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    Hair Coloring Can Be Very Life Enhancing

    It was a beautiful bright & sunny 65 degree autumn day that brought most of us Minnesotan’s out, for one final gorgeous day to enjoy this fleeting weather. I was walking out of Aerial, my beauty supply store, armed with just the right hair coloring products to wash those unwanted high lights out of my hair that show up every 4 to 5 weeks, when I saw two women standing in the sun in capes and their hair matted to their heads, each going through hair coloring.

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    I had been by that hair salon many times, but it still was a bit odd to see them standing outside in that get up. They were processing, having a cigarette, enjoying the sunshine and just doing a little something special for themselves. As I was walking by I threw out some idle comment about hair coloring and sure enough, they were both eager to talk.

    I asked the question,”Why do hair coloring?”. . .” Why go through it?”

    The first woman blurted out,”In the workplace, it’s all about perception. Not only my workplace, but everywhere you go, age discrimination is for real. I clean houses with a franchise, we have cleaning teams. I’ve heard the subtle comments from co-workers and even clients about age and efficiency. The urban myth is: younger is quicker, and quicker means more money.” She felt strongly about this and was angry that those attitudes exist.

    The second woman came from a different perspective, however, still believed there was some truth there. She was a nurse, who worked with children. I noticed her manicured nails, toenails and nicely applied makeup. Sure enough she said,”I love to do these little things for myself. It makes me feel better about me. I know the cost adds up, but to me it’s worth it.” She also said the kids may relate to her better if they think she is younger.

    So I had to ask myself, “Why do I do hair coloring?”. . .”Why do I go through it?”

    • The answer is clear and not much different than everyone else. I’ve done hair coloring since high school, on and off, before the gray came into the picture. The feeling that I was enhancing my looks with a richer, shinier more vibrant hair color was true back then, as it is now. But now that some gray has shown it’s face, I’m not sure I am ready to go there. I do equate that I will look older with gray hair.


    • Don’t get me wrong, some gray hair can look stunning. And I’m going the stunning route when I decide to let it go that way!

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    1. i dyed my hair becos when i was lickle i used to get bullyed for having my natural colour so i went black and i have dyed my hair for 6 years now and i cant stop “/ any ideas how to?? xo

      Comment by katiee smith — September 9, 2009 @ 4:20 am

    2. My mom is 73 wants to know if she should go gray now,but is still working. But is sick of this color shes been getting for a long time. Can you help?

      Comment by Deidre Kranich — September 17, 2006 @ 12:32 pm

    3. My natural haircolor is dark brown. I am now 13 years old. I started coloring my hair because all my friends was getting highlights, lowlights and so forth. I didn’t want to feel left out. Not to mention I first highlighted my hair dark blond at the age of 12, and been coloring my hair since. As my hair been drying out, my haircut has been going shorter. I now regret my decision, but I can’t stop coloring my hair. All my family and friends believe I should stop. But I don’t know how. Furthermore I been thinking, I want to highlight my hair professionally, without the cost being too expensive. I live in Ft. Worth any hairstyist, or places you recommend. I live near Hulen Mall.

      Comment by Julieta — March 3, 2006 @ 1:16 pm

    4. I have dark brown hair, inevitably when I go to a new stylist she messes the color up and I end up with hair that looks more black and than brown…I have gone to different salons in past few years, very high end, and then found someone I really like at Lemon Tree, however, don’t know if she has the expertise to lift the black color out and start from scratch. Any commens.

      Comment by kathy — February 27, 2006 @ 6:47 am

    5. I used to have beautiful blonde hair. With each pregnancy it got darker and more mousy. Hair color brightens up my face and accents my blue eyes. Also, with two kids in tow, I don’t have as much time as I used to for styling. A great color with highlights can create a style even where it is just straight or curly. I find that color actually makes it feel thicker and that makes it easier to style.

      Comment by Liz — November 11, 2005 @ 8:54 am

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