Guest post from Betty and the Bumps
“What the eff is hair plan?” are the eloquent words I believe I uttered the first time Beth, from Betty and the Bumps, mentioned it. I think it’s pretty obvious that I don’t do a lot of thinking about my hair (the last time I blogged about it was almost a year ago with this Coconut Hair Mask tutorial!) and I thought hair was just hair and you did the best you could with it on a day to day basis. Apparently not and Beth was horrified! To rectify the situation I asked her to do me a guest post explaining a) what a hair plan is and b) how could I get one! And, here it is…
How to get a Hair Plan
Guest post from Betty and the Bumps
I’m a typical Libra: great at making decisions, terrible at sticking to them. For most of my teenage years and early twenties I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do with my hair. I changed the colour as often as I changed my socks (much to my mother’s dismay) and every time I visited the salon I just had to get something “new” done. But then, as I got older – and especially during the run up to my wedding – I decided that I wanted it long. Or at least long-er. So I needed a hair plan.
A hair plan is pretty much what it says on the tin: it’s a plan that concerns one’s hair. I have long been of the opinion that the unplanned life isn’t worth living but, even if you’re more of a free spirit that I am, if you have a goal in mind, then it always helps to break your journey down into manageable steps.
So, without further ado, here are my five tips to help you formulate your very own hair plan …
1. What do you really want?
The best way to decide what you really want from your hair is to do a thought experiment: If you were walking along the street and you bumped into your partner’s ex, how would you want to look? Have a really good think about it? Good. What did your hair look like? Right, that is your hair goal.
2. What is your time frame?
I have short, medium and long-term plans. Short-term (within the next fortnight), I need my hair trimmed and a semi-permanent colour run through the ends. Mid-term (within six months), I need to grow out some of my shorter layers around the crown because they are frizzing up too easily. Ultimately these two will get me to my long-term plan (within two years) which is to be able to leave my hair to dry naturally without wanting to shoot myself.
3. How will heat-styling and chemicals affect your plan?
I am mega MEGA guilty of putting my hair through the ringer and only being on maternity leave allowed me to take a step back from the curling irons and foils, thus giving my hair a well-needed break. For a long time I had neither the time nor the inclination to so much as wash my hair, let alone blow dry it or go to an actual hairdresser, and my hair has grown so much that it’s the longest it’s been since I was in middle school.
4. Money, money, money
How much is your hair plan going to cost? Quite often hair plans are cheap because most people I know want their hair to be longer which, generally speaking, means fewer trips to the hairdresser. But if you have dyed red hair and want to be blonde, then that is going to be costly. Can you afford to see your plan through?
5. Does/will your hair suit your lifestyle?
The main reason I want to grow my hair is that curly hair usually needs a bit of length to weigh it down and make it manageable. For years and years it has been far too short to wear curly so I’ve had to straighten it, which takes loads of time, makes me fear the rain (or any form of moisture) and doesn’t fit in with having to look after a child, a home, maintain a blog and go to work three days a week. The last thing I want to do is spend 45 minutes faffing on with it just for it to go crazy in the mist! The longer it gets, the easier it is to wash it at night, leave it to do its own thing and go out the following morning without having to do much more than put in the odd strategically-placed plait to keep it under control.
I love planning so this is right up my street (I’m not as great with the doing part though!). I’m in a bit of hair rut as I was enjoying having shorter hair but Mike has mentioned he’s quite like it longer… As a result I’ve done nothing with it, this should help me to get some focus back!
What is your hair plan?
I’d love to hear your approach to deciding what to do with your mane! Do leave your comments below.