A Birthday Makeover

One year for my birthday, my friend Cathy paid for me to have my hair cut. I was working at Baskin Robbins at the time and people didn’t know exactly how long my hair was because I wore it in a bun every single day. My hair has always been thick and my mom used to hate brushing it for me because it would knot up really bad (and I hating brushing my hair when I was a kid).


After a while of wearing thick hair that reached my waist started giving me a constant head aches and a pain in my neck, I knew it was time to say goodbye to the hair. I mainly grew it out because I didn’t have the money to get it professionally cut and I also wanted to be able to donate quite a bit of hair to Locks of Love. Cathy paid for a cut but anything color and whatever else I wanted done, I would have to pay for it. That was perfectly fine to me.

This was not the first time I had cut off a huge length of hair. I did that one time when I was in high school when it started bothering my head and neck. I don’t think most people realize how heavy hair can get. My mom has even done something like this a number of times before she just kept it very short.

I walked into the salon and looked through the books on the table to pick out something that I really liked and would be easy to maintain and would still be able to pull it back for work. I picked out a style I liked and the stylist asked if that was what I really wanted. Yes it was. Trust me. I had Cathy take the before picture with my camera and I sat in the girl’s chair. She tied my hair in a ponytail just below my shoulders and asked if I was ready. That got the attention of everyone in the salon. Yep I was more than ready. She took a deep breath and started cutting. People around me gasped and I breathed a sigh of relief as my head fell forward as the weight was finally taken off my head. I didn’t have her style it really but wanted to see how my hair would react to being short for the first time in over three years since I had cut it last.

After - from the back

Later on I measured my ponytail. Braided, it measured 22 inches so if it hadn’t been braided I’m pretty sure it was well over two feet of hair that I had cut off. My hair had always been kind of straight without a much of a natural curl. I had wavy hair but not curly. Ever since this day, my hair will really curl if the humidity is high and I just let my hair dry naturally. AS much as I wanted really curly hair as a kid, now that I have curl to my hair I tend to straighten it. Who knew?

Why did I choose this as a Flashback you might wonder? I decided before we rang in the new year that I would celebrate the beginning of this year with a makeover to myself. I have made myself over (somewhat) mentally and now it’s time for the physical transformation. My hair is not as long as I used to let it be but I do plan on growing it out again. I just need to make sure I get it thinned every now and then to avoid the heaviness of having thick hair. I will be changing the color though and I plan on going darker than most people would think I’d ever go. I promise it won’t be black. I’m going to make the best of 2011.



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2 thoughts on “A Birthday Makeover

  1. Holy, crap. Courtney, that is some seriously LONG HAIR. Its so crazy, to think of how heavy that would be. I had thick hair as a child, but since having 3 kids, my hair has thinned out to be next to nothing. I envy your thick gorgeous hair.

  2. Have fun with your new look!! 🙂 I’ve had long hair and short hair – it’s fun either way but that is some SERIOUSLY long hair. Maybe you can find more of a layered style for when you grow it out again.

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