My Journey of Self Discovery Took a Detour at Bangs and a Spray Tan

I’ve just experienced two life-changing events.  What has happened to me recently has totally turned my world upside down. Things I thought were bad turned out to be good maybe even great. All of this has caused me to rethink my long ingrained opinions about what I thought was right.

It has been scary, this journey of self-discovery and reexamination. It has made me question everything. How could I live to be five decades and counting with such concrete opinions and then discover that I was flat-out wrong.

The two monumental things that have caused this seismic shift in my thought process are bangs and spray tans. (Uh-huh, you read that right.) For as long as I can remember, I have thought both were not just hideous but ridiculous.

To clarify I don’t dislike bangs in general I just hated them on me. I have always assumed that my square face would look creepy with bangs. When any hair stylist would mention bangs to me I would do a condescending laugh. But, two weeks ago I went where I have never imagined I would venture to – over to the bang side.

In a surprise to no one that knows me my bang conversion was based solely on cheapness. I have some Defcon 1 forehead wrinkles and the whole Botox cha-ching was never an option. The more affordable way to go was to just cover them up with hair. I thought of it like a blanket for my wrinkles.

When I approached this idea with my hair stylist she was apprehensive causing me to point-blank ask her if it was because I have a face the shape of a box? She deferred comment on that instead suggesting that before I go “full bang” I try the “side swept” look. I concurred and the rest of the story is that I, a decades long anti bangs human, am now in love with the fringe of it all. My wrinkles aren’t exactly covered but their distracted by the gentle swaying of the side swept bangs.

The other about-face in my thought process was the act of getting a spray tan. Full disclosure I have made fun of people who get spray tans for y-e-a-r-s. But in the name of research for a story  I recently got sprayed. It all felt very Kardashian-esque because the spray tan artiste makes house calls. Yes, in the comfort of my home I stepped into a spray tan tent while a certified spray-tanning expert began my Malibu Barbie transformation.

I did deviate from spray tan protocol and didn’t go the naked route (I wore a swimsuit) because I liked Holly, my spray tan friend, and didn’t want to scare her with an up close and personal look at the ravages of time combined with a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie obsession. The whole thing took 10 minutes tops and by the next day I was sun-kissed.

The only downside was when I woke up in the morning and staggered to the bathroom I had forgotten I had been spray tanned and screamed when I looked in the mirror and saw a very well basted face staring back at me. But other than that it was nirvana and combined with my bangs I’m now beyond fabulous (or at least as fabulous as I’m going to get).

It was also taught me a lesson that maybe I don’t know everything but let’s keep that between us. It’s not something my children need to hear me confess.

5 thoughts on “My Journey of Self Discovery Took a Detour at Bangs and a Spray Tan

  1. Janet says:

    LOL about screaming when you saw your “well basted face staring back at me”. Ha! So I’m 50 something and have a bare forehead and roll my eyes at my daughters trips to the spray tan booth. Made me think….

    • snarkyinthesuburbs says:

      I must admit I have only done one spray tan because when I told my daughter I was “all in” on the spray tan lifestyle her exact words were, “Oh my God, please don’t turn into one of those mothers who are always tan. It’s a sign of sadness.” Just WTH on that?

  2. irreverendt says:

    O.K…it is all about vanity. Like anything in life the symptoms might change but the root cause remains the same. Bangs I’m totally neutral on. Live and let live. Spray tans…I really struggle to keep from making any comment that truly exhibits my bias.

  3. Ann says:

    You might not remember how lily white I am but I was getting tired of people asking me why I was wearing white hose. I got a spray tan last week before going to a style show and I must admit it made me feel better about myself. And I, too, had that startling morning-after “first look”, thinking that the tanning artist had made an awful mistake!

  4. Laura says:

    Because of course you’re interested in random strangers’ opinions (HA!) but I say live and let live. Period. If it makes you happy and you aren’t *actually* hurting anyone (looking like one of “those” parents doesn’t count) then you do you. Great post!

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