I got a haircut today that made me feel great.
After having had a lot of haircuts over the years that only ever looked good the day I got them, I had kind of despaired of ever having nice hair. That was part of my motivation for getting a buzz cut last year -- because if my hair was never going to look good, then maybe the lack of it might. I liked having a buzz cut; I recommend that everyone try it sometime. But I didn't do a good job of maintaining it, and it hasn't grown out so well, and so I've spent a lot of the intervening year with terrible, sloppy hair.
And, you know, it's not important; if terrible hair is all I have to complain about, I count myself as very lucky indeed. But when you're a 27-year-old woman whose hair has gotten so sloppy that even middle-aged computer science professors are giving you hair stylist recommendations, it's probably time to do something about it.
So, after reading good reviews in the bloomington community, I came to Ashleigh at Mira today with my hair in its natural state and asked for a style that would complement that natural state. I didn't bring a picture, or anything like that; I just explained that I'd had a lot of haircuts that tried to make my hair into something it isn't, and that now that I've come to terms with the fact that my hair isn't straight, I just wanted a hair style that would cooperate with it, not fight it. She understood exactly what I was talking about, and she gave me a cut that will look presentable, and maybe even stylish, without products or blow drying. Finally!