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New chi-chi hairdo = Procrastination Payoff!

January 9th, 2008 at 12:23 pm

Yesterday evening I got a chi-chi hairdo at a fancy salon for only the 2nd time in my life. The first time was about 30 years ago, when my mom took my badly-in-need-of-a-confidence-boost-adolescent-self to a nice salon for a Tony Tenille style cut. At all other times, I've either let a family member (mom, sister, husband) cut it, or have gone to an inexpensive chain salon. For the past many years I've just let my hair grow long, and then once in awhile I'd get some whacked off for free at one of the chain salons to send to Locks of Love. Thanks to good hair genetics, I only rarely get a grey hair, so I plan on continuing donating as long as I can.

I've been overdue for a cut, but hadn't had any luck finding a place that would cut my hair for free. I was thinking about letting DH just cut it and mailing the hair off myself. But as luck would have it, my proscratination paid off and I found out that a fancy-schmancy salon here in Austin was giving free haircuts for Locks of Love donors! I went in yesterday and told the very nice young man who cut my hair that he could do anything he wanted with my hair as long as it was age-appropriate, that could be "wash & go" (no styling or product required), and that he left me enough so that it will be long enough to put up in a pony tail when the weather gets hot. I got a nice shampoo, conditioning treatment, cut that took what seemd to me a really long time (much longer than the usual 5 or 6 snips I'm used to), and professional styling with blowdrying. For me, all of this was a real luxury!!! [I know some people treat themselves to something like this often, and I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that, but for me things are much more special & appreciated when they only an occasional thing ... As in once every 30 years!]

What I thought was really cool was that my hair is thick enough the stylist decided he could do 2 ponytails, which means that the hair cut yesterday will make hairpieces for two kids. And he was able to cut off a whopping 14-1/2 inches. Yes - Proscrastination does pay sometimes, and not only for me!

Of course, I tipped the nice young man generously ($5 --- I hope that's generous --- Come to think of it I don't know what the going rate is!) since he did such a nice job. And I had to drive to the salon, but it was right by Costco so I made up a list before I went and did a Costco run to make the trip more cost-effective. All in all, I'd say it was money well spent.

Oh ... In case you're wondering what the new 'do looks like, think Diane Keaton without the highlights when she uses less styling product:

And do I plan to keep getting my hair cut at fancy salons? Naw ... Not unless I can get another free cut. But it sure was fun.

6 Responses to “New chi-chi hairdo = Procrastination Payoff!”

  1. miclason Says:

    Congratulations on the new 'do!

  2. Ima saver Says:

    That was nice. I haven't been in over 35 years either.

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Wow, you must have had some long hair to make a donation (2 of them dues to thickness!) and still have that much left!

  4. MariRDH Says:

    Way to go! A great new haircut for $5 and you get to feel good knowing that your hair is making someone else happy. What a fantastic day! Smile

  5. Brooke Says:

    Okay, I don't know how I missed this but where was this haircut? And are you in Austin? I am trying to find some place to get my hair cut free in Austin. I would really apprecciate a pointer in the right direction!

  6. scfr Says:

    Hey Brooke - It was Avant Salon. They have downtown & northwest locations. Their web site is http://www.avantsalon.com/ and the Locks of Love donation / free haircut info is right on the home page. You'll need to get at least 10 inches cut off for the donation to qualify for the free cut. It's only for the month of Jan and only 3 days a week (Tues, Wed, Thurs) so you might want to get an appointment scheduled. Enjoy the luxury treatment!

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