I Cheated

Friends, I have a confession to make:  I cheated.  That’s right—I’m no better than Barry Bonds or Lance Armstrong.



Too soon?

But I had to do it.  I needed to do it.  And I know everyone else does it, too.

Before you heard from others, I wanted to tell you first:  I cheated—on my hairdresser.

My curls were crazy long and froin’ way too much, and since I don’t know when I’ll head home again, I went to Bumble and bumble (thanks for the recommendation, Jen!), and got the most expensive haircut of my 23 years of life.


I pulled it back into a ponytail to make sure it could be done, hence the limpness/loose curls.  Looks good, though, right?

The actual salon blew me away—two stories, complete with its own café—and I couldn’t believe how thorough the hair-chopping process turned out to be.  An assistant washed my hair (and gave me a scalp massage!) before my stylist, Nico, assessed my mane hair and developed a style plan (or whatever it’s called).  My two demands?  Keep the layers, and the shorter, the better, but it needs to be able to be pulled back into a ponytail.  I’m used to my hairdresser at home who knows my hair, my lifestyle, etc. (I’ve been going to her since literally day one), so the whole hair-cutting process, including answering several hair-care questions, took more than an hour.  Nico cut it and wanted to see how it dried and how my curls reacted—and he was visibly surprised when he couldn’t style them!  He even said something like, “I can always control curls.”  Mine have a mind of their own, though—ha!  Anyway, he then cut more off, and I can still pull it back into a ponytail.  Well, more like a pony-nub, but it works.  And I got some samples!


Yeah, the salon has its own line of hair products—totally normal in NYC, right?


Last night’s dinner centered on leftovers—almond-crusted tilapia, plus roasted veggies and sweet potatoes.


Even though meal prep can be a pain, it makes for some speedy weeknight meals.

Workout – Yoga

After a challenging few days of workouts, I welcomed the chance to sweaty and stretch at Yoga Vida this morning.  Even though I stick out like a sore thumb a triathlete at a yoga studio (ha!), I really enjoy practicing yoga once a week.  Today’s class contained some hip openers and core work, both of which I definitely needed.


Before heading to the studio, I prepped some overnight one-hour oats with frozen strawberries and blueberries, plus plain Greek yogurt, chia seeds, almond milk, and instant oats.


Plus a huge scoop of almond butter!


After I cheated on my hairstylist, I finished up the spicy black bean quinoa.


I think an apple with almond butter is in order.

Have you ever cheated on your hairstylist?

19 responses to “I Cheated

  1. oh man you look great. nothing like a great haircut!

    • Thanks, Alex! The haircut cost an arm and a leg (aka four times more here than it would be at home!), so hopefully it lasts a while. 😉

  2. Cute cut. I love the B&B products for curly hair.
    I am very loyal to my guy Dean!

    • I can’t wait to try them! And up until today, I’ve been 100 percent loyal to my hairdresser at home, so I feel a little guilty, lol.

  3. I felt guilty the first time I cheated, too. Thankfully, JJ is in Seattle and doesn’t know (and even getting to Seattle was impossible most of the time since I lived 2 hours away, so I had an excuse!). Of course, feeling guilty is silly, but I totally have felt like a cheater 😉

  4. I have been a LONG TIME fan of B&B products!! I’d die to go to the salon – you lucky gal! The hair cut is super adorable 🙂 And I’m still “cheating” cause I have yet to find a hairdresser that just WOW’S me here. I had ONE – she gave me the BEST invertedbob/Victoria Beckham super short hair cut I have EVER had and then she up and left the salon to go back to school. I still have a lot of options to go through and I only do my hair maybe 1-2x a year – it always costs me $150-200 each time I go so I let it go until it’s just too horrible to stand. It’s almost to that point now.

    • Glad to hear you like the B&B products! This was my first time hearing about them (must be because I lived under a rock?), so I’m excited to test them. At home, I would get my hair cut four or five times a year, but based on the NYC haircut prices, I need to reduce that to one or two. 😉

  5. Not going to lie, I laughed a lot when I read that at first. I was like hmmmm…def know she isn’t doing drugs. Wonder what it could be. I seriously hate how expensive hair appointments are but my hair always feels so good afterwords.

  6. oh my your hair looks rocking girl!! Love the cut and you have beautiful color!

  7. I love your haircut! so fun! 🙂 i actually used to go to one lady forEVER and then 2 years ago made a switch to another and totally loved it so much better. there was no going back lol sometimes its for the best. that salon sounds lovely!

  8. Great haircut! Bumble and bumble hair products rock!

  9. Cute haircut! Love it!

    I don’t have a hairstylist, I haven’t gotten a haircut in a year. I just go to this cheap place and have anyone who is available cut my hair. If I actually cared about my hair (and didn’t wear it just in ponytails) I would probably get it cut more often, but I don’t.

    • I’m usually pretty low-maintenance when it comes to my hair, but once it gets to the point of being too long, I *need* to get it cut.

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