New Year’s Eve. A time to reflect on the passing year, on all the things done, learnt and experienced over the past 12 months. Compared to last year, when I was traveling, I’ve done quite little… except dye my hair.
I mean yes, there was a job, a couple of short internships. I worked backstage for a LFW show again, dressed trunk shows for Valentino and was a wardrobe mistress’ assistant. But the biggest change and most regular, had to be my hair.
January started with almost-natural hair, the result of traveling and letting it grow out. That wouldn’t last. In February, missing darkness around my face I went back to black, a colour I’ve toyed with since I was able to dye my own hair.
It felt too dark though. I’m no longer eighteen – gothic black didn’t suit me any more. So after an undercut (which I loved) I asked a hairdresser the impossible. Could she take me blonde?
She could. In the first salon session, lasting seven hours, she lifted the black dye out of my hair and took it to a dark honey blonde. As the first time with light hair, it felt very weird, like I was a different person. I think a hair colour can change how you see yourself, and therefore how you act. Blonde me was more sociable, another big change, although when I took it lighter again in July to a white blonde, I felt a bit more normal. White blonde was unnatural and took a lot of upkeep, but it was almost alternative. Though at the opposite end of the colour spectrum, it had the comfort of being as unusual as black.
Other perks of white hair? It’s easy to paint pastels on top. I tried purple, then turquoise underneath, then split my head in half with pink and purple. I can only find a photo with purple – no colour lasted long.
By October light hair was starting to feel wrong. Winter is a time for darkness, which prompted an impulsive self-dyeing in red. So impulsive that I only bought one bottle. I had red roots and pink hair for almost a month before doing the ends in what I thought was a temporary blue.
So temporary that I still can’t cover it. I’ll be greeting the New Year with brown hair, though the undertones of blue and red are showing through, in the same way that what happened last year will have an effect on the coming year. How you choose to deal with it is what will make the difference. I hope you can all make the changes you want to and continue with the things you like. Happy New Year!