Colour Me Rose Gold
People all over the world spend an exorbitant amount of money to look good and feel good about themselves. Pedicures, manicures, facials, makeup, clothing, botox, and the topic of today… hair. The hair industry is $85 billion dollars a year and steadily growing at more than 2% which is greater than the population growth of approximately 1% per year. (That was your learning something new for today. Have a rest, on me.)
I like a good mani/pedi or to treat myself to nice clothes but I have to remind myself to get my hair done. Some women I know get their hair styled more than once every 18 months. I know, that’s incredible resolve. (Our dog goes every 5 weeks as an aside). Last time I went, I asked for, “the same as you did last time.” They told me the last time was three years ago. Ouch.
It is not that I don’t care about my appearance, it is that I don’t prioritize it except on nights I am not going to be home. On those nights I struggle to make myself look on the outside how I feel on the inside and it never seems to match up so I settle.
This week was the exception. I have been eyeing up the colours people put in their hair and think, “I could pull that off.” So I added it to my bucket list, did some research, and spent 5.5 hours with a hair artist, Kazuma from Good Day Hairshop, who developed a custom colour that won’t fade to silver and make me feel and look old.
Sitting in that chair I pondered why I don’t do this more often. Pampering myself felt great! I could blame being raised by a man. What did my dad know about female maintenance and how to guide me? Remember my first period? That is a pretty strong case to lay blame.
I could say it is because mothers think of themselves last. I got my hair done often when I was in high school and university. Really, before I was first pregnant. I had shorter hair then which meant I had to get it taken care of or I looked ridiculous. I was also working and needed to look good for my day. But that is just my justification. Why can’t I still look good for my day even if it is mostly spent at home?
It appears I have no one to blame but myself for not taking an interest in my appearance while I was taking an interest in our kids. Shame on me. How did I end up so low on the priority list? What message does that send to our kids? Am I overthinking getting my hair done? Maybe this is why I don’t get my hair done? Stop the spiral, Kristine, and move on…
Today’s 50/50 is really about putting me back on the list. So far, me and myself are getting along and I’m getting dressed to drive the kids to school and applying makeup. I know… transformation!
Hair is such a statement of how you feel. I normally feel… pony-taily and don’t give my hair any thought or even show it a brush. Over this past week, I feel fun, happy, and less pony-taily and more, ‘let my freak flag fly’. Beware world, my rosy gold inner girl is on the loose and she’s pretty badass.
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Sorry… I didn’t get to tell you about those bruises I mentioned earlier. Still waiting on the results of the X-ray before I update you. I might be too old for some of my own antics 🙂