A letter to my 16yr old self

Now I’m approaching the big 3-0 I’ve found myself being exceptionally reflective and nostalgic. It’s not just the 911 Greatest Hits I’ve got on repeat, it’s fact I’ve been getting more into Hollyoaks than when I was at Uni and the sudden need for a scrunchie in my hair. When Helen got in touch with me to ask if I’d be up for writing a letter to my 16 year old self, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to reflect on how far I’ve come in the last 13 odd years… So here it is. Be prepared to cringe. 

Jeeez, look at your hair woman.

Dear Hayley. I know you think you know everything better than anyone else (you won’t grow out of that one,) but I thought I’d take this opportunity to give you a few little snippets of beauty advice. You’d be wise to take them, but knowing you you’ll probably do things your own way just to stick two fingers up at the world. (You’ll never grow out of that one either.) Put down your copy of Sugar magazine, turn off Top of The Pops and pay attention…

1. They’ll invent this cool contraption called ‘hair straighteners’. It will change your life. You won’t have to spend hours tying your hair back in really tight ponytails in an attempt to keep it from going curly, nor will you spend breaktimes pulling down two little bits of fluff at the front because it’s what All Saints do. You’ll embrace your natural curls for a while, but then you’ll go to Uni and you’ll develop an obsession with heated irons that will remain for the rest of your life. Just be careful and make sure you use heat protection spray… Or when you’re 30 you’ll end up with hair like straw.

2. Invest in a good foundation. I know you don’t wear it and have no interest in doing so because it reminds you of ballet makeup, but give it a whirl; you won’t regret it. All that time you spend using Rimmel’s cover up will be a thing of the past because you’ll discover the ultimate tool for making you look like you’ve had a good night sleep, even when you’ve been on the triple-vodka-redbulls. (You’ll discover them in 2001 – trust me, your limit is three.)

3. Stop dying your hair blonde and trying at-home highlights. You just go ginger and spend the majority of your late teens/early twenties trying to convince people you’re not a carrot top. Blonde *cough ginger cough* hair really doesn’t suit you, or your complexion, so sack it off and just dye your hair dark brown instead. Red looks pretty cool too, but give it until about 2009 before you try that… Look out for someone called Florence and her mate The Machine as a cue.

4. Be brave enough to try lipstick. I know you love your lipgloss and think it makes your pout look super sexy, but it doesn’t actually do anything more than make you eat approximately three tubes a year. Lipstick is much safer, more powerful and easy to wear. It makes your complexion look pretty flawless and your eyes pop. You’ll learn to make lipstick the focus of your outfit, so start practicing early… You can steal Mum’s Lipcote for a little bit of help too.

5. Be comfortable with your body. I know you’ll lose a tonne of weight, get popular with boys and sack off your studies for a while (and that’s ok,) but when you come out the other end don’t forget to know when too far is too far. Don’t crash diet, don’t become obsessed with food, don’t listen to boyfriends who tell you to get down the gym and lose a few pounds. You’re pretty fab just the way you are, and believe me – the size of your arse doesn’t have any correlation with the level of success you achieve. In fact you’ll have a pretty large arse and a pretty ace life.

I could continue for ages more, but I’ve got a feeling that The Fresh Prince of Bel Air is on in a minute and you’ve got some History homework to do. Just remember that it’s ok to be who you are and you’ll do pretty good in the end. You even get to meet Peter Andre… Your mum is soooo jealous.

Love, Me xx

You’re WAY cooler now, obvs.

What would you tell your 16 year old self if you had the chance? I just wish someone had told me that the cast of Saved by the Bell would get old and I’d still fancy Angel (now agent Booth) in 2012.



  1. BeautyBecca
    July 4, 2012 / 8:07 pm

    really enjoyed reading this 😀 great post!

  2. Kayleigh
    July 4, 2012 / 8:28 pm

    I wish I'd have told my 13 year old self to leave the straighteners and the hair dye well alone – now I'll never have that healthy natural hair I used to :(Kayleighhttp://addictfordramaticsbeauty.blogspot.co.ukxox

  3. JINX1978
    July 4, 2012 / 9:07 pm

    Brilliant post!I would say, don't perm your hair twice and use a can of hairspray a week tO create hair like aspestos. Having dark dead straight long hair should be left alone.

  4. helen
    July 4, 2012 / 10:22 pm

    This is fantastic! I love it!

  5. Milly
    July 5, 2012 / 12:51 am

    This is brilliant! I feel like writing a letter to my 16 year old self too, mainly telling me to stop dressing so awfully!! x

  6. Supreet Sparkles
    July 5, 2012 / 4:10 am

    I loved reading this post!

  7. Pampered Prince
    July 5, 2012 / 8:24 am

    Great post, really enjoyed it so thanks for writing. I turned 30 is year too so completely relate to the whole 'reflecting' on what I've done etcIf I was writing to my 16 year old self, I'd tell him to ditch the GHD's and shave it all off, your going to go bald anyway lol

  8. Jayne
    July 5, 2012 / 11:44 am

    Love, love, love this Hayley. I think I might have to do one myself. Although I think I would struggle to keep it so concise.

  9. Annie Rose
    July 5, 2012 / 12:01 pm

    Such a good idea for a post, I wonder what I want to say when I'm a bit older x

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