My Hair Story
I was inspired to write this post, after reading Investing Newbie’s own hair story.
My hair story is not nearly as dramatic or exciting as her’s, but here it is.
As a toddler, both my parents worked, and my dad was often the one to bathe me. So after every bath, he would also comb my hair (I had a lot of hair!), to a similar style of his own. His style kind of looked like what Andy Lau has below. Imagine my hair styled as such, and wearing the boy clothing hand me downs. I was a really cute little boy.
When I was about 3 years old, my mom was the one who styled my hair. I had long hair and it was usually in pigtails or two braids. She told me that she used to have to chase me down to comb out tangles in my hair after my bath, and tie them up so I didn’t get stuff stuck in it.
When I was about 4 years old, my best friend (at the time) got her hair cut to chin length. Of course, I had to copy her, and my dad helped me chop off my tresses and I was left with the bowl cut. I’m sure a lot of Asian kids are very familiar with this cut.
After my parents had my two sisters, we all got this bowl cut from my dad. My mom made up a rule that we couldn’t grow our hair until we were 10 years old. (I think this was because she would not have enough energy to chase my 2 sisters and I down to comb our hair and tie it up). And so, I had the bowl haircut right until I turned 10. After that, I grew my hair for as long as it would grow. After all, I had to make up for lost time, right? 😉
My hair grew almost past my back by the time I was in grade 6. I started trimming my hair to be about mid back length in grade 7 – 8.
My hair is super straight, fine and I had a lot of it. I tried a few times to braid my hair before going to sleep when it was wet so that it would be “curly” the next day. No matter how much product I put in it, by noon, my hair was straight again.
In high school and the first few years of university, my hair length got a little shorter, and varied between shoulder length to mid back. A friend of mine helped me put highlights in it, and I dyed my hair once. Dyeing my hair was probably the most damaging thing I had done to my hair, ever. This was terrible for my hair, and completely dried my hair. At the worst of it, the ends of my hair reminded me of straw!
I moved to Boston for an internship, and that was when I took the bob plunge. I wasn’t going into the salon wanting a bob, but I gave them free reins with my hair. They gave me a really chic bob and I loved it. It completely suited my hair, and my hair always fell in the most perfect way that I never had to style it. (Yay for laziness!)
After that my hair has always been about shoulder length or shorter. I have a stylist I’ve been seeing for the past two years, and his cuts are amazing. They usually last me about 3 – 4 months, and grow out nicely. I love that he can cut my hair so that I can spend zero time on styling my hair in the morning without looking like I just rolled out of bed.
After being in my hair relationship for the 26 years of my life, I have come to terms with my hair. I have accepted that my hair will always be straight and thin. I will never have curls and waves, and I’m OK with that. (But if I really want them, I can get it styled for the day.)
I prefer to have my hair cut at a medium – short length. I like to air dry my hair, and I do not use any styling products. I still shampoo my hair everyday, even though I have tried to stop. I also make an apple cider vinegar with lavender oil rinse that I use once a week to make sure my hair stays nice and shiny. My goals is to put minimal stuff in my hair.
This is how I had my hair last year, and I just got it cut in a similar style.
Current annual cost to maintain my hair:
Haircut $70 (including tip) x 3 – 4 = $210 – 280
Shampoo $6.99 x 2 (plus tax) = $15.79
Apple cider vinegar and lavender rinse = $6 ish
What’s your hair story? Feel free to leave a comment or write a post and link back!