Hindsight is 20/20. Truer words have never been spoken (okay I am sure they have, but for this post that quote is fitting). Since moving to London my Hagrid-esque hair has not made friends with the climate. It had gotten to the point where it was so long and unruly that I was feeling tempted to cut it myself. I knew I had to start looking for a salon, and fast.
So, one morning I ventured out down a busy street near my new flat. Equipped with the words of my hairdresser in Waterloo, I was in search of: someone with hair like mine, women inside the salon with hair I liked, and just crossed my fingers the whole way hoping there would be an opening.
It was then that I saw a woman standing outside a salon with luscious long curly hair. I looked inside and it was a nice salon that used Redkin products...all good things, all good things. I asked if they had any spots available and she said they did. It felt like my lucky day.
I couldn't have been more wrong.
I sat back, and another girl came over and washed my hair. I sat in her chair and explained to her that I just needed my ends trimmed. Her english wasn't as good as the curly haired woman, but having taught English as a second language this past year I thought nothing of it. It wasn't until the word layer provoked a look of confusion that my heart started to pound.
Really....this was the moment that should have tipped me off (see photo below).
I lasted two weeks thinking 'just let it grow, it will be okay'. But it wasn't. I needed to fix it. This time I did my homework, and yesterday I went to another salon. I left feeling as close to Kate Middleton's doppelganger as I will ever feel .
I know this post doesn't have anything to do with makeup, but reflecting on my hack job experience made me realize just how important hair can be. To me, it is the finishing touch. The last accessory to whatever makeup look I am wearing. I will never take a good hair dresser for granted again. Thank you to the lovely hairdresser who viewed cutting hair like art. I feel the same way about makeup. Now I know how important it is to be able to have a candid conversation with your stylist. Over £80 later, and about 4 inches of hair (1' my own doing), I finally feel like myself again.
- Do your homework, ask people where they get their hair done if you like their cut. It will help you and make their day at the same time!
- Don't be afraid to be candid with your stylist. Just like with makeup artistry, hair stylists and makeup artists would rather you be honest about what you want. Unfortunately, we can't read minds.
- Ask them to style it like you would yourself, it will help you get a better sense of the cut.
- Put down the scissors. Cutting your own hair is never the answer. Trust me. I can now say that, as I speak from experience.
Hope you're all having a wonderful hair day!
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I am a freelance makeup artist who works out of Waterloo. I am an Ontario qualified teacher with a passion for makeup. I love to help people look and feel their very best!