Why did you decide now is the best time for a dramatic change?
“Why not now? In my late twenties, [my hair] was black, brown and blonde, and in my thirties, I was blonde because of work. I felt like I needed a change. But I was nervous—could I pull off red? Would I feel good in red?”
Do you feel any differently about yourself?
“I do! People do a double take. I saw a picture of myself and I thought, ‘Who is that?’”
How has the change affected your beauty and fashion choices?
“It’s different when you’re wearing clothes: Beiges and browns—bronze-y, taupe-y, nude-y—look really good with red hair. Yesterday, I didn’t even think about wearing a hot pink top, and then I looked at it on and thought, ‘Maybe not.’ I’m wearing more bronze on my cheeks and on my lips. [It’s] better than a pink-nude.”
Does preserving the color take any extra steps?
“I’m more careful. I think redheads have the most difficulty coloring their hair because we want to prevent it from fading. Nexxus makes a great primer, Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer ($18; ulta.com); you can put it on dry hair. It prevents water from entering the hair shaft [and fading your color].”
Has your new hair color changed your life in any way?
“It made me feel invigorated. Turning 40, having a baby, getting married—it’s never too late for a change. You look good, you feel good. And I felt I like I was in a rut. The color makes it seem thicker, and it’s less processing than being blonde. It’s made me feel younger, in a weird way.”
What is your favorite thing about being 40?
“I’m confident in my decisions. Before I turned 40, I was asking people, ‘Should I do this, should I do that?’ Now I trust myself to make those decisions.”
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