Change is good.
Change or die.
who said that but I think there is a lot to it. At the start of ’98 I
to live to it a little bit more than usual, and the way I chose was to
have some fun with my hair. I work in a rather conservative profession
and for a somewhat conservative company. However, it is the ‘90’s, and
my company SAIC,
in California so I do have some options. At the start of the year my
was short. Short and brown. No shorter than it had been over the last
years but no longer than that either. Brown however, was a color it had
always been. So, I decided to change that.
this with my professional hair stylist, Jennifer,
and she was very enthusiastic about helping me change things. One fine
day in January, I went down to Winn’s Barbershop on University Avenue
Hillcrest and we set to work. This page is about my experience.
is the obligatory
"before" shot. I am seated in Jennifer's chair and calmly awaiting the
process to begin. Little do I know what awaits.
I learn just what it feels like to have your hair "lifted" to a lighter
||I may be
smiling here but it was not long before the hydrogen peroxide in that
covering my head began to burn. At first it felt cool, then icy,
then very hot. Hot and painful enough to bring tears to my
I had to sit there and smile my way through it for forty five
Hydrogen peroxide, in case you didn't know, is one of the chemicals
in rocket fuel. So imagine what something that explosive can do
Yup, I'm a stylin' Dude!
that long however, things were not ready yet. To speed the
up Jennifer had me sit under a dryer to assist the chemical process
the added heat. Most of the burning had gone
by then. Whether that was due to all the nerve endings in my
having been burnt away or that the "lifter" had nothing left to it, I
know. It was however, not nearly as painful at this point.
As soon as my
growing back out into its natural brown, I decided to change things
again. This time I opted not to have my scalp dissolved by a
fuel derivative and instead simply had my head shaved.
going, and gone!
I liked that look but
a real chore to keep up. No matter how closely I shaved my scalp
each morning, by about lunchtime I had a "five o'clock shadow" all over
my head. So, after a month or so of this style I let it
growing back in.
It has now been over three
I shaved my head. In that time my hair has grown out long enough
for me to braid - and I'm not done yet! No, I don't plan on
it so long I wind up sitting on it! But a few more inches will do
Right now it is long enough to
some problems on windy days!
If you would like to learn more about
– just ask! Drop me a line and we'll see what
I can be reached
here at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also try using Yahoo
Messenger as I’ll have that one sometimes while I am at home.
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Until later then,
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On: 27 February 2003