Hi everyone! After much debating, and countless, sleepless nights + cold sweats, I made the drastic mistake of chopping off all my blonde ends! I am now hiding up in my closet with my laptop, and a beanie pulled tight over my head, trying to figure out why in the world I am smiling so broadly in these photos. People, the world has come to an end! It’s all over…!
Hit pause. Chop everything up in that paragraph like so much lettuce, and put it in a salad, please. I’ll eat it later. Here’s how the real story goes:
After making up my mind, and sticking with the idea, even as I got into the swiveling salon chair, I knew exactly what I wanted. And no, I didn’t lose any sleep over the matter. I have actually slept pretty soundly as of late. The only thing I didn’t count on was my lack of presence of mind to bring an example picture of what I wanted to the stylist. There’s a reason why we all carry around smart phones now-a-days. As I was then inconveniently caped, sitting in the salon chair, I had Charlotte pull up “50’s hair styles” on the phone, and without hesitation I pointed to a photo of Elizabeth Taylor, and said, “That one!”. Away went the scissors and most of the bottom layer of my hair! No turning back now!
Top: ThredUp (Banana Republic) / Sweater: Woolovers / Skirt: Thrifted / Stockings: Target / Shoes: Hand-me-down
I don’t know why I decided to go for a late 50s look. You all know that I love 30s & 40s better than the 50s. But… There is a charm to the 50s hair styles that have intrigued me for a long, long time. Really, whenever it comes down to it, I believe that it is the way volume was added to curled hair that endears me most to the 50s hairstyles. No longer were there victory rolls to create a statement look. The fluffy, shoulder length styles of the 40s curl sets were relaxed, and the overall shape was elevated around the face during the 50s era. The flattened crowns of the previous eras were also bulked up with the help of large curlers and back combing. Its a completely different style than the longer 40’s cut I had, but as I said, it’s one I have been eyeing for a long long time.
After the job of the scissors was complete, my hair dresser styled my hair with a blow dryer, brush, and a few twists of the curling iron to get my hair looking like mod Elizabeth Taylor‘s. I was so happy with it! I loved how this style frames my face now! And oh, how light it feels! But best of all, I love how easy it is to wash and care for. Just a scrub, and a quick set of large sponge rollers, a good night’s sleep, and I’m done! Yes, going to the hair salon was a perfectly wonderful idea!
Ah, the hair salon… The walls ring with the chatter of women, laughter, hair dryers, and Christian pop music. Enticing magazines are stacked precariously on tables near the dryers, and the air reeks of hair product (mostly hairspray). I love visits to the hair salon. With every trim or cut I walk out with, I also walk out with a heart full of happiness. That’s what happens when you’re around a gaggle of Christian women who love to talk about God, and know how to make you feel pretty. Talking though… I am not one to multitask. I try but I fail miserably every time. The art of carrying on a conversation while having your hair done, let alone trying to talk with a hair dryer in your ear, just baffles me! And to think that these industrious ladies are the ones initiating conversations and styling unique looks on ladies all day long! I don’t know how they do it, but somehow they manage to do it.
This delightful kind of errand is not one that I actively seek out or constantly look forward to. For me, it’s really just one of those delights of life that I forget about until my return visit. And then I come away feeling great inside, with all the hard edges taken off. Just the luxurious feeling of being pampered and loved, makes you ready to share the goodness you just experienced, with others. Do you know what I mean?
This visit was just a little different. I walked away from the salon this time feeling… lighter. My head certainly did–especially in the back around my neck–but my heart was lighter as well. It was like a layer of confidence was laid under me, enabling me to walk easier. Maybe it was the fun (however halting) conversation I had with my hair dresser about the good things that have been happening, such as Brigid’s wedding? Maybe it was because this last week God was speaking to me through His Word in such a way as to further change my perspective on things? Maybe it was because I am finding myself more firmly planted in the idea that neither bitterness or denial, but kindness and love, are the keys to overcoming the mountain I’ve been climbing this year? Maybe? I think it is. You can see it on my face.
There is something more, though… Do you know what I think it is that has begun to turn my world around again? It is all of the wonderful prayers, letters, and heartwarming comments that YOU have blessed me with. Don’t let anyone tell you that prayer is useless, or a waste of time. It is the only way we can bring our troubles to the Lord, and the one of the only means of communion we have with Him in this earthly life! Neither let yourself be persuaded (even by your own mind) that you are all alone. Aren’t we all fallen? Aren’t we all estranged from the life of perfection, peace, and happiness like the neighbor who lives next door? And did not Christ suffer also all things that we, at some point in time, must face?
If you cannot find anyone around you who has borne similar burdens, or walked through similar trials, then stop searching, because the Person you need is waiting for you in His holy, Living Word. Waiting to comfort, console, and uplift you as you learn to walk by Faith. You will find Him compassionate, gracious, your very all in all. Only He will suffice when no other person can. Go to Him, and He will give you rest.
From the depths of my heart, thank you all for bearing with me as I have walked this hard road. I truly believe I see the light at the end of the tunnel, now, and I am looking forward to new beginnings! Thank you for every word of encouragement, every prayer, every thought of love and concern you have sent my way. I have appreciated it more than you could ever know. God bless you all! I love you so much!
(It must be asked 😉 )
What do you think of my haircut?
How has God been ministering in your life?
Love In Christ,
Jessica, the Eldest Sister
P.S. Get ready everyone! Wedding photos are going up later on this week!!!