"A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life."
- Coco Chanel
Where was I while seemingly everyone else was spending significant time and effort getting themselves together? I guess I thought that “together” would magically come to me one day, neatly packaged from a major postal courier. Special Delivery: Perfection! Specifically, hair perfection. I mean it's almost an undisputed fact that if your hair looks good you can skimp on the makeup, put on a potato sack and STILL look good!
Wait a minute…Magically come to me one day?
What. In. The. World???? As someone who works hard for, plots, and plans every area of my life, it is nothing short of delusion to think this. I clearly took a fall in my stilettos and decided to dabble in chicanery!
Where did these hallucinations come from? Diva dive aside, I suspect many of you have had these same feelings. There is no special delivery. “This” (arms swinging wide) is - what it is.”
Now don't get me wrong, I’ve also had some wonderous hair moments! Women with what I perceived as enviable hair have, at times, openly admired my waves and bounce. Secretly, I always sighed, and muttered under my breath,
“If you only knew how late I stayed up last night or how quickly all this can perish with a drop of rain or dissolve in dripping humidity.”
I was in a never ending cyclical battle, everything culminating in the moment when I removed the first roller, bobby pin, braid, etc. and could judge (harshly) whether this was going to be a good or bad day.
The problem with those moments was that they were just that - moments. There was no technique, no knowledge, no plan. What I can admit now that I would never have admitted then was that I simply did not know HOW to take care of my hair. Everything was hit and miss.
It’s been years, and I have made no serious breakthroughs (I take that back - I have! And we'll explore those together) but I'm on my way. Most importantly on my hair journey has been the people I've met. I’ve met women who are losing their hair due to minor and serious medical conditions, those who have genetic disorders like alopecia that have left them virtually hairless, those so frustrated because the products they see on TV never seem to yield the results promised, those who are severely stressed, aging, pregnant, post pregnant and ALL have an equally compelling story. It doesn’t matter what race, culture, ethnic background, job, climate whatever - a universal truth is that women want to look and feel beautiful, powerful, capable, and in control of something as simple as their hair and that control is a game changer.
I'm not a blogger, writer, or social media savant (much the opposite actually). But I think years of frustration demand a forum for experimentation, Q and (honest) A, a place where we can trade ideas, reviews and the real scoop about products, hairstyles, salons, in the middle of our busy lives that take us from one end of the earth to the other and back. Have you ever gambled and lost that you would find a product to make you look semi normal at the end of a long flight in an airport? Been there, done that and it was SO unfortunate.
I currently live in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and I’m quite happy here but woah my poor hair can hardly keep up! I'm originally from the Carribean, grew up in the U.S., spent some years in Europe, and did a short stint in North Africa. In each place the quest is the same: Is there a good salon with capable stylists for MY hair type? Where can I get my brows done? Who does a good wax? Where can I get familiar product(s)? What are good local products?
My goal is to reach women and men who live “at home” and abroad in order to have an open and honest dialogue about works for you and your hair type, season, and location.
Get your potato sack ready – we’re going to look good!