Before and After: A different sort of reveal

I don’t get my hair done that often. I might be the only girl in the world who doesn’t actually find the process particularly relaxing. In fact, I’ll admit it: it’s kind of stressful, uncomfortable. 
The stress of picking what you want to do with your hair. 
The stress of reassuring the hair stylist that you’ll be happy with that drastic change you say you want.
The stress of the reaction when they’re all done. 
Also, I hate those gowns designed to save you from the hair. I know; it’s absolutely required if I don’t want to itch for the next two days from hair going everywhere. But my hands are trapped. I can’t drink the beverage they give because I’ll get hair in it. My bangs tickle my nose and I can’t move them because my hands are stuck under the gown and besides, they’ll just fall back in my face two seconds later anyway.
An old friend of mine from high school does hair out of her apartment here in TO. (She’s also has a ridiculously beautiful voice. Go listen! And, if you’re in TO, drop by Crema Coffee tonight for a live show!)  She dyed my hair for the first time back in June when the greys that were peaking out around my temples finally got to me. Two months later, my hair looked something like this, already requiring a trim and a root touch up:
But, did I call her up and request an appointment?
My mom helped me colour my roots with dye out of a box on our family vacation, so with my silver strands hidden, I continued to let it grow. 
For another five months.
By the Blogger Meetup a couple weeks ago, my hair length was pretty well close to my waist, the ends were split, pony tails were out of the question unless I really wanted to rock the white streak look and all that hair was getting in my way.
It was definitely time for a change.
This totally fit the bill.
Short. Dark. Lots of red. The perfect swoopy bangs.

Mocha may or may not have been a willing prop in this photo shoot which I have to thank the Husband for.

She also needs a hair cut.

0 thoughts on “Before and After: A different sort of reveal

  1. Love it! Nothing feels better than a haircut! I know my head feels lighter and I love not having my hair get in my way….or my food!

    I hate having to pay for haircuts (why are they so expensive?!), but I try to get one every 6-8 weeks. I find my hair is so much more manageable and healthier.


  2. Your hair looked and looks great. I always get nervous when highlights are involved. Bad experiences. You look fantastic. Have a great weekend.

  3. I don't mind the price of a haircut (mine was $30) but the dying process on top makes it much more expensive. That said, I have SO much hair, and I know it's a pain for a stylist to manage, so I don't mind paying the price.

    It does feel so nice now! No more split ends, and it fits inside the hood of my coat! 😀

  4. Oh, I hear ya. I HATE getting my hair done. I even DIY'd an updo for my wedding to avoid the salon and was rocking really grown out highlights at the CDB meetup because I just didn't want to get my hair fixed. Your hair looks fabulous now!! So chic and so gorgeous. Maybe it's the encouragement I need to deal with my mess.

  5. Thank goodness I'm not the only one! It's just… I'd rather read a book, take a bath, nap with the kitty, put my feet up and watch 3 movies in a row. Sitting in an unfamiliar space having my knotty hair tugged at is not my idea of relaxing.

  6. Thanks Janice!

    Melissa works out of her apartment in Bloor West. Really easy to get to via subway. But I know she used to do home visits as well; perfect for you once the little one comes perhaps? Either way she's super baby friendly. She's got her own little one who's a year and a bit now.

    Anyway, I've emailed her to ask if she's still taking new clients. I'll send you her info when I hear!

  7. beautiful! i love going dark…it makes your hair feel so nice and smooth. i'm so bad at getting my hair cut, i go maybe twice a year :S this is the perfect time of year for a nice change though!

  8. (Found you on houseblogging) This post just made my day. I was JUST talking last night with friends about how desperate I am for a haircut. Mine's way too long, straggly…needs mega-help. BUT I hate going to a salon. I never love the cut, and my frizzy/wavy hair never responds well to it. So basically, I was nodding my head in agreement this entire post! Your new cut is AMAZING. It looks so great, and totally excited me to cut my own. I'm still debating length (I think I may qualify the locks of love 10 inches, that's how long I've been avoiding this cut…) but not sure if I'm ready for a big chop. This worries me about as much as my gutted-out (read: currently unlivable) house!

  9. Ooooh I love it! You look fantastic! I enjoy getting my hair done, I always just wait too long. I got it done right before the Blogger meet-up… but before that, the last time I went was in September. I just have a hard time finding the time to go… and finding the money to spend. Is it strange I would rather spend it on my home than myself?? hahaha (and now with Halle in the mix, she comes first, then the house… then me)

  10. Love the new hair! Great heading into the spring… I am the opposite – I look forward to getting my hair done and adore just relaxing… I find the hairdressers is one of the only places where I can turn off, relax, forget about work and just let someone massage my head and wash my hair!
    I use to sometimes book my color and cut on different days so I could get double the head massages!!! haha…

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