For the first time since January 2013, I got my hair cut.  I started growing it own from my very short cut in fall 2012 then had it cut in January to help it lay better.  I finally took the plunge and scheduled an appointment for a new ‘do.  Why did I wait so long?  First off, I was afraid I’d get in the chair, give an exasperated sigh and say, “Just cut it all off!” and secondly, I’ve had many a bad haircut in my day.  I don’t trust many scissors-wielders to navigate my hair type and cowlicks.

But after searching around on Yelp for stylists in my area and doing a little research for salons that offered cruelty free brands, I made an appointment with Annie.  She was so patient and understanding about all my questions, complaints about my hair type, and my “want list” for the new style.

She started by doing a center part during the cut so I can now part my hair on either side.  This is helpful because I have a massive cowlick at my front hairline that makes my forehead appear larger.  I’m not a fan of it.  So Annie cut my hair in a way that will let me train a part on the other side.

Next up was my request for a style that could be blown out straight or worn curly.  We went with medium layers and a product list to try.  Did you know that styling products begin in the shower?  Wearing hair straight requires different shampoo and conditioner than wearing it curly.  You better believe I’ll be making a trip to Sephora soon as my shower is lacking in curly hair care.

And lastly, I specifically requested to not have a “mom cut.” I know, I’m a mom.  But I like to think of myself as an individual too so I wanted a cut that can still be glamorous, fun, or just plain easy.

  And you know what? Annie got it exactly right.


Switching the part to my left side means my bangs now lay across my forehead making it appear shorter – something I really appreciate.


The length of the layers now make my jawline appear a bit narrower.  I even feel like I look younger, which is not something I was going for. But it could also be that my hair was dried with less volume than I typically give it, so time will tell.


Overall, I’m very pleased with the result.  Annie told me my hair is very shiny and rather healthy which was reassuring because I thought I had no idea what I was doing all this time.  She also said the hair at my hairline is very stubborn, as are my ends.  I’m glad it’s not just me who finds it difficult to force them straight!  With a new style and a list of products to try, you can expect more hair tutorials and looks this spring.  Be sure to let me know if there is anything in particular you would like to learn more about.

When is the last time you changed your haircut?  Was it something drastic like bangs or more subtle like varying the layers?