I would like to take this opportunity to thank my Mom and her female ancestors for all of my gray hair. There is no reason a thirty-three year old woman should have as much gray as I do right now. I’ve read that it’s not from stress (otherwise I’d be blaming the husband and children and job); it’s genetic.
Because I lost the genetic bingo game on hair color (and a few other things, I might add) I depend on chemicals to keep me from looking like I’m a lot older than the mere-wee-babe of thirty-three. (shut-up if you’re younger)
There is a small satisfaction in knowing that my sisters are probably going through the same thing… although, the youngest one has had so many different hair colors, I don’t know if she’d ever realize she had any gray hair. I also realize I will be passing down this genetic gem to my daughter and any granddaughters I may be blessed with. (it’s the little things that make me smile)
While getting my hair cut a few weeks ago, the stylist suggested that I come in to get my hair colored by her. I didn’t have time to do it then, I explained to her, and I usually get it out of a box from the store. I griped about the fact that all the hair color boxes I’ve tried that say “Will Cover Gray” are lying bastards who rip a gray-haired girls hopes to shreds each and every time she uses it.
Unfortunately, I don’t want to spend the money on getting my hair colored professionally. Why can’t I just do it myself and get the same results?
We don’t speak of it… but there was the “Blonde Incident of 1999” when I helped Marti color and highlight her hair. Let’s just say that I’m glad she still speaks to me.
Then I think of all the scrapbooking supplies… or shoes… or purses I can buy with the money I would spend on a professional hair colorist.
This weekend I went to Target and buy the $20 box of hair color and highlights in the box. (I visited Target after my trip to the Scrapbook store, by the way) I come home & follow the directions to get my hair to medium brown with caramel highlights. Ahhh… the perfect combination for my pale skin and freckles… yesss.
While the base color is medium brown like the box says… the highlights aren’t anywhere near caramel… um, maybe more like marmalade. Hmmpf. Lying bastards.
I asked a friend of mine if there was a lot of orange in my hair. The response was, “not too much.” I said, “THERE WASN’T SUPPOSED TO BE ANY!”
No one at work has said anything about it. You know that’s not a good sign.
How much does it cost to get my hair professionally colored?