At 7 pm on Thursday September 22, 2016 I decided I could not live with my super long hair another day. When I woke up the next morning I called and made an appointment and by 3:35 pm I was sitting in a chair, preparing to have my braids cut off.

In my whole life I have had my mother cut my hair. Who wouldn’t? She is one of the best hair designers in Cowlitz County. She has been designing hair and specializing in color and hair weave for over 30 years. She is really good at what she does.

My niece, Allie, and I a couple Sundays ago...

My niece, Allie, and I a couple Sundays ago…

Before this lovely Friday I had had my hair cut by 2 other people in my whole life (if you don’t count my friend Sarah or myself) and that was with Mom nearby; I was their hair model; it was work-related. I have made appointments with other hair designers 2 other times in my life, but Mom always found out and persuaded me to cancel and come to her.

Of all the hair cutting experiences I can remember, this was the best hair cutting experience I have ever had. As much as Mom loves me, she is always in a hurry; she pulls my hair, shoves me in whatever direction she wants and complains the whole time about how much hair I have and how many earrings I have in my ears; what can I say, the hair is a genetic thing…and I grew up in the late 80’s to early 90’s…we pierced our ears…heck…she even did one of the piercings…(I do have a lot of them…5 in my right and 6 in my left…and I used to have more…)

My experience with Shelby was great! She was so careful and wanted to get the cut perfect. She never pulled my hair, more than is to be expected or poked me in the head, or sighed heavily, and she apologized the one time her comb bumped my earrings. She even took the time to put that tissue paper around my neck before she put on the cape to protect my clothes from bits of hair…Mom cut that step out, at least with me, back in the 80’s.


I am very shocked at how curly my hair has become. I have no product or color in my hair.

I can think of a particular hair designer in town that I want to start going to but, since I was raised in high-end salons, I understand that walk-ins are frustrating and since she just got home from Hawaii, she probably has a backlog of clients that need her attention. Since my decision was so last minute, I realized that the beauty college was probably the best decision for my schedule and my pocketbook. So I called Stylemasters when I awoke and voila! That is how I ended up in Shelby’s chair.

I noticed a lot of things while I was getting my 3 years of hair grow out cut off:

  1. Similar to hanging out on the campus at Lower Columbia College, there is an excitement in the air from all the learning and possibilities to be had at Stylemasters.
  2. Everyone was super positive and glad I was there. At least 5 women came over and spoke kind words to me.
  3. The sheer thickness of my hair was overwhelming to Shelby. She didn’t say it, but I could sense it, especially when she called her instructor over to let her check her work. She got a few minutes for her arms to rest.
  4. Maybe my thick hair is overwhelming to Mom too…
  5. At least 3 people thanked me for coming in and for donating my hair before I left.

My hair cut seems so small to some of you, I am sure. But for me it symbolized a right of passage for me. I had quit making the simple decision to get my hair cut and I let others make decisions for me. This is just one area in my life that I have let this happen and so with this one decision I made, and followed through with, I took some control where it is appropriate to have control. I feel so amazing. Even my cat seems happier with me.

Shelby was awesome. I asked her why she was studying hair design and she said that when she was a girl she used to get in trouble for cutting her doll’s hair off. As an adult she kept messing up her sister’s hair (what a great sister) so she decided to learn some techniques. At the time, she was only 6 days away from graduating and she didn’t have a salon to move on to. She wasn’t sure she wanted to do this job full time. She could already feel the strain in her shoulders and hips. I encouraged her to consider doing it while she went to LCC for another profession; she already was leaning toward that idea so I told her about my cousin who did hair while she studied to become a nurse. I also suggested checking out Holos Yoga and Wellness or consider studying Tai Chi to build endurance in her muscles and joints. She seemed happy to think about that.


I lost 2-3 pounds from this experience! 🙂

In the end I think I surprised her when I jumped out of my chair and started taking off my cape. Her look told me to stop so I apologized and told her at this point I was usually taking my own cape off and cleaning the entire station.

I think I like being a customer sometimes. 🙂

If you haven’t found a hair designer you want to commit to or your pocketbook dictates that you spend less, I highly recommend Stylemasters. I knew I would have to be open-minded when I went in. I am used to a seasoned professional. I probably am sporting the most technically sound hair cut I have had in years; Mom is an artist…I can’t say it is the best hair cut I have ever had, but I grew a lot in Shelby’s chair.

Did I mention that I LOVE my hair?!

I will be donating my hair to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program, which gives wigs to people who have lost their hair to cancer.

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