& tips from your side of the counter........
Here we go
again! I've bitten my nails to the quick, fiddled with my necklace
until it snapped and a red sweat rash is creeping up my neck.
I've tried yoga, meditation and drinking the odd glass of wine
or three. I've been up doing the ironing at four in the morning
and taken to watching the shopping channel til daybreak (Sad!)
A bad attack of nerves? You bet! Taking an important exam? Not
quite! Getting married? Not that I know of!
No, I'm afraid
it's far more serious than that. I'm getting my hair cut! Correction
- I'm 'thinking' of getting my hair cut. Actually cut.
With scissors. Real scissors this time, by a real hairdresser.(At
least she say's she's a real hairdresser) Anyway her name's Michelle
and hairdressers are always called Michelle, everyone knows that.
You remember Shelly, my very patient and long suffering stylist?
She's the one who rescued me from the green hair disasters and
Kevin Keegan home perms over the last fifteen years. She styles
all my family's hair, poor girl, and she's the only hairdresser
ever to keep my fidgety child still long enough to crop his thatch.
(Actually she hit him round the head with a paddle brush but what
the heck?) She listens patiently to my mothers accounts of arthritis
and deafness and has steadfastly tried to bully my sister into
growing her hair just that little bit more than an inch all over.
She can dress any hair-man, woman and child from a simple bob
to an elaborate up-do. But I do always detect that note of trepidation
when I ring for an appointment. In fact, she's taken to coming
to the house so I don't put her other clients off!
You see we
go through this performance every time I make this life-shattering
decision . To cut or not to cut- that is the question. After the
self-administered curl-cutting ceremony the other week (Remember?)
I have to admit that the urge to snip bits off is back. I wake
up every day with the strange desire to 'have-a-go' and that's
when I know it's time to visit either my stylist or a therapist
. Actually, I think that they're one and the same thing. I know
what the trouble is. It's big birthday time again and as the figures
increase I feel that awful need women get to 'reinvent' themselves.
Well, maybe 'reinvent' is rather too dramatic for mousey me but
I do need some fine-tuning.
I have two
main problems though. Firstly, although I'd love a shorter more
manageable style, will I really like it? And secondly, will he
like it? Yes him. You see my main barrier to the new me is the
old him. My other half (bless his little mismatched socks) is
one of those blokes who like their women stuck in a time-warp
(Like them!). You know, Farah Fawcett flicks, Pamela Anderson
boobs and hot pink lipstick. Well unfortunately I don't want the
first, haven't a hope in hell for the second, and pink lipstick?
It's just not me , as they say. I'm definately more akin to Ally
McBeal than Melinda Messenger and maybe that's my fear ( and his!).
Will I look like a boy with short hair? Admittedly, I'm more at
home in jeans than lilac Lycra and the high heels haven't seen
the light of day in years. Perhaps my long, curly mop is my femininity?
though, short hair on TV celebs doesn't seem to bother his lordship.
When I recently pointed out Demi Moore's extremely short haircut
his only comment was "Ah yes but of course she's got the
face to carry it off!". Needless to say I did not cook tea
that night and accidentally managed to drop his favourite white
shirt into the washing up water.
Moore I'm certainly not and maybe I won't have all my hair cut
off but I'm definately trimming this fringe tomorrow! (And maybe
I'll reshape his eyebrows while he's asleep!)
to try -
to try - Huille Seche from LA.
This serum claims to protect hair from adverse weather conditions
( And we certainly have plenty of those), central heating
etc. by reducing dehydration and therefore promoting manageability.
From David Hooper at Masterclass. If you're a Henna fan take
note. If you mix the colour and it looks too orangey, just
mix in some coffee until you get the right shade. Boiling
Henna in red wine instead of water will produce a more burgundy
Oh Yes, the
boy has done it again! No I haven't joined the Charles Worthington
fan club but it does seem that his products and my hair have a
definate affinity. I've just tried conditioners from the 'Dream
Hair' range and it definately gets the thumbs up. It has a really
rich texture and a lovely floral smell. It really did the job
on my dry, prone to frizz hair. A bit pricey at around £6.00
a bottle but nice for a special treat. A recent article in a top
magazine gave it 10 out of 10 for all round performance.
Other conditioners rate as follows-
Beautiful - Umberto Gianni - £4.45
Rated 10 out of 10. Readers loved its fresh smell and detangleability.
It smoothed flyaway hair and performed especially well on fine
hair. Economical too as a little bit went a long way.
- John Frieda - £4.25
Rated 9 out of 10. Reputed to enhance blonde hair with continued
use, readers found this de-tangled hair really well and left hair
silky. The mild toffee smell might not be to everyone's taste
CR - Elvive - £2.39
Rated 8 out of 10. As the name suggests a truly fruity citrus
smell, it combed through really well and left hair really shiny.
Performed better on normal to greasy hair, possibly not for you
if you are prone to frizz.
- Swiss Formula - £3.95
Rated 8 out of 10. This has a really rich, creamy formula. Described
as fresh smelling it detangled well and left hair smooth, soft
It seems that
all of the conditioners performed really well and with all the
products out there on the market there's bound to be one that
suits you. Make sure you read the labels to find out which will
suit your hair type and remember conditioners often work better
if you use the corresponding shampoo from the same range. With
summer on the way ( yes honestly!) now's a great time to start
getting your hair into great condition.
you know? Did you know - that in winter you'll
find up to double the amount of hair in your hair brush compared
with the summer months. Hair growth varies throughout the
year but slows down considerably during October to January.
Hair loss is also more noticeable then due to a natural decrease
in hairs cellular reproduction. Another good reason to look
forward to spring!