I know not everyone celebrates their Hair-iversary but this one is a BIG one! It was life-changing and freeing. On the May 24th weekend, one year ago, I decided to face a fear and make a big change in my appearance. We were well into our 1st Covid lockdown and hair dressers were closed. I had usually maintained my short hair style with a trim and colour every 5 weeks but that routine was then on hold indefinitely. My now not-so-short hair had lost its style and my grey roots were in well over an inch. Can you relate?
If you are anything like me, you’ve toyed with the idea of going grey for several years now. My hairdresser had always advised me that going grey would age me. I was made to believe that working in an industry that celebrates youth and vitality would affect my image and my business if I embraced the grey. This was the old Kim listening!
However, if you know me, I tend to be an all or nothing type of person so sporting the “in transition” look indefinitely was not my ‘style’. I had researched the best ways to go grey and the idea of letting my natural grey color grow in gradually seemed like a process that could take quite a while. How could I transition when I wanted it now?
On that May 2-4 long weekend I thought, this is the NEW Kim. She’s bold and fearless and no one is going to take her vitality away! So, I bought a new set of clippers, studied some YouTube videos on cutting your own hair and took the plunge. In less than 10 minutes, I had shaved my head and was left with an inch of my natural grey hair covering my head.
Do I have any regrets? Absolutely not. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself.
Was it hard? Yes and no. Summoning up the courage to take the 1st sweep with the clippers was hard but once I did that, there was no turning back.
What was the biggest thing to get used to? Looking at myself in the mirror for the 1st week. I did not recognize myself at first but I soon got used to my new look. And you know what, I quickly saw that my grey hair actually made me look younger!!!
Was I afraid of what people would say? Yes. I hesitated going out in public for the first couple of weeks not knowing what people’s response would be. And, you know what….most people did not seem to notice (or if they did, they did not say anything) and those who did say something were very positive.
Do I advise other women to do this? Each woman must follow her own heart. If she listens to her inner voice, she’ll know what she wants and needs to do.
o, the moral of this story is change can be scary, uncertain and can take time to get used to. But once you allow yourself to settle in and get used to your “new look”, there will be no turning back.