Curly hair makeover. Keeping length but added lots of volume and face framing layers. It’s always rewarding when a client tells you they didn’t think both was possible. A lot of finer hair curly girls never cut layers because it takes out too much weight and can make it sparse but if you slice cut the layers downward instead of traditional layering techniques you can have both..
“Second, and far more important: tuck your chin. You're going to get hurt, so expect it and be ready. You may as well see it coming.”
This little Mermaid had no idea that she would have three more cross country moves, two new states, and Southern hospitality in her future. All jarringly unexpected and wildly off plan. She continued to react each time with wide eyed suprise when life threw her curveballs. Resisting instead of accepting. She couldn't imagine that the greatest hurdle by far she would encounter moving through life would be herself, and her perception of reality. The best laid plans...
I am a more traveled Mermaid now. Nicks in my fins. Scars on my scales. A tail more lengthy and powerful than I thought possible. I wish I could tell this little one to welcome unexpected change with relish and acceptance. I wish I could let her know that some realities cannot be fought, only shifted, and the sooner she pivots, the sooner she moves forward. I wish I could tell her that endurance and grace are key in all things. Even when she's petulant about it. That she will be taught both, continually, from a multitude of new friends, with great love and patience. That she will find many covens, and build many homes.
I can now look at her with compassion and understanding for where she was, who she chose to be, and how she chose to treat herself. Small ocean, sensitive tail, and side eyed glances towards any encountered trench. I hope that my future self is able to look back with the same love at me where I swim in this moment. I hope for that future observer an even larger ocean, stronger tail, and no fear of the depths.
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