I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with my hair. Let me paint a picture…
Five years old, beautiful soft strawberry blond curls down to my waist. One afternoon while my mom was on the phone, I decided to end my relationship with my hair and cut it all off. It wouldn’t have been so bad, except for the family wedding the following Saturday in which I was appearing as the flower girl. Uh oh…
The style was stick straight, and my hair had developed into a very large, very frizzy curly mess. The only styling product we had back then was Dippity Doo. So I would pile my wet hair in a ponytail on top of my head, wrap it around a plastic Tropicana orange juice can, and wear a bonnet hair dryer to bed. It actually worked pretty well – until I walked out the door, and POOF, back to the frizzy curly mess.
In high school, I would have given my right arm for a bouncy ponytail. So one afternoon, I bought a relaxer kit, and I straightened my hair. It looked fantastic – until it starting breaking off in clumps. That’s when I went short.
The dawn of styling products. Gels, mousses, sprays, curling brushes, special blow dryer attachments. I was in heaven, and I had resigned myself to a life of short hair. But I didn’t mind. Even before Business Casual when I wore a suit to work everyday, I expressed myself through my hair. I had it cut every 3 weeks, and I would challenge my stylist to change it every time. I was starting to have fun.
I’ve come to love my short hair. About 2 months ago, I went RED – deep, rich, vibrant burgundy red that grows out to a really nice copper tone. So last Saturday, I couldn’t wait to get to the salon and do it all over again. And after all those years of struggling, I finally have my frizzy curly mess under control, thanks to a combination of styling products and my trusty tiny flat iron.
I learned to work with it instead of against it. To use it as a way to express myself. And you definitely can’t say that I was ever in a rut!
Is your hair in a rut? Does it look the same as it did in your senior picture? Wedding picture? Do you have a Pinterest folder for all the hairstyles you dream about? Or are you waiting for the “perfect” haircut to make a change?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you’re cheating yourself. Start small — bangs, layers, highlights, a slightly lighter or darker color. Or you can jump right in with both feet like I did and do something really drastic. And always remember…
…it’s only hair!