December 31st, 2010
I grew up somewhere between punk and new wave. This means we did crazy things to our hair. Before tattoos and body piercing, hair was a canvas for expression, fashion or rebellion; we colored it, shaved it, drew lines in it… you get the picture. As I contemplated a fresh look for the New Year, I knew I wanted the fun of the old days and not to take my hair so seriously. As a mother and business owner, I also needed a style that would last 4 or 5 days once I had styled it – meaning I’d use product, set it, curl it or whatever… get it looking good and then maintain that look between washing.
My Challenge: What can I do that will be flattering, age appropriate, manageable, and the opposite of what I currently have?
The Solution: Go shorter and add texture with a perm!
The Process: First Gail cut my hair, after I showed her photos of stylist I liked. A few days later, Samantha gave me a perm. Both Gail and Samantha were extremely supportive in this process and let me provide lots of direction. (I can’t help myself from directing! That is why I am so empathetic to clients with similar personalities.)
For the perm, I chose to go the tough route – air neutralizing. This means I actually walked the streets of S.F. with perm rods in my hair, got in my car, and drove home. I then proceeded to try and sleep, though not very successfully. I got 2 hours of sleep at most. The next morning I removed the rods myself. Although this is a time-consuming and un-pretty process to get a perm, your hair is a lot less damaged and the curl formation is better. I had decided from the beginning that if I was going to do a perm, I was going to go all out.
After removing the rods, I had a pretty intense fro for a few days until I washed my hair. Then I started snipping… a little here and there every night for a week. (Yes, I am one of those, too.) Finally, it got to the point where John had to re-cut my hair. And at this point, I was really starting to like what was taking shape, but I decided that the curl formation needed a little help. The next morning, I washed my hair and air dried it for about 30 minutes. Then I took about 10 minutes to pin curl my hair. Once it was all pinned, I drove to work and worked in pin curls for about an hour (some of my clients thought this was my look). Finally, I took the pins out, and voila! My hair had great loopy, uneven curls with crazy direction. I did nothing to it for 4 days, and it got even better as time went on.
Follow-up: So here it is a couple weeks later and I have to say I’ve gotten a few questioning looks. But, since I’m resourceful and am willing to try new things… I have enjoyed this new curly, girly look of mine! I have also enjoyed teaching my clients how to do pin curls. Since I have had my new ‘do, at least 1-2 clients a day ask me to show them how to do the same to their hair. All the attention has doen wonders for my confidence, and I feel like I am on my way to trying many more shapes, textures and colors. Go ahead and try your own new adventure in hair, it the most fun I’ve had in years!
Happy New Year!