a hair’s breath

simple

Mr FD was redoing our household budget. He lives in a fantasy world where he likes to torture himself.

“You go to the hairdresser every three or four months, right?” This from the man who complains every time I go about the cost, though it is at least a hundred dollars less than what I was paying in the city. Another benefit of country life!

His fantasy was obviously a deep one. “Try every five or six weeks.” I replied.  My hair is of the type that is extremely thick and grows like a weed. What else would you expect from moi? The stylist always gets excited when I appear as she knows she can work off her anger, or stress by thinning my hair to her heart’s content!

Some weeks post Daughter2’s wedding, I was now free to change hair styles. I was so tired of feeling like an unkept sheep dog, that I practically camped out on the salon door step that last morning.

I have opted for a short style. I gave up the dye bottle a couple of year back – oh my, such a sense of liberation. So think elegant, pixie, layered. The shorter style actually showed that there is dark hair still remaining, quite a bit at the back. My sister commented that I looked like I had grey highlights over dark hair. The front is very grey, it was where the process started first. The reflection in the mirror is Nature’s way of forcing us to face our ageing process. If our hair greyed at the back first, we would live in sweet denial a little longer and maybe not do those important things we need to do before it is too late. I just didn’t need the reminder at age thirty two!

It wasn’t far into the style change before I was ecstatic. I also experienced more liberation. I am sure angels sang Alleluia and an ethereal glow burst forth!

Since then, I have had numerous compliments, from staff and students, not just my ever loving sister! I especially like the one where they tell me it makes me look years younger.

own kind

Mr FD however, did not notice. Well, only when I forced my head between his laptop screen and his face. His comment? “Why did it cost   more that usual?” He was still working on his fantasy budget.

 

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6 thoughts on “a hair’s breath

  1. my hair went white at the peak of my head first. my sister started going grey at 17!!
    glad you’re enjoying your new style. i’m far too scared to try something new.

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  2. I stopped bleaching my hair about two years ago and I’d never bother doing it again. Mine is still quite dark at the back but crazy white at the front and it’s funny because I wasted a lot of money bleaching it over the years and it was never as white as I wanted when there it was all along, naturally. I don’t care what the back looks like as I never see it anyway.

    Mine is thick as well and I have to be very careful with hairdressers as they always want to get at it with the thinning scissors but it just makes it frizzy. Once a hairdresser said to the one doing my hair – and don’t be afraid of the thinning scissors!. It took me about two years to grow through that disaster.

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  3. “Nature’s way of forcing us to face our ageing process. If our hair greyed at the back first, we would live in sweet denial a little longer and maybe not do those important things we need to do before it is too late.”
    Great point – and wonderfully worded!

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