Thursday, December 09, 2010

It really isn't easy being green

I have hair issues.  I've always wanted great hair like this:
So I actually wanted hair like that in about '89 but didn't everyone?  
Two problems:
1.  I'm not blonde
2.  I didn't know anything about 'product' in the 80s.

My mom was her mother's guinea pig when it came to dyeing and perming and bleaching.  There are many old black and white pictures of my mom when she was around 4 or 5 and she's covered in curlers and perm solution or her natural black hair has been peroxided a horrible orange shade.  With that kind of emotional scarring, it's not surprising that she has really no interest in the mop upon anyone's head, even if I begged her to learn to french braid or make those ribbon laced barrettes with the beads that were popular back in the day.
Nope.  I was lucky to have a banana clip and discover Bold Hold on the shelf of my local drug store when I was a teenager. 

As luck would have it (and the hair gods had sympathy on me) I've had FOUR friends in my adult life who have also been professional hair dressers.  Whoopee!  Now I could get the scoop and ask questions and let them decide what looks good on me.

For the first time in my life I paid one of my hair dresser friends a lot of money to make my natural chestnut brown hair blonde.  Blllloooonde.  I actually got a lot of compliments on it.  It was a bit weird to get used to it at home and I knew it would be a lot of upkeep (read: money) to keep it that shade of honey yellow so it would be a temporary thing. 

Here's a picture of me and my studly husband at this year's Marine Corps ball.  Definitely NOT chestnut brown hair on me anymore.  It's fun.  It's different.  I can't wear the same colors that I did as a brunette. 

This week I decided to darken my locks a bit.  Just a smidgen to a medium brown with blonde highlights.  Once again I paid a lot of money in order to get back to more of a low maintenance 'do.  For some reason my hair dresser used an 'ash' on me.  And now?  My hair is green.  Yep.  Green.  I'm told it will even out a bit in a few days but I am NOT a happy camper.  The woman who did this has her own salon so it's not like she mixed a concoction in her kitchen sink.  She employs other colorists!  I'm about ready to head to the store for a $10 box of L'Oreal and fix this myself.  The joy of beauty standards.  Maybe I'll just chalk it up to being the Grinch this year.  ;)

1 comment:

Judy said...

Oh no! Of course, you know you really SHOULD document the green of your hair with a photo. On here. For us.

Just sayin'.