So recently I went and got my hair cut… in a hairdressers… a proper hairdressers!
This may seem like child’s play to many of you, but I don’t make it a regular trip as I often have my hair cut and then leave it to grow out. So, going for the first time in a very long time was actually quite anxiety provoking.
I decided to have my hair cut from very long to pretty short; like that wasn’t anxiety provoking enough… I had to deal with the social anxiety battle that was raging in my mind too.
I was encouraged by friends and reassured too, but that only gave me a small amount of confidence. In my head I kept telling myself ‘people do this all the time’, ‘children go and get their hair done, if they can so can you’.
It seems almost daft writing this now, especially after going and experiencing it. It was fine. I was okay. I actually enjoyed the experience. The hairdressers that I went to were very welcoming, the particular hairdresser I had was lovely. I felt at ease and I felt comfortable. She was very chatty, and I got a head massage and cuppa!
I think the reason why I was so nervous was because of the stereotypical hairdressers you see in soaps; bitchy, selective, and super judgemental. I’ve never been the ‘popular’ person, so I’ve always felt uneasy in situations like that.
I think what I need to take from this is that I need to push myself more, I felt proud of myself, even though I was then onto battling the adjustment of the haircut! I need to not pay so much attention to stereotypes – although this is something I pride myself on, I do believe that if you see something enough it almost becomes embedded into you.
Anyway, I just wanted to say THANK YOU to the hairdresser that made my experience a comfortable, safe, and enjoyable one. I hope they see this, even if they don’t know who they are.