The Green Hair is Part of the Strategy


The first day of a long break from school (two weeks or longer) Jane will typically add a little color to the tips of her hair. This time it was green. This time it was also a little higher than usual because one side was higher and then we added a little more… and well… everyone knows how that ends.

Jane’s tips (ends of her hair) had been bleached nearly white last summer so she could have pink. The porous nature of her bleached ends made them suck up color like a dry sponge so the green was really adorable and vibrant (assuming you are 14).

green hair hoover dam


Jane was careful to not use too much shampoo until New Year’s Day. We figured it would take a week of washing to get the color to fade away. Okay… by “we” I mean “I”. And when I say “thought” I should have said “erroneously thought”.

After three rounds of clarifying shampoo this was the result. It’s lighter… but it’s not light yet.

faded green hair

After a treatment and a trim we have this.

green hair after a trim


Tomorrow we’ll try a little bleach in the treatment and hope for the best. Why does any of this matter? Because January 12th is Jane’s first high school interview. The first of five. Of the five schools she’s applying to four of them wear uniforms and I’m pretty sure there aren’t any admissions officers sitting around hoping that a blue eyed, green haired girl will plunk herself down in their office and hope for a spot at their school.



The Saddest Compliment in the World


Jane has worked hard both in school and in sports. Mr. G. and I love that our children are smart and certainly we praise them for their natural abilities. Just as a workplace would, we reward them when they work hard.

Jane killed it on the soccer field this weekend and she’s been dying for highlights in her hair. So, after two goals and and a 3.5 GPA (we’ll talk about the B’s another time because they do have me unhappy) we decided that work begets reward and we walked to the salon at the corner for Jane’s first hair color.

The stylist has watched my kids grow from toddlerhood to now. She’s a soccer player and it was nice watching her talk to Jane about how important it is to be part of a team. She then put a few strands of bluish blonde color onto Jane’s hair which brought up a little bit of lighter streaks. I didn’t mention that Jane already has these streaks in her hair, but it made her so happy that I didn’t want to ruin her good time.

I was floored when it was time to pay for the dozen small streaks and found out that it was $70. Jane didn’t even have a blow dry. The good thing is that I asked plenty of questions of since I’ve been doing my own hair color for the past handful of years I feel equipped to add highlights as needed for about $10 an application.

As I stood at the counter writing out my check Jane popped over and kissed me on the cheek complete with a, “Thank you mommy.” Most often I’m Mom, but when I’m writing checks they switch it up to Mommy. The two women at the desk smiled and said how sweet she was. I smiled back and nodded. Then they went on to tell me how they never see kids thanking their parents.

I tried to defend the neighborhood kids, “Well, who would thank their mom for a haircut?”

“It’s for highlights, and tips.” Said one.

“And manicures.” Said the other.

They went on and on to list the very expensive services teenage girls get and the fact that they very seldom hear thank you’s and almost never see a kiss.

I felt pleased for myself that I’m raising a girl who knows just how lucky she is. It was nice to hear from strangers that my daughter is lovely, but it was incredibly sad that her kindness would be seen as unusual.

I Thought Old Ladies Have Blue Hair? Oh, and Coco Cox too


Coco Cox gets blue and purple streaks in her hair


Hair dye doesn’t last forever. Does it matter if Courtney Cox’s daughter Coco gets purple and blue streaks in her hair when she’s just seven?

Have you let your daughter color her hair? What age is appropriate?

Jane will be 13 this fall, as much as she would like her hair colored, it’s not on the horizon for her.