I was in a hair rut. I liked my cropped cut, but it was starting to feel mom-ish. Even though dyeing it darker helped, I was craving real change. So when O
's beauty team asked if I'd go pink, I was excited! They sent me to colorist Carlina Ortega and stylist Jennifer Matos at New York's Rita Hazan Salon
, and after what seemed like an eternity—bleach to remove my previous color, highlights to tone down lingering yellowness, and finally the pink dye— I caught a glimpse of the new me. Did I really just do this?
My shock turned to awe as the compliments poured in. Coworkers crowded around me to say how great I looked. A guy at the gym said I had "edge." I felt younger, more like myself. But the best reaction came from my 6-year-old son, who said—approvingly—"You look like cotton candy." I guess pink hair is "mom hair" after all!
Before, Photo: Courtesy of Deidre Read