Last night it occurred to me that I hadn't yet posted a confessional this week. You already know about my childhood dreams of dancing and why I am know as TotusMel, so where to go next. I alternated between deep and complex or a trivia fact and I landed on my hair.
What Is Up With The Colored Hair Already?
When I was little, my heroes were fairly normal. I had an obsession with Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears and Rainbow Brite to name a few. As I got older, well, things started going in another direction. I loved She-Ra, fantasy and Jem. Yes, Jem and the Holograms, shockingly 80's and my introduction to the world of multicolored hair.
One day at the beauty salon with my Mother, who was getting her hair tipped in gold, as was the custom of the time, I told my Mom that when I was older I wanted to get pink streaks in my hair. She responded with statement that I have never forgotten, "When you're older, you can do whatever you want with your hair, but" she cautioned, "I guarantee that you won't want to anymore." Now, for most things a kids claims to want to do when they are older this statement was spot on, but not for me.
I first felt the sting of hair dye at 15.My Mom let me get my hair done in auburn at the salon and just a few days later I knew I was never going back to boring brown again. Throughout high school my hair gradually became a less subtle shade of burgundy. Then in college, all bets were off. I was 18 and no color was off limits. I tried almost all of them, including a stint with vertical rainbow stripes. Sure I went back to "normal" when I needed to get a real job, but not brown. I tried every "natural"color available safe for blond. Eventually my boss let me go back to my vibrant color choices and when his boss told me to stop, I bought a wig to wear at work, then several wigs.
I did go back to brown before I got pregnant with my first child and again for the pregnancy of my second, but after each was older, I went right back. Currently, I am rocking the purple and blue combo that I prefer.I've always said that I will stop when I start looking too old to get away with it. I'm sure there are plenty of people that think I've already reached that point, but it still feels like me. I never really did do pink streaks because I don't really like pink all that much, but it's was Jem and her pink hair that started it all for me.