I Cut my Own Hair for Stress Relief
On the rare occasion that my hair is freshly trimmed and looks noticeably different, I will often be fielded the question: "Did you cut your hair?". When the answer is 'yes' with an added "I did it myself!", I'm often greeted with surprised or grimacing faces.
Generally, people assume that my decision to do this is for monetary reasons, which is not entirely wrong. It's hard to validate a haircut over a really nice meal, isn't it? But frankly, because my hair is cut so infrequently, the money isn't really my issue.
Nor is my raging (fictitious) belief that hairdressers can never and will never cut my hair right.
In fact, I don't really have an issue with hair salons at all. The truth is, I find a very tangible, physical sense of relief whenever I chop my own locks. It's a feeling that doesn't compare to having a professional take care of it for me, even if I make a mistake.
As someone who deals with mild anxiety and maybe a few control issues sprinkled here and there, allowing myself the time and freedom to physically let go, let alone rid myself, of something I consider to be a part of me has started to feel therapeutic. It's a way to gift myself with some moments of mindfulness and a voluntary loss of control. Though that was not the original intention when I first trimmed my hair a few years ago, I'm really grateful to my intuition for finding this channel of stress relief.
I've tried a few different methods over the years, but this tutorial has been one of my go-to favorites.
Refinery29's how-to: http://www.refinery29.com/how-to-cut-your-own-hair