About a decade ago, after millions of years with really long hair, I decided that I was going to chop my hair off. My mom had been battling two different types of cancer and was wearing wigs to work, but ditching them once she was safely at home. SOLIDARITY, MOM. Let’s have no hair together!! And she was like, no, noooo, please don’t, honey. You don’t have my bone structure. You can’t pull this look off.
Like every good young adult, I properly ignored her and walked into a new-to-me salon. (Mistake #1) I asked if someone was available to cut my hair, and a woman whose credentials I had not seen or experienced (Mistake #2) offered to cut it. I had flipped through a couple of books and was like, “IDK, just cut it all off.” When she stared at my head and made thinky-faces, I was like, “Just do whatever you want. I trust you.” (MISTAKE #3)
An hour later, I walked out of the salon with a freshly shorn scalp, leaving behind a 22-inch length ponytail to donate to Locks of Love. And then I went home and spent two days crying, because this was not what I wanted. I left the fate of my hair in the hands of a stranger, when I should have, I don’t know… a) not acted out of emotion? b) gone to my regular hair stylist? c) phoned a friend?
HERE, let me show you a picture. Hnnghh, ummm, yeah, fine, might as well.
My mom cried, and not in that, “I’m so touched that you did this as a tribute to me” but more like “What am I going to do about this year’s Christmas photos? I guess I’ll just have to buy a box of cards at Hallmark.”
Thankfully, my head no longer looks like a furry bowling ball, and I’ve not cut it that short since. How does this relate to Invisalign? Okay, admittedly, hair and teeth are completely unrelated, but roll with me for a second, because I have a point here, I swear. I’ve been wearing Invisalign since April, and I’m on my last set of aligners. When people hear that I’ve been using Invisalign, the biggest lament they share with me is, “My dentist says my/my kids’ teeth aren’t a good fit for Invisalign.”
After getting an intense crash course at the Invisalign headquarters and seeing slideshows of strangers’ teeth, I can tell you that more often than not, some dentists just aren’t trained on the product or aware of the technology. Invisalign, though around for over a decade, is still kind of the new kid on the block when it comes to old-school dentists. So, like with making big decisions regarding your scalp, a second opinion is a good idea if you’re thinking about investing in your teeth. You can always search for an Invisalign provider in your area.
And if you feel like being charitable, please feel free to link to your previous bad haircuts. Thank you. $:)
Disclosure: As a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board, I’m receiving complimentary treatment to facilitate my review. All content, opinions, and awful haircuts are my own. For the real deal buttoned-up disclosure, holla at this link right here.