I minimized my hair, which is to say that I went in to a salon and when I left there was enough hair on the floor to make a good-size muppet or a shaggy wig or a hair sweater. I’d been considering doing short hair for a long, long time. But fear held me back.
I’m glad I took the plunge. My morning hair routine is now wash, comb, air dry, DONE. No need to blow dry, no need to fuss and fidget or pull it up or brush it out. (If you are a woman, you know that air drying or blow drying long hair can be really time consuming. If you are a dude, you probably stopped reading as soon as I started talking about hair.)
The hair ties into Project 333, the challenge to wear 33 items of clothing for 3 months. (Not all at once. But only those 33 items, which INCLUDES shoes and outerwear!) Can I feel stylish wearing the same items? Will I be able to make it through all three months? Can I make it through one month like this? Did the person that created this challenge 1) live in a climate that has erratic temperatures from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31? Does that person work in an office that requires professional dress (no jeans allowed)? These are the questions swirling through my mind at Day 6.
Does 33 items sound like a lot? Consider a crisp, autumn weekday in Chicago. I’ll typically wear a skirt + shirt/blouse + cardigan + work-appropriate shoes + a coat over all that. Did you do the math? That’s five right there. (I don’t have to count tights or underwear, thank goodness).
On a weekend day, I might wear jeans, t-shirt, cardigan (I wear a lot of cardigans — what do you want me to say? I’m a nerd), casual flats or sneakers and a jacket. Five again. You see — two days, and I’m up to 10 items, or almost 33 percent of my total. AND I’m breaking the rules by NOT counting jewelry, scarves or hats. If you lived in, let’s say, Florida or Arizona or most of California, you can get away with far fewer items because you don’t need to layer. But if you live somewhere that the weather gets mighty chilly — well, you can see how things might add up.
Anyway, folks. I’m at Day 6 and a total of 18 items (the weather has been warm, and I recycled jeans and a tank top over the weekend). Anybody want to place bets on how far I can take this thing? Will I make it to three months? Stay tuned.
Next blog: My complete list of 33.