The Hair-a-versary
September 08, 2010

The Hair

Some of you may remember that a little over a year ago, I cut off all my hair. Which is not my way of saying I went somewhere and had a stylist take off a few inches. I plugged our clippers in and took them to my own head. The whole story is here.

So, yeah, it's been a little over a year, and I'm still cutting my own hair. Here's what I've learned:

  • I can cut it whenever I want! No appointment! No feeling inappropriately dressed in a salon full of people way hipper than myself!

  • It's FREE! All the money I was spending on someone else cutting my hair? That's shoe money!

  • I'm sort of limited to one style - SHORT. But I'm okay with that.

  • If I mess up, it's short, it'll grow out. I've also found that if I mess up (and oh yes, I've made mistakes), I'm kind of disappointed, but I get over it. Because I did it, not someone else. I think that may be one of the frustrating things about hair maintenance. We depend on someone else to make it the way we want and when that doesn't happen, it's SO frustrating! But when I mess up? Oh well, it'll grow out.

  • I bought one little jar of Bumble and Bumble Sumo Wax the day after I cut it all off. I JUST ordered another one last week. That's right. It lasted me over a year!

  • The short hair? Practically maintenance free. I wash, condition, towel dry, a little smoothing milk, a little sumo wax, and I'm done.

  • Did I mention the cutting it whenever I want thing?

Hair Mosaic

I'm well aware that I'm not the only person ever to cut her own hair. So maybe it's not a big deal, but I was so insanely frustrated with my hair and taking it in to my own hands has made me feel SO much better about it. It's possibly one of the best decisions I've ever made.

Now, I'm not advocating that everyone go buy a set of clippers and buzz, buzz, buzz! That would be kind of nuts. But if I can do it, I don't think it's totally out of the question for someone else to do it too. Just don't try it before that big date, or that job interview, or other big life event. (I think that rule even applies if you have someone else cut your hair, right?)

And I realize that I may not give myself the best haircut ever, but you know what? It works for me, and I'm happy with it, and that's what's important. I'm having a hard time thinking I'd ever go back to having someone else cut it. Unless of course I REALLY mess up or I decided to «gasp!» grow it out again...



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