Real talk time, Glossers: I am hella cheap. Like, so-cheap-I-can’t-remember-buying-non-Target-socks cheap. Cheap enough that I actually look at the “price per oz” stickers in grocery stores when buying beer. I think this comes in part from my obsessive post-college budgeting plus my inability to justify spending more than $20 on anything I don’t actually need (although food and alcohol always seem to squeeze onto that list regardless). So, when I have heard that some of the women I know pay $35 – 40 dollars to get their hair blown out for events, I have typically projected this expression:
Earlier this week, our office received a spectacular visit from Glamsquad, an on-demand blowout service that comes to you for hair appointments. When they arrived, I was naturally excited; who doesn’t love getting a surprise bit of pampering? I also assumed that this would be a one-time thing and that getting a single free service wouldn’t make me part of the blowout fans so quickly.
One of Glamsquad’s stylists (and epic makeup artist), Ido Raphael, went to work on my wet, frizzy hair. For those of you not in NYC, here’s the current state of its weather: AWFUL. Awful awful awful. Humid, sweaty and unpleasant. I’ve been wearing my hair up nonstop because whether I deep condition, apply grooming cream, straighten, whatever, I feel terrible about my hair. I’ve always had bushy, thick hair (it’s what made me believe I would be cast in the Harry Potter movies as Hermione at age 10), and I am rather self-conscious about it.
I couldn’t see what Ido was doing to my hair, but Caitlin from Gurl did, so I got to see the process after the fact. Basically, he turned my hair from frizzy, bent and “blah” to something infinitely more smooth and glamorous. After I saw it in a mirror, I felt my excitement level go way-the-eff-up; I just wanted to find the nearest wind tunnel and walk in it for hours.
So, was it worth it? Yes. Yes it was.
For the first time since I had started attending Fashion Week events, I felt really good about myself whilst around all those incredibly stylish, beautiful people. I went backstage at Alice + Olivia and had much more confidence in how I spoke with other people. Afterward, I met up with Jenni from Crushable and one of our techies at a Bumble & Bumble event for editors and bloggers nearby and multiple people complimented my hair, which doesn’t really happen to me that often (at least, not since I dyed my hair a normal color).
Obviously, there are other qualities about ourselves far more important than our hair, but if having a beautiful style makes you feel more confident in general, why not take that little extra step every once-in-a-while? And I’m not alone in this line of thinking.
Meg Malone (associate video producer), Julia (intern at TheGloss), myself, Jess (associate editor at Gurl) and Caitlin (editorial assistant at Gurl) all felt amazing after we had our hair done by Glamsquad.
Yesterday, I went to a breakfast for writers, editors and other folks in the creative community at Kate White‘s house. White is the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, author of I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know (among other books) and a fantastic host. She explained to the room, which primarily held young women, about the first time she went to an interview for a big job change. On the day of the meeting, she wore a beautiful new dress and got herself a blowout, which led to that extra bit of confidence she needed — and the interviewer noticed, even calling her “so mediagenic.” Oh, and an ex-boyfriend spotted her and his jaw dropped, so that was presumably awesome, too. She called it the “best $20 I’ve spent.”
The point is this: tweaking your appearance just a little bit can raise your self esteem enough that you hold yourself just that much higher. People take note of this. Interviewers take note of this. People you want to take on dates or befriend or network with take notice.
Of course, a blowout may not be that extra push you need. Perhaps you have a favorite necklace that makes your eyes seem to sparkle or love how relaxed and upright you feel after a great massage. Basically, if you have the means to (and as an in-debt 23-year-old poetry grad, I promise that this can be budget for once in a while) you should treat yourself to something that makes you feel completely amazing. Who knows, maybe that extra shine will give your true worth — your talent, intelligence and wisdom — that extra push into a center stage position where everyone else can admire it, too.