Now I have finally written my first couple of blog posts (whoop!) and I have had such a positive reaction so thank you. In my most recent post I talked about being comfortable in my own skin at 30.This is something I can definitely say I still stand by and definitely something that enabled me to take the plunge and chop all my hair off.
I will hold my hands up and say my hair was my security blanket, when it was all down and curly and swishy I felt like I could take on the world. I felt like if anything went wrong that day ( let’s face it is usually does in some way shape or form) at least my hair looked good.
I’d been having hair extensions for years, starting with glue in ones ( I would NOT recommend these) then clip in’s, then weaves and finally Easilocks and Micro-Rings. I’m far too impatient to wait for my hair to grow and extensions provide you with instant glamour and instant confidence. I would estimate (based on my own opinion) that about 80% of women these days wear or have worn hair extensions at some time in their life- even the B-E-A-utiful Michelle Keegan wears them- what does that tell you?
So why the massive change?
As I’ve said I’ve had long hair for years, I hid behind it, I felt like more boys would like me with it ( sad but true) and I liked how it looked when I took my selfies ( we all know i heart a selfie).
Above: Me loving the selfie!
Don’t get me wrong, I have had short hair as well but at times when I probably could have done with the courage long hair gives you. It almost acts like a type of magic cloak I suppose. Take for example, when I was a gawky, squiffy toothed (pre-braces) teenager or the epicly bad haircut I had just before I went on holiday with my ex boyfriend. Let’s just say I haven’t had the best short hair experiences.
I thought about it long and hard, asked opinions and sent pictures to my hair salon ( Glamourworks in Southampton) for their advice and one day I just decided to go for it. I had nothing to lose, hair grows back and if I didn’t like it I knew I could always rely on my good old friends the hair extensions if need be. I also really wasn’t worried about what people thought anymore.
Above: My hair salon Glamour Works
The anticipation the night before was immense, I had my extensions taken out and my hair was already a good 7 inches shorter. I couldn’t sleep that night, tossing and turning and clock watching. Then all of a sudden the time arrived and my stylist Terri was next to me clippers in hand ready to shave the side of my head. I held onto the chair arms with nerves, the clippers buzzing like a bumble bee next to my ear- I daren’t look in the mirror. No sooner had it started it was done. I looked up and smiled- I LOVED IT! Then it was time for blow-drying and styling and I was done my hair transformation was complete and I felt AMAZING.
Above: The transformation in progress
To anyone that’s considering a dramatic hair change I say go for it,It’s such a liberating experience. I have had mixed reactions since doing it, but on the whole most people have been so complimentary and to those that weren’t all I can say is I didn’t do it for you, I did it for me and I’m so very very glad i did.
Above: Me most recently.
I am LOVING the silver/grey tones that are around at the moment and I think it’s great that you no-longer have to be in your 80’s to rock the granny grey rinse. Here are a few of my faves:
If you could transform your hair and have any style and/or colour what would you do? I’d love to hear from you!
For now, peace love and huggles,
Jessica Ruth xxx