How an Introvert Gets a Haircut

How an Introvert Gets a Haircut

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One of the simple pleasures of life is treating yourself to a relaxing day at the salon…getting a little “me-time” and leaving looking great and feeling stylish with your confidence and self-esteem renewed…

that is…

Unless you are an INTROVERT!!!

For a true introvert, planning and executing a trip to the salon can be a dreaded nightmare, that you put off as long as possible, or avoid altogether!

Extroverts won’t get the following list AT ALL, but I am betting that if you are a die-hard introvert, you will totally relate to…

“How an Introvert Gets a Haircut”:

 

 1. First, get up the courage to call to make an appointment.   

 

This could take quite a bit of time and energy in itself, as one thing introverts hate even more than going to the salon is making a phone call. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Be sure to read How an Introvert Makes a Phone Call.

 

2. Chicken out a day later and call to cancel said appointment. 

(If you can cancel through email or their website, all the better!)

 

3. Kick yourself mercilessly for canceling your hair appointment.

 

Now you are going to be stuck with this mess of a thing called ‘hair’.

 

4. Get up the courage all over again to make another appointment.

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Again, this will take quite a bit of time and energy (see point #1.) In fact, this second call may be even more anxiety inducing, as you will worry that perhaps you will end up talking to the same person you talked to before, and that person will remember you, and will then think poorly of you for scheduling, canceling, and then scheduling again.

 

5. Stay awake the night before your appointment.

 

Worry about everything that could go possibly wrong, that would result in suffering and/or extreme embarrassment.

 

6. Spend the morning of your appointment debating on what to wear.

 

It needs to be something that won’t make you swelter in the trapped heat of that despised plastic apron. It also cannot have a collar, as that may not fit under the apron and end up full of itchy hair clippings, aggravating your sensitive neck. It must also be something fairly chic, as you want to give the impression to the stylist that you are fashionable and not a fraud, masquerading as someone who is used to getting stylish haircuts.

 

7. Make sure you put your contacts in.

 

You don’t want to experience that awkward moment when you don’t know where to put your glasses during the haircut, or to have to gropingly find them again so you can actually see to preview the results.

 

8. Debate on whether to wear makeup or not.

 

You don’t want your foundation to make a mess on their fancy salon towels after they shampoo your hair, but at the same time, you don’t want to look like a freak or someone suffering from the plague. Decide on eye makeup and a light dusting of powder.

 

9. Try to appear confident to the receptionist.

 

You don’t want her to get clued in to the fact that you do not go to the salon regularly and are basically an uncouth ‘hair heathen’.

 

10. Ditto for the stylist, until you realize that that won’t fly with her, because all it takes is one look at your hair to know the truth.

 

Cultured, educated, expert hairstylists are basically omniscient, so there’s no use trying to fool them. You would ask them what the winning lottery ticket number is, but that would result in unnecessary small-talk, so you pass.

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11. Explain, with much stuttering and stammering under extreme scrutiny , why it has been so long since your last haircut.

 

Kids, work, homeschooling, illness, budget, preventing the apocalypse, etc…really, the possibilities here are endless.

 

13. After being solemnly taken back to “The Chair,” awkwardly look for where to place your purse.

 

Do you clutter up her sacred work space with your piece of junk? Put it on the floor where it will become covered in your own hair clippings? Oh, the dilemma.

 

14. Uncomfortably allow the stylist to place that stifling plastic apron around your neck.

 

You finally understand the concept of the “Greenhouse Effect” from high school and you start to wonder if anyone has ever died due to black plastic apron heat exhaustion.

15. Awkwardly try to explain how you want your hair cut.

 

End up nonchalantly saying, “Oh, just style it the way you think best,” because you honestly have no clue.

 

16. Close your eyes and try to pretend that some stranger is not violating your personal space and touching your hair.

 

No explanation needed here.

 

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17. Now the really hard part comes…small talk.

 

Do you attempt it? Forego it and pretend that you just enjoy comfortable silence? But then what if you have a talkative stylist? And she starts asking really inane questions, like how many kids you have, and what  your big plans for the weekend are.  You decide to just answer the best you can, even if your answers shock the stylist, or come out sounding even more lame than her questions, by replying with, “I have 7 kids, and I am cleaning the house this weekend.”

 

18. After the cut is over, and the stylist asks your opinion, smile and say it looks great, even if you absolutely hate it.

 

 Because seriously, you just want out of there as fast as humanly possible.

 

19. Realize with horror that now you have to tip.

 

How much? You were a National Merit Finalist, so why oh why is your mind now drawing a blank at basic math skills? And how? Do I just lay a wad of cash on her booth, or do I add it onto my credit card? You decide to pay at the register, but worry that you calculated the wrong amount and your name will be blacklisted at all the salons in town.

 

20. Smile and thank the receptionist, then high-tail it out of there.

 

You walk briskly to your vehicle while, strangely, the national anthem begins to play in your head and you hear Mel Gibson shout, “FREEEEEEDOM,” in a Scottish accent.

 

21. Don’t come back for a long, long time.

 

 Wish you never, ever, had to go to the salon again…like ever? Then you absolutely MUST check out my tutorial on how to easily cut your own hair in layers in only like 5 minutes! Seriously! You will be eternally grateful and thank me profusely! 

 

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Easy Five-Minute Layered Haircut

Easy Five-Minute Layered Haircut

The Dreaded Salon

I don’t know about you, but I DREAD going to the salon.

It’s always been one long, awkward, and painful experience for me.

I know, I know, treating yourself to a relaxing day at the salon is supposed to be a great experience, and maybe it is for you, but for me, an introvert, it’s pretty much a nightmare.

There has to be a better way!

Well, I discovered that there was!

A Layered Haircut From Home

I found that I could cut my own hair, quick, easy, for free, and have it look incredible!

I am so excited to share with you an ultra-simple, super-quick way to cut your hair in beautiful layers!

You can easily cut your daughter’s, or even your own hair in only 5 minutes!  You may never go to the salon again!

This is what my daughter’s hair looked like before the haircut…

Layered haircut before

Before

And after!

After

 

If you want to learn how to do this easy 5-minute layered haircut on yourself or your daughters, click the image below to download your FREE guide!

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How to Make Easy, Homemade Brown Sugar Scrub

How to Make Easy, Homemade Brown Sugar Scrub

Have you ever tried  brown sugar scrub on your skin?

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If not, you absolutely must! It is an excellent exfoliator and a luxurious moisturizer…not to mention, it smells simply delicious! And if you make it yourself with a few simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, it is frugal as well!

 

 

Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub

2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup honey

1 tsp. vanilla

2 Vitamin E capsules

 

Simply mix all ingredients together, and put into the lovely container of your choice!

 

 

For those who love the scent of fall, here is a

nice variation:

 

Pumpkin Pie Brown Sugar Scrub

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup olive oil

1/8 cup honey

1 Vitamin E capsule

3 1/2 tsp. pumpkin

pie spice

Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 TBS cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp. ginger

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp nutmeg

Brown Sugar Scrub in a cute container with a bow or tied with twine would make a lovely Christmas gift as well! Give it a try and let me know how you like it!

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How to Make Easy, Homemade, Natural Face and Body Wash

How to Make Easy, Homemade, Natural Face and Body Wash

I love, love, love, my new homemade face
and body wash! I’ve been using this for several months now, and love it! It is gentle, effective, and all-natural, with no harmful parabens. It is also oh-so-easy to make!

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 The best part?….It only uses two ingredients, Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap and essential oil (unless you count water, which would make it a whopping three!)
 First, use up a bottle of store-bought foaming hand soap.
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 Next, pour Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Soap into the empty bottle, filling it about one-fifth to one-fourth full. I use Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Mild Baby Soap. It is wonderful for baby wash, as well as for family members with sensitive skin. You can buy this at Amazon, Target, or Trader Joe’s.
 
 
 Then fill up the rest of the bottle with water, leaving room for the large foaming pump.

Finally, pour in several drops of your favorite essential oil. My favorite is orange.

Shake it all up, and you are done! This one simple recipe can be used for natural hand soap, baby bath, face wash, and body wash! Try it and let me know how you like it!

 

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Why I love doing Laundry, and How You can Too

Why I love doing Laundry, and How You can Too

You may be looking at this title and thinking, love doing laundry“WHAT?! Is she for real?!”

For most of us, laundry is a pain.

A time-wasting task that menial and tedious as they come.

And yet, we have to wear clothes so we have to do laundry.

But yes, I assure you that I am quite serious about the title of this post.

I love doing laundry, and this can be you as well!

Schedule it

First of all, I recommend that you make this inevitable task a part of your automatic daily or weekly schedule. You want to be intentional.

It should be something you don’t even have to think about doing, or ever wonder if you should do it or not that day.

You just do.

What works for me is throwing a load in first thing every morning.

Do what works for you. You will be absolutely amazed at the amount of stress that is relieved when you routinize daily tasks so that procrastination or deliberation is not an option

Pray

Now, this other tip is what I really wanted to talk about, and will  transform your laundry drudgery into something truly sacred…

As you fold each family member’s article of clothing, PRAY FOR THAT PERSON.

  1. Thank God for that person.
  2. Intercede for that person.
  3. Pray a blessing over that person.

What better way to redeem that time than in prayer?

And what better way to be reminded whom to pray for than as you fold their clothes? (Of course, some especially dirty family members may get more prayers than others, but that is okay!)

There is something special about the act of tangibly touching and handling the physical objects that symbolize a person. It makes that prayer seem more REAL.

How many times do we as busy mothers in chaotic households bemoan the fact that we don’t have time to pray or spend quiet time with God?

Maybe, just maybe, mundane tasks such as laundry are a gift to us from God for that very thing.

Just think of the amazing opportunity we are wasting if instead we spend that time complaining and feeling sorry for ourselves! Redeem that time for eternity!

You may also find that as a result of this activity, you will feel more patient and loving towards your family afterwards!

It is very difficult to lovingly fold and pray for someone, then go yell at them or hang onto any bitterness you may have been harboring.

This is so important, I will say it again…

Maybe, just maybe, mundane tasks such as laundry are a gift to us from God to pray for our loved ones and draw near to Him.

So, give it a try! You have nothing to lose except anger and resentment! First, set your laundry time on automatic so you don’t even have to think about it, then use that valuable opportunity for eternity!

You may just find yourself loving doing laundry as well!

If you got value from this post on how to love doing laundry, then feel free to leave a comment or share. 🙂

How to Make Easy, Homemade, Natural, Powdered Laundry Detergent

How to Make Easy, Homemade, Natural, Powdered Laundry Detergent

 

Do you know what is diy laundry detergentlurking in your laundry detergent?

Do you realize that the toxic chemicals found in cleaners and detergents find their way into your body, wreaking havoc as they go?

Maybe it is time to learn how to make your own natural laundry detergent! It is quick, easy, and inexpensive! I had heard about families such as the Duggars making economical liquid homemade detergent, but it looked difficult, messy, and hard to store! No thanks!  But then I learned that it is so easy to make your own POWDERED laundry detergent!  Well, THAT I could try, and you can, too!

To prepare, take a trip to your local Walmart, and pick up three simple ingredients: Borax, Fels-Naptha Bar Soap, and Washing Soda…that’s all! This recipe must be catching on, because Walmart had all three ingredients located all together on a shelf in the cleaning aisle!  And they were CHEAP!

 

First, use the grating attachment on your food processor to grate the bar of Fels-Naptha soap. Some people substitute Ivory soap for the Fels-Naptha. The kids love this step, because it’s really fun to push the soap down, and watch the soap grate up into long orange slivers. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can grate the soap by hand, but it takes a bit longer, and is just not quite as fun.)

 

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Did I mention that this was fun for the kids??

 

Next, dump the grated soap into a bowl so that you can change the grating attachment to the blending attachment.

 

Then dump the grated soap back into the food processor.

 

 

 

Add one cup of Borax and one cup of Washing Soda (this is NOT baking soda!)

 

                                    

Blend this lovely mixture into a lovely, sweet-smelling powder.

 

                                     

Finally, pour your beautiful natural laundry detergent into the container of your choice.

 

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This even makes a lovely gift for a friend! Find a beautiful glass jar, attach a coffee scoop and gift label with some twine, and you have a practical, unique gift that everyone will appreciate!

Instructions for using your easy, homemade, natural laundry detergent:  For regular washing machines, dissolve 2 TBS in the bottom of the washer before adding clothes. For high-efficiency washers, place 1 TBS in the bottom of the washer with your clothes. Do not use the powder dispenser, as it could clog….trust me…  😉 Your clothes will come out smelling simply and refreshingly clean!

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