berrigal2 60F
283 posts
7/30/2005 6:17 pm

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm


Apparently, my hair is my life. Believe me, I am as surprised by this fact as anyone. Had you checked with me about my philosophy of life only days ago, I can assure you that my hair would not have made the cut for my top 10 most important things.

Sure, I've had the typical number of issues with my hair over the years, but since I've always had plenty of it, I had options. That is until last week when I got a bad haircut. I could go into long and agonizing detail, but suffice it to say I went in with a full head of hair and came out five pounds lighter. Mr. Salon Owner (not exactly Edward Scissorhands) thinned me out -- a technique only fitness trainers should attempt.

To say I was

beside myself is to make a gross understatement. I cried. No, I wailed. I shampooed, conditioned, blow-dried and styled. But to no avail.

The hair that remained was thin and stringy -- a situation without possibility of repair. I didn't need extensions; I needed a miracle. Only time could heal my broken heart. Not even my husband's choice words of compassion ("It doesn't look any different to me.") could console me.

A year. That's how long it would take for all the short layers to grow out to a respectable length. In fact, I told my dearest friends to mark the date on their calendars. I would not be fully happy again until a year from now. In the past few days, something remarkable has taken place. Being jerked from my hair care rut forced me to learn some new techniques. I tried a new hair product (hello, volumizer) and I perfected a new styling technique. I chose to see this situation through new eyes. I got a new attitude. I decided I could choose to be miserable, or I could grow up. Believe me, the words "shallow" and "self-absorbed" have crossed my mind -- and not in a welcoming way. Everything is going to be OK, I'm sure of that now. In fact, 10 days does make quite a difference not only in hair but in all kinds of life changes. Time does heal, and attitude changes can make all the difference.

What I was sure would take a year to fix may require less than a month. Perhaps even a couple of weeks. I have to admit that this new feeling of "lightness" is not all bad. I haven't had a single headache in more than a week, my hair dries in half the time and I'm saving a fortune in shampoo.

I'm determined to not forget the lesson of my bad haircut. Any initial jolt in life -- whether financial, physical, relational or spiritual -- can hit us in such a way as to completely skew our vision. It's difficult to see the big picture when we are too close to the event. But choosing to step back to see the situation in a better light and from a different perspective can do wonders. What appears to be hopeless one day isn't quite so bad the next and can even help us to grow and be better after a little time has passed. Of course a great can of hairspray can't hurt.

(I must now confess that I didn't write this, but I could relate to so many of the points it sounded like something I would have written!!! LOL How many of you can relate to a "bad haircut"??)

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M

7/31/2005 5:56 pm

So when do I get to see what your hair looks like now? I'm sure I'll like it. Will you send me a picture? Pretty please?

rm_bigguy5910 58M
38 posts
8/4/2005 9:59 pm

when can i see the new haircut???? im sure it looks GREAT if it on you.......grin

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