Apparently I chose a color that’s on trend and impossible to find. I wanted a look that went from black to dark violet to silvery lavender. The fist beauty supply store didn’t have the colors and told us to go to Wigs and Plus to get the lavender dye. Ashley, ever the trooper, made the trek only to find out they have been sold out of lavender for three months. While searching high and low for this dye, Ashley ended up running into the actual Ricky of Ricky’s NYC, a specialty beauty supply store that’s awesome. He told her there was no way she’d ever find lavender dye and gave her the recipe for making it (3oz of clear dye, 1 oz of pink and a drop of violet dye).
So yesterday we got started on the purple ombre!
Time to get rid of this skunk look!
mixing the colors.
Had to make sure they were all well blended.
The three beautiful shades of purple.
Prepping the hair.
Ashley applying the color.
Not looking too good
Only time will tell!
I washed out the dye and started styling. I love how it came out! Mermaid hair!!!
I love the suble gradient! Ashley did such a great job!
The whole look.
It’s so cool to see how different it looks with every movement.
Had to see what it looked like braided.
Now that it’s done I have no idea why I waited so long. A HUGE thank you to Ashley for your time, encouragement, and artistry!
When I got my first email address back in the early 90s it was considered dangerous to reference any part of your real name in the address. We all ended up with email address like email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. When gmail started taking over, suddenly it was considered abnormal to not include your name in the address. The days of anonymity are not only over but completely replaced with full disclosure. Everyone is expected to have a professional website along with a social media account to share every meal they’ve ever had.
Now that there’s a digital record of you out there, it’s important to monitor it. I never thought I’d say this, but you should be googling yourself. In this day in age, the first thing people do is google your name when they meet you (or even before they meet you), and it’s your job to make sure you’re presenting your best self in the search results. To do this, you must make sure that the results are accurate, and, as it was in my case, they’re actually you and not some girl in West Virginia with the same name. Here’s how:
- Update your google+ account. While I loath the idea of adding another time-sucking social media site into my repertoire, especially one as seemingly useless as google+, the fact is google has the market on search engines, therefore they are going to give priority to their social media outlet over all others. Take a little time to post a good picture of yourself, and make sure there’s no embarrassing info on your board.
- Figure out what your public image is.
I am a writer, and I host conferences. That means that my profile on my blog, on twitter, on LinkedIn and whatnot, needs to say those things. Be consistent. Even though I’m a goofball in person, I want people’s first online impression of me to be professional, so in all those platforms I use images of me during the conference. Make sure that your social media is presenting the person who you are and want to be. Don’t forget that if you don’t update your facebook privacy settings, anyone can see those embarrassing spring break photos.
- Keep everything up to date.
After getting married, I changed my last name on my passport, social security card, drivers license, bank accounts, and library cards and just when I thought I was done I realized that I hadn’t changed my name on most of my online platforms. My YouTube page, blog and google+ pages were still under Tracy Young. Make sure you update name changes, job status, and interests. Also, if you’re using a picture of yourself that doesn’t still look like you, get rid of it. I remember meeting someone in person, looking them up online a few days later, and then thinking that I got their name wrong because the picture on their profile was about twenty years younger than the person I met.
While I love this picture, I’m never really that dolled up, and it doesn’t represent my personality at all.
This is cute, but I don’t have bangs anymore and it doesn’t show me in a professional light.
This is what I currently look like, and it shows me doing what I love. Here’s the picture to use!
- Make sure you include your name.
If you want your website or blog, or twitter account to show up when people search your name, you need to include your entire name in the profile. It will also help to list your name in the tags for the post. Nowadays when you type someone’s name into google, an image search appears as well. Make sure you include your full name in the image description.
If you have any other good ideas for amping up your online presence, please share them in a comment!