I'm fixed! I'm fixed!
Less like this:
[image source: http://www.babble.com/CS/blogs/strollerderby/carol.jpg]
More like this:
This picture is from last Christmas, but the haircut is basically the same, but a tiny bit shorter. :)
I felt like a jerk explaining how I wanted it fixed, but I just couldn't go on with it like that. I talked to both my sisters, both of whom have worked or currently work at hair salons, and they both agreed - it was the right thing to do.
Finally, I am at peace with my hair! I can now look at my hair without crying. It has been a good day.
[Edit: Thank you to all of those who expressed concern, sympathy, empathy and all those great emotions towards my hair-al distress!!]