Haircare(s) part II – the resolution

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I did it.

Yesterday, I went to my hair stylist.  

Gone is the unknown color invasion.  The dry, unruly, and a bit scratchy pandemic hair.  My should-have-been-natural color has been restored.  My curls are soft and nonfrazzled.  What’s more, I feel thoroughly pampered.  I feel a bit less frazzled.

Interesting isn’t it?  What was once merely something to be scheduled and maintained has evolved into an indulgent luxury.  So what if I wore a mask the whole time?  It didn’t deter at all from the moment.

(As a quick aside, I actually don’t mind wearing masks.  At first it was a bit odd, but now it is just – well – what you do.).

Anyway,  clearly I learned a little lesson about appreciation and self care – and one I will need to remember in the future.  In the meantime, I’m already looking forward to next month’s appointment. 

As always, thank you  for reading and stay safe.

 

Haircare(s)

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Lately, I find myself spending more time staring into the mirror. To be more precise, staring at the top of my head. You know…at the part with new growth. As odd as this may sound, I am – and there is no better word for it – baffled.

About ten years ago, my naturally curly hair friendly stylist, Nikki, wondered, aloud, if I would like to add some highlights to my hair. I had never colored my hair. My hair tends to be dry so I didn’t want to do damage plus I liked the color; a nice warm brown that suited my skin tone. On the other hand, I have a great stylist and there’s nothing wrong with a little change. (Or a lot of it for that matter!) Over time we decided on a lovely auburn shade with highlights here and there. Love it.

On March 19, the governor closed all beauty salons.

On April 23, I am baffled.

In March, I had to postpone my hair appointment. Today, I am looking at about two months of new hair growth. A couple of things here: First, it is just not fair to be this much grayer… But second….what is that other color growing out?? Did recessive black hair genes just kick in? Did this happen at some point in the last couple of years and I just never realized? I’ve heard of stress causing biochemical changes, but hair color? Not gray mind you, but the actual shade?

I’ve been pondering what to do. Obviously, I won’t be able to go to my dear Nikki for.. don’t know.. a month? Two? Three or more? In the meantime, this really isn’t the time to dither in the Kroger hair care aisle to select a color to experiment with at home. (It takes me an hour just to pick out mascara.) So I guess I just answered my own question. Nothing to do. On the bright side, I am a bit curious to see what color eventually appears. In the meantime, at least I found my products on Amazon. And there is plenty of time for me to plan a welcome back to work gift, party, parade, (you get the idea), for Nikki.

As always, thanks for reading and stay safe. We’re in this together!