Lisa Poulson

Lisa Poulson

Surprised by the Joy of White Hair

n the middle of 2020’s pandemic lockdown, everybody’s hair looked terrible and there was nothing anyone could do about it. We all had roots. Scowling at myself in the mirror one night, an idea sparked. What if I stopped coloring my hair? At 57, wasn’t that OK? On September 4, 2020, the first day salons could legally open in Alameda County, I walked into my colorist’s tiny new salon, a converted shipping container in Oakland, filled with anticipation and relief. I could not wait to see how I might emerge....
Lisa Poulson

Lisa Poulson

Lisa Poulson was once a tech industry badass and grieving widow at the same time. Her essays have appeared in The Dewdrop, Months to Years, ManifestStation, Multiplicity Magazine and Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. She has received an honorable mention for Memoir Vignette in the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition.