O, The Oprah Magazine 's beauty director Valerie Monroe asked readers, "Have you recently done anything beauty related that has done wonders for your self-esteem? What was it, and why did it work for you?" Here are some of her favorite answers!
"I recently got all of my hair cut off. It's short, layered and I curl it to give it that extra poof. (My hair is so thin!) This cut gave me a huge boost of self-esteem. I feel great and I look professional, as opposed to me pulling my hair up into a clip all the time. I feel like I can take on the world now!"
— Mindy Walker
"Perfectly plucked eyebrows work wonders for me! I have super-thick eyebrows and when they are cared for and shaped, I feel way more confident. But I can never do it myself. Threading is truly an art in hair removal, and I couldn't live without it."
— Terri Jennings
"I decided at the age of 50 that I was done being 'someone else,' someone who was not me. One symptom of the 'not me-ness': I had spent three years growing out my hair—baby-fine limp hair that even the kindest of friends would admit wasn't meant to be long. The only thing I really liked was the bright silver streak in the front. The larger symptom was that I was 17 years into a marriage that was good enough for one—him—and a misery for me. I couldn't change that overnight, but I could do something about my hair. I went into my trusted and long-suffering stylist and finally let her cut it all off. Now I don't just have one gray streak. The entire top of my new short cut is silver-white, and the bottom layers are dark espresso brown. It's short, sharp, liberating and me . It's perfectly, wonderfully me!"
— Mary Birkholz Zieska
A Grey Lady
"I let my hair color go grey and let my short hair grow long. My hair had been colored for years and also quite short. I decided to let it change, and I am amazed at the results. Rather than feeling 70, I find that I feel young and elegant. I enjoy being 70, and the way I look now adds to that enjoyment."
— Sally Lowen
From the October 2007 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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