Phase 1 Look 3.5 – Define Extreme….

Above:  Look 3.5 as described by my girls.
Below: Look 3.5 as described by my phone’s camera.
 
 No, that is not hot pink hair chalk. Also, if you’ve ever wondered how to get colors this vivid into your hair, ask us. Rachel figured it out. It’s easier than you think, but requires a certain amount of shame elimination. We’re talking wearing foils at the post office, foils at the school, foils while you purchase new underwear, foils while you take a picture with famous people (Of all the days to see my kids’ heroes) But then you get to look as cool as this at your cub den meeting:

Totally worth it.

Here is the lesson I took away from Look 3.5:
I told Rachel that from this point on, she’d probably see the whinier, more insecure side of me, because after this style, I’ll be terrified of every hairdo we try. This length is officially the last comfort zone I have. All the shorter styles coming are the “extreme” ones. She looked at the magenta, radiant orchid, and cyan dye bowls she’d been mixing, and laughed. Hard. Then she said, “Everything you’ve done so far is extreme to someone.”

She’s the smartest, again. Every change we make in life can be viewed as extreme, either because of the time spent in a certain state before changing, or because of the distance from point A to the change. Everyone has their own scale on which to define “extreme.”

I’m getting stares, I’ll admit it. Most kids think I’m the coolest, and their parents refrain from commenting.:-) But, I’m also losing some preconceived ideas about people now that I’m the person with pink hair. Who am I to decide what’s stylish for others? My little measuring stick can’t apply to someone else because they have a different stick, and their point of view is as valid as mine. Even when the points of view are at odds. No, especially when they’re at odds.  I’ll really need to keep this in mind as I jump into Look 4, because I’ll be dying to judge myself. Let’s hope I don’t. Valuable philosophical lessons can occur when we embrace changes. Especially the extreme ones.

What kinds of “extreme” things have you thought about trying? Inspire us with your ideas. I promise not to be offended if none of you say pink highlights.

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Look 3: The color of fear

 Can we take a second and talk about our fears?

 (Rachel’s hands after look three. Do you feel scared?)

I watched a documentary on Joan of Arc last night.  I can’t stop thinking about her. Did you know the people who knew her before she became The Maid described her as ordinary? I don’t know how many times I heard that word last night during the show. They called her that over and over again. Extremely ordinary.

Then, bam. She led the armies of the prince of France to lift the siege on Orleans, and then safely escorted the prince to be crowned in a city deep in enemy territory. She was a teenager. An ordinary one. So what was the difference? How did plain old Joan become Joan of Arc?

One thing she had going for her was an absolute confidence in her mission. Conviction. Faith. She knew she was meant to do something with her time on earth, and she allowed it to grow bigger than her fears. She pulled a Pink, threw some glitter in the air, looked fear in the face and said, “I just don’t care.”

Sometimes I feel like we’ve got our fear/faith balance backwards. Because let’s be honest, in our closet full of dreams the only lock holding those things prisoner is fear. It can manifest in several different ways: Fear of failure, fear of ridicule, fear of pain, fear of inconvenience, fear of the unknown. But it all amounts to the same thing. Fear is forcing ordinary people to avoid doing extraordinary things.

The other thing is, she worked toward her dream every day. She didn’t sit and wait for God to make her dream a reality. She knew much was expected of her if her mission was to be fulfilled. She thought about it and worked toward it. She was undeterred.

I’m not saying this hair thing is Joan of Arc territory, it’s not even close, but through it I’m learning something Joan of Arc somehow knew as a kid. Fear isn’t a good enough reason to abandon our dreams, no matter how large or how small.

 What if my face shape is wrong for that cut? What if my skin tone doesn’t look good with that color? What if no one hires me once I get my photography thing up and running? What if my neighbors talk behind my back when I start up my in-home business? What if I lose money on that investment? What if my husband hates that sweater on me? What if my friend says “no” to my invitation? What if, what if, what if. Well, screw that.

Our lives are short. Real short. And that’s even if we have a typical human lifespan. Do you want anything holding you back from experiencing all you can while you’re here? I’m not talking about abandoning responsibility and living some giant, selfish rager. I’m talking about working toward the things you want to accomplish and try while you’re here. Examine what’s holding you back. If it’s fear, stick up those middle fingers and press on, warrior.

So here’s to look 3. This one scared me the most so far, and therefore, it’s with great satisfaction that I present it to you. Color: black with an all-over blue (Billyrock blue from Manic Panic). Cut: thick, straight bangs, lots of layers and an inch or two shorter than look 2.

Discussion time: I’m hearing some tales of adventurous haircuts. If you’re experimenting in any way along with me, will you email your pictures to me and allow me to share them on this blog?  Pretty please??

Phase one: Look 2

Dear Diary,
Black hair rocks. 

Presenting the next look on the docket: Shoulder length black hair with a center part.

My first thought when I saw this picture was: That looks like a full blown wig. Right?

My next thought was: I look like Featherika.

 Remember her? She was the evil villain on Darkwing Duck.

We basically look like twins. 

But then I lift up the top layer and BAM. Party. Peek-a-boo highlights in blue, purple, pink, and yellow.

 The highlights were the best part, really. They were so much fun I was sad they were hidden most of the time.

 I now know that I love blue in my hair. I’m so happy to know that. In fact, it’s heavily influenced my choice for look 3!

Emotional status: Liberated. I love this adventure. I’m focusing less on what I look like, knowing that it’s all experimental right now. So much pressure is being lifted off my heart. I’m also finding I’m ready for the changes sooner than I thought. Stay tuned!

Discussion time. How do you keep focused on what’s really important about yourself? How do you practice self-care? Comment and let me know, I’d love to hear how you stay centered!