As promised, I am documenting my journey on the road to Silver Linings! 🙂 The reality is … I might not make it all the way … there might come a day when I say … who the hell is that in the mirror and make an urgent call to Sonya, my phenomenal “colorizer” at Salon Fusion. It could happen, I am human! But, my goal is to try to enjoy the new, REAL me. And, hopefully … I will enjoy the journey so much that I can’t go back to the days of soaking in chemicals and sitting in salon chairs for excruciating, precious hours. Ready or not, here we go!
Now, the picture below (taken in Dec 2013) is certainly not flattering, but on my way to transparency, I must add the pix that I would normally pretend did not exist! I want this to be an open, honest journey. This particular day was gray and gloomy, I was worried about driving from Rochester to Minneapolis in the middle of a snowstorm. I was also concerned about making my flight. So, worry was written all over my face. But, let’s not concentrate on the face … we are here to talk about HAIR! 🙂 Which reminds me, one of my former hairdressers used to call straggly silver strands – “stress highlights”! I loved this terminology, it made me think!! And, I encourage you to ponder that phrase when you are stressing and try to put your pressures in perspective! Now, back to the pic below … at this time, I was only a few months into my journey and with my hair tied back and a bit of the blonde flowing about – I think I looked great.
Now, these next two pictures show how I had been “keeping it real” by only highlighting/lowlighting and not totally coloring every strand. You can see the silver peeking out on top in the picture with my sister, Janean. The pictures above and below were literally taken weeks apart. Then, in the picture of me from the back, you can also see (if you zoom in) that I have streaks of silver here and there. For those who are toying with the idea of going silver, I think it is an easier transition if you high-low/light your hair. Of course, that’s easy for me to say, I’ve never colored my entire head.
Honestly, I think my hair looks good in these pictures. Of course, I still had tons of blonde flowing around. I might change my mind as time goes by. I am trying to use positive affirmations and take in a steady diet of videos and articles by people who have trekked down the Silver Linings Lane. I am motivated to change … and, so far, have stayed the course! My career is demanding and runs me in circles and I am still recovering emotionally from losing my sweet 17-year old feline to cancer. That said, from what I’ve learned, tough times make you focus on what is important. Time spent reflecting on the essentials of life can give you the courage to do something brave! I tend to internalize Saint-Exupery’s words: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” Without these words, I doubt I would have externally bucked social norms. Thank you, St. Exupery! Let the journey continue! And, if you are reading this and have taken or have considered taking this path, please let me know! I would love to hear from you!