Here’s the thing with neon: it’s a color only teens can wear. When I say I want to spend the summer wearing touches of neon, I mean color that is brighter than what I usually wear. I’m going for a respectable neon. Something a mom of 38 years can wear without looking like she is clinging to the last vestiges of youth with her gnarled, liver-spotted hands.
Can I be honest? I had a whole post planned out on this topic. The topic of what teen trends are okay for moms to wear but, hand to God, I can’t even concentrate on what I am writing because all I can think about is my hair. I was in a mad dash to color my roots (I’m 50% gray) before my niece’s 6th grade promotion on Thursday. Since my gray is resistant, I have to color it every 3 weeks or so, and I’m nervous about the chemicals. So this time around I didn’t buy my usual color and instead bought a natural(ish) color. And for whatever reason, this color turned my roots red and the rest of my hair black.
My hair looks like a skunk.
A punk skunk.
I knew it wasn’t a perfect match and that the difference was more noticeable in the daylight. I did not know that all the pictures for my niece’s promotion would be outside, and that I would upload them tonight, take one look at them, and burst into tears. I must have been the laughing stock of that entire graduation. Promotion. Whatever the hell that thing was. All I know is that what I thought was, perhaps, noticeable was actually more like WHAT THE HELL?
People. I’m beside myself from the humiliation. I called my friend–the one who’s mom died–and apologized for my hair, realizing that I spent over an hour talking to her under the bright sun and probably melted her retinas with the kaleidoscope of colors shooting off my scalp. Because in the midst of tragedy, you don’t need to be faced with the horror of a bad dye job on someone who is supposed to be handling key portions of your mother’s memorial service. It doesn’t inspire confidence.
I was hoping she would call me crazy and say she didn’t notice a thing but you know what? SHE TOTALLY NOTICED. She said, and I quote, “Oh, really? I just thought you were doing that faded thing that’s really popular right now.”
Faded thing? You mean reverse OMBRE HAIR?
I’m crying again.
So, neon. Not too bright, not too young. I think if I keep it to clear, happy colors that aren’t shocking, I should look fresh, current, and age appropriate. I wish the same could be said of my hair.
- Down East basics | Classic Tee
- Old Navy | Women’s Scoop Neck Tee (I own this one!)
- Old Navy | Women’s 3/4 Length Slub-Knit Tee (I own this one, too!)
- Down East basics | Half Sleeve Tee (I’m really excited about this one. It’s almost impossible to find half sleeve tees, which is a shame because they are so flattering for those of us with kielbasa arms.)
- Ruche | Bloomsbury Tee in Kaliedescope (I don’t know about this one. It might be one of those shirts that looks better online than it does in person.)
- Zara | Watercolour Speckled Shirt (For that matter, I’ll take any Zara shirt.)