It’s confession time. Serious confession time. In fact, I’m quite concerned that this confession will have any readers out there abandoning the blog in their droves. In November 2013, I got my long hair lopped off, roughly about 6 inches into a jaw-skimming bob. Finally, just over 2 years later, my hair has been cut again with the intervening 48 + months seeing not so much as even a trim.
I’ve never been one for hair cuts but as my 36th birthday approaches in about 3 weeks time, it’s occurred to me that Peter Pan may not have grown old but I will one day and it’s about time to take advantage of still being “young” and take more care of my appearance. As a teenager, my hair was incredibly thick and hairdressers would always comment on it – this is me aged about 15 or 16 (and yes, that is Iwan Thomas).
But years of unhealthy living plus turning totally vegetarian in my early 20s until about 2 years ago when I resumed eating chicken and turkey meant that my once thick hair became so fine and flyaway that hairdressers started commenting on just how very thin it was. I’ve been bright red, dark brown, blonde and curly (when I was little!), slightly purple and any length from just above my chin to half way down my back. This was my last cut, back in November 2013.
I loved it for about a day, until remembering that my naturally wavy and slightly frizzy hair would not be tamed into a sleek bob without the 24 hour round-the-clock care of my own personal stylist which only exists in my dreams. So the bob grew out, the grey hair plucking out ceased when I realised it was a losing battle and Escape Hair in Sundridge Park has today become my new best friend.
I’d walked past the salon many times on my way to Pilates which takes place at the Lavender House cafe just a few doors up. The interior always looked so stylish with grey walls and flooring contrasted against the bright and colourful neon lighting and I loved the modern finish. They were also very friendly when I called up to book an appointment which made a huge impression on me – customer service is so often lacking yet that initial phone call is the first opportunity the salon have to sell themselves and they got it spot on.
Arriving at the salon after a 20 minute walk from home on the windiest morning, I settled into my seat and met stylist Lucy who talked me through some different colour options and how much hair I needed cut off to remove the damaged ends.
We opted for a semi-permanent iridescent honey colour, something fairly close to my natural light brown and that would fade out rather than grow out leaving obvious roots. I wanted to add some warmth and richness to my hair without being too bold – as much as I admire anyone who goes crazy with their hair colour, those days for me are past and my focus is more on enhancing now.
After a wash and head massage, Lucy then chopped my hair back into shape, taking off a few inches to remove all the split ends and re-framing my face. The cut itself didn’t take too long since my hair is now quite fine but the most fun bit was still to come – blow-drying! Look at all these brushes.
I’m hoping You Tube might help me learn how to do some stylish blow-drying at home to make the most of my new hair style since my normal approach is wash, dry in 5 seconds and run to work. Escape Hair were so wonderful that my follow-up appointment for the end of February is already booked, a 2016 determination to spend more time looking after myself and making the most of still being a long way from middle age 😉