Monday, July 29, 2013

And Now For Something Completely Different

(That's a Monty Python reference, for the hipsters among you.)

As adult women, you guys have figured out how you like to look.  You played with options for years and selected among them.  You know how you want to shape your eyebrows, you know which colors flatter you, you know what your favorite hairstyles are.

Me, I'm not there yet.  I'm at the stage of a 14-year old girl, experimenting with everything that's available.  The good thing about this is I'm open to adventure.  I'm willing to try anything.  Since I don't know what will work, I take things for a spin.

I've played with different colors in my clothes but have never changed my hair-color.  Wondering what that'd be like, I popped on a new wig.  It's only a cheap Halloween-type wig ($12) but it gives me a reference point.  It helps me see what something different looks like.

What do you think?  Have you ever dyed your hair?  Tried a bold color?



 
 
 

38 comments:

  1. i've had all kinds of hair colors, even red and blue striped highlights. one thing i never tried, though, is platinum blonde. still curious.

    i like the straight hair on you...do you?

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  2. Oh god, I missed the stage in life when I was supposed to figure out what works for me?!?!?!!
    I would love to dye my hair purple. If I could find a job that involved not having to be an authority figure to 18 year olds, I would totally go nuts. Pink is my second choice, so I'm very jealous of your new locks!

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  3. How cute! I think your usual hair color accentuates your eyes more, but this is definitely a fun experiment. I've always wanted purple streaks, but never tried it because it would entail using bleach first, and I'm afraid of damaging my hair.

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  4. I think you look fabulous in that bright pink - what a great colour on your skin!

    I have a couple of wigs that I (still) wear once in a while! I had an orange wig (like a creamsicle colour) back in the 90s that I wore a bit. I've dyed my hair turquoise, green, burgundy and purple, as well as the standards like blonde, red and black. It's fun to play with it! It's just hair - it grows back!

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  5. OMG the best!!! Every girl needs to go pink at some point. YOU LOOK AWESOME.

    I've done nearly every color under the sun. I finally decided to buzz everything off and see my natural color for the first time in nearly 14 years. I've been dyeing since I was 10.

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  6. wow that's actually a really good color on you! I can see you doing pink hair as part of your daily look! I LOVE to see older women with pink hair!

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  7. I tried bleaching my hair, once. I left it in overnight because it wasn't working. My hair turned slightly less black.

    I like the color and the longer length on you, but I think your usual waves frame your smile better than a heavy bang. This is my personal bias, however!

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  8. I think this is a good look for you, I like the pink and I especially like the length, you suit long hair. I've often thought of buying wigs myself to experiment with and your post makes me even more keen. I haven't experimented much with colour, my hair is really dark, but with a fair bit of grey now, so it never took colour well. I was using a dye with lightener in it to take my hair to a lighter coppery colour and it was working, but it destroyed my hair. My hair is dry and frizzy at the best of times and the dye just made it ten times worse, plus it was breaking off so I've gone back to a darker colour and just need to wait until the damage grows out, I see a lot of deep conditioning treatments in my future! xx

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  9. You wear my fave color hair :D It looks awesome on you :D!

    As an adult woman, I deffo don't have figured out how to look. I was very boyish for a long time and I have no idea how to shape my eyebrows and I keep making style overkills :) And dye my hair, all the time. I guess style-wise I'm at the stage of an youngster, too :) But that's fun :)

    Oh, and I love Monty Python :D

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  10. I know for me and many girls in my family particularly, we all got to about 12/13 and had our young hair cut into a bolder short hairstyle (I will never forget my cousin who had the most beautiful waist length blonde hair cut to a pixie style) and then the hair that grew back was ours to style, no more pony tails - it seems, to me your shorter hairstyle is metamorphing, and you suit longer hair too(your eyes are even more sparkly), longer hair can be flirty and fun, I would love to see you with slightly longer bangs swept to the side a little and with that length hair (if you don't mind me being bold!) - I do think you are pretty in pink x

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  11. I've actually never dyed my hair. I am thinking of putting henna in for a first try though

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  12. I had every color hair known to man because my mom was a hairdresser and tried them out on me. Maybe not bright pink but pink. But you know, I think the best thing is the bangs. Love them.

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  13. This is so fun! I used to dye my hair when I was a teen all sorts of colors. My favorite was blue. Now unfortunately I have to dye my hair out of necessity to cover the greys, boo!

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  14. oh I love bright colours! I've been purple, orange (the cheap wig helloween type orange), blue and green. I wish I could experiment more but my work doesn't allow me to do that really.
    you look lovely. I think a lighter version of pink would sout you lovely

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  15. Pink is your color my friend! I love it. I have never tried any really out there colors, the craziest I used to do was a very dark red.

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  16. It's fun to see you experimenting with different styles and hair options! Brings me back to my youth. The boldest color I've done is red. I was a blonde highlighter for many years too. My skin color and eyes seem to favor my natural brunette though so I've embraced it the past few years.

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  17. I think it's interesting that you consider Ally being 14 - I always figured you were in your early 20's.
    I don't experiment much with my hair because of my alopecia. When I worked for Clairol I dyed my hair every month but mostly chestnut or reddish tones - someday i'd like to go blond.

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    1. You're right: Ally is 24 in terms of maturity but only 14 in terms of beauty-development.

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  18. I went blue and purple in my early 20s, and I loved it! I almost did it again this summer, but I had too many trainings and worried about looking unprofessional. Maybe next year!

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  19. You know, that color actually works well on you. :-) At first, I thought it was too pink, then I realized your blog background was skewing my perception. That's a fun color. I'm not sure about the bangs, though. They seem sort of severe for such a fun color. Maybe if they were jagged. I am probably your least-fashionable friend, so take that with a grain of salt. LOL.

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    1. Your opinion always counts, Kathy!

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  20. Oh honey--I'm your age and I'm JUST figuring it out!!
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your pink hair!!!
    since I started greying at age 15 (sigh) i've various shades of blonde, red, brown and in between (natural haircolor is a reddish brown) I decided to let it go ala Jamie Lee curtis and rock some pink in the front!!
    I would totally rock a rainbow wig wardrobe if my head didn't sweat so much!!

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  21. It's a really fun colour, Ally! Very flattering on you (and matches your blog!).
    I had a great evening out as a student, in a bright blue wig. I was incognito! Xx

    (p.s Just one wafer, sir?)

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  22. I feel like most women feel like they are experimenting with everything throughout most of their lives. I feel like that with makeup, clothes, hair...you name it. Sometimes, when we try something new it seems that we keep finding things that are more flattering than the last thing we tried...it's like the pursuit of perfection for me : )
    I feel that bold hair colors are just part of figuring out what you like and feel comfortable in, I remember I went through a hair changing phase. I dyed it wine red then changed it to dark blue, then dyed it brown and put blonde highlights in. Then I dyed it jet black, went through a different hair-style-cut phase...cut it into layers, then tried out an asymmetrical bob (when that trend hit), then I evened out the bob and had short bob with bangs.
    I went through a whole array of styles...now it is just jet black and long, sometimes I wear it straight and sometimes I put a few curls or waves in it. In the end I feel like I at least experimented and went through it, I know what works and doesn't lol

    -Jaz
    http://summerlilacs.blogspot.com

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  23. I have also had every color under the sun, currently it is a dark purple with neon yellow in the bangs. I am actually straightening old bright colored extensions as I type this. I plan on adding some of the pink ones as clip ins to go with my purple. I've been dying my hair for forever, its been like eight or nine years, maybe more, since I've been my natural color.

    I still haven't figured out what looks best on me. I just discovered that I look better with my eyebrows darkened. As you grow and change, so does your style.

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  24. Super cute! :D

    I've had every kind of hair cut, color, perm... Now I'm just trying to grow it out.

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  25. (I hope it doesn't mean I'm a hipster because I get a television or film reference from before I was born... This was a phrase often used in our household, a favourite of my father's.)

    I was never a 'girly' girl... so I'm about at the same level as you with the exploring clothes and hair, and especially make-up (just started playing with it in the last year or so).

    I love brightly colored hair, but I think it would be too much work/maintainence for the likes of me (especially with dark hair... all of that bleaching and coloring). I do have some bright purple costume wigs ;-) They're super fun! You look like you're enjoying yours!

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  26. I think you described this really well; it's only in the last couple of years I've found what works for me and my true personal style. I love that you are willing to give everything a try! I adore pink hair at the moment; the more I see it on blogs, the more I love it. I'd like to try maybe some hair chalk for a pink touch to my hair. Pink hair is so fun! Keep experimenting with hairstyles. I've only ever dyed my hair black before, I did that for so many years.

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  27. I had really red hair for a few years, I mean now I am blonde with reddish tones, my hair used to be really VERY red. I loved it but got tired of it, it looked a bit too extreme in the end. Playing with wigs is fun, and it doesn't damage true hair, so it's all ok I think ! This fuchsia is super cute anyway :) Hugs

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  28. I feel kind of bad saying that I'm still trying to figure it all out...okay maybe except my eyebrows. I feel like we are so bombarded with the latest and greatest and how we should look that sometimes it's a total guessing game. With regards to hair colour, I've done so much, except blond. I've had black, blue, deep red and bright red but my favourite was probably black with the whole underside and tips being a hot pink!
    xo
    styleontheside.com

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  29. So awesome! I really think that, no matter one's age or where they're at when it comes to finding their own stylistic voice, they should never stop experimenting with just-for-fun pieces like this. Of all the possible colours for hair to come it that it doesn't naturally, green (specifically pine green) and pink have always been the ones that appeal to me the most. Perhaps I'll follow your lead and pick up an inexpensive pink wig myself one of these days.

    ♥ Jessica

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  30. Cute! I rocked some purple streaks back in high school for a while, and in college I experimented with the half-blonde-half-wine-red look (top half blond, bottom half red). I loved both, but the former was expensive to maintain for a 16-year-old and the latter was too high-maintenance to keep up at home. I would totally rock some colored highlights now, but my office dress code prohibits it.

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  31. I have always wanted to put a couple of light pink streaks in my (fake) blonde hair, but never have. I love this color!

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  32. That colour looks super cute on you ... young and funky!!!!

    When I was younger I coloured my hair all the time to cover the grey now I am thinking of putting some purple streaks in my grey hair!

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