had a feeling of dread when I received my third email
in a row asking me how to get a "great new haircut
for a total instant back-to-school redo". Ahhh,
another haircut disaster in the making. Although I
strongly advised against doing the dastardly impulsive
haircut deed, I am sure that my words fell on mostly
deaf, about to be exposed, ears.
Which got my brain buzzing. Over the past years I
have received enough daily emails to crash several
email systems. As you can imagine, most of the emails
follow a similar thread.
Karen M. Shelton
The Hair Boutique
One of the more prevalent threads relates
to why people cut in haste and repent in leisure. In other words,
disastrous reasons for impulsive haircuts.
I made a list of the most common and potentially most disastrous
reasons for cutting your hair and they include the following:
need to look instantly different for that first
day back to school or to make a dramatic entrance at your
reunion, wedding of an old boyfriend, new job or fill in the
blanks. When in doubt, don't. Think about it a little bit
longer and then don't.
get revenge on a lover. Maybe they liked your hair
long or maybe you just want to "cut them out of your life"
completely. Or maybe you are going to see them for the first
time in a social setting and want to get their attention (see
#1 above). Rethink this strategy. You may get their attention
but it could evoke shock and horror instead of admiration.
age reversal. You want to look older, younger,
all of the above. For some reasons taking to the shears seems
to be the be all for age reversals. Unless you do it correctly,
this type of cut will be the end all to your locks and the
beginning of some tears.
your weight to look thinner or possibly to disguise a budding
new chin. This may or may not be a great idea depending
on the skill of your stylist and how much advance thought
you gave to the idea.
soothe an emotional hurt. Some people reach for
the cookies when they are mad, sad, glad. Others reach for
the shears. Why not take a deep breath and take a soothing
bubble bath or have a wonderful massage. Give yourself a one
week cooling off period. Your strands will thank you.
bottom line? If you decide to get your haircut for any reason
other than because you have thought it over in advance, discussed
it with your trusted stylist and just want a new look, then you
could be headed for a disaster chop that you may regret.
Although hair does grow back, remember that it can take 30 days
for your hair to advance 1/2 inch. A major impulsive chop that
removes six inches could take you one year to grow back.
Just remember, search your soul and your mirror before you submit
to impulsive chopping and you will be glad that you did.
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M. Shelton is the founder of HairBoutique.com
which has been featured in numerous magazines including
101 Celebrity Hairstyles, Today's Dallas Woman
Magazine, WE-Women's Enterprise, The National Enquirer,
American Salon Magazine and Self magazine,
as well as international publications.
Karen M. Shelton was featured in DFW Tech Biz
as winner of the Emerging CEO - Tech Titan award.
In 2001 Ms. Shelton joined 101 Celebrity Styles
& Short Cuts magazine as consumer hair editor.