My Signature Scent: Hairspray

Hey, hive! I have an announcement to make!


That’s right! I’m PREGNANT! Just kidding. I got a haircut. Equally important news though. This is only tangentially wedding related, but I just had to post about it for reasons you’ll discover further down.

Throughout my life I’ve vacillated between long hair and short hair. I love dramatic haircuts, like Mrs. Mink, and I also am just too lazy to get my ass to a hair salon more than biennially. Once in high school a girl said to me, “I love your haircut!! Did you donate it?” And I was forced to say, “Um…no, actually. My hair was just dropped to the floor, swept aside and thrown out with the trash. But thanks for making me feel like an asshole.”

So that’s why, for the past six years, I’ve been growing my hair long, cutting it short, and donating my ponytails. I don’t think I’m God’s gift to kids with cancer or anything—I realize donating time, money, or blood would be far more helpful, but I do it because I’d be getting my hair cut anyway (and there’s no way I’m ever voluntarily having needles poked into me. Sorry).


Unfortunately, it appears that I have a bit of a Benjamin Buttons situation going on, and I actually look younger than ever now. What. The. Hell.

If you’re curious, I donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths in 2006 and 2012, and Locks of Love in 2008 and 2010.

So why is this wedding related? Isn’t it a bit late for me to be posting about a PWC? Firstly, Mr. Unicycle asked me if I’d be blogging about my haircut. I told him no, probably not.

He said, “You’re not going to write a post about your Post-Wedding Chop?”

And I said “How the hell did you know it was called that??”

And he said, “There’s actually a name for it? I just made that up.”

I said, “Of course there’s a name for it. There’s an acronym for it too—PWC—which you probably could have guessed as well.”

Additionally, like many bees, I bought a signature wedding scent to wear on my wedding day. I started scouting for it last November and fell in love with Versace Bright Crystal. Seriously, this stuff smells like…the best smell ever. I can’t even compare it to anything. I recommend taking a big whiff next time you’re in a department store.


Image via Sephora

Anyway, I cheaped out and bought it from one of those discount perfume stores in the mall where you have to haggle for the price. I’m a classy lady. Because of this, I’m pretty sure my bottle must be watered down because, despite dousing myself with it on my wedding day, I didn’t smell it at all the whole day, and neither did Mr. Unicycle. So now when I smell this perfume, instead of being brought back to our SPECIAL DAY, I am inexplicably reminded of the day I went to the mall and haggled with a greasy salesman.

The scent that surprisingly does bring me back to our wedding day is the hairspray they use at Aveda salons! I had my updo done by an Aveda stylist, and I had my most recent haircut done at the Aveda Institute in Milwaukee (I highly recommend it, especially if you’re cheap). I left the appointment smiling to myself as I was transported back to my wedding day. I asked Mr. Unicycle what the smell reminded him of, thinking he’d get a dreamy look in his eyes and say, “The day we promised to love each other forever…” or some crap. Instead he coughed and said, “Ughh that’s that sick hairspray they used on you at the wedding!” He’s a true romantic.

Are you getting a PWC? What about a signature scent?


Mrs. Unicycle

Chicago, IL
Wedding Date:
June 2012
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  1. mstreasure Member
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:04 pm

    I really want to donate my hair, but it’s also kind of driving me nuts at its current length. I don’t know if I really want to keep growing it. I love your new ‘do!

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    happyface 5777 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:15 pm

    I have to grow it that long before I can donate? That’ll take years, and I wanted to donate it after I cut after my wedding. Guess that’s not going to happen.
    Ha Ha about Mr. Unicycle making up a word for the PWC although it already existed! So funny.

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    Mrs. Beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 2:36 pm

    Such a cute cut! I have always had long hair and have always wanted to chop it off and donate it… only thing, I get scared I might miss it! I’m in desperate need of a cut right now (my ends are a mess and it takes far too long to brush), so we’ll see if I actually take the plunge and get a PWC!!!

  4. bracelet Member
    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 3:15 pm

    Haha, what a great anecdote!

  5. mink Member
    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:40 pm

    I did my lame one already…I should probably do another one soon. I LOVE how yours turned out.

  6. porcupine Member
    porcupine 633 posts, Busy bee @ 3:55 pm

    You look great with short hair! And, I didn’t know there was a way to buy perfume without haggling with the guys at the perfume carts. lol. #brokeassproblems

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:31 pm

    And I’ve done four hair donations in the same years as you. Weird. I like your side-swept bangs mucho.

  8. bluewhale Member
    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 6:09 pm

    Bahahaha. His response to your hairspray…hilarious. I’m considering donating my hair post-wedding. But it’s taken me so long to grow it out….

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:30 pm

    You are totally rocking that hair cut. I usually try to donate my hair too, but what it usually happens is I end up having a big ponytail of hair in my car for months… oops..

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    happyface 5777 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:47 pm

    @Miss Panda: I thought it would be the responsibility of the hair salon to physically donate it?

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:33 am

    LOL for Mr. U’s reaction to the hairspray! :)

  12. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:16 am

    Your hair is so cute!!
    @Miss Panda: You’re not alone. I just cut mine off and it’s sitting in a chair waiting to be taken to the post office.

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    jaina8851 107 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:24 am

    I do the exact same thing!!! And ironically, it was pretty much the same years that you did it (2005, 2008, 2012… my cut in 2010 was not long enough to donate). I swore after this most recent cut (my PWC) that I was NOT going to grow it long again because my long hair is such a hassle, but now that it is getting cold again, I miss having long hair on my shoulders… I can’t decide.

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    unicycle 476 posts, Helper bee @ 6:56 am

    @happyface: For Pantene, you only need to donate 8 inches, and I think there may be other places that accept less. They need hair to be long enough to sew into the wigs. That’s why it takes me 2 years in between each donation!

    @Mrs. Beanstalk: This was the first time I was actually scared I would miss it. I saw a cute updo on TV the other day and made a mental note to try it, but then I realized I don’t have long hair anymore! It made me a little sad haha

    @Miss Panda: Last time my hair sat around for a few weeks before I got around to mailing it!

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    mnp 1722 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:57 am

    Like all the other PPs has said, your haircut is really cute! // I got a PWC right before the honeymoon. I was a little upset because the cut was a lot shorter than I wanted. I’m getting used to styling it now and I kinda like it. =)

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    nightcheese 1836 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:01 am

    your hair is so fabulous!!! can we trade please? mine is so thin and sad.
    i grew my hair out for my wedding and i love the idea of donating, but i feel like i’m going to lose my mind before i ever have that much length. for now i’ll keep growing and hopefully i’ll last that long!

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    anemonie 1578 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:31 am

    I’m the same way about my hair. I’ll wait like…YEARS to get it cut properly, and once it gets to a certain length, I’m like “I might as well just wait until it’s long enough to donate again.” It’s a great cause, so I’m so happy to see you’ve contributed so much of your hair!

    I’ve learned to be careful about which charities I donate to. Locks of Love prioritizes alopecia, not cancer, and I generally avoid charities that toss a lot of hair. Also, you need to make sure hair is undyed, not graying, not fried, and at least the minimum length, or it gets tossed:

    For those who like the idea of donating but don’t have long enough hair, I would recommend patronizing a salon that collaborates with the American Cancer Society. My mother is having chemo for the third time in her life, and salons that provide free wigs and will cut/color them for free for cancer patients are serious life savers–they really help alleviate the stress on people who already have enough to stress about. I always try to take my money to these salons, even if I’m not donating.

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    steph01924 308 posts, Helper bee @ 10:42 am

    I’ve only read a handful of your blog posts (your google docs organization being a great one, and I think something with ribbons), but I really keep saying to myself I need to go back and read through everything you have. Every time I do read your posts, they crack me up!

    Your title on this one totally made me click on it, and it didn’t disappoint. I really hate most hairspray smells and it drives me crazy when I end up smelling IT all day more than my perfume/hand-cream/whatever. That last paragraph made me chuckle.

  19. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:28 pm

    Hahaha Mr U is so romantic.

  20. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:44 pm

    Ok, so you’re even more awesome now that we know you’ve donated your hair! I wish I would have known before about Pantene’s 8″ requirement… could have totally donated several times in the last year (because I also would grow and chop lots of length).

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    ItalianTraveler 57 posts, Worker bee @ 2:15 pm

    Awesome! I grow out and donate my hair as well. Been able to do it three times since I was 17 (I’m now 25 – my hair doesn’t grow that fast!)

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