Apologies for another “hairy” post (at the rate I’m going, I should rename this blog ‘Hair & Chopsticks’ ) – but I thought you’d all be keen to see what I decided to do about my hair. Well, after a lot of thought, analysis, discussion, research on hair styles via Google Images, faffing around on online makeover sites… (can you tell that I’m a control freak?? ) – I finally decided to go for it.
Yup, I went along to my lovely Japanese hair salon, Roselle Hair Lounge, and asked Hayato, the head stylist & owner, to turn this:
So what do you think??
Hayato explained that with all the permed sections cut off and my hair reverting to it’s original bamboo straightness, I wouldn’t get that “triangular” shape to the bob that I so liked in those model photos. You need natural wave & volume for that – not flat Chinese hair. But with a lot of help from a hair-dryer, I can get enough ‘oomph’ to achieve the sorted of rounded shape in the picture above (that was taken straight after the salon, by the way – I’ve never managed to make it look so good again! )
Here are some more pictures on the day of the cut (yeah, I couldn’t decide which way to part my hair, after a centre parting for so long!)
Oh, and for those worried about functionality, Hayato has also cleverly done it so that although it looks like a shortish bob at the front, my hair’s been left longer at the back – long enough for me to tie up in a pony tail! (OK, looks more like a bobcat tail now than a pony tail but at least I can tie it up, out of the way)
One thing I’ve realised now that I’ve got short hair is that “The Wind Is The Enemy”!! I never understood before why friends & relatives with short hair would fuss on windy days…now I know! Short hair gets blown all over the place and 2 seconds in the wind can ruin the hairstyle that you took ages to achieve…
Still, it’s quite good fun standing in a wind tunnel – hee! hee! I happened to walk into one just after leaving the salon and found it a hilarious experience (although I think poor Hayato would have had a heart attack if he saw what the wind was doing to all his hard work!! )
Don’t worry – I managed to calm things down and didn’t spend the rest of the day looking like Chewbacca. In fact, I’ve been impressed at how DIY-friendly this cut is. You know, you always wait for that first wash to see just what a cut really looks like – without the benefit of salon expertise. But mine actually looks OK! I decided to debut my cut at the Perth Writers’ Festival last weekend – and here’s what I achieved with my own limited skills with the hair-dryer (seriously, unless you had octopus arms, I don’t know how anyone can blow-dry their hair to professional standards at home…)
It does take a bit of getting used to – especially having the hair hanging around my face and the ends at the front poking my chin. But overall, I’m enjoying my new cut. It does feel lighter and more carefree in a way – and so far, hasn’t been that much more work. For everyday, I just let it air dry on its own (when it does then start sticking out in several directions ) – but if I’m planning to go somewhere “special”, I can make an effort with a hair-dryer to tame it into a nice, round shape.
I do find it a little bit frustrating that you have far fewer options – if I let it down, it’s pretty much always in this style and that’s it. I can’t do all the different looks I used to be able to do with long hair. But so far, I’m still enjoying the novelty of this look enough that I don’t mind the lack of versatility too much.
I don’t miss my long hair… yet! But I don’t think I’ll be keeping it this short. I think I’m just going to enjoy the novelty of having “short hair” this year while I grow it out again and make the most of the slightly different looks that the increasing length will give me… before perming my hair again to get my beloved curls back.
Who knows – maybe I’ll be ready then for the next big hair adventure. Like… a fringe??!!