Sometimes the little things count

I find that many times, it’s the little things that make me happy.

For the longest time (pretty much my entire life), I’ve had short to medium length hair. I still wouldn’t classify my hair as “long” today, but it is definitely growing past my shoulders at this point.

When I was younger, I was always envious of my friends who had long hair. They were able to braid it, to curl it, to put it in fun styles. My short hair just couldn’t do it. All of the other girls would sit in a line at recess, braiding each others’ hair. I learned how to do these styles, but never saw them on myself.

When we got home from the gym yesterday, I stood in front of the bathroom mirror and looked at my hair. A question popped into my head: “could I do it?” I thought I’d give it a try…just for fun. After a bit of twisting, pulling, and plaiting, I gazed into the mirror at my handiwork.

I did it!!!! A French braid, twisted into a small bun at the nape of my neck. I couldn’t believe it. My hair wasn’t falling out on the sides; it actually stayed in place in the braid. Miracle!!!

*Sigh* A childhood desire realized.

It’s the little things, right? What “little things” have you recently had success with?


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  • I always wanted to learn how to french braid, but I’ve never been able to! I’m hoping that some day I’ll be able to master a hairstyle that isn’t just “up” or “down.”

    • I definitely think it is easier to learn when you’re practicing on someone else’s head! When I first learned, my “subject” would have to hold pieces for me because I couldn’t do it without help!

    • You know, I was kind of wondering how I managed to do that. I think it is because I was braiding the pieces over instead of pulling them under! I kind of like the way that this turned out in comparison to the “regular” French braid!

  • wow – that is quite impressive that you just whipped that up on the spot. it looks great!

    growing up my mother always kept my hair short: pixie or short blunt bob ONLY. I can totally relate to your childhood tress envy. this MAY be why I have a major problem with getting my hair cut now. 🙂

    • I was kind of shocked, personally!

      I never thought I’d be the girl to grow my hair out. I always had the fun, short hair styles. Then, when the wedding was on the horizon…I started growing it out. I cut it a few times afterward but quickly realized that I kind of LIKE it long. Go figure. So now I’m afraid to go to the salon for a trim – the last time I did, chica cut my hair from about 4in down my back all the way to my shoulders (when I said to not take length off)! I’m still recovering. Lol

  • I can ONLY do the upside-down French braid (the one you did) on myself, and only the regular kind on other people! So curious: are you able to do the regular kind on yourself/vice versa?

    • Ah! That is exactly how it is with me! I am pretty sure I could do the “over” style on someone else, but I don’t know that my own hands are able to do the regular one on my own head…

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