BEAUTY CORNER: Where to find the spice of life

  • Posted: Sunday, March 2, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Dear Scott: I am bored to tears. It is a new year, and I want a new me. I have looked the same forever. I feel like I need a change.

I don't want to look like everyone else, but I still would like to look somewhat normal.

All of get them wear exactly the same hairstyle and their husbands all have the same haircut. Can you help give me some emotional support toward stepping out of the box?

Answer: Isn't it incredible how different people look and act? No two are the same, and the differences are so very extreme that at times it can be truly amazing. Even identical twins have characteristics that are specific. Embracing individualism is truly the spice of life.

Wouldn't it be boring if everyone looked the same, and liked the same things, and walked around like a bunch of clones forever meeting people exactly like themselves? New ideas and new experiences could not coexist in a world where everyone was identical.

In any event, what is “normal” is purely subjective. The most wonderful thing about being you, is that there is only one of you, and doing what makes you feel good, looking the way that you want to look, as an individual, is fun!

Choosing to go against what other people think takes courage for some but after awhile, looking like your peers, or following the crowd can get pretty monotonous.

One of the best things about life is the ability to change your mind whenever you want.

Sure, it's a new year, and many of you will be dashing to the gym and trying to figure out all of the things you have been doing wrong that you aren't going to do anymore.

A new hairdo is a great way to spice up your life. It's quick and easy, and you don't have to make any big commitment because it grows right back.

But in the course of reinventing yourself you might want to take the time to look at the things about yourself that are good already.

A “New year-new you” is overrated in my opinion. Being the best that you can be, changing the things about yourself that you do not like, or things in your life that make you unhappy, take time.

From what I have seen over all the years of meeting all kinds of people, most of you are doing pretty good just the way you are.

Dear Scott: My boyfriend is losing his hair. He wears a baseball cap all the time to cover it up and I'm, sick of looking at him in it. I've asked him not to wear it but he does anyway.

He thinks he looks bad because of his hair thinning, but I am so sick of that baseball cap I could scream. Any suggestions on how to get him to stop wearing it?

Answer: Men, those baseball caps you wear so that you look cool, or as a way to go without fixing your hair or to cover up the bald spots are smothering your scalp and eventually aid in the loss of your hair.

It gets sweaty under those things and creates an unhealthy environment for hair not to grow, and a great place for fungus and other stuff to grow instead. No air gets in.

They also pull the hair out by the roots as you guys scratch at it because it gets hot and icky under there.

Save the hat for when you feel like you can't live without it, and let your head breathe the rest of the time.

Scott Terwilliger is an Aiken salon owner and Master Colorist. He can be reached at 803-979-2126 or for questions or comments.

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