We endured the salon trip. The waiting, the waiting and the waiting. Foiled bleach, hand-applied color, fancy cut and blowdry. We passed on the short bob and opted for a couple inches off the bottom with long layers to prevent tangles. I watched the dazzled eyes of the other little girls at Baskin-Robbins afterwards. Mouths agape, like “wow, look at the rainbow,” their stares said. And I felt a teensy bit guilty, as if this indulgence would come back to bite me. But so what, it’s hair color, not a nose job. My daughter loves it. And well, so do I.

Pam Alster, former stand-up comedienne, Lifetime TV writer & suburban mom brings a decade of living on the dark side to light in her forthcoming debut novel Robin’s Blue. www.pamalster.com

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