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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

It's a blessing...and a curse...

One of my family's favorite shows is "Monk", the OCD detective and he always says his gift is a "blessing and a curse". When doing the research for "Split Ends", I found out that really good hair designers cost a lot of money. The good was, of course, I had fabulous hair. Researching good hair gave me the blessing of knowing what makes a good stylist. The curse part was that I got addicted to good hair and I can't afford it. Not with four kids, the junior high school trip to Yosemite ($625!) Hello??? I'll be danged if I'd pay $625 to camp, but that's me. At least it's not me, that's the good part. I just have to pay for it, that's the curse part.

Anyhoo, I started doing my own hair. It started because the last stylist thinned my hair -- that never works. It didn't. So since about July, I have been cursed with bad hair. I figured, why pay for the privilege? So I started coloring it myself -- even highlighted it myself. Then...then I got cocky and I cut it myself. Sure, I couldn't see the back, but I could cut by braille, you know? Only I couldn't and now, it's even worse.

So I'm trying a new stylist, highly rated on and yet a little more affordable for camping trips that should come with a valet. He's actually trained in the same place that started me on my research for Split Ends. So I've got my before shot here. You can't tell how bad it is in the photo, but it's totally uneven and hacked up. Wish me luck!

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At 9:56 AM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

Hair is so personal and when my hair isn't right, I get grumpy. I always say that I'd let Nick Arrojo on What Not to Wear do my hair, because I'm always curious as to what he would see/do. Most look a 100 per cent better (not all.)

But I've had a lot of hair disasters at the hands of freewheeling hairstylists. And lots of hair-raising stories. So my heart goes out to you. I'm currently on a no-haircut/no-stylist binge and I trim my own bangs. Ugh. My last hairstylist was a disaster. Long, sad story. Afraid to go anywhere else now.

But I do think it changes you--your life--when you have the right color and hairstyle.

Can't wait to see the "after" photo.

At 10:05 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Crystal, I'm so glad I"m not the only one who does it themselves while it grows out. It's not growing out though. Don't know if it's because I'm getting old or what. Still, it needs to be pruned.

I'm not a big fan of what Nick does to all long haired people. Not everyone looks bad with long hair, and he chops everyone.

I look bad with long hair too, so I'm not talking about me. I've never had it.

Hair is so expensive here. I hope I can find someone who is good that doesn't cost a fortune.

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Poor Kristin!! As a former hair stylist (I don't have the audacity to call myself a designer - and I have loads of audacity) I can understand your dilemma. I know better and I STILL try to cut ny own ... with the same results as you.

Hmm ... I'll bet I could make a bundle if I set up shop at the ACFW conference to fix all those writers's haircuts who didn't have the time or the $$$ to get a "designer" cut. What do you think?

At 11:35 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

P.S. The cost of haircuts nowadays rives me nuts. That's why I let my hair grow every few years. THat way, like Crystal, I can cut the front and my hubby can trim the ends in back for me.

Right now I have a decent one, the owner of a salon near me. But she isn't cheap, either. It may be time to let it grow again.

At 11:57 AM, Blogger Leslie said...

I recently learned a trick off the internet for trimming hair - but I think it only works for long hair (like mine)... so I'm not posting it to give all you short haired people a recipe for disaster.

I'll trim my hair, but I won't cut it.

At 12:06 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Your hair looks pretty nice in the pic, Kristin. If only we could all walk around with muted lighting, eh? haha...

At 12:48 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Ane, I'll be in line! Writers don't have time to do girly things, you know?

And Julie, I swear, I almost took a picture of myself this morning before I straightened it, but I am not THAT brave. It scares my kids even.

Ooh OCD person next to me in coffee shop cleaning off the table. Always enjoy that. LOL

Leslie, I'll take your word for it. My hair grows out, not down.

Oh and Ane, it was costing me $200 every five weeks!!! Then, they want a tip. HELLO?? Your tip is that I can't feed my kids this week.

At 12:59 PM, Blogger Michelle V said...

I don't have the nerve to cut my own hair and I'm so picky about who does cut it! Once I find someone I like, I won't go anywhere else. I've had this stylist for about 7 years and I hope she never quits! However, it's so expensive that I can't get it done as often as I would like!


At 1:00 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

We want an after pic!

At 4:22 PM, Blogger Betsy said...

I moved to a new state this summer and have yet to find a new stylist. I have thick curly hair that everyone wants to thin! Agh!!! It never looks better thinned. It simply looks thin and frizzy! I really really need a haircut, but I am terrified how it will look when I leave the salon.

I started doing my own color touch ups a few years ago. I found an all natural color from Europe that is easy to do and less chemically. I love highlights, but I am not brave enough to do them.

So on Friday I will attend my husband's work party with self-colored hair that is badly in need of a cut.

At 8:54 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Ooh Betsy, I'd love to know the name of the natural color! And where you get it. I saw Longs had a natural brand in their organic section.

At 12:02 AM, Blogger Betsy said...

I use Naturtint. I love that I can go anywhere right afterward b/c there is absolutely no smell. It lasts well and is only about $15 at Whole Foods. I simply got sick of putting so many chemicals on my hair.

At 12:07 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

My friend turned her hair green and no professional could get it out, so that always scared me about the natural stuff. She used Henna, but I think that's the same stuff you mentioned that I used from Long's. Unfortunately, I got it too dark, so I have to go lighter next time. : )

At 12:14 AM, Blogger Betsy said...

It may be henna. I would go look on the box, but my poor hubby is sleeping.

I buy a color that is one shade lighter than the color on my ends. I can't even call it my natural color b/c I have no idea what it is anymore. Isn't that sad! LOL

At 12:20 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Betsy, so sad, but so true. Sadly, I think my natural color is gray now. LOL


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