Fixing The Old Lady Hair


In February I got my hair cut, and cut, and cut again.

I always tell any stylist I go to to do what they think would look best.  They are, after all, the professionals and should be studying up on what would be current and look good on me.

The challenge is that my haircuts lately have been pricy, very pricy. Sure they look great, but I was getting tired of forking out that much money. So I decided to go back the hair dressing school in my neighbourhood.  I’ve had wonderful success there in the past.  The cuts were always good, sometimes fantastic and always under $15!   They also did the highlights/lowlights to help me grow my gray in for around $50 rather than the $200+ quotes I was getting elsewhere.

At the school, of course, what I get depends on which student I get assigned to.  But, how bad could it be?  The instructors were always there monitoring the cuts and I have always been happy with what I get.

Not this time.  The staff has changed and the instructors I remembered have moved on.

I walked out with  “old lady hair”. You know that A-line bob that mid-to-low price hairdressers give every plump woman with greying hair? Blunt cut around the bottom with no texture, no styling, no interest.  Conservative, boring, drab.  Ya, that one!  Ironically “old lady hair”  was a term I had coined with a previous instructor at the school when describing this tragic lack of originality and creativity on the part of the stylist.

So there I am, after a brand new hair cut with lots of grey hair hanging in my face. No curls, no movement, nothing fashion-forward about it. In fact with the wave and curls these days, my head was fluffed out into a pyramid of dull grey fuzz. Yeesh.

Old lady cut.
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So, after much fussing, fretting and frustration, out come the sharpest scissors in the house.  Cut. Cut. Slice. Ooops!

Making friends at Ford Blue TO
At the Ford Blue event, after my first attack with scissors. Yes, first.

Each time I took another swipe at my hair I thought “What the hell”, and tried to figure out where and what to cut next, “I can’t make it much worse”.  

Lex & Bun - #LexGoFurther - A Ford Escape
On the road, after 2 or 3 attacks with scissors

I don’t make it much worse.  At least at this point it’s “interesting”. 

Though I’m not sure I made it much better, but it looked nicer to me.  That “hole” Gerry saw in the back? Well, I can’t see it so I’m sure he’s making it up.

Luckily, while I was in New Brunswick I spent a night with my friend Dani who is a professional hair dresser.  She insisted on fixing it!

Fixing the Old Lady Hair Cut
Dani fixing the hack job. Mugging is for Jenny who taking the photos. Photos by Jenny

Thank you Dani! And thank you Jenny for capturing the process.

Jennie Got The Camera - #LexGoFurther - A Ford Escape
Jenny the photographer. Selfy by Jenny.

Now it looks great, though I don’t have any photos so you’ll just have to believe me.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. tastingtoronto says:

    alexaclark you’re welcome! I think your hair always looks good, we are our own biggest critic. You reminded me I’m overdue for a cut!

    1. alexaclark says:

      tastingtoronto aw, thanks. Consider my post an object lesson and get yourself to someone with skills.

  2. Alexa Clark says:

    It’s rare, but sometimes I do write about something other than food.

  3. kevrichard says:

    AlexaClark  hehe the top right photo is great. Its like “Gah! You’re digging into my brain!” 😉

    1. AlexaClark says:

      kevrichard I couldn’t resist mugging it up.  In fairness, though the photos don’t look like it, Dani was actually quite gentle.

  4. Jennifer Daly says:

    As a leo let me assure you it is ALWAYS about the hair

  5. TauraFoxWalker says:

    Gorgeous! Great work Dani!

  6. Alexa Clark says:

    Bonnie Massey – Danielle Gauvin Thomson is cutting out of her home. You guys should connect and talk!
    Suzanne Langdon – you know it sister! I’m getting kind of pissed that there is “fashionable” “outrageous” and then the rest of us get boring. I want something interesting, maybe even dramatic, but still attractive! I keep telling them to imagine that the white is actually blue and cut to highlight it.
    Sandy Avvari – I have that exact issue. The people who do a great job disappear or move to other jobs. Guess it’s the nature of the business, but it’s hard for us.

  7. Jennifer Daly says:

    if you do not believe me on anything else, believe me on this Terry House is the best there is… He works out of a shop at Bloor and Sherbourne. Is reasonable, fashionable AND he is one of the best people I know (present company excluded, of course). Send him a message and hook yourself up.

  8. says:

    Thanks Jen, I will definitely connect with Terry.

  9. Jennifer Daly says:

    you wont be sorry 🙂

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