Saturday, July 10, 2010

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let Down Your Hair

I have never done anything with my hair.

For twenty plus years, I have had the exact same do. The only variation I have ever given it is the four or five times I used semi-permanent colours to give myself about three inches of bright pink, green, or purple tips. Even that was done with the back up plan to simply cut the colour off if I had hated it since only applying the dye to the ends left me an easy escape route.

I don't think many people understand just what my hair has meant to me over the years. As I put on weight, it was the one and only thing that stayed as it had been when I was thirteen, eighteen, twenty-one, twenty-nine, and so on. It was my security blanket. I often got compliments from people on the length or the naturally occurring tones, and as the positive remarks about other parts of my appearance dwindled while the number on the scale went up and up, it's not hard to imagine why I held on so dearly to my Plain Jane locks.

And I recognized this. For at least the last ten years I have said the exact same thing whenever people inquired as to whether I would ever change my look. I always replied, "When I lose the extra weight, I will do something different with my hair."

I think it's important to keep your promises.
Before - au naturel.
After - cut, coloured, and styled (the curls aren't permanent).

- 11 glasses of water
- 1 wrap on a soft tortilla shell with deli ham, cheese, dried cranberries, spinach, fat free Miracle Whip, mustard, and pepper
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 banana
- 1 cranberry almond multi-grain bar
- 6-inch sub on a Parmesan oregano bun with deli ham, cheese, lettuce, tomato, green pepper, black olives, onion, light mayonnaise, honey mustard dressing, and pepper
- 2 cups strawberry crème blended frappuchino with whipped cream
- 1 sandwich ham and cheese sandwich on a Kaiser bun with lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, mustard, and pepper
- 1 slice raspberry lemon loaf with lemon icing
- 1 cup of a mixed orange, root beer, and crème soda slushie
- 2 Reese’s peanut butter cups

- 30 minutes of jogging and walking intervals with a 5 minute walking warm up and a 5 minute walking cool down


  1. It looks great! I love that you kept a lot of the length!

  2. Okay, first of all, you are TINY!!!!!! I am really glad that you are focusing on maintaining your weight and not losing more.

    Next, I never imagined you with hair like that!!! I don't know why. You're our enigma, which I quite enjoy, but I imagined you with short, dark, kind of tough hair.

    Well, I love you hair! The wave in it is gorgeous.

  3. I love it too. AND I agree with Dawne, you are skinny! You are my role model! I want to do this too! I pictured you with dark hair as well. You look beautiful!!! I don't show my face on my blog, either. How did you put that black dot there? I need to learn to do that! Anyway, you look fabulous.

  4. You have gorgeous hair. It was beautiful in the before as well as the after. I like the blonde, it is so soft and natural looking. I'm glad that you kept some of your length, it is really flattering and pretty.

    I am also a long hair girl. (In the process of re growing.) My hair has always been really important to me, too. :D

  5. Thanks, everybody! I LOVE my hair! I am SO happy I did this!

    It's neat to hear your thoughts on what I look like too... I usually wear it up in the photos I take for here (which means it doesn't show past my shoulders) so I suspect that's why everyone may have thought it was short!

    I Said So, I just used the circle tool in Paint and then filled it in with black. :)

  6. Very pretty! Still quite long, too, even though you bbviously had a good bit cut off. Great move, I think. Deb