I LOVE this time of year.
Right now I’m sitting by my fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate. The Christmas tree is lit, the decorations are up, and everything feels so home-y and cozy.
The weather is chilly, so I get to spend a ton more family time indoors just watching movies or playing games or reading. Aside from the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, everything feels much more relaxed.
Except when my parents come to stay and I WANT TO TAKE OFF MY DAMN HAIR.
Reminder for those readers that are new: no one—aside from my husband—knows that I wear hair. Not even my parents.
They’ll be arriving shortly before Christmas, and I’m already dreading the fact that I’ll have to wear hair from the moment I wake up until I go to bed.
Usually my days go something like this. I get up, I get ready for work, I work. I come home, we eat dinner, spend some quiet time together, then shuttle the kids to bed.
My husband gets the kids in their pajamas while I slip into something a little more sexy (read: sweatpants) and take off my hair.
No, it doesn’t really bother me—it doesn’t feel uncomfortable or anything like that. But, after a long day working I just want to relax, and removing my hair plays into that.
It’s hard to explain, but even though the hair is clean and swingy and looks great, it just feels icky at the end of the day.
(Those that wear hair, is it just me? Am I crazy?)
Plus, since it’s a longer style, I think taking it off early in the evening increases its lifespan.
Because the friction between the fibers and my shoulders cause the hair to wear out more quickly.
Also, the more you wear a piece, the more frequently you have to wash it, which in turns wears it out. My current habits allow me to go two weeks in between washes even though my Milan is seven months old (which is pretty dang good for synthetic hair!). Usually, you have to wash much more frequently as pieces age to help retain their softness. This old gal is still alive and kicking.
I know it’s silly to complain about, but I’m just not looking forward to wearing it all the time.
But, there’s one good thing that come with wearing hair with holiday house guests:
Christmas morning pictures! I’ll quickly be able to get ready in the morning so that I can focus on the kids, their excitement, and the great pictures we’ll take (which I’m actually willing to be in now that my hair looks good).
If we didn’t have guests, I’d probably not even bother putting on my helper hair…but then I’d avoid all the photos because my bio hair looked so bad. So, there is a silver lining, and I’ll gladly take it.
Tell me, am I nuts that I’m dreading this? Does anyone else just love to fling their hair off at the earliest opportunity sometimes?
Survey request! Thomas Jefferson University’s Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Biology reached out to me and ask if I would link to a survey they are conducting.
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Got two minutes? Take the anonymous survey now (but come back and leave me a comment!).