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The Big Chop of 2018


Bug and I got our hair cut. It was time. Back to school prep for her and just TIME TO GET A HAIRCUT ALREADY for me. I was sick of my long beautiful princess hair about three inches ago. Summer has not been kind.


I mean look at that long flowing nest of insulation material. I could house several mice and a few birds in that mess. Seriously, cutting it off felt like I lost five pounds. Maybe I did. I should weigh myself.


Bug went for her usual cut: just a trim on the ends and some evening up of her long cockroach feeler bangs in the front. I love her style. She decided to have those long bangs when she was seven or so and has stayed true to them ever since. Kind of like me and my fringe bangs.

But let’s talk about the color! That is $1.49 color job my friends. Yes, it’s Kool-Aid. We are so done with professional color. It takes hours and hours, costs a fortune and washes out in a month or two. Of course bleaching the ends helps the color stick but Kool-Aid is by far the longest lasting and most vibrant hair coloring agent we have ever experienced. Remember my red Kool-Aid hair? That lasted so long I had to cut it off to get rid of it. Even the stylist admitted that Kool-Aid stains the longest. Sometimes that can be a bad thing but for tweens going into middle school it’s perfect.


She loves her new mermaid hair. Ten minutes in hot water with two packets of sugar-free blue raspberry kool-aid and we are good! So easy! We left the kool-aid in her hair (didn’t wash it, just dried it with a towel) but I don’t even think that was necessary. It stuck.


Me on the other hand decided to go bold with a drastic cut. I am tempted by the kool-aid color but I love my natural gray color more.  I’m going for a swingy bob. It will probably stay “swingy”  for exactly twelve hours and then turn to it’s usual mad-scientist wave-curl but I don’t care. I love change.

I’ve cut my hair like this several times. I think the stylists are always more afraid of the big dramatic cut than I am. I’m sure there will be days when I hate it, when it won’t go up into a pony tail or some fancy braid, but I love a challenge. And it means I can wait a whole two years until my next hair cut! Hah!

And yes, I’m sending my hair to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths because maybe somebody else might like it too!


  • Lynne

    Hello, I missed the post about your dying your hair red back in 2014, must have been when I was teaching in Sri Lanka sans access to the internet. Who knew Kool Aid can be used to dye hair…? I don’t think we have it for sale in the U.K. though before I get ideas about dip dying my hair the same shade as Bug’s beautiful locks. I can see me with turquoise blue plaits, Matt might be a bit surprised when he gets home ;)

    Loving your fancy, swishy, bob, Miss French Lady Secret Agent Illustrator. Ce’ chic!

    Bug going to middle school already? Le sob !!! Don’t get too big… xxxx

  • Evilisa

    That is a very very nice cut on your. Pretty girl.

    I’m very entertained by the Kool-aid dye. I was a punk in late 70’s/80’s. I used to koolaid color my hair all the time! To this day people ask me about that and tell me they fascinated. My hair was black then and Kool-aid worked the best. Nice to see people are finally trying it.

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