I am not afraid of changing my hair color. My mom let me start coloring my hair before she let me get my ears pierced. She changed hair color like you're supposed to change your oil (and still does), so my siblings and I did the same.
That said, one color I had never tried was blonde. I'd done blonde streaks, blonde highlights, but never all-out blonde. For the past several years, I've stayed with pretty much the same brown color because of military regulations. Then I was pregnant and couldn't do much. Since then, I guess I've been waiting until the right moment.
That moment came a few weeks ago when I was visiting family in Tulsa and had the chance to get my hair done by Gail. Gail has been doing my mom's hair since before I was born. She did my hair for all my formals in high school and college and was the first person ever to show me how to straighten it.
When she asked me what I wanted done, I said "I want it short and blonde."
I showed her this picture as inspiration for the cut:
|My brother, Tim, says I look like Natalie Portman, so in my dreams, I do.|
Four hours later, I went home looking like this:
Now, obviously, she wasn't done. But my previous color was being very stubborn to come out, and my scalp had so many burns on it from the bleach so we had to take a break. Never fear, I went back the next day and finished:
This was the longest I have ever or will ever spend getting my hair done. It took eight hours total and my hair and scalp were shot. But, I like it. I love the cut and I'm getting used to the color. I don't know how long I'll keep it blonde, but I'm glad I could try it out. I think Gail did a fantastic job with it!
Here's what it looks like curly (in its natural state):
|(bonus image of cute husband and baby are free this week)|
|Check out Tim's tattoo shop, Southtown Tats|
I love it and think it was worth every bit of the pain. Actually compared to pre-epidural, pitocin-induced labor and having my scalp on fire for 8 hours, I barely could consider it pain at all!
(PS. John loves both changes. He pretty much just loves me and is happy when I'm happy!)
(PPS. Coincidentally, Natalie Portman just named her baby boy Aleph. Hmmm...)