Getting a haircut during the apocalypse

The last time, until today, that I got my hair cut was just before Christmas, during the last-minute blurry rush that always takes place from around the 20th of December until Christmas Day. I fully expected I’d be back at the end of February, or, more likely, in March. I always intend to get my hair cut every couple of months, but it usually ends up being more like three.

So we got to mid-March, as expected, and I was just vaguely thinking that it was probably about time to go get my hair cut again…

…and then we all know what happened next. Hair appointments were off the table for a long time.

As such, I’ve spent the last four months getting steadily more and more annoyed by my hair. I’m not really bothered about what it looks like, as I’ve not been going out anywhere – it’s more that it gets in my way and in my eyes and in my face and just generally irritates.

So when it was announced last month that hairdressers would be able to open again, and my usual hairdresser started taking bookings for July… well, I got in there sharpish. I’ve generally been pretty cautious about returning to normal life (I haven’t been to a pub or restaurant or non-essential shop yet and probably won’t for several more months at least), but I made an exception in this case, partially because it was made clear that there would be a lot of precautions and everyone involved would be wearing masks and PPE.

So off I toddled this morning, excited about having normal-feeling hair again. I couldn’t wear the transparent mask I wrote about last week, because the elastic straps on it tie at the back of the head and would get in the way of my haircut. Instead, I wore a running buff (everyone in the running community calls them buffs after the brand name, though non-Buff brands tend to refer to them by other names such as ‘cowl’ or ‘snood’ or ‘neck tube’ or ‘multi-purpose headwear’… you get the idea) to cover my face, as I thought the back part would be low enough down my neck that it would be okay. However, after I’d been ushered in and was sitting down having my haircut, my hairdresser suggested that I wear one with ear loops next time, as it would make things easier. A good reason to start learning how to make my own transparent masks!

Haircut during a pandemic
Perspex, perspex everywhere. I appreciated that the staff were using perspex face visors, which meant that I could still lipread them… well, at points when I didn’t have to remove my glasses and hearing aids!

The salon did feel a bit bizarre with everyone – staff and customers alike – decked out in PPE and face masks, and perspex screens all over the place. However, I really appreciate that this is what the world needs to look like as we start moving on with our lives again – it was similar when I drove Geth to his hospital appointment yesterday and the entire hospital was full of people in masks – and to be honest, these kinds of precautions really do help me feel a lot safer when returning to situations I haven’t been in since before lockdown.

I paid an extra quid for the PPE (which is basically half a bin bag that you put over yourself during the appointment), and took it away with me so that I can clean it and bring it to reuse next time. I’ll need to remember that I’ve got it!

Post-haircut:

New hair
A bit tousled after walking home in the wind and rain (and also very moussed – it will look properly normal after I wash my hair tomorrow).

I’m home now with comfortable-feeling hair, which is all I wanted, really. I expect it will be a long time before we don’t need to take precautions at the hairdresser and similar situations, so it’s probable that the experience will be identical when I go for my next appointment in September.

Or October, as is more likely…

Bonus hours

A slightly out-of-pattern day today. First of all, I was up at six, which is extremely rare for me – I’m (a) a self-employed person who sets her own hours and (b) not a morning person. However, Geth had an early hospital appointment for a sleep-deprived EEG, meaning he’d had to stay awake all night, and so I was up and about early so that I could drive him to the hospital and back.

This meant that I didn’t go for my run until we got back…

…although the hospital appointment had been so early that I still managed to get out for the run about half an hour earlier than I did yesterday!

I’ve spent the rest of the day doing day job work and a bit of coding for a fun side project game. The plan is for the same again tomorrow… and then the new Paper Mario game will be showing up in the post, which is my weekend sorted 🙂

I’ve also got a hairdresser appointment tomorrow morning, for the first time since Christmas. It’ll all be very masked and sterile, but I’m so looking forward to having my lockdown hair sorted out!

Adventuron blank screen
A blank screen in the Adventuron editor, ready to code. I’ll see a few of these over the next few weeks as I have a lot of short, fun games planned for the rest of the summer.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Jennifer Lopez – ‘Louboutins’
Nobuo Uematsu – ‘Temple Of Chaos’
The Beatles – ‘Drive My Car’
Beach Boys – ‘Sloop John B’

The quiet inter-Christmas

Geth and I have established a new pattern from last year onwards where we do pre-Christmas with Geth’s family around the time of Geth’s mum’s birthday, which is mid-December. This is a bit of a win-win, as it (a) means we get to celebrate Anne’s birthday with her and (b) gives us roughly a week to have our own bit of Christmas – just the two of us with our sofa and our videogames – before we join my family for Christmas itself.

Today has been a Christmas holiday kind of day. Geth has been off work for a week already and my work has thankfully been quiet this week as well (although you can never rule out a last-minute urgent client deadline on Christmas Eve, so I’m not declaring myself officially on holiday until 5pm on Tuesday!). I went and had my hair cut this morning, and since then have been relaxing with my 3DS on headphones while Geth has been playing the Switch on the main TV. I love Christmas.

Back to parkrun tomorrow morning… finally! My cold is properly gone now so I am all set.

Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology on 3DS
Not an OOTD: I’ve been playing the demo of Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology. This is a really enjoyable game and I may end up getting the full version seeing as how it’s currently on offer in the Nintendo eShop.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Perry Como – ‘It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas’
The Communards – ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’

Still finding alternative worlds

I find I’m waking up really early at the moment – lots to do, lots to think about. It does mean more productive mornings, so I’ll take it for now.

As such, I was at my ‘desk’ at eight this morning, meaning that I managed to get all of my admin and most of my writing jobs done by the time I had to leave for my lunchtime hair appointment. I got on with more writing and coding for the rest of the afternoon, and am now looking forward to an evening of videogames. I know I’m doing the same thing every night at the moment, but I’m finding it really relaxing!

Tomorrow evening will be different, though, as ukulele class starts again after the summer break! I’m really looking forward to it.

OOTD 17th September 2019
OOTD: new hair, same as usual new hair! Plus another cosy ’80s jumper. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Ellend (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2019).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
Yuzo Koshiro – Labyrinth I: Emerald Woodlands
Murray Gold and Neil Hannon – Love Don’t Roam
Jess Glynne – All I Am

Making sounds

Still no review posts at the moment because I’ve been busy catching up with admin and house stuff. I will get back to them tomorrow!

I went for a long-overdue haircut this morning, and then Mum and Dad popped in for a coffee at lunchtime – it was nice to see them (and to confirm that two cars will fit on our driveway, even if one of them is a giant Land Rover!).

I’ve spent the rest of the day doing house stuff and playing my ukulele. Geth is out boardgaming tonight, so the ukulele-playing will probably continue.

OOTD 4th June 2019
OOTD: new hair…and into the summer uniform despite the fact that it’s freezing. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), t-shirt H&M (2018), jeans Miss Selfridge (2018), shoes 1st Position (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Culture Club – Church Of The Poison Mind
Heaven 17 – Temptation
XTC – Senses Working Overtime
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
Wilson Pickett – Mustang Sally
Avicii and Aloe Blacc – Wake Me Up
Sam Cooke – Wonderful World

Ready to eat all the pancakes!

A bit of a day off today, which has been nice. I did my Tuesday morning recovery run, went to the hairdresser, and then did a few things in town.

Pancakes and boardgaming with Geth tonight, and then back to the editing tomorrow!

OOTD 5th March 2019
OOTD: my fringe only ever looks like this on hairdresser days! Scarf unknown brand (2015), top Cyberdog (2008), jeans Levi (2018), boots Moda In Pelle (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Housemartins – Build
Julian Lennon – Too Late For Goodbyes
Roxy Music – Love Is The Drug
Sheena Easton – Nine To Five (Morning Train)
Soft Cell – Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
Billie Eilish – Bury A Friend

On with the week off…and some thoughts about my hearing aids

Another fairly relaxed day.  I went out to get my hair cut, and I’m amazed my new hair still looks okay after coming back through the gale force winds that were blowing this afternoon.  You can’t beat that magical salon hairspray.

I also took a detour to the hospital to pick up some hearing aid batteries.  I’ve worn hearing aids since 2002 but only got digital ones in 2016 (it was a huge, huge saga, mainly due to the fact that NHS Scotland and NHS England will not communicate with each other, so I basically had to go through over a year of tests before I could have new ones after my old analogue one broke.  It was a very deaf time).  The digital ones are great, but they eat a lot of batteries – and when the battery is getting low it makes a horrible doom-laden clanging sound (this usually happens when I am not in a position to be able to change the battery, like when I’m in a music venue watching a band, or in the middle of a 10K race), so you can’t really eke them out right to the end of their lives.

I also find it funny when I think about my hearing aids compared to my glasses – if you think about it, they perform the same function (sensory aids), but I don’t know anyone these days who goes through the NHS for glasses (I presume NHS glasses must still be available?  I wonder if they’re still the uniform thick-framed things that people associate with the term ‘NHS glasses’?), yet it’s still standard for hearing aids, and so the latter feel so much more medicalised.  I can’t ever imagine high-end designer labels doing lines of hearing aids either, or listing them as an accessory when I do my OOTD photos!  Glasses are considered fashion, whereas hearing aids are seen as technology, and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

Still, I will never take hearing aid technology for granted – I really appreciate it on haircut days, because I need to take my aids out (and my glasses off if I’ve not been organised enough to wear contacts, which is usually the case), and trying to hear what the hairdressers are saying is tough, even if I’ve asked them to speak up.

Glasses and hearing aids
It’s nice to be alive in a time when such things are possible. I don’t think I could have pulled off an ear horn.

Hearing aids thoroughly back in place, I’m spending another evening watching Geth playing Final Fantasy IX.  Great story so far!

Final Fantasy IX
Nice to see some old-school turn-based combat too.

 

OOTD 19th September 2018
OOTD: everything looks better with new hair. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), t-shirt Punk Masters (2018), jeans Levi (2018), trainers Reebok (2017). And the hearing aids (they’re under the new hair somewhere)…Siemens (2016), just ’cause I can.

In other news, I’m getting thoroughly sick of my blurry phone camera now and I think I’m going to invest in a better one.

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Housemartins – Build
Heaven 17 – Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry
Duran Duran – Rio
Rag ‘N’ Bone Man – Human
Kiesza – Hideaway
Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting
Queen – I Want It All
Nicole Scherzinger – Don’t Hold Your Breath
M People – Movin’ On Up
The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make?
will.i.am, Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger – THE (The Hardest Ever)

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Madonna – Like A Virgin

New hair

Well…it’s not really new hair.  It’s my usual cut, just blowdried slightly differently, ’cause the hairdresser was experimenting.

New hair
Hair actually styled, as opposed to the usual rolled-out-of-bed-and-spiked-up-the-fringe-with-some-hairspray.

(I’ve only just noticed that my phone camera takes flipped images when in selfie mode.  I’m going to have to do something about that.)

The main difference I’ve noticed is that normally, when I have my hair dried at the salon with a diffuser, Geth says something like ‘oh, they did your hair all ’80s for you!’ and I have to explain that I didn’t actually ASK for my hair to look ’80s (mainly because I’d be scared of getting funny looks), it’s just the way the cut falls when it’s dried that way.  Today, the hairdresser did the curls with a brush and blowdryer instead.  Geth’s comment was ‘nice hair, Farrah Fawcett’, and I can’t work out if that’s meant to be a compliment or not.

It’s nice, but it has dropped in volume in the five hours since I had it done, which is an issue I often have with this type of blowdrying.  Back to my usual low-maintenance styling tomorrow.