I’ve been getting lessons from my friend/hairdresser/coworker on how to be a girl, a lesson I seriously missed out on in my formative years.
It all started last week with a little haircut – okay, not so little, really. It was my first serious snip in over 3 years! Though I’m no stranger to crazy hairstyles (I had mohawks all through high school) it was still really hard saying goodbye to my long ponytail.
Thankfully I’ve got some great friends who helped turn it into a fun day. A blessing, since I’m pretty sure I’ve fulfilled my lifelong quota of Regretful Haircuts (again, with the mohawks ;).
The more I thought about it, though, (“it” being the rat’s nest I end up with should I even think of letting my hair down) the more I realized it was time to say goodbye. We eased into the momentous occasion with a little girl’s afternoon – goofing and snacking, basically, but once we got to the salon there was no more putting off the inevitable!
We hacked off about 12″ on the shorter side, 10″ on the longer – just enough so I can mail it in as a donation to Locks of Love! The back is so short, it feels incredible to run my hands through. If you follow me on Tumblr, you already know that I was looking towards Rihanna for my hairspiration. Asymmetry for the win!
The great irony is that I cut my hair off because it was becoming too high-maintenance and now, not even a work week later, I’m slowly learning all about root lifter, straighteners, and all kinds of other crazy junk I don’t even know the words for!
But I love my new ‘do and I can’t thank Whitney enough for doing such an amazing job. She truly took care of me, asked lots of questions and made sure I got exactly what I wanted. Her salon’s a rented space part of a larger business in Milwaukie, and she operates mostly by word-of-mouth. If you’re in the Portland area and in need of a good hairdresser, I can absolutely help you get in touch with her.
Also, thanks to the non-hairdressing Whitney for snapping some shots while I was in the hot seat!
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