About six weeks ago I messaged my hairdresser with this photo.
I gave her the heads up that I was ready for a change of ‘do and this was it.
When she didn’t send back a barrage of “tears streaming down face” emojis, I took this as a sign that I was onto a good thing.
I felt the hint of excitement down the line. Hairdressers LOVE it when you flag a change with them.
And it turns out they do prefer to know about any possible flagging BEFORE you sit down in the chair for your appointment.
We’re friends on Facebook and in real life but I still hesitated in talking “shop” before I was in the salon. She assured me, it was much better that I had let her know.
This meant she was able to allocate extra time and also get her head around what it was I was looking for.
So why did I change hair styles?
My entire (hair) life – post the traumatic childhood period where I was not permitted to have anything but a boy hair cut (thanks Mum) – I’ve made changes to my hair style on average every two years.
It was coming up to the two year mark when this latest need for change happened.
I had already decided that I was going to get it fully concaved at the back before our holiday in Hawwaii but then I stumbled across that photo of Portia de Rossi while on a random Google search for something completely unrelated to hair.
I could not stop thinking about it.
And that is generally what happens every time I feel a change coming on. There isn’t any umming and ahhing about it.
The decision is pretty much made once I’ve decided what I want to do. Or what I want my stylist to do.
And that’s why it’s crucial to foster a long-term good relationship with your hair stylist.
If you let them get to know your hair (and your lifestyle), they’re more likely to be in a position to facilitate a change that works for you.
What I had done
There was A LOT of hair on the floor the day it all came off.
But to look at my hair from one side (the long side) on, you wouldn’t think there had been much of a change.
That long side is still shorter than it was but it’s the opposite side and back that has been cut much shorter to create the asymmetrical bob that it is now.
And when I had it re-cut last week, I went even slightly shorter at the back and sides.
What I like about this hair style?
Number one, the winning result for me has been finding out that the level of home maintenance required is up to me. I can be as low or high as I want it to be.
I’ll admit I was nervous jumping on a plane to Hawaii, having just had a new ‘do and not having washed and styled it myself.
Oh, did I mention I didn’t take any hair stylers away with me, either? Turns out, all I needed was dodgy hotel wall hairdryer.
After a day of swimming, I dried off the long side using said dryer and my fingers, slicked the other side behind my ears and left the back to its own devices. VOILA. Pass me a Mai Tai.
Back home, I’ve trotted out the straightening irons for a sleek look and a curling wand for a messy/wavy look.
Disclaimer: when you’ve seen me on Instagram or Facebook with REALLY GOOD curls/waves, said curls has been achieved by the experts. I still have my L plates on when it comes to using a curling wand.
What I love about changing my hair style?
A change is AS good as a holiday but changing your hair is as good as having a holiday at home EVERY day.
The change has given me a lift. A freshen up. A little something something that, while superficial, makes me feel AMAZING.
So tell me, when was the last time you changed your hair style and/or colour? Thinking of a change? What style has caught your eye?
Editor’s note: My wonderful hair stylist is Nadine at Cheveux Design and Espresso in Auchenflower, Brisbane. This isn’t sponsored, I pay for my hair styling but I believe in sharing fabulous businesses when warranted. If you’re in the market for a new hair stylist, the team at Cheveux has you covered.