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10 June 2009 @ 10:00 pm
I've been meaning to do something with my hair. It's too long, too grey, too dry, too wild and out of control whilst simultaneously too lame and flat and frizzy. That's some crazy overachieving hair.

Now, I'm never comfortable going to the salon. When you have psoriasis on your scalp, you always feel like a bit of a freak... or perhaps it's just me. I feel bound to tell the stylist at the outset, so there are no surprises, and while I've never had anyone react badly, I'm still a mess. I pretend as if it's no big deal while inwardly cringing even though I know - really, I do - that it's no fault of my own. I'm just a bit of a loser in the genetic lottery.

Hmm. That may explain why I so rarely get my hair done. If I hit the salon twice a year, it's a huge deal. Also, I'm lazy and really can't be all that fussed over how I look 'cause there's not all that much I can, or will, take the time to do. My hair has to be unbearable for me to take action. And lo, unbearable it is:


Not the best picture, since you can't see the heavy grey and the line of demarcation from the last time I was bothered to have it colored. Trust me when I tell you there was a whole lot of grey. Too long as well: halfway down my back. While there was lovely curl from midway down, the top was limp and flat.

I found a new salon (the one I'd gone to since I moved here is a bit expensive, and most of the people I like have moved on), got a last minute appointment and lo! ever so much less hair:


While I might have been a bit impulsive in my choice of salon, I'm rather pleased. First and foremost, they use Aveda products and color. My skin being what it is, I've always found Aveda to be very forgiving. Secondly, my stylist was exacting in our discussion of what method of coloring would suit me best (I owned there was no way in hell I'd be in every four weeks; every four months would be a stretch). Thirdly, she cut my hair with a mind to it being curly. No blowing it out to make the cut process easier: she took the time to find the path of those curls.

It's shorter than I've had it since I was a kid, but I'm delighted. In a month's time, it'll be the perfect length. In the meanwhile, I look sort of like DI Alex Drake (Series Two), less the gorgeous cheekbones and with not quite as much Ultravox in my personal soundtrack.


Which, upon reflection, means that my haircut ought to have come with one of these:


I really ought to give the salon a call. Just to be sure.

Jenthatwasjen on June 11th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
It makes you look stylish and young. Really.

(And I hear you on the curly-hair concerns. Ugh.)
Kelladyjoust on June 20th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks!

And why is it that curly hair is so freakin' difficult? Granted, there are more products out there now than there were even two years past, but still... It's a challenge.
Janetgoodnite_gracee on June 11th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
My hair started thinning out about halfway through college and hasn't stopped. And for some reason it REFUSES to grow past my shoulders... no matter how much I beg and plead! I like the cut, its more together without being hugely different! But where's the smile?? hee!
Kelladyjoust on June 11th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
I feel a right git whenever I smile for a self-shot photo. That's when all my extra chins come out to play. :P
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on June 11th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
I like it. I bought an insane amount of magazines on haircuts this past week. I've been itchin' to cut my hair short. But I've got this thing that since I'm fat I'll look matronly. I don't know what to do....
Kel: Gwen at the windowladyjoust on June 11th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks! If you're not sure about what the cut will do for you, really talk to your stylist. I totally recommend the salon I chanced upon. I heard my stylist talking to another client (much older than you, by the bye) in meticulous detail about what the client wanted and what the stylist was hearing and how they could make those two threads of conversation merge into a happy place.

It was sort of awesome.

And, if you want to come up by me, I'll make you lunch! And we can hang out! Just sayin'. :D
Andrewquueer on June 11th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
I say this with tons of love.

But shut it!

You're gorgeous, damnit.

You know what? I want you to write me standards.

Please write "I am really, really pretty" 50 times in your nicest hand writing. Pay close attention to your margins.
Zoë Tzoethor on June 11th, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
I agree 100% with this comment.

Damn, girl, you're hawt!
Amanada (rhymes with Canada): Fantastic.mandasarah on June 17th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
Fo' shizzle, Kel. Very, very pretty indeed.
Kelladyjoust on June 20th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
*scuffs toe in dirt*

'kay. and thank you!

(no subject) - awomanthatsblue on June 11th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC) (Expand)
Kelladyjoust on June 20th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
Paying for a big girl cut that doesn't require vast amounts of upkeep is money well spent.

And thank you. :)
Aifacat: NYRF 2008aifacat on June 11th, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
The cut is great! I've been antsy about my hair the past week or so ('course, I've been antsy about a lot of things these past few weeks :P )...I'm thinking of a shorter cut (but not too sort) since my hair has been curly like crazy (hasn't helped having all this rainy weather). I'm also thinking of dyeing it more reddish again. Which should be interesting since I'm not sure if the darker color will come out or if I have to do the whole color remover nonsense. Or if I should just go to a salon for the coloring (which I've never done). Bluh.

Kelladyjoust on June 20th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
After a week of living with the new cut, I can say I absolutely adore it. I had a few days where I was panicky that it was too short, but really, the length is just about perfect. Another month and it will be exactly where I want it.

I strongly suggest getting your hair coloured at the salon. First of all, they always do a better job than I can do myself. Secondly, their products are superior to what you pick up at the drugstore. Thirdly, you can consult with your stylist as to what will work best for you. Treat yourself. It's so very, very worth it.
Aifacat: Partially Hydrogenatedaifacat on June 21st, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
Perhaps I will...I did use a color remover after all and it didn't get all the dark out, so I only reddened the newer growth and the lighter streaks I'd done in February. It looks fine, but I want that dark out. Oh - and I used stuff from Sally's Beauty Supply, so at least it's a little better than the plain ol' stuff!

I usually go to Supercuts for the few times I get it cut (since I usually have it long) - they do coloring now, but I dunno. Perhaps I'll ask at the salon I get my legs waxed at, since I have to go soon for a "touch-up" (aka the latest cycle of leg hair is ready for eviction!). I'm ready for shorts and dresses, dammit! ;-)

EDIT: Yikes - I just went to the latter's website and "corrective color" is "$100 and up" - what did yours cost? Eep!

Edited at 2009-06-21 02:38 am (UTC)
Fjordhopperfjordhopper on June 11th, 2009 09:52 am (UTC)
New hair looks fabulous!! as do you (actually with both hairstyles, truth be told - even if you won't believe it)
I can relate with the not getting to the salon much thing...I just made myself an appointment for sat, since I haven't been since ..errrm..thanksgiving?I tend to just merrily clip my bangs as they get longer and just let the rest get unruly, but I've been forcing myself to live with my bangs falling in my eyes, just to make sure that I go.
Kelladyjoust on June 20th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
The 'before' pic doesn't quite capture the horror that was my hair prior to getting it cut. There was a severe line of demarcation between the old color (six months ago? more?) and my natural/grey. There was no shape. It was frizzy. And there were critters. Critters, I tells ya!

Okay, not really on that last bit. But it wasn't pretty.

I'm a serial bang trimmer, and a poor one at that. I always get chided by whatever stylist has to deal with the aftermath.
harpiegirl4: Stylin'harpiegirl4 on June 11th, 2009 11:19 am (UTC)
Gorgeous! I love it! And perfect for summer!
Angelosomnamscream on June 11th, 2009 11:45 am (UTC)
You are a vision in either short or long hair. I love the long untamed look because it shows people that you are the warrior princess (which you are). And the short frames your face to a wonderful advantage.

Kel: sweet Donnaladyjoust on June 20th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
I &hearts you so very much.
La Petite Souris Scientifiquemelebeth on June 11th, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
I like it! (I like it long too, but hey...you still look like a BBCAmerica heroine ;))
Mairearanturas on June 12th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
Looks great....maybe I'll get to see it in person one of these days?
Kelladyjoust on June 20th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
Yes, PLEASE! My next couple of weekends are mad, but after that things open up a bit.
Mairearanturas on June 23rd, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
Things are a little crazy for me until...the weekend the new Harry Potter opens.....I'm thinking haircut modeling, movie, mayhem?
Amanada (rhymes with Canada)mandasarah on June 17th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
I've been having hair woes myself. I got a trim a couple of weeks ago and decided on a whim to get side swept bangs. They look very pertty when my hair is straightened, but the rest of the time (most of the time, since I don't straighten my hair very often at all) I hate them. And I really think my hair suffers from being cut when wet because I always get layers and then when my hair dries, the curls seperate in a manner I'm really sure the person cutting my hair never intended. BAH.
Kelladyjoust on June 20th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
I wish I could do side swept bangs, but my very round and poofy face doesn't lend itself to that style.

I'm with you, though, in that I very VERY rarely straighten my hair. It wants to curl, so no matter how I dry and slick and iron it, the moment there's a speck of moisture, it starts to frizz.

What was awesome about this last cut I had is that she cut it when it was still quite damp. She'd fluff it up with her hands, let the curls settle back down, and then trim each section with a mind to how the curls formed when damp. I've never had anyone take that approach, and I have to say it's made a world of difference.