Splitting Hairs

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The first professional haircut I’ve received since COVID shut everything down at the end of March and beginning of April came at long last. In the spring of 2020, the appointment that had to be canceled was important; we’d tried a little bit of fringe, and now I needed to decide if I would go with real bangs or grow them out. Some of you know, bangs are a commitment and they’re in and out of style so quickly.

Coronavirus took care of that. Over the course of the next several months, my natural hair color grew out and I cut it myself. I’ve always had a no-confidence vote as regards my ability to trim locks, mine or anyone else’s, so this was a first. I brushed it out well and pulled it up into a ponytail on top of my head, lopping a few inches. Twice. Two times I did this, months apart. The result? Meh. Luckily I have natural curl that hides mistakes, and I wear it up most of the time anyway.

Recently, my mom asked if I wanted to come with her and get a haircut myself. My sister who lives out of town would take us, so I wouldn’t have to drive. Manning the steering wheel flares my neck and shoulder muscles. I said yes but worried it would be really difficult to be up and out for an extended period of time. I knew it would be good for me and believed I’d probably be fine.

So, a fresh reset was in order. We, all three, were able to get trimmed. Yes, it felt great to get a few inches of straggles chopped off. It was very interesting to finally meet my mom’s hairdresser, about whom I’ve heard for 30 years! We visited and laughed. Pain was manageable, although a headache did keep me from joining them for a meal afterwards.

The objectives of the appointment were met, and we got haircuts besides. My mom and sister got me out of the house and checked out how I’m doing. I stepped out of my comfort zone and was able to evaluate my ability to go and do. It was so good to spend time with family. I really appreciate their care for me. Of course, all of this went unsaid because that’s how our family operates. 😊

I am faced, though, with a difficult decision. Do I stay with my natural color, which looks golden brown in some lighting but mousy gray in others, or do I go back to coloring? Considering I do it myself for less than 10 bucks, yeah, I feel some highlights in my future – hair color and life!

Published by Sara Z

Writing is one of my passions. Most blog entries are relatively short articles regarding a wide variety of topics. I'm a middle-aged wife and mother of two adult sons. I've been a teacher, counselor, medical transcriptionist, student teacher supervisor, substitute teacher and retail clerk. Staying home now due to fibromyalgia. Seeking purpose.

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