Tuesday, September 12, 2017

New Hair (And I Actually Do Care)

Oh Hi!

As you can tell, I have new hair! And I'm so extremely happy with it!
I went to Studio Tomi Yrjänä and got my hair done by Carmine. This is the first time I've ever been to a salon, before I've just gone to those private hairdressers that have a room in their house (now that I'm writing that I'm aware it sounds creepy) set up for hairdressing. I was quite nervous, but very ready for a change. I've been thinking about getting my hair dyed again since the last time I got it dyed was when I was 15. That's 4 years ago now.
I booked my appointment last week, just telling people I was going to get a trim and nothing else. Well, I PRANKED YOU. I booked an appointment for cut and colour, and then I started googling inspiration. I kind of knew I wanted a reddish brown, but at the same time nothing too dark. 
When I sat down in the chair to chat to Carmine, I told him I didn't really know what colour I wanted. We chatted a little and I showed him a picture of a girl with hair that I really liked and he took it from there. I told him I trust him to do what he knows will look good and that's how we got here. AND I'M SO HAPPY. I can't stop touching my hair and I can't stop looking at myself in the mirror (how vain of me).
I was at the salon from 12:45pm to 3:45pm so it took a good 3 hours, but it was a relaxing 3 hours as well. He started off by trimming my ends because I needed it. I had asked him how much he would want to trim off to get rid of all my split ends but that was way too much so we settled on only a few centimetres. It still feels a lot shorter but it feels so much healthier and I'm going to have to search for a lot longer to find a split end. 
I have to say, Carmine is the hairdresser I've looked for my whole life. He understood curly hair and he did things exactly how I wanted them done without me even telling him (like cutting the hair with the scissors pointing upwards so it's not cut straight across). I've found someone who completely understands me and my hair and now I'm sad because I'm moving to England and he's in Finland. As a friend suggested, I might just have to fly to Finland every time I need to get my hair done.

I think my hair to me is really important, it's part of my identity, just because of the fact that I have curly hair. As a curly-haired girl I've heard a lot of "wow, is that your natural hair?", "Is it naturally that curly?" and "oh I wish I had naturally curly hair!" and sometimes it's all people really notice about me. I think that's why I'm always so scared when I go to the hairdressers, because if they cut it wrong or do anything a way I don't want them to, I'm scared that I won't look like me.
I've also been on a journey to learn to love my hair, just because of the fact that it's curly. I remember in elementary and middle school, how much I hated my curly hair. When I was 12 or 13 years old I asked for a hair straightener for my birthday and I got one. From that on until I was 15 I religiously straightened my hair, because I didn't want to stick out or draw attention to my curly hair.
But in 9th grade (when I was 15) I just stopped caring, and went on a journey to start loving my curly hair. And since then I've discovered that there's a lot of things to love about curly hair. So let me list you a few:

1. It's never electric. I love when my straight-haired friends have been complaining about their hair standing up because of electricity and I'm just there like:
Minding my own business.

2. You can have every day curls, fancy curls and FANCY STRAIGHT HAIR. What do straight-haired girls do when they have prom or something like that? They curl their hair. What can I do? STRAIGHTEN IT. Or curl it. Or leave it natural.

3. No big knots. This might just be my hair type so don't quote me on this, but my hair is full of tiny knots (as in literally two hairs getting curled together a little too tight making a tiny knot), but nothing that bothers me. I've never in my ENTIRE LIFE suffered from a major knot that has taken hours to untangle (except that time I got chewing gum stuck in my hair but that happens no matter what hair type you have).

4. Volume. No matter what. Have you ever seen me with no volume in my hair when I've had it naturally curly? I don't think so. Curly hair = volume. No flat hair days ever.

5. Endless compliments. As I said, sometimes all people notice about me is my curly hair and it brings a lot of compliments. I'll take the compliments and up my confidence please and thank you.

Curly hair is just all around awesome (okay I'm lying but right now we're focusing on the positive) and I'm so sad that I spent all those years straightening it and trying to kill the curls. But I'm happy my curls didn't disappear.

I know lots of curly-haired girls grow up hating their hair and straightening it every day of their lives, simply because that's the norm. But you don't have to be the normal, you can stand out and that's totally fine. Also, if anyone ever tells you they wouldn't want curly hair, know that they secretly envy you and want to cut your hair off to wear it themselves. Anyone who says that they've never wanted curly hair is lying because everyone, at some point in their life, has told me that they want curly hair. 
Rock your hair girl, it looks great♥

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