I’m a new woman. Well, I’m the same woman with a new haircut and with imminent freedom from the suits. Well, I’ve had a haircut and am nearly jobless.
Having not had a haircut since June 2006 because I haven’t been able to get to my hairdressers I finally had a big chop yesterday. She took a lot off! From wasit length scruffy hair to short-ish tussled look. A totally new look!
The challenge of a haircut isn’t just the getting there. Things you take for granted when you’re healthy are suddenly major stumbling blocks with CFS. I need to have wash in order to be clean enough for the stylist to come near me. I need to physically get to the salon. I need to be well enough to sit in a strange environment for an hour. I need to be able to cope with a noisey environment, other people, potentially a chatty stylist, having to hold my head a certain way and still have the energy to pay and get home. And I don’t know how people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivty get on! There’s all those lotions and sprays and cosmetic perfumes in stuff.
Lucky for me there is a small salon just one minute from my front door. It’s got high ceilings and is reasonably airey – and was quiet enough for me not to have total overload. One stylist who was lively but sympathetic and not rushing but just taking her time. No pressure. She even (bless her) offered to give me a lift home.
I know it’s oh so sad to go on about a haircut but it’s a big deal for me! It took me around three months from deciding to take action to actually get the phone number and ring for an appointment. Up until then I hadn’t felt well enough to ring without losing all my words.
So thumbs up. Local was a good decision for me. And I feel a bit lighter and a bit springier – even if I am a bit wiped out today after my adventure!
In other news I am close, very close to an agreement with my work to ending my contract in a mutually agreeable way. Hopefully more definite news soon once the union has approved everything. Mixed feelings on this one – but I know ultimately that freedom will be a good thing.