Gray is not my color

Gray is not my color.  My hair started to turn gray when I was just 14 years old, yes 14!  The boys in my classes at school used to fight to sit behind me so they could pull out the strands of gray from my very long hair. Good thing I have always had lots of hair.

By the time I was 30, my hair was very gray. This picture of me and my siblings was taken when I was 34; I’m the sister with the gray hair…


….even though I am the youngest sister and second youngest sibling.  Very annoying, even though I knew it was hereditary; my father was totally white by 30.

When it was streaky gray (like the picture) people actually asked if I had it colored that way.  It did kind of frame my face I guess.  The straw that broke the camel’s (gray) back came later that year (still 34) when my eldest son started junior kindergarten.  For a Hallowe’en party in his classroom, I dressed up as Snow White.  When I took my wig off at the end of the day, one of the children said “that must be Matthew’s grandmother, she has white hair”   That was when I decided that gray is not my color.

So, for years (twenty some now) I have tried various colors on my hair.   I have always admired red hair on other girls, and because my dark brown hair always had natural reddish highlights in the summer, I have always aimed for reddish brown.  The problem is with so much gray, the reddish brown sometimes comes out orange and I HATE orange.  Even at expensive salons my hair would come out too orangy/coppery for my liking.

The solution?  I finally discovered how to get the color I want by combining two shades.  Yes, DIY haircolor.  I do it myself, saving myself lots of money and the annoyance of paying for the wrong color.  I start with a medium dark brown on the roots, then spread the rest of that color throughout my hair, then add a reddish brown in streaks on top of the medium brown, avoiding the roots.  This phote was taken in the summer when my hair is always lightened by the sun, but you get the picture…



Over the years I have tried many DIY hair color products too.  My choice these days is Belle Color by Garnier, in shades 50 (medium brown) and 65 (chestnut brown)…



It reminds me of a commercial (I cannot remember which one) where Penelope Cruz proclaimed (with her sultry, sexy accent) “the color I want is the color is get”

I love these Garnier products because they make my hair silky smooth (others leave it coarse and tangly) even before I condition it.  Each box of hair color includes a pouch of conditioner that contains argan oil, a well-known miraculous treatment for hair…



The Garnier products are creamy (not drippy) and offer 100% gray coverage.  They also have an almost pleasant smell, unlike others that reek.  My color lasts three to four weeks before those returning gray roots are too obvious to hide.  It is so unfair that dark roots look much better than white ones and are even quite fashionable (apparently)

These Garnier products can be purchased online through Amazon here:



So, if gray is not your color either, try to DIY and create your own concoction of color!




The Good, the Bad and the Ugly at the 2015 Grammys

The best part of watching the Grammys, or any other award show for that matter, is the parade of dresses, suits, hair, speeches and performances throughout the show. Some are good, some are great, some are bad, just horrible, and some are downright ugly and outrageous…..

Starting with the women’s wear, here are my nominees, shown left to right, from GOOD to GREAT


Up next are the BAD, in no particular order, for obvious reasons…


Then come the downright UGLY:

Although the men’s clothing is not usually as varied as the women’s, there were still the good, the bad and the ugly to be found, shown here in that order…

What show is complete without bad hair? Here are my nominations for good, bad and ugly HAIR…




Although the Grammys seemed very mellow (yawn) this year, the fashion display, performances and the antics are always fun to watch. Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift dancing (not together), Kanye ranting, unrehearsed speeches (Pharrell Williams), genuine excitement (Sam Smith) and many musical performances were the highlights.

Miranda Lambert’s performance was by far the liveliest and best of the night:

Miranda Lambert performs Little Red Wagon
Miranda Lambert performs Little Red Wagon

watch the video Miranda Lambert

Honorable mentions go to performances by ELO, AC/DC and Madonna:

Watch the videos:      ELO    AC/DC       Madonna              and decide for yourself.

There you have it, the short and sweet, condensed version!

The Banana Clip Revisited


Banana clips were popular in the 1980’s in the “big hair” era where they were used to tie back all that hair into a ponytail.  They worked wonders for the long layered hair cuts because you could get all layers into one hair clip.

I still wear my hair in a layered cut as it suits my thick, wavy, humidity hating hair.   I was rummaging through a cupboard in my bedroom recently and found my banana clips from long ago.

Some things never change!  Those banana clips still work the best for controlling my unruly hair in the hot humid weather and now come in very handy when I am out tending to my gardens.  I no longer have to stop what I am doing to retie my ponytail as the clip holds all of my hair out of my face and off my neck for hours!