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Hair’s An Idea!

Posted on May 16, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   11 Comments | Posted in Clairol · hair

My hair suffers from multiple personality disorder.  This is a new twist on an old dance between me and my mop-top, and I want to whine about it.

For years my hair stayed straight without the benefit of a hot iron.  By the time I hit 41 curls erupted and I deemed au naturale a mighty convenience.  The closer I climbed to 50, however, the more my hair rebelled and the multiple personalities emerged.  Some sections of my hair are straight, some curly and others wavy—all at the same time and in no particular order.

I also dye my hair, the natural shade of which has not seen daylight for over a decade.  At this point, I’m terrified of not coloring because, geez, who knows what real color is sprouting? Am I salt and pepper, gunmetal, or shimmery silver? What percentage of my locks are, you know, that G-color? Ten percent? Fifty? Gulp! One-hundred?

I know a lady in her early sixties who never colored her hair and doesn’t do more to it after a washing than let it dry, and whichever way it goes is a mystery until it happens. She isn’t prepped for the Hollywood red carpet but you know what? Neither am I in spite of my hot-ironing and coloring. People routinely mistake me for younger than my nearly 50 years, but does that really matter in the grand scheme of things? May it be counted a true compliment since it isn’t achieved without chemical enhancements?

I think, as I sit here typing (with Clairol Hydrience #36 seeping into my head), that I waste an awful lot of time fussing with my hair. I ponder what might be accomplished if the time and money I spend on my hair were directed to more worthy pursuits. Maybe I ought to find out.

Yeah, and maybe I’ll win the lottery tomorrow and retire a millionaire.

Fat chance, buttercup.

Til next time –

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11 Responses to "Hair’s An Idea!"

  1. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    May 16, 2010 at 11:15 am  

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  2. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    May 16, 2010 at 12:36 pm  

    Lisa, Sorry, my husband was heading out the door threatening to go to the store without me, and I typed like a hyper squirrel. Let's try it again.This post is so true and funny. My hair affects my mood. An editor wrote me years ago and asked me to describe myself. I told her that my hair color depends on the time of the month. First week it is brown, second week reddish, third week copper, and by the fourth week it is brass and silver, depending on how often I wash it. One side of my hair does what I want and the other side shows me who's boss.

  3. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    May 16, 2010 at 1:34 pm  

    Ha! Who's boss. I like that. The grayer I get the lighter my hair is after coloring. I keep telling my husband if he sticks with me long enough he'll eventually be married to a blond.

  4. Comment by Lynn
    May 16, 2010 at 4:59 pm  

    Ha, that was good. I've always wondered what color I might be as well. I wish I could wake up and just comb my hair, but oh lordy, that happens once in a blue moon. Normally I wake up looking like Einstein – wish I was as smart!

  5. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    May 16, 2010 at 7:37 pm  

    Yeah, I wake up with a bird's nest head, too. *sigh*

  6. Comment by BECKY
    May 17, 2010 at 12:06 am  

    Lisa, you are such a talented, humorous writer! I would never come up with the words and phrases you do! My hair has always been a major disappointment to me! It's baby-fine, limp and lifeless. And it's also like Linda's…one side has a mind of its own! Thank goodness for mousse, gels, curling or flat irons, and freezing hair spray!! Too bad none of them were around when I was a teenager…except Dippity-Do!

  7. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    May 17, 2010 at 5:18 am  

    Thanks Becky! You always say such nice things. I thought of my parents when I read your post because my mama complained so much about her hair being "baby fine" that my dad used to tease her about it. I always just thought it was soft and lovely. Bet yours is, too.

  8. Comment by Kathy at Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy Welcomes You!
    May 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm  

    Okay, I figured out what was wrong on leaving comments for you, Lisa. I had to enable the third party cookies. I wrote you a funny little response about how I loved your post and about my own hair color angst, but it wouldn't take. At least I can comment now. You crack me up! :>)

  9. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    May 17, 2010 at 7:57 pm  

    Hey Kathy! I'm glad you were able to solve the dilemma. Stuff like that is frustrating. I'm a technical dimwit, so I would never have been able to figure it out!

  10. Comment by BECKY
    May 17, 2010 at 11:30 pm  

    Thanks, Lisa! Yes, my hair is soft, until I add all the junk to it! 😀

  11. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    May 18, 2010 at 9:26 pm  

    Ha! Ain't it the truth? When I let my hair go to natural curls I have to gunk it up to keep it from bushing out. I end up with a helmet head!

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