A new ‘do

I am a firm believer in regularly doing things that scare you.  Not stupid or dangerous things, just small-to-moderate sized risks that put you out of your comfort zone.  I took a leap like this when I cut off my long hair a couple of years ago.  Since then I haven’t done much with my hair other than tidying up the ends and throwing a few layers in there.  But for the last few months I began to get the itch to make another salon appointment.  It was time for a change.

For about six months I’ve been obsessed with sidecuts.  I think they look amazing, particularly on women with longer hair.  I quite liked the idea of having a haircut that could be punk-princess gorgeous or office appropriate depending on where I parted my hair.  I wrestled with the idea for ages.  Then finally I gave myself a little shake and said, “If not now, then when will I do this?  I’m young and cute, with nothing to lose and hair grows back”.  Then I picked up the phone and made an appointment with my favourite hairdresser.  And a couple of days later I was sporting this bad-ass hairdo.

To say I love this haircut is a massive understatement.  Unlike when I cut my hair short, I haven’t had a single “Why the Hell did I do that?” freakout.  I am so pleased with the way this looks, and I’m enjoying showing off my new do.

Actually getting the cut was a great experience.  I had been nervous the whole day leading up to my salon appointment, but as soon as I sat down in the chair I knew this was what I wanted to do.  It was a little unnerving when the clippers started buzzing around my left ear though.  As someone who has only ever had long hair, it was a completely new experience.  My hairdresser was totally amazing, and followed my wishes to the letter, taking my hair shorter by degrees until we had the perfect length.

One of the best bits about this cut is that it’s so easy to hide.  For work I just part my hair on the opposite side and slick it into a low ponytail.  Or I can part it right down the middle and wear it down.  So far not a single person in the office has even noticed my shaved side!  And then when I want to show it off, I just whip my hair up or create a deep side part and spray it into place.  It’s like a two-for-one haircut!

As an added bonus, I now have a soft little shaved patch that feels delicious.  I’ve been told it feels like a peach, a duckling and a butt (that one was from my Mum).

So I’m very pleased indeed that I took the plunge and cut my hair again.  I feel so foxy with my new do!

Have you done anything lately that scared you?  Have you got any little risks planned?


  1. Ahh! That is so amazing! I love it! I had a similar hair cut and it was sooo much fun! I’m so excited for you, I remember how nervous you were just getting it cut the last time!

    • I know right? I was crazy nervous about cutting it short and now I’m super happy with the idea of shaving off huge sections! Who even am I?

  2. It’s awesome!!! What a cool, fun new hairstyle! I too believe firmly in regularly doing things, assuming they’re not super dangerous, that scare or intimidate you a bit. As someone who is incredibly shy and who also has a massive fear of confrontation, I’ve been pushing myself outside of my comfort zone since I was a youngster and can attest to the fact that it does often get easier to do so and to face your fears the more you embrace them head on (haircut pun not intended here :)). That’s wise advice, indeed my lovely friend, and something that we’d all be better off for by reminded of periodically.

    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* Tony has likened my shaved head (I shave what remains of my natural hair to better facilitate wearing my wig) to the feeling of guinea pig or hamster, which I just love, as I’ve a big fan of both cute little critters.

    • That’s the cutest shaved-head description ever! Now that my hair has grown out a tiny bit, I can definitely feel the similarity between my soft bristles and the fur of a guinea pig.

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