Beware of the Red Hair

Last year about this time, I got a wild hair up my ass and thought I wanted to make a change which I decided was that I needed to become a red head. So first, I set out doing some research because there are lots of different shades of red so I build a Pinterest Board called Hair Do to keep track of the hairstyles and color shades of red.

Hubby was totally against the red, but I was dead set on making the change. For 34 years I’ve had the same dirty blonde color and magically I became a bright and vibrant red head. I liked it. Obviously, people noticed because it was such a drastic change. There were people that didn’t even recognize me because I’m not one who has ever made a drastic hair color change. To give you an idea, below is a photo of my professional headshot before I made the move to red hair which you can see is my current head shot photo also below.

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After going red, I noticed right away while attending conferences and events for senior level professionals, that it was easier to strike up a conversation when I was a red head. I’m not exactly sure why. Maybe because the red made me feel bolder, but I believe that the blonde hair made me look younger and therefore, less qualified to be attending those events. At one RPO conference I attended, there was only one blonde there who served as the bubbly MC for the gala dinner I was attending. *sigh*

It was fun for a while but I never felt quite like myself. For months it was like I was looking at someone else in the mirror. The final straw was when my daughter who is 4 at the time asked me to go back to being blonde so we could be “twinkies” (she are what she calls twins) and look the same. And I can’t say no to a face or a cute statement like that.

What no one tells you when you make such a drastic change going from blonde to red is how long, time consuming and difficult the road is to getting back. Over the past four months I’ve had 3 separate visits to my hair dresser  that are 3+ hours long in my journey to return to the blonde that I once was and I’m not certain my hair will ever be the same. Add in my current 2 hour round trip commute to go into the city to visit this hairdresser, and I’ve spent 15 hours just on my hair.

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What no one talks about is the regular maintenance that occurs as a chemically altered red head or the extreme measures one has to take to remove the red from your head. The pigments are extremely hard to remove. Hence, the reason I had 3 different visits to my hairstylist in order to make the change. We worked slow and over time to avoid frying my hair so I remained patient as one can be. I had to buy a bunch of  new clothes and dress in different colors due to my new red hair. I’m a total internet shopper which meant that I had to go to an actual store. Rough. Did I mention I had to dye my eyebrows or use powder? I’m not a high maintenance girl so this was a first for me.

My road from red to blonde has been insane and I’ve had no less than 7 different hair colors as we move to the old me. We’re still not quite there yet. I’m not sure if we ever will be so I thought I would write this post to share with readers to consider a wig, a less drastic option before making a change like it was for me. Beware of red hair. It’s beautiful. It’s stunning. It’s a lot of work. I had to dye my eyebrows and the process to remove the red was extremely unsatisfying.

Everyone makes a change to mix things up, be different or just inject some excitement in their lives. While the red hair was fun, I’m reminding myself it’s not something I want to do again. I learned I’m just not a high maintenance girl, and that I’m most comfortable when I’m a natural me. It’s then I’m comfortable with being in my skin.

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