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Sister do you have your beverage of choice in hand right now? If not, go grab it and then come back and get comfy, because I’ve got something that’s been on my heart to share with you today.
Ready? Ok, let’s talk some truth. Sometime earlier this year I started waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to get back to sleep. I quickly realized that stress was the main culprit. I was worried about taxes (small business owners can feel me on that one!), I was worried about school choices for my children, I was worried about some health issues, and amidst all the stress and worry, I was absolutely up to my eyeballs in clutter in my house.
I felt the weight of the world on me, and after acknowledging my burdens, which is step one on the path to freedom, I realized that there were several areas of my life where, simply put, I needed to lighten up.
So I’ve been working on lightening up all across the board, and those changes have been so positive! Today I want to focus on one specific area where I’ve lightened up with tremendous benefits, and that area might surprise you: STYLE. Style was not on my radar at all as an area where I could feel more rejuvenated and free by focusing a bit on it. In truth, it’s an area of my life I’ve completely ignored for quite some time, rocking that mom ponytail and yoga pants pretty much constantly. A few weeks ago, in fact, I realized that it had been AN ENTIRE YEAR since my last haircut, and a solid 6 months since I’d last colored my hair. In the midst of a stressful year, I just stopped thinking that I was worth the effort and that self-care wasn’t a wise use of my limited time.
Epic fail, y’all. And if you have a similar mindset about yourself and your personal style (or lack thereof), let me show you something simple and cost-effective you can do right this minute to lighten up. I promise you that you aren’t doing right by yourself to toss your own personal style out the window. Over time you are going to give your self-esteem a pretty good thrashing, and that is going to add to your feelings of stress. First, If you are long overdue for a haircut, I implore you to make an appointment TODAY. I actually did some sleuthing and found a quality stylist at a budget salon to help keep my costs low. I got 6 inches chopped off and felt lighter and more free instantly. It was wonderful!
To take my lightening up a step further, over the next few weeks I’m going to be exclusively using the new John Frieda Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ Subtle Lightening Shampoo and Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ Subtle Lightening Conditioner as well as the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ In-Shower Treatment that you can find at your nearest Walmart or on Amazon
One of the reasons I haven’t dyed my hair in a long while is because I’m bored with the very dark brown color I always choose, but didn’t know what other option I had. I’m an at-home color gal, and I’ve always been told that with dark hair, if I ever want to lighten it, even a tiny bit, then I’d have no choice but to visit a hair salon and shell out some serious cash for all over color followed by highlights that would need to be maintained. This mama has to pay for private school for two kids, so, um…NO. Expensive-to-maintain hair is truly out of the question for me, so I’ve always kept my color quite dark and just covered over the natural highlights I have.
But the new Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ line is an at-home option that can lighten your hair on its natural spectrum with beautiful results, and at an affordable price. If you are ready for that sun-kissed look right now, go for the Visibly Brighter™ Treatment for instant lightening up to one shade (pro tip: if you can’t find it at your local Walmart, fear not! You can find it at Walmart.com or on Amazon!). And if you want to get a daily brunette brightness boost with glowing tones that’s a bit more gradual, reach for the Visibly Brighter™ Shampoo and Conditioner. The line is completely safe for natural hair, as well as for highlighted and color-treated brunettes.
So if you are stuck in a style rut and are just resigned to a ponytail and dark, dull locks, I promise you that you can take a crack at your stress level just by lightening up a bit. I can’t wait to get started on this simple style upgrade. Want to join me in the experiment? Head over to Walmart ASAP and get your products so we can do this together! I’m starting out with a bang and doing in the in-shower treatment first! 😉