Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Hello, 2015! After a month-long break from blogging, I’m back to start the New Year. Many thanks to everyone who left such thoughtful and encouraging comments on my last post. I appreciate each and every one.

I drafted a few entries over the winter break, but nothing felt good enough to publish. Everything dealing with holidays came out trite, so in the end I left the topic alone.

However, I did draw up some humorous reflections on getting a hair cut in Madrid for the website ¡VayaMadrid! As  a foreigner, or guiri, it’s hard to know what to expect, or how to relay what you want in a cut. I tend to approach getting my hair cut as a chore–anywhere. So, it was difficult for me to figure out where to go, how to describe what I wanted, and also how much to expect to pay. Can you relate?

After reading, a friend commented to say that the only thing missing was an “after” picture of the anime-esque hair cut. (Eeek!) I unearthed some snapshots of the zaniest, most cartoon-ish style I was given. All I’d asked for was to have shoulder-length hair with long bangs. As you’ll see, there were plenty of layers and other…fun things…woven into the request. Random layers and helmet head, all in one!

What’s your most memorable hair-cutting experience? Share below!

PS. Read another one of my hair-raising experiences here.

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  1. Great article!

    And I mean… You look super cute but the hair is… interesting?

    I have never paid for a haircut in Russia – mostly for prices and the dreaded language barrier. The first time I lived here my friend brought pictures, a Russian, etc. and the stylist said ‘this is better’ and gave him a totally different (horrible) haircut. Ahh!

  2. I think you look really cute! The layers are a bit random though 😉 I got my hair cut in Dublin at Christmas. I’m putting off going to a German hairdresser’s for as long as possible!

    • Cassandra

      Random is right! I’d put off going to an unfamiliar hair salon, too…and anywhere, for that matter! I’ve had the same “Oh, let me just do my hair-dressing-thing” happen in the US, too :/

  3. I read about your hair adventure on VayaMadrid, it was great! You had me laughing and feeling the pain.
    Borja and I got his & her cuts back in the fall and I’m still trying to figure out why the stylist added real short layers to one side of my hair but not the other…

  4. You do look like some Spaniards I’ve met, hahah

    • Cassandra

      I believe it! It’s definitely not what I had in mind when I walked into the salon….

  5. Getting a hair cut in Madrid always gets me all nervous. Just got one this morning and while, I like it, it is definitely a lot shorter than I had hoped. Guess that’s my fault for the language barrier?! haha But you look super cute and love the bangs!

  6. Rule #1: never trust a Spanish hairdresser! I had a similar experience when I studied abroad in Cádiz, and left the salon with more choppy layers than a poorly cut onion. I should have trusted my instincts when I noticed that my hair stylish had blue bangs. Never again!!

    • Cassandra

      Oh no!! I love your description of the cut–“more choppy layers than a poorly cut onion”! Live and learn, huh?

  7. My most memorable hair experience would have to be last year when I chopped it all off to donate to charity. I had to grow it out for quite some time before it was the right length. 🙂

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