Today, I became a woman.
In our over-sexualized society, it almost seems taboo to discuss women who have not been altered in some way, shape, or form. I cannot think of a single woman who has never done anything to her body that adds to its sexuality. Whether it be putting on lipgloss, shaving, getting one’s eyebrows waxed, or dying one’s hair, women are regularly altering their bodies.
In today’s society and culture, altering one’s skin tone and hair color is thought of as normal. I am a pale skinned, auburn haired ginger. When I “get some sun,” I turn a lovely shade of crimson red. My hair has never been touched by chemicals, and although it’s changed in textures over the years naturally, I’ve never done anything to it but gotten it cut…. until today.
Me this morning
I had a coming of age of sorts today. I’ve toyed around with the idea of adding color to my hair for about a year now, but I’ve been terrified to do so because I have UNIQUE and BEAUTIFUL hair. I’ve been conditioned to think that if I dye it once, I’ll be changing my hair color forever. Today, as a result of my unquenchable thirst to do something drastic lately, I got highlights in my hair. I feel like I can be considered a grown woman now, or at least by society’s standards.
It turned out a little bit more blonde than I anticipated, but as my sis put it, I “look sort of like Ginger Spice.” I think Geri Halliwell post-Spice Girls looks really awesome, and I kind of love my hair.
It’s going to take some time to get used to, but I’m definitely happy I followed through with it and added some more “sass” to my “ginger.”
Sitting in the parking lot of my hair salon, listening to Lady Gaga’s “Hair”
I also got my eyebrows done, bought some new makeup and fake nails for the NOH8 Photoshoot I’m helping with tomorrow, and have enjoyed some iced peach green tea. Sometimes, a little self-pampering makes all the difference in the world. I know pampering myself always puts me in a wonderful mood.