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How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant
who Will Ruin Your Body, Destroy Your Life, Liquefy Your Brain,
and Finally Turn You
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Written by Alice Bradley and Eden Kennedy

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Look, everyone, it's my hair. (Yawn.)

All right, all right.

Listen, I didn't really want to put up pictures because I'm pretty sure someone's going to get all mad about my stupid face. I don't take these comments seriously, as I am perfectly aware that I am a vision, but it does give me pause. My appearance seems to anger people so. You may recall--and if you don't I will remind you--that last year, when I was on the Today show, a thoughtful reader told me that all she could see was my "enormous ass and teeth."


But this is only my hair, so at least you will all be spared my ass. And of course the teeth. The misshapen, unfortunate teeth.

The first thing I learned, while trying to take pictures of my gray hairs, is that it's harder than it seems like it should be. The light in my bathroom's all buttery and lovely but it doesn't work when you're trying to show the horrible divide between the graying roots and the oxidizing awful of the rest of it. Here's my first try. Where are the gray hairs? They're right...right there! Oh, can't you see?!

Okay, seriously? This color is all wrong

A little closer, reluctantly. I wasn't really anticipating a close-up.

It's grayer than it looks, here

Okay, look over here, it's really gray--no? Crap. It really is. Damn it.

There! Gray hairs!

Fine, I'll lower my head. THERE. Now do you see?

There it is! White!

Here's the back of the head (look, you people asked for these), where you can't see anything at all. Take my word for it, it's gray. Darker than the front, but definitely a steel-gray kind of thing.

Back is darker, but definitely gray

The other side. Because my hair is longer on top than the sides, the gray's way more apparent around the ears. Which I like to think makes it look like I have a coppery toupee squatting on my head.

It appears that I'm wearing an orange toupee on top of my gray hair, but I assure you I am not

Now I'm looking up even more. I'm so whimsical!

Preparing for the Rapture

In my zeal to expose the white-ness of my roots, this happened.

Now I'm just getting silly

This is the kind of hair I have: I can yank my hair upward, and it stays. This is an advantage for silly pictures and/or to amuse my son when he's crying, and a disadvantage every morning, in that I wake up with the craziest bedhead ever and if I forget and answer the door, I terrify the meter reader. Jealous?

Sarah Brown, I'm having a medieval tapestry moment!

Now I'm just making faces. But look, in this mirror, you can see the gray hair a little more clearly.

I'm squinching up my face, and I do not know why

I am the epitome of loveliness.

This is my prettiest face ever

Finally, just to piss people off: my butt. Sweet fancy Moses, how did anyone let me on television?!

And now, just for the hell of it, my ass

No! No, not the teeth! OH GOD CLOSE THE MOUTH CLOSE IT

Taking pictures of yourself in the bathroom can be fun

Reader Comments (129)

The hair is awesome and the person who wrote that about your teeth and tush has a larger version of both. : )
October 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShosh
Wish I looked that beautiful turning gray.....
October 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeetz
Your reader commenting on too many pictures is obviously not into a personal silver hair transition. Being in the 8th month myself, I could have seen 12 more! It's not easy, but well worth it. You will look gorgeous with white hair!
October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiane
Your butt absolutely rocks. I'd be very happy seeing nothing but that and your teeth. And your hair is stupendous. Mine is a floppy anorexic mop. Yours has character! And energy! And other things requiring excessive exclamation marks!!
October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLumpy badger

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