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2 Never-Break Rules for a Daring ‘Do

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 by Lisa Ricard Claro   30 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth


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Lisa’s Two Never-Break Rules for Hairdo Switcheroos

1. Never opt into a major hairstyle change one week before a major event. Never. Ever.

2. Never opt into a major hairstyle change unless you know exactly what you want.

So. Can you guess how I entertained myself this week? *sigh*

It used to be that on days I was running behind in the morning I’d just skip my exercise. I won’t do that anymore, as I recently learned that my long time exercise routine is the thing holding a cardiac dysfunction at bay. The problem is that when I’m on the treadmill I really work—walk and run on an incline the whole time, light weights, the whole enchilada—which results in nasty, sweaty hair. But if I’m running behind, since I won’t skip my exercise anymore, something else has to go. Something like the 20+ minutes it takes to wash, condition, dry, and style my hair in the morning. So, yeah…confession time. If I don’t have time to wash my hair after a workout, well…I don’t.  Which is gross. Seriously. Trust me on this. So I decided to cut my hair super short to make it easier to fix, and by extension, allow time to wash my hair every morning. Which I did, and it is.

So what’s the problem? The problem is, I remember now why I don’t wear my hair short. Because I look like the love child of a dandelion and a Q-Tip! 

How did I manage to forget this key bit of personal history, Buttercup? How?  *palm to face*

Now I’ve got to go to the RWA conference in NY next week, meet people in person that I currently only know through the internet, possibly meet some of my favorite authors, all with a new hairdo that I’ve yet to figure out how to control.

But one can’t, as they say, un-ring the bell, or in this case, cry over cut hair. So take my advice and never, ever, change your hair one week before a big event. Never. Ever. Did I mention Never and Ever? Just don’t do it. And don’t switch your regular hairdo unless you know what you want. My hair stylist is so patient she deserves a medal. I drove the poor girl crazy yesterday debating the cut. This isn’t her fault. I’ve done this before and should’ve known better.

On the upside, I’m proud of myself for being brave enough to do it. I was very happy this morning when my hair was washed and styled in about five minutes. I’ve even stopped closing my eyes and slapping my hand over my mouth when I pass a mirror. Mostly.

Can’t be that bad, you say? Well, my husband likes it, God bless him. I’ve only had one or two hairstyles in 35 years that he blinked hard at. He thinks I’m gorgeous no matter what I do. (Yes, I know I’m lucky.) My daughters and friends, well, not so much. My oldest daughter’s smile stuck on her face when she saw me, and the words, “It’s not that bad,” came out of her mouth. My youngest complained that now I have a “mom cut,” (I’m a mom, I can’t help it, every haircut is a mom cut), and then she spent 20 minutes playing with my new locks in an effort to make them look different. My pal Linda wanted a photo, which I sent. Her response? “I’ll like it better when you play with it and make it your own.” All in all, not exactly rousing affirmations—well, except for the hubster, who is my biggest fan. Anyway, you get the picture.

Ahh, a picture, you say! You want a picture? Hahahaha! I said I was proud for being brave, not reckless. Keep an eye on the sidebar photo. It’ll change as soon as I figure out how to control this crazy mop. And if you’ve liked my Facebook author page, you’ll see the daring ‘do when I post photos from the RWA Conference next week (after the 22nd). But you have to promise not to laugh.

Speaking of the 22nd, Jami Gray (author of The Kyn KroniclesShadow’s Edge, Shadow’s Soul, Shadow’s Moon, and Shadow’s Curse) has graciously offered to guest post here at Writing in the Buff that day as I’ll be winging my way to New York. I’ll do the intro, but please leave her lots of comments! I’ll do my best to drop by, too, in between workshops, meeting author pals, and struggling with my new mom hair.

See you Friday for Observations From the Tub.

Thanks for hanging out with me!


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30 Responses to "2 Never-Break Rules for a Daring ‘Do"

  1. Comment by Craig Ricard
    July 15, 2015 at 7:12 am  


    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 15, 2015 at 11:28 am  

      Soon enough…I have to get used to looking at it first. lol

  2. Comment by Chelley
    July 15, 2015 at 7:16 am  

    Now I have seen you with short hair and it looks great.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 15, 2015 at 11:28 am  

      Just not the “Betty Business” cut, right? Haha…

  3. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    July 15, 2015 at 7:39 am  

    I’ve been known to get a hair brained idea, detest it, then it grows on me. I’ll bet you look cute.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 15, 2015 at 11:29 am  

      Hair brained is right, Linda! I don’t think this will grow on me so much as it will grow out. 🙂

  4. Comment by Rob
    July 15, 2015 at 7:51 am  

    Last winter I cut all my hair off. I thought it was all the gray hair that was making me look old and ugly–I was wrong.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 15, 2015 at 11:31 am  

      Hahaha! Maybe that’s part of my problem, Rob…the shorter hair definitely makes me look like the old bagger I am. Perhaps I need to embrace my old bagger-ness with more dignity. Ha.

  5. Comment by Jerri Ricard
    July 15, 2015 at 8:22 am  

    Pics please! I’m with Joe though. You are gorgeous regardless.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 15, 2015 at 11:32 am  

      The eyes of love are a marvelous equalizer. Thanks for loving me. 🙂 xoxoxo I love you back.

  6. Comment by Laurie
    July 15, 2015 at 10:15 am  

    You couldn’t be less than gorgeous if you tried. Pics!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 15, 2015 at 11:33 am  

      Oh, my dear darling, if only that were true! Trust me on this one…my big head doesn’t like short hair. lol

  7. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    July 15, 2015 at 10:41 am  

    Clearly, you need a Hair Yoda. Someone to say, “Cut hair short never.” 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 15, 2015 at 11:34 am  

      Oh, Cathy, be careful what you say. You sound like a volunteer to me. As you’re already my writing Yoda, it isn’t a stretch! Hahaha…

  8. Comment by Tammy
    July 15, 2015 at 12:41 pm  

    As someone who got a professional perm a week before her wedding, I can sympathize. A perm where the hairdresser said, “Oh, a wedding! We’ll have to make extra sure it takes!” And my hair loooves perms. Anyway, a stranger taught me a nice thing the other day. I hadn’t fixed my hair before running out of the house, and this kind angel complimented it. At first I thought she was being sarcastic, and then I realized maybe what looks weird to us is really not that bad to others.

    Except the wedding-perm. That was bad.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 16, 2015 at 2:14 pm  

      I feel your pain on the wedding perm, Tammy. I was only 19 when I got married and figured, “What the heck. I’ll save money and do it myself!” I regret that decision every time I see wedding pictures. I think you’re right, though, about other people not thinking we look as weird as we think we do. I guess it’s all in what we’re used to looking at.

      I’m used to looking at something that is not this. 🙂

  9. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    July 15, 2015 at 12:50 pm  

    I want pics, too! And I so wish I could go see you (and other favorite authors) at RWA next week. I just got to Ohio where I’m staying with my sister for two weeks.

    I’ve also been contemplating a major hair do-over but just haven’t decided what I’m brave enough to try. 🙂

    Have a great time at RWA; I’ll be watching FB for pics. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 16, 2015 at 2:19 pm  

      Thanks. 🙂 I imagine the FB pics won’t show my new ‘do at its best, judging from photos from last year. San Antonio heat/humidity did not like my hair, and I’ve been told NY will be worse. Of course, as uncomplimentary as the photos were, I posted them anyway. lol Same goes for this year. I’ll post, if only for comic relief. 🙂

  10. Comment by Casey Hagen
    July 15, 2015 at 12:52 pm  

    Ha! Love this story, but you’re going to have to get a pic up here so I’ll recognize you when we room together next week! Or email or text me one 😀

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 16, 2015 at 2:20 pm  

      Just look for a walking Q-Tip. You can’t miss me. 😉

  11. Comment by Joe - AKA "The Hubster"
    July 15, 2015 at 3:54 pm  

    Pics can be had for a small fee. Cash only.

    • Comment by ButtonsMom2003
      July 15, 2015 at 4:14 pm  

      🙁 Too bad the P O frowns on mailing cash. LOL

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 16, 2015 at 2:23 pm  

      And I always say such nice things about you here…I may have to put you in my next book as a husband whose wife stops cooking dinner at night, mister! (I would’ve said “keeps the house clean,” but, yeah, since I write all the time now, that ship has sailed…) 😉

  12. Comment by Claudia
    July 15, 2015 at 3:57 pm  

    Hair is a real topic in my life, not now so much as when I was a kid. I have changed it very little in my adult life. I am a coward. While reading your trip to RWA…hey, a wig would buy you recognition. In fact, dirty hair can be put up under a wig faster than even a short do…

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 16, 2015 at 2:25 pm  

      I’m not brave enough for a wig, Claudia. My mother had one that she wore sometimes, and by sometimes I mean once or twice, back in the early ’70s. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. 🙂

  13. Comment by Karen Lange
    July 15, 2015 at 4:49 pm  

    I feel your pain. Seriously. I’m sure you will find a better balance after messing with it some, and before you know it, it will have grown a bit. At least it does grow, as opposed to Barbie hair, which does not. Something I reminded my daughter of often when she was young. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 16, 2015 at 2:27 pm  

      You’re right, Karen. I think I just need to get used to it. It’s a bit of a double whammy as I didn’t just get it cut. I’m thinking of—gulp!—letting the gray grow out, so I had her highlight it sooner than I usually do, and the result is quite a bit brighter than my usual! It’s not so bad today…I’m figuring it out, bit by bit.

  14. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    July 15, 2015 at 9:53 pm  

    Seriously?? All that and no picture?? That’s like writing a nail biter and then when it’s time to wrap it all up you have the character wake up from a dream! I want to see it! *sigh* Now I’m forced to stalk you online until something gets posted. (But seriously seriously, I’m sure you’re just as beautiful as ever.)

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 16, 2015 at 2:31 pm  

      You’re so sweet, Deb—you always see the best in everyone. For which I’m certain your family and other friends are ever so grateful. I know I am. 🙂 I promise pics will be forthcoming. But trust me, I’ve done some crazy stuff to my hair the last couple days (the words coconut oil and hair paste figure prominently), so you really didn’t want to see a photo. Trust me. lol I’ll share all my trials and tribulations on another post with pics on that one. I Promise. (And you know that when I use the “P” word, I always come through.)

  15. Comment by Theresa Sanders
    July 16, 2015 at 11:39 pm  

    Oh Lisa, you’re so funny! I laughed all through this. But I know just how you feel, having been in the same situation several times (the on-a-whim perm before a big job interview or the time I told the stylist to color it whatever she wanted — trust me, I do NOT look good in Lucy-red!). It probably doesn’t look as bad as you think, though. There may be a bit of RWA jitters involved too 🙂 Have fun at conference. Will check your FB page for those pics!

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