Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow (yeah… I know)

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a love affair with hair color.

In high school, I sported plum hair and black hair. [I may or may not have tried sun-in at some point too…] After high school, I made a couple of forays into Perms-ville and didn’t color my hair for a bit during that time. (perms + hair color = a red hot frizzy mess)

But eventually, I returned to my world of multi-colored hair. I wear it like a badge of honor: “Look how cool and hip I am sporting my sassy colors!”

So much did I color, that it wasn’t until I was pregnant with my daughter and stopped my addiction coloring that I realized that I had a great big gray streak in the front of my hair. I made an appointment with Miss Loreal as soon as I could.

The colors since then have changed, but my desire to color my hair hasn’t. Some people shop to feel better. I color my hair.

(I have just written “hair” 9 times in 9 sentences…)

All along, I’ve been too cheap to actually have someone else do my color. Two or three times I have, but who can afford the constant cost of upkeep when the roots start to grow out. Each time, I’d quickly reacquaint myself with Miss Loreal or Miss Clariol. At some point, I did pretend start to act like I knew what I was doing – after all, technically, I probably have more experience and years with coloring hair than most beauticians, and started buying bottles of color from a beauty supply shop. (the kind you mix with developer in your own bowl).

That being said, I don’t think I do a half bad job.

If I feel like getting really crazy – ie highlights and lowlights, I go to the local Paul Mitchell school and have my hair colored and highlighted for $20.00. Yes, you read that right –but because it is a school, it takes a month of sundays to get your hair done because they have to keep checking with the instructor and, let’s face it, they are nervous as crap. (they always do a beautiful job.)

I’m pretty sure that I have a point to this post somewhere. But I’m enjoying our little trip down memory lane together. And you must be too, if you are still reading…

For the past 3 years, I’ve been highlighting my hair. My grays have multiplied like rabbits increased a bit, and are so resistant to color that my only solution has been to blend them in with highlights.

Enter my husband (Hi husband!) He luuuuurvssss my dark hair. That’s how he married me. And that’s how he likes it.

Enter my daughter (Hi daughter!) She has her strongest memories of me as a lighter haired mama.

Enter me (Hi me!) I’ve grown weary of the lighter color. I’ve been feeling the recoloring itch starting up. Beside, my roots were screaming uncle. The light color has worked but again with the upkeep! [have I mentioned I’m lazy?] And because I am a dark brunette, my lightened hair tends to take on a <shudder> brassy tone.

Enter Miss #30 Dark Brown Colorsilk [have I mentioned that I’m cheap?] (Hi Miss Colorsilk!) totally neutral party.

I like it. Hubs looooooves it. BOOYAH!

Yesterday, getting my daughter ready for school, she comes downstairs, bleary-eyed, takes one look at me and says “Your hair is dark.” (waiting…) speaking in a hushed-panicked tone to me: “You sort of over-did it

There you go. How does one respond to that??

She is still not liking it. [have I mentioned that she doesn’t like change]

Obviously, she hasn’t  been properly schooled in the fun of hair color (she’s all of 8 years old, after all). One day, she’ll understand that just because it’s “too dark” one day, doesn’t mean it stays that way for long.


  1. http://Sandy%20Toes says

    I have highlighted my hair since highschool. I have always had someone else do it. But, I would love to do it myself to save some $ but I am scared.
    sandy toe

  2. http://Kaye%20-%20SandwichINK says

    LOL – I really enjoyed this post! I DID do Sun-In and turned my hair orange! I tried one more time using a slightly darker shade than my own and didn’t like it. I didn’t return to the world of color until decades later when more grey than I wanted was showing up. Only problem was, it was expensive, time consuming, and I really didn’t care (and that was with the boxes :) ). Now I do it regularly irregular – only because one of my daughters pointed out that it damages your hair just enough to make it behave. Go figure. But she was right! :) I haven’t been as adventurous as you in the colors and wish I was braver, but had a good time “virtually” enjoying it through your article :)

  3. http://PredsOnTheGlass says

    A series of pictures with the full spectrum of color and style would complement this discussion.

  4. http://Michelle%20Smiles says

    You can’t post this kind of entry without a photo.

  5. http://Moriah%20@%20Please%20Pass%20the%20Salt says

    Oh man, this brought back some memories! My mom was blond when I was little, and when I was about 13 she decided to go back dark. It was SO DARK – like BLACK. We freaked. But it toned down and she’s still a brunette. It looks way better on her because it’s natural and clearly God knows best. :)

  6. http://Adrienne says

    I have always wanted to color my hair (especially now when the grey is starting to win the war) but I am terrified of the results and I certainly could NEVER do it myself (I would have to have someone to blame).

    Wanna do it for me at BlogHer?

  7. http://Dawn says

    Ummm, you really can’t post something like this without photos… =)

  8. http://ByTheSea says

    Oh my gosh… that is too funny.. thanks for the laughs. yes.. do show photos.

  9. http://BeverlyD%20Hair%20Party says

    I enjoy reading your article about hair care for it is my passion as well.You might be interested to join my Hair Spa | Styling Party. I’ll be pleased to share techniques in massage, masking and moisturizing to get your hair to where you want it to be. I bet you’ll gonna enjoy it.

  10. http://Kim/2%20Kids says

    I have been coloring my hair since high school. It started with lemon and Sun-In, yada, yada. Moved on to the Frosty Cap, that was lovely. When I started to make money, I paid a lot to have the blond, with a stripe of color look. I’ve done red, purple, blue, etc. A couple of years before I turned 40, I settled on a blond for six months, dark brown for six months. It was costing me $150 every 9 weeks or so. Last Oct, I was spreading it out for as long as possible, like 4-5 months, until I found the gray hair sticking straight up at the Dr.’s office. Yes, I am vain and I now go every 6-8 weeks. I love your pics because I am petrified to color my own hair. No, really, completely petrified. By the way, I have known I was gray for years.

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