I did something this morning that I hardly ever do. I stepped foot in a hairdressing salon – largely unknown territory for me.
I am one of those people who literally drags myself out of bed in the morning, gives my face a quick wash and my hair a little bit of a brush. Lately I have let my hair grow and grow, to the point that I was starting to look scruffy. Something needed to be done about it.
And because I felt like a drastic change was in order, after completing my last day of work before my travels, I decided to go for something completely different and have my hair styled short.
Getting a haircut can give you a boost and be the physical manifestation of a fresh start and the beginning of a new chapter in your life. Well, this was what I was thinking anyway.
But there was also practical reasoning behind me going for the chop.
I was thinking ahead to my forthcoming trip to Canada where I want to be as low maintenance as possible (ha ha, if it’s possible for me to get any more low maintenance than I already am!).
Long hair might look nicer, but it really gets on my nerves – especially on a windy day. Of course, you can always tie it back. However I wanted something that was neat and did not get in my way as much.
I am not comfortable visiting the hairdressers. Having to glare at myself for an hour or so through a huge mirror is not my idea of fun. It just makes me want to cry at how many frown lines I have.
When I went backpacking around Australia, I had my hair cut into an a-line bob beforehand. This time I wanted to go even shorter and say goodbye to hair dye as well.
Here are some of my reasons for wanting my hair short and undyed for my travels:
- I like letting my hair dry naturally and my long, thick hair took too long to dry. I want to be able to jump in the shower and not have to stay up for an hour or two whilst my hair dries.
- There is less weight to carry around.
- It looks healthier short.
- If you dye your hair, you have to get your roots done or spend a large part of the trip walking around with a stripey head.
- My hair is ridiculously thick and I moult like a cat. This issue is obviously reduced when my barnet is shorter.
I always consult the people closest to me when thinking about getting a new hairstyle.
My sister never fails to tell me exactly what she thinks and was skeptical about me going so short. She thought my hair looked a lot better long.
But I went ahead with it anyway and, when I sent her the picture, she responding by saying it was “chic”.
Thanks sis. I know you would have been the first person to tell me if I looked like a ‘man head’ (a term she likes to use!).
So now I have my travel hair sorted. That is one thing ticked off my long to-do list. I had better get cracking with the rest…there is less than two weeks to go until I head off to Vancouver!
Do you like to have your hair in a particular style when you are on your travels?