Sunday, August 30, 2009

Eye Spy: Something Soothing

My name is Tania and I haven’t had a haircut in eleven months.

It’s true I hacked at it myself a while back, but only because the last experience was so undignified and awful and inspired such a level of ‘cross’ that I convinced myself that with curly locks no one would ever know. As from today, I have a new ‘do’. And I didn’t fess up to the truth about me and the kids’ craft scissors when the hairdresser looked puzzlingly at the varying lengths of my hair, politely asking where I last had it cut. Because I have also had an end-of-winter-pick-me-up on the colour front, I was at the salon for hours, looking wild and eccentric in public – hair done up in it’s foil squares, (very Buck Rogers in the 21st Century), knitting maniacally.

While the time out ON MY OWN and the knitting bit was soothing in itself, it’s the hair wash that was the best bit. Even though I am 38 and still need to sit on a phone book in order for my head to uncomfortably reach the sink thing. Even though the removal of the foil bits from my hair is always extremely painful and has me doing labouring mother visualisations and breathing exercises, the ninety second massage is worth the preceding hell. Not enough ‘o’s in that kind of sooooothe.

Seventy seconds in, I opened my eyes to check I hadn’t left this earth, decided the cracked, discoloured ceiling in this funky, all-designer-look salon was decidedly unheavenly and closed them again. The last twenty seconds was spent pondering the general lack of attention to salon ceilings (Michelangelo-inspired art anyone?) and feeling sympathy for the owner of the establishment who was either patently in DIY denial or had never stopped to have a head massage.



Despite the pre-haircut similarities, this is neither me, my new ‘do’ or even Chewbacca from Star Wars. This is another member of the family who has a date for a fur-do next weekend. Esme prefers the soothing tummy rub option over the head massage.

Thanks to Aussie Waffler for choosing this week’s ‘Eye Spy’ and Cindy for the hostess-ing with the mostest-ing...

21 comments:

PottyMouthMama said...

I was an avid 'self' haircutter until one day I went too far. I'd just split up with a boyfriend and decided, half-drunk, that right now was a great time to reasses my hair. It wasn't. I hold no talent in tresses. A few days later I got an appointment with my hairdresser. He cut my hair, as best he could, asked if 'there was any method to this cutting?' - my answer - 'nope, just snip it'. He then proceeded to turn me into a Princess Di lookalike. Princess Di looked great, in the 80s and early 90s, but this was 2003 and I am not Princess Di. I looked in the mirror horrified and told him that it might look better once I had washed it. Oops (and ouch for him). Therends my career in cutting my own hair.

elly bee said...

I have had too many experiences of leaving a hairdresser with the big question: would you (the hairdresser) ever want to walk outside with haircut that you just gave me?? And I guess the answer would always have been: NO! Why do they always send you away with this hurrying feeling to find a tap as soon as possible to try to get a bit more normal look?
So I'm very happy that the only hairdresser in the world that took my head seriously came on my path (bumped into her in the local store) and comes to my home every 4weeks to do a hair update (I need a 4 weeks update with my very short haircut) and I never ever have to go into a another place for a too painful haircut which I won't like and have to pay my month salary for this.

good luck Tan, wish a picture was included!
eb

Mookah said...

I'm lucky, my hairdresser is an old school friend, and she's been taming my curls for at least 10 years now. She does the most amazing head massage while I'm relaxing in the massage chair, and I just let her do whatever she wants cos she knows me well enough to know what I will and won't like.

I can't believe you hate the foils being pulled out, that is such a great moment of relief for me. It doesn't hurt and your head gets so hot under them, that it's like a cool breeze on a hot summers day when they come out!

CurlyPops said...

Eeek I hate getting the foils pulled out too - especially when they're wearing the rubber gloves which pull your hair even more. Shivers up my spine even thinking about it.
I'm contemplating going for a full jet black all over do for the very last time, as my greys are starting to take over.... which will force me back to blonde foils forevermore!

Nikki Cardigan said...

Can decide which image I love better...
- you being really 'cross' (can't believe this actually happens!)
- giving yourself the craft scissors haircut (did you do the small talk thing to yourself as you were cutting?)
- you sitting on a phone book (that's just funny!)

A great post T.

Kylie said...

Oh what a gorgeous dog! She looks so snuggly :)
I must admit, I have never self-cut... but i LOVE experimenting! I've been every colour you can imagine except blue (tried that last year but the stylist over-peroxided and the blue wouldn't stay in beyond the first wash!) I've sadly realised that post-40 hair does not take kindly to my former punishing ways and have sunk into conservative black, roots redone every 6 weeks. As a natural blond, this makes for freaky regrowth, which is of course my only consolation!! ;)
Great post Tania :) K

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Yes , I'd rather go to the dentist , though my hairdresser is charming and I do usually manage to wait till I get home before madly brushing my hair back to a shorter version of what I had before ( not unlike your dog's style , actually )

Sandrine said...

Your dog is really cute but I would LOVE to see your new do!!You know what you just made me feel really good because I need the phone book too ;))))I am glad you enjoyed the head massage, one day I went and they did not I was so cross!!;)

Anonymous said...

Wish there were pictures Tarn!
I too have succumbed to the DIY haircut and trimmed my hair with Nail scissors! It wasn't too bad! As I read your post I thought I am so in need of a haircut and I do my own colour....maybe just maybe I may get a child free afternoon or morning so I can visit the hairdressers!
Love Jen

Cindy said...

LOL! I love that dog!

kellyi said...

11 months. If we didn't live on opposite sides of the globe, I would have assumed we both went to the same hair salon almost a year ago because I still haven't plucked up the courage to go back after the last ordeal.

On a good day, my hair resembles that of your dog.

May be I need to bite the bullet and get it done.

Cute as Buttons said...

Hello, Tania.

Big, belly laughing here. Coincidentally, I had just finished doing a home hair colour without the aid of craft scissors. My tip for those with curly locks is to find a curly locked hair stylist...they know the pain of ill styled curls. Not sure I have any tips for Esme. I agree we must see the new do and I will send you a device for home head massaging once the photographic evidence is forthcoming. Lisa.

craftschmaft said...

Reading that bit about the foils sent shivers down my spine! I have been very tempted to cut my own fringe of late. The only thing stopping me is a memory of a high school friend who attempted the same thing and ended up with 2cm fluff for a fringe and looked like something out of star trek. Nuff said.

Glad you enjoyed the beauteee session.

Loz and Dinny said...

Aaaah yes! I am coming up for my 11 month haircut very shortly - I know I really need a haircut when I begin wearing my hair in pigtails to hide the white that shows around my temples when I pull it back in a pony tail... The pigtails castretch out the need for a visit for a few more weeks! Phone book? You crack me up!

Aussie-waffler said...

Nice one Tania, the head massage at the hairdressers. I know for a fact that The Coach chooses his hair dressers based solely on their head massaging abilities, the cut plays second fiddle in his eyes. Loved the post.

One Flew Over said...

There is nothing nicer than a good hair wash...obviously done by someone else. It's the simple things that for me, feel the most indulgent...well since children came along anyway ;)

Holly said...

Great post, the hairdresser's head massage and hair wash are very soothing. I too am desperate for a cut but my hairdresser retired! I'm going to take Cute as Buttons advice and look for a stylist who has curly hair herself.

Peta @ Pippiwillow said...

OOOH the head massagey bit o goodness.mmmmm, It's all i can do to
1. Not slide off the chair in a state of 'atonia'
2. Not hyperextend my neck in a vain attempt at getting more massaging.
3. Stop thinking about the end of the head massage.
I love that you are fitting in some more knitting wherever you may be - I do see the intervention coming...one day!
Peta

Kylie said...

Goodness me! My mum used to cut her own fringe in between appointments if it annoyed her, but I can't imagine cutting my hair at all. I'd definitely completely muff it! Loved reading about your salon visit... v funny. Glad you enjoyed the head massage part, it's always my fave too. When do you reveal the new you? I'm intrigued!

Cath from chunkychooky said...

i too have curly hair and I am quite particular about who is allowed to cut it... my lovely hairdresser - in the early days of a new baby and tiredness ( not from Busy being awake but from my neurosis of having to stare at her and remind myself it was true, real and yes she was (is) very beautiful) i fell asleep during th head massage bit and I am sure I was drooling... there may have been spittle on my bottom lip...

Leonie Guld said...

I love getting my hair done, even whens it's only and inch long! Go the scalp massage!!