Mine has taken me through my short and spiky phase twenty five years ago to sleek bobs and many things in between. She's encouraged me when I wanted something different and berated me when I just went in for a trim.
'Go for something different, go on. You want to be a funky monkey not boring.'
And I always went for something new, at least twice a year. I valued my ears so went along with what she said. My hairstyle changed more often than the tyres on my car. Friends and colleagues would get used to it and then, bloop, I changed it again.
But for the last few months it's been the same. Boringly the same. I wanted to grow it long, you see, so I could have it like Meryl Streep's Mamma Mia hairdo for my Big Fat Greek Gap Year. I figured it would be easier that way, rather than having a new cut every six months.
'Have it cut. You're too old for long hair.'
My daughter said the same. But if Meryl Streep could do it, why not me? And I didn't want to be one of those pixie cut and highlighted fifty and sixty somethings. It works for Judi Dench, it's true.
'Don't you dare, Dad,' said his youngest.
So, as we're going back to Blighty for a week in May, I contacted my hairdresser for an appointment. I wanted it like this.
Ever since that bombshell, I have been trying to persuade her and a friend to come over for a visit.
'You'd be more than welcome,' I said. 'Just bring your scissors.'
And then I remembered I have my niece's wedding to go to in a few weeks' time. And, as usual, I became impatient. So I went out and bought a fine toothed comb, a pair of barber's scissors and watched a video on YouTube.
A bit like this.
Love Maddie x