Today (and yesterday if I’m being truthful) we’re taking a little break from our regularly scheduled programing. I have every intention of finishing the 30 Days of Minimalism challenge – only 10 days left! – and I’m working on ways to make things more visual and fun moving forward.
But today I practiced a different type of minimalism. I got rid of something that was no longer bringing me happiness and that I no longer needed, just not what you might expect. I didn’t toss out clothes or beauty products – I chopped off my hair.
It may seem strange, but my hair had become nothing more than an annoyance. I was throwing it up in a ponytail everyday (not cute) – I was so bored. So I made an impulsive decision to to do something drastic – something that would force me to actually appreciate and enjoy my hair again, and maybe re-inspire some hair creativity.
For those of you curious, my hairdresser estimated that this is about 12 inches gone (at least in the longest layer), which is by far the most I’ve ever cut. I’ve always been afraid to go this short, but it’s something I’ve always loved and admired. So after years of long hair and half-assed “lobs,” I decided to actually go for it. My biggest piece of advice (other than a good hairdresser) would be to do a dry-cut. By not starting with a wet (and therefore straight) canvas, my stylist was able to get a feel for the texture of my hair (wavy/crazy) and how it was going to lie on my head as she was cutting it. It was so much less nerve-wracking than a wet-cut with a big reveal at the end – I always spend the entire time crossing my fingers it actually looks good when my hair springs back to it’s natural texture!
When it comes down to it, hair is just hair – it grows back. But I know to a lot of people (including myself) it’s a part of their identity or sense of self. I was once told that my curly, long, dark hair was just a part of who I was, and that made it hard for me to move way from that – would I not be myself with a different haircut? I got the answer to that question today, when a friend said to me – after the initial shock – “It’s so.. you!”
So be brave, be bold, be unafraid – chop it all off!
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