… is how often hairdressers recommend you get a haircut.
How often do I go? Four – six months if my stylist has her way. Longer if I can distract her from seeing my split ends. I actually didn’t go for almost a year when I was abroad. She was not happy when I showed up at her doorstep with dark roots and 10 months worth of split ends.
The thing is, my stylist is my cousin. And I don’t mean ‘oh, my cousin likes to do hair for fun, so I let her experiment on me.’ I mean, she’s got a natural flair, she’s a professional, she’s FAB! She knows just what colors to place throughout your head to both suit the season and minimize the oncoming dark roots — that I inevitably have a lot of considering my sporadic appts. With that said, maybe she’s too good for her own good. Maybe if my roots were more obvious, it’d push me to go more often? Either way, she gets paid a lot of money to pamper her upscale Long Islander following.
But even if she absolutely sucked at doing hair, I would never trade my hair appts for anything.
I never really understood the stereotype of the ‘hairdresser/client gossip bond’ until I started going to her. I never got why people divulged their personal life to someone they don’t know as anything but a reflection in the mirror once every four – six weeks.
But now I get it.
I think my sudden need for a haircut — when I suddenly one morning have a frustrating blow out and go from not caring to needing one instantaneously — is partially to do with a need to see, share and bond with my cousin.
One of the most caring, selfless, non-critical and funniest people I know, she really is the perfect hairdresser for any gossipy client. (Oh, and did I mention she doesn’t charge me?)
Our hair appts are sometimes professional in which I go to her salon and get foiled, rinsed and washed in a flurry by a combination of her and her girlfriends. And other times, like today, we hang out at her apt with pizza and a bottle of wine. (She promised to cut before the 2nd glass.)
And although it may be because of the 4 inches of dead ends she cut off and the red wine, both my head and my mind feel a lot lighter as a result.
Maybe it’s not the haircut we need every 4 to 6 weeks, but the girly bonding time.
Thanks hun! (I’ve gotten loads of compliments already!)