It usually happens without warning; you have a regular sleep, wake up and do regular things: you drink coffee, you go to work and then, at some point, and you’re not really sure when, you become overwhelmed by an inexplicable urge. This urge consumes you for days. At first, you deny it, ignore it, and convince yourself it will go away.
It’s been a week. You swipe to the screen with the Pinterest ap. . . allow the pad of your finger to make contact and search: “cute short haircuts.”
We can’t really say what causes the “I need to make a drastic change phenomenon” but you’re looking at one girl who just cut off six inches of hair and another that has 1/3 of the hair on her head remaining, so, suffice it to say: we get it.
In honour of Libertee’s recent hair CUT! We wanted to walk you through the psychology of her experience, if anything – to let you know you’re not alone.
Post Pinterest Experience:
After saving seventeen versions of the exact same hair cut, on the same person, from different angles, you send these images to your closest friends, followed by seventeen question marks: “????????????????????” You honestly don’t know if you’re looking for their approval or for them to talk you off of whatever cliff you find yourself standing on the edge of. The danger of sending this content to more than one person is that you might get conflicting responses: “OMG YUUUUUSSSS!” vs “Do you remember how much Kleenex you went through the last time you cut your hair?!?” Well, that backfired.
Desperate use of technology. . .
You don’t want to admit it, but there’s been at least one occasion where you’ve downloaded a free ap that placed your face inside of a terrible rendition of whatever haircut it is that you’re thinking of. This won’t help. Don’t do this. Libertee isn’t willing to comment.
Using logic for the pro column. . .
You start convincing yourself this haircut is just right for this time in your life relative to all sorts of things like time, temperature and budget.
- “Honestly, I wear my hair in a pony tail ALL OF THE TIME. . . what’s even the point of having all of this hair?”
- “I spend so much money on shampoo and product – honestly, it’s a waste”
- “If I have to hair blow dry all of this hair again when it’s thirty degrees out in my non-air-conditioned house, I”mma lose it.”
- “If my hair was shorter, I could sleep for like thirty more minutes, every morning. . .”
Making the call. . .
It’s worse than the first time you called your high school crush. You dial and hang up about eight times. You commit to seeing it through on the ninth dial. You’ve practised saying the words out loud, but it’s as if the person on the other end can see the sweat pooling on your brow as they ask “just a trim?” Responding: “bitch, don’t play with me!” to the innocent receptionist seems a bit excessive so you opt for: “No, I’m going to cut off some inches. . .”
The day of. . .
You wake up and consider putting your hair in gross pony tail for the trip to the salon, but something about the way you slept on it and the amount of grit in your hair is giving your locks that “beach goddessy” look. No word of a lie, you get 7 compliments on your slept-on-hair from total strangers in the two short blocks between your car and the salon. On a regular day, a regular person would say “thank you!” but today is not a regular day and you are not presently a regular person. It takes every ounce of energy not to shout “SHUT UP! Just SHUT UP! You don’t know anything!”
You’re in the chair. . .
“No. I can’t do this. No. Nope. Nuh uh. My pony tail is too fly and these curls are too perfect. Cant’ do it. This is stupid. What was I thinking? Look how pretty my hair is. It’s been with me through so much, and I’m just going to cut it – like it means nothing to me?! Who am I?!? Some sort of monster?!?”
And then your stylist walks up, with a twinkle in their eye and asks “so, we’re making a change?!” You don’t know why, but the word “yes” just rolls off your tongue. And then you get that deer in the headlights look.
One minute post hair cut:
Oh my god I love it!
Five minutes post hair cut:
You start pulling on it a bit to see if that makes it longer.
Ten minutes post hair cut
WHAT. HAVE. I. DONE?
Fifteen minutes post hair cut:
I think I like it?
Chances are you’ll flip flop like this for a couple of days, but we urge you not to be afraid of a big change! Make sure you’ve thought about it for at least a little while and had at least one heart to heart with your stylist! As one last piece of advice – there’s nothing wrong with making a big change in small increments – it’s a bit less psychologically taxing to take three inches off twice than a whole half of a foot at once!
TO BE CONTINUED...
A big old shout out to Mac at M Salon in Calgary for being the girl behind the scissors of Libertee’s new do!
She is AMAZING! Go see her!
If you’re ready for a change be sure to find us on Instagram and hashtag #taketheplunge for a chance to win a new do courtesy of Mac!
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