Salon Surprise!

I've had the same husband for eleven years next month. And in that eleven years (actually in the thirteen total that we've been together), I can count on one hand the times he's done something romantic. This doesn't mean he doesn't show me he loves me - it's just that, well, he's not that romantic of a guy. Grand chick-flick-type gestures aren't his "thing." And when he does try to add some romance to my life, it's often a little misguided, God love him.

But sometimes the stars align just right. Or maybe it's a wild hair. Either way, Curtis came home two days ago and took me completely by surprise, handing me a flat red box wrapped with a white ribbon. Inside was what I can only describe as the biggest romantic gesture in nearly a decade (seriously): a gift certificate to a salon and spa!

I nearly had to scoop my jaw off the floor with a spatula, y'all.

My mind raced. Was it my birthday? Our anniversary? Do people typically give presents for St. Patrick's Day or something? No. With amazement, I realized that this was one of those mythical "just because" gifts I've always heard about.*

*Although it may or may not have come on the day following an epic rant wherein I dramatically tipped over the laundry basket and moaned how much I hate it and how I spend all my damn time doing laundry and nobody even notices or cares so long as they have clean clothes and how it's such a crappy thankless task.

** Or maybe it's just his subtle way of telling me that I look funky and would I please please do something about it. Whatever.

Point is, it was incredibly sweet of him. So tomorrow - Friday - I have an appointment to get an awesome haircut, just like I was talking about the other day.

Except ... I'm not sure exactly what an awesome haircut is. Because I wouldn't know a trend if it came up and bit me.

I usually leave it in the capable hands of the stylist, but this time I wouldn't mind going in with at least some sort of idea of what I'd like. It's much like the rare occasion when I go to a bar and cryptically ask the bartender to "make me something fruity" just because I don't know what specifically to ask for: mildly dorky and embarrassing. Problem is, when I Googled "haircut trends 2011" earlier this morning, I ended up on a site that said things like this:

"A kindred fashionable half-updo filum testament engage you with the advisable accoutrement to hands your buckram or semi-formal attendance."

Um ...?

Anyway, I need some help from readers with good hair (you're looking awfully pretty today ...). Do you have a style that you love? Tips? Suggestions? Anything?

Help a sista - and her hair - out!

14 comments:

  1. Just don't get the original Bieber.

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  2. What a sweet guy! Regardless of the reason, the thoughtful gift was really nice. Have fun at the spa! I have no help for a style. I just rely on my stylist, too.

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  3. That's freakin awesome!!! I just Google Image hairstyles and go from there. Right now I am a Mariska Hargitay from 2008. : ) Good luck!

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  4. I don't usually bring pictures in. I just look for a decent hairstylist and tell them I want a new look. If they're fairly young and professional, generally they attending hairshows/conventions on a regular basis. That way they're up to date with the latest trends/colours/products etc. Be experimental, it's hair. It will grow back unless you're going for chemo or have some hormonal issues. Also go with something not complicated to style/maintenance.

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  5. thin your hair, get some long layers with some face framing layers. that way you can still put it up and back (essential for moms) but if you ever feel like having it down, it has a good cut to it.

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  6. Whatever haircut you get, some subtle highlights are a way to make it look fresher. As a mom without a lot of time or money, though, let me tell you: don't forget to tell the hairstylist that you want SUBTLE highlights that will grow out well. Those funky chunky ones might look great, but they also grow out horribly and I don't have time to keep going back to the hairstylist to redo them. I got a gift card and some subtle highlights a few months ago, though, and they looked great and are now growing out so gracefully that you can't tell where that dreaded "line" is. :) Whatever you choose to do, have fun and enjoy yourself!

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  7. I just got mine cut today! I cut tons off and it is above the shoulder now w/layers. Not sure how short you're wanting to go.

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  8. I love my hair. It's super short, almost pixie-ish. My husband jokes that I look like a boy, but then generally comments on my boobs, so I know he doesn't really care. And if I do it *just right* it totally is the Beiber look, but generally, I use things like headbands or clips to make it super duper cute. And when I am in a hurry, I just throw some pomade into it, shake it around and do the bed head look.

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  9. At the hairdressers yesterday I was reading the latest fashion in hair is "boho" which apparently is kinda long and messy. Ummm does that help?

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  10. What a great hubby! He deserves a hug! Although, as a guy, he's probably hoping for more... ;)

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  11. Aw, that is so great! I'm not one to give hair advice. I'm always scared shitless to try anything new!

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  12. I know I am too late checking in but had to say I wouldn't have helped you as it was.... with exception of growing out my bangs I have had my hair basically the same way for 30 years. Whenever I try to change it just doesn't work. I am looking forward to hearing how you like your new look.

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  13. I'm no help. I think I'm still rocking the Rachel, circa 1993.

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  14. This had me LOL-ing! At any rate, what a sweet gesture! Random acts of kindness are some of the best!

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