I used to have the longest hair. It was a proud staple of mine. As a woman of color, it's not easy to achieve length, trust me!
|Me my junior year of college|
But that all came to a crashing halt my junior year of college.
I've always been the adventurous type - I'll try most things once, you only get one life, right?
Over Christmas break I decided to change things up. Give myself a MAKEOVER.
I dyed my hair, got highlights, the whole nine yards.
Suddenly, my coveted chocolate locks were falling out in the shower, in my brush...Lord knows...it was the complete opposite of what I thought was going to happen.
Instead of parading around my hot new "due", I was hiding it and myself from the rest of the college campus.
Pitiful, I know.
Well, I decided right then and there to take those lemons and turn them into lemon-aid.
After all, hair is just hair, it comes and it goes.
I opted for an inverted bob cut.
I remember driving to the salon with this picture of Ellen Barkin's cute Red Carpet "due"...I couldn't wait to see what it would look like on me.
After 30 minutes of squeezing the life out of my sister's hand, my sincere apologies E, it was done!
I was officially transformed...made over...re-invented.
And let me tell you, IT FELT GREAT!
No more dead hair, no more dead ends, no more shame.
What'd you think?!
Just last week two of my dearest friends asked me to help them, give them a "mini" makeover.
After all, as journalists part of our job description is looking good all day, everyday at a moment's notice. A skill I'm still in the process of mastering.
Naturally, being the fasionista that I am, I jumped at the opportunity to help these lovely ladies. It's amazing what a straightener, some hair spray, a little gloss and mascara can do!
Needless to say, they were unrecognizable after I was done with them.
Beautiful. Simply beautiful.
1. Don't bite off more than you can chew, it's a gradual process, start with color, then a cut and go from there...make it easy for yourself.
2. If you can, hire a professional. BECAUSE YOU'RE WORTH IT!
3. Make sure you ask for something you can maintain, that "day of look" won't last forever.
4. Be courageous - try something new and different, remember, not even permanent dye is permanent.
5. Always do your research. Instyle.com has a FAB website that you can play around with for hairstyles, colors, and cuts...see what looks good and go from there.
With 2012 right around the corner,now's the perfect time to brainstorm a "new" look...why not ring in a new year in with a new you?!
I dedicate this post to my two fabulous friends, Eva and Robyn...you go ladies!!
Have any of you gotten makeovers, tell me about them, I'm dying to know!