Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Growing Old...Gracefully?

I hit my mid-30s last week.  I'm fine with it...really.  But at 35, should I really be worrying about zits, wrinkles, chin hairs and gray hair?  I've been having to pluck the same black chin hair since right after having my second baby.  Now all of the sudden I have like 3-4 of those bastards.  I've been spotting the occasional gray hair here and there for a few months, but this morning when I pulled my bangs back; there's a whole flipping stripe of them!!!  Here's my pursuit to growing old...gracefully or vainly.
I started coloring my hair in 7th or 8th grade.  I don't remember asking my mom's permission.  It was just something Blondie & I started doing as soon as we were old enough to walk to Drug Emporium and buy it ourselves.  We started out gradually.  We'd squirt lemon juice in our hair before we'd lay out in the back yard....then we graduated to spraying "Sun In" in our hair every day before we'd blow dry it.  Then for some reason; when we got ballsy enough to actually buy a box of hair color, we bought that "Loving Care" brand....that I'm pretty sure was for old ladies trying to cover up their gray.  Let me tell you how well that turned out.  A few days after going a little (or a lot) blonder, my family left for vacation.  Two days in the highly chlorinated hair was GREEN!!!  Like the color of algae!!  It was horrible.  I'm sure my parents were probably laughing on the inside when they suggested I call the 800 customer service # on the box.  I don't remember the customer service rep holding her laughter in on the inside.  I'm pretty sure she was SAYING all of the right things through her bouts of laughter.

The chemical reaction scared me enough to lay off the dye...until summer was over.  Then the algae had grown out and my courage had returned.  We settled on "Nice 'n Easy"...and it was perfect!!!  I was the exact shade of blonde I'd always dreamed of.  Both of my siblings were toe headed...and as the token brunette, I always felt left out.  I finally belonged in my family.  I know this sounds ridiculous....and I'm saying most of it in jest.

As I got older and the ripe old age of 17, I decided I wanted a change.  I'd had enough blonde.  I wanted to be a redhead....more like the color of cabernet.  I HATED IT!!!  And it wasn't as simple as just re-dying it blonde.  Being the hair color specialists that I thought I was...and my sister and her friend too, we went to Sally Beauty Supply.  How hard could it possibly be to strip the color from my hair?  After 6 hours of applying the blue paste to my hair, letting it take, rinsing and reapplying...waiting and waiting, my hair was capable of spontaneous combustion and it was ORANGE!!!  

Thank GOD my mother took mercy on me...and paid the $$$ to have it professionally taken care of.  After that Graceful Disaster, I decided I'd be better off just sticking with the blonde locks that suit me so well.  Well, until Blondie actually went to cosmetology school and had a license to mix dye and bleach together....then I trusted her solely and completely and allowed her to use my hair as her canvas.  I quickly became a hair color junkie!!

After Blondie became a mom and cut back her days in the salon, I moved over to another of my best friends, Chuckles.  She's been doing my hair for 5+ years now.  And she's ALWAYS willing to change things up and play with my color.  I must say she was NOT the best thing for my addiction...but having close friends in the biz, I've never had to pay full price anyway.  But times have gotten lean and the first things to be trimmed from the budget are the extras.  A couple years ago I decided to go all natural.  I believe my words were "I'll just grow old least until I find my first gray hair."  Well, I've been in denial for a while about those mysterious "blonde" hairs.

I come from a long line of vain people.  At 15, my Gramma asked me where I got my blonde hair from....and I told her "The same place you got yours.  The bottle."  My mom still colors her hair.  Even my dad fought it for a while with his "Just For Men".  My dilemma now is, I'm so spoiled when it comes to hair color....I don't think I can go back to doing my own color.  So do I swallow it and just scrape up the money to have Chuckles do it or do I just sit back and let the gray take over?

And while we're on the subject of spending money on my beauty....I'm contemplating laser hair removal.  I can handle shaving my legs and arm pits....but I draw the line at shaving my face!!!  At what lengths have you gone to defy your age? I'd love to hear from all of  you!!
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  1. Girl, I so hear ya and I sympathize with ya. I'll soon be the big 5-0, and lemme tell ya laser hair removal is the best invention since sliced bread!!! I'm also no stranger to the benefits of Botox.

  2. With ya on the gray hair...and the nasty black ones that are multiplying on my upper lip. But I'm far too lazy to dye it. I am hoping I get the awesome gray hair like Mrs. C in the library....doubtful. She probably dyes hers too. And as for the mustache...I just trim it with F's electric razor! But my mom had laser done and she's smooth as a baby's bottom! ;)

  3. Don't feel bad, tonight I saw a lady with hairy cleavage, and it wasn't butt cleavage either.

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  7. Hello fellow co-host!
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  8. Thanks for co-hosting the GFC hop today. Reading this post brought back memories from junior high. I spotted my first gray at 25. 25! Right in the front. Seven years later and a few more have popped up here and there. Ehh!

  9. Following from the hop! Happy late Birthday! I hope it was wonderfuL!

  10. Hi! New follower from the blog hop here. As someone about to turn 32 this month, I can definitely relate!
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  12. First ... I am new here from the GFC hop and got you followed. You can check out my blog at:

    Now to share experiences. In a couple of years I will be 40 (eek) and I have been blessed with great genes .. i.e. no gray. But I have to say - I would be torn if it came down to it. There is the upkeep, and I also donate my hair every 5 years .. so I can't dye it .. but if it was gray? What kid would want a gray wig ... hmm, looking at Kelly Osbourne, maybe they do!! But I digress, reading about your color troubles - I have to tell you a funny story. In my early 20s I decided to go from jet black (which it had been for a few years) to a deep auborn. I went to a professional to do this, and it was one of the most horrifying experiences of my life! I ended up with leapord hair. Yes, it was a blotchy black and auburn. I ended up with the shortest haircut I ever had in my life after that. I suppose that could be the reason for my being gun shy to dying again. :-D

    So - on that very long note - I bid you a happy belated birthday! And I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post. :-D

  13. Hi there, found you via GFC Blog Hop and have followed. Hope you follow Carole's Chatter and Blog Tips back. Cheers

  14. Good food for thought! New follower from the hop! looking forward to following your blog!

    Kristine from The Foley Fam {unedited} Blog

  15. New follower via GFC blog hop!

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  16. I haven't seen a gray hair yet but I swear I'm starting to see lines around my eyes. My hubby thinks I'm crazy. lol
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  17. Been there, had the green hair and the awful burgundy and even the orange from stripping it and I still haven't learned my lesson lol


  18. Hello!

    Thanks for co-hosting the blog hop and I'm a new follower:) Have a good evening!

    Lillies & Silk

  19. Dropping in from the Blog Hop!! Wonderful and funny!! now following on GFC Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  20. wow,, never thought about it that way