After being on the road for about two months, it was time for a trim up. Besides the fact that I was seeing old friends and attending a wedding in a few short days…it was getting a bit unruly. I’m always on the look-out for a deal. While I was sitting in the chair with a small Ecuadorian girl with sharp scissors cutting away; I thought to myself “maybe a deal on a haircut isn’t the best choice”.
On our early excursions around Quito, I had spotted a place that looked promising. Only $2usd for a haircut and $2 usd to get my brows waxed. On our last full day in Quito, Teresa and I made a mission to get back there and get my new Ecuadorian hairdo. Going to a new hairdresser is always an interesting experience…you never quite know what your going to get. I am familiar with this experience because I travel in the US and am rarely able to go to the same hairdresser more than twice in a row. Compound this with the fact that I don’t speak or understand well the Spanish language and I was more than a bit timid….but, it needed to be done.
Fortunately for me there were pictures and I pointed to one that was similar to what I wanted and sat down. The girl behind the sheers was delightful. With a smile and determination, she wet my hair and began cutting. And….OH, DID SHE CUT!! I immediately knew that this was going to be much shorter than I had hoped. I don’t have long hair anyway, so a little goes a long way. I was suddenly reminded of Betsy; a blogger from Married with Luggage that I follow that recently SHAVED her head to promote her values reflected in her new book Strip Off Your Fear. The thought of this calmed me. I realized that who and what I am is not truly reflected in a hairstyle. I took a deep breath and sat quietly as she proceeded.
The end result, although shorter than I wanted, turned out to be just fine. In fact, after having a few days to get accustomed to it, I quite like it.
I would encourage all of my female readers to download Betsy’s e-book and read it! It’s very encouraging. I found myself constantly shaking my head ‘yes’ as I was reading it.