Call me “Cupcake”

So I finally did it! I bleached my hair and dyed it pink. I’ve been wanting to do this since I was fifteen-years-old but there was always a reason to not do it.

  • I would have gotten my ass beat by my parents.
  • My parents would have killed me.
  • I wasn’t brave enough.
  • Then there were work reasons.
  • Then I had wanted long wavy hippie hair for the wedding.
  • And then there was no reason.

No reason not to do it! Except for the fact that it might be weird since my boss also has pink hair (well, half pink hair). So I decided, I’ll take it step-by-step and just bleach my hair at first — you know, go for a white blonde look for a while and then eventually make the move towards pink.

gettin' bleached

But when the wonderful Janae of Vain hair salon in Seattle, found out that I wanted to go pink she got WAY excited and convinced me to let her do the job! And, as luck would have it, my boss Ariel was in the salon, so I quickly asked if it was cool with her if I went pink and she said, just not her color pink (Atomic Pink) and it would be just fine.

Holy shit, it's bleached.

A few months ago my friend Raina, trying to convince me to dye my hair then and there, suggested I use a color called “Cupcake.” And that color was bouncing around in my brain when another fabulous Vain employee suggested “Cupcake” I jumped on it. Yes! That one! So Cupcake it was and Cupcake I became…

In the process of pinkifying.

photo design by Ariel

At first I was in shock. I couldn’t belive that this was me in that mirror. And then I was panicking. Even though I was a 28-year-old adult woman, the little kid in me was freaking that I was going to get in trouble when I “got home.” Poor Aaron had to talk me down and remind me that I was a grown up and not only did I wait until I was 28 to “rebel” my parents had no right to get mad at me! And then once I got over that scared child feeling I LOVED IT!!!

I love my pink hair! It looks awesome. And I feel more… more… ME with it! The only downside? I have to have the same conversation every time I see new people.

“Hmm, what?… Oh this? Yeah, dyed it pink… Yes, it’s permanent… I don’t know, I’ve just always wanted to… Yes, I love it!… Yes, he loves it too!” Over and over and over.

But other than that. It’s been all positive and I think my parents even LIKE it! So there ya go kids, follow your dreams.

Ariel and me at the OBB book reading.

10 thoughts on “Call me “Cupcake”

  1. Danielle

    That is super sweet that you dyed your pink! yay for you!

    I have been wanting to get purple streaks in my hair for years. But… for some of those same reasons you mentioned I haven’t been able to do it yet. Anyhow, I didn’t know you could actually go to a salon to get crazy fun unnatural colors. Can any salon do this? Or are there salons specially geared towards… different… hair?

    1. meganfinley

      Danielle, not all salons can or will do this. I actually waited to get my hair done at Vain while I was in Seattle because I knew for SURE that they can pull off this kind of job. Before I went to Seattle I got my hair cut to donate to Locks of Love and I told the stylist what I ultimately wanted to do with my hair. I asked if she’d be comfortable doing anything like that and she said emphatically no. So, you know, you just gotta ask around and make sure the stylist is COMFORTABLE doing something that crazy.

      1. Danielle

        Thanks so much for you reply. I googled salon Vain and it looks super sweet. I’d loooove to go there, but I live in Michigan… pretty far from Washington! I will look around my area and see what I can find.

      2. meganfinley

        Ooh, yeah, Michigan to Washington would be a trek. But HEY! If you (and when) you go purple, send me a link! I’d love to see it.

        ps. My husband is from Dearborn, Michigan.

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