We all have weird things we do or believe. Whether they're superstitions, traditions or just outright crazy thoughts, the behaviours we repeat are subconsciously rooted somewhere. Or, if you’re like my boyfriend, you just believe ridiculous things that you misunderstood out of context. Whatever the source, most people have habits that make them unique.
In my life, there are about a billion of these little quirks (if I use the word “quirk,” it sounds more adorable), some of which relate to beauty.
Painting My Nails in Midair
This doesn’t make much sense, but I often paint my nails midair, as opposed to the more traditional approach of painting them on a flat surface like a normal human being.
To become atypical like me, you will need only two tools:
• 1 nail polish
• 0 patience
My method: Pick up the nail polish of your choice, cross your legs. and just start painting. I think the reason I do this is laziness and impatience, not to mention a fear of getting nail polish all over my furniture and/or sheets (which has happened on more than one occasion). Better safe than sorry.
Parting My Hair on the Opposite Side of My Crown
I always used to part my hair on the left. As I grew older, however, I started developing an annoying cowlick sort of situation back there, especially when my hair is a bit dirty, so I decided it might help to switch sides.
Nowadays, I vehemently refuse to part my hair on the left because of the belief that it will make my cowlick worse, or rather that parting it on the right will make it better. It really hasn’t helped at all, but some dumb habits die hard.
Not Moisturizing My Legs
When I was in primary school, a friend of mine told me that she never uses cream on her legs and that, because of this, they never get dry. It made enough sense to me that, since then, I hate moisturizing my legs.
I will obviously moisturize when absolutely necessary, but I still hold onto the belief that this will make them more dry in the long run. I also hate the way most creams smell, so moisturizing my limbs is something I’d rather skip where possible.
Similarly, I grew up believing that using lip balm makes your lips dry, and have actually experienced this firsthand, so I never buy lip balm. Instead, I use Vaseline when necessary to lock my natural moisture in.
Planning an Entire Evening Around Washing My Hair
When I was younger, there used to be entire evenings based around washing my hair, clipping my nails etc., so it only follows that my adult life would be the same.
Whenever my hair starts getting dirty, I will (sometimes anxiously) think about which upcoming evening would be most convenient to wash my hair. Am I going out on Thursday night? I’d rather wash it after that to get the smoke smell out. Do we have visitors coming over? I can’t wash it because I don’t want to do it too late and have to blowdry my hair in the early hours of the morning.
It is quite a ridiculous quirk. I wish I could just live life and never overthink things, but that’s a luxury I simply don’t enjoy these days. Don’t even get me started on planning which days to exfoliate.
OK, your turn: What are your strangest beauty quirks?