Ask Goddess Leonie: The Mermaid Hair edition

Hola gorgeous Goddesses!

It’s that time of the moon again… an Ask Goddess Leonie question answered 🙂 To get your question answered, just add your question here.

This time, a sweetheart asked me:

What do you do to your hair to make all mermaidy?

Aaaaaaahhhh… good question! Let’s get all goddess girly for a moment!

First point: Leonie is not a style guru. And thus makes her style.

I don’t like handbags, shoes, bras, make-up, undies, hairdryers or clothes shopping… and try not to engage with all of the above as often as possible.

I like to call my personal dress style as “hobo-hobo” – as in – bohemian homeless person.

I’m pretty sure my inability to care about all things beauty + style is born out of growing up on a farm in the middle of nowhere-Australia… but seeing as my sisters + mum manage to maintain some kind of style decorum, I don’t know if I can actually use it as an excuse. For me, style + beauty comes out of what happens when you wake up, pull on the closest clothes, rock the bedhead or the ponytail, and run outside to play with puppehs, or do some painting in the sunlight. That’s my definition of high style! 🙂

My bestest goddess advice for cultivating goddess hair… is to let it be what it is.

There is nothing more gorgeous than revelling in the beauty and uniqueness of the mane we were given.

Me thinks pregnancy tends to make manes a whole lot more mermaidy too…

Here’s my uber-difficult mermaid-hair beauty-regime:

1.) I brush it once a week. Maybe.

It’s true. I wash it once a week with whatever is in the shower. I comb it when it is wet {oooooh… beauty no-no that Leonie says yes-yes to!l}.

And then I let it go do whatever it wants the rest of the time. Sometimes it is scooped up in a ponytail with fringe-y bits. Sometimes I pull back my fringe with a bobby pin and rock the bed-hair. On days I feel all maiden-squire-goddess-hottie, I have two messy braids.

And that’s about the whole of my hair repertoire.

2.) I don’t cut it. Unless it’s in the backyard.

I think the last time I had my hair cut by a hairdresser was three years ago. And before then, it had been a couple of years. I started not cutting my hair – and about once a year, when I felt like I needed to let go of old energy, I’d stand in my backyard and cut away intuitively – no mirror – just me, my hands, my hair, and a pair of scissors. And all the ends of my hair would catch in my wind and get carried over my garden, and it felt beautiful and good and right.

Sometimes it would happen in the moonlight, sometimes it would happen under the stars, sometimes it would happen under the sun.

And each time would feel like this wonderful, sacred ritual of release, and of transformation, and of tending to my self.

So that time I went back to a hairdresser?

Suddenly I felt all out of place. It was so loud and stark and inside. And the hairdresser kept wanting to gossip, and talk about new styles and how annoying things were. And my hair got cut away, and all my ends got swept up into other people’s ends, and got put in a big bin together.

It just didn’t feel right anymore.

So it’s back to intuitive haircuts in the backyard for me!

3.) I let it be what it wants to be.

No colour. No straighteners. No blow-drying.

I found a haircut style that worked with the natural flow of my hair – lots of layers – and stayed with it.


Evidence: What happens when you ignore what sings to your hair, and force a too-short fringe on curly hair…

Occasionally I make rather hilarious mistakes like cutting my own crazy-short-fringe and hoping that my hair would miraculously change from curly to being straight and edgy. Funnily enough, just because you try and force a style on your hair, it doesn’t mean it will change. It’s just going to do it’s own thing anyway.

So my whole hair-philosophy {and life-philosophy} is not to try and make something different from what it is.

If I can just have the humour, grace & courage to allow myself to be who I am truly – to allow my hair to be whatever it wants to be – then it will all work out beautifully.

That’s the gift my hair teaches me…

around us, there are a thousand teachers, all giving us the chance to learn again and again about love, and about light.

big love you,

Switch Off Sunday

Hola gorgeous Goddess,

Hurrah! It’s that beautiful day of the week again… that ritual of making all or part of our Sundays switched off… logging off our computers and doing some of those things I really wanna do!

Why do I make it a ritual? Because… all of us know it would be better to take time off from being online… but as the days roll by, we forget to do it. By making it a weekly ritual, it becomes part of our gorgeous routine… and becomes integrated into our luscious life.

You can join me by taking off the whole day, the morning, the afternoon or just a couple of hours off from being online.

Just remember: Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader & all the blogs in the world will still be there tomorrow. Stop pressing refresh, and let’s go give our gorgeous goddess lives some soulful, joyful, creative time offline.

Welcome back, sacred Sunday!

What are you going to do this Switch Off Sunday?

You might know already what you’d like to focus on for your Switch off Sunday… but if you’d like some ideas, head on over to the masterlist of magnificent possibilities by clicking below:

I’d love to hear the story of your Switch Off Sunday!

If you are feeling called to sharing about your own day, I’d love to hear it and share it here. Email support@leoniedawson.com with your words + pictures. *mwah!*

Need some accountability?

  • Take a pen & paper out and write down how long you will switch off for, and what your glorious possibilities are.
  • Write it out in the Comments Circle & check back in later.
  • Blog/photograph about your Switch Off Sunday using the button above once you are done!

Happy Switch Off Sunday gorgeous Goddess!

big love!

9 things you should know about Ostara

1. She still gets called little mermaid by a surprising number of people. I like it!

2. She laughs in her sleep, just like her mummy.

3. She has the best sense of humour in the world. Aries girls do like to have fun!

4. From the moment she was born, she has been watching the world with big ocean eyes. They are filled with sparkle and openness and laughter and wisdom.

5. We have had a beautiful quiet baby moon of a month with few visitors. The lovely souls who have met her comment on just how calm she is. And she is! We wonder if it is partly due to having a CalmBirth. Either way, we are so grateful that she is happy to be here :). And totally know that these things change as well…

6. I used to think it was a bit naff when people said kids change and grow everyday. But OMG! They doooooooo! Every single day she awakens and unfurls and blooms and grows even more.

7. She has grown over a kilogram in her first month! Little One is in a hurry to grow me thinks.

8. She has long fingers like her mama, and her daddy’s feet. And she looks just like her dadda which is totally awesome by me. Chris is the most adorable person on the earth, and now I have TWO of the most adorable people on the earth. How LUCKY can this goddess GET? Eeeeeeeeeep!

9. I wonder where she was before she came here. She just doesn’t feel brand new if that makes sense…

all the love in the world…


Zen Your Life: The Kitchen Shelf Challenge

Hey beautiful hearts!

Each week, we hang out together as a gaggle of goddesses & make our gorgeous lives a little clearer, calmer and more zen. We do one Zen Your Life project together for the day… an easy, possible kind of project… just one small thing to make our lives more zen.

When we make space in our lives, we are making room for even more delight, comfort, magic and love to enter.

Sound like yummy delicious fun? Want some more zen goodness in your life?

Hurrah! Let’s start! We can doooo eeeeeeeet!

Today, your Zen Your Life project is:

Clean one kitchen shelf.

If that seems too overwhelming, just spend five minutes.

See what it feels like.

Need some accountability?

You can use the above button on your blog, and photograph your progress. You can check-in to the Comments Circle. You can write out your Zen Goddess goal on a scrap of paper beside you.

Whatever you need to do to give yourself the support you need, do it.

Loving you, fellow Zennifying Goddessa!