Michelle Farnsworth

Through the years I have used my hair as another accessory. Be it good or bad, I loved to change my hair. My hair has been short; really short. Long and in-between. Color? Talk about colors -- it's ran the gamut from almost platinum blonde to just about black. I have found that simply changing the length or color of my hair gave me a little hop in my step. I feel like it's a way to make life interesting and also keep people guessing.

Recently I began the arduous task of growing out my hair after one of my really short stints. For the record, my husband was ecstatic that I was going to have long, blonde hair again. (And what's with that anyway? Well, that's a whole other story.) I have been doing pretty well on my own, but then I was told about a new kind of extensions. Of course I knew about them before and had thought it might be fun to do, but for some reason didn't want to take the plunge. Too time consuming and I didn't like the idea of having something in my head that would be uncomfortable -- beside my brain.

But I decided if I was going to continue on my hair adventure, I had to go for it and add another chapter to my hair chronicles.

Desiree Sams, a hair stylist in Bismarck, gave me the new look with a product called, "Hotheads." Real human hair that is applied in-between layers of your actual hair, with no tools or heat. In about an hour, it was a whole new me. As the transformation started taking place, I couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe how it really did make me feel more confident and excited to show my husband. (Yes, I do love looking nice for him and try to add a little zest to our relationship.)

"People look at celebrities and wonder how you get from short to long," Sams said. "This is their secret."

Sams and I were giggling like school girls and taking photos. It was fun and uplifting. I kept thinking I should've done this sooner.

"You can just tell when they look in the mirror. Their whole self-esteem is boosted," Sams said.

If you're thinking about doing something new or changing how you feel about life in general, give extensions a try. Might surprise you and your entire family.

Michelle Farnsworth loves travel, writing, photography, daily devotions, gardening, making jewelry and finding old treasures. Her greatest accomplishment is her two sons, who bring life, love and laughter to her each day.