Recently I was going through some old pictures from grade school. One thing that struck me is that I have exactly the same hair style now at 40 as I did at 8. My hair is curly. I can wear it short or or I can wear it long. That's pretty much it. I choose to wear it long because I'm still holding onto some kind of grudge against my Mom for cutting it so short when I was little. Her excuse is that she couldn't get a comb through it. I seem to vaguely remember being wrapped in a fluffy towel after bath time with my face buried in my hands while my head tilted to the rhythm of a severe combing. To this day having my hair pulled has never bothered me. I think I know why. I tease her that she scarred me for life.
The one big difference in those grade school pictures is that I am completely gray now and require a bottle of Nice & Easy in basic black every couple of weeks. I don't splurge on a salon. I cut my hair myself with the kitchen scissors, which I've heard is the worst thing you can ever do. The hair color does not cost more than $6.00 a box. I knew when I turned 40 that it was going to be time for a change.
A few weeks ago I made an appointment with a colorist named Chris. I met her at her salon and told her what I was looking to do. Chris looks just like a much blonder Kate Hudson but is covered with really cool vintage tattoos. My co-workers use her and they all look stunning. So a week from this Friday I will join the ranks of salon going women. This will be strange for me. I don't require a lot of excess and I wouldn't ever consider myself 'high-maintenance.' I have a husband, home, hip weasel, and a hyundai. H+H+H+H = Happiness. Lots of happiness.
Last night I was really having second thoughts about this whole hair color change thing. I was thinking I shouldn't spend the money. What if I look like a punk rocker, etc… So I got online and just searched. It took a bit of digging but I found a lot of before and after pictures of women that decided to lighten their hair. And wow, they looked amazing. Of course they had a full make-over in the after picture but the hair color really did make these women look a lot younger. Now I'm not looking for the fountain of youth here. Just a change so that I feel good. If I happen to look a little bit younger than so be it.
I found the following pictures online and I'm thinking this is what my colorist-to-be may have in mind. What do you think?
Now if I could only look as cute as her with this hairstyle!
I'll be printing these pictures and taking them with me to my appointment. This appointment is a two shot deal. I have to go in a week from Friday and then again on Saturday.
I am a little scared by all this but I know without a shadow of a doubt that it is indeed time for a change.
I will most likely post before and after photos. Not sure about the makeover yet. I won't push it.