Coco Chanel once said, “A woman who changes her hair is about to change her life”. Maybe that’s why so many of us decide to get the chop when we’re experiencing heartache. It’s an obvious way to show the world we’re ready to start over and also harnesses a hell of a lot of healing power. The heartbreak haircut is a coping mechanism. It’s a lot like the idea of ‘dressing
About a month ago, I found out the person I love had entered a new relationship. We’d never been in a relationship ourselves but I was (and, to a certain extent, still am) devastated nonetheless. Over the past two years, we’d spent a lot of time together. We’ve got a lot in common. He’s kind and hard-working and driven and everything I could ever hope for in a partner. The thought of him loving somebody else the way I love him makes my head spin, my
In light of my first experience with heartbreak, I did what any young woman in need of a pick-me-up would do. I booked the soonest available hair appointment at Andrew Collinge and had three inches chopped off, the heaviness taken out of the ends and shape added to frame my face. I then had it styled in loose waves for a sophisticated, ‘model-off-duty’ look. And while I was at it, I had an Olaplex treatment and invested in a new haircare regime to keep my heavily highlighted tresses in tip-top condition.
Then, with the new
I’ll cut a long tear-filled story – promptly followed by comfort shopping at Brandy Melville and comfort eating at Doughnut Time – short. He rejected me. Regardless of his feelings towards his current partner, he just doesn’t see me as more than a friend. It sucks. Hard. But, I honestly feel better knowing I’ve followed my heart and have been honest with both myself and him. So now I’m taking time away from it all to heal.
One day, I want to be friends again (the thought of someone so wonderful not being in my life at all is unbearable) but not while the pain is so raw. So, in the meantime, I’m practising some good old self-care. I’ve been taking baths in my favourite lavender bath oil by Kiehl’s, going for long walks to clear my mind when the weather allows it and watching Sex and the City reruns to my heart’s content. I’ve always fancied myself as a bit of a Carrie Bradshaw. Maybe he just isn’t my