Hair today, gone tomorrow…

Evening everyone… I have just had the snip!!! Noooo not like that, I’m female remember! I’ve been for a hair cut. Nothing major, just a general tidy up and a trim! It made me think how it is quite an odd thing we regularly do – go to have parts of our body cut off by strangers. Yeh, yeh, I know it’s dead and we can’t feel it but it is a bit weird. Why do we even have hair? And I guess we have it growing everywhere, but thankfully not as long. I have a friend actually who gets a very long, freakishly long hair growing out of her arm. It’s very fine so she doesn’t really realise it until it has grown to a good few inches… very funny when she pulls it away from her arm and we can see how long it is!

After looking on my fountain of knowledge Wikipedia I have discovered (thought I was pretty sure this was why) that we have hair in order for heat insulation and to protect the skin. Obviously, that’s why animals have hair and fur etc and we don’t need as much these days (Wikipedia seems to think we have lost some due to lack of functionality) because we have the wonderful invention of clothes to serve this purpose. Isn’t it funny that everything we need, like hair and clothes, we turn into a fashion statement and have certain styles and colours. When really it is just to keep us warm and safe!

Hair has becomes something personal to us, to make us look a certain way. We choose the style and the colour (See my Ginger Rules post for a funny look at ginger haired folk) and the length. We have it up for sport or in a fancy do for formal occasions or have it hanging, long and swaying for everyday. Or some people choose (or not) to not have any!! Must get a bit chilly up there I think! Yes, it becomes a statement and I guess we get judged on it. If it is messy then we are thought of as being grubby and not taking care of ourselves, if it is unclean or greasy then we are thought of as dirty people. It really is a reflection of us because if it is shiny, healthy and strong then we are believed to be shiny, healthy and strong people.

Going to the hairdressers is always a nice experience I think. Half an hour of being pampered if you like. I always go to my hairdresser’s house. She has a little salon in her back garden, which is pretty cool. More of the personal touch. I go in, get put in a cape and get to talk about myself for the next twenty minutes (obviously I ask about my hairdresser and her life too!). I wonder if hairdressers get training on ‘small talk’ and how to use that skill in their work? It is important. The whole stereotype about hairdressers being ‘nosey’ and talking too much is a load of rubbish in my opinion. Some of my friends say that they would prefer if their hairdresser didn’t speak and they could just sit quietly as their long strands get chopped off. I would be deeply uncomfortable with this. I don’t like silence, not when I am around people anyway. Hairdressers should have the ability to ‘make chat’ and put their clients at ease. Mine does and I always enjoy the chat for a while. It’s all about customer service. Like in a shop, I like the sales assistant to acknowledge me at the very least and I would be happy with some small talk too… but obviously you are not with them as long as your hairdresser (unless you have bought the shop or they are very slow at working the till!)

So, I feel good now. Something about having your hair done that makes you feel good. Annoying thing is that I have nowhere to go this evening. You know how your hair never looks as good when you do it? Well mine doesn’t anyway and I always feel my post-hairdressers is wasted if I don’t go out anywhere afterwards! Hopefully, my boyfriend will notice at least… but bet you the cost of my next hair cut that he won’t 😉

Happy styling people and don’t be afraid to let go of some hair because it makes you feel good!

See you tomorrow,

XSXS

Ginger Rules

Good evening people!

Thought I would dedicate today’s post to my good ginger friend, as it is her birthday! She is very defensive about her hair colour and reinforces the  fact that it is ‘auburn’ every time we call it ginger – which we do all the more to wind her up naturally 😉

It got me thinking and wondering why there is such a stigma attached to people with ginger hair. It is still seen as so negative to have ginger hair and in our society they are victimised also. If it was taken as seriously as racism then people would be in trouble a lot! With nicknames like ‘gingernut’, ‘ginga’, ‘carrot top’ etc. I and I just don’t get it because it is a gorgeous, rich hair colour. And no I am not ginger and trying to defend my corner… I am brunette and can just see this from outside the hair circle.

People always say things like, ‘oooh I wouldn’t want my child to be ginger.’ Or ‘ooh she is pretty for a ginger,’ or ‘he is really fit – shame he is ginger!’ Which is just ridiculous – it’s a hair colour at the end of the day! I once dyed my hair ginger – by accident I must admit. I never lived it down for ages! It’s really silly because as I say, it is a nice colour and why don’t people dye it ginger? Blonde hair dye sales tend to go up as many gingers turn to that. But ‘blondes’ aren’t without their own stereotypes are they? Dumb, bimbos and all that. Think I’d rather be known as a fiery ginger!

My ginger friend (the one whose birthday it is today – because believe it or not I have quite a few 😉 ) told me that her ginger friend was on holiday the other week and had a funny story. Now I can’t remember where she said the holiday was now – I’ve just text her so I can tell you but seems she is having too much birthday fun! So I may be able to tell you in the comments later. Anyway, on holiday there was a bar that held a ‘ginger night’ once a week! Gingers would go from far and wide and other people (with a fetish for gingers maybe or just curious drinkers?) If someone pulled a ginger they would get a free shot! I thought this was hilarious! I made the point that if you were a ginger and pulled a ginger then surely you should get two shots? What a great way to get drunk! I wonder if the shots were all orange in colour like… whisky, erm… can’t think of anymore – orange vodka maybe? Cointreau has an orange flavour? And surely ginger beer has to be on offer! So if you see a bar like this then do go take a look.

I also discovered that there is a National ‘hit a ginger’ day on November 2oth. One for the diaries people! Honestly you can’t make this stuff up and it seems there is a ‘National’ day for everything!

There also seems to be rules that occur when you are a ginger, as if they don’t have enough to be concerned with. Like they shouldn’t wear red because it clashes with their locks or they can’t stay out in the sun too long because they tend to have very pale, sensitive skin… well I think they should be ginger and proud and wear red and stay in that sun and get redder if they choose!

Think of all the good ginger things out there, like gingerbread, cake, biscuits and the spice itself. Very warming and good for you – just like our ginger friends! So if you have a ginger friend then celebrate their uniqueness and take them to a bar for free shots… oh and maybe avoid them on Nov 20th 😉

If you have any funny ginger stories then let me know!

Some famous ginger faces to leave you with……

See you tomorrow,

XSXS