Have you been to the shops?

I haven’t, yet – I’m going to let the excitement die down a little first. And besides, I don’t really like shopping anyway.

But as soon as I’m able to, I’ll be having my hair cut and my eyebrows re-shaped. If I have to queue round the block, take a day off work, or camp overnight – I don’t care. Desperate situations call for desperate measures.

I like my hairstyle to be short and sharp. It’s floppy and lanky at the moment, and I hate it. It isn’t who I am.

I have thick hair, and it’s almost completely white – with all the wiriness that comes with that. I have very little control over it. I’m sick and tired of having to push it out of my eyes all the time. And I’m sick and tired of having to peer out from under it.

I tried a kirby grip, a la Lucy Worsley. All I can say is – it works for her. It doesn’t work for me. A friend at work gave me a diamante clip – definitely an improvement, but still not the look I’m going for.

And as for eyebrows. Do you remember Dennis Healey? Yes, that bad.

I can’t see well enough without my glasses on to pluck them – but if I have my glasses on, the frames get in the way. Also, I wear Varifocals so I need to look out of the bottom of the lens for close work – but my eyebrows are at the top. Impossible.

It’s not just that the eyebrows themselves are unruly, the individual hairs are thick as well, which means that if I do manage to pluck one it’s really painful. And they’re losing their sense of direction – occasionally one will head north, instead of proceeding either east or west in an orderly manner. And things haven’t been improved by the enforced neglect of Lockdown.

I can sometimes creep up on a particularly vigorous one and tweeze it – but I’m doing it more from memory than anything else.

I used to go to a salon just along the road every six weeks or so, and they would wax and pluck and trim until the eyebrows looked something close to normal.

I think the woman at the salon will need to consult a gardening book when I finally get back there – ‘prune last season’s growth to allow tender young shoots to appear…’

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Sheila says:

    I love your descriptions. I have fine, fluffy, white, wavy hair, but a lot of it. I usually keep it very short, otherwise it gets out of control and I look like a wild Neanderthal woman. My hairdresser understands how to shape it. In desperation, I bravely cut off chunks of it a few weeks ago, and no-one noticed, as it falls into its own shape, but it’s looking scary now. My 6 month old granddaughter cried when she saw me again after lockdown- I think I frightened her! Now it makes her giggle when I shake my head – I think that she thinks I’m a mop! Oh, and my eyebrows look like big white furry caterpillars!
    Please, hairdressers, come back soon!
    Love your blog, by the way. I am in a similar position to you after surprise divorce, and it has kept helped through some hard times.


    1. Oh!! Poor granddaughter – and poor you. I haven’t been brave enough to attack the hair – but I’ve seriously thought about buying some clippers and just shaving it all off. Someone was painting the outside of my hairdresser’s the other day, so I think they’re shaping up to come back. Hope so anyway!!

      Thank you so much – it helps me enormously to know that I’m not the only one going through this, and if in turn it helps someone else to know that they’re not the only one going through it as well, that’s amazing. xx


  2. anglosvizzera says:

    We only really got to charity shops these days…one opened in our small town the other day but only 5 people were allowed in at a time. As I like to browse around, I popped in but felt that I should spend as little time as possible in there to allow someone else to come in (no queues though) so didn’t spend long at all. Not quite the ‘back to normal’ thing yet.

    Btw, what’s the photograph of?

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    1. It’s some very posh wax. Not exactly essential, but if you have eyebrows like mine it’s open for debate…


  3. jmarie1974 says:

    Great post!


  4. SisterStay says:

    You need what I have: a small 10x magnifying mirror which sticks to your normal mirror. Makes eyebrow plucking so much easier!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’ve tried the normal magnifying mirrors, but they don’t seem to make much difference. I just see a large fuzzy image rather than a small fuzzy image. The fuzziness could just be the eyebrows of course…

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