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Went To The Dark Side, Came Right Back To The Light!

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Well, THAT didn’t last long!  I wrote this whole post (see below) talking all about “going to your roots” and how I was inspired to dye my hair red like my amazing mom.  But  when we went home for the holidays I realized there is really only ONE red head in our family and that’s the original…my mom. It took seeing her to help me see that.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED my red hair and how it looked but it just didn’t feel like “me”.  So in the end, I guess it’s just about finding your path and walking it.  If that includes a few hair color changes that end up bringing you right back where you started, then so be it…it’s still YOUR path and it was meant to be. (Or perhaps the lesson is that I was where I was meant to be all along….hmmmm…) Anyway, my path just happens to include one order of short, blonde hair with a side of too much eye shaddow…and you know what? I like me that way!   Went To The Dark Side, Came Right Back To The Light!

Here’s my original post all about my path to red….but you know how the story ends…back at blonde!

I’ve been a blonde all my life….over the years I kind of lost track of what my “natural” color is, because I’ve been having it double-processed for a very long time by my friend and  “The New You” salon owner, Jennie Cuadras in Glastonbury.  But always lingering in the back of my mind was a desire to go RED…just like the most amazing woman I know…my mom….here we are circa 1972….

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As I grew, my hair naturally darkened….

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and  I began to lighten….

 Went To The Dark Side, Came Right Back To The Light!

…and LIGHTEN….

 Went To The Dark Side, Came Right Back To The Light!

…and LIGHTEN!  Having super short, uber-blonde hair was edgy and I LOVED it….but you know how it is…you get BORED with your style.

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So I added extensions….from Sally’s Beauty Supply, the clip-in kind.  They were fun…but DANG they HURT my head…so that experiment didn’t last long!

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I decided to try and ACTUALLY grow out my hair…but alas, Damon Scott and Gina J thought I was a doppleganger for friggin’ Andy Warhol…. yeah, had to change THAT hairstyle too….

 Went To The Dark Side, Came Right Back To The Light!

…I added bangs.  But our very own producer, Ryan Jones compared my hair to a silly cat in a melon hat.  NIGHTMARE.

 Went To The Dark Side, Came Right Back To The Light!

It was time for a REAL change….and then I remembered my hero, my mom…the woman who taught me about beauty both inside and out… and I thought, hey…. why not go dark?

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I’ll admit, I was a little nervous to go RED… but I’ve been thinking about it for a long, long time. Thanks to some encouragement from my family, my girlfriends and very cool Facebook friends…I took the punge!   See, sometimes it’s the changes that you’re MOST AFRAID to make are the ones you MOST NEED to make.  Looking at my before and after pictures I see I REALLY needed to add some color… I was looking washed out and–dare I say it–OLD!   I guess it’s true what they say…in the end, you turn into your mother… And you know what?  Thank goodness.

Before and After

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Be the change you want to become.  Don’t be afraid to do something DIFFERENT!  It may just bring you back to your “roots”!

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