50 Shades of Gray…Hair

The Skunk Streak is back!  Time to wash it right out of my hair!

The Skunk Streak is back! Time to wash it right out of my hair!

I’m using the day to pamper myself a bit. This morning shopping. In a few minutes, dying my hair.

I’m horrible at touching up my roots every 6-8 weeks. I usually let it go for 12 weeks and the result is the same – a skunk streak right on top. I don’t know why, but this is the only spot on my head that gets gray hair. Normally I can hide it by switching which side my part is on. But by the 8 week mark, no hair style can hide the silver streak.

I knew it was time to dye my hair when this morning a cashier at Target asked me what salon I go to for that “awesome white spot.” I told her my salon’s called Mid 40s.

I’ve seen a few articles about celebrities adding gray highlights, claiming gray is the new black (easy to say when you are in your 20s). That’s the reason my cashier was so impressed with my hair color. It’s the in thing.

Wow, a sign of my aging is now a fad.

For me, Everyday Beauty means not following fads!

So I promptly went across the street and picked up three boxes of ColorSilk. My hair is dark brown. I decided to try Light Golden Brown.  I’m not expecting my hair to be anything but dark brown. However, it might turn the gray into really nice highlights.

At some point I think I’ll try going lighter. Not blonde. A real light brown. But I’ll go to a salon when I get up the nerve.

Lately I’ve taken to air drying my hair. My hair is medium length and is very thick – hence the 3 boxes of dye. Letting it dry naturally brings out my natural wave and curls. And right now, I like that. Otherwise, it takes about 90 minutes to dry and style this big ol’ mess of hair I have on top my head.

Simplicity. Works for me.


Get Your Mask On!

Do you mask? Everyday beauty includes a skin regimen.

Do you mask? Everyday beauty includes a skin regimen.

Mud masks are magical!

I stopped using mud masks a few years ago and I have no idea why. Not only does a mask help clean your skin but it’s relaxing and fun. Trying not to smile once it dries is difficult, which is why I stay away from mirrors.

Masking Tips

  • Exfoliate Before – For the mask to penetrate and draw out the impurities in your pores, it works best if you remove the dead layer of cells on your face.
  • Moisturize After – Masks pull oil away from the skin, which is why if you’re like me and have dry skin you should 1. Apply a moisturizer after you wash the mask off, and 2. Limit masks to twice a week.

I did a little research this weekend and sure enough, mud masks are formulated for your skin type. The mud in my cabinet is probably 4 years old. No doubt, it’s not the best for my face. Oh well. I guess it’s another item to go on my make-over list (oh, the make-over is in September).

Everyday beauty means looking after my skin…and setting aside two nights a week to play in the mud is just the ticket.

 


Wax On. Wax Off.

The tarantula parked on my lip had to go.

The tarantula parked on my lip had to go.

Today I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. A tarantula parked itself on my upper lip. Ugh!

I bid adieu to my lady moustache nearly 3 weeks ago.  I’m not surprised. Just frustrated.  My ‘stache tends to grow back fast since my weight knocks my hormones out of whack.

So what’s my secrete weapon for fighting my lady moustache?

Normally, I’d just apply a hair removal crème. That was until I got the first-degree burn.  I’m just a delicate flower, you know.

Ms. Miyagi successfully waxed off the stache.  Hopefully I'll never learn what "Paint the fence" means.

Ding dong, the lady moustache is dead!

So I visited my local salon and waxed my lip. Easy…and painful. Still I’m happy with the result.

I might look into upper lip threading for next time. I read it’s less painful. Riiiight.

Everyday Beauty. Sometimes it’s a bitch.