Before you read this post…you must sign this waiver:
I, ______________ , understand that Laura will be showing us pictures of her very own hair cutting procedure, such as it is. Some should not try this at home…or in anyone else’s home…or in any other location that is not a home. I recognize that Laura is slightly crazy and that if I cut my own hair I will also be considered slightly crazy. I acknowledge that if I do cut my own hair after reading this post, and I am not happy with the results…Laura @ HeavenlyHomemakers is in no way responsible and should therefore not receive pitiful emails from me. Furthermore, the following post shall reveal several embarrassing pictures of Laura, and I hitherto promise to only laugh a little bit and shall refrain from rolling upon the floor and receiving a side ache with the hilarity of the pictures.
Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way…we shall commence with the showing of the pictures and explanation of the hair cut.
I have no idea why I’m feeling brave enough to show you this. Oh, yes…I know why. Because last week I mentioned that I cut all of my boys hair and my husband’s hair and my own hair…and MANY of you wanted to know more about how I do my own….since it’s on my own head.
I thought about writing this explanation for how I cut my own hair: “Beats me.” Because really…I don’t have a clue what I’m doing. But then I figured surely I could give a little bit of a better explanation than that.
I started doing this about seven years ago when my first two boys were little bitty and I was pregnant with our third. Getting out of the house for a hair appointment was very hard…or maybe I was just too lazy to make it work. Either way…I just figured I could try doing it myself and that if I totally messed it up…then I could make it a priority to find someone to stay with the kids while I went in to have it fixed.
And so it’s been for seven years. Hey, where else can you have a hair cut at 10:00 at night in your pajamas?
So, I’ve been needing to trim my hair for several weeks…and your response from last week’s post made me jump into gear and finally get it done.
Remember…I told you that really, I don’t know what I’m doing. I just play with it and have fun with it and see what I come up with. Obviously I don’t have too big of an obsession with having great hair, or this wouldn’t work for me. But, I figure as long as it is sorta decent and easy to fix…I’m okay.
But here’s the thing. In my excitement to cut my hair and show you pictures I got a bit carried away. Perhaps we could say that I gave myself a summer hair cut this time. Truly, I did have a lot of dead ends that needed to be taken off. But, um…I don’t think my hair has ever been this short. <ehem> I don’t really like it this short…but hey, it’ll grow back, right?
Anyway…here are a few shots that I had Asa (bless his heart) take of me while I was cutting my hair a few days ago.
Here, I had brushed it all forward in preparation for the cut. Asa says to me, “Really Mom? You want me to take THIS picture for your blog? With you looking like that?” I don’t know what his point was. I mean, I think it’s one of the best pictures I’ve ever seen of myself.
I usually start with the bottom layers and then move “up”. So, I use a big clip to hold up the top part of my hair. In order to cut the back of my hair, I just pull it forward at my neck. It mostly, sorta works so that I can see what I’m doing. Again, Asa says, “Okay, a picture with your hair all up in that clip like that, with that weird piece all fuzzy at the top?” (And he shrugs and takes the picture…then takes another one closer up so that you can really see the piece of fuzzy at the top…see below.)
After you’ve admired the fuzzy piece a while, you might notice that it looks like I’m chopping off a huge chunk of hair right at the top. I wasn’t though. I was actually just barely clipping it to kind of get a tapered look around my face. If only I was ambidextrous, that part would be much easier.
I keep a trash can on top of the sink as I clip, in hopes of catching at least some of the hair in it while I cut. As you can see…I had a bit of cleaning up to do when I was finished. And I won’t even show you what the floor looked like.
Now, I will show you my finished hair cut. But seriously…I am NOT very photogenic and I was trying to take pictures of myself because no one else was available (except Malachi, and that wasn’t working either). So, I’m sorry if you take one look at this picture and gasp at my bug-eyedness and lack of make-up. And at how much hair I chopped off. Yikes!
Anyway…I cut it shorter than I meant to, but it’ll grow back and be just about right in about a month and a half.
And there you have it. A bit about how I cut my own hair. If you do decide to try this at home…remember that you signed the waiver. Don’t forget the waiver. I’m sure you’ll do great and I’m sure your “after picture” will be tons better than mine…but just in case you are not entirely pleased with your new “do”…I am not to be held responsible. (Although I would love to see your “after picture”.)
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