Jen haircut(Do you know how hard it is to take a picture of yourself, center it and try to smile? I just couldn’t do it all.)

Let’s dish with some girl talk.
Women and hair are very serious business. I never knew how much until I shared that I hadn’t been to a salon in nearly two years. You all, I think being tarred and feathered might be a better option than admitting that to women…
Because women and their hair…s.e.r.i.o.u.s. business.
So, before I share the post with frugal tips for saving money on your hair (don’t worry, I won’t tell you not to go for two years), I thought I’d warm the water by completely admitting that ones hair style (and smile) helps set the tone for a positive first impression.
Now, please don’t think I am getting all superficial on you because if you knew my heart, you absolutely would know that I’m not impressed one bit with just a “pretty face.”  It’s truly the heart attitude that exudes inner beauty, yet  if we’re being honest we’ve all noticed great hair before.
If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you’ve noticed one thing, my hair doesn’t change much. Well, let’s be honest, it looks the same year after year.
I’m not a picky hair person. I keep it long because it’s easy, and I can pull it up in two seconds. I am all about ease, but that doesn’t make for fun hair. You know exactly what I am talking about, don’t you?
You all have those friends with the fun hair. The ones who are always getting complements because they aren’t afraid to try something new. You might even have “hair envy.” I love to see what they do next, but it’s never me. As spontaneous and crazy as I can be, I’m all about my safe hair because it’s easy, certifiably no maintenance, and well…virtually expense free. Yet, that is boring. I am a boring, long haired girl.
I’ve known for awhile I needed to do something different, but my “new” had to include a style long enough to put up in a ponytail (every hairdresser’s night mare phrase), and that doesn’t allow for much “difference.”
So when a fancy, schmancy salon in our area offered a 50% Groupon deal for a facial, cut and color, I decided to splurge (yes, at 50%, it still felt like a splurge.)
Since I had no real opinion on what I desired, I told her, “Keep the length, but you can do what ever you want as long as I can get it in a pony tail” (Yes, considering I have very strong opinions on most other issues, it’s odd that I would be this trusting to a total stranger, I know. It could have turned out really bad.)
Well, here’s the new me (if only for a day).
I keep looking at myself because I have never been one to have a trendy hair style, and this feels pretty trendy.
My girls went crazy.  They love it so much they literally squealed. My teen boys kept shaking their head muttering things like, “I can’t believe you’re the same mom. You don’t look like a mom (yes, I took that as a complement.” But then there was my husband who walked in the door, and as only a loving husband caught off guard can question, “What in the world is that?” (He then got a very loving slug in the gut. We call it a “love tap.”)
But for one day, I was one of those fun hair friends.
Enjoy this  picture because I will probably not recreate this very often.  Tomorrow it goes back to being simple,  but it was fun to have a sassy, sexy look for one day.
So, let’s dish…about hair.
Are you a “fun hair” kind of friend that loves trying new things or are you like me – a bit boring because it’s all about quick and easy?
(If you are just like me….quick and easy…sign up for your local groupon, watch it like a hawk, and then get yourself to the salon and have some fun. )

before after hair cutBefore (just the back. You’ve seen enough of my previous front pics from past posts) After