Have you ever decided one day “That’s it, I’m cutting my hair!” ? And once those words left your mouth you have launched a mission. You google “cute, sassy, sophisticated, awesome, young-looking, trendy, not to short, cuts.” And there you have it, 12345678910111212349585767 images of hair styles meant for you! Now, your hair is just below your shoulders (work with me) and it’s virgin hair (now REALLY work with me) so you have never colored it. It’s a flat “mousey” brown. You have found your hair goal, within those 12345678910111212349585767 pictures, one was calling your name…it was all “Suzie, this is SO you girlfriend! Right here, righttttt here, pick meeee, PICK ME!” And it’s been 2.5 hours since you launched this mission so this hair style must be fate right? Now, you’re in phase 2 of your mission…your placing a frantic, pleading call to your hair salon. Your fingers are crossed as the receptionist is all “Everyday is Gorgeous at EG Salon..” and once she’s done, you are asking in a begging tone for the earliest appointment (PLEASE have something in the next 15 mins…It doesn’t matter that I live 30 mins away, I CAN GET THERE). You NEED your new cut yesterday, you are ready!
Frank Zappa: ‘You have a wooden leg. Does that make you a table?”
― Frank Zappa
So, accomplished. Here you are, sitting in your stylist’s chair with your pictures all printed out via google. You are ready. Now remember, you have shoulder length, virgin “mousey” brown hair. “This is what I was thinking…” and you pass over a picture of Rihanna. Your stylist gasps, but in a positive way. She is more thrilled than you! You are confident that she is going to transform your locks into the hottest, most sought after style for short hair. Yesss, Rihanna!
*“I think that the most important thing a woman can have- next to talent, of course- is her hairdresser.”
― Joan Crawford
Ok, WAKE UP. I know that you were all caught up in that little scenario. I was too :) But, we gotta talk about getting you from Point A (what you currently are rocking for a hairstyle) to Point B (Hoping to be mistaken as Rihanna’s twin). As much as I LOVE the client that gets into my chair and says “I don’t care, do what you want.” What I (and most stylist’s) love even more is when YOU give me some sort of direction. I love pictures. I love new styles. I love drastic. I LOVE MOTIVATION and when it’s tied into hair, it’s like birds are singing my name…it’s raining lollipops and little Leprechauns are riding unicorns! I LOVE taking someone from Point A to Point B!
*“If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.”
― Hillary Rodham Clinton
I feel like everyone in life needs to let go of their everyday hair norm at least once (preferably more) in life. Live a little. Cut a lot. Dye often. Doing something outside of your normal! “Just the dead ends, no layers, bangs straight across” cut is monotonous. Something new, will change your routine. It will spawn conversation (O.M.G, did YOU see Suzie’s hair??), it will change your all over style! And how about adding some color to your life?? My mother (who doesn’t know what a “blog” is or how/where to find a “blog”, especially this one..So, I’m safe to write about her :) ) has been rocking the SAME hair color for 30 years. Somewhere along the line (30 years ago) she went red and decided to NEVER go another color. Every time I attempted to darken or lighten her red, she would have a semi-stroke. “Well, i don’t want it too dark, like DARK red.” Umm, okkk? How about lightening it? “Well, I don’t want it to look PINK…and I don’t want to look like a PENNY..” Ummm, ok, well then the same color it is! :( Finally, I just took the horse by the mane and said “Your hair looks redic. You have been wearing this color for so long, it’s wearing you. Today, we are going to switch this up. You are going…BROWN! A nice rich brown. And the front, I’m highlighting just a little for dimension. Cool?” I must have caught her while she was too deep in a “Food & Wine” article that she lives to read at the salon. She didn’t peep and I RAN to the color bar to formulate! 2 hours later as I spun her around in my chair, she loved the color. But what she loved more was the comments that were dished to her! Her hair was a hit, everyone noticed the red was gone! I’m still working on the cut, but that’s a whole other blog…
*“Red hair, sir, in my opinion, is dangerous.”
― P.G. Wodehouse, Very Good, Jeeves!
Now, when you decide to make the cut and or color change for the good, make sure you do it with your stylist. Because you decided to go Rihanna at 8AM today, your stylist very well might not be able to accommodate you in a moments notice! So, don’t decide to go to somewhere else. Your hairstylist knows you and your hair best. Most likely this isn’t your second visit. And, most stylists have taken plenty of classes to feel confident in cutting your tres and to warn you that you will NOT look EXACTLY like Rihanna…body, skin, hair etc.. The chances of you having Rihanna’s exact head shape are slim to none. But, we can get you stunningly close :)
People notice hair. It’s your armour. It helps shape our personality. Embrace it, and change your style as often as you change your seasonal clothes!
~As always, thanks for reading…and laughing!~
*“gray hair is gods graffiti”
― Bill Cosby