Thursday, December 22, 2011
Goal #3 Get Good Hair
Have you ever noticed that when women hit a certain age they start getting a bit zany with their hair? Look around at all the middle-aged women with asymmetrical crops, stripey chunks of various reds and blondes, or a purple over-dye - often a combination of all three. And then they go and top it all off with a pair of 'statement' glasses in a bright colour like green or red. Their uniform is 3/4 crop loose pants (who talked about that once on Twitter? Dempeaux?), linen overshirts and chunky Pat Butcher-style costume jewellery.
I dread the day that I become one of those women, as I'm closing in on that age group. Last night I was watching the Eastenders omnibus (hence the Pat Butcher reference - she's probably what made me think about it) and pondering my ever-growing list of 2012 YOTA goals, and it occurred to me that I would really like to find a good hairdresser next year. I had one when I lived in Melbourne, and I had one when I lived in Geelong, but I've been here in Adelaide for nearly 8 years now and I've never managed to settle on anyone. As a consequence, my hair is looking a bit... less than stellar. It didn't help that half of it fell out a couple of years after moving here, which made me too scared to really do anything with it for a really long time. In my mid-late 20s a friend used to refer to me as "The Girl With The Perfect Hair" (stolen from a Things of Stone and Wood album title), because my hair was straight and shiny and I never needed to blow dry or mess about with it to get it to sit just the way I wanted it (double cowlick notwithstanding). It always looked nice and I was very vain about it. Since losing so much of it, it's still straight but no longer shiny, and it just sits lank and forlorn and won't hold a style no matter what kind of product I put in it or what fancy tool I use. Usually, I just put it up away from my face and get on with it.
I haven't had a hair cut since July last year. INORITE! I was going to Liquid Hair for a while, but the hairdresser I liked went on maternity leave, and even though their customer service is exceptional, the way they push products on you all the time really got on my nerves after a while and I just stopped going.
I spent a few years in the late 90s with a chin length bob that I really liked, and I've noticed they've been making a reappearance lately, so I was half-considering going for the chop again. But without the same amount of hair I had before, I worry that it might just look like someone put a bowl on my head and cut around it. And my face is rounder than it was back then, so I run the risk of looking like Bert Newton in a Louise Brooks wig. I don't know... it's all so HARD.
So the goal is: find a hairdresser, get a really good cut, and decide on a colour. ONE COLOUR. No stripey chunks or single 'quirky' burgundy streak. I'm leaning towards light blonde. So expensive and so much upkeep, but I really like being blonde, and it suits me. Or maybe red. That makes my eyes look super green. Although, so does cherry black. Decisions...