Posts Tagged ‘Hair’

August 2nd was Happy Hair Day for me. I had a 10:15 am appointment to get my super long hair chopped off. This is something I had been thinking of doing for over a year. Talk about procrastination! I didn’t know what hairstyle I wanted or who I wanted to have cut it. I just kept waiting, expecting the answers to magically fall in my lap. That I’d see the exact hairstyle I wanted somewhere or someone would recommend the perfect hairstylist. I didn’t just sit idly by, I spent time looking online. Anyone who’s ever looked up businesses on Yelp! knows that those reviews are so subjective. A place will have mostly 5 stars and then have a few 1 star horror story reviews. I just wasn’t comfortable taking the risk this time.

 5-6 yrs ago I had donated 13 1/2″ of my hair to Locks of Love. That time I found a hairstylist online by looking at the Locks of Love website. (They have since taken the links to salons down off their website.) Her name was Madeline and she was an older woman who worked part time. The salon was in the town I live in but on the south side. It was a good experience and I was happy with the initial cut. I went back to her a few times later but then eventually started letting my hair grow out again. Since I was stuck in a rut and couldn’t decide, I figured I’d go back to Madeline. I knew what to expect and I felt pretty comfortable with her. I had no pictures of the before, during or after that time so I had my husband come along to photograph Thursday’s session. He volunteered, I didn’t force him. 😉  I went overboard with the pictures this time and posted most of them to Instagram who sent them to Twitter for me. I am going to attempt to put pictures in this post. If you don’t see any, you’ll know I failed. If they are screwed up, you’ll know I tried.

As I said in my previous post, I was tying this hair cutting event to my milestone birthday which is happening on Tuesday. I’d built it way up in my mind, to the point where I was as nervous as if I was going to the doctor. And that’s pretty nervous! There was nothing to be nervous about except the unknown. I had a few pictures on my phone of short haircuts so I showed them all to Madeline and explained what I liked about each one. My hair is naturally curly so I used to just scrunch it when it was long and wet and it would curl right up until I combed it.
Madeline is such an expert at cutting hair, she can talk a mile a minute and her fingers are just automatically working in tandem with her tools of the trade to cut the hair. It was great to be back in the hands of a professional. First she put a cape on me and got some rubberbands to ponytail up my hair. She didn’t have a ruler so used a comb marked 6″ to measure how long my donation was. It was 6″ twice plus at least 3″ more. So 15″ total. The salon was now taking hair donations for Wigs For Kids and already had 4 other ponytails to send along with mine to the charity. Madeline then cut through the hair above the rubberband. She placed it on table of the station next to hers. She had my husband fill out all my info to mail in with the donation while she took me back to be shampooed.
At this time she told me my haircut would be free! That was such a nice surprise. At the end of the haircut I thanked her and tipped her $20. I hope that was fair. I’m not familiar with going to salons and what they charge and how much most people tip for a haircut. I wanted her to have something for her time. It took about 40 minutes total and she’d alotted 45. Anyway, after the shampoo she worked her magic and actually listened to what I said and did it! That really impressed me. She made it as short as I wanted while giving me a soft feminine look which was important to me. It felt so good to have it short. Like a big weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Today it is even more noticeable. I look in the mirror and I feel like I was hiding behind all that hair.
I love being able to help someone in ways other than money. I could have not donated my hair and just let it be swept up on the salon floor and put in the garbage can. Instead, it made me feel good to get a fresh start and give back to someone else who needed and would appreciate the hair. I recommend anyone who’s thinking about doing it to give it a try. If only I’d started doing this when I was younger, I could’ve made it a hobby and done it like 6 times already! 🙂
To make the day bigger and even more memorable, we left from the salon right over to the Driver Services Facility, also known as the DMV. The closest one to us is in the next town over, Niles, IL. It was ridiculously crowded so I had a 1 hr 35 min. wait. For renewing a driver’s license and getting a vision test. I barely passed the vision test which scared me half to death. I know I can’t see as good as I should. It was exactly 2 yrs ago I got an eye exam and glasses and thanks to genetics, I’ll be getting new glasses the rest of my life. 😦 Anyway, I need to get in and get a new prescription in the next few months. At least something went right and I passed! I then had to go wait in line at the cashier and pay my $30 renewal fee. Then wait in line to be sent over to the seating area for photography. There was only one open seat there so I sat squished in with a bunch of people and waited. They called us up in groups of 8 people to stand while they had one person at a time sit in front of a blue background. I didn’t wear any jewelry because I didn’t want to worry about the earrings while I was getting a haircut but it would’ve been nice to have some on for the picture. Thankfully, my new license is good until 2016 and hopefully longer! The last time I’d gotten my pic taken there was 8 years ago. 4 years ago they had let me renew through the mail. I paid and they sent me a sticker that I affixed to the back of the license to extend the expiration date another 4 years. All this because I was a Safe Driver and their facility is overcrowded.
We rounded out the day by having lunch at Dick’s River Roadhouse in Mount Prospect, IL. It’s a sports bar that serves food. They have the best ribs anywhere! They had sent me an email certificate for a free entree for my birthday so I wanted to make sure we went on a day they had ribs. It was a great way to celebrate feeling short hair sassy! 🙂

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Hair 50

I’ve been working on my “100 Things” post for a few months. By “working on it”, I mean I typed up what that came to mind in one sitting and never looked at them again.  I did realize that too many of them centered around hair. One day I wondered why not make up a “Hair 50” and leave more room for the “100 Things” post? So here I am. Anything you want to hear about in detail, you can mention by number in the comments. Feel free to use mine as a guide to post your own “Hair 50”. 🙂
1. I had cornrows once. I couldn’t resist getting them in Barbados.

2. I donated 13 1/2″ of my hair to Locks of Love 5 yrs. ago.

3. I want to do it again but can’t find a hairdresser.
4. I’m so uncomfortable in the hair salon setting. I just don’t like the atmosphere. Not to mention how hairdressers talk to you in such a judgey way.
5. I’d shave my head for charity.
6. My hair is naturally curly and gets frizzy in humidity.
7. I refuse to wear hairspray. Aside for my dislike of the chemicals, it makes me feel like I have helmet head.
8. I had a perm once at age 15. Never again. Plus the perm smell is one of the worst for me!
9. I don’t like using blowdryers either. I prefer to let my hair air dry.
10. I went blonde when I was 21 for 7 years.
11. I loved it. Blondes do have more fun!
12. The first time I did it from a box at home and turned it red.
13. Then I went to the salon and had it corrected by a witch.
14. The upkeep on the roots was horrid.
15. Usually I had my mom touch up the roots. When I went to a salon, they accused me of waiting too long between trips. I always went 6-8 wks out and they would argue that the growth looked like 3 months.
16. I was told by my hubby’s sister-in-law in front of everyone that my hair was green once (from swimming pool chlorine). How embarrassing.
17. As a kid, my mom took me to the beauty school for haircuts.
18. I’ve never cut my own hair.
19. My mom makes me cut her hair. I hate it and I’m terrible at it.
20. My husband trims my hair. He’s bald. He does a great job.
21. I used to get compliments on my hair more than anything else.
22. I don’t see a lot of hairstyles I like on others or in magazines.
23. I collect barrettes. I don’t have a ton but have more than most people.
24. I had the Dorothy Hamill wedge haircut at age 14 and liked it.
25. Riding a motorcyle without a helmet is never a good idea. Especially if you ever intend to get a comb through your hair again.
26. As a kid, my mom accidentally tried to brush my hair with pennies in the the brush (stuck in it from the bottom of her purse). Ouch.
27. I don’t like wearing hats but do when necessary.
28. I like the look of hats but not on me. I have a huge head.
29. I only use a comb on my hair, no brush.
30. I’ve had dandruff all my life. Even though I use Head & Shoulders.
31. I haven’t tried a lot but my favorite haircare line is Biolage.
32. I used to get Lori Davis hair products sent to me in the mail every few months.
33. Anyone who tells you Suave or other cheap drugstore brands are the same as the more expensive shampoos & conditioners, is full of it.
34. I’ve started getting a few gray hairs. My dad had a full head of hair and no gray when he died at age 74. My mom started going gray at age 18.
35. I’ve never done anything wild like had colored streaks in my hair or hair extensions.
36. I’ve wanted to have a piece of my hair tested for vitamin and mineral deficiencies ever since a coworker I knew had it done.
37. I get too hot to wear wigs but have worn them for Halloween. My fave costumes were Mrs. Butterworth (the younger, cooler version of Aunt Jemima) and Oprah Winfrey.
38. I hate my long hair getting caught in the vacuum and hubby hates long hair down the bathtub drain. Ack!
39. My hair was always oily but now it can be normal or dry depending on the weather.
40. I’ve never been one to wash my hair every day. 2-3 times a week is about right for me.
41. I won’t use a regular, plain rubberband on my hair. Scrunchies are never strong enough to hold it. Banana clips look ridiculous so I use barrettes.
42. In college I used a curling iron but never used a flat iron for straightening.
43. In high school and college I slept in curlers a lot of the time. The old fashioned, ugly type. There was a fire drill in college and I went outside in my curlers with no shame.
44. The first radio contest I ever won was for 2 tickets to the movie musical “Hair” and the soundtrack album.
45. I know how to braid but can’t braid my own hair. I love the look of a french braid but never learned that either.
46. I’ve had bangs and liked them except when they get too long and hang in my eyes. Also the awkward phase of growing them out sucks.
47. I’m fascinated and creeped out by hair jewelry. Made from human hair. Hair never decays. This trend was popular until about 1925.
48. I’ve never had head lice and just the thought of it would make me itch for a week.
49. Split ends are the enemy. So are tangles.
50. I’m hair challenged. It’s easy for me to think up 50 hair related things. Also it’s easy to enjoy angel hair pasta and the song “Sister Golden Hair” by America. 😉

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