Can’t believe I’ve done it. And in just two days I’ve grown to absolutely love it. So many of you encouraged me to get it done and here I am hoping I’ll get someone going to do the same as well. Big grin and collective high-five.
Here it is. Tell me your thoughts 🙂
(If you hate it, go easy on me. If you love it, feel free to go over-the-top). If you’re new to the blog, here I am with long hair.
Verdict: LOVE IT.
Initial reaction: I instantly liked it but it was a massive change and I kept looking at myself in the mirror trying to register that it was me. I didn’t feel comfortable straight away about managing it because I had long, lazy hair before and this hair had bounce and movement. But as is expected with a good hair job, every few hours I started getting easier with it.
Current reaction: I LOVE it. My hair settled down with its new weight by the next day and now it feels like my own. It’s incredible how you can be a tiny bit unsure when you get such a massive chop and then slowly it transforms into the best decision. I’m so, so happy I did it. I still get a tiny jolt when I wake up and see myself in the mirror and remember ‘Oh yes, I did that to my hair’.
N’s first reaction: I met N at the mall after work and we were on the phone trying to locate where the other one was. And he actually just crossed me without registering that this girl he was walking next to was me. And the second I called out to him, he turned, immediately gave the most genuine, appreciative, expression (I can’t ever forget it, it was too sweet) and the first words out of his mouth were: Oh my god, you look so great. That was just a few hours after my cut and so it was a giant ass relief because I desperately wanted someone else’s approval at that time (now I’m so comfortable that I don’t care LOL).
Stylist: Gemma (she’s on Instagram here)
Haircut: A blunt, straight, LOB. (It might look angled in some images but that’s just how it falls).
Color: Red. In my initial consultation with Gemma, we talked about doing a dark red but when I went back for my appointment, I told her to give me the brightest red possible. She said she’d mix three colors and go the most red she could, without having to bleach my hair, that would also compliment my skintone. It’s EXACTLY what I had in mind. EXACTLY. I can’t say that enough.
Rates: AED 330 (haircut), AED 440 (full color for long hair). They also have other full color rates: AED 330 for short and AED 385 for medium length hair.
Would I go back there again? YES. In a heartbeat. Both the color and the cut were EXACTLY what I wanted. Gemma is easily one of those stylists who won’t chop off all your hair just because. She was so careful to give me exactly the length I wanted, I have a massive girl/stylist-crush on her. The salon is gorgeous, the staff is super friendly and despite being one of the most popular hair places in Dubai, they had a -100 snooty vibe. I can’t find a flaw.
How did she style it? A lot of people asked if I got a hair treatment done as well since it looks so bloody sleek and unreal (check here, it was on the day of my appointment. By the time I took these pictures I had been running around, sweating and doing random crap for one whole day). I don’t know what products Gemma used but they were the regular ones: shampoo, conditioner, heat protectant and maybe one more for shine, etc. It was a simple blowdry and then she did parts of my hair with a flat iron for about 15-20 seconds. I just think she’s just brilliant at her job and she used good quality products to do what no one’s ever done for my hair.
How do I plan on styling it? I don’t want to change my hot tools habits and suddenly start using them at a higher frequency. I’m going to mostly go with my natural texture and curl or blowdry around once a week or once in two weeks (what I do now). I won’t be able to get this super sleek look without a flat iron but I don’t use one at all so it won’t be happening and that wasn’t my plan anyway. (I’ll probably go to Gemma and get it done when I feel like going that way). I did buy a heat protectant from the salon though because I want to start using one.
What am I excited about? I didn’t realise that it wouldn’t just be a new haircut. I’m already planning a bunch of hairstyles that I can do on a regular basis that I wouldn’t attempt with long hair. And I’m even feeling inspired to check out different kind of clothes, if you can believe it. Feels like an overall makeover.
After this experience I realized that:
a) If you want to do it, just do it. Don’t spend time on too many maybes. Maybe the color won’t last as long (so? you’ll enjoy it for a couple of months). Maybe I won’t like it short (hair does this magical thing: it grows back). My only concerns were, that I might not get what I want or that my face might not go with it, even if I got the right cut. I didn’t spend any time on wondering if it won’t last me long, it’ll require maintenance, it’ll wash out, blah blah. So little time, just experiment.
b) A hair makeover does a refresh like nothing else. It’s incredible.
I’ve also added the link to some of my snaps from yesterday, so you can have a look at it in real. Here it is.
I’ve talked a lot about hair the past few days and it’s been pinching me since then to say it: If there’s anyone whose lost hair (and I don’t mean the petty hairfall we all experience, I’m talking serious hair loss) I want you to know that while socially we attach a lot of value to hair and a lot of our confidence is rooted in it, it’s not the only thing. I have the luxury of discussing hair in such a frivolous way right now, who knows what’s in the future for any of us. Be confident and if you’ve lost the ‘accessory’ that you may feel defines you, find something else and ground your confidence in that. Express yourself through clothes, makeup, personality, speech – just don’t feel like your hair is all of you.
Giant thankyou to everyone who sent the incredible amounts of love on Snapchat, I was blown away. I LOVE EVERYBODY.