If you’ve been following our blog, you know that I’ve been toying with the idea of cutting off my long locks. I’ve only had my hair cut shorter than chin-length once in my life — third grade — and I hated it. But I thought that in the spirit of our “this will be the craziest thing I do in my life” trip, I should do something wildly different with my hair as well.
I wanted to get it cut before leaving the States, but we ended up being so busy between our last day at work and heading out of town that I never got the opportunity. So I said that I’d test out traveling with long hair while we were in Iceland, then decide whether to cut it in Finland. I thought that with the Finns being so stylish I’d probably get a good cut. But it was too expensive there. Russia and Turkey didn’t fit the bill either (for their own reasons).
Then in Croatia, I read that the frizerski salons are cheap and give stylish cuts. In Rijeka, after lunch, we went up to one salon, but they were closed. A sign on the door indicated they went sailing. Then we came upon another, closed. We were about to give up and do touristy things when I hesitantly pointed one out, “That might be open.” I say hesitantly because while I wanted it done, I also didn’t want to do it and really just needed a push. Mike led the way into the salon, and before I knew it, I was getting my hair washed without even knowing what kind of cut I wanted.
When I sat in the barber chair, we signed onto WiFi on the iPhone, Googled “short haircuts” and chose one. The hairdresser didn’t speak English and I don’t speak Croatian. Fake sign language and Google Translate got us through it. And voilà! Here it is:
She kept outlining my face with her hands to tell me that a short cut would look good with my features. I said “dobro” and “da” because that’s the only Croatian I know. The hairdresser kept saying things like, “super, super” and “yes, yes, yes” because that’s the only English she knows. She was shocked that I wanted to do something so drastic, and also excited to be given the opportunity to “do whatever you want with it.” I’ve always wanted to do that for a hairdresser. A few years ago I asked a hairdresser in DC if anyone ever came in and said “do whatever you want,” and she told me no one ever had but would love it if someone did.
So I overcame my slight fear of traveling with short hair (a fear of being annoyed by it), and it’s really not so bad. If it gets annoying, I have a hat, headbands and a bandana. But I’m glad I took this final blind leap. When you flip your life upside down, you can’t hold back on your hair too.
Tara, you look Fabulous with short hair. I shaved off my hair after I got my Masters degree in March and I haven’t looked back. It’s so much easier especially since you are backpacking. Enjoy the new look!
Thank you, Kelly! You look great too! That took a lot of courage to shave it all off. Very inspiring!
Robin Schieren says
You look beautiful as usual, so sexy!! I love all the layers in the back too!1
Thank you! I think it’ll grow out nicely.
Patti Maceri says
Tara, I love the cut, it looks so good on you. I do love the layers in the back. I hope
your new hairstyle will work well for you on your journey around the world.
Thanks Aunt Patti! So far it’s been great. I’m really glad I got it done.
Love it! Way to go.
Thanks Heather 🙂
Debbie Glade says
You look fantastic!
Many thanks 🙂
Rene Arrowsmith says
Tara, You look adorable in any hair style. Love you.
Thanks Momma 🙂
Looks great! It’s honestly the best thing you could do when travelling. I did the same thing when I left UK and with the heat here in Spain I can’t help but think thank God I did! Good luck with the rest of your travels 🙂
Yes! It’s a decision I’m very happy with. Should’ve done it earlier actually 🙂
amanda elsewhere says
You look great, T! Way to take the leap!
Thank you, Lisa!
Really love that in Croatia it’s acceptable to just close your business and go sailing. I think I need to move there. Seriously. And the haircut is super cute!
lol me too! We’re definitely considering going back…and staying a while 🙂
Congratulations for taking [another] leap! You and your hair look fantastic!
Thank you, Gary! Though I can’t imagine how I’d keep it under control if I was still teaching classes 🙂
Looks fabulous!!! But really, you could wear your hair any way. : )
I used to keep mine really, really short. It is a lot easier to care for, but I had to get it cut often. The style you have will look good even if you leave it alone and let it grow in. A very good choice!!!
Thanks Dani! The maintenance part is def a hassle, but I’m just going to let it grow out through the rest of the trip, then cut it to my usual chin-length when I get back 🙂
vicki fleming says
Stunning feathered cut… looks fab on you Tara! Really love the “leaps” you’ve taken this summer. You’ll never be the same ( in a good way) — Get home safe.
Thank you, Vicki! This trip has definitely already had many positive effects on me. One of the best decisions I’ve made.
I used to volunteer to do hair shows and was one of those that used to say “do whatever you want.” As a result, the stylists loved me….*and* I got a great cut/color and free products to boot! 🙂
Your hair looks great short!
Whoa! How do I sign up for that? I’d do it for a free cut 🙂