I've always leaned toward doing things myself whenever possible - hair, nails, surgery (ha ha ha - we'll say I'm kidding on that last one)... You know that sort of thing. Maybe because my parents never took me, my siblings, or my pets to the dr. My mom always cut our hair and even her own. I didn't even know what a mani/pedi was until I was probably in my twenties. There were several injuries that I probably should have had stitches on but never did. My dad always fixed the cars and anything else he thought he could. He even cut my hair once. My mother was not pleased - I guess it looked pretty bad. I think in the case of my childhood, it was out of necessity - lack of excess cash - but I have since learned to love the freedom of being able to do things on my own - no waiting for appointments, you can take as much or as little time as you want, you can play around and get exactly what you want, etc. Perhaps it says a lot about my childhood (and even present) socioeconomic status, but it is what it is - I ain't booji! ;-P
My hair is definitely one of those. I think I can count on one hand the number of times in my life that I have got to a professional to do my hair - if not, easily two hands. It is two fold usually - I can't wait to make an appointment and I like to save the money (sometimes, I can't get what I want unless I do it myself either). When I decide I want to do something with my hair, it takes everything I have to actually wait for an appointment. I just want to do it! And I usually do... The results are mixed. Sometimes it's awful and other times it's fine.
When I wanted to go lighter last month, I was going to do it myself, but then I remembered the last time I did that - it had fire orange hair with white roots. It was not cute. My friend, Renae, and Dillon convinced me that I would regret it, and I am glad they did. I went to the lovely Mariona Farsworth's salon and she did a great job.
I had in mind all along that going lighter was going to be a process, so I was okay with it not being as light as I wanted to end up. I loved the change and thought it looked great. She even made me a really light spot in front so that I could make it colors -PINK! And I so did!
I have never had a salon weave before, so I learned a lot by watching her and asking questions. She also mentioned there was a product that will remove only artificial color from hair instead of bleaching like she did for my weave. This was very intriguing to me and I thought it sounded like the perfect thing. So I investigated it later. After three boxes and two applications of Color Oops (I got the extra strength) - one box wasn't enough when I tried the first time - I could totally see my dark hair lifting. Here you can kind of see the dark parts are lighter.
My hair grows so fast, so it was only a matter of weeks before I had roots coming in. Thanks to the dye remover, they were not nearly as noticeable as they would have been had, but I was ready for a touch-up and to take my lightening to the next level, but I wasn't ready to fork out the funds to do it at the salon again. I had already got bleach and 40 developer when I got my pink color. I figured I had just enough to left to do the job - and I was right!
I wasn't going to do a full weave like Mariona did because I can't remove my head to work on my hair and that would have been a joke. I did want to do a row on the very bottom though so you would see streaks when I had it pulled up. I also wanted to make a "peek a boo" chunk and get a lot more blond and chunking effect. I was really worried I had pulled a huge boner at first because looked weird when it was still wet, but after it dried it looked fine. I don't think I did half bad for my first ever self weave. I actually really love it.
Along the same lines of doing things myself, I gave myself a pedi the other day too. For the first time, I got exactly the paint job I wanted and have been asking for almost every time I go into get a pedi.
Confession: I edited out my toe hair on my big toe in this shot. Ewww.
I had my makeup done at Ulta the other day because they asked if they could the last time I was in there and it was free... So yeah - no brainer for me. I liked the base products, but I wasn't too impressed with the eye work. My eyes aren't one of those that are hard to make pop, but she just didn't nail it. But it was fun. I love getting my makeup done.
I stand by: If you want something done right, do it yourself!