I horrified many people by chopping my hair off the other night. I’ve been growing [it] for 3-4 years and only had a few trims over that time. It was getting unmanageable though. Initially I’d planned to book in for an appointment to get a few inches cut off… but then I saw a photo of myself (taken while I was in Melbourne a few weeks ago) and my hair looked terrible. Lank and lifeless.
I tried to make an appointment with my hairdresser but couldn’t get in for about three weeks. Of course rather than book that I left it and pondered. I’d feel too guilty to cheat on my hairdresser but IF I did it myself then… that’s hardly cheating is it?
Fortified by a couple of wines I pulled my wet hair into little pigtails and dutifully measured from the bottom, before snipping. My ends weren’t even so the amount I cut off ranged from 20cm to 23cm.
Of course I didn’t actually plan to cut that much off. I’d planned to make it shoulder length so it was swishy but manageable and able to be pulled up easily.
So… oops. It’s a bit shorter than I meant it to be and in my attempts the following morning to straighten it I realised I was shortening it further. So I’ve left it.
My mother and sister-in-law were horrified I hadn’t subsequently tried to get into my hairdresser to have it ‘fixed’ but I can’t be bothered. (I’m exceedingly apathetic about booking anything that requires me making a telephone call. Though I will make an appointment in a few weeks once it grows a bit.)
And I wonder is it so bad that I really don’t care? What’s the opposite of vain? Depressed? Who knows. My hairdresser (who I’d tagged in my Instagram post – obviously!) said she was happy I didn’t go the whole ‘Britney’ and shave it off. I reassured her. I may be in a foul mood at the moment, but not THAT bad.
So, no regrets. I’m really quite zen about it all. And I’d forgotten how freeing it is to not have hair in the way all of the time. I keep going to pull it out of the way to brush my teeth or when I lie down. It’ll be nice not to have strands of hair all around my house. And washing it won’t be as laborious. Of course it doesn’t properly go up into a ponytail at the moment, but… it’ll grow.
I know during COVID a heap of people took to cutting their own hair. I’ve done trims before but this was pretty extreme. Even for me. Any other home hairdressers out there?