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Annual Haircut, 2015 Edition

At some point last year, I stopped cutting my hair. Or I stopped getting someone else to cut my hair, rather. I stopped cutting my own hair after the great ‘Fringe’ debacle of 2011, and I’m pleased to say I have not been tempted to ruthlessly hack into my own hair again since then. Well, not so far, anyway.

Not only have I not been cutting my own hair, though, I haven’t been getting anyone else to cut it either. For, oooh, probably about six months now? Longer? Actually, I think it’s maybe closer to 7 moths. Or eight. Or… oh, who knows. It wasn’t a conscious decision to stop getting those regular trims that all those beauty magazines, and every hair stylist you’ve ever met, says you should be having every six weeks, or else your ends will split so badly you’ll end up having to shave your head. No, I just kinda of… stopped. I always intended to get a trim, but then there would be something else I wanted more, or I would convince myself that I was FAR too busy to fit it in (Even although I blatantly wasn’t…), and, well, here I am, many months later, with my hair almost touching my waist at the back, and people, it IS DRIVING ME INSANE.

Well, it WAS driving me insane. It’s not any more, because – SPOILER ALERT – this week I decided I couldn’t stand it a second longer, so I called up my friend Caroline (who is a stylist, I hasten to add), and she came round and cut almost four inches off it.


It’s one of those changes that feels absolutely HUGE to me (Because, well, it’s my hair…), but which other people probably won’t even notice unless I point it out to them. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that as long as your hair is longer than shoulder-length, say, most people won’t actually notice HOW long it actually is: they’ll still see LONG HAIR, which means that unless your hair is literally long enough to sit on, you can chop 4 – 5″ off, without it really changing your look. So that’s what I did, and I’m really pleased with it: it feels much thicker and healthier now, so I’m telling myself I’m going to try not to leave it so long until the next cut, but, you know, I probably will, because I’m like that.

Other than that, it’s been one of those weird weeks in which nothing much happened, but I still felt like I didn’t have enough time, and constantly struggling to fit everything in. This makes absolutely no sense, but it seems to happen quite a lot, and makes me feel all cranky and disorganised and out of control. I think I might have to go and clean the house from top to bottom to calm myself down. That always works.

One of the things I’ve been trying to fit in is exercise:

back on the treadmill

Yeah, I’m back on the treadmill. Again. For what has to be the eleventeenth “fresh start” of the year so far. I’m annoying even myself now, seriously. The current fresh start has been motivated by new new Fitbit Flex, which I’ll be writing a more detailed post on soon (So THAT’S something to look forward to, hey?), but suffice to say that looking at my Fitbit friends list and seeing that my 73-year-old mother-in-law is totally kicking my ass in the activity stakes has been something of a wake-up call, and this week I’ve been running, walking, and generally trying to get off my ass more often and actually move around. We’ll see how THAT goes.

Other than that? I got nothing, folks. It’s been that kind of a week, so rather than keep banging on about all the things I DIDN’T do, I’ll stop right there. Before you go, my next newsletter features some previously unpublished outfit photos, so don’t forget to sign up below if you haven’t heard enough from me already this week!

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  • Annual Haircut, 2015 Edition

    May 9, 2015
  • “My 73 year old mother in-in-law kicking my ass” 🙂

    May 9, 2015
  • I am exactly the same about haircuts. It’s got to the point now where my hairdresser doesn’t even look surprised when I rock up about 10 months after the last cut and she even, bless her, tries to pretend like it’s normal. The gaps are so large we miss entire holidays, so I end up having to give her a summary of two or three each time (why do they always ask about them?!). If you’ve got long, mostly one length hair though, it just seems a waste of money going more regularly than that! There’s dresses to buy, after all… I’ve got so good at cutting my fringe now that when I say to my hairdresser ‘neaten up the mess I’ve clearly made of it’ the last couple of times she’s looked at it and then not cut anything, as I’ve managed to master fringe cutting through all the practice. I’ve even started to thin it myself now! But, the feeling of getting some inches lopped off when things have got a bit out of hand is still a good one… And agree that while you think you’re virtually bald, no one else EVER notices!

    May 9, 2015
  • Trudy


    I have long hair which I cut myself. After a couple of first goes which ended up slightly wonky, I have gotten good enough at it that nobody would probably guess that I do it myself. I don’t have a complicated style, just long one-length like yours, so I figure why shell out dollars for something I can do at home? I always get someone to check it’s straight though.

    May 9, 2015
  • I love my Fibit (I got the charge). It’s unbelievable how motivating it is and how obsessed I’ve got with reaching my goals. My 60-something aunt is beating me this week though, so looks like I’ve got to work harder.
    Look forward to reading about how you get on with yours 🙂

    May 9, 2015
  • Selina


    I don’t see the point of trimming hair every few weeks. How is it supposed to grow?

    May 11, 2015
  • I had my hair cut last week after nine months of not touching it. It may seem like it got chopped off to me, but everyone else can’t remember how long it really was – that is usually how it happens for me too. It does feel good to have it healthy looking and less frizzed out at the ends, so I’m happy about that.

    May 15, 2015