid them unless it’s freezing. I think of wearing hats as putting a red-lipstick target over a zit. You’re not trying to draw attention to it, right? (Though more power to you if that’s your thing!)
So what do you do if you have a first world problem like having a really long, outsized head? If it bugs you as much as it bugged me, there’s a way to get around having a head that you think looks like the beginning stages of a balloon animal: Bangs.
My mom drilled into my long head that I should get bangs, and I had ‘em for a while in grade school and then grew them out. But I caved and got bangs again a few years ago, and I will never look back (though I’d never admit that my mom was right). My bangs are long enough for a side sweep but short and heavy enough for a slight shag if I want to look like a lost, gender-confused member of the Ramones. And not to toot my own horn, but they look pretty cute.
And on the bright side, the size of my literal head matches my figurative one (I really, really love myself), and having a relatively large head probably counterbalances me and keeps me from falling backwards onto (what some questionable strangers refer to as) my “ethnic” butt. But that’s a whole other post.
Are you self conscious about the size of your head? Have you ever gotten a haircut to offset your head or face shape? Tell us in the comments!