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Mar. 22.

Something Else Sunday: New Hair

ses-hair-thMy hair and I have had a love/hate relationship for quite a while. It is usually a messy, unruly, knotted mass that I affectionately refer to as “the bird’s nest”. Some days we are okay together, while others I am tempted to just shave the whole lot off (usually just after getting my brush caught in an impenetrable tangle). I have also wanted lighter hair for some time, and have been working on it for more than two years. Unfortunately, being unwell got in the way, and nobody so much as looked at my hair with a view to making improvements for 9 months. Until this week, that is.


I was looking for somewhere that could do something for my hair for a couple of weeks. Knowing what I wanted done, I was looking for a full head of highlights, a cut and blowdry. Cost was also a consideration, as not working means getting great value wherever possible. With that in mind, last week I got on to the SalonAddict website to see what was available. It was there I found Techniques Hair Salon, located on Aungier St. Handily enough I could get the Luas in to Stephen’s Green, and be to the salon in a couple of minutes. It was within my budget, so I happily booked and paid the deposit. Unfortunately a little while later I got a text message saying the appointment I booked was no longer available, but these things happen, so I called the salon the next day and got everything rebooked. So far, so good.

I arrived into the bright, airy salon a few minutes early for my appointment, but was soon enough in the chair, apologising for the state of my hair and explaining that I wanted to go “lighter, but not too light”. Looking at the highlights already in my hair, we decided to go one step up from where they were. Happy with that, my stylist (whos name I can’t for the life of me remember) got to work. It took about an hour to do all of the highlights, before they were left to sit for a little while. When everything was washed out, it was decided a toner was needed to help everything blend properly, which was sorted out without delay. It was then that we discussed what to do with my hair. Again, it was kept simple: Get rid of all the useless dead ends, then just give it a bit of shape and layering to tidy it up. Finally it was blowdried with a soft curl, which makes a change from the massively curly head  that I usually have.

At last the time came for me to put my glasses back on (I’m blind without them) and see the results. They were SHOCKING! Shocking in a good way though. I was amazed at how sleek, shiny and manageable my hair looked. The colour, somewhere in between blonde and brown looked gorgeous, and the shape with the blowdry was to die for. I was super impressed!


Of course, then came the point where money was to change hands. I wasn’t annoyed with this though, because the total to pay, for everything, was just €80. I have previously paid more and received less, so I happily paid up everything that was owed and a little extra tip, which was thoroughly deserved, as I was made to feel so welcome, and there was no more that they could do for me.

They say a new hairstyle can help change your mood, and it is certainly true. Since my trip to the salon on Wednesday, every time I have seen my hair in the mirror, I have been smiling. I may have to plan my next trip soon. Sooner than 9 months away anyway!


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Jun. 19.

Waffle Wednesday (Thursday Edition): How Hair Makes You Feel

hair-thI know this is a Waffle Wednesday post, and yes, I know this is a Thursday, but work with me on this, as I did say on Facebook and Twitter yesterday that I would have something to add to this today. It’s about hair, and how it makes you feel.

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I generally have a love/hate relationship with my hair, or my birds nest, as I often call it. I’m so naturally curly that it just ends up in tangles and knots, leaving more hair on the brush than on my head when I brush it out, and well, I hate that with a burning fury. That said, I do have times when I love my hair, like when it is behaving for a day or two, or I’ve just had it done (which can be anywhere from 3-10 months in between).

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Fortunately today is one of those good days. I bought a deal on Living Social yesterday, booked it yesterday, and was in the chair today (I don’t like waiting around, do I) for a couple of hours, trying to have my hair tamed.

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And the good news is, it worked. I’ve gone from being brown with a scattering of blonde highlights to being somewhere in between blonde and brown, or in other terms, I’ve gone from chocolate to caramel, two of my favourite food groups. It’s also currently more wavy than curly, thanks to being properly blowdried, but once I add water to it it will just curl up again. Having some length taken out of it to manage the weight of hair should help to leave it a bit more manageable.

I was actually originally anticipating going a bit lighter than this, but looking at it now I’m glad I didn’t. This is a lovely intermediate step to go with. Making such a drastic change can be difficult, and having been some form of brunette for all of my life, it makes sense to not overdo it by going too far in one go.

It also is a good way to make a change from feeling stuck in a rut for too long. Changing something little can inspire you to make a bigger change, and change is something that should always be welcomed.


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