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The Haircut

After I spent an excessive amount of time trying to line up the pencil and ruler, and then wrote about said experience being unable to line up pencil and ruler, I cut my hair.

The last time I cut my hair was back in 2013.  Early 2013, so two and a half years ago.  As you can probably guess from that post about my last haircut, I wasn’t too keen to return and go through another round of “your husband is lying about liking your awful awful awful hair.”  I avoided doing anything with the rat’s nest that was slowly creeping down my back.

But I hit my breaking point and phoned for an appointment.  I drove over, bracing myself for commentary about my hair colour or hair care products (she hates everything I use from my shampoo to my comb).  But it never came.

Instead, when I sat down in her hair, we talked about what I wanted done.  And then she held my hair in a ponytail.

“Melissa, I am going to cut off your hair right now.”

I startled and started SINKING DOWN INTO THE CHAIR AS IF I COULD ESCAPE VIA THE VINYL SEAT.  As if it were a portal and my body was going to sink down into it like Super Mario Brothers and end up on another level.

She explained that if she didn’t take this drastic step, I was going to change my mind after she shampooed my hair, and I was going to go with a tiny trim that I would ultimately regret.  She told me to take a deep breath, and then she grimly chopped off four inches of hair.

“It’s done.  And now we need to really cut it to fix it.”

I have to admit that it was sort of a brilliant move.  I mean, it could have backfired terribly for her, but she was right.  I would have changed my mind.  And now I couldn’t.  The only way forward was forward.  So she shampooed my hair, trimmed off another inch or two to even things out, and sent me on my way.  No lecture about hair care products or greyness.

Just bouncey locks that I promptly washed and restyled the moment I got home.

I think I like it.

Neither picture actually shows you the haircut, but I have very short arms (hence why I was laughing in the first picture as I tried to balance the camera in front of me) and therefore cannot take a photo of myself (despite trying very hard to figure out where one looks while taking a selfie to prove they cut their hair).



Sidenote: Tomorrow is #MicroblogMonday.  Get writing.



1 KeAnne { 07.12.15 at 8:11 am }

It looks good!

2 Susan { 07.12.15 at 8:18 am }

It looks great!! I love your curly locks!

3 Adena { 07.12.15 at 8:29 am }

It looks great Mel. I need a haircut too and have been toying with chopping a bunch off (last time I did was maybe 2012). You are giving me the kick in the pants I need to make an appointment.

4 Marianne { 07.12.15 at 8:45 am }

Love it!

5 Charlotte { 07.12.15 at 8:46 am }

First, Mel, you are beautiful!! Truly. You have an amazing smile and curly hair I have always, always wished for my whole life.
Second, I think your haircut looks cute. Whoever cuts your hair must know you, because the stunt she pulled to cut your hair could have seriously backfired with the wrong person. Truly brave of her. And brave of you to let her go through with it!
Lastly, I am with you. I cannot take a selfie to save my life. I don’t know how to hold the camera, hold my head, or where to look. They are always the worst pictures ever. So I don’t even try anymore.

6 loribeth { 07.12.15 at 9:28 am }

The haircut looks great! — I can see that it’s shorter. And I’ll bet it feels great too. Your hair looks thick & heavy, like mine (mine is NOT curly, though, lol) — that’s a lot of weight off your head. Feels so much better in the summer.

I don’t have a cellphone that takes photos (well, a smartphone that takes decent photos, anyway), but I’ve tried doing selfies with my regular digital point & shoot camera. They always look awful. I’ve had better success with positioning the camera on a piece of furniture, setting the self-timer & then cropping the photos later.

7 torthuil { 07.12.15 at 11:38 am }

Ha, I’m so glad you like your hair, but I just see you when I look at the photo. The best thing of all is your smile. Funny, all the few other people I know with really curly hair never like what the stylist does with it either: they all like their own way of fixing it. Also glad there was no pressure or judgment from the stylist.

8 JustHeather { 07.12.15 at 2:01 pm }

Love the haircut! I think your coloring is beautiful!! (It looks sort of like my mom’s did.) And I too suck at selfies…

9 Mina { 07.12.15 at 2:58 pm }

Well done! You look absolutely lovely. Now, go ask Josh to help with a better photo, so we can see your new haircut in all its splendour.

10 Peg { 07.12.15 at 5:33 pm }

I love it!

11 Jendeis { 07.12.15 at 5:48 pm }

You look lovely as always.

12 Cristy { 07.12.15 at 9:07 pm }

I like it! Well done with taking the bull by the horns to get this done.

13 Justine { 07.12.15 at 9:31 pm }

I like it! And I have similar reservations whenever I end up at the salon (which is more often than every 2 years, but still …)

14 Mali { 07.12.15 at 9:54 pm }

Looking good, Mel!

I’m amazed that you can go years without having a hair cut. You must save so much money. 😉

15 Kathy { 07.12.15 at 11:25 pm }

Good for you! 🙂 You look great and hair change can be fun, though I get having mixed feelings… I get bored with mine easily, so get a kick out of growing it out and chopping it. Proud of you! xoxo

16 Jamie { 07.13.15 at 12:37 am }

So glad there were no lectures! Gutsy move of your stylist, but probably a good one and from someone who knows you well. You sounded like you wanted a change and it seems you are happy with the result. Looks bouncy and healthy. Great smile!

17 Lori Lavender Luz { 07.13.15 at 12:47 am }

I love it! How does it feel?

18 Andy { 07.13.15 at 5:13 am }

Looks great! And I loved her approach!

19 Lexy { 07.13.15 at 6:00 am }

It looks good and I love your curls 🙂

20 DublinGal { 07.13.15 at 6:10 am }


21 Heather { 07.13.15 at 8:34 am }

I love it!
Ladies with curly hair always have it hard when it comes to haircuts I think. I found a woman that I love, and I have followed her to her next salon. I went to make an appt at her previous one and when I asked for her they said they would be happy to set me up with someone else. What?!?!?! Someone else?!?!?! I said, thanks but no thanks, do you know where she went? I have curly hair and…
They didn’t even let me finish, the woman said, I understand completely. She went to the new salon across the street.
How awesome is that? Stick with a stylist who knows you and your hair. Sounds like you have done just that. May she never move away or retire!

22 A. { 07.13.15 at 11:12 am }

Screw the pencil test: I love it!

23 Cheryl { 07.13.15 at 1:23 pm }

When I hear stories of stylists that just want to chop off a bunch of your hair I cringe. I have been growing mine out for awhile and now actually have long hair, like I always wanted. My secret: my guy cuts my hair for me. I have him trim it every other month to keep the ends even and remove the splits. He would never grab my ponytail and tell me he is chopping it off. I am getting a few grays and he tells me they are natural highlights. Of course they drive me crazy when I see them, so my stylist has begrudgingly become my colorist applying the henna color for me. Less messy and I get better coverage. I have had the same stylist for a number of years now, never a bad haircut and the price is right. For my last trim, he set the stool up on the patio, poured me a glass of wine, caped me and trimmed my ends. I liked the wine, but he did have to tell me to hold my head straight a number of times as I reached for the wine. We compromised on pauses in the process so I could take sips. And my hair looks great 🙂

24 Lisa { 07.13.15 at 2:18 pm }

Love it! I wish my curls were as frizz-free as yours!

25 Tiara { 07.14.15 at 8:38 am }

I love it! Beautiful!

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