I do not get my hair cut very often, probably 2-3 times a year. So, when I did get it cut by a beautician, I made sure they cut a good bit off of it because who knows when the next time I would be back!
I have naturally curly hair. Some would say that is a blessing, others would say the opposite. I kind of like my curly hair, after all, that is what God gave me. I tried to straighten it once a few years ago. Don't ask me why, but it was probably due to envying someone else's hair. Anyway, it took me two hours to straighten it and you know what? I did not like it one bit! After that, I never wanted different hair.
As homesteaders, we really can't afford to be 'high-maintenance' if you know what I mean. Not that I would want to even if money was not a factor. It just goes against everything within me. Besides, my husband would suffer miserably!
I am doing good if I cut my fingernails once a month. And no, I do not use a file. I can round them off pretty good with the clippers. If I painted my fingernails, they would be messed up in one minute! Sometimes, I feel a little homely compared to high maintenance gals, but I am reminded that God does not want us to flaunt ourselves. We are to dress with humility. I'm thinking shopping for clothes at Goodwill and Salvation Army is pretty humble!
Haircuts are on the very back burner of things to do. Actually, they probably aren't even on a burner, but a charcoal grill. It is hard to find the time to get my hair cut, and I really do not like to leave the farm for things that aren't important. I am a homebody!
Now, don't get me wrong, I like to look nice, but I can look nice and keep it simple at the same time.
So, I decided to start cutting my own hair. I not only cut the length off, but layer it at the same time.
Some of you who cut hair for a living, might read this and cringe. But, this works for me, it's simple and looks good enough in my book.
This picture is taken before I cut my hair. Notice how there is not a whole lot of volume there. Even though it is wet, my layers have all grown out so it is pretty flat.
I also want you to know that I felt really strange taking pictures of myself. Stepping way out of my comfort zone here, just so you know!
Figure out how much you want to cut and hold it with your fingers. I would start out with a smaller amount until you get the hang of it. Better too little than too much in this instance!
Once you figure out how much to cut, position your fingers to where they won't slip, hold and bring that section of hair within cutting reach as seen below. Make sure you do not let any hair slip or fall.
You will then cut that section above the fingers. Although this looks like it will be all one length, it will be layered.
You can see the difference below with the left side that has been cut and the right which has not.
Now, finish the other half the same way, only add a small clump of hair that you already cut for measurement.
If you brush thoroughly beforehand and cut it evenly, you should not have any unevenness in the length.
It's still a little damp here, but you can see that there is more volume. If you want more layers but do not want more off of the length, divide your hair in half again, only this time bring your hair a little bit more towards the mirror. If your hair starts to come down in the back, you know you have gone too far. Just make sure all of your hair is in that clump before you cut. If you aren't worried about the length, just redo the first couple of steps until you have reached the desired length.
Here are the rest of the pictures that I took of myself. Definitely out of my comfort zone here!
Ahem....so there you have it! The Homesteader's Haircut!
I like to keep it simple and if I can do it myself, I will. This is not a beautician's haircut by no means, but it does the job and I get compliments on my hair at times, so I know it doesn't look that bad!