It’s done; I am well and truly grey.
Some might prefer to say silver – I am ok with either – the point is it’s hard to turn back now.
Even if I wanted to and were brave enough, how would I choose the colour? You see I suddenly understood it is just as difficult coming back from the brink as it is taking the plunge. I appreciate that for many of you going through the process it can seem like the hair will never look decent, never get there. It does take time and it requires patience, lots of patience.
Like what we choose to wear, our hair is the same and I appreciate not everyone likes or wants to wear their hair grey. Some days I wonder what on earth I have done and others I feel a sense of total liberation. Now I am at the point of no return because all colour has been cut out and it is just me with whatever comes my way.
That’s where I am at right now and in another year I might want to add a little something. Who knows? Never say never.
I’m wearing my hair longer and longer which also means I’m wearing it tied up or pinning it up. The days it hangs are few and far between, partly because the yoga kills the blow dry and more importantly when it is long it needs to look slick. Long, grey and dishevelled are not a winning combination on me. I need a sharp cut and killer blow-dry far more frequently.
I have re-discovered barrettes and how to use them.
There are barrettes and then there are barrettes. There are tricks to a good hairclip and after years of buying and trying, I have it nailed. A not-so-interesting skill but if you have more than a cropped cut, a good barrette can come in handy.
Here is what I know,
A good barrette needs decent length so the thicker the hair, the longer the clip for a successful hold.
The backing is everything for not only holding the hair but also for durability. How many clips are poorly glued and the back comes off first wear? When I buy a clip I make sure the backing is strong and can be fastened easily. The fine backs – like a hairpin- don’t last, however pretty.
Either place the barrette high, like mine in picture two – you can see it peeking through – or lower and leave the bulk of the hair on the crown, as in picture one. The weight of my hair is underneath the ponytail so the clip isn’t too stressed. It’s the same principle when the clip is worn high; the volume is left on the crown not straining the barrette.
Any kind of bun or twist is easy to achieve if the wider style barrette is used for the initial holding. It allows a softness and fullness an elastic doesn’t.
I like experimenting with my hair, I have had every colour imaginable, so now that phase has passed hairdos here I come. xv
Fasten The Barrette
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