Last week I woke up and decided I was going to cut my hair. 

I have been holding onto my hair for a long time and haven’t had it cut for years due to a couple of really bad experiences. The first was when I decided to save a few bucks and go to a beauty school for my new hairdo. Never do that. If you’re brave enough to chop off your hair and get a perm, which is what I did on that fateful day, spare yourself months of misery and depression and avoiding an open flame (my hair was fried) and go to a well-trained professional.

The next time I bit the bullet was with my 3-year-old daughter, Kaelin, who loved to twist her hair with her chubby little fingers that always had sticky stuff on them. This resulted in huge globs of sticky, tangled hair that had to be cut out. I decided to take her to a local hair salon and have her hair cut. She was very hesitant about it and rightly so. I finally convinced her to sit in the chair after promising to get my hair cut too. We both got matching Dorothy Hamill haircuts. There is only one person in the world who looks good in a Dorothy Hamill haircut, and that’s Dorothy Hamill. From behind we both looked like boys, not figure skaters. Maury came home from a business trip and couldn’t hide his shock and horror. The haircuts were bad enough. As they grew out, they looked even worse. It took years for our hair to resemble anything close to attractive. Kaelin has yet to forgive me for that, and I don’t blame her. We both still wince when we see pictures of ourselves back then.

So why did I decide to cut my hair again? Well for one thing, I am almost 60 years old and still sporting a ponytail. Ponytails can look youthful if they are long, full and healthy, but my ponytail resembled a cross between yellow cotton candy and dryer lint. I tried conditioners and oils, but that stuff just made my ponytail look skimpy and damp. I experimented with wearing my shoulder length hair down until a male neighbor casually commented, “Wow, you look a lot older with your hair like that.” 

Who says that?  

I hurried back home and threw my hair back up in my trusty ponytail. That’s when I knew I needed to make a change. I began looking for short hairstyles on the internet and finally found a cute, blonde wispy style that I could maintain. I printed out the picture and brought it to my hairdresser – Trina at Salon Vitor in Brentwood. 

She was shocked. She couldn’t believe I was finally ready to part with my ponytail, but she was excited to give me a new ’do. I’ll admit it, I was nervous. I kept reliving my previous short-hair nightmares in my mind. My hair doesn’t grow very quickly. I could be stuck for years with a haircut I hated. But thankfully the hair gods were smiling down on me that day. My hairdresser worked her blow dryer like a skilled artist. Rolling her round brush around my head, she created volume and layers of wispy blonde hair. She spun me around to see the finished product. 

“I LOVE it!” I shrieked. 

Rarely do I like my own reflection, but I couldn’t believe it! I ran around the salon giddy with my new look. I wanted to show everyone. My hairdresser smiled.

Well, I am very happy with my haircut, but I am still getting used to it. My new look takes a bit longer than a ponytail does in the morning. I dropped a hundred dollars at Ulta on a couple of round brushes, root plumper and other assorted hair products and decided I needed all new makeup to compliment my new look. I have also spent quite a few hours watching YouTube bloggers style their hair as I try to re-create the look I had when I left the salon. They make it look so easy! I got my round brush stuck in my hair a couple of times, but I am hoping to have the technique down soon.

If you are considering changing your look for the new year, I highly recommend going for it. My only dilemma now is what to do with all my scrunchies and hair ties. My ponytail has been retired to the “Hall of Hairdos Past” alongside The Dorothy Hamill Cut.

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