A Long-Overdue Trip to the Hair Salon

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It has been well over a year & a half since I last got my hair cut.
In fact, the last time that my hair was cut happened to be before my high school graduation.
I have been slightly obsessed with growing my hair long for aproximately four years now. I tried desperately to grow it in high school, but it never seemed to grow past just below my shoulders. After graduation, things got extremely busy, and I never went to get my hair trimmed. (Okay, I will admit, hair cuts have always made me anxious-I have had way too many bad experiences.)

Up until March of 2013, I really didn’t see any change in length. It still seemed to be stuck at the same length that it had been at for a couple of years.
It wasn’t until the summer, after having switched shampoos & conditioners and using hair masks that I started to notice how long it had gotten. It felt like it had grown long all of a sudden. Once I started to see it growing, I didn’t want to get it cut in fear that it would be cut too short-I mean, it was finally starting to get long, why would I want to cut it? I never really bought into the whole “frequent trims make your hair grow faster” thing.

But these past two weeks, I started to see how bad my split ends really were. And while hair masks and good cleaning products have definitely helped to keep it healthy and soft, my hair was becoming extremely shapeless and unmanageable. My layers had grown out, and unfortunate failures with box dye had made my colour too light in some places, and dark in others. It had kind of become a hot mess-minus the “hot” aspect. Short of using my flat iron all the time, I really just couldn’t do anything with it.

I cannot believe how long my hair has gotten. I didn’t realize it until looking at the photo.

So despite my fear, I went to a hair salon. One that I had never been to before. While I did not really want to spend a lot of money on a hair cut, after waiting so long and having so much that needed to be fixed, $100 was completely reasonable compared to so many other places.

The girl who cut my hair, named Jody, did an absolutely fantastic job. She’s so friendly, and she really listens to what you say and how you want your hair to be cut. She explained to me that when you don’t trim your hair and the ends split, they continue to split upwards and eventually just break off-thus actually making your hair shorter or use some hair extensions like ponytail. It makes your hair look dull, and dry. That’s why it’s so important to frequently trim your ends!

I asked her to take off as little as possible, while still trying to get rid of my split ends. She did exactly that, and I could not be happier with the colour. I asked for a very subtle cut, and that’s exactly what she gave me. She cleaned it all up, and my hair feels so amazing now. I will absolutely be going to see her for my next hair cut, and might even ask for slightly shorter top layers next time!

Thank you so much Jody for fixing my hair!


  1. November 29, 2013 / 1:27 pm

    Your hair looks fantastic! What is a hair mask? I have long hair and haven’t cut it for ages… your comment about split ends travelling up makes sense. I hadn’t thought about that before.

    • November 29, 2013 / 1:45 pm

      Thank you!
      A hair mask is something that you apply all over your hair to help soften it, repair damage, and keep it healthy!
      My current favourite is the Hair Chemist Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Masque. I apply it all over my hair once a week, leave it in for about half an hour, and then wash it out! The shampoos and conditioners used make a huge difference too. My hair started growing and got so much better when I stopped using drug store shampoos. (Not that they are all bad) but so many shampoos and hair products now have so many unneeded chemicals and sulphates that are really bad for your hair.
      Try to stick to sulphate-free shampoos and conditioners with natural ingredients! My favourite are the Zotos Hairtrition shampoo and conditioners. They have macadamia oil, raspberry extract, vitamins, Silk Amino Acids, Flaxseed Oil, and more! I truly believe that these have saved my hair.
      Hope this helps!! 🙂

  2. December 15, 2013 / 12:13 pm

    I couldn’t resist commenting. Perfectly written!

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