I, of course, had no idea that the hair and nail appointments I made one year ago would be the last ones for a long, long time. I imagine that, as I left each of these establishments, my parting words were something along the lines of “I’ll see you in six weeks” (or two, in the case of my nail tech). I was newly highlighted (hair) and gelled (nails) and had little reason to think that I was about to enter the twilight zone of…
I started lightening my hair in the 1970s, almost as soon as my naturally light blond tresses began to turn the dreaded “dirty blond.”
At first, I used Sun-In lightening spray that worked with the sun to produce
dry, hay-like light golden locks. After several weeks of baking my skin and hair, I achieved the natural, surfer girl looks I was going for. Fortunately, my hair survived this assault but, unfortunately, my skin is still paying the price for my vanity.
As I got older and had more discretionary income, professional haircuts and highlights became part of my routine upkeep. At about the same time, I determined that my thin, perpetually-chipped nails didn’t support the professional look I was going for, so regular manicure appointments were added.
Before Covid, I hadn’t given serious thought to letting nature take its course. Despite all evidence to the contrary, I continued to think of myself as a blond. The highlights I was getting were merely augmenting my natural color (sure they were). My nails were a different story. I knew that, under the polish and gel coating, lurked a peeling, splitting mess. I had no desire to let my natural nails go free.
I remember canceling my first standing appointments after our state started to close things down. Like many, I assumed that this would be a short, temporary situation. I could certainly go a month – maybe even two – without my usual upkeep. After all, we’ve traveled out of the country for close to two months and somehow I survived—knowing, of course, that my appointments were set and waiting for me on my return.
Then a funny thing happened. Four weeks turned to eight. Eight to twelve. Twelve to twenty. At week 21, I called my stylist and asked her if she made house calls. Since then she’s made three more, but only for trims.
My last color was one year ago and I’m okay with that. I don’t have a lot of gray in my mostly light brown hair but, what’s there looks amazingly like the highlights I used to pay the big bucks for.
My nails have also been a pleasant surprise. Once what had been damaged by the gel grew out, I have discovered that my natural nails aren’t bad at all. As long as I keep them fairly short, they look just fine.
I don’t know if my new natural look is here to stay or not. I doubt that I will go back to regular manicures, but I reserve my right to become an ash blond again if I decide that I prefer that look. Right now, though, I’m happy to embrace the real me. Oh, and my stylist no longer needs to make house calls… my husband and I have learned to cut each other’s hair.
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Your hair looks lovely!
Thank you! It’s funny how part of ones identity can be wrapped up in our hair. As a life-long Southern Californian, being blond was sooooo important. Now that I’m no longer chasing surfer-dudes (and they certainly are not chasing me 🙂 ), I don’t care as much.
I love the scary font you used for “Going Natural” Janis. I have forgotten what my natural hair colour is. I let my hairdressers do whatever they suggest, within reason. Flashback on “Sun-in.” Years ago, I did apply lemon juice for summer highlights, and dry brittle hair results. I have always liked your hair cut and colour whenever I see you. Day 367 is gorgeous! My husband did cut my hair once. A separate story. Let’s just say……we are still married. Thank you for sharing a fun, relatable post!
I’m not sure these home haircuts are here to stay but I did appreciate Paul giving it a go. His words of comfort: “You can always just wear a hat.”
Your hair is gorgeous, Janis! I wish I could say my nails were doing fine without the salon. Thanks to my wonky thyroid (it couldn’t be my age, could it? 😜), my formerly strong nails are now thin and brittle. However, thanks to the pandemic I have become quite well versed in DIY nail techniques. I have created The Pandemic Nail Salon, with a client list of 1 🤣.
Like we said on Zoom, we always want the kind of hair we don’t have. My nails have been the opposite of yours. They were always thin when I was younger, but they seem to have toughened up now that I’m older. I love your Pandemic Nail Salon… be sure your client wears a mask 🙂
I have only gotten highlights to my hair a couple of times and I think I’ve only had my nails done twice in my life so I am not missing these types of appointments. Your color looks really pretty. I had to laugh at the cutting your husband’s hair part. I attempted that to my guy and did a horrible job. Thank goodness he always wears a hat when he goes out!
I’ve cut my husband’s hair a few times now and I always need to remind myself how to do it by watching a few DIY YouTubes first. Fortunately, he is pretty forgiving. I was impressed with how well he did my cut. I had visions of needing to make several attempts to even up the sides… until I ended up with a pixie.
I love the way your hair looks, and am happy to say, I’ve done the same thing. I’ve maintained darker hair with highlights for years, thanks to my wonderful stylist, but when, just as you describe, weeks turned into months, it grew out. I have a nice whitish-gray and I’m happy as a clam. The best part for me is that most of my friends haven’t seen me in a year, so they’re in for quite the surprise! I can’t say I’m ready to let my husband help with cuts, though. That would take more trust than I think I have. 🙂 You look great!
Wouldn’t it be funny if all you friends showed up with gray hair? If I had a more complicated cut, I think I would have continued to have my friend cut my hair but it’s fairly straight-forward. I do plan on going back to a salon once I can do that safely.
Hi, Janis – Your hair looks very pretty. Not that you asked, but you have my vote to keep it that way! 😀
One of the Pandemic Silver Linings for me was being able to grow in my natural hair colour (along with so many others). What I discovered is that COVID-grey is not so bad, and it can be downright pretty (seriously, who knew?!). I’ve kept my nails natural during my full retirement. For me, laziness was the key there, Thank you for the fun (and very relatable post)!
It seems a little crazy to spend money on a vanity that isn’t necessary. I imagine my stylist isn’t thrilled with my decision but, at our age, I think we’ve earned the right to make choices that serve us. Interesting how Covid has sent so many people down a similar path.
Wow! Paul has done a wonderful job! Your hair is gorgeous.
I quit painting my nails when I retired and have not been tempted to paint them again. It’s very freeing.
Having always-painted nails was one of those things I enjoyed. Now, I’d rather not have to think about it. You are right, it is freeing.
I totally related to going with Sun-In in the 70s when my blond hair started going darker. I think your natural color looks quite lovely! I don’t think I’d attempt to cut my husband’s hair, but I’ve been doing my own forever. Also did my own color – but must have had a premonition. I quit coloring in 2019! Got a little ahead of the curve. Hadn’t seen my natural color since 1978. The gray really does sort of work like highlights.😊
I have some pictures of me from my Sun-In days… what was I thinking!? I love that you cut your own hair. I watched a few videos, but decided to trust my husband since he could see all around my head. Interesting that you stopped coloring in 2019. What was your motivation?
I think it was just the amount of gray coming in and the fact that I seem to be wrinkling substantially. Time to just acknowledge and look my age, I guess. Also, I colored my own hair with L’Oreal and it didn’t seem to cover the gray much. I do miss the reddish-blond a bit, but I’m learning to like my new brown/silver hair color.
Dear Covid… Causing havoc wherever you go. 🙂 I decided 4 0r 5 years ago to go natural, and when I started reading on social media about the ladies having a hard time because they can’t get to their hairdressers, I had to smile. I started going grey quite early in life (35ish), but I had enough of the constant battle to keep my parting from selling me out, so I went natural. So much easier. 🙂
I started going grey at 27 and knew I was not going to spend that much time and money on hair care for decades so I was pretty much grey by 40 and now white by 60+
For someone who started going grey so long ago, I’m still ‘streaky’ grey… wouldn’t mind being white. You saved yourself a lot of effort and money!
If I was standing next to you people naturally assume I am 10 years older than you. I’ve seen it time and again with my hair colour. Grey was on but white just makes you 80 in people’s minds. My daughter in particular hated that I would not dye mine – I was the only mother in elementary school that had grey hair. It really bothered her.
And, now young women are spending big bucks to have their hair dyed gray. You were smart to accept your natural color early, Bernie.
Oh yes Janis my hairdresser always tells me people would pay for my hair – well less so now that I’m white. I’m glad your nails came out solidly in the end. I am impressed your husband has cut your hair! I do my husband’s with a buzz cutter. He did mine last April – it was pretty awful but it grows so flipping fast that by the time I saw anyone it was not horrible
Good for you! I really hope going natural becomes more of a trend. There really isn’t anything wrong with letting nature take her course. Plus it’s healthier not putting all those chemies on our heads.
I totally agree! 🙂
Your hair looks beautiful, Janis. Like Anne, I quit painting my nails over ten years ago after being so excited to find a new polish TEN DAY NO CHIP. After the first few minutes of typing with the new polish, it chipped. Since that day, I’ve only worn polish on my toes since I don’t use them to type or clean. 🙂
Ditto Jill. I gave up on nail polish on my fingers for the same reason. Ha!
Well, I’m happy to know that I have joined the Jill and Ally Bean Cool Kids No-Polish Club!
Ha! Yes, it’s most exclusive 😉
Having the gel coat made my manicures last but I still am happy enough to stop painting them (and I agree with you about continuing to polish my toes… it lasts so much longer).
Reading this was the perfect way to start the day with a smile. 🙂 I’m still chuckling at ‘upkeep.’ I had auburn hair all my life until it started graying and then I colored it. About five or six years ago, I decided colored hair or no colored hair I was retirement age and so be it. It was a wonderful feeling to just let it be. I had weekly nail appointments when working but stopped after retirement. My nails now are stronger and grow so long I have to keep them cut. Who knew?
Retiring is so freeing in so many ways. I’m glad to know that you have come to the same conclusions. I doubt that I would make similar decisions if I was still working.
You’re brave. I can’t let my husband near a pair of scissors….he can’t even cut paper
I think he did a decent job. He is an engineer by training so I figured he’d be pretty precise (plus he knows that I’ll cut his hair next, so it better be good 🙂 ).
Similar story here. I’m all gray on top now with blonde ends. I’m also a woman with long hair now as opposed to my former stacked bob style. I won’t let my husband cut my hair so I’m aiming to look like Carole King on the front of Tapestry.
That’s a great look to go far! Fortunately for my husband, I do plan on returning to the salon when I can.
Your hair looks beautiful. I’m not ready to give into nature yet. My sister has decided to though and is just beginning the journey. That said, when I do, I will never allow my husband to cut my hair! If that last picture was the result of your husband’s skills, though, I might let him. 🙂
I’m wondering if he’s found a post-retirement career! He did a good job but, before he started, he assured me that I can always wear a hat if he messed up. The great thing about hair color, we can always make a different decision later… except the growing out process can take a while.
Janis, I hear Aretha singing in the background. You go girl, sans prettified nails. Keith
Haha! Yes, that song was playing in my head as I wrote that post.
Sometimes we need a major disaster to push us in the right direction. Going natural is the right way to go, Janis.
I think that it’s so interesting how the pandemic has made so made changes in our lives… and they aren’t all bad ones.
I think your hair looks fine the way it is, but it’s good to know that you’ll probably have choices again before this year is over.
Yep! I just got my second dose yesterday so it does feel as if things will begin to open up (at least a bit) soon.
Your hair is beautiful. Don’t EVER color it vibrant blue. I have seen so many people, even elderly with blue hair this year.
I have always like a natural look.
I’ve seen a lot of those crazy colors too. I’ve always believed that everyone can do whatever floats their boat… but I won’t be joining in that particular flotilla.
I stopped to help change a flat tire for an elderly lady. 72 years old. The had brilliant blue shiny hair. At first, I thought it was a wig.
First off, I’ve never done the hair coloring thing – except for two times when middle daughter was in high school and college when she wanted to try dying my hair for fun (yeah, I let her , it came out fine and I cherish the memories) However, I do remember ‘Sun-In’. As an almost black-brown haired brunette, I longed for the sun kissed look. One summer, all 3 of us girl cousins (each of the others had more blue-black hair), spent our days in the sun drenched in baby oil and Sun-In.
Big Mistake – Oh we never had to worry about getting ‘sunburned’ it was the Sun-In – yikes! But we were in it all together along with lots of other non-blond 13 year olds!
Scroll up the dial to around Jan 2020 – the last time I had a haircut. The stylist commented about how my ‘natural’ streaks of gray in my dark hair were in demand by cash customers – imagine me being such a trendy?
Now I feel kinda dowdy with my shoulder length untrimmed hair – grey streaks notwithstanding!
Hahaha! Sun-In and baby oil… what were we thinking??? It turned my already blond hair an unnatural white, did it turn yours orange?
I imagine that there will be quite a run on hair salons, at least in the states where they were closed. I wonder if the stylists will take bribes to get certain customers in sooner. Knowing that my husband can do a decent cut, I will wait patiently for my turn.
Orange? Back then we called it, ‘Red highlights’ HA! Luckily we stopped with the Sun-In fairly early in on that summer – not so with the baby oil, though
Your hair looks great! I remember friends using “sun in”, oh so many years ago. My hair was way too dark, so that was never an option for me, but I DID do my best to permanently destroy my skin by sitting out tin the sun with baby oil spread across my face. What were we thinking? (Oh yeah, that we’d never grow old? Or who cares? Once you turn 40, no one looks at you anyway? Or something along those lines?)
I had a head start on transitioning to au natural color because I stopped coloring my hair about a year before Covid hit. What was different for me was no haircuts for (so far,) 13 months. It is so EASY to shampoo, then let dry naturally. Still, after I get vaccinated, I’m heading to the hairdresser to chop about 7 inches off.
I almost posted a picture of me from the 70s with my permed, Sun-In hair… yikes! I also had no business baking my fair skin in the sun.
You were smart to stop coloring your hair two years ago. It takes a long time for everything to grow out. I think hair salons are going to be very, very busy over the next year with all the pent up demand. I also think that there will be a lot of customers like me who have weaned themselves off the regular coloring treadmill.
OMG! This article personifies all that I’ve been through and thought since COVID introduced us to a new normal. So well said!
I think there are quite a few of us who have discovered the benefits of going natural. Without Covid, I doubt that I would have had the motivation.
I stopped coloring/highlighting my hair just a little over 8 years ago when I stopped working to be full-time Grandma. I’ve never regretted it. One of my photographer buddies said to me years, ago, ” Deborah, why do you leave your hair gray? You’ve got such a pretty face, but that gray hair needs to go”! LOL! I thanked him for his compliment and am carrying on with my salt and pepper hair. The biggest surprise for me was how certain colors I used to wear no longer looked good on me with salt and pepper hair!
I haven’t seen my stylist since January 14th, 2020! I had a pixie then I have a Bob now. I’ve been trimming it myself all this time. He-Man started going back to his barber as soon as they opened up, but I haven’t the will to wear a mask while having hair fall over it throughout the trimming and styling process. I’ll wait thanks.
Wow, that was an…. ummmmm…. interesting comment from your photographer buddy. Isn’t is possible to have a pretty face AND gray hair? I’ve heard that about having to adjust the colors we wear after going natural. Since I haven’t bought any clothes since Covid hit (another bonus), that may be something I’ll have to consider also.
I’m so impressed by anyone who cuts their own hair. I’m pretty sure I’d do a hack job, especially in the back.
LOL! In his world apparently not! 😂🤣
Bless his heart. 🙂
Wow, what a great stylist to come to your home. Granted, she’s obviously being creative in maintaining an income. But that’s wonderful for both of you. Looks good! – Marty
I don’t know how it’s been where you live but here, the various government entities kept changing what type of businesses could and couldn’t stay open. I imagine it was pretty difficult for those businesses to maintain a reasonable income.
Your hair looks beautiful, Janis, and it’s amazing how the pandemic has upended hair and nail routines for many. I do my own natural nails, and while I used to grow them longer and polish in darker colors, I now keep them shorter for typing and polish with lighter, natural looking shades. As to the hair, I started lowlighting years ago to cover the gray in my “golden brown” hair (this is what my stylist calls my color). She puts copper lowlights and blonde highlights to blend with my brown and it turns out great. Honestly though, I’ve never been one to make the salon a routine trip, but the gray I have shows up more because my hair is darker and I’m not ready to go that natural. 🙂 It’s also great that your stylist does house calls. Mine did in October and now she’s back in the salon. I’m getting my hair done in a couple of weeks and am considering all over color instead of the lowlights. But I haven’t made up my mind yet. It’s a personal decision and you’ve done well! 🥰
When both she and I have gotten our two doses, I’ll probably be comfortable enough to get into the salon. Letting my hair grow in naturally was an easy decision over this past year. How I will feel six months from now… who knows. But I guess that’s the great thing about hair, whatever decision – or mistake – you make, it will eventually grow out 🙂
Got my last haircut in Jan. 2020, a short pixie as always. Boy what a mess it is now! I’ve snipped a little here and there to keep the neckline short and to try to maintain some layers. But it’s just not a do-it-yourself cut for me. After George Clooney announced he used a Flowbee, I realized that would be the perfect solution … until I priced them. And I understand they are sold out now. But it shouldn’t be too much longer. I’ve had both my shots so maybe they’ll let me in the shop pretty soon.
Stay safe and well, everyone!
It’s hard to picture George Clooney using a Flowbee! I’ve just had my second shot too so a professional cut is probably in my not-too-distant future. Yay!
Your hair color is gorgeous! Your natural highlights are wonderful. Our hairstylist has been making home visits for us the past year, as well. We wear masks and have our haircuts on the screened porch…definitely a benefit of living in a warm climate. I’ve been low lighting my hair for 20 years and stopped a year ago. I’m shocked at how much gray I have. When did that happen? LOL. I’m still adjusting to my ‘new look’ but I doubt I will go back to coloring my hair. I certainly don’t miss the hours I used to spend in the salon, not to mention the expense!
Maybe it was the fear of the unknown that kept us going back for color. Since I was forced into letting it grow out it wasn’t a hard decision to make. Like you, I doubt that I’ll go back to coloring my hair. As long as I like it and my husband likes it, I plan on embracing the natural me.
I haven’t had a haircut since November and we learned this week it will be at least the end of April before salons can open up. Home visits are not allowed. I will look like a Highland cow by then! My hair doesn’t grow down, it grows out at weird angles and twists, so there will be no personal photographs in the blog for some time. Your hair looks lovely. I have always wanted straight hair.
Hahaha! Although, of course, I always wanted wavy hair, having straight hair during Covid does have its advantages.
Once I started the retirement process I let the grey happen. Now that it is all grown in, I get more complements about my hair then I had ever gotten.
You look fabulous
I’m not surprised that you get complements. I think all-over gray looks great and I’m sorry more women don’t embrace it.
I like your hair, Janis. Add me to your fan list because I think you wear ‘au naturel’ very well 🙂
I let my natural hair colour back into my life a number of years ago because I was really curious as to what my real hair colour actually was. It had been so long, I’d forgotten.
Plain and simple, I was gray … and I mean the really ugly variety. Covid or no covid, I’m not ready for au naturel quite yet … but I’m getting frighteningly close to asking Gilles to cut my hair 😳
Like you, I may change my mind also. But, having this year to experiment has been nice. There are so many great DIY haircut videos out there, for just about every type of hair. While I prefer having it done professionally, during this time of limited social exposure, my husband’s cut is just fine.
If I one day show up in the Zoom room with a buzzed head you’ll know what happened 😉
I guess I met you right after your last “do,” which was nice, but I really love your natural color and evenly distributed grey “highlights” too. I never stopped coloring because I’m solid grey and have been since my 30’s…wasn’t going to stop. My colorist put kits together for me each month. I picked them up from her front door step and Mark did the coloring! I’m not sure about having him cut it thought. I’m a true believer in doing nothing to your nails is probably best. Thanks for the very relatable post. I hope you are doing well!!
Yes! We had our meet-up just a few days after my last in-salon cut and color. Your colorist is really clever! Isn’t it nice to have such willing partners too? Once I discovered how damaging the gel coverings were to my nails, I have no desire to do that again.
Your colour is fabulous! My natural hair colour is almost black so I’ve been colouring the roots and going lighter for years – just so the grey doesn’t show as much in the regrowth stage. It grows fast too, so while I push it to every 4 weeks, by week 3 I’m touching the colour up with this powder thingie. Also, I’m not grey all over so going natural is not for me. Yet.
I’ve heard about that powder “thingie.” When hair grows out so quickly, it’s nice to be able to extend the time between appointments. It sounds like there are no restrictions where you are as far as in-salon appointments. I look forward to that day here.
No, the hairdressers in my state closed for about 4-5 weeks last March/April, but were back by May – with limited people allowed in the salon. We are very fortunate.
Hi Janis! Great minds DO think alike huh? How funny that we both decided to just let it happen and then one year ago write about it. I agree with the others that your hair looks great and isn’t it great not that we don’t have to go to all the fuss and bother. And I’m guessing that Paul is a lot like Thom and is supportive about whatever you/we choose to do. Part of me wanted my hair to grow out like yours but I ended up just getting it cut yesterday and went with the “frisky” look. We’ll see as it starts growing out how I feel like it. But isn’t it true freedom to have the choice? ~Kathy
Apparently a lot of people decided to let go of the bother and expense of hair care early on, then it became less of a choice in some areas as businesses were unable to have customers come inside. I’m not sure I would have made this decision on my own but I’m not at all unhappy with it. I’m interested to see your “frisky” look… is it short?
I think this is an extremely positive outcome of Covid, Janis! Your natural hair looks wonderful. I truly love the natural grey hair of people – it looks beautiful and emits strength, maturity, and wisdom.
I embrace people’s realizations now that all this “pampering” and fake, chemical stuff done to hair and nails over the years might have made so many things (like the actual hair, nails, body parts, and self-esteem) worse! How ironic, right?
As you know, I’m a natural all the way and that will never change. Once and only once (because a garage where our car was getting maintenance offered them for free), I had a manicure done. The manicurist (is that a word?) complimented me on my strong nails. She’d rarely seen such “strong nails.” I couldn’t help but think that this probably had to do with me never receiving manicures. 🙂
When I worked, I enjoyed having nails that always looked good and I actually enjoyed my every-two-week visit with my manicurist, who became more of a friend over the years. Once I retired, I began to think that I didn’t need to continue with it. The shut down just gave me the incentive I needed. I’m also enjoying the process of my natural hair growing out. They say hair grows about 1/2 inch per month so I have a ways to go.
The view from your house is amazing and your hair looks great!
Thank you! I’m pretty happy with both 🙂
WOW! That day 367 haircut looks awesome! We share hair and nail texture. My hair is so baby fine that it really never holds it’s shape if it gets longer than collar length. It used to be a pretty brown with red highlights–about the only thing about me that I liked. Long ago it started going gray. At first I had it colored. Believe it or not, my stylist encouraged me to let it go natural. (Cutting himself out of a large chunk of change and gifting me with a few extra hours every year.) At first I called it pewter, but images and comments have led to the inescapable fact that it is now white. And nails…I went through a period of gels, too. Then I jammed a thumbnail and lost the entire nail. I realized that my job and lifestyle were just not conducive to beautiful nails. Again, saving me oodles of money and time.
Fortunately, the decisions we make when we are younger and have a “professional” image to project don’t have to carry into our retirement. I like that your stylist encouraged you to stop coloring. Mine didn’t exactly encourage me but she did say that my natural highlights would make the growing out process easier. So far, she is right.
Your hair is glorious!
I appreciate the compliment. I’ve never been happy with my fine, straight hair. Go figure. 🙂
That reminds me that I have never been able to stand photos of me. But as I look at older photos of me I wonder what was so wrong, as the younger me looks pretty darned good compared to the current me. Lol
I have done the same thing as you Janis. I usually got my dirty blonde hair highlighted in April, July and late October. Late October I was usually in a hat and out of the hat by mid-April. So good timing. My last hair highlighting was late October 2019. When we could finally go back, I wasn’t sure I wanted to and bought a pair of hair-cutting scissors from Amazon. The only problem is I have long layers – I won’t touch the layers, but have been cutting from the bottom, so my hair does not have the benefit of the layers for fullness. I once was so vain about my fingernails that I painted them twice a week – a whole manicure (which I did myself). I’d have a pinky-brown shade part of the week, then take it off and have red or pink the rest of the week. But seeing my nails without polish was horrifying – very yellow nails! It was the formaldehyde resin in the polish that made them so yellow. So I went “cold turkey” and bought formaldehyde-resin-free clear polish and let my nails grow out. They looked awful for a long time and not very professional looking, but they were otherwise healthy, just that stained yellow color, despite wearing a base coat. Maintenance is easier now – I don’t even wear clear polish.
Your journey sounds similar to mine. The pandemic gave me the opportunity to just see what happened naturally without worrying about how it might appear to others (although I’d like to think that I’m mature enough not to think about such things, I still do). I had no idea that my cracked, chipped, peeling nails would grow out healthy and strong if I just gave them time. One very wise thing (of many) my mother told me when I was young was that most people are more concerned about themselves and their appearance than they are about us and our appearance. Although I enjoy looking nice, I’m learning to focus more on what pleases me and supports my current lifestyle.
Yes, very similar. I like my hairstylist – it’s a small shop, just her and her husband, also a hairstylist and just about five years younger than me. I am sure they think I went elsewhere since I’ve not returned. I liked the highlights when she did them for years, but she said about two years ago, that highlights and low lights would be better and more natural. I did not always care for how I came home … one time I looked like a tiger with the too-noticeable blonde stripes. I politely asked her to tone down the blonde and darker color as I didn’t care for them- they looked fake to me. She said it looked great, so I just left it. The pandemic gave me an out, like you, to just let it return to how it was, albeit with a few more wiry gray strands than I’d like. It is surprising how healthy your nails are once you stopped applying anything on them.
I think you natural hair color is just gorgeous! I still dye mine, but that’s mostly because my natural color these days is iron grey, which isn’t nearly so good looking. But I do think that it will continue to lighten as I age, and then I’ll let it go. As for my nails, I used to get a manicure just for special events, or if I felt like it. I only did the regular polish, so I could take it off myself when it began to chip. I don’t mind how my nails look without polish, but my cuticles are a whole other story…they look terrible and I don’t seem to be able to fix it. But I’m still not ready to go to a nail salon .
Things have started to open more here but I’m not ready to go back either. Especially for services that are optional and are preformed in close proximity (like hair and nails). I imagine I’ll polish my nails from time to time (maybe even get a professional manicure) but I won’t be doing anything that will ruin my nail’s surfaces again.
I can safely say you speak for us all with this post, Janis! Your gray highlights look amazing and so does your haircut. I was fortunate my hairdresser and close friend made housecalls, especially after I gave poor Hans a sad mullet! I worried more about getting pedicures which are not easy to do myself since my knees don’t bend the way they used to! I also stopped some treatments to save money since I knew we were moving.
Hahaha! A sad mullet… poor Hans. So far the cuts I’ve given my husband have been fairly good. That being said, I won’t be at all unhappy when he can start going back to his usual haircutter. I think some salon visits (pedicures, for instance) are as much about the pampering and relaxation as they are about the outcome. I do look forward to indulging in those from time to time.
I had to laugh, because I use “Sun In!” But I do love having silver highlights, and yours look really nice! 🙂
Use or used? I wasn’t aware Sun-In was still available. I do remember that it worked very quickly and I was pretty happy with the results (although when I look at pictures of my younger self, I can see that I may have used it a little too much 🙂 ).
Oh yes. It’s a bit gentler now though. I bought mine at Walmart. I still use Aquanet hairspray as well!
Lookin’ good, Janis. California girls rock!
Yes we do! Blond or gray haired.
Great post! When I let my hair go natural, it was before the lockdowns and the ‘legit’ reason to not go to a salon. I tend to think that it was easier for those who were forced to go gray during the pandemic? That’s probably not the case, it’s a mental game for all that’s for sure. Your hair looks soft and beautiful, I’m sure the nails look great too! Congrats on finding the freedom to go natural!
I guess my hair is about halfway there (assuming 1/2 inch per month) so the jury is still out. So far, so good, but I wonder if I’ll want to go blond again… or choose to skip the hassle/expense. I think this past year has given many of us the courage to try things out (including DIY haircuts 🙂 ).
Yeah, it took me 18 months to get back to my original length. I’ll never go back, that was enough for me. I’ve been cutting my hair too – just got done chopping a couple of inches off. With curly hair, DIY haircuts are quite forgiving. Plus not going anywhere helps too! LOL!
I love that you and your hubs can cut each other’s hair. Our whole family’s haircuts are in house, and I love it.
What a pleasant surprise about your nails! Some happy things have indeed come out of this global mess. It’s nice to hear about them.
Also, this line: The highlights I was getting were merely augmenting my natural color (sure they were)–Totally cracked me up! 🙂
I admit that I’m looking forward to professional haircuts for both of us. For him, I don’t like the pressure to get it right (although he’s a pretty good client). For me, I don’t let my husband touch my bangs. and I don’t do a great job myself. I do appreciate the cost savings and ease of tipping, though.
Ease of tipping! Like, tipping each other? haha! 🙂
Back when I was about 17 in the early 70s, I decided to go the natural woman route, and have never looked back. I like the colour of my hair, even now with the silver strands running through it, and have never wished to change it. I’ve earned every one of those grey hairs! I’ve also always wondered whether the chemical dyes are safe to inhale and have touching my skin. I tried nail polish maybe 3-4 times and hated the plastic feel of it on my nails. Since February 2020, I have been cutting my own hair and Rob’s as well. However, I do like having my hair cut professionally, and have recently made an appointment with my stylist. Apparently, most people aren’t as cautious about COVID as I am, as she is super busy and there is a waiting list to get in to see her.
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