10.22.2010

Why In The World Do We Do This?

This is one of those photos I probably shouldn't show you. It's not exactly flattering, and I'm not even sure why I took it. To see how silly I look? Well, I've had enough vanity for one day, so I'm going out on a limb:


Can you read my expression? Why in the world do I do this? I mean really...what's the point? I teach my girls about inner beauty, yet I spend two hours every three months enhancing (or altering?) my outward appearance!

Lord, you gave me pure, blonde hair for 22 years, so that's how I see myself: as a blonde. I tried au naturel, but didn't even look like myself...too dark against this pale skin! Even my girls told me I looked funny! 

Blonde is my comfort zone, but I'll be honest: this highlighting thing is for the birds! It just feels so inconsistent with the rest of my life...with my desire to spend time on things that matter, with my faith that I am fearfully and wonderfully made (dirty blonde hair and all!), and with my chemical free home and all natural diet.

So what's a Mama to do? Just grin and bear it? How about you, Sweet Readers? How do you reconcile all this striving to look good on the outside with what we know is more important? 

Hugs to you from a chemically intoxicated blondie,
P.S. Now when you see me with roots that are in need of some color, you'll know why I let it go so long! I give myself lots of grace in the vanity department. Heck, I haven't even had a bathroom mirror for the last three weeks. It was my daughter who told me it was time to take care of my dark stripe in the middle of my head. I hadn't even noticed. HA! 

14 comments:

  1. from one chemically intoxicated blond to another, I do it for the same reason I put on makeup each morning, buy cute clothes, have pierced ears, get pedicures, etc. I look frumpy and tired with my ditry blond locks, not at all how I feel. I get ready, shower to door, in under 20 minutes so I consider myself pretty low maintenance except for every 3 (maybe 4) months I grab a good book and make the most of my 2 hours in the salon. don't sweat it! :)

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  2. How you feel about yourself affects the way you handle your day-to-day and the people in your life. God probably likes it that you take a smidgen of time for yourself. Balance, balance, balance

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  3. because you want to be a beautiful princess..same reason your baby wants pierced ears! i think when you are a blonde child you just always see yourself that way;; and its okay!

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  4. I should add that when my "sparkle and shine" daughter got home, she raved about my hair. Hubby likes it, too...especially since it's a couple inches shorter and "spunkier" (his word). I guess that makes it worth it!

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  5. A few highlights here and there don't impact who you are or what's in your heart. There's no commandment that says not to look your best. You'll know when it feels right to be au natural.

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  6. I'm not a blonde, but an older aging brunette.....and I have to get my roots done every three weeks!!!! I wish I could snap my fingers and be a perfectly happy grey haired lady......but it is not happening any time soon!!!

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  7. it pays to be a brunette! :) i am cracking up at your picture. just wait, next it's aging skin and other things...what will you do then?
    i love you JUSt the way you are! highlighted or not!

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  8. Glad that picture made someone crack up! There was a time when I would have DIED if anyone saw me with tin foil all over my head! And sister, our Granny had sagging skin, yet she was beautiful! She's my inspiration for growing older!

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  9. Linsey, I've struggled with the same question in the past. However, for now, I'm at peace with it because I don't think it's "bad." I'm sorry if I'm wrong, but I do it because I like the way it looks on me. God made me a blonde...time turned it into a mousey color. :) Just as another reader posted.....I do it for the same reason I get dressed ... accessories and all...each and evey day. It's for me. It's not to be showy. I like it. I think we're okay "pampering ourselves" a little bit as long as it's not the focus of our lives.

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  10. I do it to hide the gray! It is a game for me, try to see if you can tell what is blonde or gray, just try. I think you look pretty in Reynolds Wrap:) Have a great weekend!

    Amy R.

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  11. Taking care of yourself inside and out is a good thing. Just have a healthy balance ( I am sure you do ).

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  12. Hi there! I came over from Morning T. Love this post! About a year ago, I thought the same thing... why do I do this?? I actually stopped dying my hair altogether. I'm 41, so yep... I have some grey hair coming in on top of the darker than when I was younger hair. It's not fun getting older, but EVERYBODY does get older... why do we try so hard to fight it? :)

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  13. I too am a darkening blonde. The older I get, the darker my hair becomes. The great thing is I am nearing 40 and there is NO gray!
    I quit the highlights and now go for all over color and because I stay in the ash tones, I can do it myself!
    Stay on the sunny side, always on the sunny side, stay on the sunny side of life!

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  14. Yes, I've struggled. Born auburn, and heading grey. Just can't do it. Figure when my darling, conservative (aka "tight") hub says to wash the grey outta my hair, it's ok. As your commenters said, it's about balance. We KNOW where your heart is!

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