Social Saturday; social in the sense of anti-social, that’s
what I’m being right now. It’s been a taxing few weeks physically, emotionally
and financially with Christmas and New Year’s revelry. Considering this, I
decided to stay in tonight. Contrary to popular belief I am actually capable of
this action and it seems a good a time as any to get back into the posting.
Anyone who knows me knows my hair is my thing. For me it’s
one of my most important features. In a sense it’s a security blanket I use to
distract people from the rest of me. I think it says a lot about an individual,
their style and what’s on trend. However, at the end of the day it is simply an
unnecessary physical attribute that not everyone has for numerous reasons, whether
by choice or not. Essentially, this post is intended to be light hearted as I
realise that although my hair is important to me it’s not the be-all and
I get complimented on my hair, accused of lying about having
hair extensions and even had my hair pulled a few times. Whatever that’s about,
it wasn't always that way. In fact it’s been quite a journey. The chart below
represents my numerous styles and how I rank them each now out of ten.
Bleach – Aged 14, yes bleached. Little did I know that
smiling platinum on the box of glorified lemon juice I just bought was probably
a natural blonde and my hair would turn out a patchy rust colour.
(Image source : http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b0/Jif_Lemon.jpg)
Scarlet – Aged 15, scarlet is how I should have felt with
this hair colour but I actually liked it at the time. I had Rhianna red before
it was cool, except she made it cool i.e not cool when I had it.
(Image source : https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTG9ORMAERLjlwYpS1YXn41HpAFnbsfeqNNve51OXqhv88bdInbog)
Rapunzel – Aged 16, long brown thick hair. It was in perfect
condition for the torture I was about to have unleashed on it.
(Image source : https://ladygeekgirl.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/rapunzel-and-flynn_111346_3.jpg)
Mullet – Aged 17, the “Mullet” probably isn't a good name
for this particular hairstyle because even the mullet was cool in the 80’s, what
I had was not. This was the only time I cried after the hairdressers, I cried
genuine tears of sadness. I couldn't even complain because I volunteered my
Rapunzel hair for a hair dressing competition, I was like a lamb to the
(Image source : http://www.dailydawdle.com/2011/09/thats-good-question-let-me-mullet-over.html)
Bob – Aged 18, the bob. Unfortunately for me this was the
year I would have my college id, age card and passport photos taken. This painfully
unstylish haircut would be forever reside there in my wallet.
Shetland – Aged 20, the full fringe. My father named this
one, saying “remember when you had hair like a Shetland pony?”. It was high
maintenance without and aesthetic benefits. Although if I was as cool as this
guy I wouldn't mind so much.
Leave it alone – Aged 21-25, just left it alone. Aside from
the odd brunette semi-permanent colour I let the hair grow and go back to its natural
Ombre – Aged 26 to now, bit of
this bit of that. Ombre has been cool for a while now and still is thankfully.
I like this style because for once I’m actually on trend. I owe it all to the
wonderful Lisa Walsh of Lisa’s Hair Emporium (sure give her page a like too!) Not
only is she great with hair, she’s great craic and will talk the ear off ya!
So for those of you struggling to find your own look, know that
it takes time and not every cut and colour will suit you. Please remember that
at the end of the day, it’s just hair so keep styling!