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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