How a haircut changed my life

by Hair Romance on April 10, 2012 · 17 comments

in My Hair

People often ask me, why hair? How can you write a blog just about hair? They tell me I picked a niche topic but the way I see it is that everyone has hair.

My approach to hair is different. I want you to love your hair and to find quick ways to style it so that it looks fabulous with minimum effort. I only learnt my styling methods through years of awkward hair so I want to share my hard-learnt hair lessons and advice – my romance with hair – with everyone.

My hair romance started when I met my hairdresser and my husband in the same street. It was William Street in Paddington in case you were wondering. These two men have been amazing influences in my life and I wouldn’t have met either of them if I didn’t have that crazy haircut that changed my life.

I was 20 years old and decided to win the battle with my hair once and for all by chopping it all off. As it turned out, I loved my short hair but the haircuts every 3-4 weeks weren’t great for a student’s salary so I decided to grow it back. I knew it would go through a rough patch so I decided colour was the perfect distraction. It’s easier to darken light hair than it is to bleach dark hair, so I started at one end of the spectrum and planned to work my way through while it grew back. This is what I left the salon with.

When my best friend saw my hair, she dragged me up the street to stand outside the salon where I first met the man to win my hair over, Rohan Strachan. We waved through the window and he motioned that he loved my hair and we instantly became friends; me his muse and him my Follicle Oracle.

Two weeks later I was hanging with my best friend again in her shop when in walked the man to win my heart over: Mr Hair Romance. He made me laugh and he thought my hair was pretty cool. He’s the best man I know and we’ve been inseparable pretty much ever since and I moved halfway around the world to be with him.

As my hair grew I tried new colours, new products, new styling techniques and then Rohan convinced me to embrace the curl. That was another hair cut that changed my life.

I realised a haircut could be life changing, as it completely altered how my hair sat and was so quick to style. I finally accepted my curls and loved them. But like a lot of love stories, the path was not easy and my curls and I have been sidetracked with straighteners and bleach but we’ve found our way back to a happy place.

So how did my love for hair become HairRomance.com?

Well, after we moved back to Australia, I found myself working in a large corporation. My ever-changing hairstyles started a lot of conversations and people would visit my desk to see what my hair was up to that day.

Finally a colleague suggested my hair deserved a daily blog and I laughed. When I told my friends, they didn’t laugh, they thought it was a great idea. I thought about it some more and one night I registered a domain and Hair Romance was born.

It’s really that easy to start a blog but the hard part is to keep going. I never realised how big the blogging world is and now to make it my career is so amazing.

So what life changing lesson have I learnt from my hair?

Be yourself. It’s easier than trying to be somebody else and much cheaper to maintain.

That doesn’t mean I still won’t straighten my hair or be blonde. Contradiction much? Haha. Maybe what I have learnt is that life is short, hair grows back so have fun.

I’m going to keep having fun with my hair and will certainly keep blogging about it here at Hair Romance.

Christina x

 

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Norlin April 10, 2012 at 10:12 pm

I love reading your blog & it’s nice to learn the story behind the blog. I’m glad you started this blog as I’ve learned so much from the tips you’ve shared. Hope you get through to the next round! I’ve already voted for you even before you wrote this post. :)

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Hair Romance April 10, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Thanks so much Norlin! x

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Kelly April 10, 2012 at 10:20 pm

As a fellow hair blogger I fully understand your passion for hair and your blog is a constant favourite for me. :)
Hair is important to us all, and it’s great to express your feelings, and personality through your cut or colour, or even style.
Voted, and good luck.
x

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Hair Romance April 10, 2012 at 11:16 pm

I adore your blog too Kelly! Thank you so much!

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Maribeth April 10, 2012 at 10:40 pm

I voted! You deserve it ;-) XOXO

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Hair Romance April 10, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Thanks Maribeth xx

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akisa April 10, 2012 at 10:47 pm

I voted!! Totally support niche blogging that’s driven out of a passion, instead of picking a niche for its own sake~

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Hair Romance April 10, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Thank you so mucha Akisa!

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Laney @ Crash Test Mummy April 11, 2012 at 12:20 pm

You’re making me want to grow my hair long again! Was great to meet you and hear your blog story in person. Good luck in the competition. How wild would it be to go to New York?!?!?

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Hair Romance April 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Good luck to you too Laney! Loved your post and I voted for you too. New York would be beyond amazing!

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Me my best and I April 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Voted doll- best of luck, you deserve it xxx

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Hair Romance April 11, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Thanks so much lovely!

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Loulou April 12, 2012 at 6:35 am

Lovely lady – voted!
How could I not? :)

x loulou

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Hair Romance April 12, 2012 at 8:32 am

Thank you so much lovely xx

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Chantelle {fat mum slim} April 12, 2012 at 7:48 am

What a journey for you, your hair and your blog. I think I might have to bring Lacey to you when she’s a teen and trying to tame her curls. xx

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Hair Romance April 12, 2012 at 8:39 am

Thanks Chantelle! I love Lacey’s curls. She reminds me of me as I didn’t even start to grow hair until I was two, but I made up for it later haha.

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Janessa August 6, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Oh I definitely believe and know a haircut can change one’s life! :) thank you for sharing your experience. It’s inspirational.

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