I was one of those anti-plastic surgery, anti-hair-coloring, au naturel kinds of people until I could count my crow's feet and my hair was more gray than brown.
Granted, I've yet to go the Botox route (and am not sure if I will), but I definitely get my hair colored and happily pay an arm and a leg for it.
Yes, I realize home hair color has gotten a lot better over the years, and some folks can't afford the trip to the hair salon every couple of months.
But I'm here to tell you that it's so worth it. And it's not as expensive as you think, all things considered.
Look, I've definitely got expensive taste when it comes to bags, shoes, clothes ... okay, pretty much everything. But when it comes to my hair, I absolutely will not scrimp.
Yes, I know it's just hair, but let's be honest here. It's what people generally first notice about you, and more importantly, it's the one thing that we moms don't have to worry about changing too much when we're pregnant, then not pregnant, then breastfeeding, then not breastfeeding.
Or formula feeding. You're totally allowed to do that too.
I've learned that your hair is really, truly a part of your identity and when everything else about your body is changing during motherhood, you've still got total control over your hair.
It's also a way to show yourself that you care about how you look.
Sure, that sounds like a sappy commercial, but I totally believe it's true. We take care of lots of other people all day (and sometimes all night long); it's important that we take care of ourselves too.
Now I personally don't do lots of highlights or other fancy stuff, but every 6-8 weeks, I sit my butt down in my stylist's chair and let her work her magic on my head.
And I cannot tell you how fabulous I feel after she's done washing the grays out of my hair for another couple of months. And I'm willing to forgo the coffee at Starbucks and all the other things I might be spending money on to pay for it.
If it's a matter of food for my kids or my hair, you can bet I'm choosing food.
But I'm definitely willing to make other small or even larger sacrifices so my hair can look great because looking good is actually setting a good example for your kids too.
When you think of it that way, shouldn't you be dialing your beauty salon right now for an appointment?
Do you color your hair?
Image via Kristen Chase