We’re excited to have beauty expert, Aly Walansky, guest blogging today. Enjoy!
Ever have one of those epic days that you know you will be looking back upon for years to come?
In my case, it was my birthday party. And it wasn’t a good thing.
As I have a history of the “birthday curse,” I tried to make this year extra-special. I wanted to have a good day to make up for all the crappy ones that had come before. I made it a daylong affair – met a friend for brunch, had a spa afternoon with some friends, did a dinner, had a party. It was to be awesome…except then someone weird happened.
I had decided, in honor of this not-so-young point of aging, to be as young as I could be for my celebration. I was wearing Remy’s Clip-in human hair extensions — extensions are pretty much the penultimate beauty-treatment dream for me. They take about a minute to put in, are easy to remove (but not TOO easy, if you know what I mean…), and made me feel fun and festive for my special night.
One of my friends, an old – I thought, close – friend, instantly did not approve. “People who wear those things are trying to hide who they really are.” She was so vehement about it that people around us paused and noticed…she seemed visibly offended by my choice to celebrate my night with fun hair, likening it to a visible exposure of my character flaws.
Flaws I don’t actually have, mind you.
At the party, all my girlfriends felt quite the opposite, and loved my “Barbie dream house hair.” These are extensions that get serious attention – whether you want it, or not. But it’s not about hiding who you are, it’s about taking what’s fabulous about you – and kicking it up a notch, in the same way that cosmetics or a push-up bra might.
I love my own, natural, blonde locks – but they often feel a bit too fine and sad. Giving them a bit of “oomph” was exactly what I needed to make a special day more special – and as for those who didn’t appreciate it? I’m betting she was just jealous.