My New Year 2013 Beauty Resolution: a confessional

Tuesday January 1, 2013 by Claire


My name is Claire, and for 2013 I resolve to Stop Cutting My Own Hair.

Some people experiment for fun while others rebel with punkish pique against personal and societal expectations.  For years my excuse was that the mister and I were broke students living off of love and Ramen noodles. 

That was a long time ago, and yet I still occasionally feel the urge to trim a little of this or chop a little of that. This is when I pull out my photographic evidence of haircuts past and remind myself that some things really should be left to the professionals.

For example:

 
(left) Big Bangs: they would have been even bigger if I could have convinced my mother to let me have a layered mullet with bangs that both hung deep into my lower lash line and towered above them à la Jon Bon Jovi.  I don't have his bone structure though.

(right) Home highlights: in my early 20s I discovered hair colour.  Thanks to such role models as Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, platinum blonde and streaky platinum blonde were the only two choices. So were overplucked eyebrows, but hey - all the cool kids were doing it.

I seriously contemplated The Jennifer, though I ultimately went with Lisa Kudrow's longer layered look for a while (a particularly bad choice for which the photographic evidence has mysteriously gone missing). 

Eventually we started a family.  So obviously, I had to chop all my hair off immediately.


(left) The Maria Von Trapp: I was fully unaware of my striking resemblance to Julie Andrews at this point, but in fairness we were living right near the Austria border at the time and I might well have taken it as a compliment.

(right) The Meg Ryan: okay, I lied.  This haircut is actually a grown-out version of The Kate Gosselin. At least I had finally discovered eyebrow pencil (though not how to use it properly).

My hair sins don't end there.  I also sported The Sister Wife (waist length blunt cut pulled back at the crown in a tortoise barrette) and The Accidental Ombre (result of trying to fix a bad home hair colour with even more bad home hair colour), but we want to keep this hair-fessional lighthearted, don't we?  

I've been faithful to my current cut and colour for a few years now, but it's not uncommon that old acquaintances will greet me with a semi-confused: "Wow, Claire, I hardly recognized you!" 

I'm pretty sure it's kindly meant.

I know I'm not alone in my hair (mis)adventures. What is your Beauty Resolution for 2013? Tell us in the comments!

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on Jan 05, 2013  nscott84  3,980 said:

My beauty resolution is to be pretty again. Something catastrophic happened to my family a few years ago. Since then I let myself go pretty bad..I want to lose weight, do my makeup more, start wearing heels again and take care of my hair.

on Jan 04, 2013  Steffikah  5,579 said:


My beauty resolution is to take better care of my hair and skin... they're both so dry!
I admit though that I do trim my own split ends at home. If I left it to a salon I'd be there every week!

on Jan 03, 2013  mamaluv  STAFF said:

Aww thanks, Becky! I assure you, the picture was most forgiving. It looked much less awesome in real life :/

on Jan 03, 2013  Becky  12,798 said:

LOL @ the article!! I actually loved your at home highlights picture! You look adorable and your hair looks gorgeous! You should have seen the nasty hot mess I had when I tried that last year... horrible horrible horrible.

Have you heard of CreaClips? They supposedly make home hair cutting that much easier ;-)

My 2013 beauty resolution is to shop my own collection! I have to physically stop myself from researching new trends and products. Sigh! I have a serious addiction and as my bff says, I need an intervention..

on Jan 03, 2013  Racenhawk  2,464 said:


yeah, I've cut my bangs before, not very good...

on Jan 01, 2013  cutie_marlena  2,823 said:

Lol this article gave me a good laugh. My beauty resolution is to shorten the amount of time it takes me to get ready... right now it usually takes an hour and 15 mins....but I am due in 2 weeks for my first baby and I know I will not have that amount of time anymore.

on Jan 01, 2013  midnightsun2288  5,938 said:

I used to cut my hair own hair too. And I delved into at-home color in which I dyed my hair a burgundy red underneath to try to do a two-tone look. It faded into a horrible orange color. I am pretty sure all photo evidence of that has been "lost" though :). But I used to cut my own hair a lot, just to "trim it up and make it even". A lot of the times I went overboard (at one point I flipped my hair over and chopped a few inches off to give myself "layers" like I saw in an online video--BAD IDEA) at one point my hair was just barely below my ears and then I vowed to stop. Now my hair is to the middle of my back--which is quite a feat for super curly hair-- I often think "Why has my hair never been this long before?" and then I remember why xD. My beauty resolution for 2013, though is to wear lip color more often.

on Jan 01, 2013  fredamans  7,570 said:

Mine is to be more open to cover-up.

on Jan 01, 2013  takoda  25,881 said:

I've only ever trimmed a bit off the bottom of my own hair, but my mother's bin cutting my hair for me for years! I haven't had my hair cut in a salon in I bet ya 16 or more years! The last time I did the girl miss understood what she was told. I had been growing my hair out for over two years at the time, had it to the middle of my back when this happened. The girl came up behind me grabbed a hold of my hair and just cut it off to my shoulders. I was in so much shock that I couldn't even say anything. So I haven't been back to a salon since. My hair is in very bad need of something different and some real care, so I'm going to focus on that this year, no matter how scared I am to go back to a salon.

on Jan 01, 2013  KatelynRose1984  20,673 said:

Hilarious post!

My beauty resolution is to see the salon for "hair spa" adventures. My hair desperately needs life again!

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