Letting my hairstylist choose my haircut!

November 4, 2019

I don’t know about you, but I grew up watching the TV show What Not to Wear. I loved seeing not only the outer transformations of the subjects, but the inevitable inner transformations that occurred as well. I always admired the participants for their vulnerability and courage in surrounding themselves to the capable hands of a team of stylists. It’s a mental exercise more than anything else. After all, your appearance dictates how you are perceived by others which translates to how you feel about yourself.

Letting my hairstylist choose my haircut!
The magical oasis of Wabi Sabi Beauty.

I discovered Wabi Sabi Beauty, a San Francisco-based eco beauty and wellness studio at the beginning of the year. I chatted with Kristina, the founder and owner, about collaborating on a transformation video in which I would give her creative license to decide my haircut. At the time, my hair was mid-chest length with long layers that lent themselves as the perfect blank slate for Kristina to work her hairstylist magic. Fast forward to 6 months from then when we actually did the transformation, my hair was even longer, making it an even more drastic transformation. I had not cut my hair in over a year.

Letting my hairstylist choose my haircut!
Right after the first chop!

I tend to be a Type A control freak and this exercise in letting Kristina cut my hair however she saw fit was a good way for me to trust fall into her caring, hairstylist arms. It was super fun to see how she envisioned me looking. We ended up going for a bob with long bangs that are versatile in the way they can be styled. I’ve been wearing this hairstyle for two weeks and so far, my favorite way to style these bangs is to part my hair in the middle and do curtain bangs.

Letting my hairstylist choose my haircut!
We made my chopped hair into a heart!
Letting my hairstylist choose my haircut!
Cutting bangs and not having a clue what they’re going to look like.
Letting my hairstylist choose my haircut!

In addition to the haircut which was the biggest transformation, I also got a facial at Supple, makeup lesson from Kristina at Wabi Sabi Beauty, and personal styling session at Lisa Says Gah.

Letting my hairstylist choose my haircut!
The final look!

I wholeheartedly believe that it’s healthy to change elements of your life even if things don’t necessarily need changing. My decision to let Kristina choose my haircut was instigated by the desire for something new and different. Not necessarily better, just different. I think we put this unnecessary weight on change that if we make it, it needs to be better. To me, changing just means evolving. Usually for the better, but sometimes just for a change of pace. And changing elements of your life in even the most seemingly petty and hedonistic capacities — such as a new haircut or dress — can seem insignificant. The only thing constant is change, so if you can embrace change in the little, petty things in your life, it helps keep your mind open and perspective fresh for when big opportunities and changes arise.

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