Amanda and Her Rainbow Hair

Here is the promised post on Amanda and her rainbow hair!

This past summer, my good friend and the Finch family hairstylist, Janet Shulenberger of Running with Scissors was a very good sport and gave Amanda the rainbow hairstyle she wanted.

FIRST she made sure it was okay with Russ and me – it was.

Then she learned how to do it – it had not been requested before – weird!

Then she spent almost FOUR HOURS with Amanda making her hair amazing.

If you need a hairstylist, even for a “normal” trim or hairstyle, remember what Janet is capable of – I cannot recommend her highly enough!

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Color Selection

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Beautiful Before Picture

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Clipping All the Curls Up

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Clipping All the Curls Off!

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Bleaching

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Blond!

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Scotch Tape Stripes

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The Haircut

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Red Stripe

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Orange Stripe

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Yellow Stripe

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Green Stripe

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Blue

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Pink Top

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Whoa.

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Yay!

(Permission to give away all their secrets in this post was kindly granted by Janet AND Amanda!)

I have written a lot about my family, more so in recent years. When Amanda and Abby were younger, it felt safer to write about our pets, not our young children, so I was a bit overprotective. And this is a pet blog after all!

However, you know I love getting off topic as much as I love staying on topic!

Also, it feels as though this truth about our family is a truth being played out in society overall, and could use more discussion: My child is gay.

Amanda told us she was gay the summer before this.

I am so very proud of her.

I always have been proud. I could tell you a thousand things about Amanda that I knew before this.

This is the first thing about Amanda I thought may bring her judgement. And indeed it has.

Mostly though, the revealation of her homosexuality has brought her pride – from her friends, from her family, from her aquaintances two and three degrees out.

It has brought her a stronger sense of self.

It has brought her compassion, leadership opportunities, vision.

Watch this kid. Watch her sister. They are going places, and Russ and I could not be more proud of the women they are becoming.

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