The Tao of Roots
How to Keep Your Beautiful New Hair Colour Beautiful
Melissa stared into the mirror. She was at that stage where it was almost impossible not to; stage four of four.
Stage 1: New colour, no roots, all is well (smile, dance, give Mrs. Cuddles a kitty belly rub and extra treats).
Stage 2: Miniature roots, no problem, ignore (smile, dance, tell Mrs. Cuddles to finish her leftover, icky, morning food).
Stage 3: Roots aplenty, no problem, as long as you don't look in the mirror; a little challenging not to look in the mirror (smile painfully, dance only because you had too much coffee, tell Mrs. Cuddles to get the heck off the counter).
Stage 4: Huge, venomous, snarling roots, dragging you from wherever you happen to be standing, over to the mirror, forcing you to stare; problem. (neighbor has taken Mrs. Cuddles, called the SPCA, and is standing guard on her front lawn with a shot gun).
Somewhere between stage three and four, there was a window of opportunity. Had Melissa taken that opportunity, she'd still be smiling, dancing, and have a nice little ball of fur that loves her and is willing to eat this morning's icky, dried out food once in a while.