May 2014; that was the last time I got my hair cut. Not a cut nor a trim since then…I know, how terrible of me! It was this time when I was living in Brisbane and looking for a new job. My partner at the time, his sister was/is a hair salon manager and had suggested many times that I should give hairdressing a go. I wasn’t sure, it wasn’t something I’d ever really had a passion for and there was no end goal for me. I didn’t have dreams of running my own salon or partaking in hair shows.
I was window shopping in Carindale one afternoon when I saw positions advertised at a stunningly glamorous looking salon. All the women in there looked so stylish and put together that I ended up convincing myself that I could see a career in hair. I was feeling good about myself that day, I was dressed up, my makeup was on point and my hair was long, healthy and very Queensland blonde. With a confidence that seemed only appropriate for the job I walked right up to the counter and asked for the manager.
A mere twenty minutes and a successful interview later, I left the salon with a trial booked for the next day.
Fast forward a month or two and I was actually loving the job and was praised everyday by the manager that she was very impressed with my work. Now she wanted to give my hair a makeover so I was truly part of the team. I was excited but also nervous, my lovely long locks had taken a lot of time and tlc to achieve. The afternoon came and I was told ‘we’re going to give you the Lara Bingle chop’ … lets just say I wish I had read some of those trashy celeb magazines we always provided the clients with.
I had this in mind… but instead, before I could say anything, scissors were at the nape of my neck and I got the Bingle chop, alright!!
Of course Lara can pull it off, but I was horrified! I’d never had my hair that short and I hated it!! My eyes welled up and I tried everything not to cry, but there on the floor was all my long blonde hair I’d been so confident in. I went home that night really wondering if it was all worth it for a job that was paying $6-9 per hr as a first year apprentice for a career I didn’t even know that I wanted to strive for. I remember being on the phone to my mum crying, telling her ‘I look like a boy!!’ And after all that, I was in that job for only a few more weeks before I got really sick and diagnosed with Pancreatitis. I needed too much time off that I hadn’t built up my hours enough for and eventually after spending time in hospital, decided to move to the Sunshine Coast.
It is for that reason I have always been wary of getting my hair cut again. For the past few years, every time I went to the hairdressers it was only for my foils/colour and toner and would never want to see the sight of scissors. I was growing it out again and after a while had tape extensions too. My hair was finally getting back to how it used to be and with my hair growing, so did my confidence again.
This was without extensions in 2016 and this year with extensions
I was absolutely loving having long hair again, especially for photoshoots but after a while the upkeep of extensions and constantly thinking about the tabs in my hair was becoming frustrating so when Tori from Nova Hair and Body was looking for hair models for a cut, I bravely put my hand up, I did not want a repeat of 2014 but I also wanted my natural hair again.
Wow. I can’t find the words to say how happy I am with my haircut!! Tori has well and truly restored my faith in a hairdressers ability to listen to their client and provide a service everyone is happy with! I had said I was willing to have somewhat of a cut but I still wanted to be able to put it in a bun. We settled on a collarbone length and what I envisioned is what Tori brought to life and I couldn’t be happier! I am beyond impressed with the service and Nova as a salon as a whole, but Tori is absolutely amazing! She will be fully qualified as of June next year and highly recommend her to anyone and everyone who is seeking a stylish hairstyle/cut. And for anyone who is a little apprehensive how I was, have piece of mind that she truly listens and values you as a client!