DOES SHE or DOESN’T SHE?

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I’m going to be transferring some of my posts/writing from my Blogger Blog, to my blog here at Word Press.

Honestly, after 3 years of blogging there I only had 2 followers, that I know of, and very few comments on anything. I’m really not sure about the followers, because I never did understand how all that worked over there, and I never did see any. I did get a few views now and again, especially on my fiction story, “Two Souls: Into the Fire”. I appreciate every one of them, and I  know some are still reading it over there. I’m not closing my blog over there, as I might post something sometimes.

Everyone here on Word Press have been so sweet, and kind, to have taken a chance to follow, like, and comment on my posts! It’s a whole new world over here, which I love being a part of. I am so grateful for each of you! ❤

Now, every once in awhile I’ll post something from the other place. Hope you enjoy reading these, too!

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DOES SHE or DOESN’T SHE?

 

Does she or doesn’t she?   That is the question that was posed quite a few years ago by a hair dye company.   There was also a jingle that was about washing the grey away.  I don’t remember which company or companies they were, but both statements had a way of staying with you so you’d remember them and hopefully buy their product.

Back then I suppose there was a stigma associated with women coloring their hair.  Why they needed to keep it a secret, I don’t know.   Everyone knows people get grey hair.   What’s the big deal about putting a color on to hide them if you didn’t like them?

By the time I started dying my hair, there wasn’t much said about it anymore. Now here we are in 2013 (and now 2016!), and we can see that lots of people have color on their hair…women and men…and there is acceptance.  There are as many colors available now as there are personalities to wear them.   I like that.

I have had fun experimenting with different colors, myself.  I have had my hair red, black, frosted, brunette, and everything in between.   I’ve used colored hairspray, hair mascara, chalk, and even cherry Kool-aid (which, by the way, looked awesome!).

Mostly I’ve  done the dying here at home.  Occasionally, I’d go to a salon to have it professionally colored, but that tends to be expensive.  So I go through the whole preparation, which is a bit of trouble.  It can be messy, so here’s what I do.

I gather up old newspapers, or an old sheet to spread out on the bathroom floor to catch any drips. I put on an old t-shirt that I don’t mind getting dye on. Then I take the product from the box, setting them on the old towel I’ve covered the sink area with.  Reading the instructions over a few times (no matter how many times I’ve done this) so I won’t forget a step, I then mix the color with the developer, snip the top off the applicator bottle, then start shaking it…a lot, because they tell you you should.  Taking a few deep breaths to actually psyche myself into actually doing this, I start squirting the dye on the top of my head.

“Don’t let it get in my eyes, don’t let it get in my eyes!” I say to myself. Everything is going along fine, but then I worry I won’t have enough dye to cover all my hair.  The bottle feels like it is getting empty!  By now, my arms are aching from being held up in the air for so long, squeezing that bottle.  So finally finished with that part, I grab a wet washcloth and start wiping the smears from my ears, neck, forehead, arms and anywhere else I can see a spot of dye.

“Oh, no…what time did I finish…I have to time this for 20 minutes!”  I start counting on the clock trying to determine what time I can take this mess off!  I check several times during that 20 minutes, because, maybe I miscounted the first time.

Looking around, I notice there were drips on the sheet on the floor, and also on and in the cat’s litter box.   Well, now what?  Can’t let the cats get in there and get poisoned by hair dye on their feet…and you know cats lick their paws, so now I have about 5 minutes before the time is up and I’m scrambling to change out the litter box, because for real the cats are scratching at the door to come in!

“No, cat, you can’t come in…you’ll be poisoned!” I yell at the door.

So, now the time has come for the washing off the dye.  Hurry up and get the shower water the right temperature, get another washcloth ready to hold over my eyes, because for sure I’ll be blinded with the water and dye running everywhere.  And I rinse, and rinse and rinse some more.  I’m supposed to keep rinsing till the water runs clear, but tell me, how are you supposed to know?  I have my eyes squinched shut and can’t look at the water right now!    Huh, crazy directions, seems to me.  Now for the last part. Putting on the conditioner and standing there waiting for 2 more minutes…and those are really long minutes.

Now I’m out and it’s time for the big reveal.  Did the dye actually work?  Did I miss any spots?  Does it look good?   Yes! Success, it worked!

Now I’m good to go….that is until next time, which comes around before you know it.

So, here I go…getting out the old sheets or newspapers, etc., etc.

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I chose this one, because just yesterday I went through this whole process…again! haha 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }i{

© 2016 Bs

11 responses »

  1. I did the same thing years ago, Kathleen. Blogger makes it so difficult to follow someone as far as I can tell. It goes through Google Plus which I just don’t use. And it makes it hard to comment for readers who once used blogger and left them.

  2. I really kinda hate the other platforms.
    I have colored my hair off and on for over 20 years. Since about 35, I have had some interesting silver bits come in on top. My mother was 64 before she let her silver hair out for show, and I might well be also. So until there’s enough of it to look pretty, it’s dye dye dye. I used to do it every 4 months or so with a root-touch-up in between, but now I work, so this will probably be an every 6-8 weeks thing. I’ve got my box, but do I have the oomph? I don’t think so. Not yet. 🙂
    I love to go in and have it done, and I don’t even mind paying. What I do mind is the TIME. Ugh. Much prefer how quick it is at home, NOT that it looks as good, but it’ll do.

    • I think I started dying my hair pretty early, like in high shcool, just because it was fun. The gray started coming in on top when I was like 20 or so. Been dying it ever since. Still too chicken to let it all go natural, because what I see when I need a touch up is just Eww! I love going to get it done, except for how long it takes. The last time, though, I don’t think they knew what they were doing! It was black on the bottom and it didn’t take good on top where the gray is, so turned out kinda red. haha… I do a better job at home! …

  3. I finally stopped dying my hair and the last bits of fake hair color have finally grown out! It actually looks great. I got the inspiration from Anne Kreamer’s book, “Going Gray.” It’ a lot simpler and it doesn’t look weird in the sun. (It is much harder for brunettes to look natural with hair color. For it to look that way, it has to be a multi-step process, which has to be done in the salon.) It’s fun to experiment with hair colors, but when you get to a certain age, many think, “Who am I kidding?”

    • Hi, Lisa! I’ve thought about letting my hair go natural a lot of times. I would be easier, but I’m still chicken about doing it. I should look up the book you mentioned. Thanks for your comment and your visit here! 🙂

  4. Blogger is a pain in the backside. I have to work with it for the A to Z Challenge blog, and I’m simulcasting my blog on Blogger for the people who can’t figure out how to comment on WordPress, so I have to mess with it. It’s just ugly, and while HTML 5 is the standard, their editor doesn’t write it.

    Mary worried about going gray for a while and dyed her hair, then decided it wasn’t worth the effort. She got more compliments from people when she stopped. She just looked better.

    • I feel the same, John. Posting things is really easy over on Blogger site, but people, including me, have a hard time figuring out how to like, follow, or comment. For now, I’m happy here at Word Press. …Yes, dying our hair is such a bother. Good for Mary, for going natural. I’m still thinking about it, but for now will keep on dying it, even though after all these years the dye is probably not doing any favors for hair or skin. 🙂

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