Hilarie Burton is so great to follow on Instagram. She’s been sewing masks for weeks at home and encouraging people to make their own and reach out to the frontline workers in their community to give them away. She also has a biography coming out next week called The Rural Diaries and is personally signing hundreds of them before they go out to readers. (It’s unclear if the books from Amazon will be signed by her, but I think that’s what she’s saying in the Instagram below. She also promises her cooties won’t be on them!) In a recent post, she shared her gray roots and said that it’s not worth the time to dye it because she could better spend that time making masks.
The “silver lining” is literally growing out of my skull.
For all of our frontline and essential workers who are too busy to fuss with things like hair color, I grow mine out in solidarity with you.
When I see it, I’m reminded of all you’re doing to keep us safe.
I’m reminded that you deserve to be taken care of.
I’m reminded that any spare time I have shouldn’t be spent on vanity, but rather on helping our heroes. I can make 5 masks in the time it would take me to dye my hair.
It’s a small, silly symbol. Gray hair. Who cares, right? But I hope the nurse or the vet or the store clerk who is feeling tired and overwhelmed knows that it’s a visible thing I can show that says “I’m with you”. #stayhome #protectourhealthcareworkers #protectouressentialworkers
I’m ten years older than Hilarie and I’ve had gray hair since my late 20s, so I could relate to this. I just keep buying Clairol Nice ‘n Easy and dyeing it every three weeks at home. Luckily I was already doing this, but I don’t see why people with salon color don’t take the plunge at home, especially if they have a solid color and aren’t going to mess up their highlights. Of course the at-home dye is harsher than the expensive stuff at the salon, but I think Clairol and surely the other brands like L’oreal get it right and that you can find a color match at CVS.
As for her thoughts about dyeing her hair taking time away from working making masks, it only takes five minutes to apply the color! You can do other things while you’re waiting for the dye to set, which takes at least 25 minutes. I always put the dye on and then do something else. There’s no need to let yourself go gray for that, but I understand the sentiment and I’m sure it’s appreciated. We owe so much to the people working for us at this time.
Advance details have come out about Hilarie’s biography. She talks about how quickly she got together with her now-husband, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, after he pursued her in 2010. They now live an idyllic life in upstate New York on a farm with their two kids and a bunch of animals. Plus they co-own a sweet shop with Paul Rudd! She writes that she feels more comfortable in Rhinebeck because their definition of beauty isn’t one-dimensional. “An attractive woman is one who is hard-working, who can handle animals and lift up bags of dirt, not one with highlights or abs or nails. I’ve never felt more valued.” That’s really sweet actually. I get why she’s not as superficial as I am about dyeing her hair. I also live in the country though so I have no excuse except vanity.
Hilarie recorded a nice video in response to the attention she’s getting about her hair. She showed people how to make masks with Amazon gift bags, cotton fabric scraps and straps. She could have used this to promote her book but she’s making masks!
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Support small businesses! Many months ago when @harperonebooks was strategizing the release of my book #ruraldiaries, they graciously suggested giving my local bookstore @oblongbooks the position of carrying all the autographed copies for distribution. The plan was that I’d drop my son at school, grab a coffee at @samuelssweetshop , and spend some leisurely hours in Oblong with the amazing staff there to help me get through all the boxes of books. And then, the world tilted in this unexpected way and we all adjusted. Crates of books were brought here to @themischieffarm instead. We’d initially set a limit on how many copies we were going to sign. But due to the generosity of so many of you pre-ordering the book through @oblongbooks , we blew through that number. We’ve since raised it. Twice. Your purchases are keeping my hometown shop afloat in this uncertain time. And I could not be more grateful. Each pallet of books arrives – and because we are being extra safe about packaging – it lives for a few days on our front porch, taking in the views and being a part of our family. Then my right hand man Gus and I mask up (so we don’t touch our faces and so we don’t give anyone OUR cooties) and we work as a team. Unpacking. Signing. Repacking. On the day of this video we signed around 600 books. And all of this happens during the tiny window of time my daughter is napping. So for those of you who have these copies of Rural Diaries coming to you, please know they started their little booky lives not on a shelf, but here on the farm. They are coming to you with love and gratitude. Thank you for supporting the town I love so dearly. Official release date is May 5th. And I’ll keep on signing till my hand falls off. Xxx
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Three fold plan for my community: 1. Donate cash to https://www.giveinkind.com/inkinds/L6G7N5J/feed-the-medical-personnel-at-the-covid-19-ulster-county-testing-site to feed our front line medical workers using local restaurants. 2. Donate precious protective equipment!!! Masks, gloves, face masks, anything. Industries like nail salons, tattoo parlors, painters, drywall, etc have these materials. Schools have these materials. Look into your own business to help identify and secure these supplies. (For my hospital, Northern Dutchess in Rhinebeck, donations can be left without any human contact. Just put what you have in a bag. Write “Dawn Morrison” ‘s name on the bag and list the items inside. Then leave it on the doorstep of the Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation at 6531 Springbrook Ave, Rhinebeck NY) 3. Sew masks like a crazy person! There are tutorials all over the Internet. Find one with a pocket in the mask to slip a filter in. At the hospital I am closest to, I was told they go through 9k masks on a normal day. These cloth ones can be sanitized but we need thousands of them. Be safe. I love you.