Kate and I visited this guy who has been taking care of my mom's hair for over ten years. He's the gayest salon owner in Illinois. We are both pretty shy and self-conscious about things like "contemporary" hair, and have had the common frustration of visiting hair cutters who just keep asking "so what is it you want?" "how shall I style this?" ... I DON'T FUCKING KNOW!!.
This guy was both a good listener and a good sense of how scared and anxious we were about "big" changes, and also fairly aggressive about what he thought needed to be done, and why.
So I'm now sporting a funky touseled hip thing that's much shorter than it was. It's even LAYERED and makes me look even younger than I already do. For her part Kate has a shoulder-length do with big flippy sexy waves, and lots of reddish highlights.
I dunno, maybe not a big deal to some people, but for us both this was a major accomplishment and a big step forward in, well, "personal appearance" care. Maybe all that watching Queer Eye is being somehow inspiring.
Yeah, there are pictures, but they're not digital, I won't be able to scan them for a while, and I'm probably still too self-conscious to make much publically available.