It was time. Time for a change. I felt this way before: after the birth of my second child I lopped off my long locks to sport a short hairstyle.
8 years ago
Eight years on, and the same urge for change was knocking. In the sometimes blurriness of motherhood, doing something drastic reminds me, that I’m me. It makes me feel alive and gives me a fixed point in time, a fresh start. I need these fixed points so I don’t lose myself in the chos.
As I sat in the black hairdresser’s chair, I expected there to be a moment, a moment where I look at the mirrored reflection of myself as a farewell. “This is it. Bye-bye hair.” But there was no such moment. There was no hesitation.
I can’t say the same for my hairdresser. She said, “Are you sure? That’s a lot to cut off. Maybe just take a few inches at a time. Really sure? “
I said, “Do it.”
I’ve had the same reaction from others about my new hair do.
“You hair looks great!” And then, with concern, “Are you okay about it? I mean, that’s it’s so much shorter now?”
I feel great! I love it. You see, I’ve come to embrace change, as very often, it gives me the kick start I need. Change makes me think differently; it challenges me.
I don’t (can’t) spend time styling my hair. My hairdresser know this so she cut my hair in such a way so the styling is mininial.
When my hair is damp, I put a little mousse through and allow it to dry naturally. Once dry (if I’m not already out the door) I apply hairspray to my hair and turn out the ends with my hands for a bit of a flippy look. On the days I don’t wash my hair, I spray dry shampoo through so it doesn’t get greasy. Dry shampoo is THE BEST discovery for my hair!
Little things to make me feel special
I capitalised on my new look and invested in some beauty items to make me feel special. These items are cheap, and I used to use them all the time, but somewhere down the line I forgot how wonderful my skin feels after using a shower scrub with exfoliating gloves followed by moisturising cream. It’s nice reacquainting myself with a little luxury. Like a mini holiday…something for me.
The awesomeness of the first flick of freshly cut hair. Until next time I want to do something drastic with my hair.
What do you do to give yourself a little boost?