Sunday, October 14, 2012

Homecoming hair. Year #4

Over the years, I realize more and more how much I love my job. There are so many ups and downs to teaching and coaching at the high school level. But there are more ups than downs and I love when I’m in a season of recognition of all the awesome things this career brings me.

I was at a training the other day and this woman was saying how she was a mother of a teenage daughter and everyone in the room let out an empathetic chuckle. It made me feel empathetic which is weird because I don’t have kids. However, I do have 53 “volleyball” daughters and I truly look at all of them in that light. I love the life of a teenage girl. It’s so fragile, sensitive, confusing, exciting, ever-changing, and full of love/friendships/laughter. Knowing my players on a more personal level because of how much we’re around each other, I get to see their teenage lives unfold over 4 years. It’s exciting for me and stressful because my maternal instincts kick in and I want to be protective when the going gets tough (or when an oblivious teenage boy breaks one of their hearts). With that said, being a high school teacher, I get to be around the most fun part of all these kids’ lives. And Homecoming is one of those great memories…

My setters on my varsity asked if I could do their hair. Of course I said yes. This will be year number 4 for me of doing homecoming hair for my former and current players. I have a new confidence after my best friend got married this summer and she had me do a 6 of her bridesmaids hair including hers. Yes, I did my best friend’s hair for her wedding. And yes, her hair was shorter than her shoulders. Yes, I was petrified that I was going to screw it up on the biggest day of her life yet.  But it worked out and she liked it and now I feel like I can conquer the hair world.

So I got on Pinterest and started looking and here’s what we finished with. Monica wanted a lower updo with some body on top. They both have hair that goes all the way down their back so that was a challenge when I was trying to figure out what to do. With Monica, I went with the zig zag approach. It turned out much more trendy than I was expecting. And it was by far the fastest hair style I’ve ever done. It save a ton of time with her having it curled before I got there. One down, one to go…

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Then there was Maddie. I struggled with a second on what to do with hers. It wasn’t curled and she wanted a bohemian look. So I went with a pinterest picture I saw…


Now, Mad’s hair is the same length as this girl. But I’ll tell you, twisting the hair and pushing it up didn’t look nearly as clean as it does in the picture. But we went ahead with it anyway and I she definitely got the messy look with a sweet side braid. She was happy, I was happy…

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I love how Maddie’s hair looks like it’s curled and I didn’t touch a curling iron.

It was a good time for me to be around some sweet girls and for me to play dress up with some real life girlies.

In my life, I think I’m an updo hair stylist sometimes, ha.. (and baker, graphic designer, mom, nurse, psychologist, web designer, etc.)