A Good Hair Day

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 3 - Dog Good Hair Day - Doodlewash

One of the happiest days one can achieve is a good hair day. That moment in the morning when you look at yourself in the mirror before walking out the door and your other self seems to mouth, “Wow, look at you! You look good!” or even better, “Whoa, hey there sexy!” Like many exceptional days, they don’t always happen on a regular basis. Most days, I personally feel rather lucky to have my reflection say, “Well, at least it looks like you managed to shower first.” I really should invest a bit more time getting ready each day, but then I realize I’m just heading to work and not out for a date so I skip the less meticulous bits and move on. I let my hair do whatever happens in a couple quick brushes and charge on with my morning. When I was younger, I would spend a bit more time. It wasn’t that I was more vain, it was simply that the efforts produced more satisfying results. As I get older, I like to laugh at my laugh lines, tamp my hair down a bit so it loses the post-shower mad scientist look, and shave when I start to resemble Santa Claus. And every day is still a rather a good one, so I don’t worry about it very much.

When I was young teen in the 80’s, I was surrounded by really big hair. Truly, it was huge. Girls would pass by me with bangs so high they looked like they’d just licked an electrical socket. If you had rather straight and thick hair it could come across as a bit cool, but if you had thin curly hair it looked more like you’d just been stranded for several days in Florida. It wasn’t just the girls, either. Guys would let their hair grow out to extraordinary lengths inspired by what we now call 80’s hair bands. I didn’t have that kind of hair and always wished I had that sort of straight thick hair that flops around and always falls into exactly the proper place. One summer, I tried a product called “Sun In” that was meant to give your hair a tint of blond as though you’ve just spent a summer on the beach. I apparently used too much or, as stated previously, just had the wrong hair, and ended up looking like an exploded orange. I spent my return to school wearing a lot of hats, hoping people would unintentionally think I was setting the next fashion trend. Instead, I just got a lot of weird stares, but I blame the hat I chose.

There are those of us blessed with the perfect genes and then there’s the majority of us. Those stuck with some good bits and some not so good. A lovely blend of what our parents and their parents gave to us. But, when you put all of the bits together, I always think it’s sort of awesome how it makes each of us so truly unique. And that, in the end, is the best bit of all! It would be terribly dull to be just like everyone else. It’s nice to have that little mole or that crazy cowlick on your head that you can’t quite tamp down no matter how hard you try. It’s what makes us who we are and truly, what makes us so darn lovable to those who appreciate us. If I had to go back, I don’t think I’d want that hair after all. I was just crazy me, with all my foibles, normal hair and lofty dreams. The only difference now is the hair has gotten a bit grayer, but I’ve equally gotten a bit wiser. There’s little point in trying to be something you’re not. You’ll always end up back to being just blissfully you, and, in the end, that’s the best place in the world to be. We’re all pretty amazing in our own way. As long as we commit to being whatever we imperfectly perfectly are, then it’s rather certain we’ll always have a good hair day.

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41 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 10 months ago

    Sounds like the time I thought all the temporary red hair dye I’d used had washed out and tried to go blond. I looked like a fire engine. Strangely, every one told me how cool it looked. I was in London, England at the time and it was the 70’s so maybe it did. I had no idea how to replicate it and was too poor to find a hairdresser who did, so it was one of my 15 minutes of fame. Cute li’l doggie. You didn’t introduce him!

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 The doggie is a reference photo as Phineas has begun to charge for portraits. And your flame hair sounds perfectly cool!! You trend setter you!!

  2. Sharon Nolfi 10 months ago

    Cute little sketch. Who was the model?

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 This was a borrowed reference doggie. They can’t all be of Phineas or he’ll get a big head. hehe

  3. Nancy Sapp 10 months ago

    The doggie sketch & painting is TOO CUTE! Looks like he/she has a Perfectly Imperfect Fur Day every day!

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Hehe… Thanks so much, Nancy! Glad you liked him/her… I’ve really no idea! lol 😃💕

  4. Jennifer McLean 10 months ago

    Hehehe. Sun in. Yup. Some of the products out there are awful. for the first ten years I usually had green hair, I was constantly in a pool and had white-blond hair, hence the green tint from the chlorine. After it turned a natural ash brownish I couldn’t successfully color it as the base color of ash is a weird yellow-ish. Bleaching causes a terrible undercolor so I decided ash was ok with me. Sounds like you have a color that has an unusual undercolor too. It makes you unique which, it seems, you’ve already figured out. Good on you, Charlie!

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks so much, Jennifer! 😃💕 I think the undercolor is just my Irish heritage shining through. I was hoping for the blue black hair, but got the brown kind with a hint o’ red. Yeah, chlorine was thick in pools back then… I couldn’t stand the smell, so never liked swimming much. 😊

  5. Harjas Kaur 10 months ago

    Sketch 😍😍

  6. Lisa 10 months ago

    Cute pup! The o!d hair dying thing! Once was more than enough! As my grandma used to say, you look beautiful just as you are!

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 Your grandmother was very wise indeed! hehe… we should just make the most of what we already have!

  7. Catnip Blog 10 months ago

    Best doggie painting ever!

  8. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 10 months ago

    This little guy you painted – a papillon? – is too adorable for words, which is why he was willing to pose and therefore get the image right. He seems to be asking if he can have the promised treat now. By your photo, Charlie, you came out pretty good, hair or not. As for any good genes I inherited, you can tell that I got the coveted turquoise ones.

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      You are a vision in turquoise my dear! 😃💕 hehe… and yeah, this was a borrowed reference image doggie. Phineas is also painted from photos as he never sits still long enough.

  9. M. Caulder 10 months ago

    Is this the famous Phineas? How adorable! Good hair is important ❣️😄

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks, Miste! 😃💕 Nope… this is a random reference doggie. hehe.. but a quick search of Phineas on Doodlewash will turn up some examples of the real one.

      • M. Caulder 10 months ago

        He’s so cute! and I will have to search for Phineas! 🤗

  10. M. Caulder 10 months ago

    I should’ve waited to get on Doodlewash to make that comment, so I’d get some DO points 🤣 Charlie, when are you going to get some more travel palettes in exchange for points? Pleeease 🖌🌸🙏🏻

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      hehe… I’m working on some new things for the DO Shop… a bit of a delay with the holidays, but hopefully they’ll be some new things there soon! 😉

      • M. Caulder 10 months ago

        Oh, cool, I can’t wait! I neeeeeed to get some more points so I’ll be ready, haha! A lot of good things about wordpress, but it is slower to load on my comp. and it takes me a lot of time when on Doodlewash, so I have to work at it. Worth it, though! 🌟

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          Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

          Aww thanks! Yeah, I now have thing optimized as much as possible. It runs faster more of the time now, but still struggles a little bit when there’s a ton of traffic at once. 😊

          • M. Caulder 10 months ago

            Thank you, I don’t think the problem is caused at your end? WordPress always has a lag, on my website anyway, and I don’t have the fastest internet, so *it’s probably me* 😳🤣

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            Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

            Yeah, WordPress in general has a bit of a lag to load… but I had a few plugins causing issues that I removed and that seems to have fixed it back to the normal lag at least! hehe 😉

  11. Lieve Bekaert 10 months ago

    nice discription Charlie

  12. Mary Roff 10 months ago

    Gorgeous model and a wonderful story.

  13. Pamela Smith 10 months ago

    Cute cute expression,love the hair on the chest.

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Aww thanks, Pamela! 😃💕 Those bits of white hair in shadow are tough! Glad you liked how it turned out!

  14. Thomas Blanchard 10 months ago

    Love this!! I need you to paint my lil Frenchie Brie!!

  15. Susan Cuss 10 months ago

    That sure is a good hair day! Such a cutie! I had some good hair days with a long, long shag with naturally wavy hair. Alas, at 18 I had a scalp condition, and my good hair days were all gone. Now, just a lot of the hair is gone!…..lol!

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks so much, Susan! 😃💕 Oh no! So sorry to hear that. But at least you didn’t have to bother with all the crazy hair fads then either. 😉

  16. Kati Brooke 10 months ago

    Sorry for all the comments, Charlie – I’m catching up after a bad month. Anyways, this doggie is so cute! His/her expression and head tilt reminds me of how my chihuahua holds herself.

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks, Kati! 😃💕 I’m always thrilled to receive comments! Sorry you had a bad month, but hope everything is getting better now. Thanks for catching up!

  17. iamtinu 9 months ago

    I actually could relate to your post and you have great writing skills.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 So happy you could relate and enjoyed this post!

  18. exfoliators 9 months ago

    Even I posted about how to have good hair days! 😀

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