Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Hair today, gone tomorrow

I wanted to share my experience of going from long(ish) hair to short in a haircut:

So I had my hair cut into a short style better known as the pixie cut.

I gave the cut much thought as I had been wanting short hair since the Jbabe was born as I didn't have the time nor patience to deal with my hair.
To be honest, I've never felt right with long hair for as far back as I can remember. I definitely don't think my hair defines me or did anyways. Long hair to me was a burden rather than a joy. I loathed having to wash it as it too ages to dry and left to it's own devises, was frizzy and downright hard to deal with. It had no real style except frizz unless it was blow-dried and straightened into some sort of shape, and even than, it was weather pending as the minute it rained it would de-style.
No I am not a fan of long hair for myself. In fact I had my hair cut shorter just prior to conceiving our first babe and loved it though promptly grew it out due to the combination of pregnancy hormones & vitamins and morning (read: all day) sickness preventing me from wanting to want to sit in a warm and chemical fumed environment which could stir my overly-sensitive gag reflex. The style then was an assymetrical pixie cut with a long side piece which I was a bit out of sorts with, but the hairdresser had got scissor happy and even buzzed the back so I kept the long piece till it grew out than cut that off!

So I walked into the hairdresser yesterday and she booked the appointment for today, saying if I didn't get it done soon I would put it off.
Which brings me to the cut itself. I was full or apprehension but got some pics on my phone to show her in case she was unsure. Of course this my world and whilst I was waiting I could not get any signal and no local wifi connection. I was panicking until she began and I tried to explain whose cut I liked most which was Ginniger Goodwin, of course she did not who I meant but luckily led me to her computer and typed in her name. I felt relief when the images sprang up and she started nodding.
Not the picture but definitely one I would have shown
"Yep, shouldn't be a problem".
So to the sink to wash my long hair for the final time and back to the seat to begin the cut.
I didn't dare look at the floor as she begun shaping the cut, it wasn't that I suddenly had regret, it was more that my hair was shoulder length and I think that amount of hair (I have thin hair but lots of it) would have freaked me out. I listened to conversation between the two hairdressers, the other client and then the other hairdressers daughter when she came in. It was a nice setting as every other salon I have been too has had music beating out and you can hardly hear the conversation between myself and the stylist let alone anyone else.
All too soon it was time to check the mirror before she styled it. Wow, I mean I could see my features, they weren't swamped by a mass of hair, in fact they were less prominent in areas and the ones I wanted to stand out were highlighted. I wore make-up into the salon but I could see I had been over-compensating around the eyes to make them stand out, in fact as soon as I arrived home and took an obligatory picture I took said make-up off.
It was only after I had washed and styled my hair did I start to appreciate how much time it was going to save me, I learned via a 'Youtube' tutorial that I could style it whilst wet and put a beanie on. It took y hair an hour and all I put on it was shampoo and conditioner as it was the weekend.
I love my hair now, so much so that I booked a trim for 5 weeks time (13th Mar) so I can keep it in this style for a while. I may grow the front a bit but nowhere near as long as it was previously. Or add a slice of colour, but till then...

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Mirena Coil Update...TMI

So it's been 9 months since I had the coil fitted and I am seriously thinking of having it removed. I was so happy after having my last baby, no depression whatsoever but since having the coil, I have rages. I have felt so low at times, that I nearly walked away from it all. My hubby took 3 weeks off over Christmas and I think he thought we could get a lot of 'man and wife' time, yet everytime we DTD, I ended up 'coming on' for a week or so and it was off putting. Well since then I have been 'on' and I am sick of it. I got a letter through from the clinic saying I need a routine smear test on the 11th January, well I didn't confirm as I was, & still am spotting. I have cramps daily and my sweet tooth is on overdrive. I am going to talk to hubby and get an appointment to have it removed ASAP. It was ok for the first 6 months. Apart from the occasional moodswing it was fine, but honestly beginning of December till now has just been a constant minefield and I can't put my young family through it anymore. I don't like feeling like this, and I know the few months after having baby were the happiest I had felt in a long time. Why - because I was hormone free and pretty euphoric having just had my baby. My weight gain was that I lost all my baby weight (though I am a plus sized girl anyway) within 3 weeks of the birth. Yet since the coil has been fitted my weight has stayed the same pretty much due to my constant need for sugar. I am a sugar nut but I can usually leave it till the evenings, lately I crave it even just after a filling, heavy meal. I don't wish to put on any weight, so I definitely need to address this now. I hope they don't try to talk me down, I thought once I got past October it was all fine but I started dipping in November and once December kicked in I was a mess. Again I put it down to stress for Christmas but I had nothing to be stressed about. I had the presents all bought, waiting to wrapped, we were having dinner at the in-laws. And it hasn't subsided though I don't feel as low, I can't help but worry something will happen to trigger me and I can only think it is something to do with the coil. Having read a few online forums (I know, awful thing to do). I have noticed a few other side affects that may be related. My right leg gets crampy alot and throbs in the evening - several people have mentioned this. I get backache more often, when I only used to get it just before 'time of the month' than occasionally when I was ovulating (though I only realised that when we TTC!). My hair loss hasn't settled down, thought I haven't noticed any baldspots, I have a shower/wash my hair every other day and there is a good handful in the plughole! I have had a patch of itchy skin on the back of my neck which was clearing up prior to having the coil put in, it has flared up once again, getting worse around any bleeding breakouts, which is most of the time atm. I have also developed some weird spots on my breasts which have turned into flaky spots of skin and are unsightly more than anything. I keep seeing about sex-drive and as far back as I can remember since having little one, hubby has initiated any 'dealliances'. When I first had baby, I was probably too tired but now I find myself realising it's been 2 weeks and no yearn whatsoever. I mean it's there once hubby takes over but otherwise it's like I forget, and I am not always tired! Still many ladies have suggested these are symptoms. I am sure there are a few others but I am pushed for time and will add if I think of anymore. I think I have allowed a good cooling off time and thought I was homeclear but no I will definitely be talking to the hubby about having it taken out. TBC...