I chopped my hair off last Friday.
Well, that’s not precisely correct. My boss, Dianne, technically chopped my hair off. Closing my eyes before she began, I reassured her that I wasn’t scared, that she could be creative and that I wasn’t worried about her going too short. We had gone back and forth with some inspiring hair photos, but nothing was a greater priority than getting rid of all of my old, dyed, auburn ends.
You see, my pregnancy seems to have affected my hair in the most surprising way. For nearly 10 years as a stylist, I’ve witnessed the darkening effects that hormones have had on pregnant women’s hair. Only once have I seen someone’s hair actually lighten through a pregnancy. Now I’ve made that twice. There are some twinkly gold bits peeking through the front that I’m pretty sure weren’t there before. Naturally this has resulted in an unhealthy obsession with my mane.
The other ironic twist, however, is that my hair growth actually slowed down through the pregnancy. I’d have expected it to speed up or to at least grow at the same rate, but no. Nope, it decelerated to a snail’s place.
So in cutting off the old color, in spite of the fact that it had been over a year since I last colored my hair, I only had about 4.5 inches of virgin hair with which to work.
You should know that Brian’s been incredible about this. There’s a very good chance that in a few years he might admit to hating this style, but for now he’s keeping a straight face when he tells me that he likes it.
The rest of the world, however, seems to be divided in their opinions. Half of them gush over how darling the new ‘do is while the other half simply say, “So, how do YOU like it???”
Excellent question. I like it. Though Dianne was the master stylist, I like to think of myself as The Editor being that I’ve tweaked it here and there for the last three days, standing over the bathroom sink with my shears and a three-way mirror.
*Ahhhh… Just right. A little debulking, a little rearranging of the layers… NOW it’s JUST right.*
Yeah, this might be a “mom ‘do” and I’m not ashamed that my minivan is my greatest hair accessory.
Bennett was eyeing himself in the mirror. He obviously gets that vanity from Brian as I wouldn’t be caught dead checking myself out. *sarcastic snort*