Saturday, November 14, 2009

Recovering a Little Style

For quite some time I had been thinking about getting my hair cut as it had reached that "it's driving me crazy!" stage but I was honestly too scared to actually go to a stylist and have it done. Having had my fair share of bad cuts over the years, I am a firm believer in a person suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome whenever h/she steps into a styling salon and that was what appeared to be my problem.

For years I hadn't had to worry about a bad cut as my friend Trisha, who used to be a professional stylist, still did cuts for her friends out of her house until returning to school full-time while also juggling a full-time job.  Without Trisha I found myself wandering through the wilderness with an unkempt mane and no idea for which direction my hair should take. It had really gotten out of hand and into my face and I knew something had to be done but what?  Not that it always looked quite as bad as it did here at the Jersey Shore back at the beginning of October but still ... with hair like that, it was't just the zombies that were there for the Asbury Park Zombie Walk that were frightening! 

A couple months ago I stopped in at at the local Smart Styles in Lisbon to get my split ends taken care of and ran into exactly that of which I was afraid of - a bad stylist!  The woman who "cut" my hair did an absolutely horrible job but I didn't complain, gave her a tip anyway, and then kicked myself for my lack of a backbone for days later.  Obviously that experience hadn't helped the situation any and so I let my hair go for even longer - dull, lifeless, lank, and getting in my face way too often for my liking!

Finally the time had come to take my fears in hand so I set off yesterday morning for the newly opened Hair Cuttery - again in Lisbon - and hoped for the best.  As I sat nervously waiting for my turn in the chair I kept hoping that I was doing the right thing and that I wasn't going to walk out looking like my hair had been done by Ash Williams and his chainsaw hand from the The Evil Dead movie! Thank the heavens and all the stars above that I got a stylist who actually knew what she was doing and I emerged with a cut and style I like, a little bounce in my previously lifeless hair, and the stylist's business card which is going in a place of honor on the refrigerator door!

I will be the very first one to tell you that I have absolutely no clue what to do when it comes to "fixing" my hair and am a complete and total inept klutz when it comes to hairstyling appliances like curling irons and even blow dryers so a simple style is essential.  If I can't wash, towel dry, and throw a little mousse in my hair before calling it good, I am pretty much done for.  Rebecca, my new-found stylist, grasped that completely and gave me hair I can work with - thank you, thank you, thank you!

I'm always going to miss having Trisha as my personal and favorite stylist who offered up tea and friendship along with a great cut but I'm finally out of the wilderness and can get my hair into some semblance of order and out of my face!


  1. I like, I like! I'm at that stage, too. I finally gave in the other day and trimmed my bangs, which is not easy when you wear glasses! I can't trim with them off - that would truly be a disaster!!! I need to get back to my lady and either let it grow and hack it back....

  2. If there is one thing guaranteed to reduce me to tears it's a bad haircut! Thankfully my hairdresser, Loretta, has been coming to do my hair for the past 20+ years and is superb. I change my hairstyle and colour frequently and all I have to do is show her a picture of what I want and hey presto! I'm a happy bunny. :)

  3. Your new 'do' looks great and just what I envisioned for you. I am a no-fuss kinda gal myself. Enjoy!

    Big hugs...

  4. My Lady tells me that a good hairstyle adds to a woman's confidence. So I have learned to become more tolerant that she must wait for an appointment with her special stylist, whilst I go to Supercuts or to the barber if I happen to be downtown and find myself in need of a quick buzz.

    Your new cut looks good! I'm pleased that you have found a stylist who adds to your confidence.

  5. LOVE the new do, Linda! It falls around your face so beautifully. Perfect! Taking a chance on someone new isn't always such a bad thing. :)

  6. Hi Linda-

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  7. Very pretty, Linda! I like it very much! :)

  8. i LOVE it! mine is way too long now and i "might" have some roots that need a bit of attention too.

    smiles, bee

  9. I like it! Don't lose her card!

    I must correct you though... I got the worst haircut EVER 3 weeks ago. And this one will be hard to beat. I did have a backbone - when she asked what I thought I told her I hated it and asked how could she misunderstand THAT badly? But in the big scheme of things, it grows back fast and I had already decided that would be my last haircut before I grew it back out. No harm, No foul.

  10. A great cut!! And you look maaaaaaaaahvalus!

  11. Anonymous11:38 AM EST


    Look at you! Hot mama!!!!!

  12. I loveeeeeeee your new hairstyle!! Like you, I've always had a fear of the hairstylists because I had a couple of bad experiences years ago. Why do you think I have such long hair? lol Don't know when was the last time I've ever been to a beauty salon!! That haircut really suits you and you look so much younger...not that you looked old before...oh heck, you know what I mean! lol xoxo

  13. Anonymous11:23 PM EST

    VERY CUTE, Linda!!


  14. I am glad you did not cut it all off-I think you look super cute with longer hair. :) It looks great!


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