Wednesday, August 16, 2017

How, and Why??

These are two questions I get asked the most, mostly in regards to my hair! The simple answer to why is:

Why not!?

Let’s look at it a bit more deeply, starting at the beginning.

The love of colour, in my hair, started at a young age. I started going grey at 16, by my early 20's I was mostly white, all over. It wasn't fashionable in the 90's, as it is now, to have grey hair! I started dying it at, around, 15. I didn't want boring colours, so I would use reddish tints. I've coloured my hair regularly since then, my husband has only seen my natural hair colour once, in the 28 years we've been together and that was only for a couple of hours, until I dyed it again!

Over the years, colours became brighter and more, well, colourful! I started to add bright red, to my black hair. A few years ago I decided to go blonde, after years of reds and blacks it was a challenge, but I succeeded. That was around the time a friend trained as a hair dresser.

My husband was also a lover of colour, he used to dye his beard! Purple was my favourite, so I would stick it on the tips of my hair. To cut a long story short, my friend set up a shop: Kahuna hair, and started cutting my hair. We both realised we loved colour, and a beautiful relationship began.

My love of colour is not the only reason for my hair though. I am the mother of 3 boys, 2 with ASD and 1 with anxiety issues. I'm also the wife of a, now, disabled husband. I don't complain, I don't find it particularly hard, it is what it is! I do, however, find it mentally exhausting. They are constantly on my mind, I'm always worrying.

I started to realise two things:
1: I totally relax when I'm at Kahuna. I mean TOTALLY. For the couple of hours I'm there, I'm not even remotely stressed.
2: Having rainbow hair makes me, and others, smile!

My hair currently looks like this:
(We added the flowers, because we realised I matched!)

The how? You would have to talk to Jodie, the hairdresser, as she knows what she's doing! In layman's terms, it's a permanent colour, it won't fade out I'd have to have it dyed out. Each time I go, I simply have different colours added to my roots. As for the cost, it's not as much as people presume. I rarely go out, I rarely drink and I don't smoke. The cost is worth it, for the couple of hours that I completely shut off.

A few years ago, a lovely lady joined the team, doing nails and beauty, Simply you. I have been a nail biter all my life, then last Xmas I decided to treat myself to acrylics, which I couldn't bite. Within a couple of months, I was no longer a nail biter and had another reason to go to the shop and relax.

I started off picking boring colours, for my nails, but soon realised that it wasn't me. So I would look for fun things for Lucy to try. She has been a true artist, and is getting to know my style better all the time!

Some examples of her work, on my nails:

I've actually had them done today:

A couple of months ago, my mental health was really suffering. I've realised that I have to think of myself sometimes. Since making this decision, I'm happier and healthier. It's really changed the way I see myself, for the first time in my life, I look in the mirror and smile!

I guess what it comes down to is:

It's my hair/nails, it's not affecting anyone else and it makes me happy.

I genuinely cannot think of a better reason why!

Do something that makes YOU happy, you'll be surprised at the difference it makes to everything else in your life.


  1. Inapiration - that is what you are. I think if i ever manage to get my teeth fixed I might go down the rainbow route lol. I want you to look after yourself and it makes me smile when you do and look so fine too

  2. I ruddy love your hair! When I think of you I think of bright hair!
    Good for you for taking some time out for yourself. x


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