There is one thing that I am uniformly, consistently and impressively rubbish at doing. Styling my own hair. I have been blessed with a full head of hair (I feel very fortunate I didn't inherit my father's male pattern baldness) but it is the most uniquely baby fine hair I have ever personally witnessed. I only have to say the word "balloon" and it leaps into a gravity defying display of static. Say the word "rain" and it falls dramatically into a limp imitation of a wet bobble hat. When I say "In the name of all that is good and great, will you please form yourself into something akin to a chic chignon?" it looks at me apologetically and hangs in a knotty, dry nest, clinging nervously to the back of my head. I don't mean to be mean to my hair, but it requires a lot of work, effort and energy to get it looking impressive.
I've come to the conclusion that if my hair was a person, it would be judged as high maintenance and extremely needy.
Oodles of energy not being my strong point right now, I've resorted for some time to yanking my hair impatiently into a pony tail. And when all else has failed, I've donned... Wait for it... A baseball cap. I can only apologise.
You can imagine my enthusiasm this week, when I serendipiticiously (I've just made that word up, and love it) came across a link to a blog that told me it could teach me how to style my hair.
With a heavy sneer, a dramatic roll of my eye balls and the room ringing with the words, "Well let's see what you can teach me to do with this crowning glory...", I set off to see if I could indeed be transformed into Charles Worthington minus the male parts but with the glamorously bouffant quality to my hair.
After watching several videos whilst making harried mental notes, I let myself loose on my static-weary mop and here are the gloriously volumised, yet casually chic, results.
Yes, my friends, thanks to a lovely lady named Kate, I've managed to learn how to style my hair. And I am happy.
Prepare yourselves for some serious "Because I'm worth it!" head shots. I am shameless.
Kate from The Small Things blog is a professional hair-stylist and beautician. She is bright and full of sunshine. She also just happens to post the most fantastic "how-to" videos I have come across which clearly demonstrate the best ways to whip your hair into a range of quick, beautiful and easy hairstyles. Kate takes you through each style on her own hair so that you can see exactly what to do to tame your own tresses. She is an inspiration. I am totally converted. As far as I'm concerned, Kate has performed a public service. I no longer leave my home sporting a look that shrieks "Help me!" and now leave my home sporting a look that purrs "Get me!"
When Steve saw me with my newly styled "do" the first words out of his mouth were "Wow, you look gorgeous, have you had your hair done?"
Thank you so much Kate...
What has been your favourite thing this week? I'm really looking forward to finding out. Join in by linking up below and posting a link back to Mimi and Tilly in your Favourite Thing On a Friday post.
I'll be over faster than I can fashion a chignon. Which used to mean I'd be over some time next week, and now means I'll be over in a minute or two!