"HAIR-SPIRATIONS": FLEXING YOUR CREATIVE MUSCLE

As one of our favorite stylists Charlie Price has said "Your hair is an accessory you wear everyday, so it has to change with you." 

So what's a #BLNDNBabe to do when the inspiration well has run dry? Below are some tips from creative people from all professions (hair stylists, dancers, actors, writers, artists, designers) on how to get the creative juices flowing. Whether you are a hair stylist yourself, or just a gal who likes to switch things up, these pointers should take you out of your comfort zone and into your best "hair-spiration" self!

GET INSIDE YOUR HEAD

You need to allow time alone with your thoughts. Try meditating, daydreaming, taking a long walk, or getting out in nature. Try to consciously pay attention to your surroundings and use your eye differently than you would if you're in a rush or distracted. Allow yourself to take in the sights, sounds, and smells, and really process the feelings they evoke. Sometimes our greatest inspirations are right in front of our eyes, we just aren't looking.

LET GO

Try letting go of control for 15 minutes a day, and just letting your brain play. Start with a doodle or a stream of consciousness writing piece and let it take on a life of its own. It is vital to not think about what you are doing, and whether it is corny or ugly. Just do it and see what comes out of it. You may be surprised what inspirations are already inside of you just waiting to come out as you put pen to paper. 

LISTEN TO MUSIC

Many creatives cite this as one of their top inspirations. Try to pick out a line in a song that really speaks to you, and then let it transport your mind to another place. Let your imagination wander in that new space, and take note of the sights your brain comes up with in the fantastical location. 

COLLABORATE

The best ideas come from the inspirations we draw from each other. Whether you are making a painting based on a weird thing your kid said, listening to a story an elder tells, brainstorming with a writing partner, or just bouncing ideas off another person - collaboration is key to getting out of your comfort zone. It exposes you to ideas that are not your own and helps ping untapped inspirations that are already in your head.

SEEK OUT NEW EXPERIENCES

Trying something novel is exhilarating and reframes your existing ideas. It doesn't have to be a huge experience like backpacking through Thailand or ziplining in Bali. It can just be something small that gets your out of your comfort zone. Listen to a new song you normally wouldn't listen to; or better yet go to the concert. Talk to someone who has completely different opinions from your own (even if it's uncomfortable, i.e. opposing political ideas). Go for a hike in a place you've never been. Watch a movie that you normally wouldn't. Your brain will thank you for the fresh perspective. 

Are you a #BLNDNBabe who is looking for something to inspire new changes in your life? We'd love to hear your tips and tricks in the comments! 

XX, Team BLNDN

JUNIPER+MAGPIE

We are a pair of kindred spirits wandering the wild outdoors and hoping to inspire you to go out on your next adventure - whether it's camping, hiking, or a weekend trip to a National Park. We know the best trails, which gear to use, and how to embrace the simple life nature has to offer.