Wow! What can I say Purple Hair?
YOU HAVE ROCKED MY WORLD!
YOU HAVE HELPED ME FIND THE REAL NAHLEEN!
YOU ARE THE REASON I SMILE EVERY TIME I LOOK IN THE MIRROR!
YOU ADD A SPARK TO MY SPIRIT TO KEEP ME GOING!
YOU–PURPLE HAIR–HAVE BECOME A WONDERFUL PART OF MY LIFE…
THANK YOU PURPLE HAIR.
1 Year Ago today my Purple Hair and I were introduced and it has been quite a journey. Every day I’d get up in my foggy MS/lupus haze and think about how my day was going to play out. Sometimes I’d dread the day or feel lost in my symptoms. Sometimes I’d be sad. But then I’d look in the mirror and see that I had PURPLE HAIR! It’s not the cure for everyday frustrations or for my physical problems, but it sure has helped A LOT!
Because of my relationship with my Purple Hair, I have found the courage to be more of the Real Me: The Real Nahleen. I have more spunk. I have more confidence. I smile when I see my purple bangs fall into my eyes. I am more creative. It has helped put more skip in my step. My world has opened up before my eyes. And everyday is a new day with my Purple Hair. It seems to change color/shade daily. Sometimes it’s because it’s washing out (I have to re-purple every 2 to 3 weeks depending on my life, longevity of the color and when I feel up to it), sometimes it’s because it feels like it, sometimes it’s because of the curl in my hair and quite often it’s because I’ve changed the hue of purple I’m using or the brand. Turns out there are quite a few brands out there that provide all kinds of varieties of purple to wear in your hair. Sometimes it comes out like a magenta. Sometimes it comes out almost black with a few lighter streaks due to the bleaching of some of those streaks of hair. If my hair is straighter the purple doesn’t show up as much. Oh yeah and then there are the times perhaps I haven’t used as much purple during the next re-purpling or it stays in longer or it just does what it wants to do at the time.
Each purple I LOVE! And if I’m getting low on purple in my hair I can tell. I get more down and depressed. I don’t feel that extra spark. I don’t have the spunk…you know, that extra umpf!
And to think I was so scared to really go PURPLE! What was my problem? What is the world’s problem that they can’t accept more colors such as purple, orange, green, blue, teal, bright yellow or whatever the heck someone wants in their hair BUT they’ll accept the reds, the browns, the blondes that might as well be yellow at times. Who cares? It’s a color! What’s wrong with that? SERIOUSLY?! It’s just hair! Why not be taken as seriously? Why not be treated as professional? I never understood that before I actually had the purple hair and NOW I really don’t get it.
FOR GOODNESS SAKES IT’S COLOR! THE WORLD NEEDS MORE OF IT!
That’s my world rant for the day I guess…but I digress…
The point is, I have learned that I needed this purple in my life. I’m not kidding. Ever since I was 10 years old I have wanted purple hair. I tried some magentas here and there as I got older and some maroons BUT never did purple on my hair. I didn’t want to make a mess. That was one excuse. I didn’t want to take the time. That was another. To be honest, it doesn’t take that much time. If you have time to color your hair a brown, blonde, black or even red color than you have time to color it purple. REALLY. There are no extras involved.
Sure it can leave a stain. Sometimes it looks like there was a purple explosion in the bathtub but who cares? It doesn’t last. It goes away, just like it leaves my hair.
What I have learned most since I started my relationship with my Purple Hair a year ago in March 2012 is that it’s OK TO BE ME. And the MORE I brought that PURPLE out the more I was ME. So here’s my advice to you all who are just chomping at the bit to do something funky with your hair, do it! What are you waiting for? I have cut my hair a lot shorter but I want to go even shorter and be more funky. I’m still a bit nervous about that so I need to follow my own advice don’t I? I guess that’s the next part of my path huh?
And if you have a color that you feel you really connect with in your life you NEED to bring it out more. It doesn’t have to be with hair. It can be with anything. ANYTHING.
I absolutely believe that it will HELP YOU.
So PURPLE HAIR, HERE’S TO ANOTHER YEAR! BRING IT ON WORLD! WITH YOU PURPLE HAIR I CAN DO ANYTHING!