Thank you so much for the advice on getting a color correction for my botched highlighting job, you guys. I went to a new salon yesterday where I spent a truly shocking amount of time and money, but the results were worth it. My hair isn’t quite the icy bombshell blonde I’d originally hoped for, but the brassiness is mostly gone, it’s lighter and brighter, and she also got rid of the weird two-tone business I had going on where all the underneath layers were dark brown. VICTORIOUS FIST PUMP!

This is where a savvy blogger with decent self-portrait skills would include a flattering After photo, but here’s all I’ve got for now:

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One more thing in addition to my gratitude for convincing me to get my shitty hair fixed: The Prowl. The Prowl is a new website launched by CafeMom, and it’s a social shopping site that’s similar to Pinterest. Unlike Pinterest, however, its focus is on specific products that you can purchase, as opposed to DIY projects and recipes and whatnot. It’s also got an ‘Ask & Answer‘ section where users can post questions (”Help me find a comfortable, affordable wedge heel for work!”) or post suggestions to other people’s questions.

I’m currently doing some contract work for The Prowl, but they definitely aren’t paying me to tell you that I really kind of love it and am super-addicted to the Ask & Answer part of the site. That’s just my for real no-shit opinion. God knows crowdsourcing ideas for solving my own small dilemmas has been my M.O. for years, and on the flip side of that coin, there’s something deeply satisfying about browsing through people’s questions and posting my own answers. It makes me feel useful, like I’m some sort of in-demand personal shopper. YOU WANT WEDGE HEEL? I FIND YOU WEDGE HEEL, BRB.

Anyway, check it out if you get a chance — basically everyone I’ve talked to that’s using the site is having a lot of fun. You can follow me here, or check out my boards here. So far I’ve put together four: a collection of mom necklaces, gift ideas for eight-year-old boys (Riley’s eighth birthday is next week, can you believe it?), casual summer dresses you can actually wear a fucking BRA under, and books I’ve been loving lately.

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Comments

15 Responses to “The Prowl”

  1. deborah on August 22nd, 2013 2:53 pm

    How do you find a person you want to follow (you) without scrolling through hundreds to locate them?

  2. Linda on August 22nd, 2013 3:26 pm

    Deborah: according to the Powers That Be, developers are working on people search right now, and soon you’ll be able to search by name. Meanwhile, if you know someone’s profile info, you can follow them directly (mine is http://www.theprowl.com/Linda_Sharps).

  3. Jennifer on August 22nd, 2013 3:56 pm

    Um, exactly where did the “2 cats fucking plus one cat voyeur” photo come from? Did you take that in your very own driveway?!?!

  4. Amy on August 22nd, 2013 4:10 pm

    I must be the only person in the free world who did not love Life after Life.

  5. Janet on August 22nd, 2013 6:44 pm

    OMG, that picture! Just followed you on The Prowl….there goes any chance for me doing something productive tonight! Off to prowl around….

  6. Laura on August 22nd, 2013 8:02 pm

    I thought Life After Life was one of the best books I’ve read in the past 5-10 years. And I read a lot of books! Also loved The Fault in Our Stars. Kind of meh on 14 though.

  7. Lanie on August 22nd, 2013 9:07 pm

    Linda, I never chimed in on your hair, but nodded in agreement with everyone else’s comments, but since you said you spent a fortune I have to tell you my story. I moved to a new area and previously I had been driving 2 hours for highlights because if you are a blind you simply don’t trust anyone! But I made the mistake if finding someone new and she… Burned off my long blond hair. Left the bleach on and it broke off all around my head so I had bangs all the way around. It looke terrible. I cried and cried. Finally, I went to a reputable salon and they out me back together again with a lot f love and a severely expensive set f bumble and bumble haircare kit for people who are basically going bald. Te system was about 300 over my newest color and haircut so I spet about 500 to fix it. (The products were worth it, if I were a millionaire I’d use them constantly). An older guy checking out heard the amount when I was checking out and said oh my god! What did thy do to you? Replace your head?! Lol!

    All is well as I’ve been going there for the past 6 years as a shiney healthy blonde. I’d go natural if my hair didn’t feel so mousy!

  8. Barbara on August 23rd, 2013 2:50 am

    Well shoot. I think The Prowl sounds fabulous – but I just clicked on it and you have to connect through Facebook (I don’t do Facebook, and it pisses me off when that’s the only option at places) or sign-up through email. Why?

    So I won’t be using it.

  9. NancyJ on August 23rd, 2013 2:53 am

    I signed up on the prowl (probably already following you!) but I will probably spend as much time on it as I do Pintrest – never to the point of forgetting my password everytime I want to sign on! Oh well!

    Glad you got your hair fixed!

  10. Linda on August 23rd, 2013 8:02 am

    Barbara: you don’t have to sign up through Facebook. (I just logged out to be sure of this.) You just need a valid email address.

  11. Rachel on August 23rd, 2013 4:56 pm

    In my mind, I shot up out of my chair so fast it flew over sideways, while I threw both hands in the air triumphantly, and shouted my battle cry, “BRA FRIENDLY!” (in reality I stayed sitting impassively in my chair, because I am at work, and don’t want to look like a lunatic).

    Seriously, I spent 6 months looking for bridesmaid dresses for my best friend’s wedding, because every damn dress was backless, or straples, or HAHAHA no, and every single one of her bridesmaids was racktastic.

  12. Christy on August 23rd, 2013 7:37 pm

    OMG that picture….you must explain.

    Glad about your hair. I have cried over more than my share of color jobs….

  13. Anais on August 25th, 2013 7:11 am

    I recently chopped off all of my hair after a botched color job (I had purple hair- the bleach fried it to the point where it looked like broom bristles). I cried the whole way home because the hairdresser didn’t follow the picture I had given her at all. After a few days I found different ways to style it and felt much better. I’m happy with it now and am glad you were able to get yours fixed.

  14. M.A. from MI on August 29th, 2013 5:59 am

    OMG, that picture — too funny. Especially with the lead in. You continue to make me bray like a donkey, as I think… well, yes, YOU once said! Also, thanks for the readerly recommendations — I ordered 14 and Penpal last night and I’m well into 14. I will be following you on the prowl — sounds like just what I need — more advice on SHOPPING! Now. About those cats…

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