Hair Like Meg Ryan

For our date night a while back, my husband and I ordered take-out and watched You’ve Got Mail. This was no Netflix and chill, though. Instead, we kicked it old school and watched the DVD I’ve had since I was in high school.

My grandmother was a fan of romantic comedies, so I watched a lot of those since I lived with her. She was a Meg Ryan super fan (until The Affair with Russell Crowe, sigh), and I became one too after watching You’ve Got Mail. As a teen who had recently gotten an Internet connection, I thought it was the most romantic thing ever. A smart guy! Who enjoys books! And can write! Such a guy didn’t exist in my class of 70-odd students (that I was aware of), so that movie gave my love life a little hope.

You know how couples have a song? It might be the first song they ever danced to together or the one they danced to at their wedding. This movie is our equivalent of that. (Well, technically we have a Song, too, and it’s not a Hanson song since my husband put his foot down.)

We went the same route as the characters, meeting online, taking forever to meet, and when we did it was amazeballs (well, it was amazeballs a couple months after we met, when my nervousness wore off and I didn’t treat him like a brother). Our story isn’t quite as interesting, and consists only of a few missed hints and involuntarily dodged kisses — no business war and all that — but otherwise IT’S EXACTLY THE SAME.

We were getting sappy and stuff while watching the movie, reciting lines here and there, like it was of Star Wars or Shakespeare importance, when it dawned on me that there was something about me that my husband didn’t know about me. Once you’ve been married to someone for 10 years, finding something new to share from one’s past is pretty major. It’s almost on the level of giving diamonds. Almost.

“Oh my god, that haircut!” I commented. “I loved that haircut when I was in high school. I had it for the better part of two years. But it never worked out for me.”

This is it, in case you haven’t watched You’ve Got Mail or just don’t remember:

Alternatively, you can look at the haircut here, if the doodle isn’t doing it for you.

Between my lack of being able to blow my wavy (but not curly, dammit) hair straight, it not being the right haircut for my face, and the crappy stylist whose cuts rarely resembled the picture given, the haircut didn’t work for me. It didn’t work the first time I was a sophomore in high school, or the second time adding blonde highlights, or even the 89th time, when I was a senior in high school, and I’d highlighted my hair so much that it was nearly straight up blonde. (This is when I realized I should just let it grow out and go back to my natural color.)

The idea of having Meg Ryan’s haircut was amusing to my husband.

“She wasn’t in her 40s at the time,” I said, defending my style choice for god knows what reason. “Probably like her 30s. Or mid-30s.”

“That’s really not better. You were 15!” he exclaimed.

“Almost 16, though. And it was a cute haircut! Just not on me. Which may be why I didn’t date more in high school.”

“Aw, I’m sure it wasn’t that bad,” he said. “Just pretty bad.”

(And if you think admitting you wanted the haircut of an older woman was bad, try admitting that you had a crush on Tom Hanks when you were 15…or 33, for that matter. Sigh.)

I didn’t show him my picture in the yearbook from that haircut — the one where I was wearing a plain white t-shirt for, again, god knows what reason. Add in being sweaty as hell because it was early September in SC, plus that haircut, and you’ve got loads of awfulness.

See? All the awfulness.

My sharing the haircut story pretty much ruined You’ve Got Mail from a romantic standpoint. The idea of wanting to look like a middle age woman in my teens kind of overshadows the whole “how we met” thing. That opens the door for making a Hanson song Our Song, though, so there’s that.

Have you ever aspired to look much older than you actually were, or otherwise have any interesting Bad Haircut stories to share?

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Author: Erika

I’m a SAHM to two kids. When I’m not doing all the typical mom things (diapers, soccer, etc.), I like writing, reading, and playing games. Clearly I live the life of a rock star.

30 thoughts on “Hair Like Meg Ryan”

  1. Oh my. Well I contend that Meg Ryan hasn’t had good hair since The Presidio, but she manages to make it work for her and that alone is a talent.
    I look AWFUL with short hair. Just awful. Done it twice, won’t be doing it again.
    I love You’ve Got Mail, it’s definitely one of those movies I know every line. 🙂

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    1. I keep going through one of those phases every 5 years or so. “I’m gonna cut off my hair.” Hubby tells me no, bestie tells me no, but I am determined that it will look good this time. Nope. Never.

      Another reason you rock 😀

      I am STILL waiting on my fucking pencil bouquet. I’ve been dropping hints about that for 13 years and haven’t gotten it yet.

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  2. I once asked for “China Doll Bangs” … in my mind, that meant long and to the eyes. I walked out with a quarter inch of fringe!! I was mortified, horrified, and even my friends laughed at me. I hid in the dorm all that semester, until it grew out.

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  3. I’m not ashamed to admit that I like romantic comedies. I prefer Sleepless in Seattle to You’ve Got Mail though. And I’ll watch anything with Tom Hanks in it, not only for his acting chops, but also because he collects old typewriters and just wrote a book about them.

    Oh and back in college, I bleached my hair. I remember when I did it, I got some of the mixture in my eyes, which temporarily blinded me. Total disaster. I followed the hair bleaching up with another major mistake: an ear ring. I’d like to say I’ve gotten wiser and cooler since then, but I don’t want to add lying to my multitude of sins.

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    1. I loved Sleepless, too. Maybe one day they’ll make another rom-com together.

      Oh no! Well, if you ever want to bring back the earring, now’s the time to do it 😉


  4. LOL I wore a wig once hoping to make myself look over 21 so I could gamble in Reno. I think I was 18 or 19 at the time so I wasn’t trying to look THAT much older. I totally get the whole hair thing though. Mine is very fine and very thin so none of the pictures I ever used were something that could be done with my hair.

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      1. My girlfriend and I both had wigs on and it totally worked. We were able to gamble and drink the weekend away. I think we even won a few jackpots. That was back in the day when an attendant had to come and pay you and the first time we panicked that we would get caught but nothing happened so we relaxed.

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  5. I was a spice girl die-hard lol and Scary Spice was my favorite… looking back at me and the pictures of her I’m just like… why did my mother actually let me go out with two unicorn horns on my head 😂 I guess because I had a fit otherwise lol “because mom she’s my favorite!”

    I also have a rather tragic hair story. After I was first diagnosed with Lupus, my hair started falling out. I’m talking clumps every time I ran my hand through it, sadly it’s beginning again, and due to emotional frustration I just took some scissors to it one night. Like straight Britney Spears meltdown. I ended up having a wig for the better part of a year while it grew back.

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  6. Oh boy!! Funny story. I’m cursed with wavy hair, too – hard to straighten and won’t curl completely. I tried short hair in high school and just looked ridiculous. If I were tall and thin, maybe it would’ve worked. I think that’s the only type of people – and those with long necks – it works well on!

    I’ve been crushing on Harrison Ford since I was about 12, so don’t feel bad about loving Tom Hanks. I think it’s completely natural to crush on an older celebrity. 🙂

    Btw Shop Around The Corner is awesome!

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    1. I so loved the short curly hair she rocked in City of Angels, but thankfully I wasn’t stupid enough to put a perm in my already short hair lol!

      Oooh, yeah. He’s still got that charm, too.


  7. I’ve been a Meg Ryan fan since “Top Gun” and “When Harry Met Sally”. I loved “You’ve Got Mail” (I have the soundtrack on CD). It was the then modern version of Sleepless In Seattle which was also Tom and Meg.

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