When I'm changing it, rather than just getting a trim, it's a big event. I am excited but also slightly anxious in the days that lead up to it.
I show up with pictures of examples of how I hope my hair will look by the end of the appointment. Although, it's usually not just the hair I want, but the whole face of the person in pictures I bring in for show. But I DO understand, a hair stylist only deals with hair...
I've had a few traumatizing haircut experiences in my past... and really, who hasn't?
The first one that I remember, was when I was in 8th grade and I chopped off my shoulder length hair to mid-neck length. My boyfriend (whatever that means when you're 13 years old) actually broke up with me because he didn't think I was as pretty with shorter hair. Nice.
Another time, I went to a new stylist and she cut my bangs so short that they wouldn't even lay flat on my forehead, they just stayed in a spiked position. I wore weird headbands for a few weeks until things calmed (and flattened) down.
|my bangs looked something like this after that bad haircut|
I LOVE going to a salon. Why does it feel so much better when someone else shampoos my hair? I also love the sound of the scissors snipping away, and seeing all the hair that falls to the floor. I don't look in the mirror until it's all over... And then the blow-dry, which again, like the shampoo, feels like a massage when someone else is doing it for me. Once it's time for the big reveal, and the stylist turns me around in front of the mirror so I can see my hair from all angles, I always say, "I love it! Oh, that looks so much better!" And usually, I mean it. But even if I don't, it's just hair. And hair grows! And I look pretty decent in a hat if it takes a while to look reasonable again. So really,... not that big of a deal, I realize.
Earlier today I got a new haircut! By a new person! At a new salon! A great haircut these days doesn't come cheap. In fact, the hourly rate feels like they should be giving me legal advice while they're cutting away. But it's such a great luxury and I really love it. And I definitely needed a little pick me up right about now. And I love this haircut!
Although I didn't take a "before", because lately, I've just been putting it up in a pony tail everyday anyway because it's so hot.... I did, however, have Fermin snap a couple pics for the blog.
|from the side...|