It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and not even notice it. Time passes, things feel fine. But you’re missing out. Staying in the rut keeps you from moving forward, and it could bleed over into other parts of your life so slowly you might not even realize it. Then suddenly, even the smallest change could turn into the wake-up call you’ve been needing.
This just happened to me yesterday. I got a haircut – nothing super dramatic, just cleaned up the mess I’d allowed my hair to become by not having anything done to it since February 2013, so about a year-and-a-half. No trims, no color. Nothing.
The split-ends were getting pretty horrible, but I kept putting it off. I was really disappointed in the last stylist I visited. Normally I’m fairly easy-going and open-minded when it comes to my hair. But I’ve had a hard time finding a stylist I truly like in Houston, and I’ve been here about 11 years now. I asked my friends for suggestions, and one had someone she raved about. I looked him up and discovered he trained under a well-known stylist and had overall positive reviews, except that he was a bit pricey. But you know that going in, so no complaining there.
I went in for my consultation first, explaining that I needed a change and wanted something different in terms of style and color. My only requirements were that my hair not be short enough for my neck to show, and that the color couldn’t be super crazy – like pink, green, etc. because of my job. I asked about the ombré look I was seeing on celebrities. He strongly suggested I not do it, saying it was already on its way out as a trend. I decided to trust his knowledge of hair trends and not go with ombré. When I left the salon, I looked almost exactly the same as when I’d gone in. He took off an inch or two, but when your hair is pretty long, it’s hard to notice such a small amount disappearing. In addition to the cut, he put in some very subtle partial lowlights.
Several friends who knew I had an appointment and had been wanting a different look said something along the lines of, “I thought you were getting your hair done this weekend?” Most people didn’t even notice. Kind of a disappointing use of $200.
After that I decided that I needed to come up with a specific style and color choice on my own before I visited another stylist. But I couldn’t seem to come up with anything that I was really excited about, so I kept putting it off. Meanwhile, my hair kept getting longer and longer. Then the split-ends started appearing, but still I waited. Finally, this past Friday, I told myself that enough was enough and that I needed to do something now – even if it was just cleaning up what I had now.
I turned to Yelp and looked up stylists in my neighborhood. I gave one a call and she said she could fit me in late Saturday afternoon. I knew I would be her last appointment so I opted for a cut only as that was my most pressing need. She took off all my split-ends, added a bunch of layers to give some life to my hair. We even discussed color options for next time. When I looked in the mirror at the finished look, I just brightened up. Wow! I hadn’t realized just what a boring, blah mess my hair had become.
I felt like a gray cloud lifted off me that I hadn’t even known was there to begin with. I actually felt suddenly inspired to go home and clean out my makeup drawer. As I looked around, I realized maybe more than my hair needed to be given a new life. The next morning I still felt inspired to make changes in other areas of my life. It seems strange that cutting my hair would make me look at my world differently. But it did. I told myself to never again let it get as out-of-hand as it did.
Right now I’m feeling super inspired not only to come up with a choice of hair color for my next visit – all over, highlights, lowlights, sombré (just discovered that term last night when I was Googling hair color trends), but also to do some spring-cleaning at home, even though it’s almost fall. I like feeling good, and part of that is liking how you look.
I feel renewed, and I’m loving it! What are some things you do to give yourself a little pick-me-up?