Susan L Mayer LMT
Neuromuscular Massage Therapist * Viniyoga Instructor
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Journeying through Self-Care

The Transformative Haircut

One morning back in May, I looked at my hair and thought, “Ugh. I need a haircut!” I have spent much of the past 15 years growing my hair long enough to donate to the places that make wigs for cancer patients, so it had been a while since my last hair cut. Not knowing where else to go, I called the place I got it cut when I worked at the library.

Savannah sat me in her chair and asked how I wanted my hair cut. I only knew I wanted to try bangs, and that I had been told my hair didn’t ‘move’ so would like mobile hair. The next thing she asked was what essential oil I would like for a scalp massage. They offer three choices and she let me smell each one — I picked the lavender one. After that, it was time to wash my hair. What a great sensation it is to have someone who can do the washing while at the same time massaging the scalp with just the right pressure! Next she wrapped my hair in a hot towel, asked me to sit up and then gave me the choice of the three oil blends again, this time for a hand massage!

This experience was the impetus for the month of self-care. I had no expectation that I was in for anything besides a haircut that hopefully made it so I could look in the mirror and be ok with what was reflected back. I didn’t know that I would be so well cared for and come away feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Finding a salon that cares this deeply for their clients that they send each person on a transformative, relaxing journey that happens to include a haircut is something I highly recommend searching for. If you live in the North or Northwest suburbs of Chicago, check out the fabulous people at Pure Salon in Arlington Heights