When is it Time to Change Your Hair Color?

Changing hair color has always symbolized, to me, that I was ready for something to change. Had a breakup?  Dyed my hair. Left a job? Dyed my hair. Felt like things weren’t moving forward in my business?  Yep! I dyed my hair.  Even if I couldn’t effect any change anywhere else in my life, I could at least change my hair.

But something different happened this time. I was just in for a regular hair update–not looking for something drastic. Which reflects how I’ve been feeling recently: a bit blah, a bit stuck and plain ol’ exhausted.  When that happens, I have a hard time seeing the light in my work, in my own personal power and in my life.  But thanks to a hair refresher, left the salon feeling fresh possibilities around me and that was a great start.

And here’s where things got interesting.

That night I went out to the movies with my fiance, Mike. I wore torn denim, lace up gold heels, an easy tee and a leather jacket–one of my favorite go-to looks. Easy and stylish.  I felt great, and I almost forgot I looked different–until I went to the restroom to wash my hands and looked up into the mirror. And there before me was somebody else!

I mean, it was me, but the person looking back was confident, beautiful, powerful, stylish and BLONDE. And then it hit me: This is what people see when they see me.  How come I don’t see myself this way?  And what if I did start to see myself the way others do?

And, that’s when that lightbulb went off above my head. I looked at my reflection and said to myself, This is me. Own it, girlfriend.

And there you have it. A simple, unexpected, unplanned hair update completely changed my perspective on myself. Turns out I wasn’t owning who I am; I was just gliding through the world instead of acknowledging the unique statement I make in it. I am strong, confident, beautiful and powerful–that’s how people see me. And when I match that perception by looking at myself that way–well, then I’m unstoppable.