Written for House21.
Lockdown really has been a time of adjusting and adapting to things you maybe never thought you would be able to.
I have certainly felt this way, I remember when it was announced and rather naively perhaps, I did not think it would affect me in the way it has or for as long as it has.
I guess at first, I just saw it as temporary and it would last a week or so. Under no circumstances did I think that 4/5 months down the line we would still be under restrictions. And although they have eased up quite a lot within the last few weeks there have been changes for me that probably would never have happened if it had not been for lockdown.
As someone who is obsessed with beauty and skincare there are certain treatments that I have been having done for pretty much my whole adult life, so when lockdown happened my routine went somewhat out of the window.
But as I am going into my 5th month of this whole ‘new normal’ I have started to realise that there are certain aspects of my old routine I am in no rush to go back too.
And one of those being my weekly blow dry.
Every Saturday for at least five years I have visited the salon and had my hair washed and blown. A bit of a running joke between my friends, whether I had weekend plans or not I would always go and get this treatment done. Sometimes I would have it done and within an hour have it tied back whilst I worked out at the gym.
Did I need it?
I think if you had asked me in February I would have said most definitely.
But what about now?
I don’t need it at all. Although I am no hairdresser and my hair can be quite difficult to manage, I have found with the right products, care and attention I have truly been able to get myself into a whole different routine.
Not to mention the £100 a month I have saved.
With the money I have saved from my weekly blow dry’s I have managed to book a mini break to Edinburgh, how crazy does that sound?
Because ultimately, life is for living, life is there for us to experience in the best way possible.
Am I saying I will never get a blow dry again? Of course not, its not about me never having that treat again, its more the fact I have realised my world doesn’t end if I don’t have the perfect hair.
And do I want to look back and think of all the places I didn’t visit because I spent my money at the hairdressers?
I think you know the answer to that.