1. See a celeb/friend/random stranger sporting a cute new ‘do.
2. Hold your hair back in the mirror to help visualize new ‘do.
3. Ask Hubby how you would look with new ‘do. (Receive no helpful feedback.)
4. Decide to go for it.
5. Describe new ‘do to stylist using lots of hand motions around your head. Throw out technical jargon like “bob”, “stacked”, “layered”, “feathery” and “razored”.
6. Feel your confidence wane as hair falls to the floor.
7a. Fake smile in the mirror and tell the stylist you love it through gritted teeth.
7b. Really love it.
8a. Rush home to re-wash and re-dry. Decide if new ‘do is manageable. Possibly cry.
8b. Think of every errand you can run to show off your ‘do around town. (Bounce while walking and hum Who’s that Lady?)
9. Realize your hair doesn’t look the same when you style it the next morning. (This is either a good thing (see 7a) or a bad thing (see 7b).
10. Swear you’ll never cut your hair again because it’s such an ordeal.
11. Notice over a few days that you’re looking shaggy.
12. Fight the urge to call the stylist.
13. See an awfully cute new ‘do.
14. Repeat steps 2-13.
P.S. Sarah, if you’re reading this, I love you as my stylist and won’t go anywhere else while I live in Roxboro– no worries, it’s just the reality of the cycle!