Thursday, March 23, 2006

Relatively Cool (and admittedly shallow)

I watched American Idol last night. Not to see who got booted. Not because I'm secretly in love with Simon.
Nope. I watched so I could see Barry Manilow. I'll probably have to get into my love for Barry another time but for now, I'll just say it was a "can't miss" for me.

Anyway, as I watched Barry, I noticed something about him. His hair was darker. And so was Ryan Seacrest's. And recently, so is mine. A few months ago I said goodbye to ten years of highlights and I've often wondered if I made the right decision to go dark. As insignificant as this may seem, it was actually huge for me. As a kid, I always had blonde hair. But as I got into the mid to late teen years, my hair started getting darker. One day, on a trip to L.A., (which I will always blame for the beginning of my never-ending personal appearance criticism problem) I got highlights. For the next ten years, I was always some wonderful shade of blonde. And I loved it.

Late last year though, I decided I'd had enough. I went to the salon and asked for my natural color back. Of course, it was darker than I thought it would be and I've questioned keeping it ever since. It just seems less interesting. Less, well, fun. Oh how cliche, I might puke just from typing that.

Now though, I know it will be okay. If Barry Manilow and Ryan Seacrest can go dark, so can I. And, as an added bonus, this little revelation has made me realize that as long as I continue to measure my style decisions against Barry Manilow and Ryan Seacrest, I will always be doing okay.

As if I weren't cool enough already.

Update: I've been informed that Barry, in fact, does not have dark hair. Apparently, it's just the roots. I stand corrected. But I'm still cool.


justacoolcat said...

I've been alive forever,
And I wrote the very first song.
I put the words and the melodies together,
I am music,
And I write the songs.

I write the songs that make the whole world sing.
I write the songs of love and special thing s.
I write the songs that make the young girls cry.
I write the songs, I write the songs.
~ Barry Manilow

It takes a bad ass to pull off those claims.

GirlGoyle said...

Sooooo...what is wrong with brunette? LOL. We have fun too. And maybe you can try something new like just the right highlight of whatever color you like (blue?) and looks natural.

Celina said...

Hi, I'm a new reader...found you via Citizen of the Month...
Anyways, I read back a few posts...and your stories about the cleaning lady & her cheese, the "little green devils" (i.e. Girl Scouts), and eating your weight in breakfast burritos...are GREAT!!
Count me in, I'm going to be your newest fan! Don't let me down! :)

justrun said...

Cool- Bad ass, indeed.

GG- Nothing wrong with brunette. Blue, on the other hand.... not really me.

Celina- Thanks. I'll give it a try.

Sizzle said...

i l-o-v-e barry. i grew up listening to him thanks to my mom. he looks way puffy and over-done but he's a showman through and through.

i used to have highlights and then went dark. i know what you mean about feeling less "fun". still, i like it. :)

thanks for your comment on my blog.

;) sizzle