Karen Fiddler, a real estate pro in California, wrote a fantastic story about do-it-yourself gone wrong. This can apply to many things: hair, real estate, car repairs, home repairs, self-medicating...you get the picture. Sometimes you do have to call in the pros. Enjoy her story.
I got my hair done yesterday. At my age, and with my amount of hair, this is a long process. Base color to hide my roots, highlights to pretend it's sun-streaked, trim, style...you get the idea.
I do enjoy it though...the salon I go to is filled with friends of mine. These are women that my kids have gone to school with and clients and personel all have a great time.
Yesterday, however, one poor woman was having major color correction done. She had been "impatient" (her word not mine) and a bit "cheap" and had tried a box of color on her hair. Nothing wrong with this....we've all used boxes for our color during tight times....tight on money or tight on time. This, however, was her first effort and she decided to spice it up even more by going lighter....ie, it had a lot of bleach in it.
Yes, it was a mess!
Orange in some places, still gray in others, dark underneath....pure disaster. To top it off, this was an expensive correction. We were all laughing about it....including her...but doing it right the first time would have made a lot more sense.
Later that afternoon (remember I told you how long my hair takes?) we were talking about real estate and how things were going. I said "great" which is true. One lady said that she knew people who just weren't paying for the commissions and listing on Craig's List and just "doing it on their own."
I couldn't resist reminding them that earlier they were dismayed that someone would try and color their own hair....but selling their own home? The paperwork, the disclosures, the title, the lending, the appraisals? Allowing unknown people (from a Craig's List Ad) into your home? Really?
A "do-it-yourself" real estate mess is a lot harder and a lot harder to correct than a bad hairdo.
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