I spent the New Year at my home in France. I obviously couldn’t have any friends over the UK but I did manage to catch up with my family who I haven’t been able to see for three years. We had a wonderful time. It also gave me a chance to walk off all that Christmas food, as they made me walk all the way up the steep cobbled streets to the top of the village! Cordes-sur-Ciel means “rocky heights in the sky”, so you can imagine how high up it is! It is worth the effort, though, as the views are fabulous.
I had an operation just before Christmas and started losing my hair after the anaesthetic. I am really supporting mynewhair in the salon this year, which is my friend Trevor Sorbie’s charity providing help, advice and support to anyone living with the effects of medical hair loss. For 2022, we will be an official centre supplying wigs for people to
buy and then cutting and styling them for free.
This is something that is very close to my heart, as my mother had cancer and wore a wig, but I didn’t dream it would be something that would affect me, too.
It showed me that hair loss can happen to anyone, completely suddenly and unexpectedly. Going through it myself means I have discovered just how traumatic hair loss is, and I can closely empathise with the emotions people feel when they lose their hair. I have always thought of my hair as my crowning glory, so to suddenly have it falling
out in handfuls has been incredibly upsetting.
I have cut it very short, and I am starting to feel a bit better. I have bought myself a new pair of glasses and it has been a tonic to get back to the salon after the new year and see all my friends and clients again.
Dire Straits’ bass guitarist John Illsley has been having his hair cut by me for the last couple of years so I was delighted when I went to cut his hair recently and he gave me a private signing of his new book My Life in Dire Straits. It was very special.
We are all throwing ourselves into the new year in the salon. There is still so much uncertainty, but we have lots of exciting things planned and it’s always important to keep positive and look for the good things in every situation.