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Switching it up

 Change is good, but it's also, by its nature, difficult. Once we get in a rut, or get comfortable, it's easy to stay there. To not grow. To stay safe.

This fall, FabHusband and I hit an adventure ropes course for our anniversary. Being suspended in the air, balancing on 2x4s, and gingerly traversing the aerial path was terrifying, exhilarating, and inspiring--all at once. It was an excellent reminder to me to step outside of my comfort zone. When I left, I wanted to find other ways to push myself, partly to get the thrill again, but also because being uncomfortable is what helps me grow and see things in new ways.

Which brings me to my hair.

My hair is about as vanilla as brown, wavy/curly, tends-toward-frizzy, hair gets. I've had minuscule variations on the same hair style for the past....decade (eesh). When I was younger, I tended to be more drastic with it--cutting it off into a super- short 'do in college, for example--but I never went the route of coloring it. I thought that if I had to "maintain" any shade or highlighting regimen, I'd lose part of myself and become a slave to fashion...the hair salon...expectations and images of beauty...take your pick.

I was also too chicken. What if my head turned orange? What if my hair fell out? What if, what if, what if.

So I stayed brown, which I was totally fine with, and got into the decade-long hair rut.

Until today. Well, technically, until I found out that there would be a masquerade ball at Kindling Words this weekend. Actually, it was once I settled on my costume--making use of the bridesmaid dress I wore in my brother-in-law's wedding this fall--that I made the decision: I was going purple. Not whole-head, Katy Perry violet or anything...just a little splash of color. See, I LOVE costumes, and I'll go to the extreme for a good one. And once I started thinking about what I'd wear and how I'd accessorize, I thought, wouldn't it be cool if....

And I followed that with Why not?

I mean, sure, I'm 30-blah-blah, am a mom and have a job. Sure, candy-colored hair is probably the top No-no on What Not to Wear. But you know what? I don't care. Maybe it's because the snow is piled higher than a kindergartner, or maybe it's the ropes course, or an early midlife crisis, but I needed to make a change. Shake it up.
So I picked up some Manic Panic Purple Haze, brought it to my stylist (there was no way I'd try this at home!), and went for it. It's just a few streaks under the top layer of my hair (and maybe a teensy one in my bangs), just enough to catch a glimpse if my hair is down. Not earth-shattering by any stretch. Conservative, for purple. But when I pull it up, you can definitely see it.

My hair didn't fall out. My head didn't turn orange. FabHusband thinks it's cute and CC adores it (but proclaimed that green would be better). I'm sure my students and colleagues will barely notice. But for me, it's a big change. It's a different type of risk, a little thrill.

Mission accomplished. And next time, we can totally boost up the color...


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( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 26th, 2011 04:56 am (UTC)
Eee! I love the idea.

Jan. 26th, 2011 06:04 am (UTC)
Yah! Do we get to see a photo? (hint, hint...)
Jan. 26th, 2011 12:38 pm (UTC)
That sounds fabulous! And ditto to everybody else: I'd love to see photos. :)
Jan. 26th, 2011 12:55 pm (UTC)
Yay! I find this terrifyingly inspiring. :)
Jan. 26th, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC)
You are super-cool with awesomesauce on top.

Jan. 27th, 2011 01:12 am (UTC)

(And have much fun at KW!)
Jan. 27th, 2011 04:28 am (UTC)
post pics! :)
Jan. 28th, 2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
Yay! Go you! :)
Jan. 28th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
That would look fabulous!
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