Friday, September 26, 2008

Hair Debacle 2008

I've not had a great week. But at least THIS part of the week is hysterically funny, in a painful, I looked-like-crud sort of way.

I tend to do drastic things to my hair. I'll grow it out for 2 years, only to chop it all off. I'll go dark, or light, or red. Highlights, lowlights, all-over color - I'm not scared, I'll try it. After all, it's just hair. It'll grow back or out.

There are now TWO times that were (are) complete and utter disasters. One time, about 7 years ago, I had a 3 month old, was heavy - and had been called ma'am and not carded. I was depressed, and wanted to "look younger." So I decided to go lighter. But uh, I chose a really bad color. It turned out yellow. As in, crayon yellow. I can't find a picture at the moment - suffice it to say, it was awful. And my poor friend's wedding was 2 weeks after. Her pictures eternally recorded that one. Lovely.

This week would be number two. I've always wanted to go a bit darker. A nice light brown, maybe a medium brown. My natural color is a light brown with all sorts of weird highlights and lowlights. And I had some serious roots. About 5 inches of roots, to be exact, and the bottom was both chemically and sun lightened.

Nice look, eh?

So I wanted an all over brown.

I bought (yes, on clearance - shoot me!) two boxes of what was SUPPOSED to be medium golden brown. It had a color results picture on the box for "dark blond/light brown" hair - and looked exactly the shade I wanted. Perfect! And both boxes for $4! Yippeee!

So I went through all the instructions. I left it on the exact amount of time. And this is what I got:


Notice the absolute horror on my face! I got out of the shower, and it looked a bit dark, but then my hair is always darker wet. So I proceeded to blow dry it. And as I stood up from drying upside down, I nearly fell over when I saw that! OH. MAH. GAWD. This is what the words shock and awe were meant to describe.

So I thought, hmm, maybe if I get used to it? Except that my son, when I went to pick him up from school, didn't recognize me. He walked right past me. People were doing double takes. One woman said, "It's not that bad. And you know, Halloween is coming!" Oh good gravy, I look like Morticia????

I ran straight to my laptop and posted pictures on the bulletin boards I frequent. I figured, if they don't have advice, at least they'll have a laugh!

Thankfully, this is NOT the end of the saga. A darling friend of mine suggested I use a prodcut called Color Oops. They should call it miracle in a bottle, or God's gift to daring but idiotic women....


Bought it, used it this morning. Best $13 EVER. This stuff could gag a maggot, it stinks so bad, but it works. Amazingly! I'm sure if I followed their "use again if full effect desired is not reached" but at the moment, I think I'll stick with what I got THIS time:


Ahhh, much better! Ironically, this is the exact shade of red I have wanted in the past, and never been able to achieve with dyes. We shall see how long the red lasts. Maybe I'll always have to buy that dark color and the oops?

Saturday, September 13, 2008

On Voting....

I'm not normally a person who tries to wax philosophical about politics, not one to tell people who, where, when to believe something. But coming across this clip of Craig Ferguson, of a new citizen to our country, talking about our right to vote - it's inspiring. And I love that he makes fun of the media, as well...

I'm not taking a public stand on which person to vote for - but I love his point about it being a duty as an American to make yourself heard.

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