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I haven’t always had a love affair with my hair.
As a small child, I was not given any creative input when it came to how my hair would look.
I was so DESPERATE for long hair I remember getting in trouble on school assembly in Year 2 for wearing my skivvy on my head, the neck of it encasing my scull like an overgrown headband and the arms and body cascading down my back.
I couldn’t understand why I was in trouble.
Didn’t my teacher understand? All I wanted was LONG HAIR. Hair that swished back and forth as you jumped through a hopscotch game.
Alas, my dear late mother thought she was doing me a favour keeping my hair in an unattractive 1970s version of a pixie crop … the same crop as my younger brothers sported throughout those formative years.
Each time the three of us were lined up at the salon (maybe there was a bulk deal?), I’d plead for my crop to be left well alone.
“Not until you’re old enough to look after it yourself,” were the words I heard on repeat until the summer of 1979.
That year my dad, step-mum, my brothers and I left our country Queensland home on a hot, humid day bound for five months living in Europe.
As I hopped on that plane, I vowed and declared that no-one would so much as come near my hair with a pair of scissors.
And I’ve been in charge of my Hair Happiness ever since.
Note, I say, in charge. This is not to say that I’ve been happy with my hair ever since.
Lest we forget The Perm of 1984. Or The Brunette Flirt of 2011. Or The Over-toned Blue Rinse of Christmas Eve 2014.
No, let’s not forget … but let’s not dwell either.
We’ve all got bad hair day stories – fresh or from the vault – to share.
This post – and others I’ll be featuring here across summer – are aimed at fostering good hair days every day.
I want you to make friends with what you’ve got.
I want you to care about your hair.
And I want you to feel that hair happiness feeling.
Are you with me?
Grant Withnell is a very clever man. He’s the National Technical Educator for Schwarzkopf and I’ve been lucky enough to have garnered many a hair-care tip from him over the years.
We’re very much on the same page when it comes to the “secret” to hair happiness.
Great hair always starts with a great haircare regime. Spend some time finding what works best for your hair type. We have a great tool on Style Studio that you can easily do this, Hair Horoscopes it’s not a dodgy pick up line – finding out your hair horoscope is the first step to hair happiness.
The Hair Horoscope asks just a few simple questions but it helps you get clear on just what your main hair concerns are and what kind of products you need to address those concerns.
No surprise, I’m a Mighty Aphrodite. I’ve got no time for split ends or frizz and my hair needs products that strengthen and repair damage.
What Hair Horoscope are you? Take the quiz now.
I’m looking for five Styling You readers who’d like to join me on this summer hair care boot camp.
Each of the five selected winners will receive a Schwarzkopf hair care product pack specific to their hair’s needs.
Each of the winners would need to be able to supply a before and after photo that may be used in a blog post here on Styling You. We’d also ask you some questions about how your hair has gone throughout the boot camp. These answers may be featured in a blog post here on Styling You.
To enter, tell us in the comments why your hair deserves some happiness this summer AND answer the following:
1. What is your Hair Horoscope?
2. What is your major hair concern?
a) Dull, lacking shine
b) Flat, lacking volumne
c) Long hair prone to split ends
d) Sustaining colour
e) No issues
Entries open Thursday, November 5 at 4.30am (AEST) and close Thursday, November 12 at 5pm (AEST). Australian entries only, sorry. The winner will be judged on originality and creativity (photos can be included and uploaded with the comment). The winner will be emailed and their name will be published here. Entrants must include an email address when the filling in the commenting system below to be eligible to enter. Full terms and conditions here.
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