Prepare for a 20-Year High School Reunion


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Life sorta creeps up on you quickly. One day you’re planning what college to attend, what dorm to live in, what major to choose… and in what seems like minutes {and centuries at the same time}, you’re planning what to wear to your 20-year high school reunion. I cannot *believe* I graduated high school over 20 years ago. Our reunion is scheduled for this Saturday. It’s being held at a local sports bar in South Florida {our first trip to visit family since our move in June}, but even though it’s casual, I want to make sure I look my best! Here are my tips for preparing for a high school reunion when you want to look and feel your best.

The first step was to take care of my hair. Last November, I got my color done – highlights and lowlights were added. That color has both faded and grown out, leaving my hair dry and unevenly colored. Time for a new color!

I purchased a box of Schwarzkopf Keratin Color in Mahogany Brown. There were several intense color choices that I felt would complement my skin tones, but I decided that this particular auburn shade would cover my random high/lowlights and give me a new, rich shade to enjoy. I began by reading the information on the box and instructions. For best results, be sure to follow each step carefully. That includes the patch test to make sure you are not sensitive to the product and always wear your gloves when handling the hair color.

Each step in the Schwarzkopf Keratin Color box is clearly labeled. Step 1 is a treatment that is applied to the ends of your hair. I squeezed the tube into my hands and rubbed into my ends. It’s like they knew the ends of my hair were dry! Tip: I recommend wearing a dark-colored sports bra for this process so you don’t ruin nice clothing.

Next, mix the bottle of hair color by squeezing 2a {tube of color} into 2b {bottle with solution}. Shake the bottle well to combine the two solutions. Using hair clips and/or ponytail holders, section your hair off. Be sure to apply the color to one section at a time and all along the hairline. I used to dye my hair a lot back in college somewhat recklessly, and I would always end up with large patches of hair that were a different color. Leave the color on your hair for 30 minutes. Because my hair is normally lighter than this color, I applied the dye to my eyebrows for about 10 minutes to tint them as well.

I’m going to fast-forward a bit since the next part would have required photos in the shower, but basically, rinse your hair until the water runs clear, apply step 3, the hair conditioner, and rinse that out. This is my favorite part of coloring my hair — How did it turn out?? It’s always a fun surprise!

I’m ready to share my results. Ready for the big reveal? Ta-da! My beautiful new hair color! Now here are my steps to prepare yourself for a high school reunion.
Begin by familiarizing yourself with the venue. Is it at a posh hotel in your downtown area? Is it in the school gymnasium? Is it at a local restaurant. It’s very important to dress for the occasion!

I styled my hair by blow-drying and flat-ironing it. I used a serum to add some moisture and tame the frizz. My hair is very thick, coarse, and long, so it takes a little work to get it looking exactly how I want, but I totally accomplished it here.

For my makeup, I selected a really bold lipstick. I am in love with this hot pink color! It’s perfect for summer, and it’s fun with the ruby undertones of this hair color. Then I added eyebrow corrector, a little concealer to cover blemishes, a light peach blush that complements my skin tone, highlighter on my cheek bone, mascara, and a thin line of liquid eyeliner. The overall look is subtle with a fun lip color!

I found this dress for $20 at the mall. It’s casual enough to wear to a sports bar paired with a simple pair of sandals, but it fits me perfectly {with the help of some Spanx, of course} and I feel great wearing it. My favorite necklace from our travels to South Carolina last summer completes the look. When attending an occasion like a high school reunion, it’s really about feeling great. You’re going to be mingling with people you may not have seen since high school, and you want to feel like you’re bringing your best self to the event!

And to show that age is just a number and you can be more fabulous at 37 than at 17 or 27, here are two throwback pictures! The photograph on the left was from my high school graduation, and the photograph on the right was from my 10-year reunion.

Head to Walmart where you can find Schwarzkopf Keratin Color in a variety of intense shades down the haircare aisle. Want to try the product for free? Check out this mail-in rebate. I definitely plan to send mine in!

How do you prepare for a big event, like a high school reunion?

About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia {age 8} and Bryce {age 6}. Carrie earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Carrie began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family. In 2016, she rebranded as Our Potluck Family, and her husband Richard became a regular contributor.

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