Dear Diary: Hey There, New Hair


I’m sat typing this post up whilst listening to Drake and drinking coffee and it’s not even 8am.

Guys, I think I’ve hit peak business woman life.

Yeah huh, I’ve started referring to myself as a business woman in my own head, rather than a freelancer. Because, truth is, I haven’t freelanced for anyone other than myself in about six months now, so well, that’s not really who I am, as a writer, right now. Ya know?

And for some weird GO GET THE WORLD reason, I feel so much more empowered and motivated when I see myself as a business lady. Hence the whole coffee and desk situ at 7.43am.

Man, I used to be cool.

I had a bit of a chilled out day yesterday, work-wise. I’m already on the wind-down to the Easter weekend and I’m not embarrassed to say there was only about four hours of desk work from the moment I woke up to the moment I fell asleep.

I kicked my Tuesday off with a smoothie made of loads of random crap I found hangin’ about the kitchen. A banana, some frozen blueberries, blueberry yoghurt, a couple of spoons of oats and some OMG Detox powder. It was actually pretty sexual.

Then I had a pilates class and then came back, scheduled some tweets, replied to some emails and applied about 72 different beauty products.

Y’see yesterday, I got my hair chopped off.

And the fun thing about getting your hair chopped up (and coloured and toned and blow dried and curled) is that you have to stare at your own face for three hours. And so, you have to be wearing more make-up than Kimmy K to even stand a chance of coming out with your self-confidence in tact.

Hang on wait, or is that just me?

Literally by the time I tottered out with my fresh new BOB, uh huh, I have a bob, I was like why my face so ugly, why my skin so uneven, why my mascara smudge all the way down my face.

Bloody mirrors.

Anyway yeah, I spent my Tuesday afternoon getting treated to the full make Hannah’s hair sexy again works at the new RUSH salon in Ipswich. It only opened a few days a go and I’m already thinking I might make it my go-to for a trim and a tone every couple of months.

Because, like a lot of you, I AM SURE, I’m utterly shit at getting my hair cut regularly and my ends end up looking like whispy cobwebs and babes, that’s not Insta worthy.

I spent my three hours trying not to fall asleep because people playing with my hair sends me into the sweetest of twilight zones, and discussing whether to try Ipswich’s new burger joint Smokey Joe’s over the Bank Holiday weekend with my hairdresser Cherie. We decided yes because HELLO home delivery of macaroni cheese.

So here’s the wild news I have to share with you, apparently we should not be conditioning our roots. Say whaaaaaaat?


I was told last year whilst on my Marie Claire shoot that my lack of scalp conditioning was the reason for my ahem, flakey, irritated scalp. But Cherie says I should stop what I’m doing immediately so now I’m all confused and maybe I’ll just never wash my hair again and become one of those people with self-cleaning hair?

But anyway, the whole salon was really chilled out and my phone battery ran out so I kind of totally switched off and it was all a bit alien to me, but much-needed, I think.

I just wanted to give you a head’s up and say soz there isn’t a proper selfie of my new ‘do. By the time I got home, the light was in a weird orangey place and it wasn’t photographing the way it looked. Hence why you’ve got these sassy, biker-chic mirror snaps to contend with instead.

My hair LOVES gold and warm tones and fire and let’s be red but we’ve managed to get that on-fleek white blonde shade filtering up from my tips and it looks bangin’.

After nearly doing a snooze in the hairdresser chair I decided to treat myself to a little coconut latte treat from Starbees and also picked up Maybelline’s Brow Drama from Boots on the way back to the car.

It’s just a clear brow mascara, and I’m hoping it’ll work as a good replacement for the Urban Decay one I appear to have left in Italy – to be fair, it’s probably living the dream life of pasta, sunshine and gelato right now, so I don’t blame him for fleeing my make-up bag.

I didn’t realise brow gel was such a vital part of my every day make-up routine, but everytime I catch sight of myself in a mirror I’m like sweet lord, jesus christ, who is this wolf beast from the north? Oh. It’s me.

I polished off the rest of the day from the comfort of my office, sipping my coffee and chowing down on a chunk of salted caramel brownie from Coco & Honey. It’s a local, independent brownie-baking company and oh mumma, best brownies I have EVER eaten.

I switched off about 8.30pm and retreated to the sofa with my colouring book and pens, with my phone hidden in a drawer somewhere upstairs.

Can’t lie, the colouring book got dismissed in favour of doing an accidental IKEA order from the iPad, but y’know, the thought was there.

I might do a mini haul over on YouTube if you’re lucky.

Anyway, happy hump day you little poppets. The sun is shining and the biggest chocolate-eating day of the year is in sight, let’s go do this like the sassy, on-fleek women we are.


  • I have not commented on any blog post anywhere since 2012 but oh my god Hannah, YOUR HAIR

    • AHHH THANK YOU. I mean, I hope that was a good comment and not a OMFG YOUR HAIR IS GONE AND YOU LOOK LIKE A HIDEOUS SWAMP MONSTER comment. Lolz x

  • Becca

    The more I see these trainers the more I want them……

    Hair looks lush, I have a very similar style except mine is brunette, help me style it pretty please.

    p.s love the diary type posts.

    B x

    • That’s how I felt. It was a month long decision to buy them after looking at them too much. If it helps, I haven’t actually really worn any other shoes since I bought them. Surprisngly, they go with EVERYTHING. x

  • Oh HEY, nice hair! (I can say that with a teeny bit of smugness as we nearly have identical hair at the moment, I got all of mine cut off for charity last month!) There is something so great about having a new cut and your hair feeling so “done” for a few weeks, and catching sight of yourself in anything reflective and being reminded that, dayummmmm girl, your hair is bangin’ 😀 Ha! Alice xx

  • Charlotte

    LOVE the hair! Hello sex pot! It really suits you x

  • Love you hair! It kinda makes me want to chop mine off but I’m scared to. And Grainger is just so cute, such a lion face!


  • Jenny

    The bob suits you really well! 🙂
    And totally goes with your business woman image 😀

    Jenny Side Up

  • Your hair is amazing, suits you so much! Looking gorgeous! x

  • Sophie


    sorry about all the caps.



  • Your hair looks bangin’. Good job on the chop!

    Rachel |

  • Hannah

    Love Love LOVE your hair! I’ve been considering the chop for ages.. this is such good hair inspo! x

  • Allycat

    You sexy thang!
    another great post

  • OH MY GOD YOU LOOK SO HOT. I LOVE THIS. BRB I’m going to the hairdresser.
    Let’s all just get our hair cut forever.
    Especially because boyfriends never like short hair as much as girl friends and it makes me feel like SUCH an independent woman XOXOXOXOX

    • Sophie

      Yes! Why do they have such a thing about short hair?!

      You like long hair so much, grow your own and then see how you like having to brush it out and find ways of getting it out of your face without looking like an egg.

      *sassy girl emoji*

      • OMG YES. Chris hates when I have short hair and girls love when I have short hair. What do they know they know though, eh?

  • I love love LOVE the new hair! Ahh makes me want to cut mine now haha. Those brownies look so good and now I’m really happy for the Easter weekend and an excuse to eat loads of chocolately things! Have a good one x

  • Steph

    Your hair looks amazing!
    Also, where on earth is that black top from – I think I’m in love with it!!

  • Jessie

    Love the new bob, Hannah! And the chocolate brownie eating.

    In the top photo you look so much like Aria from PLL!

    Enjoy your Easter Bank Holiday weekend 🙂 xx

  • You look so fierce and sassy!! Your hair always looks lovely but this is the best I’ve seen it in the year I’ve been reading your blog! Stay you Hannah Gale <3

  • I LOVE the hair, Hannah! I’m desperately trying to book an appointment to get my hair all done and balayage-d and basically be transformed into Rosie H-W but my hairdresser (who has given me the best haircuts of my LIFE) seems to be away for weeks and dammit I want my hair done now!
    Salted caramel brownies AND halloumi salad look ridiculously DELICIOUS. GIMME.

    She’s So Lucy

  • missg

    Your hair looks fab, i especially love the glasses look in the photo with Rudey! I am ALL OVER that chorizo halloumi piece of heaven for dinner tomorrow!xx

  • Laura

    Love the new hair! That is all 🙂

  • Your hair really suits you – good move girlfriend! I’d love a long bob – but my out of control curls disagree LOL

  • hannah

    I am love love LOVING the new do!!! Makes me wanna go get a trim asap. Also those brownies look insane. *drools* xx


  • LOVE this hair!

    Sophie x

  • I really feel ya about the hairdresser self-confidence crisis. There’s something about the cape/cloak they make you wear that makes me look like a giant ol’ moon face. Not ideal. Loving the bob though – recently I’ve been fully converted to shorted hair. I blame PLL and Aria 😉 xx

  • NOOOOO i’d finally managed to convince myself NOT to cut my hair and let it grow and now you’ve gone and thrown a spanner in the works. It looks lovely!!

  • Your hair looks gorgeous Hannah, you’ve made me want to lop all mine off and join you in the bob gang ASAP. I love reading these type of posts too (although now I’m really craving a coconut latte…) x

    Always, Alice

  • Just wanna say I bloody love these diary blogs. I also LOVE your new hair cut! Heart eyes GALORE! Seriously makes me consider getting a bob. Those caramel brownies though, oh my!!

  • DAT HURRR. I knew the bob would suit you, it looks lovely!

  • Gorgeous hair- you are rocking it!!


  • Tania

    I am lolling far too much about your Urban Decay Brow Gel living life to the full in Italy ahaha!
    Also YOUR NEW HAIR IS <33333333333333 It really suits you! I heard the same thing that I shouldn't be conditioning my roots and now I don't even know what life is anymore!

    Ps. Dat outfit tho!

    Tania | teabee x

  • Loving this bob, it suits you so much and YES to being girl boss!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • Oh my god, your hair looks amazing! Serious motivation for me to get off my arse and go get mine cut, thanks! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Food, Travel, Italy

  • Freya

    Your new haircut is all kinds of 👌👌👌
    I love your glasses in the last photo too, this whole post is 😍 !

  • han

    Yes, all kinds of yes. I’m still debating whether to grow mine or go back short! Why is it such a hard decision??

    Hannah | Oh January

  • Lucy

    Amazing post 🙂 You look fantastic – gorgeous hair!
    Lucy xoxo

  • Megan

    This is probably a stupid question but how do you have your hair coloured? Is that balayage? I love it and the style suits you so much!

  • Jo

    Love the hair, really suits you!

    P.S. I always read all the comments on your all of posts as it always cheers me up to see all the love you get!

  • Kerry

    love love love the new doooo! I also love love love your blog and read it every lunchtime!

    PS I’m late today ooops! Total with drawal symptoms lol xx

  • Your hair looks absolutely gorgeous, definitely prefer it this length!! And that halloumi – come to mama!!

  • Loving the new do! Gotta love a good trip to Rush <3

    Xtina G Says..

  • Jude

    We’re having lunch at Smokey Joes today – I’ll let you know how amazing it is!

  • Your hair looks incredible Hannah! May have convinced me to go a little shorter next time!

    Robyn |

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  • Oh no, don’t say you’ve got a a cat 🙂 awww too cute!! I think it is really good to think of yourself as a business woman. Success starts in your head. Chakka Boom girl 😉 x

  • Oh no, don’t say you’ve got a a cat 🙂 awww too cute!! I think it is really good to think of yourself as a business woman. Success starts in your head. Chakka Boom girl 😉 x

  • I’m not sure what I love more…your hair, or those brownies…

  • Amy

    I had this cut a few weeks ago and my hair’s so much freer and light. I don’t know how to style it or anything but its still waaaay better than before! Also, you need to send those brownies round to me asap. Please. 😉 Amy

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